Australian Cuisine – Hearty and delicious

A culinary journey through Australia

Australia is a large country with diverse population and culture spread over multiple timezones. Naturally this diversity is reflected in the regional cuisine. We had the good fortune of experiencing such variety of meals during our trip to New South Wales, South Australia and Kangaroo island. A collection of pics below tells the story of our culinary journey down under!

A taste of Rural Australia

Strathalbyn is a town in South Australia by the Angus river. The large cattle herds and farmlands around the town are made world famous with the Angus beef brand! We were able to enjoy shopping at the local stores and preparing some home cooked delicious meals during our stay, courtesy of my cousin, Nabi.

Brunch – Australian Style!

The river port town of Goolwa has the 19th century feel of old rural Australia. We had brunch at a restaurant downtown famous for its variety of meat Pies.

Hearty lunch at Kangaroo island

Kangaroo island is Australia’s 3rd largest island, famous for its wildlife and national park with amazing scenic views and world famous trails. The island is only accessible by ferry which we embarked on after driving to Port Jarvis. An early breakfast of coffee and muffin kept us warm in the cold windy weather until some much welcomed sunshine greeted us when we started the island tour. In between watching seals and kangaroos and marvelling at the magnificent rocks, we had a hearty meal of beef sausage, pasta salad and chicken at a restaurant near the koala sanctuary.

Tasty treat in Darling Harbor

Back in Sydney after a 2-hour flight from Adelaide, we explored Darling harbour. The mall by the harbor had a great gelato shop!

Dinner and view at Sydney Eye

For dinner we visited the revolving restaurant at Sydney tower. In addition to great food, it gives us a 360 view of the city at night!

The cultural explosion of Sydney

In Sydney, we stayed at the Best Western in Haven Glabe. A great location with a variety of restaurants serving Asian, European and American cuisine right across the street. Here we tried out a special style burrito at a European restaurant!

Cruising – Costa Favolosa in The Mediterranean Part II

Cruise from Spain to Italy

This blog is the sequel to our Western Mediterranean trip in the Spring of 2015. Our itinerary took us from Barcelona to Marseilles, then eastward by the Riviera coast into Savona, Italy.

The below video clip details the second part of our journey. After Marseilles, we travelled to Savona, Italy and took a train ride to Genoa before heading back to Barcelona.

Cruising – Costa Favolosa in The Mediterranean

Our European cruise in Mediterranean

Costa Favolosa is a cruise ship based on the Concordia class design and owned by Costa Cruise line (A subsidiary of Carnival Cruise). The ship was built in Genoa, Italy and launched in 2010.

We travelled Western Mediterranean on the ship in the Spring of 2015. Our itinerary took us from Barcelona to Marseilles, then eastward by the Riviera coast into Savona, Italy.

The below video clip details the first part of our journey. Highlights include exploration of the beautiful interior, an amazing evening entertainment show and a memorable dinner.

Check out my related blog on Cruising for the conclusion of this trip. Enjoy!

Rheinfelden, Switzerland – Serene and Picturesque

A video blog of our stay by the river Rhine

Rheinfelden is a small picturesque town in Switzerland bordering Germany. The name means the fields of the Rhine river. It is home to Feldschlösschen, the most popular beer in Switzerland.

The video clip below are highlights of our weekend stay at the town one summer.

The town is across the river from Rheinfelden in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The two towns are joined by a bridge over the river. They were politically separated when Napoleon Bonaparte fixed the German–Swiss border on the Rhine in 1802 and are still socially and economically tied.

“Sydney Harbor Cruise” – a video blog

Explore Sydney on a boat cruise!

How to get a first look at a large city quickly and comfortably? Chicago, New York, Toronto, Paris, London – all these cities are by the water and boat cruises are popular way to explore them. So when we had a few hours to kill at Sydney on our way to Adelaide, such an excursion was an easy choice. Check out the video blog below to explore Sydney and its iconic landmarks!

South Australia – A Photo Tour

A photo gallery of our South Australia tour

South Australia is a state in the southern central part of Australia with a total land area around 380K square miles. It is similar to the rural landscape of west Texas although much larger in size and sparsely populated. Almost 75% of the state’s 1.7 million people lives in the metropolitan area of capital, Adelaide.

We visited South Australia in October 2018 which is early Spring season in Australia. We flew from Sydney to Adelaide and then stayed with my cousin Mizan at the picturesque town of Strathalbyn, a 90 min drive from Adelaide. We then visited nearby port towns of Goolwa, Port Elliott and Victor Harbor. Below are some photo highlights from that trip. Enjoy!

Having pie for brunch at a restaurant in Goolwa

A historic paddle boat by the Murray river

WWII memorial in Goolwa

Historic river port in Goolwa

Goolwa Train station

Mini golf course in Port Elliott

Having fish and chips by the harbor in Port Eliot

The clock tower of Strathalbyn

A backyard clay oven at Strathalbyn

Rainbow on our drive through rural South Australia

Cape Jervis

Shopping at the local supermarket in Strathalbyn

Home cooked dinner with the famous Angus beef in Strathalbyn

Glenda posing with a native owner of a sanctuary at Victor Harbor

Road to Victor Harbor