Per Harper’s recommendation, I went on the Pennicott Seafood Seduction tour today, where our fearless guides Sam & Hugh took us on a cruise through the waters of Hobart, Tasmania. Not only were they our guides, they were also our captains, fishermen, chefs, and entertainers – their constant prattle & wit back and forth kept the cruise light-hearted and fun. The day was amazing, the food top-notch, and the sights were something to behold. Anyone heading to Tasmania should stop through and take the cruise!
Across the day, we ate:
- Oysters, both raw and poached in sparkling wine
- Salmon: sashimi, cold-smoked, hot-smoked & salmon spread.
- Strawberries, blueberries, & cucumber
- Blue cheese, brie, & cheddar from Bruny Island
- Rock lobster (raw & ceviche’d in wine)
- Abalone, prepared two ways: sautéed with butter and sautéed with ginger, garlic, chilis, and scallions
- Sea urchin (raw)
The abalone and sea urchin were freshly caught by Hugh, one of our guides!
Of the course of the day, we drank:
- Jansz Sparkling wine
- Moo beer
- Willie Smith’s cider
- Pinot Noir
The day started off pretty windy and cloudy, but ended up warm with gorgeous blue skies.
Pennicott ship: Little Penguin
Oysters poached in sparkling wine
Willie Smith’s cider & Moo brew
Fellow passengers from Hong Kong
Inside the ship
Appetizers: strawberries, blueberries, cucumber, hot-smoked salmon, cold-smoked salmon, brie, blue cheese, cheddar.
Rock lobster, with Sam & Hugh
Sam petting the rock lobster
Me holding the rock lobster
Rock lobster, raw
Rock lobster, poached
Hugh diving for seafood
Sam showing us the sea urchins
Prep’ing the sea urchin
Fresh, raw sea urchin
Prep’ing the abalone
Sam taking a mallet to the abalone.
Abalone, poached in butter
Abalone, sautéed with scallions, ginger, chilis, garlic.