Forever a Junk Food Junkie

Like the US, there aren’t many food items┬áthat are traditionally Australian; nearly everything is made up from the mix of immigrants who’ve made a home here. Guess who else has immigrated? American fast food corporations! Shocker. Macca’s is the Aussie nickname for-you guessed it-McDonald’s! Australians like to shorten every word they possibly can (mossies=mosquitoes, cuppa…

Cafe Countdown Pt. Two

After being all Snooty McSnootFace in my last post you’re probably wondering, what do I look for in a cafe and their coffee? I like it smooth and rich, flavorful but not too bold, not bitter, and absolutely no burn taste. I like my coffee in a ceramic mug with a handle, not in a…

Cafe Countdown Pt. One

Melbourne, the city that beat Starbucks into submission! Yes! Coffee culture is especially strong here, thanks to the Italian influence and the numerous tiny, small-business cafes. No country for large chains here. Let’s not forget the influence of the beautifully grungy hipsters! Nearly all of the little cafes refuse to have a proper website, or…

Oz: Come for the Hiking, Stay for the Hiking

Australia’s landscape is unbeatable. It’s so amazing that it gets exaggerated for us Americans and we think all there are here are giant spiders and drop bears, which I can assure you there are not. Drop Bears only live on the outskirts of the city. ­čśë If you want to work up a sweat and…