The Fish and the Famous: 5 Celebrities Who Enjoy Fishing

When we think of hobbies belonging to movie stars, A-list athletes or pop singers, images of fancy clubs or restaurants usually come to mind, along with front row seats at Wimbledon and lavish red carpet events. Therefore, it may come as a surprise that quite a few enjoy one of the most common pastimes out there – fishing! As the leading provider of fresh fish in Malta, the team at Azzopardi Fisheries St. Paul’s Bay shares a few famous names out there who are hooked on this hobby.

 
1. Brad Pitt

Back in 1992, Pitt had to learn how to fish for his role in the film “A River Runs Through It”, where he played a fly-fisherman called Paul Maclean. It then became a personal hobby of his, and he is often photographed with his family near rivers, lakes and seas, fishing pole in hand.

 
2. Harrison Ford

The Blade Runner star is unable to hunt killer androids in real life – so he makes up for it by seeking his (arguably less intimidating) prey in the ocean. Ford loves to combine his love of the outdoors with his passion for fishing, and often sets out on lengthy excursions with his fishing buddies and equipment in tow.

 
3. Tiger Woods

Although Woods owes his fame and livelihood to golfing, he prefers to relax away from the golf course and spend some time near the sea instead. He considers fishing the perfect way to unwind, and particularly enjoys spearfishing and catching largemouth bass.

 
4. Liam Neeson

Neeson makes a point of going fly-fishing every summer, saying that he usually goes on holiday during the months of July and August and heads down to Southern Utah in the United States.

 

5. David Beckham

An avid fisherman, Becks is often photographed with his two sons or proudly posing by himself with his catch of the day in hand. Earlier this year, he shared snaps of his fishing trip in Iceland on Instagram, clad in impressive looking fishing gear from head to toe. Well, we would expect no less from the husband of Posh Spice…

 
Here at Azzopardi Fisheries St. Paul’s Bay, we are proud to have the very best and most varied supply of fresh fish and fresh seafood in Malta. Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious bowl of Spaghetti Vongole or want to serve up a mouth-watering dinner of grilled swordfish, we’ve got it all. Having been in the fishing industry for over two generations, we can safely say that we know what we’re doing! For the best stock of fresh fish in Malta, head over to Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay.

 

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Big Fish, Big Pond: 5 Popular Fish Movies

Animals such as cats, dogs and sharks have all (rightfully) earned their place in Hollywood history, with popular releases such as Beethoven, Homeward Bound and The Aristocats. So why should fish be any different? As everyone’s favourite provider of fresh fish and fresh seafood in Malta, the team at Azzopardi Fisheries lists a few beloved films of a fishy nature below.

 
1. Finding Nemo (2003)

We couldn’t possibly begin this list without mentioning one of the most popular family movies of all time. The tale of the timid yet lovable Marlin and his search for his missing son, Nemo, forever changed the way audiences around the world saw clownfish! However, the real break-out character was undeniably the scatterbrained regal blue tang fish, Dory, voiced by the inimitable Ellen DeGeneres.

 
2. Ponyo (2008)

Another animated masterpiece, Ponyo was written and directed by the much-revered Hayao Miyazaki of the famous Studio Ghibli studios. The title of the movie refers to the name of the main character, a goldfish, who befriends a five year old human boy called Sosuke. This relationship drives the main plot of the story, which is Ponyo’s desire to become a human girl. The film was a commercial and critical success worldwide, winning the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

 
3. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Only John Cleese could make a pet goldfish called Wanda the centrepiece of a heist comedy movie. Cleese wrote and starred in this British classic, which also features among its main cast Jamie Lee Curtis, fellow Python member Michael Palin and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline. It went on to receive very high praise, with reviews describing the film as “a brainy comedy with widespread appeal.”

 
4. Shark Tale (2004)

Despite the title, the film’s main character is actually a bluestreak cleaner wrasse fish named Oscar, voiced by Will Smith. An animated, underwater version of The-Sopranos-meets-Goodfellas-meets-The-Godfather, the supporting cast features film and TV stars such as Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Michael Imperioli. The plot revolves around Oscar’s false claim of having killed the son of a shark mob boss, and the repercussions that follow.

 
5. IMAX: Deep Sea 3D (2006)

Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, this 40 minute documentary short is a fascinating look at various sea life in the ocean, and examines the complexity of the delicate ecosystem underwater. Viewers are treated to unique, breathtaking scenes which feature species of jellyfish, manta rays, squids and fish.

