Shrimp, King Crab, and Avocado Salad with Bloody Mary's by Jesse Bluma



 Shrimp, King Crab, and Avocado Salad with Bloody Mary's





Two showstoppers.  

Create an excellent brunch, lunch, or anytime party meal with these two recipes.




Shrimp, king crab, and avocado salad is given a zing with green hot sauce.  Conquer your nutritional needs, hunger, and menu planning all in this recipe.  A warm sauce on the bottom, consisting of melted butter, fresh lemon juice, and green hot sauce, provides a smooth brightness to the dish.







Jesse’s Bloody Mary is simply what you need to pair with the salad and wow your guests.  Quality tomatoes, fresh horseradish, and the right red hot sauce are the key ingredients.  These Bloody Mary’s will add merriment to your social gathering. 

   
Gringo Bandito’s is a quality ingredient to use in this salad and drink, in addition to other dishes and snacks.  Dexter Holland, of The Offspring, is the founder of the California based company.  “Gringo Bandito has 70% less salt than other major competitors and contains no preservatives”.  The regular red and green hot sauces have excellent flavor and spice.  Enjoy.







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Shrimp, King Crab, and Avocado Salad by Jesse Bluma


Shrimp, King Crab, and Avocado Salad





The full flavor of green hot sauce makes this dish a hit.  Conquer your nutritional needs, hunger, and menu planning all in this recipe.  The plump and slightly salty flavor of shrimp mixed with rich king crab is a wonderful combination.   A warm sauce on the bottom, consisting of melted butter, fresh lemon juice, and green hot sauce, provides a smooth brightness to the dish. 

Gringo Bandito’s green hot sauce is a quality ingredient to utilize with this recipe, as well as in Bloody Mary’s, on open face sandwiches, crackers, fruit, and other dishes.  This green hot sauce has excellent flavor and tolerable heat.  Perfect for adding the right amount of zing to the seafood and avocados in the salad recipe below.  Gringo Bandito’s founder, Dexter Holland, of The Offspring, got this hot sauce right.



Ingredients for Shrimp

1 pound raw shrimp
1 cup water
1/2 cup kosher salt
3 cups ice cubes
1 teaspoon olive oil (*Not extra virgin olive oil, as this has a low smoke point.)


Ingredients for King Crab Legs

1/8” warm water in baking pan


Ingredients for Greens



Ingredients for Warm Hot Sauce

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter






Directions for Shrimp

Boil 1 cup water.
Dissolve the 1/2 cup kosher salt in the water.
Eviscerate the shrimp, remove the shells and intestinal tracks, using scissors and a serrated knife.
Pour the brine into a large bowl.
Add in 3 cups ice cubes to the brine water.
Place the shrimp in bowl.
Then place the bowl in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven broiler to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius).
Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Place the baking sheet in the oven.
Remove the shrimp from the refrigerator.
Rinse and drain the shrimp in a colandar and pat dry with paper towel.
Place the shrimp in a large clean bowl.
Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over the shrimp, then gently toss until shrimp are well coated.
Carefully place the shrimp on the baking pan in the oven.
Bake for 2 minutes.
Use tongs to turn the shrimp over and bake for 1 more minute.
Carefully place the cooked shrimp on a cold baking sheet or plate.
Immediately, refrigerate the shrimp.
Chop the cooled shrimp and return to refrigerator until ready to assemble and serve.




Directions for King Crab Legs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius).
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Warm enough water in a pot on the oven to cover 1/8” of the bottom of the baking sheet.
Place the crab legs on the baking sheet.
Carefully pour the warm water into the baking sheet.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
Bake the crab legs for 8 to 10 minutes.
Carefully place the cooked crab legs on a cold baking sheet or plate.
Immediately, refrigerate the crab legs.
Remove the crab meat from the shells after the crab legs have cooled—Break the crab legs at the three joints.  Use a crab zipper, nut cracker, strong fork, or skewer to remove the meat.
Chop the cooled crab meat and return to refrigerator until ready to assemble and serve.


