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The Poke Guy: Best Poke in Vancouver

2016 seemed to be the year that poke took a real foothold in Vancouver with countless poke shops popping up all over the place. The problem, however, is that most of the places calling themselves “poke” shops really weren’t staying true to the original poke from Hawaii.
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Poké Time on Robson

Poke… Is it a coincidence that Poke (the Hawaiian-inspired cubed fish dish) became popular in Vancouver around the same time that Pokemon Go took the world by storm? In any case, I’m not complaining.
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Carp Sushi + Bento – Poke Bowls

2016 will come down as the year that poke finally arrived in Vancouver. Poke (pronounced po-keh) is a simple but classic dish that we fell in love with when we visited Hawaii… cubed, fresh, raw fish, marinated in special sauces (mainly shoyu, sesame oil, and/or spicy mayo).
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Oka-San Kitchen – Momma’s Poke Bowl

The one drawback to vacationing in Hawaii is having serious withdrawal of Hawaiian food after returning home. Thankfully, we’re starting to see some specialty restaurants open up in Vancouver lately that cater to Hawaiian cuisine.
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Heavenly (Hawaii 2016) – Pitaya Bowl

We first came across Heavenly during our 2015 vacation. Their use of local, organic ingredients stood out to me and I knew that if we came back, I’d want to try their breakfast again.
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Longs Drugs (Hawaii 2016) – Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cream Pie

During our recent visit to Oahu this year, we decided to stay mainly in the Waikiki area since we had previously done the North Shore a couple of years ago. There’s a lot of great food on the North Shore (garlic shrimp, shave ice and the chocolate macadamia nut cream pies from Ted’s Bakery to name a few). Well, as we found out with Pacific Garlic Shrimp, you don’t need to go all the way to the North Shore to enjoy these things.
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Big Island Candies (Hawaii 2016) – Macadamia Nut Milk Chocolate Trio

If you’ve even been to Waikiki, you’ve probably seen how Honolulu Cookie Company has grown rapidly. In fact, you probably have family or friends who have brought back their pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies after vacationing in Hawaii. While HCC has grown rapidly since 1998, there’s another purveyor of shortbread cookies in Hawaii that’s been around since 1977. Starting in the Hilo industrial district of the Big Island, Big Island Candies is known both for their signature shortbread cookies as well as their chocolate products.
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Duke’s Waikiki (Hawaii 2016) – Hula Pie

There is a reason why Duke’s is a staple in Waikiki. Much like their namesake, Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Waikiki seems to epitomize the tourist’s idealized image of living in Waikiki, right down to the performers serenading you at your table. That’s not a bad thing either.
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Leonard’s Bakery (Hawaii 2016) – Lychee Malasadas

Say it with me… “Malasadas”
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Poi Bowl (Hawaii 2016) – Plate Lunch

If you come to Hawaii, eventually, you’ll want to try some of the local cuisine. Last year, we had a great traditional feast at Ono Hawaiian Foods. Now, you might not expect traditional cuisine at a large mall food court… but you’d be happily surprised at the offerings at Poi Bowl.
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Sansei Seafood (Hawaii 2016) – Oishii!

As I mentioned on our recent post of d.k. Steak House, sister restaurant Sansei Seafood was super busy when we first tried to get in to their 50% off happy hour. We wound up eating next door at d.k. instead, which was still a really great meal. However, we knew that we wanted to revisit Sansei eventually during our trip so we came back later in the week for their regular menu.
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d.k. Steak House (Hawaii 2016) – Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Two of our favourite restaurants in Waikiki are Sansei Seafood Restaurant and their sister restaurant, d.k. Steak House… both located on the third floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriott. We had initially planned on visiting Sansei for their happy hour but it was so busy that we wound up going next door to d.k. Steak House.
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