 
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5 Underwater Gardens that are Perfect for Snorkelling

Easy and exciting enough for children and adults alike, snorkelling offers an incredible sense of freedom. The world abounds with great snorkelling destinations for the perfect vacation activity. As suppliers of fresh fish in Malta, our team at Azzopardi Fisheries St. Paul’s Bay has compiled a list of some of our favourite submerged wonderlands that will leave you wishing you were a permanent underwater inhabitant.

1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

It’s impossible to start off a blog about the world’s best snorkelling spots without mentioning the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world! The renowned Great Barrier Reef actually consists of almost 3,000 individual reefs that stretch over 1,400 miles off the Australian shoreline. Eye-popping coral, brilliant marine life, Barracuda, manta rays, and the bones of ships that crashed on the reef all make the Great Barrier Reef a must-visit destination for ocean aficionados.

2. Ambergris Caye, Belize

Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize offers many opportunities to get up close and personal with eels and rays, and feast your eyes on a kaleidoscope of brightly-coloured fish and coral sunken beneath the turquoise Caribbean waters. And for the more courageous, this is one of the best places to live out your swimming-with-sharks fantasies. For those who are also into scuba diving, this is where the famous Blue Hole is located.

3. Komodo Island, Indonesia

Other than the unique massive lizards that live on this rugged island, Komodo also hosts some fascinating inhabitants underwater. Visitors have the choice of swimming with rays and turtles in the undersea garden that grows at Pink Beach. Alternatively, the sea surrounding the Komodo National Park offers unmatched underwater exploration with over 1000 species of fish, a flourishing reef, huge Manta rays, as well as 14 types of endangered whales, dolphins, and giant turtles.

4. Ilha Grande, Brazil

With its white sandy beaches, exciting forest trails, and absence of private cars, the wilderness wonderland that is Ilha Grande feels largely untouched. Hike through the island’s monkey-filled jungles, dive into the warm waters of Lagoa Azul, ogle the underwater coves, swim with seahorses, and follow a turtle through a sunken jungle in this natural paradise.

5. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos, made up of 19 volcanic islands, are truly out of this world. They offer a glimpse into the natural world of iguanas and tortoises that inspired Charles Darwin, and some of the creatures that call the awe-inspiring Galapagos home can’t be found anywhere else. Beneath the waves is a diverse world of marine life, where snorkelers and divers alike can get up close with sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, sea lions, dolphins, orcas and humpback whales in their natural habitat.

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4 Fish That are Off the Scales! The World’s Weirdest

As leading providers of fish in Malta, our team at Azzopardi Fisheries pick some of the world’s weirdest fish that will have you question evolution.

 

1. Seahorse

Don’t be fooled by these cute little things – they are in fact, ninjas. For one, their eyes move independently so as not to give their position away when stalking prey, while avoiding becoming prey themselves by mimicking the colour of underwater plants. In terms of traditional romance, few species come close to the seahorse. They are monogamous, mate for life, and prefer to swim in pairs with their tails linked together. If that wasn’t fascinating enough for such a tiny fish, seahorses are among the only known animal species in which the male bears the unborn young in a ventral pouch until they hatch.

However, the downside to being a seahorse is that due to their body shape and their upright position, they are rather inept swimmers. Speaking of survival, the little ninjas must eat almost constantly to stay alive (is that even a bad thing?) as food passes through their digestive systems quickly since they have no stomach.

 

2. Ocellated Icefish

How’s transparent blood for strange? Haemoglobin, the protein that gives blood its red colour and carries oxygen to the muscles and organs that need it, also happens to be the protein lacking in this fish’s blood. The Icefish is somehow able to survive without haemoglobin and pumps blood five times faster than the average fish.

 

3. Parrotfish

Since this colourful fish spends most of its day nibbling at algae and dead coral (thus cleaning the reef), its waste is largely made up of tiny grains of hard coral. In other words, parrotfish poop lots of beautiful, fine white sand! But that’s not all! These fashionable fish change their gorgeous colours as they grow, and many also change from female to male. Versatility at its best.

 

4. Angler Fish

When it comes to hideous and terrifying looks paired with an immaculate hunting method, no other fish comes anywhere close to the Angler Fish. This one is downright freaky – the fish version of a nightmare. And with a fish that’s so strange looking, it’s hard to choose its most distinct feature, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Angler Fish have a large head, an enormous mouth (probably the most likely part to give you nightmares, and a whip-like rod that protrudes out of the top of their head, which they wave to entice their prey. The females are much bigger than the males, growing up to 1.2 metres long, as compared to the males, who only grow 16cm long. When a male finds a female, he bites into her side and fuses to her forever, taking nutrients from her blood. Talk about taking clingy to another level.

