It's been oddly slow today in the restaurant. However, rather than perceiving the quietude as a hindrance, we seize the opportunity to refine our operations, devise new menu items, and enhance customer service strategies. During these slower periods, we engage in brainstorming meetings, and a thorough kitchen deep cleaning can remarkably transform these seemingly uneventful days into valuable moments for improvement and growth.
December is here, and guess what? We've added two new items on the restaurant menu: Spam Musubi and Crunchy Garlic Chicken. These delectable delights are exclusively available at our American Canyon restaurant.
We’ve got a delicious dilemma. Spring will be peeking around the corner, and we're on the hunt for your thoughts on the freshest seasonal additions to grace an updated menu. If you've got flavor fantasies of Hawaiian eats, drop us a line.
Have you had the pleasure of discovering our restaurant nestled in the heart of American Canyon? If you find yourself in the vicinity, we extend a warm invitation for you to drop by and experience the welcoming embrace of Aloha along with delicious food.
On a personal note, my recent commitments at the restaurant have kept me occupied, limiting my time to connect with friends, family, and our valued customers in San Francisco. However, today marked a departure from the daily restaurant grind. I intentionally carved out time to revisit our food truck, and the experience was incredibly gratifying. Reconnecting with our original staff members and engaging with our cherished regular patrons became the highlight of my day.
As I reflect, the sentiment of leaving one's heart in San Francisco, reminiscent of Tony Bennett's iconic lyrics, resonates more deeply. Today's encounter reaffirmed the special place that San Francisco holds in my heart.
Stay tuned for further updates tomorrow. Mahaloz!
Bonito Poke food truck at 1st and Howard st, San Francisco
Aloha everyone! It's been a wile since our last post, and I wanted to take a moment to touch base with all of you. Life has been keeping us occupied, and we've been taking some time to reflect, recharge, and concentrate on various aspects of our business.
During this break from the blog, I've discovered inspiration in unexpected places, acquired new knowledge, and enjoyed the wonders of traveling and exploring diverse cuisines worldwide. Sometimes, it's crucial to step back, savor the current moment, and gather the energy needed for the journey ahead.
I've missed writing here, and I finally have the time to provide you daily updates. Yes, daily!
As I dive back into sharing moments and stories, I'm eager to continue this journey with all of you.
Let's catch up, exchange thoughts, and build more memories together, with Bonito Poke as our foundation.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Cheers to reconnecting, sharing, and spreading positivity!
Serving that Maiz con hielo
Over the course of 2021, all of us looked for new ways to stay healthy, do our jobs and care for our families, friends, colleagues and communities. On behalf of our Bonito Poke, I want you to know how grateful we’ve been for every opportunity to serve you this year. Thank you for your business and your continued trust in Bonito Poke.
This holiday season, I find myself especially grateful for the little things that I notice in light of everything that has happened the past two years. I hope you are able to experience renewed awe and wonder in your life as well. Again, thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family this year. As always, it remains our pleasure. And, every time you order Bonito Poke we hope we’re able to make your day a little brighter and more enjoyable.We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas season—and every blessing of health, happiness and joy in the new year ahead
Today, we will be taking a departure from our usual blog posts to shout out one of our brothers in the food truck business: Da Poke Man. Now some of y’all must be thinking why we would boost on our own blog someone who sells practically the same product as we do? Well, the answer is that the food truck community, especially in the Bay Area, is more tight-knit than you think!
Ray Serrano, owner and CEO of Da Poke Man, is practically an institution when it comes to Hawaiian cuisine here in the Bay Area. The methodical way he makes his poke and other Hawaiian specialties has earned him a legion of loyal followers that would show up in his food trucks. Not satisfied with that, he went another step further and now serves the thousands of attendees right at the home of the San Francisco Giants: Oracle Park.
But beyond the accolades he has created for himself in the culinary field, Ray has been big on giving back to the communities he calls home. Last December, Da Poke Man has partnered with Ohana United to provide meals to those financially affected by the pandemic. Also wanting to promote better health in his community through sports and active recreation, he has also sponsored his own softball team in San Bruno. Lastly, he has also sponsored a child scholar in the Philippines through the Project Pearls
initiative and has even encouraged his followers on social media to join him and sponsor a child as well.
