Delicate, glamorous, flavorful all of these things describe what I experienced at The Off The Hook Seafood Festival at The Santa Monica Pier. Each bite was a sensation of welcoming fresh seafood in my mouth. Some of my favorite seafood was served, from lobster to swordfish, every creature in the sea was represented. My taste buds were extremely happy. What a glorious way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
1212 Santa Monica, Risotto Mare, delicious fresh cooked fish rounded out this tomato based risotto, that was cooked perfectly and made me smile.
Boa, grilled oysters, these big darlings were plump and delicious with a topping of onion strings, wow.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Shrimp mac & cheese. Big pieces of shrimp made this mac and cheese one to remember.
Del Frisco’s Grille, Ahi Tuna tacos, good fresh tuna and a nice sauce were the reason behind these being a huge hit with the event goers.
Dock to Dish, Grilled fish tacos, swordfish so fresh it jumped from the sea to the grill, really a great taco.
O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, Arancini Di Pesce All Siciliana. This is an Italian staple, but with a chunk of fish in the middle, it really was unique.
Salt & Straw, Assorted Hand Made Ice Cream. Their ice cream is light years away from any other ice cream you have ever eaten. The caramel salted was out of this world. That is why they have lines at their shop on Larchmont.
Spinfish Poke House 808 Aloha: Classic Hawaiian Poke, I like their shrimp poke the best, it was sweet and sassy!
Sushi Roku, Tuna Poke Avacado, Baked Crab & Vegetable Hand Roll. The crab roll was very special with a pink wrap it hit all of the right spots.
The Albright, oyster bar, the perfect oyster was served, raw and delicious.
The Lobster, they made lobster corn dogs. To me this was the showstopper. A mini corn dog but filled with lobster instead of a hot dog. I just loved this one!
Westside Food Bank, Buy Local Santa Monica, Seafood for the future, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.
Westside Food Bank’s mission is to distribute as much food as possible to local agencies with food assistance programs and to reduce food waste on the Westside of Los Angeles County. As the food bank warehouse for the Westside since 1981, we annually distribute 4.5 million pounds of food to over 70 local social service agencies. We do not distribute food directly to individuals, only to agencies. Learn more at www.WSFB.org.
Seafood for the Future is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nonprofit seafood advisory program. The program works with a network of seafood suppliers, fishermen, aquaculture producers, chefs and restaurateurs as well as representatives from the government, academia, and NGO sectors to encourage and promote a healthy and responsible seafood supply. Seafood for the Future’s recommendations are made to ensure that the fish, people and the planet are all part of the equation. Learn more at SeafoodfortheFuture.org.
The music was lively as well, Black Crystal Wolf Kids & Brightside performed, and this entire event happening right on the historic Santa Monica pier. The sunset was so picturesque and the weather could not have been better. This was a fantastic event! I can’t wait for next year!
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The Off The Hook Seafood Festival at The Santa Monica Pier
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