The good news is that most of them live in the deep, dark ocean, which is why they glow light, due to photo plankton. So as long as you stay away, you’re not likely to spot one of the world’s ugliest fish any time soon – not while leisurely snorkelling, at least.

 

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Why Seafood is the Best Choice for a Romantic Date

Being in the centre of the Mediterranean, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of the choice of fresh fish in Malta when planning your romantic date. Here are some reasons eating seafood is one of the most romantic options.

 

Bonding Exercise

Sure, you could splash out a little and dine at a fancy restaurant occasionally, but what’s more romantic than preparing your own feast at home on your date night? Cooking together can be a great bonding experience (as long as you don’t get into a heated argument over who’s doing what and which one of you can do it better). First of all, you’ll be spending extra quality time together. You can also be playful and have a laugh while preparing the fish and the various side dishes that go well with it, such as bruschetta, roast potatoes, grilled veg and rice.

And when you finally sit down to enjoy a sumptuous meal you worked for together, this will give you both a sense of satisfaction and strengthen your connection. Here’s hoping it is sparks, not dishes, that will fly!

 

It (hopefully) improves communication

The act of cooking requires you to talk, and unless you’re both professional chefs, chances are you’re going to need to learn how to communicate effectively. Perhaps one of you may even need to show the other how something is done, like how to dice a carrot correctly – the perfect excuse to get up close!

 

Aphrodisiac

Some types of seafood, namely oysters, are considered as aphrodisiacs. With low-fat protein meat that naturally boosts dopamine and norepinephrine in your brain, the heightened sensitivity can definitely make for a more memorable evening. Serving these first at a dinner date is an excellent way to get the meal off to a romantic start.

 

Fun Way to Eat

There’s something primal about eating seafood; sometimes you have to get your hands dirty, suck out the juicy meat and let the delicious blend of flavours of the sea and lemon burst on your tongue. While gazing into each other’s eyes, of course.

 

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Most Renowned Seafood Restaurants Worldwide

People travel far and wide to experience Michelin star food and service. Our team at Azzopardi Fisheries – providers of fresh fish in Malta – looks at a few renowned restaurants offering a fine-dining seafood experience around the world!

 

1. The Fat Duck: Berkshire, U.K

At The Fat Duck, culinary wizard Heston Blumenthal and his team have advanced the craft of pushing boundaries and making the unthinkable real. Dining here is not solely about tickling one’s taste buds, it’s a complete experience that sparks playful memories, filled with curiosity, discovery and adventure. Located inside a renovated 16th-century cottage, the restaurant attained three Michelin stars in less than ten years from its opening.

Through its inventive cooking techniques, The Fat Duck has earned a reputation for being on the cutting edge of culinary trends. In a famed dish Blumenthal calls “Sounds of the Sea,” the food is topped with a seafood foam and served on a “beach” made from tapioca, breadcrumbs and eel. If that weren’t impressive enough, diners can listen to the sound of ocean waves on an iPod while eating it. Talk about an immersive sensory experience!

Famed for its eclectic tasting menu and multi-sensory cooking techniques, Blumenthal also adds a dose of psychology to his dishes, using the power of perception to trick diners into experiencing certain taste sensations. He claims, for instance, that “Using a spikey font on the menu for an acidic dish heightens the taste,” and eating ‘sardine on toast sorbet’ confuses the brain into expecting a dessert, so the food will therefore taste sweeter than it actually is.

 

2. Robuchon au Dôme: Macau

This gastronomic restaurant offers a truly exquisite fine-dining experience as well as magnificent views of Macau from atop the 48-storey Grand Lisboa hotel. Featuring the culinary creations of executive chef Julien Tongourian, the eatery has gained a name by serving beautifully-presented French cuisine. Its “Prestige Menu” features imperial caviar and king crab refreshed with crustacean jelly, and a crispy waffle scampi, while its “Crustaces Menu” boasts dishes in the likes of scampi ravioli, and Main lobster with girolle mushroom and green asparagus.

