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Suzette
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posted 13 January 2005 09:42 PM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That "Hijack" thread was getting a bit long... so, to pick it up where a few of us left off: Vegemite, pie floaters, Tim Tams, poutine, weird orange cheese, and of course, rice crispies squares...what do you eat in your neck of the woods?

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I think poutine is probably cast in very much the same die as the floater. I've had the odd floater, but never while sober... but then I don't think it's humanly possible to ingest one without aid of alcohol. The floater carts have benches at around chin level to eat them off so you don't slop the green sludge down your front -- all too easily done while half cut.

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posted 13 January 2005 09:53 PM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Reality Bites:
Since our antipodean friends aren't rushing to define a pie floater, here we go.

http://thegreenman.net.au/mt/archives/000536.html

quote:Unique to the state of South Australia the pie floater is a minced meat pie floating is a sea of thick split pea soup and topped liberally with tomato sauce, which is more savoury that American ketchup. Typically, they are only available extremely late at night from caravans parked around inner Adelaide and individuals who have usually had far too much to drink consume them.

An unaesthetic element to the whole proceedings is the excellent colour and texture that they add to the vomit some time later.


Well, there you have it. I'm not sure the dish looks any worse second-hand, to be honest.


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posted 13 January 2005 09:57 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"An unaesthetic element to the whole proceedings is the excellent colour and texture that they add to the vomit some time later."

Yeah, but the eternal question remains: where do the carrots come from?


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posted 13 January 2005 10:02 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dim Sims are a perennial favourite of mine, pref. steamed.

Actually it was very weird but the fish and chip shop closest to us in far-off Norwich, Norfolk, England specialised in Australian delicacies. They even got onto national TV for having 'crocodile bites', bits of croc steak deep fried, probably crumbed.

They also had dim sims, imported from Australia! We had to ring ahead, as they were deep frozen and took about half an hour to cook.


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posted 13 January 2005 10:04 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I thought that was the corn?
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posted 13 January 2005 10:08 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Bacchus:
I thought that was the corn?

There you go, another culinary cultural difference.


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posted 13 January 2005 10:14 PM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bacchus: Corn, huh? Wow, it seems we even digest differently! Interesting.

Walker: Australian dim sims?! Really? And there I was thinking they were Chinese. I always head to Chinatown when I have a dim sim in mind, but there you go. I suppose the nasty fried ones -- that smell flatulent, quite frankly -- are a hot-box staple.

And you'd be hard-pressed to find "croc bites" outside of Norfolk, at a guess; I've certainly not seen them before. Did they serve any other native fauna?


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posted 13 January 2005 10:18 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Human Fly:

And you'd be hard-pressed to find "croc bites" outside of Norfolk, at a guess; I've certainly not seen them before. Did they serve any other native fauna?

Not that I recall. But of course after that everyone thought croc bites were a staple in Aus. And they think your own Steve Irwin is just great.

Actually, you could get kangaroo meat farily commonly in supermarkets there.


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posted 13 January 2005 10:22 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well personally I hardly digest anything anymore but yeah!
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posted 13 January 2005 10:38 PM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Walker:

Not that I recall. But of course after that everyone thought croc bites were a staple in Aus. And they think your own Steve Irwin is just great.

Actually, you could get kangaroo meat farily commonly in supermarkets there.



Oh HO!! So he's OUR Steve Irwin now, is he? LOL!! He does come from just down the road from me, but from a different planet, clearly. If you were a gentleman you would retract the remark without hesitation.

That's great news on the roo meat in the UK front. I became very used to it when I lived in Canberra, but can't find it here in Bris Vegas, sadly. It's without doubt my favorite food-that-had-parents.


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posted 13 January 2005 10:43 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Human Fly:

Oh HO!! So he's OUR Steve Irwin now, is he? LOL!! He does come from just down the road from me, but from a different planet, clearly. If you were a gentleman you would retract the remark without hesitation.

All right, it was a cheap shot I know, and I would no more ask you to 'own' him than I would 'own' Shane Warne, or any other embarrassment who hails from Victoria.


