Fit for a Queen

The legendary Royal Hawaiian was around, and then not around, but eventually came around again. Known for their famous Lapu-Lapu’s, I’ve been wanting to visit to get my hands on the rum filled drink.

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SO GOOD. And SO STRONG. If you’re anything like me, all you need is one of these babies to get a good buzz going. Two? It would probably knock me down flat. Due to this drink, I needed to also order food.

Presenting Coconut Shrimp! Free with Yelp Check-in 😉 They were crispy, not overly coconut-y and the sweet and sour chili sauce it came with was REAL good. unnamed-2Even the little slaw that it came with really complimented everything. I would recommend this as a starter, but if you’re looking for something a little more Instagram worthy, I’d go for the Ahi Poke served in a coconut shell.

As my main course, I decided on the Hoisin Glazed Babyback Pork Spareribs. Served with pineapple-macadamia fried rice and veggies. unnamedSticky ribs are one of my favorite comfort foods and the sauce on this paired perfectly with my tropical drink.

My only cons about this place is that it’s very loud. I would not recommend for an intimate date, but if you’re looking to grab a drink at the bar with friends, you’re guaranteed a fun time. They even have a photo booth that generates fun .gifs.

Another con is that it is expensive. It’s Laguna Beach, so, it’s to be expected but honestly if I didn’t have a gift card to cushion the blow, I’m not sure if I would have thought it was worth it. Again, if you’re here just for drinks – it’s worth every penny.

If you want to be transported to a Hawaiian tiki bar with authentic feels, I encourage you to take a drive down.

 

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I had the opportunity to attend Foodbeast’s newest creation, NOODS NOODS NOODS. Sponsored by every college student’s favorite meal, Cup Noodles, there was a noodle theme to the festival. With little room to fail, I knew this was sure to be epic. I put on a flow-y dress to hide my soon-to-be-full stomach and headed out.

Rolled up like a boss, cause #workperks.

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ANYWAY. Like any other Foodbeast fest, VIP is the way to go. GA has a lot of killer options, but you have to pay for them. VIP has food and beer included, usually from a great lineup of restaurants! Tickets for this event started at $50 and increased to $60 (I think.)

My first stop however, was actually a paid item. I have yet to make it out to Smorgasburg LA and one of the most talked about vendors their, Shrimp Daddy, made an appearance. I had to try their garlic butter shrimp with rice and mac salad, inside a PINEAPPLE. Hawaii in a bowl…made of fruit.

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I entered the VIP area after devouring this with my boyfriend. You tell yourself you’re going to take it slow but the food just happens so fast. From spaghetti pizza to pho burritos, we tried a lot. Here were some of my favorites and my biggest disappointment.

I thought the best was the Nashville Hot Chicken Bao by Puzzle La Mirada.
They had a HUGE line, but they were also making like 4 at a time. BUT, that made this one of the freshest items there. Spicy, juicy, crispy – it was everything.

Another good one was from Neptune’s Seafood & Raw Bar in Artesia. Squid ink pasta with creamy uni & lump crab meat. I’m still getting used to the squid ink phase and uni in general, but this dish really swayed me! The crab was delicious and the noodles were perfectly cooked.

Not going to lie, I had about 3 bites of Bruxie’s insanity on a waffle. It was sooo good, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat the whole damn thing. I present to you, the Fried Chicken Seoulmate Sandwich. Topped with cheesy, pork belly ramen.

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My least favorite was the K-Town Mac n Cheese from Elbows. I was excited to try this dish the most, but it was cold and not very tasty. Mine had about 3 noodles and the rest was kim chi. The Korean BBQ on it was tough, and it wasn’t ooey-gooey as advertised 😦

I’d say “That’s all” but I was full for the next two days 🙂

Were you at Noods Noods Noods? What was your favorite? Until next time…

 

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Personal Update:  

Chya’ll…what has everyone been up to? I’ve been extremely busy working (eating) on new content. However, I haven’t been able to blog during the day, since I’m an 8 to Fiver. I also picked up a serious gym routine, so I can continue to generate drool-worthy content with having to buy bigger clothes *thumbs up* 

I’m currently working on OC Weekly’s Eat+Drink issue for the spring season. And will start the summer food issue around August 2017 (hopefully it won’t roll around too fast). There’s about to be a HUGE haul of restaurant reviews a pretty photos from my adventures – so please stay tuned! 

I’ve recently become an influencer on Zipkick – available in the app store! If you need recommendations on where to go in Orange County and wherever you are, download now! All reviews are posted by a curated list of influencers. We’re all proud foodies and strive to lead you to the best places in town. 

I think that’s it for now, but I wanted to thank you for the continued support. For more frequent updates, please add me on Instagram @grub.goddess ❤