I think Bryan may have actually been born on a boat… and I mean that in a good way. It’s incredibly endearing to witness his routine as he preps for a fishing trip, which typically goes a little something like this:

  • Costa sunglasses. Check.
  • Rods. Check.
  • Chapstick. Check.
  • Tackle. Check.
  • Sippy cups for wine. Check.
  • Cryovac side towels. Check.
  • Snacks and goodies. Ouí, Chef.

Yet, I’ve never seen him prep like he did this week. He literally packed four days ago y’all. I’m sitting here typing and we leave in five hours and I still have no clue what I’m packing. I feel like three fishing shirts, some shorts and a bikini, I’m probably good… right? Except for my three cameras, 12 lenses, a few lights, one new Osmo and a gopro.

We’ve yet to take a boat trip as long as the one that we are about to embark on this morning, as long as the weather holds. As it is, we’ve already pushed our trip back by half a day due to a low-pressure depression that formed overnight just off the coast of Galveston. Thank you, hurricane season.
So, in a few short hours, we will be kissing our four babies goodbye until Friday. I have carefully written each a note for every morning that we’re gone because leaving them is never easy… but this is a special project, one that has been a lifelong goal for both of us but in very different ways. It’s surreal to watch our separate dreams mesh into one massive collaboration; an incredible feat we never thought possible. Until now. Even then, the weather threatened it quite heavily for the last 48 hours as we watched a small depression, which formed just off the coast of Galveston, waned between possible tropical storm and just a strong but loosely organized storm system.

Luckily, as of late this evening (which is this morning for y’all), the depression has weakened, so we will be taking off to Rockport by way of Galveston in our own 306 Bimini (aka 30′ Grady White). Joined by the one and only Capt. Billy Love and the amazing, Jennifer Cole. We’ll be stopping to meet a few new friends along the way and to learn more about our estuaries and coastline as we glide over the Texas intercoastal waterway.
We are crazy excited about this trip… and as I’ve mentioned before, it’s very different to go coastal (or off coastal) with a chef… But now… I now have proof.

We give you the Tackle Box Mise En Place. Bryan found the perfect soft sided tackle box, by Orvis, not too big and not too small. But what he did with it, is the most impressive part. This is truly thinking outside the tackle box. For those of you, like myself prior to meeting Bryan, never heard of the term Mise en place, let me help you… I could have used this definition a few years ago as I truly had no clue what all these chefs were saying when they were speaking of their Mise en Place…

French pronunciation: [mi zɑ̃ ˈplas] noun
1. A culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in its place.”
Oxford Dictionary

Now that you know exactly what I’m referring to, here is the amazing version of a boat adventure Mise en Place… By the way keep scrolling past the photos for a list of exactly what has been placed in those little cryovac envelopes and bottles.

Our Tackle Box Mise en Place…  I have no clue what half of this stuff is…

  • Red Boat Fish Sauce, 2015 Chef’s Cuvee (created by Stuart Brioza, Bryan Caswell, Edward Lee and Paul Qui; they visited the Red Boat facilities in 2013)
  • Banyuls Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey Water
  • Chili Water
  • Mirin
  • Cane Vinegar
  • Jerez
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Tahini
  • Indian Lime Pickle
  • Chili Jam
  • Crystal’s Hot Sauce
  • Valentina’s Hot Sauce (my fav!!)
  • Dry items:
  • Candied Ginger
  • Pecans
  • Hondashi
  • Golden Raisins
  • Bad Ass Spice (custom house blend)
  • Pink Peppercorns
  • Black Peppercorns
  • Smoked Sea Salt
  • Pistachio Powder
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Colman’s Mustard Powder
  • Green Cardamon Pods
  • Red Pepper Flake
  • Baking Powder
  • Bonito Flake
  • Konbu
  • Kosher Salt
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • White Pepper Mill
  • Truffle Slicer (no, we’re not bringing the magical truffles)
  • Wine Key
  • Ultratex 3 (modified tapioca starch)
  • Cup 4 Cup (g-free faux flour)


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