|taking a break from practice|
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Monday, 21 July 2014
|my bunk for the week|
|the open ocean|
|my favourite spot on the boat, bonus points if you spot the container ship!|
|old mate 125 nautical miles off the coast|
|a near miss with a 300m long container ship|
|One of the rainy days|
|not much to see on the open ocean|
|another 'close call'|
|Morning mist around Davao|
|Heading into the marina|
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Early this week I received an offer completely out of the blue. I was asked to help crew a 60ft catamaran from Palau to the Philippines. (with a return flight included). I've never done any proper sailing but how could I say no to such an amazing experience.
So this morning we depart on what should be a 5-6 day journey. I'm excited but also a little nervous at the same time. After we get to the Philippines I have towards a week to check out Davao and Manila. I haven't been there before so would be happy if any of my readers wanted to recommend anything to see, do or more importantly to eat.
Hopefully I'll have some good stories to post about on my return.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Ok so for the uninitiated, what is Okonomiyaki? It’s often referred to as a Japanese savoury pancake (or pizza), personally I think it’s a little more accurate to call it a Japanese version of an omelette. It’s basically shredded cabbage mixed with egg, flour, green onions, your choice of beef/bacon/shrimp/squid, topped with okonomiyaki sauce and seaweed & benito flakes. It’s cooked (and served) on a hot plate in front of you. Sometimes noodles are included in the mix as well. Also Hideki does a version with cheese that is pretty awesome as well, but very filling.
|Okonomiyaki in progress|
Hideki’s okonomiyaki is by far the best I’ve tasted. After my first visit with Alex in 2011 it was only a matter of 1 or 2 days before we were back again and by the end of the trip we had eaten there 4 times. Each time Amanda and I return to Japan we tend to eat there at least twice a week. Hideki cooks some amazing side dishes that you must try, my picks are: Squid with butter, pan fried oysters and shrimp cooked in egg. Amanda and I have worked out that if we order one mixed okonomiyaki (shrimp, squid & bacon) and one or maybe two side dishes we get a huge feed.
|Prawns (shrimp with eggs)|
|Shrimp with egg|
|Squid with butter|
|Fun times at Chitose|