2016 might certainly turn out to be a year with lots of new beginnings, so I am excited. Starting in February, I will be living in Sydney for a few months. Although Sydney is arguably one of the most distant places from Hamburg, I am looking forward to escaping the winter in Europe. My first stop will be Bondi Beach. I suppose it is not a bad place to start. With temperatures around 27° C (81° F) and lots of time on my hands, it will certainly be a trip to be remembered.
While doing some research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and working on some projects remotely, I plan to travel around Oceania to make the most out of the trip. So if you have any tips for me about what definitely needs to be on my list, please let me know below, on foursquare or send me an email.
Again I went to Matsumi some time ago, my absolute favourite Sushi restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. It is located in the Collonaden near to the Jungfernstieg at the inner Alster river and I highly recommend it for the most amazing sushi. I don’t know any better place.
We got seats at the sushi bar and started out with some very nice side dishes and a sake kava temaki (grilled salmon skin hand roll), which is my absolute favourite hand roll at Matsumi. They are a little bit messy to eat but an absolute delight.
Afterwards we enjoyed an amazing sashimi platter with a huge variety of delicious fish. We had hamachi (yellowtail), maguro, medium fatty and fatty tuna (I think it was chu toro and toro), sake (salmon), hirame (halibut), ika (squid), tako (octopus), saba (mackerel), perch/zander (I am not sure about the Japanese name), ama ebi (sweet shrimp) and hotategai (scallop), aka gai (red clam) and mirugai (giant clam). To be honest, I am not quite sure about the last two mussels. Alongside the sushi platter there were two more side specialties, spicy ika (squid) and aji tataki (seared horse mackerel).
To make it short, the sashimi was all awesome, fresh and so delicious. I especially enjoyed the 3 varieties of tuna, the hamachi (yellowtail) and tako (octopus). Also I never hat hirame (halibut) at Matsumi before and really liked its smoothness. As always I also appreciated the mackerel, being on my long list of sashimi favourites. Therefore I also really enjoyed the aji tataki (seared horse mackerel) It was refined with herbs, wasabi and soy sauce and was absolutely delicious.
hotategai (scallop), aka gai (red clam), mirugai (giant clam) sashimi
ika (squid) sashimi
aji tataki (horse mackerel)
I will be back for more…
P.S.: Sadly, Hideaki Morita, the head chef at Matsumi, fell terribly ill in autumn 2015. I miss him very much and wish him all the best for his recovery. I sincerely hope that he feels much better soon.
Once back in Miami Beach after the trip through the Caribbean, there was some time left to relax on South Beach. Far less crowded than on New Year’s Eve, the Ocean Drive allowed for some photos without hurdling hordes of party people. Again, we went to Five Guys Burgers, which I can highly recommend, after some shopping and to Toni’s Sushi Bar for Dinner. All in all a nice trip with nothing but snow and cold winds waiting at home.
In January 2016 I traveled the Caribbean and visited the islands of Sint Marteen (the southern part of the island Saint Martin and part of the Netherlands), Antigua, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) as well as Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. All in all it was much more fun than I anticipated. I enjoyed exploring old fortresses protecting the harbor bays known from Hornblower and Bolitho novels, the laid back attitude and vibes as well as the beautiful beaches (although they are not as isolated and breathtaking as on the Seychelles where I went in 2014). Below there are a few instagram photos from the trip…
Sint Maarten – Fort Amsterdam ocean view
Sint Maarten – Philipsburg
Sint Maarten – Fort Amsterdam
Sint Maarten – Fort Amsterdam cannon
Sint Maarten – Great Bay
Sint Maarten – Iguana
Antigua – Turner’s Beach
Antigua – English Harbour
Antigua – Valley Rd
Antigua – Ffryes Beach
St. Thomas USVI – Long Bay
St. Thomas USVI – Long Bay Harbor
St. Thomas USVI – Aloha
St. Thomas USVI – Magen’s Bay Beach
Dominican Republic – Amber Cove
Dominican Republic – El Teleferico De Puerto Plata