Mayon Volcano by ATV!

After I uploaded my first GoPro video to YouTube, I told Ren: “You know this is going to change how we travel, right?”

It’s true. Giving myself a GoPro for Christmas last year, I quickly learned that I couldn’t be satisfied with just any old vacation anymore. With the ability to mount this amazing little device virtually anywhere – on my head, on a handlebar, on a stripper pole – our trips from now on had to be action-packed. They had to be GoPro-worthy, which is why I immediately started looking for a hotel (and the perfect soundtrack) the moment I learned about this Mayon ATV tour in Legazpi.

An 18-km adrenaline-rush featuring ATVs, a zipline, and one of the world’s most beautiful volcanoes, here’s the first of many GoPro adventures* we’ll be documenting in the Philippines this year. 😉

*Video at bottom of post.

Your Brother Travel & Tours

Pioneered by Your Brother Travel & Tours, would you believe that these guys started off with just one ATV not too long ago in 2008? For three years, the owner and his father would personally take their guests out to Mt. Mayon themselves, up to ten times a day without any employees. Today, a mere six years later, that one ATV has grown into a fleet of over eighty, including three Can-Ams worth over PHP 1 million pesos each. I guess you can say that business is good. 😉

If I’m not mistaken, this is one of their 350 CC ATVs that can seat up to two people.

The aforementioned Can-Ams, the pride and joy of their fleet. Each of these puppies sports an 800 CC monster engine. 😈

As you can see on that tarp, Zac Efron is one of the many celebrities who’s done the ATV tour. Others are Manny Pacquiao, Venus Raj, Aga Mulach, and Reneelicious.

You look hot and all Reneelicious, but we’re not taking that one. That Can-AM rents out for an adrenaline-pumping PHP 4,000 an hour! 😯

That’s more like it! Our single-seater 350 CC ATVs ready to rip. These bad boys have no gears – just a thumb accelerator and hand brakes – making them very easy to operate. We chose the 18-km Mayon to base camp tour which went for PHP 2,500 a pop. This includes transfer to and from your hotel. More tour details below.

There’s Mt. Mayon in the background. She was a little shy today. 😉

Vroom vroom! Let’s go baby!

Reneelicious crossing a river. What was cool about Your Brother too was that their guides are so accustomed to taking photos of the guests. They know exactly where to stop to take the best pictures. Our awesome guide Regine hung on to my camera practically the entire time, telling us where to stop, when to go fast, to slow down, turn around, stand up, flex our biceps, and make waves while she deftly handled my DSLR like a pro.

With no DSLR to worry about, I could put all my energy into NOT flipping over. 😆

Instagram that shit.

Ripping through these shallow streams was fucking awesome. So much fun!

Crossing the stream like a boss.

Crossing the stream like a little girl afraid to get her shoesies wet.

Where’s my ride yo?! Going ahead then turning around to take our picture, Regine asked us to go as fast as we safely could to create the biggest splashes possible. Happy to oblige. 😈

Instagram that shit again.

Base camp with the lava front just a few meters away. This is as far as you’ll go for the Mayon to base camp tour. You park your ATVs here and pay the PHP 50 environmental fee before climbing up the lava front. They sell refreshments here too.

With loose lava rocks all over, there’s our badass guide Mang Jerry helping Reneelicious every step of the way.

Walk this way.

The summit!

Helipad built right on top of the lava flow from the 2006 eruption. This was where cutie boy Zac Efron was helicoptered in to go ATVing with his pops a few years ago. Woohoo!

He may be dreamy, but can Zac Efron do this?!

Or this?

Eat your heart out Davd Blaine!

Art imitating life… *sigh* 😆

Thank you Mang Jerry for taking these wicked cool trick shots! What’s up with all these Mayon Volcano guides anyway? They all know how to use my camera better than me! 👿

For an additional PHP 300 per head, you have the option of taking this zipline back to base camp. Sure beats the hell out of climbing down eh? From there you hop back onto your ATVs and drive back to the main site to conclude your tour.

If you enjoy this sort of thing, then I highly highly HIGHLY recommend booking an ATV tour with Your Brother. You can find all their contact details at the bottom of this post. It was an amazingly fun adventure, one that I definitely wouldn’t mind doing again. What an awesome day!! 😀

Having ATV’ed our way to Mayon Volcano and back, I’m even more appreciative now of how amazing this GoPro really is. I love it. It isn’t just a camera. It’s a reminder that life is short.

