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Having just spent time with family in California, I realized that (especially in the heat) we often found ourselves “going out for poké.” Imagine my surprise when I returned to Sitka and discovered that a new mobile food cart was advertising “poké bowls.”
What, you may ask, are poké bowls? Food cart operator, cook and bottle washer Barbara Palacios would be happy to tell you.
Palacios started “The Fresh Fish” in 2019. She first came to Sitka in 2014 to cook for Ludvig’s Bistro. “I came to Sitka to work at Ludvig’s because of an ad I found on Craig’s List. I was also intrigued by the outdoor opportunities, since I had backpacked a lot in Chile.”
Palacios was born in Chile; her parents left when she was three, moved to Costa Rica and ultimately immigrated to the U.S. As an adult, she has re-visited her birthplace and has explored Alaska – backpacking and working as a cook – in Talkeetna, for example.
But what, the reader may persist, is poké? The word poké is Hawaiian for to “slice” or “cut crosswise into pieces.” That is exactly what Palacios does – she takes fresh raw fish, cuts it into little chunks and serves it in a bowl with rice and veggies (cucumber, jalapenos, green onions, mushrooms, radishes and edamame). Palacios sources her veggies “from local grocery stores” and her bowls are centered around “locally caught, sushi-grade raw salmon and ahi tuna.” She offers siracha and other sauces to put on top.
“Fluffing the rice is my favorite part of the prep,” she admits.
Long a Native Hawaiian staple, poké became popular in North America about 10 years ago.
Why poké? I quizzed Palacios.
“I actually came to poké through ceviche. We (Sitka) are so associated with fish, have so much fresh fish. I did poké because I love fish; I knew the limitations I had with my food cart and I knew how to make really good ceviche and poké, so I wanted to bring these dishes to Sitka. And from all my customers’ responses, they’re happy I did.”
Ceviche – said to have originated in Peru (possibly as far back as the Inca) – is made from raw seafood that is “cooked” or cured in lemon or lime juice, and combined with chili peppers, chopped onions, salt and coriander. In Chile, the dish often made with halibut or Patagonian toothfish (AKA Chilean Sea Bass), marinated in lime and grapefruit juice and seasoned with minced garlic, red chilis, mint and cilantro.
In addition to poké bowls and ceviche, The Fresh Fish serves chowder, gazpacho (a cold soup made of raw, blended vegetables that is eaten in Spain and Portugal), other soups and curry.
Summing up, Palacios says, “I just wanted to provide Sitka with some other fresh, healthy fish alternatives.”
The Fresh Fish take-away food cart has been found Thursday-Friday at 1210 Beardslee Way and Saturday-Sunday in front of AC Lakeside Grocery. Beginning in July, the cart will be at 104 Cathedral Way (across from ACS) “at least five days a week, probably from 11:30am-3pm – the schedule may vary. Or if I sell out,” she adds as an afterthought. The Fresh Fish will also be at the Fourth of July booths.
Current menu items and locations can be found on Palacios’ Facebook page: facebook.com/thefreshfish.ak/.
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The Soupster contemplates losing (and finding).
The Soupster stopped holding his breath when he finally heard the voice on the other end of the line. The gravelly tones belonged to his childhood chum and second cousin twice-removed, Arturo “Mike” Mikelson. The two men had not had a good gab fest in a couple of years or more.
Mike had bought some land in Arkansas, near the Missouri border, in the early aughts, thereby exercising the limits of the Soupster’s ability to keep track of him.
“Mike, how are you doing?” the Soupster just kept himself from shouting.
“Well, getting’ older, like we all are. I am lucky, I guess, nothing in particular to complain of – regarding my physical health, that is.”
“But…?” asked the Soupster.
“But, cuz, I’ve got to say… I’m getting a little concerned about my memory and losing things.”
“Do you remember when we were kids and used to have adventures in the empty lots and furthest reaches of the overgrown back yard?
“Oh, my yes,” said Mike. “My favorite memory is being in the playhouse and setting up those scenes with the little figures.”
“What kinds of things are you forgetting, Mike?”
“Well, it’s stuff like where I put something or what I said five minutes ago.”
The Soupster thought for a moment. “It must have been hard, losing Joseph,” he finally said. “How long has it been now since he passed?”
“Seven years,” said Mike.
“And you had been together since when? For ages, hmmnnn?”
“We met at the San Francisco Pride march in 1978,” said Mike softly. “And we never looked back. In ’79, we walked out for Halloween dressed as our cats, René and Aimée. The boy had a tuxedo and the girl was a mostly white Calico. I still talk to Joseph every day,” he admitted, even more softly.
The Soupster was silent. Then he said, “What about this memory thing, Mike? It’s just minor stuff, right?”
“Oh, yeah, it’s like – where did I leave my notebook? And it’s not like I haven’t been doing it for years – in one way or another. There was that time I bought the two plaid mail order shirts for Joseph and lost them for six months between the washer and the dryer. The most recent example is a Netflix DVD that I just found after a year. You know, the familiar red envelope?”
“What movie was it?” asked the Soupster.
“The Bridge on the River Kwai.”
“I remember that one,” said the Soupster. Sir Alec builds a railroad bridge in Southeast Asia – to appease his Japanese counterpart, Sessue Hayakawa. And William Holden blows it up. Peppy song, though.”
“Well, I think the song’s what most folks remember, in the U.S. anyway.”
“We just had a local guy speak who had visited – Thailand, maybe, and former-Burma, around where the real railroad bridge was – about 10 years ago as a college student. He told all about the building of the railroad, and how sad it was – hundreds of thousands of people died in the building of that railroad.”
“Well, cuz” said Mike, “I guess maybe how you remember something depends on your point-of-view.”
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