Archive for May, 2015

South Australia Diary, day 1

Sunday, 24 May, 2015

Thursday, 7 May, 2015. 17:00

Our plane landed in Adelaide right on time at 11:45, after a flight of two hours and ten minutes from Sydney. It barely felt like we’d left Sydney before our flight began descending again. We’d organised to pick up our hire car at 12:30, so we stopped in a cafe in the airport where M. had a mocha coffee before heading out. We signed for the Toyota Corolla at the Hertz rental pickup in the car park and drove off towards Adelaide.

Traffic was light compared to Sydney, and we threaded right through the heart of the city, turning at the cathedral square in the middle to head north to Northern Terrace. We couldn’t turn right there, so continued north to the zoo where we turned around in the car park to head back south to Northern Terrace, where we turned left past the University of Adelaide and then out into the suburbs on Payneham Road.

We stopped at a cluster of shops near the intersection with Montecute Road in the suburb of Felixstow to get some lunch. We found an Italian place called, oddly enough, The Italian Place. It was a delicatessen and cafe sort of place, with lots of cool Italian goodies. I had a calzone with bolognese sauce and M. had the special soup of the day: minestrone with garlic bread. Both were really good and hearty, filling us up nicely for the drive up to the Barossa Valley.

Minestrone and garlic bread
Minestrone at The Italian Place.

Read more: We hit the Barossa Valley and find an unexpected gem for dinner

New review blog: Snot Block & Roll

Monday, 18 May, 2015

I’m just back from a holiday to South Australia, so I’ll be starting to post a new travel diary soon. Although in 2 weeks I’m off again, this time on a business trip to Sapporo in Japan, followed immediately by a trip to Boston for a conference. (I’ll be flying Sapporo-Tokyo-Boston without coming home in between.)

But in the meantime, I’ve started a brand new blog, dedicated to reviewing the two iconic products that have to be made by any bakery that wants to rightfully claim the name of “bakery” in Australia: The sausage roll and the vanilla slice. Without further ado, I give you: Snot Block & Roll.