Be sure to show him some love on social media - @da_poke_man on Instagram and check out his
schedule at www.dapokeman.com!
We are a country known for it’s diverse cuisine. One need not travel to Tokyo to taste the best Japanese Curry; or visit Athens for some good Taramasalata. San Francisco alone boasts of different kitchens serving the finest and most authentic dishes. While this is true, food is only the second best thing about our nation (at least that’s what I think).
Our diversity is what makes this country great and strong. My parents hail from small towns in central Philippines. They were recruited to come to the United States for their skills. My mom was a young midwife when she migrated. She met my dad, who was then the architect for the medical facility she was working at. I know that most, if not all of us, are related or closely acquainted with immigrants. Our roots may not be originally from here but our culture, beliefs and traditions have been deeply interwoven in our daily lives, and have become silently embedded in the society we now proudly belong to.
All of our lives matter but BLM speaks out against the police brutality and systemic racism that caused the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor, as well as the thousands of violent incidents that happen to Black people that aren’t recorded, aren’t reported or aren’t afforded the outrage they deserve. *Black lives Matter*. Regardless of age, color or gender, our actions contribute to the greatness or demise of our nation. We need to see past the physical differences and connect instead with the intentions of the heart and purity of the soul.
Our country is is best known for embracing diversity, and allowing our differences to thrive. Our sympathy to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and other victims of injustice, prejudice, and discrimination.
With several states easing their COVID lockdowns, things are starting to look brighter again. While social
distancing and mandatory face mask rules are still set in place, people are going out again. This is
excellent news for businesses who took a severe hit in the past few months. Most businesses used their
time in lockdown conservatively, limiting or shutting down their operations altogether. This is more than
understandable as these folks want to make sure that they and their employees have a business to
return to once the lockdown is over. Some businesses, however, went above and beyond what’s
expected of them and made generous contributions to the community that has been supporting them
This blog will feature some of the food trucks that gave back to the Bay Area that has loved and
supported them during these trying times.
Senor Sisig (@senorsig)
Senor Sisig is as Bay Area as it gets. Having been serving the Bay Area their amazing Filipino-Mexican
delicacies for a decade now, Senor Sisig has established themselves as an institution in the food truck
industry. Recently, they opened their first brick and mortar store in Valencia Street, which was met with
much anticipation by their numerous followers. Not so long after they opened their store, COVID hit and
this severely hit food businesses everywhere – including Senor Sisig. Feeling a deep-seated commitment
to the community that has always been there for them, Senor Sisig has stayed very active in their
outreach programs these past few months. From providing meals to hundreds of frontliners in different
Bay Area cities to empowering POC communities in Oakland, Senor Sisig has shown why they are one of
the most respected players in the game right now. Mabuhay at Salamat!
La Santa Torta
Tell us we’re not the only ones who teared up a bit when they saw that post from La Santa Torta. We
love their birria, but now we can’t help but love them even more. This simple act of genuine generosity
even when businesses are struggling to stay afloat has made them viral. Eater SF, a prominent Bay Area-
based food blog, even featured them on their website.
El Sur Empanadas (@elsursf)
No, we weren’t describing their food. We were describing the people that make up El Sur – San
Francisco’s go-to place for authentic handmade Argentinian empanadas. Their café would always have
people lining up and during Presidio Sundays, their truck would always sell out well before 4 PM. And for
good reason. Their empanadas are always served warm and their ingredients always fresh. They have
been featured prominently in several periodicals and articles, earning constant praise from several food
bloggers in the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, and 7x7 Bay Area. In honor of the service and sacrifice our
medical frontliners have been doing, they delivered boxes upon boxes of their empanadas to them.
Muchas Gracias, El Sur!
If any of you know any other Bay Area food businesses that have been amazingly generous during these
trying times, make sure to let them know that their efforts for the community are noticed and
appreciated. Let’s all hold on to each other, 6 feet apart. Mahalo, Bay Area.
Welcome to Day... How many days has it been since the quarantine started again? If you’re having trouble figuring out what day it is already, you’re not alone.
