“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water” ~ Loren Eiseley
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Jeanine Siemens of Skuna Bay/Grieg Seafood. Skuna Bay is owned by Grieg Seafood and is the premium seafood product that Grieg Seafood produces. I had the good fortune to meet Jeanine at the Women Chef’s and Restaurateurs conference, held in Minneapolis this past April. I attended a panel discussion called: Skuna Bay From Farm To Table: The Complete Breakdown. This was a fascinating and informational session where Jeanine talked about the important work that Skuna Bay is doing to impact the seafood world. Jeanine is dedicated to the craft of raising farmed salmon. She is a specialist in her field and was one of the first females to enter this profession. Jeanine shared the Skuna Bay story and then partnered with Chef and butcher Erika Nakamura to demonstrate how to properly filet (break down sushi style) a gorgeous Skuna Bay salmon.
Following a wonderful post-conference phone conversation with Jeanine, I also had the opportunity to talk with Dean Trethewey, production director of Grieg Seafoods. Like Jeanine, he has been in the industry for a very long time, 25 years to be exact. Dean worked on commercial boats prior to this role. In his role as production director he oversees all of the certifications and regulations for Skuna Bay. He looks after all of the sea sites and supports the farmers to make sure they have all that they need to do the job of growing healthy salmon. Dean noticed many years ago that the wild salmon industry was beginning to struggle and was excited about being a part of an aquaculture business that took pressure off of those wild stocks.
Continue reading Farm to Fork Sustainability: The Story Of Skuna Bay Salmon
“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life” ~Anna Akhmatova
The hills of the Amalfi Coast are steeped in romance and tradition. As a travel enthusiast I’m extremely grateful to have the had the opportunity to visit many unique and beautiful destinations. This particular area of Italy holds a special place in my being that keeps calling me back. I am of Italian descent so maybe that’s why it feels so much like home every time I return.
Continue reading Empty Nester Adventures in Italy: A Photo Gallery of Our 5 Day Visit to the Amalfi Coast
Cappuccino at Bar Del Sol in Praiano, Italy
The Kingfield Latte ~ Five Watt Coffee (MPLS)
Morning Latte overlooking the sea in Praiano, Italy
Croissants and Cappuccinos at a cafe near the Campo De Fiori in Rome, Italy
Latte and cookies at Rustica in Eden Prairie, MN
The Boone’s Beard Latte at Vicinity Coffee in Mpls
Latte at Barbette Cafe, Mpls
Cappuccino at The Bachelor Farmer Cafe, Mpls
Latte and a cookie at the Hilton Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand
My morning cappuccino at the Hotel Margherita in Praiano, Italy
Cappuccino and Croissant at La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona, Spain
“Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee is even better” ~ Justine Chen, North of Beautiful
My search for the perfect cup of coffee knows no bounds. I am ardent and unapologetic regarding my caffeine infatuation. Whether it is our weekend latte treks in the Twin Cities or when traveling abroad, I am always on the hunt for the consummate coffee experience. While the quality of the java holds high significance, it is as much or more about the venue and who I’m getting caffeinated with that matters. Sipping a morning espresso alongside the locals at the Mercado De La Boqueria in Barcelona or slipping into a café near the Campo De Fiori in Rome with John are a couple of my very best café memories. Today I am sharing some of my favorite coffee occasions through photos. Enjoy and please share yours with me, I look forward to seeing your pics and hearing your cafe recommendations. Read on if you would like to learn more about the definition of espresso and the associated terms.
Continue reading Consider Me Caffeinated: A Global Espresso Art Gallery