It was a weekend with some incredible nighttime views…
The harbor was spectacularly stunning with sailboats passing by, the lighthouse in the near distance, and setting sun painting the sky a myriad of colors. To top it all off, there was live music and the most refreshing libations.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary hosted an informative First Friday event at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, staying open until 8pm for visitors to peruse displays of wildlife living just across the street in the Monterey Bay. There just wasn’t enough time to see all the center has to offer. Another trip is most certainly in my future.
Most of the time at the event was spent talking to the Whale Entanglement Team (WET), who had a table at the event. It was fascinating to hear about team members going out into the water to rescue whales caught in nets. I learned that the underside of a whale’s tail (the fluke) acts as a critical identifier unique to each whale (much like a human fingerprint).
Cacao Nib Bites
This recipe was adapted from Scott Jurek’s Eat & Run “Xocolatl Energy Balls”. I swapped out some ingredients I didn’t have, for ones that I did. Personally I think they taste absolutely delicious, with a pleasant crunch from the cacao nibs. These are great for an afternoon snack, dessert, and for hiking (no mess!).
Yield about 10 bites
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 10 small dates, pitted
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- 1.5 tsp coconut oil, softened or melted
What to do:
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor (except coconut oil) until consistency is fine and will stick together.
- Add the coconut oil and blend again.
- Roll the mixture into about 10 balls, and refrigerate. Once chilled for about an hour, enjoy!