Calamari – Oyster & Chop

Calamari - Oyster & Chop
Furikake crumb, togarashi sprinkle, yuzu mayo. $19 NZD
Oyster & Chop, Auckland NZ

Wow, this was probably one of the best calamari dishes I’ve had! The  squid was super tender, the breading was delicious, and it was perfectly fried. Combine that with the Japanese flavors and you have a winning plate!

Mediterranean calamari salad – Novy Restaurant

Mediterranean calamari salad - Novy Restaurant
Sauteed calamari, cucumber, Kalamata olives, roasted red pepper, pickled red onion, lime vinaigrette. $14
Novy Restaurant, San Francisco CA

I liked this salad. It tasted bright and delicious, and it was definitely on the healthy side. The calamari were nice and tender and not rubbery. Yum!

The original clam bake cioppino – The Old Clam House

The original clam bake cioppino - The Old Clam House
Clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, calamari, fish filet, potatoes, carrots, onions, olives, garlic, corn in a spicy cioppino sauce. Couple $49.99
The Old Clam House, San Francisco CA

OMG, this was SO much food! This was pretty much a small pail of cioppino for only two people, and it was SO delicious! I liked that the sauce was on the spicy side. Most cioppinos are kinda bland these days. This cioppino was also packed with seafood. This was definitely worth it, and I would go back for this dish. Noms!

Chili calamari – Sky Deck View Bar

Chili calamari - Sky Deck View Bar
Crispy egg battered squid, chili, aioli, lime wedge, cilantro. 310 PHP
Sky Deck View Bar, Manila PHILIPPINES

Mmm, these calamari were done right! They weren’t dry and over-fried and chewy. They were still tender and packed with flavor, a little heat and some sweetness. A nice early evening snack to kick off the night.

Manhattan and Long Island Iced Tea - Sky Deck View Bar
Manhattan and Long Island Iced Tea. Each 280 PHP

Intramuros view
Intramuros view from the Bayleaf Hotel.

Grilled squid – Plato D’Boracay Resto

Grilled squid - Plato D'Boracay Resto
Prawns 150 PHP, Cooking service 100 PHP
Plato D’Boracay Resto, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Mmm, this squid was so good! They were grilled just right so that the squid weren’t tough and chewy. I loved eating the heads and eyes. Hehe!

Calamansi and red chilies - Plato D'Boracay Resto
Calamansi and red chilies for making the yummy dipping sauce.

Dipping sauce - Plato D'Boracay Resto
Dipping sauce.

d*talipapa seafood market
Fresh fish at d*talipapa seafood market.

Baby squid in olive oil – Mesa

Baby squid in olive oil - Mesa
Sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with garlic and laurel. 270 PHP
Mesa, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Ugh, this wasn’t very good. It had a weird flavor and texture. I don’t know if they just threw it in for garnish, but the dry bay leaf was not appreciated. I hope that’s not how they produced the laurel flavor, by throwing in a crusty leaf afterward! I was excited to order this dish and it fell flat.

Station 2 beach
Station 2 beach.

Sweet and sour seafood hot pot – Nha Hang Ngon

Sweet and sour seafood hot pot - Nha Hang Ngon
Lau hai san chua cay. Shrimp, clams, fish, squid, cherry tomato, cilantro. 295,000 VND
Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Assorted greens and oyster mushrooms - Nha Hang Ngon
Assorted greens and oyster mushrooms. I have no clue what most of these greens were, but I think there were even mimosa (sensitive plant) stems and leaves!

Vermicelli rice noodles - Nha Hang Ngon
Bun rice vermicelli noodles.

Sweet and sour seafood hot pot - Nha Hang Ngon
All the ingredients stewing in the hot pot! The server placed them in there once the pot was hot enough.

Sweet and sour seafood hot pot - Nha Hang Ngon
The end result was a delicious bowl of beautifully cooked seafood in a delicious broth with a little kick.

Hung King's Monument
Hung King’s Monument, Tao Dan Park.

Seafood chowder – Bar Crudo

Seafood chowder - Bar Crudo
Fish, mussels, squid, shrimp, potatoes, applewood smoked bacon. Happy hour $6
Bar Crudo, San Francisco CA

Omg, I loved this chowder! It was probably the “meatiest” version I’ve had a long time. It had SO much flavor and the most perfect, silky smooth texture. The seafood ingredients were delicious and abundant – I loved everything about it. NOMS!!!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012, 2013, 2014

Bread and butter - Bar Crudo
Bread and butter. Complimentary

Sutro Tower
View of Sutro Tower from the Castro.

Hot pot proteins – Hoang Yen

Hot pot proteins - Hoang Yen
Clams, cockles, beef, fish, squid, and prawns. North-south hot pot 279,000 VND
Hoang Yen, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

This was a pretty good selection of seafood and meat to throw into the hot pot. Everything seemed pretty fresh and well-cleaned. Can you really ask for much more? Noms!

Sauces - Hoang Yen
Mixed sauces.

Sauce ingredients - Hoang Yen
Soy sauce and sauce ingredients.

Martial arts practice
Martial arts practice at night, Cong Vien 23 Thang 9 Park.