 

3. Le Bernardin: NYC

Founded in Paris in 1972, Le Bernardin initially only served fish. The restaurant later moved to New York, where it quickly became regarded as one of the city’s finest. Chef Eric Ripert, who took over when one of the restaurant’s founders passed away, continues to be guided by the philosophy that “the fish is the star of the plate.” Indeed, the elite French restaurant offers Ripert’s refined seafood, which among many other mouth-watering dishes, include Caviar tartare, ultra-rare smoked sea trout, Kampachi sashimi, Yellowfin tuna carpaccio, and crab-filled calamari.

 

4. Angler: London

This Michelin-starred seafood restaurant boasts the freshest and best seasonal produce, from sustainable sources. The modern British restaurant is located at the South Place hotel and enjoys mirrored ceilings and 7th- floor city views. With menu items that include Yellowfin tuna tartare with avocado and wasabi, and Dorset crab and scallop, wrapped inside a courgette flower and served with crab cream and chive oil, it is no wonder the London eatery is regarded as the epitome of fine dining.

 

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4 Unusual Seafood Dishes Around The World

Are you bored of sushi and ready to try something new? If you thought that eating raw fish wrapped in seaweed and rice was the weirdest seafood cuisine could get, think again. Many cultures across the globe have thought up interesting ways of incorporating the fruits of sea into unique recipes, often reflecting traditional ingredients and ways of preparing food in their respective countries. As a leading provider of fresh fish in Malta, Azzopardi Fisheries have gathered a few of the most unusual seafood dishes on the planet!

 

1. Fugu (Japan)

Deadly but delicious (or so the Japanese claim) the preparation of this particular dish is so intricate and complicated that people are actually prohibited from making it at home. Only specially licensed chefs are allowed to serve it at restaurants. The reason for all of this is that fugu is a poisonous puffer fish with an extremely dangerous toxin, which has proved to be fatal to humans more than once. However, it remains a popular delicacy in Japan due to its chewy texture, distinct flavour and high protein content. Its signature tingle on the tongue results from the tiny amount of poison the chefs leave in.
2. Florida Stone Crab Claws (The USA)

The claws of this curious little crustacean are so strong that they are capable of breaking an oyster’s shell! They’re usually harvested from live crabs, who are then thrown back into the ocean – but not to worry, these animals are capable of regenerating and growing back their own limbs! They’re usually served with vermouth, melted butter and lemon.
3. Lutefisk (Norway)

With nicknames like “rat poison” and “fork destroyer”, this strange Scandinavian recipe doesn’t seem all that appetising at first glance. However, it’s one of the most beloved seafood delicacies in Nordic countries. Cod fish is first soaked in water for 6 days, and then left for 2 days in a lye solution until it reaches an alkaline level of pH12. This results in a jelly-like substance which is left to soak in water again for about a week. It is then steamed and ready to be eaten!
4. Stinkheads (Alaska, the USA)

Although the name of this fish meal sounds like something you’d yell at your childhood nemesis on the playground, it’s actually extremely popular among the Inuit population in Alaska. A stinkhead is prepared by chopping the head off a King Salmon, wrapping it in grass or burlap, and then left to ferment in special burial pits. Not hard to guess where the name comes from…

 

If none of the above particularly appeal to you, worry not – here at Azzopardi Fisheries we’ve got all your favourite fresh fish in Malta which you can incorporate into something a bit more familiar! We also provide the best fresh seafood Malta has to offer – and if you don’t believe us, come over to our stores in St. Paul’s Bay and see for yourselves!

 

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A Spe-Shell Sort of Dish: How to Make the Perfect Spaghetti alle Vongole

One of the most popular and signature dishes to come out of Southern Italy, Spaghetti alle Vongole has been delighting seafood fans all over the world for many years. A mainstay in traditional Neapolitan cuisine, the dish is the perfect light and summery meal with an explosion of delicious flavours. As the leading provider of fresh seafood in Malta, Azzopardi Fisheries share their favourite recipe for the perfect plate of spaghetti with clams.

 

1. Cook the spaghetti

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti for the recommended time until almost done (just under al dente).

 

2. Prepare the clams

In a large pan, add a glug of high quality olive oil, one that is ideal for cooking. Allow it to heat before adding about 15g of butter and 3 finely chopped cloves of garlic. After a couple of minutes, add ½ a medium red chilli (also thinly chopped) and the clams, tossing gently from time to time. You’ll notice after some time that while cooking, the clams will release a juice that will serve as a flavourful ingredient on its own.

 

3. Turn up the heat!

Raise the flame just a little, and then pour ½ a glass (or 100ml) of dry white wine into the clam mixture. Cover the pan with a lid and allow everything to cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until the clams have started to open. Remove any of those which have remained closed.

