Spicy Polynesian poke bowl – Pei Wei Asian Diner

Spicy Polynesian poke bowl - Pei Wei Asian Diner
Heritage mixed greens and rice, topped spicy tuna, California roll and ahi poke. Served with avocado, sambal chile sauce, pickled ginger, crispy shallots, cucumbers, cilantro. $8.99
Pei Wei Asian Diner, Sterling VA

I liked the flavors in this bowl, but it was really small and the fish wasn’t the best quality. Thank goodness they put plenty of pickled ginger to help kill off any bacteria.

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Ahi tuna nigiri – Roxy’s Cafe

Ahi tuna nigiri - Roxy's Cafe
Ponzu, watermelon ice, sprouting greens, grapes. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I loved this little bright, refreshing dish! The ahi was beautiful and delicious and the other ingredients were fun and unexpected. I’m not sure what the greens were (some kind of creeping succulent), but they had a great texture and added a different dimension to the dish. The Apiaceae flowers were pretty and the ponzu helped join everything together. Noms!

de Young Museum
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

Poke rolls – Duke’s Waikiki

Poke rolls - Duke's Waikiki
Raw ahi, Maui onion, sauteed in rice paper. $12.95
Duke’s Waikiki, Honolulu HI

This starter wass billed as “Hawaii’s favorite pupu” on their menu. I don’t know about that. It tasted ok, but it was super greasy! Who knew it was actually deep fried? I assumed it was a fresh roll from the menu description, and because I don’t immediately think “fried” when poke comes to mind. Hmm, hand me another drink!

Hawaiian song and dance performance
Hawaiian song and dance performance, Waikiki Beach.

Rare grilled ahi tuna – Lot 7

Rare grilled ahi tuna - Lot 7
Artichoke, cauliflower, roasted potatoes, muhammara. $25
Lot 7, San Francisco CA

This was delicious! The tuna was beautiful and the vegetables were perfectly cooked too. I’ve never had muhammara before, but this condiment was SO tasty! I guess it’s traditionally made from aleppo peppers, ground walnuts, breadcrumbs, and olive oil and can have additional ingredients. Noms!

Antique wall fixture
Antique wall fixture, US Customhouse, Battery Street. Not really sure what this was used for, hehe.

Hawaiian ahi nachos – Anthony’s HomePort

Hawaiian ahi nachos - Anthony's HomePort
Ahi tuna ceviche on taro chips topped with aioli and chives. Happy hour $5
Anthony’s HomePort, Seattle WA

These were delicious, refreshing bites. The ahi mixture was a little sweet and perfect to enjoy on a bright sunny day.

Puget Sound view, Anthony's HomePort
View of the Puget Sound from our table at Anthony’s HomePort. It was SO beautiful during my last visit to Seattle. It was great to sit at the Anthony’s back patio and enjoy the sun and water.