Directions for the Greens

Gently wash the lemon, avocado, kale, Brussels sprouts, radicchio, cucumber, and lemon.
Juice the lemon.
Slice the avocado in half.  Place the avocado halves on a cutting board, use a smaller knife to cut the flesh into diced segments with a cross-hatch pattern, keeping the avocado on the cutting board, spoon out the flesh into a larger bowl.  Keeping the avocado halves on the cutting board is key to avoiding injury when dicing.  
Pour 1 Tablespoon lemon juice over the diced avocado and gently toss.  This will prevent browning and oxidation of the avocado.
Chop the kale and radicchio.
Shred the Brussels sprouts in a food processor or thinly slice with a knife.
Toss the kale, Brussels sprouts, and radicchio with a light drizzle of olive oil and salt.
Slice the cucumber.  


Directions for the Warm Hot Sauce

Melt the unsalted butter in a saucepan on low heat.
Juice 1 lemon.
Pour the lemon juice in the saucepan of melted butter.
Add in 1/2 Tablespoon of green hot sauce.
Stir until well combined.
Remove from heat.






Assemble

Spoon warm hot sauce on the bottom of a serving plate.
Arrange a ring of sliced cucumbers on the center of the plate.
Place a food ring mold on the center of the plate.
Fill most of the ring with a mix of chopped shrimp and crab.
Top the shrimp and crab mix diced avocado.
Remove the food ring.
Top the diced avocado with the mix of kale, Brussels sprouts, and radicchio.
Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and salt to taste.



Serve this salad with Bloody Mary's.

Get the recipe here.


Remember

Cooking and preparing food is a powerful skill.  Some readers are at an advanced level and will prepare this dish with ease.  Some will go on to experiment with other ingredients.  While others looking at this recipe may be too intrepid to cook.  As with any skill there can be barriers and self-doubt involving fear, sensitivity, motivation, and emotions.  

If you are stuck at the point of merely looking at recipes, thinking about changes you want to make to your diet, and are unsure of your way around the kitchen, then make this recipe your one goal.  Start with this recipe, read the directions a few times, make notes, and plan out the preparation needed.  Once you conquer this recipe you will feel more inspired to make other recipes and create ones of your own.

After you discover the foods, recipes, and techniques you like, the barriers will melt away.  Not sure?  No need to be scared in the kitchen.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Let an enjoyable experience with this recipe be your start.  If you are a more advanced cook, then come back and share what you made and other ideas.








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Jesse’s Bloody Mary Recipe



Jesse’s Bloody Mary Recipe





The Bloody Mary’s origins are mysterious and has been linked to a French bartender, adventurous author, and famous New York club.  No matter the story, this is the recipe to utilize for Sunday brunch, for your next breakfast in bed, or simply when you need extra nutrients after a late night.  The fun of making Bloody Mary’s is the versatility of ingredients you can include from bacon to mushrooms, pickles to mango, soy sauce to hot sauce.

Gringo Bandito is a quality hot sauce to use in your Bloody Mary’s, as well as on shrimp, crab, and avocado salad, eggs, soups, and more.  Dexter Holland, of The Offspring, is the founder of the California based company.  “Gringo Bandito has 70% less salt than other major competitors and contains no preservatives”.  The low sodium content makes it easier to create Bloody Mary’s to your taste and health needs.


Ingredients to Rim Glass

1/4 cup kosher salt
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika 
1 Tablespoon celery seed



3 cups premium Bloody Mary cocktail mix (Cutwater Spirits, mild)
3 Tablespoons freshly grated horseradish, plus more for garnish
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Greenhouse cocktail tomatoes, for garnish
Skewers






Directions for Bloody Mary’s


Use a large pitcher to stir together the tomato juice, horseradish, vodka, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and hot sauce to taste.

On a saucer plate mix together the salt, smoked paprika, and celery seeds.

