I was so inspired by the lunch we had at the most recent Safeway Blogger Tour at Monterey Bay Aquarium and wanted to make something with one of my favorite seafood, Atlantic Salmon. This dish is so simple and easy to make for a healthy weeknight meal.
Last month Safeway invited me to join them in Monterey for a morning of seafood education with Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. Not only do they raise public awareness, they help develop policies to improve traceability in the global seafood supply chain, end illegal unregulated fishing, and partner with both international and national organizations to address environmental and humans rights issues.
Before heading to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we checked out the Monterey Andronico’s Community Market location, which is a neighborhood market who’s goal is to feed a healthy life. At an Andronico’s Community Market you’ll find natural groceries, specialty items, and inspired “made-from-scratch” meals and treats. While there, we learned about how Fish Wise, an organization that partners with the seafood industry to achieve some of the most ambitious responsible seafood commitments, helps retailers like Safeway and Andronico’s educate their consumers about seafood sustainability. Seafood should always be labeled with how its being sourced: farmed, wild caught, fresh, or frozen. In some cases you’ll also know where the seafood is sourced.
While at Andronico’s we got to learn how to properly open and clean a crab which was so much fun. I shared my experience on IG Stories, but here’s a photo of Taylor and I in our crab cleaning outfits of the day!
Our trip to Monterey was short, but sweet and filled with such fun memories. We got to briefly check out The Jellies Experience and the Open Sea, two of my favorite exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium that I can sit and watch in wander.
We also walked through the Seafood Watch exhibit where there was a display of all this trash that was picked up from a local beach in one day. It was such a heartbreak to see all this pollution that fills our beautiful California beaches.
After we had a delicious lunch over at The Fish Hopper. It started off with delicious mimosas that were made with freshly squeezed Vintage Sweets Navel Oranges, which give the perfect balance of acid and sugar. Then we had the most delicious Dungeness Crab Meat Melt on top of Rustik Oven Sourdough with baby arugula and Vintage Sweets Heirloom Navel Oranges. After that crab melt I was hooked and craving crab melts for almost a week!
Our main course was a grilled fresh local Petrale Sole that was topped with an orange sauce, caramelized sweet potatoes and a fresh strawberry mint relish. It was followed by a Heirloom Navel Orange cheesecake with a crispy The Rustik Oven Sourdough bread wafer.
I was so inspired by this Safeway Blogger Trip that I immediately went home to make a delicious salmon dish that pulled some of the elements from this meal.
This post was sponsored by Safeway, but all opinions are 100% my own. #SWYBloggerTours
I’m a huge fan of day trips. It’s a chance to get away to a destination that’s right in your backyard. Sometimes we don’t get to discover some of the hidden treasures just outside of our home city because we’re so busy planning out adventures that require extensive transport and advanced detailing. Everyone deserves a mini-break from their lives, even if it is only 24 hours.
We leave for NYC for a week today and anxiety and excitement are running through my veins. I’ve traveled a lot this year and last year for my blog and social media which has been awesome! I’m grateful that as a family we’re able to take a long trip like this together considering that we moved into our new house in the beginning of the year and shelved the idea of any large (and expensive) family travel in 2018 due to adjustments that we needed to make in our budget. So for me, not only is this trip a much needed getaway for us to reconnect as a family, it’s symbolic to the hard work put in this year, being self-employed, to financially be able to do something like this.
This will be the first time my kids are going to New York and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite cities with them. Over the past few days we’ve been talking about all the things we want to see and do. Exploring the Met Museum, ice skating in Bryant Park, checking out Oculus at the World Trade Center, the view on the Rock, seeing all the window holiday displays, eating several slices of Prince Street Pizza (my personal favorite), and just soaking up the sounds and lights of New York.
My hopes for this trip…
As adults we are well aware of how much time, energy, and resources goes into planning a trip. I mean let’s be real here, being in a household where there’s two self-employed creative artists, money isn’t growing from trees. So I’m hoping that our kids will be grateful for the experience which I know they will, but traveling with kids can be stressful and challenging.
My other biggest hope for this trip will be that their minds can become a little more expansive by getting a taste of another perspective of life in someplace different. I think so often we’re caught up in our day to day experiences, problems, and routines that we forget to fill our hearts with gratitude, perspective, and compassion. One of the things all my traveling in this past year has really taught me was how to have compassion for myself when things go wrong or when plans don’t go accordingly, like missed flights or stress due to poor planning. Traveling has also opened up my mind to possibility that there’s so much more out there to see. I’m hoping that our daughters can taste a little bit of that after this trip too.
Your NYC recommendations
Last week on my Instagram stories I asked for some recommendations of places to see or check out during our family trip and a lot of you gave me some really awesome recommendations. I’m sharing them below!
Places to eat:
Negril’s in the Village - Savory Caribbean Cuisine
Rossaopomodoro - Neapolitan Cuisine
Russ & Daughters - One of Oprah’s favorite Brunch spots
Cafe Sabarksy - Viennese inspired cafe
Tao Downtown - Asian Inspired cuisine
Down the Hatch - Great little with the best Buffalo Wings
Catch - Creative Seafood
Cuba - Cuban cuisine
Pearl Oyster Bar - Oysters and seafood
Taco Mahal - Indian/Latin fusion tacos
Faicco’s Italian Specialities - Italian Deli
Best Bagel & Coffee - Bagels + Coffee
Beauty & Essex - New American Cuisine
Clinton Street Baking Co - Latin-Southern comfort food
Cookshop - Farm to Table
Jack’s Wife Freda - American Bistro
Rubirosa Ristorante - Pizza
Joe’s Pizza - Best NY style pizza
Don Antonio’s - Pizza
Fette Sau - BBQ in Brooklyn
Spotted Pig _ British & Italian Cuisine
Joe’s Shanghai - Dim Sum
Halal Guys - the real Halal truck on 53rd & 6th
Jacob’s Pickles - Southern Comfort Food
Eataly - Italian Cuisine
Magnolia Bakery for their banana pudding or cakes
Jeepney - Filipino Gastropub
Maharlika - Filipino Bistro
Pepolino - Italian & best Ricotta Cheesecake
Lucalis Pizza - Pizza in Brooklyn
Dr. Smood - coffee and healthy light bites
Sushi by Bou - 30 minute Omakase Speakeasy
Veselka - Ukranian food in East Village
Things to Do
Hope this list of places can help you guys plan your next trip to NYC. If there’s anywhere else you feel I should bring the kids that haven’t been mentioned feel free to leave me a comment below.