Culinary Tourism at it's finest- with a wide, bizarre and varied background. Teri is a food writer, Gary eats dessert first.
We will report on our travels and food from street vendors, people’s homes, and everything in between up to five star hotels and huts on the beach. Please join in our adventures.
Kunfusion- a Cuisine Revolution in Pismo Beach
is a revolution in cuisine going on today and I couldn’t be more tickled about
this trend. TV shows with Chef’s as stars, foodie groups and online reviewing
has caused people to try new eateries and for the owners and chefs to get more
creative. In this area there is nothing more creative than Chef Lori Nunes of
KunFusion.She is a food truck owner and
restaurateur that is taking the county by storm with a Korean/ Portuguese
fusion flare and I love every bite.
first meant Lori thru the Wok n Roll truck trying her unique style of quick
dining. Having a Portuguese grandma, I loved Arepas (flatbread made of ground
maize dough) and the Bamboo cone of beer battered shishito peepers that are
served with a spicy garlic aioli. I instantly saw that this was no ordinary
taco truck (or chef) and became a fan. So when Chef Lolo (what her fan’s call
her) decided to settle down and have a brick and mortar eatery, I was thrilled.
moved into the California Fresh center on Five Cities drive and the same creative
quality that led me to chase her truck around, now makes my car swerve there
for tacos, bowls and salads. Chef Lolo came to say hi and she told us that
after attending culinary school, working in several restaurants, then the truck
being so successful, she had a toolbox of culinary skills and brain full of
ideas, the new permanent location had to be opened. The truck is still running,
so for those who revel in that are still in luck.
told us “The most gratifying thing for a chef is to create something with
passion and in return, watch as others appreciate it. It is not about the
money, the glory or the ego it is about love for this food. KunFusion was born
in this thought and operates based upon these simple principles. We love what
we do and hope you will too”.
wonder of KunFusion is that they are very dietary forward and offer more on the
menu for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diners than anywhere else.If you are looking for something new, and
because of dietary restriction have been regulated to eating mostly cardboard
food, KunFusion is your Shangri-La. They offer fresh, cooked-to-order
food; housemaid sauces and can accommodate any dietary restriction. Just let
them know and they will satisfy your belly.
brought some new friends that are trying their hands at this crazy new
California cuisine and they were so impressed. We shared the Ahi-tada that was
seared Ahi tuna slices on won-ton chips over avocado pico de gallo and green
onion. The fish was fresh and cold and the avocado mellowed the spice of the
pico de gallo. This was our friend’s first time trying Ahi and they instantly
became fans. One of Lolo's most requested and coveted dishes is her Sweet
Potato fries that are hand cut daily and served with a wasabi arugula aioli and
an outstanding guacamole hummus. Surprising and delightful was the consensuses.
our main courses we tried the Kun Fu Bowls that is a combination of savory and
delectable served on jasmine rice infused with coconut and lime. I had the
Portagie Fu with grilled chicken breasts, red onions, bok choy all tossed with
a Portuguese Churrasco sauce and garnished with daikon radish sprouts. Gary had
the Fu Kun Tacos that were so good I ended up stealing one. The Ahi tuna is
cubed and then stuffed into a crispy egg roll taco shell with a zesty marinade,
wakame seaweed slaw, sesame seeds and mandarin oranges. They were so good; I
have been back three times just for this dish. Our friends had the Fried Rice
with a savory stir-fry of bok choy, red and yellow onions, chicken and jasmine
rice. They flavor was different and amazing. The best of the meal was the KSB a
meat eater’s paradise of bone-in Korean short ribs grilled and tossed in a
spicy original KunFusion sauce and served with shaved and fried Brussels sprouts.
Pismo Beach is located at 561 Five Cities Drive (next door to California Fresh
Market) or call (805) 556-3003; they offer an extensive wine and beer
collection, so drip in for Happy hour Tuesday thru Thursday from 4:00pm to
of operation are closed Mondays, Tuesday thru Thursday from 11:00am to 8:00pm,
Friday from 11:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm and Sunday from
11:00am to 8:00pm. Follow them at Kunfusion Pismo
Lori says, "A journey of a thousand smiles begins with a single