Poké (pronounced poke-eh) the Hawaiian staple that consists of marinated raw fish with an endless combination of sauce and toppings is coming to Whole Foods in Irvine and can be had for less than $10. For those of you who love to eat at Whole
Paycheck Foods, this is a terrific bargain since their high quality standards provide a responsible sourced seafood while sustain production with no negative environmental impact. A quick and healthy snack or lunch alternative, the Poké at Whole Foods is now joining the latest food trend and setting new quality standards for its competitors.
When entering the store, head on over to the left hand side towards the back and look for the local fishmonger. Follow these steps for a made to order Poké bowl.
Step 1: Pick from sticky, white, or brown rice as base.
Step 2: Choose toppings from cantaloupe, watermelon, chili almonds, garlic, ginger, pineapple, green onion, mango, white onion, masago, edamame, avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, and / or surimi.
Step 3: Choose seasoning from Alaea red Hawaiian sea salt, crushed red pepper, toasted sesame seeds, furikake, sriracha, and / or sweet chili sauce.
Tim Aupperle, the Regional Seafood Coordinator for Whole foods in the Southern Pacific region states, “You can rest assure our poke is made from fresh tuna. We never use a gas treated, carbon monoxide tuna.” A whole fresh Ahi Tuna was used for our media tasting, same like the ones they will be serving up for customers. It tasted delicious or as Hawaiians would say, “ONO!” Aupplerle also mentions Salmon, Shrimp, and Octopus Poké will be coming soon as well.
To complement the Poké , this Whole Food location also features a smoothie bar, a coffee bar featuring a local brew called Bodhi Leaf, a prepared food area (Sushi, Ramen, Sandwiches, Organic Salads & Hot Foods), and a fast casual concept called the “IRV” featuring 24 taps including 7 local brews. More beer choices are available from their 56 foot cooler stocked with local, imported, seasonal, and gluten free beers. And for you hop heads, this Whole Foods currently carry Hopslam from Bell’s.
During the store opening at 9am this Wednesday, there will be a “bread-breaking” ceremony with city officials and the first 300 shoppers will receive a reusable gift bag specially made for the Irvine store. Food and beverage demos will be on hand throughout. And while you’re there, say HI to Store Team Leader Tim Talkington who coincidentally help opened the Whole Foods in Kahala Mall and Kailua in Oahu. You can thank him for bringing a little bit of Hawaii to this location.