Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Shrimps, uni, and oysters for breakfast at a seafood market in Japan. And about the biggest oysters in the world.


Last week in Japan, living a #Travelife, we visited a seafood market in one of the most beautiful towns along the Japan Sea coast.

BIG BREAKFAST ONBOARD SILVERSEA

We'd already had a big breakfast onboard the Silver Discoverer, our Silversea exploration vessel for this cruise, ordering club sandwiches and my usual trio of juices and a pot of green tea via room service before heading out for a morning adventure.

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BEST FOODIE EXPERIENCE
IN JAPAN

But when we reached the market, everything was way too tantalising to pass up. Rows upon rows of stalls with the freshest seafood imaginable. 

This seafood market was a photographer's dream and a gourmand's delight.


#Travelife with us to Japan in May 2016.
We're visiting this market.
SASHIMI BREAKFAST
IN A SEAFOOD MARKET IN JAPAN

I said: "We're having a second breakfast of sashimi somewhere."

So we walked around for a bit, looking for a stall with a semi-decent set-up for eating produce on-the-spot.



Everything is wet and basic in a seafood market, of course, so a sashimi breakfast on-the-spot isn't for the squeamish.

But even I, who usually is firmly on the side of order and luxury where travel and any kind of experience is concerned, simply could not pass up this foodie opportunity.


#Travelife with us to Japan in May 2016.
We're visiting this market.
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FRESH OYSTERS, SCALLOPS,
UNI FOR BREAKFAST

We ordered oysters, scallops, sea urchin and shrimps -- all fresh in front of us and then cut open or sliced up for us and placed on paper plates by the stall vendor.



In general, I choose the small oysters because I think they taste better, no matter where in the world I am. But in this market, I saw what were literally the biggest oysters I've ever seen.

But they also had the smaller versions, so I asked the vendor: "Which ones do you recommend?"

BIGGER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER



I should've realised he would recommend the larger and obviously more expensive ones.

Lesson for that day: to always trust my instinct. I usually do, but somehow I forgot to do this on that morning in that market by the Japan Sea coast, living a #Travelife.




I ordered two of those very large oysters and took one bite and couldn't finish the rest. They looked amazing but they tasted bland and didn't seem at all like oysters.

Fortunately, everything else was wonderful, making for another memorable breakfast in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.



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