I consider myself a pretty adventurous guy, but because of an obsessive-compulsive need to store acorns for the winter, I don’t allow Ren and myself the luxury of enough trips. Made anxious by the future’s uncertainty, we go on holiday once a year, twice at best. I understand how lucky we are to be allowed even that, but considering how big this world is, that just isn’t enough. After all, travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, and this GoPro gives me all the motivation I need to live my life with more adventure.

You only live once. That should be GoPro’s tagline. GoPro. YOLO. 🙂

I had my GoPro strapped to my helmet from the main site to base camp. As you can see below, the headstrap mount works well for this. I did notice that the strap would slide up the helmet a bit during the ride, so be sure to check it once in a while to make sure it’s secure. If you don’t have a headstrap mount, then a standard curved mount will do. Good luck prying it off your helmet after the tour though. 😉

On the ride back to the main site, I attached my GoPro to the back of our guide’s ATV. The Jaws clamp mount was perfect for this.

Your Brother Travel & Tours ATV Amusement Center

Your Brother ATV Site, Barangay Pawa, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines
Tel: +6352-742-9871
Mobile: +63-917-595-8859 | +63-915-938-6451 | +63-922-898-7071 | +63-905-455-7594 | +63-905-363-6330 | +63-915-525-7467
Facebook: mayonatvtour
Website: mayonatvtour.com
Email: [email protected]

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Birding at KL Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

With a full day to spend in Kuala Lumpur before flying back to Manila, Ren and I wondered what we could do to fill up our afternoon. We had already taken the perfunctory pictures of Petronas Towers earlier that morning, and we had visited Central Market the night before, so both were off the list.

Batu Caves maybe? Nah, too much garbage according to TripAdvisor, and more importantly, too many steps for my fat ass to climb. Hop On Hop Off bus? We had a great time doing that in Australia last year, but we quickly realized that KL is a very different city from Sydney. More traffic, more pollution, more time spent suffering at the top of an open air bus. Forget that.

Being an animal lover, it’s no surprise then that the two attractions which jumped out most for me were the aquarium and bird park. Eager to bust out my 100mm macro lens, which to this point in our trip hadn’t gotten much shutter time, I headed off to KL Bird Park to spend a sunny afternoon doing my best Audubon impression.

As for Ren, she’s deathly allergic to the sun, so she opted to spend the day in a nice, air-conditioned mall instead to do some shopping. Women. 😆

KL Bird Park

Reputed to be the largest walk-in free-flight aviary in the world, KL Bird Park is spread out over 20.9 acres of sprawling, verdant valley terrain within the scenic Kuala Lumpur lake gardens. Divided into four zones, it’s home to more than 3,000 birds from 200 species, both local and foreign.

Open daily from 9AM-6PM, entrance to KL Bird Park is RM63 for adults and RM42 for children as of this writing.

If I’m not mistaken, this was an Indian Ringneck Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) welcoming you into the aviary.

A pair of gorgeous Yellow-Billed Storks (Mycteria ibis). Free to roam the large, free-flight area, these guys were just begging to be photographed.

You talkin’ to me? Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus)

They had these feeding stations loaded with colorful fruit like red papaya throughout the aviary. This little fella looks to be another Indian Ringneck Parakeet.

A flock feasting on red papaya

Like a boss

Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber). A bright vermillion throughout with a black, pointy beak, it was absolutely stunning, easily one of the most striking birds in the aviary.

Based on the amount of black on their bills, I think these beauties are Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus).

Miami lawn ornaments

Anyone know what type of bird this is? She’s a beauty.

A pair of aptly named Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

A volary within a volary, here’s a shot from behind the falls in the waterfall aviary. So cool.

Beautiful, large space. There’s a picture of the falls from the front.

They had several of these koi ponds throughout the aviary. You could buy little packets of fish food from these vending machines for RM1, if I remember correctly.

Pictures from the nursery. Aren’t these little guys adorable?

Here’s one that just emerged from its shell. Welcome to the world little fella!

It’s important to note that the birds pictured above represent just a fraction of all the species that you can find at KL Bird Park. Visiting the aviary primarily to take photos, I spent most of my time photographing the birds that were freely roaming the park, unobscured by mesh wiring or bars. There are plenty of other species to be enjoyed here though, most notably the hornbills, flightless birds, and birds of prey.

