how I miss the food from my home! This
is the most used exclamation from those who came for
the first time to Australia. Hey, the food here is
very good! But if you are not a New Zealander, a
British or an American, it will take a while until
you get along with it. Australia is in the list of
the most obese countries in the world due food
habits, despite the fact there is a parcel of the
population reversing it, and getting more health
staff on the table. Because Australians works long
journeys and don't have house employees, the
solution is to buy ready to go foods in thousands of
take away, as the greasy and unhealthy Fish and
Chips, Pizza Deliveries, Giant Burgers, Fried
Sausage Rolls, Meat Pies, Carved fat-rich Roasts,
and so on. But for those fortunate enough to take
care of their eating, there are plenty of excellent
options in the Supermarkets and Local Corner Markets
to satisfy any need, including organic food and
natural food shops. Australia has culinary
influences from every single country in the world,
and it is a paradise to taste different foods.
Immigrants from every country bought with them their
food influences, so you will find many before
imported products, now are being made in Australia.
biggest influence of all
is Asian, followed by the Greek and Italian
cuisines, with pasta and seafood Mediterranean
Style. Older Australians still preserve the British
Style eating Menu, with the traditional Pork in
Apple sauce, and Lamb with mint sauce, all served
with 3 vegetables, usually, carrots, peas and
potatoes. Talking about potatoes, 10 in 10
Australian love it. It is a must in any Australian
home at least once a week. Another Australian
passion, is for sauces. Doesn't matter what you're
eating, it must have a sauce on it. The favorite
Australian sauce is the tomato one, available in
dozens of brands and hundreds of styles from very
sweet or with lots of cinnamon, to hot as hell.
Depending from which country you are, you will
notice differences in the way the meat is prepared
and its final taste. Cattle in Australia are mostly
feed on grains which brings a weaker taste from the
ones that graze on the grass. The same happens about
seafood. I don't know yet the reason, but they have
a less accentuated taste than seafood from Mexico,
South America , Caribbean or South Africa. I
guess it is because when I buy it from supermarkets
or fish markets, they have been frozen before.
Prawns or Shrimps are mostly sold cooked, and the
raw ones called "green" are sold from a
bow with water, ice and salt. This salt marinating
staff, takes a bit of the natural flavor out.
Australian cheeses are from very good quality, but
the opposite happens, there is not enough salt to
taste it. Anyway, depending on your cultural
background you may not notice these differences and
love it. Taste is always something that nobody is
right or wrong about it.
depends on the cultural background of the
family For example: Australian families with
European background will serve mainly European style
food, and Asian families, Asian food. But due the
globalization, and the multiculturalism in
Australia, don't be surprised to eat European food
in an Asian home, and Asian food in an European
home. Another thing is the habits of each
culture. While Italian love to talk and gesticulate
during dinner time, European prefers to eat in
silence. Australian families sit to eat in group,
and talk about the day and any problems they had or
have to solve. The breakfast is constituted of
cereal, toast, fruit and a fruit juice. Lunch
usually is a sandwich of something, a cake, or the
beloved Australia meat pie. Other Australian passion
is the Barbie, a short for barbecue. It consists of
a grill, heated by charcoal or gas, where you place
some steaks and sausages. The Barbie is eaten
usually on a half band of bread with a sauce on it,
and don't have place or date to happen. Any day and
anytime, as soon as you are not busy or working, the
time may come. The Vegemite® (pictured above) is
another typical Australian food. It is made out of
wheat and cereals resulting in a salty dark brown
paste. Kids love to spread it on the bread for
school break lunch. Some other kids like my daughter
loves to eat canned Spaghetti Bolognese inside the
If you like mussels, the supermarket sells
the New Zealand Mussel, considered one of the
best in the world. (they have a green shell
and is much cheaper then the Australian's
black shell counterpart).
The speed people drink alcohol beverages in
Australia is amazing. This is a remain from the
period when bars and pubs in Australia had to
close down by 6 pm. Because most people works till 5
pm, there was only one hour left to have a few
beers, so, you had to be fast. Nowadays, the speed
had slow down a little bit, but not that much. Beer
is the most consumed alcoholic beverage in
Australia, and it must be very cold. Due the
increasing quality of Australian wines and
consequent drop in prices, the wine became also a
very popular beverage. One of the greatest Australia
inventions on packaging is the "CASK"
(pictured). It is a Carton box with a tap to
regulate the amount desired, with no corks to be
taken out or back in. Very easy, simple and cheap.
Just to have an Idea, a 4 liters Casks cost about
AU$ 12, and the wine is very good. Every State in
Australia have different laws about drinking and in
Queensland for example, supermarkets and others can
not sell alcohol, only "Bottle Shops"
found in almost every corner. They are open most
days from 10 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week.
Restaurants, bars, pubs and some cafes can sell
alcohol as soon as they have a license to do so.
Some not licensed, are allowed to deal as BYO (
bring your own), so it means they don't sell
alcohol, but if you bring yours from home, it is OK.
The law all over Australia is very rigid for
drinking and driving offences with severe penalties
and even prison. Drink in public places (parks,
beach, etc..) also can attract fines depending on
the State you are. In Queensland the fine is AU$ 75
for the first offence. One of the most popular beers
in Australia is called VB = Victoria Bitter
or as my Australian friend call it, The Very Best.
In Queensland, the XXXX ( four x) is
very popular also, but it is weaker than the VB. The
small bottles of beer are called Stubbies. The
minimum drinking age is Australia is 18.
A box of beer with 24 cans costs about AU$ 27. A
glass of beer in a pub or restaurant about AU$ 2,50
to 3,50. To know more prices in Australia, please
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not allowed in every place in Australia that sells
food. Some, have special smoking areas, but the
number is dropping very much despite the fact the
number of smokers in Australia is very big, even
with cigarettes prices above the moon ( Au$ 12 for
20 cigarettes pack). A person who smokes 1 pack a
day in Australia, will burn in a year the equivalent
to a round the world trip.
have an idea about the importance of the
meat pie in Australia, the quantity of meat
is regulated by law and cannot be inferior
to 25% of the total weight of the pie.
Competitions to find the best meat pie maker
in Australia is carried out annually and can
bring prestige a big buck to the winners.
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