 

4. It all clams together in the end

Add the cooked and drained spaghetti to the clam sauce, and allow everything to cook together for a few minutes. The pasta strands will soak up the juice whilst adding starchiness to the sauce, creating a beautiful blend of tastes and textures. Add another 15g of butter, along with a zest of half a lemon and a handful of chopped parsley to taste, and serve.

 

Top tips

For a sweet contrast to the salty clams, add lightly crushed cherry tomatoes to the sauce, allowing them to simmer in white wine before adding the clams. Avoid adding cheese to this dish, as it may overpower the taste of the seafood and the olive oil. If you find the taste of chillies too strong, sauté a tin of tomatoes, garlic and onions to make a red sauce instead.

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The Japanese Culture of Eating Fish

Japan: a country well known for its robotics, etiquette, karaoke, and of course, its food. And with its plethora of Michelin three-star restaurants, food is serious business in Japan. In fact, Japanese cuisine is one of the only three national food traditions that UNESCO, the U.N. cultural organisation recognises for its cultural significance. As an island nation, the Japanese take great pride in their seafood, which is a major part of their diet – with sushi and sashimi now widely sought after around the world.

Having been the leading providers of fish and seafood in Malta for over 30 years, Azzopardi Fisheries explores the Japanese fish-eating culture further.

Japanese people consume much more fish and seafood than is typical in most western countries, and a lifetime of eating tuna, salmon and other fish is believed to factor into their puzzlingly low rate of death by coronary heart disease. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2008 suggests that the protection against clogged arteries comes from omega-3 fatty acids, found in an abundance in oily fish.

Nutritional studies show that the intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fish averages 1.3 grams per day in Japan, where locals typically eat about 3 ounces of fish daily – as compared to 0.2 grams in the USA. And although seafood is eaten in just about any form imaginable, the one most of us identify with must be sushi and sashimi.

So if you’re fishing for compliments from your guests or are looking for ways to stay healthy, you might want to start with the seafood-rich diet typically served up in Japan. Come over to Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay, where we provide the broadest selection of fresh fish Malta has to offer, matched with great service!

 

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Soy Awesome: Popular Fish Used To Make Sushi

Ah, sushi – you maki us so happy! It’s hard to resist those cute little rolls filled with the tastiest of ingredients and condiments. And of course, the key ingredient to making these delightful morsels of goodness is fresh fish or seafood. Have a look below for the most common types of fish used to prepare sushi, brought to you by your favourite local provider of fresh seafood in Malta, Azzopardi Fisheries.

 
Salmon

Known as sake in Japanese, this type of fish is highly favoured for its uniquely rich taste and the bright, pink hue of its flesh (presentation and colour is very important when it comes to plating sushi). It’s especially popular with nigiri and is integral to making Philadelphia rolls; the addition of cream cheese in the latter recipe pairs exquisitely with the flavour of salmon.

 
Tuna

Another favourite fish ingredient in traditional maki and nigiri, tuna is referred to as maguro in Japanese. Sushi chefs use three different types of tuna cuts: akami (reddish meat from the back of the fish) o-toro (fatty, soft flesh taken from the belly) and chu-toro (pink, marbled flesh taken from other parts of the belly). With a rich, buttery taste coupled with a soft texture that melts in your mouth, tuna is one of the most prized fish ingredients in both sushi and sashimi.

 
Shrimp

This versatile little shellfish is usually cooked before being incorporated into a sushi roll, as the heat really brings out the flavour of the shrimp. Japanese chefs also like to fry the shellfish in a light batter to create a dish known as tempura – a unique recipe popularised in Japan thanks to Portuguese immigrants during the 16th century. Tempura is one of the most popular ingredients in sushi rolls, and adds a crispy and crunchy texture. Yes please!
When choosing fresh fish in Malta for sushi, keep these tips in mind:

  • Any type of tuna is safe to eat raw.
  • Always check to see whether the fish is fresh before buying! Refer to our previous blog for tips on how to choose fresh fish.
  • You can use seabass (Spnott) to make sushi too; however, it usually needs to be treated with vinegar before serving.
  • When it comes to selecting fresh salmon, it’s better to choose a portion that has been previously frozen. This is because the frost will kill parasites that often live on this type of fish.

If you’ve got all the equipment needed for sushi but still need the ingredients, come over to Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay for some of the best fresh fish in Malta. Our friendly and knowledgeable assistants will help you source the finest specimens among our salmon, tuna, shrimp and other seafood stock.

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