If you have some time to kill in Kuala Lumpur, then I suggest KL Bird Park, especially if you’re traveling with kids. It’s a great place to spend a couple of hours, with or without a camera. 😉

KL Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

920, Jalan Cenderwasih, Taman Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2272-1010
Fax: +603-2273-5428
Website: klbirdpark.com
Email: [email protected]

For travel tips to Kuala Lumpur, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Seafood Friday at Dampa sa Farmer’s Market

It’s been ages since I last ate at a dampa*. Before today, my last dampa experience was in Greenhills over two decades ago, in a structure across Unimart where that huge, gaudy Gloria Mari’s now stands. Popular in the mid-80s, it wasn’t even a true dampa, but more a restaurant with a dampa concept, where diners would take their shopping cart, peruse the many tanks of live seafood, then have their purchases cooked in any number of ways. I remember always asking for an eel, cooked with teriyaki sauce, unagi-style. Yum. 🙂

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been meaning to visit Farmer’s Market in Cubao, but I just haven’t found the time. Thanks to Ren’s brother Randy visiting from California, I got my wish today, finally getting the opportunity to photograph the wet market whilst indulging in this grand seafood feast fit for a king.

It’s funny. Before this blog, I would never have been caught dead at a wet market. It’s crowded, filthy, stinky, and disgustingly wet. Not exactly the kind of place where a bachelor, who doesn’t cook, would want to spend a Friday afternoon. Today, with my DSLR in hand and this blog in my thoughts, exploring a wet market has become as much fun for me as window shopping at the mall. Now if I can only find that eel…

*For the uninitiated, a dampa is basically a wet market with a restaurant that can cook the fresh meat or seafood for you in different ways.

The Feast

With a choice of proprietors who will do the marketing and cook the food for you, we took one of the private, air-conditioned function rooms upstairs and ordered everything conveniently from there. We chose Amolar’s Seafood Paluto, who showed us the live, freshly marketed seafood first, before cooking them up. I didn’t catch how much the seafood cost per kilo, but everything you see below, with marketing charges, came out to around PHP 4,800. The entire meal, with paluto (cooking) fees, amounted to just over PHP 7,000. For an all-seafood feast boasting six whole crabs, that’s pretty damn good I would say. 🙂

The private function rooms with karaoke machines cost a little extra, the charges for which are detailed below. (click to enlarge)

Clams

A tub of clams

Halaan (Clam) Soup – PHP 95 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 130 per kilo (paluto charge)

Clams are one of my least favorite bivalves, though they do make a tasty soup.

Crab


Deep-Fried – PHP 95 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 160 per kilo (paluto charge)

I LOVE crabs, especially when they’re just deep-fried like this. Fresh as can be, the flesh was so sweet and succulent, with many of the crabs bursting with aligue (crab roe). I don’t know what it’s called, but I love that thin, transparent sheet of membrane stuck to the inner lining of the shell as well. Dee-licious!

Ginataan (Cooked with coconut milk) – PHP 95 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 150 per kilo (paluto charge)

As mentioned above, I prefer roast or deep-fried crab so I didn’t touch this. I tasted the veggies in coconut milk though and they were really good. Very rich and creamy. If I remember correctly, this was one of the dishes that Ivan Man Dy ordered for Anthony Bourdain on that Philippine episode of No Reservations, filmed in part, if I’m not mistaken, at this very dampa.

Prawns

Sweet, sweet suahe

Halabos (Steamed) – PHP 95 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 150 per kilo (paluto charge)

Sweet, succulent, and perfectly steamed, these were so so good, especially when dipped in a chili soy concoction. ♥

Lapu-Lapu

Unless it’s a shark, I can’t identify fish to save my life. I think the steamed, reddish-scaled fish below is Lapu-Lapu, but I’m not sure.

Steamed with Mayo and Tausi – PHP 95 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 160 per kilo (paluto charge)

This was pretty good, soft and succulent, though I’m not a fan of mayo so I was happy with just one bite.

Scallops

The shape of the shell looks a little different, so I’m not sure if these were the same scallops that we ate, but they’re close enough.

Baked with Cheese Sauce – PHP 100 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 170 per kilo (paluto charge)

Sobraaaaaang cheeeeeesyyyyyy! 😀

Squid

Architeuthis, is that you?