Run a wedge of lemon on the rims of the glasses.

Dip the rims of the glasses in the salt, smoked paprika, celery seeds.

Fill glasses with ice.

Pour the Bloody Mary mix into the glasses. 

Garnish with horseradish, scallions with the white portions cut off, and three skewered cocktail tomatoes.






Serve these Bloody Mary's with a shrimp, crab, and avocado salad.
  






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Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern: Vibrant and Famous for Good Reason



Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern:  Vibrant and Famous for Good Reason




My friends and I are always in the mood to sip beer and eat spicy ahi poke at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.  The restaurant is located in a hot spot within the coastal town of Santa Monica.  JFAT’S is steps away from the beach, entertainment, and outdoor activities.  Perfect for brunch, lunch, and dinner.  The handsomely casual restaurant features large windows, an open ceiling, outdoor dining, and an attentive staff.  A terrific social environment for a guys' night out, families, or a fun double date. 

“In a country so rich in differing food traditions our approach is in a creative take on American regional classics.  Our menu features popular regional dishes from around the country but approaches them from an ‘Artisanal’ point of view.  ‘Artisanal cooking’ refers to food that is freshly prepared, hand crafted, in small batches, using high quality ingredients, and employing traditional methods. 

It reflects a devotion to detail and a reverence for the freshest ingredients, simple presentations, and an inspired blend of tradition and creativity. Everything begins with only the best ingredients prepared from scratch daily.  At Jimmy’s we embrace the philosophy of utilizing locally raised (if it’s the best available), organic, and sustainable food products whenever possible and we strive to partner with growers, farmers, and fisherman who adhere to these same principles.”  Jimmy’s presents the best in American pub food, including such regional stars as Dueling Southern Dips, Certified Angus Beef and Black Bean Chili, and Pacific Red Snapper.




The menu is consistent with the founder’s point-of-view of American cuisine.  For example, the charred Brussels sprouts with applewood bacon, pine nuts and maple syrup was excellent.  A fun sharable item.  The Brussels sprouts on the top of the bowl are nicely roasted.  While the Brussels sprouts on the bottom soak up all the goodness of the maple syrup.  An item that will keep your interest.  Passing around plates with friends is ideal here. 

JFAT’S Blonde is a lighter flavored beer that is nice to drink with a salad or other appetizer.  This German ale has crisp mild flavors of citrus and honey.  Also of interest on the drinks menu is Bootlegger’s Far Out India Pale Ale (IPA), Ellie’s Brown Ale, and the Modern Times Black House Stout.  Additionally, there is an ample selection of wines available on the menu.  The Hess Chardonnay is a good choice to pair with the spicy appetizers and main dishes.  Chardonnay, Hess is produced in the Salinas Valley of California and has a crisp, slightly tropical and bright flavor.





My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 1733 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401.  The location is a short distance from local stores, the beach, businesses, and theaters.  There is an adjacent public parking structure.  Park on the first floor of the parking structure and walk up to the restaurant.  Avoid the elevator as that will take you out of your way from JFAT’S. 

2.  The main dining room provides a view of the bar and outdoor patio.  Peak times occur on weekends and during sporting events.  Make reservations to ensure a table.

3.  Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has a bounty of desirable menu items for brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner.  The following were our favorites. 

JFAT’S Blonde Beer

Spicy Ahi Poke – Avocado, Scallions, Yuzu, Serranos, Papaya, Sesame, Crispy Wontons 

Charred Brussels Sprouts – Applewood Bacon, Pine nuts and Maple Syrup (Serves two or more for sure.)

