Barramundi reviewed

Not too long ago, I read about the Barramundi in some fishing magazine. It’s a fish native to Northern Australia that is not only puts up a good fight and is a good candidate for fish farming (unlike salmon, which is not only bland when farmed, but bad for the environment and wild salmon stocks) but it is also delicious.
In fact, it is number 36 on the BBC’s 50 things to eat list. I got mine at the Portola Restaurant in Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was dusted with paprika, served on top of purple sweet potatos and fennel, topped with braised spinach, and garnished with a tamarind relish. The flesh was like that of sea bass, only richer.
Forget about talapia and catfish, barramundi is one sustainable option that I actually want to eat (and catch, if I ever get the chance).

On to Monterey

With the support and encouragement of my family, I’ve moved to Monterey after accepting a position with the aquarium. Though I’d ideally like to live in Southern California, I can’t complain about living up here- the possibilities for hiking, diving, fishing, and other activities are more plentiful than I could have hoped for. They even have jiu-jitsu up here!
One thing is for certain: I am glad that I didn’t have to take any of the jobs that I was offered in Orange County. With the exception of teaching sailing, I wasn’t having much luck finding a job that I wanted to do. All of the jobs that I was offered where I could use Japanese left much to be desired.
Instead of making a pitiful amount of money, spending a few hours a day stuck in L.A. traffic, and working insane hours for a Japanese corporation, I’m going to be doing something that I want to do for a living and during my leisure time. I realize that most people are not lucky enough to get to pick and choose what they want to do, and am very grateful for the opportunity.
Life just seems so unreal sometimes. As soon as I’ve ended one leg of my “career”, another one starts in a different place. I still don’t feel like the adventure that I embarked on when I left for college has really ended.
It’s cool to see what you end up with if you are always on the move. It turns out, in my case, that I don’t need a lot to be content- clothing, a camera, some books, music, computer stuff, sports equipment, assorted tools, and my camera can all be fit into a few suitcases, and are all that I need.
Posting might be light for a while, since I’m still in transition. While I’m getting started up here, I think I’ll buy a new computer. What a great excuse to get something that I have really wanted, as I’ve been without my own computer since I left Osaka! Hmmmn… What to get?