Stuffed – PHP 95 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 160 per kilo (paluto charge)

When properly cooked and tender, squid and octopus are among my favorite foods. Stuffed with tomatoes and onions, this was no exception.

Catfish

Along with tilapia, these catfish would make a terrific candidate for aquaponic gardening.

Inihaw (Grilled) – PHP 95 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 130 per kilo (paluto charge)

I don’t eat catfish very often but I really enjoyed these. Soft with that characteristic catfish texture, they seemed to have been basted with a mildly sweet glaze. Very nice.

Tanigue (Mackerel)

Again, I can’t tell my tanigue from my tang-ina, so it may or may not be in this picture.

Steak – PHP 100 per 1/2 kilo / PHP 160 per kilo (paluto charge)

These were ok. I’m not a fan of fish steaks because I often find the flesh dry and overcooked, as was the case again here.

Alamang (Tiny Shrimp)

Eensie weensie shrimp used to make bagoong (fermented shrimp paste).

Obviously, they didn’t make the bagoong with fresh alamang on the spot, so there are no paluto charges for this.

Though I didn’t find my eel this time (nor fresh uni), I enjoyed this meal and experience tremendously. I love seafood, preferring it to land-based proteins, so this is the type of meal that really gets me excited. Most everything was sensational, though I especially enjoyed the succulent, deep-fried crab. It was so, so good, and I literally could have eaten it all day long. Seriously, what better place to get a variety of fresh, more affordable seafood than a dampa?

Anyone? 😀

Dampa sa Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Tel: 913-2803 / 911-3101 loc. 6877

Amolar’s Seafood Paluto

#7 Dampa sa Farmer’s Market, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Tel: 437-2853
Mobile: 0909-902-3803 / 0909-468-9069
Email: [email protected]

Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant, Tiaong, Quezon

Ever since I started Sushi Bytes, there have been a few older experiences that I’ve been meaning to relive for the sake of this blog. A birthday dinner with Ren at Lolo Dad’s, a two-week Costa cruise with my in-laws, my first-ever mouthful of oyster wasabi tempura from Kai. Unforgettable experiences like that, regardless of how big or small, make me wish I had started this blog ten years earlier.

Today’s lunch, at this beautifully landscaped pottery garden and restaurant in Tiaong, Quezon, has long been tops on that list. Located roughly three hours south of Manila, it’s home to celebrated pottery artist Augusto “Ugu” Bigyan, who opened his home and garden to the public as an art gallery, workshop studio, and reservations-only restaurant in 2000. Thanks to my mom, who’s been coming here for years either to dine with friends or to partake in Ugu’s pottery workshops, we got to experience the magic of this place for the first time, over five years ago, in 2008.

In awe today as I was back then, it’s one of those special places that you never forget. It takes your breath away and makes you feel happy sharing it with others. Personally, I’ve only been to a handful of establishments like that in and around Manila. Antonio’s in Tagaytay is one. Sonya’s Garden, with better food, could be another. An enriching experience in every aspect, Ugu Bigyan’s secret pottery garden and restaurant is high on that list for me, and I am so happy to finally get the chance to share it with you all here. 😀

For anyone planning a trip there, I’ve included detailed DRIVING DIRECTIONS at the bottom of this post.

In and Around the Pottery Garden

Ugu’s house. Love those brick arches and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Scattered about the beautifully landscaped, Bali-inspired garden are these open-air terracotta huts for dining or just lounging.

Ugu makes beautiful wind chimes. Or are they dividers? Regardless, they’re purtty.

A more intimate nook for couples or smaller groups

Giant mango tree in the middle of the courtyard

Greenery all around

Fresh flowers too

L: A larger dining table for groups of ten. R: Work area out back, where Ugu’s elves were busily fashioning many beautiful pottery pieces

As mentioned up top, you can take pottery lessons with Ugu. Since many students come all the way from Manila, you’re allowed to stay here overnight, maybe more. I’m assuming that this is one of the rooms where guests can stay. If you’re interested in taking pottery lessons here, then I suggest contacting Ugu directly via the information at the bottom of this post.

Nature makes me happy.

Rustic chic birdhouse. Even the birds live in style here.

More chimes. Too bad there wasn’t much wind today.