In our last blog post, we outlined some things you can do while you’re in quarantine. Here at Bonito Poke, we call them #Quaranthings. Okay, that was bad. We’re sorry.
Anyway! For our blog post this week, we will be talking about something that is more practical: produce storage! Even before the quarantine rule was imposed, your favorite poke truck has already been well acquainted with best practices on how to store the different produce you can find in your favorite poke bowl! With everyone staying at home and grocery runs only done when absolutely necessary, it is important you guys know how to store your produce as well. We’ll be giving you a few tips to further the lifespan of your produce.
We’ll start with leafy greens! Us Californians have a healthier diet than most Americans. That said, leafy greens are a staple at our dinner table. To further the lifespan of your leafy greens, which include lettuce, bok choy, kale, cabbage, and spinach, rinse them as soon as you get home. After you do this, wrap them in a paper towel and store them in a sealed plastic bag or container.
For asparagus, this staple should be stored in the fridge too. Following the same principle with leafy greens, we want to keep this tasty vegetable most and fresh. To do this with asparagus, wrap its long stalk with a damp paper towel.
Root crops time! This is very important since a lot of our staple produce are root crops. These include but aren’t limited to squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, and pumpkins! These fellas should be stored in a cool, dark, DRY, area. Moisture will cause shoots to spring up from your root crop – we don’t want this.
For our last produce hack, this involves freezing your vegetables. In case you bought hella vegetables and you can’t eat them within a reasonable amount of time, freezing your vegetables will extend their lifespan significantly. Most vegetables need to be blanched first before being frozen. This prevents it from getting freezer burns. Cut the veggie you want to freeze into pieces, boil them for 1- 2 minutes, then immediately drench it in cold water to stop the cooking process. Although this works for many various produce, this storing method is not recommended for artichokes, eggplant, lettuce, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and radishes.
With President Trump extending the “stay at home” guidelines until the end of April,
it looks like all of us are going to have get used to being quarantined. That doesn’t
mean it has to be ghastly boring, though. In light of this, your Bonito Poke family
has compiled some things you and your family can do during your stay together!
*Finish a jigsaw puzzle. Nope, not those small ones. Go for those huge 5,000-
piece ones! You have all the time in the world anyway.
*Pick up a new language. Remember when you were so busy at work that
you’ve put off learning French or German for your upcoming trip to Europe?
Yeah, us too. (Also, learning a new language, even just the basics, is always a
useful hard skill!) Duolingo, a language learning app, is helps a lot!
*Catch up on your Netflix to-watch list. Netflix (and other streaming service
providers) have been churning out new content faster than usual. That bodes
good news for you, o quarantined one! Steve’s recommends anything that you
find pleasing to watch. Renz recommends the new season of Westworld on HBO
and Better Call Saul on AMC. Bryan recommends binging on Youtube
*Watch Start Wars, Harry Potter, rewatch the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
*Get fit. Personal health has been put off by some of us because of our busy
schedules. It isn’t enough that you eat right by grabbing your daily bowl of
Bonito Poke (ayyy), you also need to exercise. Now, you can’t use that late
afternoon meeting as an excuse as to why you didn’t hit the gym. Granted,
gyms are closed right now. But indoor exercising has never been easier with
YouTube and the internet on your side. Or you know, call your personal trainer
over. Just tell him to maintain a distance of 6 feet from you.
*Read, read, read. We can’t stress this enough. Pick up a novel. Pick up your
grad school reading. Pick up a cookbook. Read articles online. Use this time to
grow your knowledge!
*Keep a journal or a diary. We lost track of what day it is sometime last week.
Time is but a concept now. Ground yourself by keeping tabs on what
happened each day. Decompress by recording what you felt by the end of the
day. It will help you get through this; we promise!
Support your local businesses. Okay, this might be a bit of a stretch, but hear
us out. A lot of your favorite restaurants and businesses are still open,
including us. Help us bring some normalcy in to your days by ordering from
us the meals you’d order during your lunch break. Fiesta Bowl with extra
spicy aioli? Cali Bowl with extra crab salad? Is your mouth watering yet?
Tell us how you’re spending your quarantine season in the comments section below!