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Food Adventures in California: Part IV

Alas, here we are…the final instalment of my California food adventures series. In case you missed them, here’s Part I, II and III. Did I save the best for last? You know what…I just might have. Irori Sushi in Marina Del Ray was by far the best sushi I have ever eaten in my life. We only had sushi once while we were down in California and boy, did we get lucky discovering this little gem. The interior imitates a traditional Japanese sushi experience, with a no-shoes policy and floor seating.

After a lot of deliberation, I settled on ordering the Yellowtail Sashimi and their signature Irori Roll. It’s honestly difficult for me to even describe how amazing everything was. The flavour combinations were so unique and the fish was incredibly fresh. I haven’t been able to eat any sushi since because I don’t want to ruin my beautiful sushi memories at Irori. My friend ordered the Baked Lobster Roll and the Scallops and both of her dishes were out-of-this-world delicious. I cannot recommend this place enough if you are ever in the Marina Del Ray/Santa Monica area.

Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Coriander and Ponzu sauce
Front: Irori Roll — Chunk Tuna, Coriander, Avocado & Crispy Onions. Back: Baked Lobster Roll

Next up? San Diego! Even though it hasn’t really been showcased much in my pictures, I had my fair share of fish tacos while I was down in Cali (even some in Mexico!) and the best ones I had were definitely at L’Auberge Del Mar. A delicious combination of grilled fish, cabbage, pickled onions and spicy aioli with a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean? You can’t go wrong.

Fish Tacos at L'Auberge Del Mar
Chips, Guacamole & Salsa at L'Auberge Del Mar

And lastly, here’s some notable mentions from the rest of the trip:

Custom made chocolate bar from Chocolate Lab at Sweet! Hollywood. I chose a milk chocolate base with a Nutella filling, whole almonds, pretzel pieces and toffee bits.
An assortment of delicious pastries from Porto's Bakery & Cafe in Burbank. L to R: Cream Cheese Roll, Coconut Strudel, Peanut Butter Cookie & Guava Roll. I also had the Guava Smoothie which literally tasted like melted guava candies. SO good.
Nutella & Peanut-butter Crêpe at Krafty Krepes in La Jolla. Do I really need to go into detail with this one?!

Thank you so much for joining me in reminiscing my food journey all over California! What’s the best thing you have ever eaten on vacation? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Abu Haq
    March 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    I once ate giraffe. Delicious.

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