|Brisbane BotanicGardens' steamy tropical conservatory. Queensland, Australia. Local Ozzies Helene and Steve graciously brought Wayne and me there. Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane, Australia.|
Nonetheless - in this case the "bugs" are not fried crickets, chocolate-covered ants or even Bardi grubs (the two latter I have tried and were actually pretty tasty; admittedly, I'd be willing to try crickets, too).
Moreton Bay "bugs" - in yet another instance of cheeky, chronic word-shortening Ozzie lexicon, are actually little lobsters.
|Moreton Bay Bugs. Not the prettiest lobsters, but pretty darned tasty. |
Gordon Yearsly photo from www.australiantropicalfoods.com website.
Besides, we were in Moreton, and Wayne's much more willing to try local food when proffered by a local.
More strange than "eating bugs" is the way we met "the locals," Helene and her husband Steve....
|Steve, Helene and their grand-daughter, Arianna. Brisbane locals|
and delightful hosts. Image pilfered from Helene's Facebook album.
When we were living aboard our boat in Jacksonville Florida over hurricane season, neighboring live-aboard "Bertie" became a good friend. Throughout our travels, whenever we've had wifi, we keep up on Facebook.
Shortly after arriving in Oz, Bertie asked (via Facebook messenger), "Are you near my friend, Helene? She lives in Australia." A bit more back-and-forth over Facebook, and Helene and Steve were willing to make the drive out our way to at Scarborough Marina, near Brisbane.
|Steve demonstrates his distilling set-up from his "man cave" in Brisbane.|
It's impossible not to become fast friends over homebrews and a hands-on meal like lobsters and prawns. While Wayne admired Steve's still set-up, I had the pleasure of teaching Helene the fine art of guacamole-making (aka "guac"). Guac with tortilla chips was our appetizer and a pre-introduction to Mexican food before her upcoming trip to California.
GWT's Guacamole Recipe
3 avocados (preferably Haas), peeled and diced
2 t lime juice
1 t clove, finely grated (or more, to taste)
1/2 t salt
1 T finely grated onion
2 T sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
1/2 finely chopped fresh jalapeno pepper (optional)
1 small fresh tomato, diced (optional)
2-3 T fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped (optional)
Combine ingredients in the order listed.
Stir briefly after adding each ingredient.
Serve with corn tortilla chips and salsa.
|Helene. Image pilfered from Helene's Facebook album.|
"Funny," Bertie mused, via Facebook messenger. "You've met my friend before I have!"
|Bugs and prawns. Classic Moreton Bay seafood. Brisbane, Australia.|
It's a strange yet wonderful world we live in - where Facebook friends lead to face-to-face ones, half a world away. Thanks, Bertie. And thanks, Helene and Steve.
Oh, and the "bugs" (and prawns) were delish and devoured by all with great relish. We ate our with a squeeze of lemon and spicy cocktail sauce. And a lot of paper towels.
|Bertie, talented in all things creative, and|
an all-around good friend. Jacksonville, Florida.
This is a relatively recent retrospective of our time at Scarborough Marina (S27.11.606 E153.06.370), Brisbane, Queensland territory, Australia, November 28-30, 2016.
We are currently at Camden Haven (S31.30.080 E152.48.094), New South Wales territory, a tuck-in due to stronger winds than we like sailing in on our way to Pittwater.
Cruising By the Numbers
- Our November 2016 sail from New Caledonia to Australia, 790 miles
- Our September 2016 sail from Vanuatu to New Caledonia, 305 miles.
- Our August 2016 sail from Fiji to Vanuatu, 525 miles.
- We cruised just under 440 miles in Fiji, between late May and early August.
- Our May 2016 sail from New Zealand to Fiji, 1090 miles.
- December 2015 - May 2016 if we weren't cruising New Zealand or hunkering, we were making massive road trips from New Zealand's tip to its tail.
- From December 2014 - November 2015 we sailed from Northern Florida's Atlantic side to New Zealand, over 10,000 miles, with more than a few stops in between.
- December 2013 - May 2014 we sailed 1792 miles from Jacksonville Florida to the Bahamas and back.
- March 2012 we bought Journey in St. Lucia. September 2012 we moved aboard, did some boat work, then sailed her to Jacksonville Florida by June 2013, 3762 miles.
We’re on our way to Pittwater, near Sydney for pre-sale boat work, ~122 nautical miles left. Weather -- or the lure of Port Stephens, may prompt us to stop along the way.