The Main Dining Area and Our Feast

Aside from serving terrific Filipino and Asian fusion dishes, my favorite thing about the restaurant is that you have no idea what you’ll be eating until it’s served to you. They have no menu, with Ugu preparing the meal himself based on what’s available at the market that day. Suffice to say, only the freshest ingredients are used.

As of this writing, the set meal costs PHP 6,000 for a minimum of ten people, reservations for which must be made in advance. You can come in a smaller group, but you’ll need to pay for the full ten, which is what we did. Trust me, with the variety and volume of delicious, home-cooked dishes that you’ll be getting, this meal is worth every centavo in my book, and one which I’ll happily take over any buffet in Manila.

Don’t believe me? Keep scrolling. 😉

Fresh orchids at every table

Here’s ours. Aren’t those giant earthenware cups awesome? By the way, when admiring the scrumptious-looking dishes below, don’t forget to notice the plates, cups, and bowls as well. All beautiful, all made by Ugu of course. 😉

Refreshing bowl of buko juice to quench your thirst

Clam soup. The clams tasted so clean and fresh!

Mussels with garlic, onions, and pechay. Fresh and flavorful, this dish was one of my favorites.

L: Kulawo or banana hearts. This is arguably Ugu’s most well-known and beloved dish, and with good reason. Cooked with charcoal, it’s smokey and creamy and has a texture reminiscent of tuna meat. Absolutely delicious.

R: Beautiful, tender, lightly battered calamari.

Pako or fern salad. If you’ve never had this before, it’s a bright, refreshing, Filipino salad of edible fern. Ugu makes his with slivers of tart, green apples. Very nice!

Blue marlin steaks in some sweet and sour sauce with fresh mango salad. Again, very refreshing!

Smokey, slide-off-the-bone pork spareribs with barbecue sauce.

Fresh, perfectly cooked, succulent, jumbo shrimp in curry sauce. Loved loved loved these.

Dessert of tapioca pearls with gabi (taro), arnibal (caramel), and coconut milk. Dee-licious!

In mid-obliteration. For what amounts to just PHP 600 per head, you get a substantial amount of food served in a beautiful, rustic setting. I told you it was worth every centavo. 😉

Pottery Gallery and Shop

I don’t have much experience with pottery, but even my untrained eye can see that Ugu’s work truly is unique. You can admire and pick up a few of his one-of-a-kind pieces here at the gallery and shop.

Some of his more whimsical pieces

Beautiful earthenware

Casing for lambanog bottles. If you’ve never had lambanog, it’s a potent wine made from coconut. These are a great way to hide the unappetizing, overly saturated, artificial-looking colors that the lambanog comes in.

Wall hangings with leaves and birds

Decorative plates

More birds and chimes

The artist’s statement: “Challenges drive me to survive and they make me stronger every time I work with clay.”

Potted Potters

Here we are after another terrific meal, courtesy of Mr. Ugu Bigyan. As before, the experience didn’t disappoint. Thank you so much Ugu!

Five years after our first visit, Ugu’s pottery garden and restaurant is still as immaculate and well kept as ever. The gardens are thriving, fresh flowers can be found at every table, and no signs of dilapidation are visible anywhere. The place looks unspoiled, as if it were opened just yesterday.

From the moment you walk in, it becomes apparent that much love is put into everything they do here, and that for me, is what makes this place truly special. With plans of eventually moving to Lipa to start our own residential farm and painting studio, I can’t help but feel inspired by Ugu and all the wonderful things that he’s done here.

The Fastest Way to Get There From Manila

We got these directions from Ugu’s sister Heidi, and she guaranteed that this is the quickest route to take. We left the Quezon City Scout area at 9:30 AM on a Tuesday, and arrived at Ugu’s place around three hours later at 12:30 PM. Minus peak EDSA rush hour traffic and congestion in San Jose because of a fiesta, we probably could have done it in just over two hours. Not bad at all, considering that many blogs recount a four hour trip from Manila.

