In the next few days I'm going to be leaving the US for a 10-day trip to Australia (Brisbane, Byron Bay, & Sydney). In all of my travels, I've found that a huge part of experiencing other countries and cultures is the cuisine.
While I wil be mostly paleo for the whole trip (which I'm not expecting to be too difficult at all), I'm wondering if there are one or two Aussie delicacies that are worth treating myself to? (And don't even try to recommend vegemite. In New Zealand they tricked me into trying that stuff and I KNOW I'll be okay if I never have it again :))
I visited Australia about 8 years ago, but the only truly amazing and unique thing that I remember is Cold Rock.....which quickly popped up here in the states as Cold Stone. Soooo, not super unique, but still super yum.
Any thoughts, or just stick with the always delish meat, eggs, veg?
Ooh! Ooh! Ginger beer! Bundaberg, I believe, was the variety my friends and I drank gallons of. So, so good. The best candied ginger I've ever had, by a long shot, was also in Australia. I recall the preferred variety having a Union Jack on it (?) and being referenced as naked ginger.
You will be in the land of the macadamia, so go crazy eating top notch fresh macadamias. Wash them down with that phenomenal ginger beer.
They were miles ahead of the US on the gluten free front - so perhaps cheat with some grains. I was so impressed by the GF options. It was fun to live a little.
Edited to add: If you've got access to an oven, if there ever was a time to make and eat a pavlova covered in fresh passion fruit pulp...Now I'm remembering the fruit...
Kangaroo meat is a must - you should be able to find a roo burger or 'kanga bangers' (sausages) on the menu at restaurant/pub somewhere for sure (if not - try a butcher)!
Also eat as much seafood as you can - you'll be on the coast for most of your trip, so make the most of it - flathead, whiting and flake are some of my favourites (Im an Aussie!)
If you're wanting to well and truly leave the Paleo bandwagon then I would suggest potato cakes/scallops and dim sims, as well as strawberry freddo frogs!
When you are in Brisbane checkout Tukka Restaurant. Everything from Kangaroo to Yabbies. They also have a kitchen garden where you can learn about native Australian foods. I remember when I did scouts as a kid we would always have Bush tucker when we went camping. Bushtucker is Australian slang for 'living off the land' and we would often have Native Australian Aborigines come out and teach us about all the best bushtucker. They also had a show called 'Bush Tucker Man' which was around in the 90's and some of his shows are on YouTube now. Pretty awesome stuff for learning about how to live on the barren land of Australia.
Such a wonderful opportunity for you to sample some of our local 'paleo' cuisine! There's so much you could try that you probably won't have time to even think about 'cheat' foods so to speak. You will definately get a taste of real Australian cuisine and culture if you stick with the paleo mindset. The native aborigines ate off the land so whatever they ate, well, it doesn't get much more 'Austrlaian' than that. I don't think 'cheat' foods give you quite the same cultural immersion anyway. Everyone can mass produce refined sugary foods. Nothing unique to Australia in that regard.
As mentioned, kangaroo is a sure win. Go grab some from the supermarket and enjoy our warm weather by having a BBQ at one of the millions of public BBQ spots in our city parks. Lambchops... nom nom. Seafood choices are endless. Barramundi and moreton bay bugs are a must. Mangoes are just coming into season, so you might be able to grab a few at a reasonable price too. We've had a crazy strawberry season so they're readily available and cheap at the moment.
yumm, i lived there for a few years... my favorites: meat pies, sausage rolls, kebabs (the burrito of down under!), cadbury crunchie bars, beesting pastries from the local bakery (almond pastry with vanilla custard), kangaroo burgers, timtams...
see if you can find a "bushfood" style restaurant- ochre in cairns is awesome if you are up there at all.
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