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  1. Linky Links

    The Paupered Chef – I may have put this one before.

    Oh, Sunday School – cute

    Red Bubble – for all you artsy folk, they’ll make cards and t-shirts and prints of your work for your customers.

    Quick Indian Cooking – because someday I’ll make it from scratch.

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  2. And We’re Done

    Wow, so today ends the three-week vacation of 2008. My parents left on Thursday, and I’m still a little bit sad. The introvert in me didn’t always love the constant being with people and all the go-go-go we scheduled, but overall, it was so great. I think the best part is just being able to talk to them about stuff now, and they will have a better picture of what we’re talking about.

    We really did pick up the pace, which was good considering the amount of rich food we also ate. But I am really hoping that we can continue that on our own. Sure we won’t be hiking through the Bunya Mountains or walking along the rocky shores of Western Australia, but it’s not too much trouble to find a park or bush trail around here.

    I also have had a bite from the travel bug. I’m excited about finding new treasures in new places, even places close to home.

    That being said, I’ve heard about a new park, we’ve got the foodstuffs for a picnic on hand, and we have yet to try out our new picnic blanket. Today might just be the day!

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  3. Australian Icon

    Our flight path to Perth went right past Uluru. It was pretty amazing to see, even from that distance. I am hoping that we get there someday.

    Uluru

    ** Check out Seeking the Centre: The Australian Desert in Literature, Art and Film at Amazon.

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  4. West Coast and Back

    With sunrises like this, can you see why I didn’t want to leave?

    Harbour Sunrise

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  5. Back from the Bunyas

    We’ve been busy.
    We’re tired.
    But we are having a great time.

    Australian flower

    Wallaby

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  6. Day One: Survived

    We got up before dawn and managed to get the parents from the airport. We had an easy day with hanging around the house and a light lunch. Then we took them to Queen’s Park in Ipswich. Their nature centre is really quite good. It’s not quite Australia Zoo, but it IS free. No koalas or crocs, but it has wombats, goannas, wallabies, emus, kangaroos, lizards and birds of all sorts.

    We also had a walk around the Nerima Japanese Garden. While you can tell it has been affected by the drought, it still is the greenest place I’ve seen in quite a while. It really is so peaceful and beautiful. I reckon we’ll be having a picnic there one day soon.

    Then tonight we cooked dinner for both sets of parents. No culinary catastrophes to speak of. No embarrassing childhood stories. No lack of conversation. It was quite impressive for a first-time meeting.

    Now we sleep.

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  7. Pending Arrival

    I have to say that things are looking… good. It’s not really the “finding places to stash clutter” that I’m worried about, it’s most definitely the “finding it all back again” part.

    So now that it’s crunch time, I’m starting to re-look at what I REALLY need to have done before they get here. So the curtains may not get washed, but since they are staying in our room, the contents of bedside table drawers are getting repositioned, if you know what I’m saying.

    It’s going to be good. Trying not to stress.

    I have to say that things are looking… good. It’s not really the “finding places to stash clutter” that I’m worried about, it’s most definitely the “finding it all back again” part.

    So now that it’s crunch time, I’m starting to re-look at what I REALLY need to have done before they get here. So the curtains may not get washed, but since they are staying in our room, the contents of bedside table drawers are getting repositioned, if you know what I’m saying.

    It’s going to be good. Trying not to stress.

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  8. Food Meme

    Since I don’t really feel like doing anything anymore, I’m using this as a distraction:

    Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that [very good taste] think[s] every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

    Here’s what I want you to do:
    1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
    2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
    3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
    4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

    The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
    1. Venison – I don’t think so
    2. Nettle tea
    3. Huevos rancheros
    4. Steak tartare
    5. Crocodile
    6. Black pudding
    7. Cheese fondue
    8. Carp – ahh Minnesota summers
    9. Borscht
    10. Baba ghanoush
    11. Calamari
    12. Pho
    13. PB&J; sandwich – I’ve had bites but never an entire one; gross.
    14. Aloo gobi – this is one of the dishes we get at our new favourite Indian place
    15. Hot dog from a street cart
    16. Epoisses
    17. Black truffle
    18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – plum wine, mmmm
    19. Steamed pork buns – perfect sweet and savory combo
    20. Pistachio ice cream
    21. Heirloom tomatoes
    22. Fresh wild berries – my aunt the mountaineer pointed some edibles one out on a hike
    23. Foie gras
    24. Rice and beans – one of our specialties
    25. Brawn, or head cheese – I’ve been in close proximity, but don’t think I tried it
    26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
    27. Dulce de leche
    28. Oysters
    29. Baklava
    30. Bagna cauda
    31. Wasabi peas
    32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – I don’t dig the clams
    33. Salted lassi
    34. Sauerkraut – we had it for our Oktoberfest last year
    35. Root beer float – oh how I miss A&W;!
    36. Cognac with a fat cigar – separately but not together
    37. Clotted cream tea – most recently at Newstead House a couple weeks ago
    38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
    39. Gumbo
    40. Oxtail
    41. Curried goat
    42. Whole insects
    43. Phaal
    44. Goat’s milk
    45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more – $40 short
    46. Fugu
    47. Chicken tikka masala
    48. Eel
    49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – meh
    50. Sea urchin
    51. Prickly pear
    52. Umeboshi
    53. Abalone
    54. Paneer
    55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
    56. Spaetzle
    57. Dirty gin martini
    58. Beer above 8% ABV
    59. Poutine
    60. Carob chips
    61. S’mores
    62. Sweetbreads – nearly striken, but I could probably try if I didn’t know ahead of time
    63. Kaolin
    64. Currywurst
    65. Durian
    66. Frogs’ legs
    67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – I’ve had them all but would argue that they should be separate
    68. Haggis
    69. Fried plantain
    70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
    71. Gazpacho
    72. Caviar and blini
    73. Louche absinthe
    74. Gjetost, or brunost
    75. Roadkill
    76. Baijiu
    77. Hostess Fruit Pie
    78. Snail
    79. Lapsang souchong
    80. Bellini
    81. Tom yum
    82. Eggs Benedict
    83. Pocky – I love the strawberry ones
    84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. – not looking good with none in AU
    85. Kobe beef
    86. Hare
    87. Goulash
    88. Flowers – violets in my salad a couple weeks ago
    89. Horse
    90. Criollo chocolate
    91. Spam
    92. Soft shell crab
    93. Rose harissa
    94. Catfish
    95. Mole poblano
    96. Bagel and lox – waste of a good bagel
    97. Lobster Thermidor
    98. Polenta
    99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
    100. Snake

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