Surf House: Carolina Beach

It probably doesn’t surprise you that I love to eat.  I post food pics, recipes and own a business hand-harvesting a finishing salt to top on just about most meals.  Which is why I need to share my last nights meal experience with you.  It was ah-maz-ing!  Even my hubs, who is hard to please in the food department said, “This is a rare meal where I love every single course.”… wow!  And believe me, we had every single course possible!

Surf House in Carolina Beach is adorbs… complete with surf decor, unique cocktails, enthusiastic staff and a perfect menu sourced from local ingredients.  Here is a peek into our experience:

-spicy pickled vegetables -corn pancakes/ roasted vegetables, crisped collards, pickled grapefruit, goat cheese, balsamic butter -pan seared sea scallops, roasted root veggies and a cream sauce

-spicy pickled vegetables
-corn pancakes/ roasted vegetables, crisped collards, pickled grapefruit, goat cheese, balsamic butter
-pan seared sea scallops, roasted root veggies and a cream sauce -sauteed collards (best collards Dave has ever had)

House pickled veggies

House pickled veggies

Support Farms and Eat Local.  Not hard to do at Surfhouse.

Support Farms and Eat Local. Not hard to do at Surfhouse.

If you have not been, I highly recommend you let Craig prepare some memorable mouth moments for you!


Final Events of the Year!

Floatilla Festival, Wrightsville Beach Dec. 2014

Floatilla Festival, Wrightsville Beach Dec. 2014

Sea Love is wrapping up the holiday season with two final events:

  • Saturday, December 13th, 9am – 4pm:  Southport Winter Craft Festival.  Located at Ft. Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitor’s Center on the Garrison Lawn
  • Saturday, December 20th, 1pm – 3pm:  Whole Foods Demo Day.  Come out, get your shopping done and taste each of our salts!  Located at 3804 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403
  • If you can’t make it to either of those, our Etsy store is always open!

Hope you are also enjoying your holiday season by eating/drinking/spending too much!


Raw Energy Balls


I have been experimenting with making my own energy bars and balls… aka ‘E Balls’.  Most of these experiments have been expensive, epic fails.  But I think I’m getting closer.  So much so, that I had three fellow runners try this version out.  I got good feedback on taste and each said that they got an energy boost almost immediately after, which is what I’ve been loving about them, not to mention that they don’t make me feel sick while eating them midway through a long run.


What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup flaxseeds (I used a mix of brown and golden)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup oats (rolled or steel cut)
  • 1 cup raw chopped cashews (almonds, walnuts or pistachios work as well)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 15 dates or figs
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup protein power (I used Tone It Up)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup nut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Sprinkle of Sea Love Sea Salt

What You’ll Do:

  1. Layer ingredients into food processor.
  2. Pulse until combined.
  3. Taste, this is the important part!  You will eat them, so you may want to add more of something depending on your preference.
  4. Once perfected to your tastebuds, press flat into a pan and sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Pop in freezer for about 10 minutes (this will make the next step a bit easier).
  6. Pull out of freezer, roll into bite-size balls.  Once again, sprinkle with a bit of sea salt.
  7. Place on cookie sheet and freeze.  Once frozen, store in a freezer bag and take out as needed. When I pull out of the freezer,  I individually wrap them and put in the pocket of my hand-held water bottle for easy pull out during runs.

Hope this gives you a needed boost… zoom!



Pressed out, ready to roll.




Live (and love) Life.

My sis-in-law fought an amazing 2.5 year-long fight.  She did it with grace, a smile and did not once complain.  Yesterday sadly, she lost her fight with melanoma.  Sue was a daughter, sister, wife, mom to three and friend to many.
Her death not only strikes me sharply because she is family, but also for another reason.  I fought a battle with the same disease.  I had some of the same treatments, drugs and struggles.  But for some reason, I got luckier.  This thought keeps reoccurring in my head and instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’m attempting to remember to appreciate life and live it fully.  It is indeed the little things that add up to a great life and today I am fulfilled.  I’m thankful for partner of 10 years who raced to be by his best friend and brothers side.  I’m thankful for a running partner who logged 14 miles with me, filled with chatter and multiple bathrooms breaks… one of which was in a dune (sorry, Carey).  I’m thankful for once again being a business owner and being welcomed open armed.  And finally, I’m thankful that today, the last day of November, it’s 70° and sunny, the perfect beach-puppy-walk weather.
Tomorrow, I’ll make my journey north to be with the family.  And yes, there will be tears, but I am promising myself to appreciate moments each day, not only for myself, but also for Sue.



By the time you read this, I will be en route to Costa Rica and couldn’t be more excited!  We have been going there for years and have meet tons of awesome peeps that have become our extended family, in a place that feels like a second home.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to most:

  • warm water waves
  • gallo pinto for breakfast
  • catch up time with lots of amigos
  • salsa lizano
  • shell’in
  • baby turtles
  • cocktails and sunsets
  • the return of my freckles
  • bikinis
  • being tech-free
  • naps
  • being reunited with the hubs



Be back after Tofu-Turkey Day… Adios!