Some Healthy Food Fun:    The Wanderlust Food Diaries (of a chronic daydreamer)

The Mile High Club

On the Menu The Mile High Medley of Seafood    (Smoked Salmon Sandwiches, BBQ Shrimp Cocktail, and Lobster and Avocado Salad)

Video Making Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon Sandwiches, Lobster and Avocado Salad
Music A Couple of my Favorite "Mile High Songs"

"I want to fly like an eagle, til I'm free"
    --Steve Miller


I must admit, although I have no desire whatsoever to do my male ego thing via a super sharp "boy's and their toys" type car, i.e. Ferrari, Porsche, Benz, the other side of my ego is not impressed with my humility and conservatism.

That other side of my ego also knows that there is one thing I really want which a private jet. Perhaps Mr. Humility within could argue that this is merely and issue of the fact that I hate airports, the waiting, the cramped conditions, the bathroom, the screaming babies, and all the rest.

Anyhoo, I never get tired of saying it is what it is, and I know I could be the perfect "rich guy", the right combination of social consciousness, charity, style, and so forth. But dammit (excuse my French) I want a private jet!!! Sigh.....I'm glad I got that off my chest. Blogging is such great therapy.


As with all my "Wanderlust Fantasies", for whatever reason, I am always thinking of the meals I can prepare for some hot babe in any given situation.

Gotta stay prepared, especially because it seems everything in my life I desire to do somehow always ends up happening.

The challenge for a Mile High meal is that there will be a kitchen/galley, but no stove. So the meal must be cold or room temperature cuisine.

So, for my "Mile High" madness, this episode of "The Wanderlust Food Diaries" I will be preparing a "Mile High Medley" of seafood, that is shrimp cocktails and smoked salmon sandwiches, and lobster and avocado salad.


Mile High Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Herb butter:
1/2 pound grass fed butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon organic minced garlic
1 tablespoon organic minced scallions
1 tablespoon organic minced fresh dill
1 tablespoon organic minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground organic black pepper

1 loaf quality bread, I like Sami's millet and flax bread
8 slices smoked salmon

See video for instructions:


Mile High Lobster and Avocado Salad

1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons Soliga or other quality honey
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I working on my own
homemade sauces because I'm not happy with ingredients of most Worcestershire sauces)
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
Pink Himalayan Salt freshly ground organic black pepper
1 ripe organic avocado, peeled, pitted and finely diced
1/2 small organic red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh organic cilantro leaves
2 (8-ounce) lobster tails, parboiled and flesh coarsely chopped

See video for instructions:


Mile High BBQ Shrimp Cocktail

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (I would swap out with Pink Himalayan salt and my own seasonings)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 lemon, juiced, plus lemon wedges, for garnish
1/4 quality BBQ sauce (avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup!!!!) I make my own
homemade BBQ sauce

Quality Cocktail Sauce (I could not recommend the Neely's homemade using conventional Ketchup and Worcestershire, because of poor ingredients in each)

See video for instructions:

As a quick note, I go back and forth on shrimp, lobster, and crab being part of a "healthy" diet, they being so called "scavengers", I'm comfortable with them as occasional delicacies at this point, I would never try to force myself to stop eating them because I so love the taste. I think we should be more concerned with the artificial and toxic ingredients that we use and cook with everyday, especially the oils and sweeteners. Just  some "Food for Thought".



Trust me when I say I'm not using this blog piece to justify my vanities, because in a sense, vanities are necessary for spiritual development. Hear me out on this one. In my opinion, everything carnal and material that we want is just the surface level of some spiritual principle that resides within us. Nice cars, for me, would be nothing more than mere ego and self righteousness for me, almost like my version of "big boobs", to entice the opposite sex in some cosmopolitan type of Animal Channel style mating ritual, similar to a peacock strutting his magnificent tail. But there's nothing wrong with cars in and of themselves, I'm just aware of what they represent for me. I know the strengths and weaknesses of my own ego.

The jet, on the other hand, resonates much deeper and spiritual to me. It represents a spiritual principle of freedom and liberation. The ability to go where you want to go whenever you want, to take what they call in Egyptian mythology, "The Flight of the Phoenix".

To be able to ascend above the fray in pure freedom, to have one's own private journey to the heavens, to be a free bird, to have one's mind in total relaxation and Zen solitude. However, as that other half of my ego begs to get the last word in, I must say, sitting in those high backed Italian leather seats, drinking a glass of 30 year old Napoleon Brandy, I suppose there is no harm enjoying the earthly externalization of the spiritual principle, as long as it's here in front of me :)     ~dw~


"Sail Forth. Steer for the deep waters only. Reckless O soul, exploring. I with thee and thou with me. For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared go. And we will risk the ship, ourselves, and all." --Walt Whitman


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