We recently had some friends visiting and we took them to TJ Oyster Bar for some seafood and tacos.

With such a big group, we ordered quite a few items and it gave me a chance to try some new dishes as well.

Rock Shrimp

Crunchy battered shrimp tossed in a spicy sauce. These were bold, spicy and a good way to wake up our palates.

Smoked Tuna Fries

This shortcut blender hollandaise sauce is so easy to make. You’ll be serving up homemade eggs benedict for brunch in no time.

Mr. K’s favorite brunch item is eggs benedict. I can pretty much bet money on it that he’ll order it if it’s on the menu. I’ve always been too lazy to make traditional hollandaise sauce. I don’t have the patience for so much whisking by hand. But this blender hollandaise sauce is pretty darn good and a great alternative.

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I hope everyone has a great July 4th weekend. I thought I’d kick things off with a giveaway and some beach packing tips.

One of the reasons I love living in San Diego is that we are so close to the ocean. July 4th is usually our first beach trip of the summer. I know things get really crowded there during the holiday weekend, but it’s become a tradition. We usually go in the late afternoon and stay through the fireworks.

We try to keep things light and simple for our beach trips: cooler, sunscreen, reading material, towels, umbrella, napkins, easy-to-eat snacks, and sunglasses. Here are a few of my beach packing tips:

1. Keep it light. With the beaches super crowded, parking can be hard to find and it’s not fun to lug a ton of things around. We have a cooler with wheels and we try to pack only the essentials.

2. Hydrate. It can be easy to develop heat stroke without even realizing it when you’re out during the summer. We’ve both had it before, so I’m always extra careful and make sure that we are constantly sipping water. I fill my cooler with bottles of water and coconut water.

3. Sunscreen and Shade. We have a beach umbrella so we’re not under the sun the entire time. I also pack sunscreen. I always make sure we apply it before we arrive the beach and then again after a few hours. I’ve recently began using the spray-on ones as it’s a lot easier and less messy to work with.