Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mahi Mahi with Citrus-Shallot Jam and Saffron Rice

Living in Southern California we tend to be spoiled with the abundance of fresh vegetables and seafood. Today after a nice long needed run I thought something healthy and light should be on the menu for dinner. I went to my local Asian seafood and farmers market for dinner ingredients. I found Mahi Mahi steaked up for $3.99lb and some baby bok choy for $1.39lb. The Mahi was trimmed into fillets and pan roasted with salt and pepper. My youngest daughter and I made an Orange/Shallot jam and Baby Bok Choy sauted with Garlic and Olive Oil. I also dug into the pantry for some Egyptian Saffron to get the rice happy. Total for the meal was $16.00 for the four of us, and cook plus prep time was 35 min. We can all do this type of meal once in a while to cut out the fat in our diet and the dent on our bank account. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Warm Bahama Days

As I write this I am sitting in my hotel room in Minneapolis feeling the freezing wind come through the window paine. Looking out the window at the 23 degree overcast day I am quickly reminded that all destinations are not created equal. For some reason thoughts of the Bahamas started running through my head. Attached are a few photos of a recent trip to the Bahamas that will hopfully inspire warm thoughts and get you out of these winter duldrums if not only but for a few minutes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Coffee Shack

High up on a hillside in the middle of the Kona Coffee belt is a fantastic breakfast spot. Overlooking Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii is The Coffee Shack. I was first taken there by some local friends and every time I pass through Kona, the Coffee Shack is a must. Depending on the local catch I always get the Ono or Mahi Eggs Benedict. This trip they had Ono, a delicious firm white meat fish caught right off Kona. Small Gekos come right up to you and beg like dogs for Guava and Mango jelly on your table. Fresh estate grown Kona Coffee is served from the 5 acre farm below the restaurant. It is a twenty minute drive from the Heart of Kona town and a must if you are visiting the Big Island. Call for directions 808-328-9555