10.15.2008

Just a few of my favorite things...

  1. The flowers, the flowers. I'm in heaven and it's only spring here. The jasmine blooming, birds of paradise, flowering trees, succulents, it's gorgeous. Perks to year-round gardening season! Who wants to work for the AU division of Landscape Love?
  2. The food! Everything I've had is delicious. There seems to be a huge focus on food. Fresh, healthy, local food. Australia has a really strict quarantine/import law so almost everything is from Australia. Vegetables, big salads, fresh fruit. It's scrumptious! I go to Woolworths (the grocery) for some basics but otherwise it's all about the butcher, the bakery, the fruit and veg market, fish monger...Granted I'm in basically the Berkeley/Linden Hills of Sydney but I've yet to see any fast food. And they love their beets here! They are in everything--on burgers, in salads, in hummus... you name it and beetroot could be incorporated. And the coffee is the best I've ever had. Cafes take pride in their coffee and they expect loyalty...rightly so I might add... I'm probably ruined when I get home---who will make me a mean Flat White? This past Sunday I went to dinner at a family friends house in Watson's Bay and had an amazing seafood dinner. When I got there---oysters on the half shell, prawns, and sashimi tuna. Then for dinner---Red Snapper in sesame, soy, cilantro with roasted potatoes and a salad. Then the most gorgeous fruit salad with fresh mango yogurt. And then 2 Australian classics---Tim Tams and Weis bars. Tim Tams are AU version of Oreos, but way better in my opinion. Chocolate on chocolate--you take a bite off of each end of the cookie then use it like a straw to sip coffee or milk until it reaches that delectable sogginess level and then you enjoy! Its what I like to call "gross but good." Tonight I'm going to meet a friend for dinner at a raved about Italian joint...
  3. The people....are so friendly, polite, kind. From my classmates to people in cafes to my new roomate...everyone is so nice. I've yet to encounter anyone less than absolutely pleasant. Must be this nice weather.

okay, i'm kind of tired of the list. moving on to another posting...

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