Things I miss about Australia

26/Jan/2011

 Happy Australia Day! I nicked this idea from the lovely Kathryn in Japan.

  1. Friends and family, derr.
  2. Hamburgers with the lot
  3. Mint Slice biscuits
  4. Proper thunderstorms
  5. Cafés that have great breakfasts* and open late**
  6. Dogs on the back of utes (especially brown kelpies with golden eyebrows)
  7. Chocolate thickshakes
  8. Sprawling starry skies, best viewed from a flat country town
  9. Top Deck, Cherry Ripes and Violet Crumbles
  10. Garages that cars actually can fit in to
  11. Scribbly gums
  12. Chicken salad rolls from small town bakeries, assembled while you wait!
  13. Apple turnovers with cream, from aforementioned small town bakeries (ooh yeah)
  14. Galahs and white cockatoos strolling along the median strip (what do you call that green grassy bit up the middle of a road that you get in a place like Canberra!? where is my brain? thank you Stella for the reminder!)
  15. Rage
  16. The smell of rain hitting the dirt when it hasn't rained for ages
  17. Mango Weiss bars
  18. Mount Panorama
  19. Bread tags
  20. Driving in a straight line for a very long time.

6a00d83451c20669e2011168a1f95f970c-piHow sad that the majority of this list is FOOD.

* There are plenty of great cafés in Edinburgh that have nice brekkies but you don't get quite the same variety of ideas and ingredients. Out here in Dunfermline a bacon roll from Gregg's is about the extent of your choices ;) Breakfast is SO good in Australia. I love an American brunch or a British cooked breakfast but the Aussie cafés take bits of those with influences from other places and make morning time MAGIC, I tells ya!

** Specifically I miss going out for coffee and cake after weeknight movie like we used to do in Canberra at somewhere like Gus' or Cafe Essen. Here in Scotland we have some great cafés but not many open late. If you go to a movie, you go to the pub afterwards. I don't want to do that on a school night! I've told my Scottish pals about these mystical late night cafés and they say, "What's wrong with the pub? You should like that, you're Australian!".

Yeah yeah. I always wonder if I got a consortium of expats together to open such a café, would it die on its arse? Or could we persuade that there's an alternative to the pub and kebab combo?