Aloha Brisbane! Exploring the city

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The faces of meat pie at Pie Face

There’s nothing like having Cat Toth wake me up at 6:30 a.m. by pounding on my door, as I rush to answer it with no pants on. I’m sure Ed Sugimoto felt almost the same way when Cat called him from my room, asking for more Nespresso capsules while he was still asleep. And so we started our first full day in Brisbane, trying to wake up and smell the coffee. (I kid: I was actually awake, but with no pants.)

We had one free day on our own, so we decided to check out the South Bank, which is supposed to be a nice area for shopping and restaurants. On one hand, it is a bit touristy; on the other hand, it really is a nice place. If I had the time, I’d go jogging around the area, since the walking paths are wide and plentiful, and it’s very scenic.

We were told the food in Brisbane is decent, but nothing special; I think they do have special places, as shown in my gallery, but they just don’t have a lot (like in Honolulu). You just need to know where to go. More on that in the next blog entry.

Also, I didn’t realize this until I got there, but Brisbane is quite an artsy town. If you are into art (and some culture, like musical theatre), Brisbane is a good place to check out. Art is everywhere.

Aloha Brisbane!

We started our day the way the Aussies do, with toast, butter, and vegemite. How did it taste? Watch the video below!

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These are just the highlights; if you want to see all of my photos from the day, click here.

Wonder what that vegemite tasted like? It’s something you spread on toast with butter, but it’s salty, not sweet. People say it’s gross, while others swoon over it. If you go to Australia, you gotta try it once. It doesn’t have a strong smell, but it makes gravies taste better, so I’d say it must be the Australian harm ha. Here’s Cat’s video, filmed by Ed:

And about that Dragon drink…the photos don’t do it justice. Here’s Ed’s video of Kaleo drinking it, with the history of the drink told by the restaurant’s owner (note his Chinese/Australian accent).

That did it for our free day. My next blog entry will show us cuddling koalas and feeding kangaroos!

15 comments
M
M

Hello Melissa!

Enjoying your trip!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  Thanks for sharing.  Both you and Cat are famous for taking pictures of bathrooms...so what up?  Went through all the pix and only Cat had no pants!  Australia was once not very cosmopolitan as they tended to be quite insular and conservative.  Have you noticed a more cosmopolitan population as you toured around or did it feel like Kansas? Toto?

WERUreo
WERUreo

Oh, and I noticed on your Flickr page that picture of the kangaroo jerky...  Did anyone try it?

WERUreo
WERUreo

Those meat pies from Pie Face look good!  And when I saw that picture of Hungry Jack's, I had to do a double take.  Had to look it up to get the full story on that lol.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave haha actually, Cat does more toilet pics than I do. There were no exciting bathrooms in Brisbane, unfortunately(?). 

 

Interesting that you comment about them not being cosmopolitan. That kind of explains things. I didn't feel shunned or anything—there's a large ethnic mix—but they did seem like Minneapolis. Maybe it's the insular living? Not sure.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @WERUreo yes! it was met with mixed reviews. For the most part, we liked it.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @WERUreo LOL isn't the story funny? And there's so much copyright infringement in Australia!

WERUreo
WERUreo

 @Melissa808 Yeah, lol!  I read the Wikipedia page about Hungry Jack's and got so confused!

WERUreo
WERUreo

@Cat @Melissa808 @Annoddah_Dave did you get video of which way the water goes down the toilet? You guys mentioned that in your video on the way there.