Drinks and Food, Sydney
The Australian BBQ is world famous, not exactly sure why, but it probably has something to do that aussie's love meat and that it's ALWAYS nice weather (well that's stereotypical) and thus great to sit outside, and what better than a bbq outside in the sunshine with a cold beer?
When in Sydney many hostels in the summer season organise roof top bbq's. If not organise one yourslef, like we did one night at the Harbour City Backpackers. Just get some money off everyone to buy the meat and some sauces and salads and start cooking! To see the view from the rooftop of Harbour City backpackers see my accommodation tip.
From a foreign perspective, it seems to me that Aussie pies are the best-known example of Aussie cuisine. For the benefit of those from Roxboro, Aussie pies hand-held savoury pastries made with all manner of meat, carrots, English peas, potatoes, and possibly other vegetables. It's rather like the American pot pie, but this can be hand held. Mind the filling as it could be hot.
That early morning burger that we had on our way north toward Newcastle (see Hotels) was our first experience of what it means to order a hamburger with 'The Works' when in Aussie. In this particular case, the hamburger comes sandwiched with a fried egg and a slice of beet. Talk about delicious - it was tasty!
If you are a chocolate fan, you CANNOT miss out on trying the famous Aussie favourite, a TIM TAM. Basically this is a rather decadent rectangular shaped chocolate biscuit, with 2 layers of chocolate biscuit with a chocolate cream filling in the middle, all covered in chocolate. absolutely delicious. You can buy them in any supermarket. You can either eat them straight from the packet, or alternatively you can do the 'Tim Tam straw'. What is a tim tam straw you ask?? ;) Basically, this is what you do:
1. Bite opposite corners off each end of a tim tam
2. Stick one corner of the tim tam in a cup of tea or coffee or milk
3. Put your lips to the other corner of the tim tam
4. SUCK!!!! Until you get liquid in your mouth
5. QUICKLY!!! Put the other end of the tim tam in your mouth - I mean QUICK!... because there could be a bloody big mess if you don't do it quickly ;)
6. Enjoy the chocolate explosion tantalising your tastebuds
As you can see in the pic, when Jennifer Love Hewitt visited Australia recently, she raved on about our tim tams and even did the tim tam straw on national TV with TV host, Rove McMannus. ha ha ! ... good to see the girl enjoys her choccie!
Check out the website : http://www.arnotts.com/Biscuits/OurBiscuitsP.asp?BID=79
Lamingtons are little square spongcakes covered in chocolate and sprinkled with shredded coconut. I first tried these Australian confections in 2010. I'm not a fan of coconut so I picked of the flakes to enjoy the cake. The cake is very good, moist and just the right size for a snack.
Yes I know its from Victoria. But even in NSW I prefer this beer. VB. It is a favorite of mine when I travel.
There are many other fine Australian beers to try out too. Go forth and find your favorite.
If you're going to somebody's house they will probably tell you BYO. So you should know this means that you have to take something to drink. Of course buy something to share, don't take just a beer for you alone!
If you see this sign on a restaurant window, this means that a patron can bring along their favourite plonk to the restaurant. However some restaurants charge corkage. Most Sydney restaurants are BYO.
When in Rome et al. When in Australia it seems to be that a pie on the move is the norm.
The best I sampled was from Shakespeare's Pie Shop, located in the Corso, Manly(they have other outlets) For a pretty reasonable price you get a hefty pie with some magic fillings, my personal fav being Thai Chicken, it was sublime, especially to round off a heavy nights boozing. I remember hefty chunks of chicken breast oozing out in a tasty sweet thai chilli sauce. They even have a Pie of the Week, usually coming with some bizarre filling.
Please Note: This is a tradition where you should'nt really worry about the number of calories involed.
Pure Blonde is an Australian Beer that my wife has come to love. Every visit to Australia she looks forward to her first glass of this frosty brew. It's light, crisp and very refreshing; I rather like it myself. She like to joke that she like her beer like her men....Blonde...
You're in the Pub, drinkin Beer, rite ?
You thinkin bout aussie culture in the past, say 1950's & back, rite ?
Like there aint nothin much to do, like no culture, rite ?
Well, the custom was, after a few beers, when ya knocked back ya last beer, ya sat it back on the bar "Upsidedown" !
An Upsidedown beer glass meant ya was done finished with drinkin, an it was a signal that ya was ready for fightin.
So anyone in the Pub wantin a fight, knew ya was up for it !
My friend Jackie told us we had to try a "Lamington" when in Australia. Lamingtons are little sponge cakes coated in chocolate and topped in shredded coconut. We found Lamingtons in every bakery since it is such a popular Australian treat. I thought they were good but Liz is no fan of coconut so she picked the flakes off her cake.
Yes, Kanagaroo are cute creatures but boy do they taste good. From the moment I first tried some Kangaroo loin; I was hooked. The meat is very tender almost a filet quality and has a gamey taste on the back end. So when you are in Australia try some...you might just like it.
Have I mentioned that the Australians are one of the friendliest people on this planet??
Yes, they really are! If you want to feeel really at home here... just dress like them (read: casual attire)... Guzzle down loads of beer like them... (they ARE Australians after all... and as we all know, Australians LOVE to drink beer!)... and well... generally look perplexed at folks who seem to rush around with a load of burdens on their backs. *Grin* Aussies are known to be a pretty laid back group of folks. (Love this kind of attitude!).
And ooooh, their accent! It's out-of-this-world. I found it so interesting just to hear them speak.... And I'm sure they thought I was some country bumpkin! So, if you do bump into one over there, just greet them 'Good day, Mate!'
BYO = Bring your own... you often see this written on restaurant signs and in ads... Also if you are invited to a party unless you are told otherwise you should take your own alcohol... if its a dinner take a bottle of wine for the host.