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posted 13 January 2005 11:12 PM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OK -- these are foods that yell "Melbourne!' to me:

- Gelati from a dilapidated van covered in eccentric decorations.
- Souvlaki.
- Those doughnuts with the lava-hot jam in the middle that come freshly fried from the carts at the Vic Markets.
- Huge slabs of stinky (in a good way) pizza for a dollar along William(?) Street.

Ummm... I'm sure there's more. All I ever seem to do in Melbourne is eat. It's been a while since I lived there, the memory's fading.


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posted 13 January 2005 11:32 PM      Profile for Melsky   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm originally from Southern California, and one of the things I miss a lot is these mobile taco stands in trucks. This is the one that's across the street from my friend's house every night:


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posted 13 January 2005 11:34 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Human Fly:
OK -- these are foods that yell "Melbourne!' to me:

- Gelati from a dilapidated van covered in eccentric decorations.
- Souvlaki.
- Those doughnuts with the lava-hot jam in the middle that come freshly fried from the carts at the Vic Markets.
- Huge slabs of stinky (in a good way) pizza for a dollar along William(?) Street.


Don't know about pizza in William St (esp. the $1 bit!) but the rest is good for me. Although these days my gelati is freshly made at one of the best shops in Melbourne, which happens to be walking distance from home, in Brunswick.


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posted 13 January 2005 11:36 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I think poutine is probably cast in very much the same die as the floater.

Poutine is considerably more commonplace though. It's sold at most of the major fast food chains.

However for authenticity it must be made with fresh-cut fries.

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posted 13 January 2005 11:39 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Great pic Melsky.

As for foods that yell 'Brisbane!' to me... it's been so long. Maybe a more general memory will suffice. We were there for the first time as adults in the late 80's, and my friend who had moved up there warned us against 'the Valley': really seedy, not a place to hang around. Well, we sort of got lost on the train, and got off this station to have a look around, and it was a kind of interesting place with good Asian food cafes, and lo and behold it was THE VALLEY!

My friend was always an outer suburban type.


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posted 13 January 2005 11:43 PM      Profile for Melsky   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That floating pie thing is going to haunt my nightmares. I'm sure it probably tastes good but it looks scary.
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posted 13 January 2005 11:59 PM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Human Fly:
OK -- these are foods that yell "Melbourne!' to me:

- Gelati from a dilapidated van covered in eccentric decorations.
- Souvlaki.
- Those doughnuts with the lava-hot jam in the middle that come freshly fried from the carts at the Vic Markets.
- Huge slabs of stinky (in a good way) pizza for a dollar along William(?) Street.

Ummm... I'm sure there's more. All I ever seem to do in Melbourne is eat. It's been a while since I lived there, the memory's fading.


I KNOW! In Brissy, they call scallops what we call potato cakes. And the dim sims you get are gi-nourmous.


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posted 14 January 2005 12:10 AM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Human Fly:

It's off topic I know, but I wanted to practice including images here. I've jsut opened an account on Photobucket.com.

Will you miss this?

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posted 14 January 2005 12:14 AM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Melsky:
That floating pie thing is going to haunt my nightmares.

On the plus side, if there are any monsters in your nightmares you could probably kill them with it.


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posted 14 January 2005 02:07 AM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Walker: OooOOOooh! The Valley boogie-man! That's hilarious, yet strangely endearing. The Valley is indeed the home of Chinatown, and definitely the place for Yum Cha. But there are no foods that particularly say "Brisbane!", except perhaps a sun-warmed stringy mango from the backyard. Or a corrupt policeman's baton.

Excellent tree shot, by the way. I'll definitely miss those frangrant, smooth-barked lovelies.

Reality Bites: Regarding that picture you posted: if I saw that on a footpath I'd be giving it wide berth, with a hanky clutched to my face.

Melsky: Rambo's Tacos! Priceless! I love it!

And as I mentioned, the floater is not to be attempted without alcohol. I repeat: do not eat the floater whilst sober. This is food for drunks.


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posted 14 January 2005 02:14 AM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
[Don't mind me. I don't know what the hell I just did there]

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posted 14 January 2005 02:32 AM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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