If you put your desires out into the universe, sometimes the universe answers. Turns out, I put out a beacon into the Yelp Universe – just a simple truth, “Honestly, I’d love a gift card from [Bristol Farms] sometime because there are so many fun distracting foods and things I would try.” Their amazing webmaster Nicole heard, made my year and sent me a gift card!!
Feeling like a kid in a candy store, I jumped onto their website. Immediately, “New! Blue Bottle Coffee…” [Click!] grabbed my attention. Scooping 5-day old news about the “best iced-coffee drinks in America” now being sold at Bristol Farms revved up the mommy blogger wanna-be in me!
Until my disastrous kids’ lunch offering brought me back to reality and guilt drove me to do dinner better.
Frantically, I reviewed their online recipes! While I love the idea of cooking complex meals on weekends, I decided on dinner that would taste elaborate, but was simple: Grilled Teriyaki Albacore with Wasabi Butter. Facing my fears directly, the butcher de-skinned the fish fillets (the gal before me did the same, not just me).
Their home brand teriyaki marinade streamlined preparations.
A domestic goddess took over my body making chive and wasabi butter, briefly wishing for a butter mold.
Then the wasabi burnt a hole through to my senses returning me to my kitchen.
While the flavors set for an hour, I fed my inner goddess enjoying the (strange) pairing of poke and Blue Bottle Coffee.
George Foreman relieved the outdoor grill (El Niño warning). It felt devilishly rebellious scooping the flavored butter onto the fillets.
Keeping it simple, I served the fish with rice from last night’s Chinese Dinner and frozen organic kid-friendly peas.
Turns out, my son loved it. He even got seconds of the fish (usually he fills up on carbs). My daughter completely surprised herself by surviving eating that much “chicken.” (Auntie P, next time we’re down if she asks about albacore chickens – play along.) Best part?! Inhale… No stinky fish smell!
To cap off the evening – fun hazelnut-filled mini beignets! Too fun to pass up!
Thank you Nicole! What a deliciously fun close to our holiday season!
Tell me when the universe responded to you!