Tasty healthy food!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

I'm precisely half of the eating challenge I mentioned last week, and it hasn't been that bad. Because it's actually the second time I do it, I realised I did change a lot of bad habits the first time, so I'm not suffering. What I must do is to reduce my portions and cut on some not-too-healthy food.

But, while I'm in the challenge I do have some restrictions on what I can eat, so for this weekend, I searched something fresh and healthy. 

Being in a city as diverse as San Diego, I thought it would be easy to find a place of healthy food, and either is not that easy, or my current diet is too restrictive.
A lot of recommendations I found online were the type of "go to this burgers place and order this great salad" or "try this great salad with this fried something on top". Not what I was looking for.

Either way, I did find a place that looks delicious, and it is actually healthy.

The place

It's called Blue Poké, and it is in National City.

The concept of this place is simple, it's a poké place (no, not pokémon ¬¬), which is actually a Hawaiian dish.
Poke, which is pronounced “POH-keh”, is translated to "to slice" or "cut". Originally tuna was the fish used, and it is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces. It is served as an appetiser in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as a main course.
The classic presentation is a bowl, but in this place, you can also make it burrito-style. 
It is so famous in Hawaii that it is easy to find everywhere, from what I've read, even in gas station stands.
It's so easy to prepare and so delicious that chef Dakota Weiss claims "it's the next generation of sushi, but easier to eat". With this in mind, this has to be good!

When you enter this restaurant, you make a line and walk the bar as you go choosing the ingredients. 
First, you choose between a traditional bowl or burrito, and it's size. Then the base which can be brown or white rice, mixed green, quinoa, cucumber or wonton chips; next, veggie add-ons. Depending on the size of your bowl/burrito, you can choose up to 4 proteins like shrimp, chicken, salmon, albacore, octopus, scallops, tuna, or tofu. You can add some sauce, most of which are spicy (🤤). And finally, you add toppings like seaweed salad, seaweed flakes, sesame seeds, mango, crunchy onions, jalapeños, or cilantro, just to mention a few. 
And just like that, a quick, healthy and delicious meal is done.
There's also the option to add miso soup or seaweed salad on the side. 

The dish

For example, today I went with the classic option, a regular-sized bowl which allowed me to choose 3 proteins. 
The base of my bowl was brown rice. I added cucumber, mango and edamame as add-ons. My proteins were spicy tuna, spicy chicken, and octopus, all battered with blue poké sauce which was medium spicy. And for my toppings, I chose green onions, jalapeños, and a few sesame seeds. 

I was not disappointed at all. It really feels like sushi all mixed in a bowl, and I got to see a burrito, and it looks like a sushi roll, but uncut. It is definitely a great option if you're looking for healthy food and/or love sushi.
Better yet, this dish is rising in popularity, so it is not hard to find a place that serves poké bowls near you... especially in California.  

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