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BYO Bowls (Hawaii 2017): Kilauea Poke Bowl

Grab life by the bowls! Or so goes the tag line of BYO Bowls. We found BYO Bowls on our return from the windward side of Oahu in the Hawaii Kai Towne Center. This fusion eatery’s concept is in having you Build Your Own… Bowl, that is.
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Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors in Kailua (Hawaii 2017): Seriously Tasty Poke

I know poke has taken a stranglehold in Vancouver but there’s really nothing the same as the poke you get in Hawaii. You can take the hipsterish poke burritos (basically sushi rolls) and poke bowls filled with more toppings than raw fish… I prefer something a bit more classic… like Ono Seafood. When planning for our recent trip to Oahu, I had heard about a place where you can get quality poke from a (wait for it) liquor store!
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M.A.C. 24/7 (Hawaii 2017): Ahi Poke Stack and Eleven-Spiced Chicken Wings

One of the drawbacks of flying into Hawaii late at night is that many of the popular restaurants in Waikiki are closed by the time you clear customs, pick up your luggage, and finally get picked up by your shuttle from the airport (yes, I’m talking about you SpeediShuttle – you should really change your name).
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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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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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Ono Seafood (Hawaii 2016) – Poke Poke Poke

Poke is one of the things that I crave when I think back to our trip to Hawaii. Sure, Vancouver has lots of great seafood restaurants and really fresh fish but very few Vancouver restaurants serve up a poke that can compare with the ones in Hawaii.
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Splash Bar & Bento (Hawaii 2016) – Supersized Appies

The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel has their pool area located right in front of their entrance. It’s a bit sheltered from the busy foot traffic on Kalakaua Avenue as it’s set back and behind some shopfronts so it still relatively private. Just off the pool area is one of the hotel’s restaurants, appropriately named, Splash Bar & Bento.
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Coco Cove (Hawaii 2016) – Poke and Mochi Ice Cream

Okay, so everyone that’s been to Waikiki knows about ABC Stores… one, maybe two, on every block and chock full of things that most tourists are looking for including sundries and snacks. Well, Coco Cove doesn’t have as many locations (currently 2 in Waikiki) but it’s not just another ABC Store.
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Oka-San Kitchen – Momma’s Plate

Oka-San Kitchen is a newish Japanese/Hawaiian fusion restaurant that opened up recently on Fraser Street. I visited in late November when they had been opened for approximately 2 months so some of the items may be different from what they’re currently serving.
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