No. 90, Poke at Costco Tustin II

The spicy mayo poke at Costco Tustin II
The spicy mayo poke at Costco Tustin II
Edwin Goei

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Poke is the food I crave as soon as the plane's landing gear hits the tarmac in Hawaii--cubes of fish or other seafood, usually raw and mostly ahi tuna, seasoned lightly with salt, soy, wasabi or any number of flavorings. And if I'm visiting an island that has a Costco, the warehouse store is usually the first stop before the hotel. Hawaii's Costcos make excellent poke. They're consistently fresh--vibrant, raw fish made into sweet, sweet sea candy. We'd eat ours in the food court plain, washed down with their 55-cent soda.

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It's a flavor that I am always eager to repeat here on the mainland. It's simply one of those foods capable of transporting me back to vacation memories I hold so fondly. So when I discovered a few months ago that my local Costco was offering the same poke the Hawaiian ones were, I wrote a post announcing it, and discovered that many of you apparently felt the same way. The overwhelming response has now made the poke a permanent part of Costco Tustin II's weekend offerings.

If you missed that post and were wondering how Costco Tustin II's poke compares to what's sold at their Hawaii warehouses: it's tastes and costs exactly the same. (Hurray for Costco consistency!). There are only four flavors on offer: shoyu, limu, wasabi, and a spicy mayo, all of which goes well with a bowl of steamed rice at home, or just eaten plain, washed down with their 55-cent soda.

The List:

91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos 92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House 93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas 94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe 95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's 97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch 99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels 100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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