what I miss most while traveling…

What I miss most while traveling…

My cats. And although I could write a full post about how I deal with the separation anxiety, I will spare you & talk to you about what I miss second most… Food. Home-cooked, healthy- food that is.

i mean honestly... how much cuter could they get?
i mean honestly… how much cuter could they get?

Eating out for every meal can take a toll on my waistline, so there is not much I love more than getting home from a trip, heading to Trader Joes & cooking up a storm. I wanted to share with you the dishes I miss most while gone…

This week’s feature is super trendy right now, & for good reason… It is healthy, easy to whip together, delicious, & really pretty to photograph.


So what is poke?

It is technically a raw fish salad that is served in Hawaii. However, to me, it is basically a sushi bowl- think burrito bowl from Chipotle, only better!

I like the flexibility of putting in whatever you may want/have in your fridge at the moment. We usually have all of the ingredients on hand, besides the fish, so this is a weekly meal in our home. I have gotten most of my friends/family hooked on poke after Aryan & I tried it in Los Angeles last year & hopefully I will hook you too!

Shopping list:

  • Sushi-grade salmon and/or tuna (buy this at Whole Foods, there is a little freezer dedicated to just this) (0.3lbs or 5 oz. per person is my go-to measurement when HUNGRY)
  • Sticky rice
  • Rice vinegar
  • Avocado
  • Soy sauce
  • Pickled ginger
  • Fried shallots (or just buy fried onions from the salad-topping section)
  • Grapefruit, mango, mandarin or really whatever fruit you want
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber
  • Wasabi
  • Toasted sesame seeds

For Shushu’s Sauce:

  • Ponzu sauce 
  • Sriracha (add to taste)

For Aryan’s Sauce:

  • Lime juice or yuzu sauce
  • Serranos (diced up)


  1. Cook the rice per instructions (throw in a tbs of rice wine vinegar)
  2. While rice is cooking, cut up/prepare all the ingredients you chose
  3. Mix the ingredients for the sauce (see below)
  4. Put together your bowl as desired!

Shushu’s tips:

  • Fish
    • Make sure you de-thaw the fish you chose per the instructions on the box
  • Rice
    • If you want an even more delicious bowl, make crispy rice. I usually take my cooked rice, put some oil on a pan, and fry up the rice until golden brown and crispy
  • Sauce
    • Aryan and I like two diff sauces on our bowls, so choose whichever you prefer (P.S. Aryan’s is spicy!)





4 thoughts on “what I miss most while traveling…

  1. I am going to try this this weekend for Atif! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


    1. Send me pics when you do! Don’t forget to make the rice crispy


  2. OMG yummmmm need this now


  3. This looks AWESOME!!!! Great job!!!


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