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Fresh Poke to go?

andreasomething Jan 9, 2012 06:51 PM

Every week I meet with some girlfriends to spend an evening cooking and, let's face it, drink a lot of wine. This week we're doing a Hawaiian/Pacific islander theme. And while we have plenty of delicious recipes to make it through the night I would like to bring some ready made Poke for us to enjoy as an appetizer. Does anyone have any recommendations as to where I could buy some to-go? I live in La Jolla, so somewhere along the coast would be preferable.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. bizzwriter RE: andreasomething Jan 9, 2012 06:58 PM

    I'll be watching for responses to this thread -- San Diego definitely needs more poke!

    In the meantime, check out Leilani's -- it's a small Hawaiian cafe at 5109 Cass Street in PB. Their poke is pricey, but super fresh and good. Great selection of quality homemade Hawaiian food.

    I would avoid the poke at L&L -- they use frozen ahi from who knows where.

    I vaguely recall reading somewhere that Bristol Farms on Genesee in UTC offers a couple of kinds of poke for takeout. Haven't followed up on that lead.

    Good luck!

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      eatemup RE: andreasomething Jan 9, 2012 07:25 PM

      Bristol Farms makes it daily.......it's decent.

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        Cathy RE: eatemup Jan 9, 2012 07:28 PM


        It's near the sushi and fish counter. Three flavors. $12.99/lb last time I was there.

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          The Office Goat RE: Cathy Jan 10, 2012 07:49 AM

          Last time I was there(a while ago) they had two flavors: regular and spicy. What's the third, or is there a rotation?

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            Cathy RE: The Office Goat Jan 10, 2012 08:02 AM

            One is original (shoyu, sesame oil, green onion)
            One is called "spicy" and has red pepper flecks-a nice spice and not really heat (to me)
            One is with wasabi sauce.

            Since the price is the same, I fill the container with 1/2 of the plain and 1/4 of each of the spicer ones. I like the flavor combination.

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              Beach Chick RE: Cathy Jan 10, 2012 08:06 AM

              I make my own poke from getting fresh Ahi from Costco but you think that Bristol Farms does a good job on my beloved poke...like it spicy..

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                Cathy RE: Beach Chick Jan 10, 2012 08:15 AM

                They sell fresh ahi at "your" (Morena) Costco in a great quantity, but not at "my" (Santee) Costco, so I don't make it as often; however I do shop at the Morena location about once a month.

                Sometimes, when I am in the La Jolla/UTC area, I stop in at Bristol and get a few pieces of poke(not filling the container) just to satisfy the craving, or for a snack before driving home. I find mixing the flavors is how I like it.

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                  Beach Chick RE: Cathy Jan 10, 2012 08:30 AM

                  I used to shop at the Morena Costco before I built a home out where Bigfoot lives, so the Poway Costco is my friend...and they sell gorgeous Ahi but no Poke..
                  I'm no longer a LJ Beach Chick..
                  : (

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                  MrKrispy RE: Beach Chick Jan 10, 2012 11:36 AM

                  oh please share your recipe, and where you get your ingredients!

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                    andreasomething RE: MrKrispy Jan 10, 2012 11:41 AM

                    Bristol Farms it is! Thanks everyone for the tip.

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                      Beach Chick RE: MrKrispy Jan 10, 2012 12:13 PM

                      Bigfoot doesn't like when I share.. ; )

                      I do get my Ahi at Costco and make sure the date it went out on the floor is same day..you want a good color to it too..no ashen look.

                      Cubed fresh Ahi
                      Cup of lite soy sauce..prefer it over the regular
                      Sesame oil..about 3-4 tablespoons
                      Green onions..lots of them
                      Red Pepper flake
                      Sea salt
                      Toast some sesame seeds..can be optional
                      Mix that bad boy up and let sit for about an hour in the fridge and then dig in..

                      The hard part is waiting..

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                        menuinprogress RE: Beach Chick Jan 10, 2012 12:19 PM

                        What kind of seaweed do you use, and where do you get it?

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                          Beach Chick RE: menuinprogress Jan 10, 2012 12:38 PM

                          It's been awhile but I've got it at Mitsuwa in Kearny Mesa and I've seen it at Ranch 99..

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                            MrKrispy RE: Beach Chick Jan 11, 2012 11:27 AM

                            thanks BC! I asked because a lot of poke uses a certain seaweed that I can't seem to find in San Diego. Or perhaps it is in a different form and I need to soak it or something, but I don't see it in the stores. I should have looked for it last time I was in Hawaii

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                              Beach Chick RE: MrKrispy Jan 11, 2012 01:49 PM

                              I've done both...soaked the seaweed and then gussied it up and then they have the stuff already packaged.
                              Maybe or beloved CGFAN will respond as to what he uses..

                              Craving me some Poke now...

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            plantman RE: andreasomething Jan 10, 2012 06:00 PM

            If you happen to be looking for Poke in East County,... and who isn't?.., the very excellent meat counter at Valley Farms Market, corner of Bancroft and Campo Road, sells a pretty good version.
            They have a small but by far the best fish counter in the area, in the summer excellent supplies of salmon and halibut flown in and picked up several times weekly, also usually a selection or two from local waters...

            1. scottca075 RE: andreasomething Jan 10, 2012 06:47 PM

              Bristol Farms or Whole Food in La Jolla.

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