Why Ahi Poke?
Twenty five years ago, I (Brad) made my first visit to the state of Hawaii. While in Lahaina on the island of Maui, I wandered into a restaurant/bar during happy hour. I took one look at the menu and couldn’t believe my eyes. I didn’t really understand what any of the appetizers were, but they were all very expensive. I think I ordered them all. One appetizer stood out above the rest: a huge bowl filled with marinated raw fish and a few other ingredients. It was amazing! I didn’t know exactly what it was except that it was called Ahi Poke.
Through the years, every time I sat down to a plate of sushi, I thought of that amazing bowl of poke. Nothing could live up to my memory of that bowl of raw fish.
Then, in 2010, I moved to Colorado, and some new friends heard me tell the tale of ahi poke. They told me that there was a Hawaiian restaurant in a town a couple of hours away where I could relive that glorious experience. So Susan and I traveled to Windsor, Colorado and ordered a bowl of poke at Okole Maluna Hawaiian Grill. It wasn’t exactly what I remembered, but we both agreed…it was amazing!
In my mind, the quest to find the perfect Ahi Poke had begun. It would be a long quest and is still ongoing…since Grand Junction, Colorado isn’t exactly the capital of great ahi poke. I will share my search with you, wherever it takes me.