Spice Crusted Seared Ahi Salas – Napa, Cabbage, Carrots, Papaya, Red Onions, Avocado, Yuzu-Sesame Vinaigrette 

Santa Fe Honey-Poblano Pesto Flatbread – Grilled Chicken, Roasted Corn, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Avocado, Pecans

Bourbon-Chipotle BBQ Baby Back Ribs – Cheddar-JalapeƱo Potatoes, Baked Beans, Honey-Mustard Coleslaw, Cornbread

Southern Fried Chicken Breast with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans




(Left:  Jesse Bluma, Center:  Mary Naegele, Right:  Chris La Cava, General Manager)


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Fashion Portfolio: Your Guide to Vintage Menswear by Jesse Bluma








In life we may not become famous, infamous, or blockbusters. We do; however, have the power to become something more than those labels.  It is our savvy and confidence that allows us to rise above and experience living life with good taste.  Our travels, life experiences, and dreams are snapshots on the runway of our lives.  There is no better place than the now to make the best strides down that runway.  This is your epic, your life, so choose the label you wear wisely.

Knowing what to wear and how to wear it is a powerful skill.  Some readers are at an advanced level and have a personal style.  Some will go on to experiment with clothes, trends, and brands.  While others may be too intrepid to wear anything besides t-shirts and shorts.  Once you conquer the clothing world and develop a lifelong interest in dressing right, you will feel more inspired to shop and enjoy your home, social, and business life.

Not sure?  No need to be scared of labels, black-ties, white-ties, button-downs, or bespoke clothing.  Here is where expert knowledge and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as their go-to source.  Let an enjoyable experience with these fashion recipes be your start.  If you are more advanced and comfortable with fashion items, share your ideas, purchases, and suggestions.

What we wear is powerful and attitude matters.  Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Creating a closet of items right for you, along with excellent fitness, health, and life habits, is all an expression of how you respect yourself.  Knowing what to wear and executing fashion looks can be a challenge.  The guidelines, inspirations, and ideas in this article will spark your interest and get you wearing more than the same three items over-and-over.  As the notable custom tailor Alan Flusser observed, “A necktie’s motif, or pattern, expresses the poetry, the sense of whimsy, the psychology of the individual wearer.” 
   
Models.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on what is the right fit, look, and use of clothes for you.  As I learned from fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, fashion is about what is trending in stores and style is more about your own personality.  Take a moment to reflect upon good fashion sense, your life, needs, and goals.  That will be the center of what gets you fashion fit.  Structure your closet and drawers with options for your various activities, career, the climate you live in, and seasons. 

The Wardrobe Essentials.  It is key to make clothing selections with a long-term frame of mind.  Quality construction and timeless pieces are sharp and financially smart choices.  Know your measurements and proportions.  Take a look in the mirror to see what cuts, colors, shapes, and lengths are best for you.  There is a learning curve for going from being dressed by mom to dressing yourself, for your current physique, current life, and adventures.  Calvin Klein, business mogul and designer, once explained to me at a fashion show that what people wear should be modern, clean, and make them look their best.  Personal responsibility is at the heart of dressing well.  Study magazines, people in the streets, in school, models, and actors in your age range.  Also, seek out knowledgeable salespeople in stores and vintage shops.




Fashion Portfolio: Your Guide to Vintage Men’s Wear





Vintage is a culmination of classics, past memories, and nostalgia.  These second-hand items can be discovered at flea markets, through online stores, and in the closets of relatives.  Worn denim, archetypal flannels, retro ties, and spiffy shoes from days of old can be hunted down and stumbled upon with a bit of shopping.  Although, apparel that is authentically vintage can be challenging to find and often too bedraggled to wear.  

There is a diverse universe of clothing from past eras that can be purchased, worn, transformed, and made into investment pieces for your wardrobe.  If the  pursuit for well constructed classics has unearthed previously owned items you wish to wear, then tailoring is the next step.  Collectible jackets, pants, and suits require tailoring to fit your body shape and to bring these items up to modern luxe standards.  Yet, if the ghost of grandpa’s plaid jacket of past eludes you, then purchasing new clothing with vintage style is an excellent alternative.  


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Jackets and Suits









Pants and Jeans









Shorts and Swim Trunks






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