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Trend Central Newsletter
January 2007
"IG Picks -- Captain Mike's"

Holiday gift giving often times leaves a lasting impression on our waistlines. But this tasty gift from one fish-loving family member to another proved that not all food-focused presents are guilt-laden. From Salmon Jerky to Smoked Albacore to Indian Smoked Salmon and (our favorite) Salmon Candy, founder and smoker Cap'n Mike pulls the freshest catch out of the Pacific and smokes them himself over Alderwood coals. Preservative free, packed with protein and good-for-you Omega-3 fatty acids, we've added their Fish of the Month Club to our New Year's Resolutions.

© 2007 Intelligence Group

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Jill Prescott Food & Friends
May 2006
"Cap'n Mike's Holy Smoke"

Probably the most amazing 'snacks' we've ever sampled. Strolling through the Walnut Creek Farmers Market, we discovered Cap'n Mike's Salmon Candy. Here is a snack that is rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids and is chemical, preservative and nitrate free. The recipe is his mothers and is 83 years old. The strips of salmon are cured in honey and smoked for 3 days. All fish is wild caught and smoked over Alderwood. This low calorie healthy snack blew us away as did every item this fabulous business features. He offers a wide variety of exceptional products. This is a perfect gift for the anyone that loves great food from a true artisan. It is one of our favorites! Be sure to try the Smoked Steelhead Trout too. He ships!

© 2006 Jill Prescott (reprinted by permission)

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Go World Travel Publishing

May 2005
"A Gourmet's Paradise -- Budget Eateries in San Francisco"

Where is this gourmet's paradise? It's the old Ferry Building at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero. I discovered the market on my second day in San Francisco on a recent trip. It's on Saturday that the market truly springs to life, when countless stalls, selling everything from mushrooms to walnuts, surround the building.

My favorite stop, because of my profound passion for anything salmon, is Cap'n Mike's Holy Smoke. Captain Mike and his wife are regulars on Saturday, and their alderwood-smoked salmon, has been properly baptized with a special recipe before being slowly smoked over alderwood coals. It isn't cheap, about $32/lb, but it's so moist and delicious that you won?t complain.

© 2005 Go World Publishing

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Inside Napa Valley

October 1999
"Holy Smoke! Cap'n Mike's Smoked Fish Is Heavenly"

One of our finest specialty foods available at the Napa market comes from Cap'n Mike's Holy Smoke (formerly Northwest Connection). Cap'n Mike and Sally Hiebert produce some of the finest smoked fish available. Since Mike is a former Methodist minister, they changed their label to the new Cap'n Mike's Holy Smoke and, as the saying goes, holy smoke is their stuff good.

It all started as a hobby for Mike, who learned his trade from the Snohomish and Hoh Indians in Washington. Mike, who is half Native American, lived with the Snohomish and learned how to smoke the fish they caught on wooden racks over alderwood covered with deerskins. The hobby became an obsession when he returned home to California.

A trip to the local farmers market with 30 pounds of his smoked salmon was sold out within an hour. At that point the hobby turned into the business now know as Cap'n Mike's Holy Smoke. The product line increased from smoked salmon to salmon jerky, lox, trout, tuna and other fish. All this from a guy whose resume includes being an ordained minister and a former VP of sales and marketing at Melitta Coffe Company. We don't just owe our thanks to Mike for the smoked fish. He was also responsible for fine gourmet coffee reaching the West Coast.

Sally's background is equally unusual. She spent 15 years as a stage actress in New York and worked as a Gestalt therapist before moving to California.

Cap'n Mike's Holy Smoke products are all chemical and preservative free with no nitrates. The natural brining and smoking process, combined with vacuum seal packaging, captures the delicious flavor, moisture and oils.

I hate to tell you this, but their stuff is actually good for you. Their products are a high source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which health care professionals attribute to lowering blood cholesterol. And salmon ranks among one of the lowest calorie foods at just 34 calories per ounce.

For a sweet treat, try their salmon candy, cured in honey and smoked for three days.

© 1999 Inside Napa Valley
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