Eating is a big part of vacation… Not that I eat more, but far away I don’t have the easy references I have at home. While others might rely on restaurants to have breakfast, lunch and dinner, I prefer to grocery shop to save a buck here and there. So the first days of a trip, I am always on the lookout for good spots.
So here are some of the Australian places and goodies I’ve tried and found worth sharing, if you too are planning a visit to Oz.
I discovered this supermarket chain while watching Masterchef Australia back home. Fortunately enough, there is a Coles store just around the corner from the apartment we rented in Sydney. That meant easy access to pretty much any and everything we needed to fix ourself breakfast, lunches or easy dinners. Coles have everything you might be looking for, and the only big difference with a major Canadian supermarket seem to be that Australians are not as big on frozen food as we are (but then again, we do come from Freezingland).
My little brother, who traveled to Australia a while back, told me to look for Tim Tams, as the little biscuits were apparently quite a classic.
I wasn’t afraid I wouldn’t find any… I had heard of them before, but I wasn’t expecting this:
With 70 stores all across Australia, you’ll most likely find a Breadtop store in the area you are visiting. The chain of bakeries provide all kinds of breads and pastries with both sweet and savory toppings. We tries many different ones, for a quick lunch:
Tuna bun (I was too eager, I tore it in halves before taking my picture hehehe)
I don’t remember the name of this one, with ham, cheese and sweet corn… Sorry
Mini burgers, pork floss bun, chicken curry bun, and BBQ pork bun.
You can visit the chain’s website here. The above pictures are all mine, and you’ll see that their products are just perfectly alike what they advertise. These little buns (all of them) are like little dough clouds melting in your mouth.
Harry’s Café de Wheels
If you follow me on Instagram, you already kow that yesterday, Chéri and I took a long walk around our neighbourhood looking for a large food stand selling meat pies and hot dogs, we had spotted several times the days before. We finally localized it again today, and I was surprised to find out that it was quite an institution, here in Australia.
For 80 years, the chain has been serving their delicious classics to people as famous as Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Prince Harry and Colonel Sanders! You can find their website here.
We tried the two signature dishes of Harry’s.
The Tiger Pie (meat pie topped with mashed potatoes, green peas purée and gravy)
Hot dog de Wheels ( a hot dog, topped with chili con carne, mushed peas, garlic onions and chili and cheese sauce)
And we weren’t disappointed!
And this is just the beginning of our adventure… More to come for the foodies among you Lovelies, no doubt about it!