  1. Drive southbound on SLEX all the way until end, when it becomes ACTEx. There are no signs (at least as of this writing), but you’ll know that you’re on ACTEx when you reach another toll plaza and pay an additional PHP 25.
  2. After crossing the ACTEx toll plaza, take the Sto. Tomas exit. It’s important to note that before you reach the ACTEx toll booth, you’ll see an exit called Lucena / Sto. Tomas. Ignore this one. The Sto. Tomas exit you want is the one right AFTER you cross the ACTEx toll plaza.
  3. Turn right upon exiting.
  4. Stay on this main road and drive straight towards the towns of Alaminos, San Pablo, then Tiaong. This is the main stretch of the journey and will take around two hours, depending on traffic. Just stay on this main road, ignore the minor forks, and you’ll be fine.
  5. After around 2 hours, you’ll see Villa Escudero on your left. Shortly after driving past it and through a welcome arch, make a left at the Lucena / Bicol bypass. You’ll see a sign for it.
  6. Drive all the way until the end, then turn left.
  7. Watch out for the Iglesia ni Cristo next to the Petron station on your right. Immediately after passing them, make a left onto the very first street that you see. It’s a small street, with the sign Lusacan National High School at the corner.
  8. Go straight until you see a sign for Alvarez Village. Make a left there, and Ugu’s place will be the third house on your left, pictured below. You can’t miss it because it’s the only house made of brick.

Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant

490 Alvarez Village. Brgy Lusacan, 4325 Tiaong, Quezon
Tel: (042) 545-9144 / (042) 545-8689
Mobile: 0917-560-5708 / 0917-560-7973
Facebook: ugubigyan
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 9AM-5PM
Payment Options: Visa / Mastercard

Sydney Fish Market, Australia

As a keeper of recipes and paramour of seafood, you can bet that I was really excited to visit this place. The largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest seafood market in the world behind only Tsukiji in Japan, the Sydney Fish Market trades over 14,500 tons of seafood annually, with up to a hundred species traded every day.

Sounds like the perfect place to have lunch right?

Jumping off the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus around noon, we walked to the market and enjoyed some of the freshest, most delicious seafood any of us had ever tasted. Being ocean-loving folk who live on an archipelago comprised of 7,107 islands, you know that’s saying a lot. 😉

The Sydney Fish Market, with the Sydney Seafood School on the second floor. With over 13,000 guests attending classes every year, the Sydney Seafood School is Australia’s leading cooking school.

As with pretty much everything in Sydney, the prices here were through the roof. I’ll list the peso equivalent next to all the Australian prices so you don’t have to peform any mental matematics.

Tenderized Baby Octopus – AUD 17.99/kilo

Whole Coral Trout – AUD 28.99/kilo

Bacalao – AUD 19.99/kilo – According to Ren, the price of the bacalao wasn’t too bad.

Cooked Lobster – AUD 59.90/kilo

Loligo Squid – AUD 11.99/kilo

King Crab Clusters – AUD 49.95/kilo

Green Blue Swimmer Crabs – AUD 19.99/kilo

Large Rock Oysters – AUD 16/dozen – Though definitely a lot more than what you’d pay in the Philippines for oysters, I didn’t think these were too bad. Among my favorite foods, I would have loved to try some of Sydney’s oysters as I heard (after our trip) that they’re very good.

Eastern Rock Lobster – AUD 69.95/kilo

Whole Snapper – AUD 9.99/kilo

Salmon sinigang anyone?

The many exciting Australian food stalls selling fresh seafood for lunch. We walked by a table of Chinese customers who were visibly enjoying their meal so much that they looked like they were literally INHALING their food. A very encouraging sight indeed.

Ren and I wound up having sushi and soft shell crab for lunch, both of which were among the best that we had ever tried. In fact, it’s been a small dream of mine to feast on sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market one day. This wasn’t Japan, but it was close enough. Absolutely dee-licious.

Outdoor harborside seating area with a view of Anzac Bridge.

Classic. Can’t read lady? 😆

Obviosuly, there was lots more to see at the market but the weather wasn’t great that day. We were in a rush to eat as quickly as we could and get back to the bus stop before the rain started coming down again. It’s good that we did since it really did start pouring shortly after.

If you love seafood or even just food in general, then the Fish Market is a must visit on any trip to Sydney. It’s a large complex with many fine seafood restaurants and stalls to choose from. As mentioned up top, the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus stops fairly close to the market, so you can time your trip and get off here for lunch or dinner, then get back on the bus when you’re done.

For more information and directions on how to get here, please visit their website. For anyone interested, there’s an interesting section under the Seafood School tab that provides advice on seafood purchasing, storage, cooking, and recipes, as well as general information on a wide variety of seafood species.

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