Red, White, Blue Weekend

I love long weekends, especially the sunny ones. My nose and lips are sunburned though. I hope they heal soon because I have a passport photo to take soon. The fees are going up next week, and I’m heading to Toronto in August courtesy of Klout and Virgin America. In the meantime, I’m vigorously applying the aloe!

Saturday: It was a day of BBQing in the East Bay.

For BBQ #1 in Walnut Creek, I prepared a white wine pineapple sangria and a rum-filled watermelon. It was my first time making both, and they turned out pretty tasty. The sangria was red, white, and blue with the addition of apples and blueberries! The not-so-secret ingredients : fresh pineapples and peach sparkling wine. They made all the difference.

In the evening, we headed to the Richmond marina for BBQ #2. I had prepared burger patties [again, first time!] for the grill, and again, success! The onions, garlic, chives, and feta I’d mixed in made the burgers extra tasty. We also combined the sangria and rum-infused watermelon remaining from the first BBQ for the second one.

There was a small fireworks show over the water after the sun had set too.

Sunday: Because it was a license-free fishing day, I agreed to go ocean fishing with RV and Victor. The water was choppier than usual, but we were still able to catch a few fish. We didn’t catch the limit like our previous fishing trips, but we came out with better fish.

My prize fish was a 3.5-lb. Vermillion Rockfish, which is probably the largest rockfish that either of us has caught. RV finally caught a Lingcod that he could keep. It was 5.5 pounds! It was Victor’s first time out there, so he was still learning the ropes. He was able to catch two for the day, so that was pretty good, considering how bad the conditions were.

Monday: We drove up to Tomales Bay Oyster Company for oysters and another day of BBQ goodness with the sister and RV’s coworker + his girlfriend. There were a lot of people who had the same idea, so it was a good thing we arrived earlier in the day [before noon!]. We ordered a bag of 50, eating some raw and grilling the rest.

I didn’t shuck any oysters, so I’m very glad I went with a few people who were willing to take over the shucking duties. We also brought other goodies to grill! So tasty and so fun!


  • http://twitter.com/karaemurphy Kara Murphy

    Thanks for the tasty BBQ tips. My lips got sunburned over the weekend too and are peeling now. :/

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      I’m not sure what to put on them to make them heal faster… I’ve tried both Aquaphor and aloe, and they are slow-going… :(

  • Linda

    The first time I’ve ever had oysters I had to shuck them with a screw driver. I remember being so amazed with myself and stunned, “this is how oysters get opened??”

    My friend is a fisherman and brought us back oysters in a styrofoam cooler and told us to get a screwdriver.

    Ah :) Memories.

    Sounds like you had an awesome time!

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      We could’ve used a screwdriver?! They were selling oyster knives for $15, so we bought one of those for the group. Someone else ended up paying for it and taking it home though, so I guess it wasn’t money that I wasted. :P

      It was definitely a great time, a DELICIOUS time. ;)

  • Astrid

    Oh my goodness! A rum-filled watermelon? How have I never heard of that? I really want to try that now. Do you just eat the watermelon?

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      If you look online, there are tips on how to put booze in your watermelon. Another commonly used one is vodka. And yes, you just eat the watermelon, or you can mix it with lemonade or sangria to offset the strength of the booze. ;) It was refreshing, for sure!

  • http://keaneiscool.com keane

    NOM the sea was made to be eaten.

  • http://twitter.com/karaemurphy Kara Murphy

    Thanks for the tasty BBQ tips. My lips got sunburned over the weekend too and are peeling now. :/

  • Linda

    The first time I've ever had oysters I had to shuck them with a screw driver. I remember being so amazed with myself and stunned, “this is how oysters get opened??”

    My friend is a fisherman and brought us back oysters in a styrofoam cooler and told us to get a screwdriver.

    Ah :) Memories.

    Sounds like you had an awesome time!

  • Astrid

    Oh my goodness! A rum-filled watermelon? How have I never heard of that? I really want to try that now. Do you just eat the watermelon?

  • http://keane.festizio.net keane

    NOM the sea was made to be eaten.

  • http://www.kylaroma.com kylaroma

    Oh crazy! I’m not a sea fooder, but that looks amazing :)

  • http://twitter.com/kylaroma kylaroma

    Oh crazy! I'm not a sea fooder, but that looks amazing :)

  • Anonymous

    Mmm, sparkling peach wine sounds delicious! Did you freeze the blueberries for the sangria?

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Nope, just threw them in. They were refrigerated beforehand though.

  • http://hegemonster.blogspot.com/ Alexandra the Tsaritsa

    Mmm, sparkling peach wine sounds delicious! Did you freeze the blueberries for the sangria?

  • Ryan

    those oysters were so goooooood

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Yes, om nom nom. *shakes fist at Fake Ryan*

  • Ryan

    those oysters were so goooooood