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Thursday Beach Series

i just realized that I never posted last week’s beach Thursday. I can totally blame that on mom brain, right?

So let me digress a bit: last week we tried out pork pinchos (kebobs) using this Asian style marinade. I was worried after making the marinade because I’m really not a measure-er (is that a word?) and I thought maybe it would be too salty or too sweet. I normally tend to worry about under/over seasoning. 

Turns out I worried for nothing. They ROCKED! We gobbled them up so fast that I didn’t even take a pic of them! Total fail. I was able to catch this little one snoozing away while We enjoyed an aguacate that our vicino (neighbor) brought over for us. Can anything beat a just picked avocado!!??

Alrighty, now we’re up to date! Today the beach is quiet (school started — YES) so I think the beaches will be quiet again during the week. And it’s the most beautiful blend of blue, turquoise, and green hues I’ve seen in awhile. Here’s a pic but it really doesn’t do it any justice. 

We have also added to our list of gear as well. Like we really need more, right? I was commenting to my father the other week that it would be helpful to have another table to put the cooking essentials on, rather than just have them haphazard  on a beach chair. We have a Table in a bag, kind of like this (but I don’t think we paid this much for it) that has worked out great. But the grill takes up most of the space and left us with our plates on our laps. Not very convenient. 

And then we came across this little gem, which seems perfect (pic below). So we’re trying it out today, along with a variation/combination  of a few recipes I found online that basically consists of about 3tbs soy sauce, 2tbs brown sugar, 1tbs lime juice, pinch of red pepper flake, and a glub of olive oil. Marinate overnight, then skewer in the morning and cook till cooked through. They were so moist that it was even overlooked I forgot to do a dipping sauce. 

La nena is knocked out asleep right now after her bath and a quick feeding. The new contraption worked out great. Us adults are partaking of a cocktail and I think the husband is bringing dinner home. Score! There may even be a rain shower off in the horizon. I’d say it was a pretty damn good day! 

Now prepare for a photo blast. Sorry!


my little chiquita and me. it was a good day!


my favorite things.


our spot!


our new addition. still figuring out where to put things.


Beach Thursday deux 

it’s Thursday so that means…. BEACH THURSDAY! I wish I could come up with something more catchy but that’s all I got. 


our ‘SPOT’. gabi digs the view.

Once again we’re alone on the beach, which is a pretty good thing in our book, but I think it’s because the locals are staying inside because of some crazy weather this morning. In the span of about 40 minutes it went from a relatively calm, sunny day to cloudy with some rain sprinkles then back to sunny with winds at least 20 mph. I’m currently crunchy sand between my teeth. 

wind whipping her hair around


We’re still in the ‘hold me while I nap’ phase so that’s not the best pic of her with her squishy face and all. But you can clearly see the wind in the hair and the sand stuck to her face. I had to turn my back to the wind and put a towel behind me to block out the sand gusts. How can this child sleep through ALL this and still not be able to nap by herself. Wonders never cease. 

If you just joined the blog my father and I have just started experimenting bring a little propane hibachi/camping grill with us to whip up some pinchos (or kebobs). Last week was chicken. This week…BEEF! Churrasco, actually, which is pretty much skirt steak (but much cheaper island side). I’m thinking though that it may be a challenge grilling today!

I used this recipe from Marcela Valladolid, with, of course, some modifications. I didn’t use any orange slices but instead used lime zest and fresh squeezed lime juice. I also chunked the red onion rather than slicing so I could use them in the pincho. And of course I added cilantro and a bit of olive oil. I am intrigued how the beer will work in this though. 

before grilling

Well, I’m sorry to say that the wind won out and we abandoned our beach day around 11-ish. But that wasn’t going to stop our grilling adventure! My father set up the grill on our patio and we went to town! That marinade ROCKED! And it was so much easier grilling when the wind wasn’t gusting all around! 

La nena was coming close to a nap so I strapped her in and grilling ensued. It’s amazing how quick the strips cooked and the smell was amazing. The chicken was yummy but so far churrasco is leading the pinchos battle!

i never think she’s in the carrrier correctly but she started dozing off.


any tips to make her look more comfy??


my pinchos with habichuelos from a local carcineria


Ps- that’s a Don Q and coke. 

oh mama, really, gotta take a pic of my crazy hair?!?

    Thursday beach day!

    we try to get out to the beach at least once a week and then again on the weekend with husband. Unfortunately the weekends haven’t quite worked out: it’s the summer so kids are off school and the beaches fill up fast. We’re the kinda the less the merrier kinda folk so we normally go early and head out before the crowds swell the beach. 

    We’ve been out of our routine the last month or so this is the first Thursday that we headed to ‘our’ beach: playa sardinera. It’s about 10 mins from our house abd there’s a little protected pool that we take Gabi into. Normally it’s pretty secluded but it’s filling up pretty quickly (I’m writing this beachside while la nena takes a snooze. The beach certainly wears out a chica)!

    We’ve got a pretty good location under two Palm trees that give a lot a shade but there’s still a spot of sunshine to layout and get some sun. Weekdays normally consist of my dad, la nena, and myself along with lots of gear: blankets, towels, portable playpen, toys, and libations. 


    gabriela’s portable pen with a perfect view!

    And we’ve since added to our list. If you saw my previous post, we were trying out our camping grill at the house the other day because my father got the grand idea of grilling on the beach. So the idea of having ‘pinchos’ was born. 

    Pinchos are the Puerto Rican version of kebobs. They’re sold on the sides of the road around town and at little guaguitas (food carts/trucks) around the more popular beaches. Grilling? Beachside? I’m all in!

    Living in Dothan, alabama for about 3 years, my husband and I made lots of trips to the Forgotten Coast in Florida but we’d normally only pack easy snacks and fresh made sandwiches. Now when we would primitive camp with Linger Longer I got more daring with our fare since we were pretty much on our own food wise. 

    linger longer at sunset

    nice little camp set up


    our primative camp site – st. george island, fl


    Today will be the first time trying out the grill, beachside, with 20mph gusts of wind. Good thing it’s propane so we don’t have to worry about any charcoal bits floating around causing problems. I’m doing pinchos de pollo (chicken) and I adapted this Recipe. I just focused on the marinade and also added fresh oregano from the garden. 


    our set-up


    this is how we roll

    All in all it turned out pretty yummy. Gabriela even enjoyed a few pieces. I need to make a few tweaks and also have to figure out how to contend the wind but it was a great first excursion. Can’t wait till next week!

    all smiles!


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