The Alameda Antique Faire is a treasure trove of fantastic finds, vintage treasures and upcycled garbage art. There are regular booths that are there without fail each month and then there are some others who’ve jumped at the opportunity to sell their wares. After one thwarted (rained-out) attempt, I made my way, this past weekend, out to Alameda Point for the Antique Faire. I wish I could say that I did it monthly without fail, but really, I only get out there a couple of times a year.
This time, I shared my experience with my dear friend and neighbor, Goose Cooper. She is a kindred spirit and willing to get up early (7am on Spring Forward Daylight Savings Day no less) which is when the best stuff is still around, apparently. Neither of us had particular items in mind, but I’m always on the lookout for vintage textiles and Goose, interestingly, is really into “stands” – things that you put things on.
After fortifying myself with a cup of tea and a breakfast burrito, we charged forward, deciding on our “method”. Lots of people have a specific way they like to approach the vastness of the airfield runway where the Antique Faire takes place. Start from the front, going down each aisle, go directly to the back and make your way forward, or meander aimlessly by going to where you are drawn. We chose the “go-to-the-back” method with a little meandering thrown in.
This week, there were fewer vendors and shoppers than normal, because the Faire got rained out the week prior. This was an “off-week” or unscheduled week for the Faire to happen and some vendors had other commitments while some faire-goers, I imagine, had no idea it was happening. We both decided it was better because of it. Fewer things to distract us, I guess.
I was really impressed by the “Junk” art this time around. Some favorites were these creatures made from car parts that look like robots and planters made from doll heads. We saw a stand-up organ that rolled around on a brass base. I did see a vintage 20’s dress or two, but the condition and size did not work for me.
There are many booths at the Alameda Antique Faire that span several spots with upholstered and refinished chairs and furniture. These might not appeal to all Antique enthusiasts, but their booths are very pretty and well appointed and in my opinion, a feast for the eyes. In most cases, they’ve rescued something from the trash and gave it new life. It always makes me feel I wish I had a second house to put it all in!
During our meandering, we also talked with some of the dealers and met two women who run market tours in the south of France (www.letrip.org) in addition to selling antique posters. What a dream – going to Antique/Vintage markets in France! There was also a booth called Filthy Gorgeous that had an amazing array of well-priced vintage items and these really cute paper feathers. Goose ended up making her purchase HERE. And we decided to take a trip to Benicia where their store is located, for further hunting in the future.
Alameda Antique Faire
In the end I came away with some treasures that I didn’t anticipate finding – A wool hat, an embroidered jacket and a pair of (not quite as old as me) vintage Joan & David spectator oxfords – nearly a whole outfit! And Goose bought a round garden stand with a lovely “old” patina and casters. So fun and I can’t wait to come back!
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Poke (pronounced poh-keh), a trendy Hawaiian staple of chopped, seasoned raw fish, has made its way to our own island town. Located on Park Street, Poke Koma in Alameda is a bright and open space offering customizable poke bowls. If you are looking for an exciting, fresh way to have a meal on Park Street, this will not disappoint. Not only is this a fun way to eat, the fresh and healthy food is fantastic.
We hope you find that this guide inspires you to try this innovative and delicious restaurant.
Owners, Lily Dip and Billy Fong, opened the restaurant back in September partly due to a love of Hawaiian culture and food. They were seeing the poke trend popping up everywhere and with their experience owning and operating Zen Asian Fusion Tapas & Lounge, they felt they could bring a unique twist to this popular style of food for Alameda.
Business has been picking up, with a noticeable boost when the weather is warmer. Weather aside, Dip says that Poke Koma has become a popular lunch choice for both adults working in the neighborhood and high school students from Alameda High School.
So, how do you order a poke bowl? Walk up to the counter and order from right to left. Don’t worry, if you get confused, the employees are very friendly and willing to help lead you through the steps.
How to Order
Step 1: Choose your size. You have a choice between regular ($10.50 for 3 proteins) or large ($13.50 for five proteins).
Step 2: Choose your base. Traditional poke bowls are made with sushi rice, but you have additional choices including brown rice, spring mix or crab chips.
Step 3: Choose your proteins. Choices include ahi tuna, yellowtail, salmon, shrimp, octopus, spicy tuna, crawfish and scallops. The most popular protein at Poke Koma is also the most traditional choice for poke bowls – ahi tuna.
Step 4: Choose your flavor. You have a choice between mild or spicy. Both flavors include soy sauce, ponzu, sesame oil, ginger, white onions and cucumbers.
Step 5: Choose your toppings. Choices include crab salad, avocado, masago (fish eggs), furikake (Japanese dry seasoning), wasabi, jalapeños, seaweed salad, green onions, pickled ginger, fried shallots, and wonton strips. You can pick as few or as many as you feel like. All toppings are included in the price, including avocado!
Step 6: Sauce it up! Choices include spicy aioli, creamy wasabi, lemon ginger aioli, baja jalapeno and teriyaki. Pick one sauce or even a combination. The most popular combination is spicy aioli and teriyaki, which creates a nice sweet and spicy balance.
I ordered a regular size poke bowl with sushi rice, ahi tuna, yellowtail and salmon. I’m pretty sure I asked for all of the toppings, too. The poke bowl was truly delicious, and a healthy meal option that is still quick to grab- always a plus for a mom with a toddler running around! A regular size was plenty for me, especially because I am always interested in saving some room for dessert. Poke Koma offers Hawaiian shaved ice, which is a nice refreshing way to end your meal.
In addition to dessert, customers can purchase spam musubi at the counter to accompany their poke bowl. Spam musubi is a traditional Hawaiian snack of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed, but Poke Koma also offers musubi specials, such as pork belly musubi and terriyaki chicken musubi. Dip also recently added Hamachi Kama, as a special, which is the collar of yellowtail fish. It is the most juicy and fatty part of the fish and highly recommended.
What’s next for Poke Koma? Dip says they hope to add more hot appetizer items to the menu, as well as more beverage options, including beer, wine sake and craft sodas. They are also working on stamp cards, and eventually hope to expand to Oakland. Many exciting things on the horizon, and I, for one, cannot wait!
Planning a fancy date or a cool night out but don’t feel like crossing a bridge? These are our current picks for restaurants in Alameda with great ambiance and delicious food. Let this jog your memory so you don’t go to the same places over and over! Do you agree with our list?
Wonderful sushi and Japanese dishes served nightly with warm ambiance. You will often find the owners greeting customers. This is a great spot for special occasions and birthdays. They have a special birthday dessert which is so much fun.