First meal of the trip: In Melbourne, channeling Anthony Bourdain by having a bratwurst at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria market.
My favorite (er, ‘favourite’) meal in Australia was a fairly simple one–on the road, at Weller’s Inn & Pub, Kangaroo Ground, Victoria.
Squash soup, garnished with baby cilantro.
Toasts with spread assortment. Excellent toast. We had great toast all over Australia. This is not a small thing.
Having thus dined lightly, we attacked the desserts with unseemly fervor:
Rhubarb crumble with creme fraiche ice cream.
Fabulous sticky-toffee pudding, and on request they brought me a whole little jug of extra sauce!
Picnic prepared by our hotel, eaten in the mountains above Ubud in Bali. From bottom right, potato salad with bacon, assorted satay, barbecued pork ribs, vegetable tartlets, little fruit-sago puddings (wrapped in banana leaf), fresh fruit. All delicious.
Sumatran specialty: fish-head curry.
Sundanese food: rice flavored with fish and vegetables wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed.
In both Sydney and Jakarta, we ate at the Din Tai Fung dumpling house. Superb soup dumplings–filled with pork in Australia, with chicken in Jakarta. Deservedly popular, Din Tai Fung steams A LOT of dumplings….
Tower of steamer baskets at Din Tai Fung in Jakarta.
What I read while traveling:
*FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, by Melina Marchetta. YA fantasy.
XO, by Jeffery Deaver. Adult mystery/thriller. (ebook)
*CRACKER!, by Cindy Kadohata. Middle-grade historical fiction, dog story.
THERE ARE NO SPIES, by Bill Granger. Adult thriller.
DRIVING FORCE, by Dick Francis. Adult mystery.
An odd selection this trip. I brought the first two books with me at the outset, and planned to buy titles for my Nook as needed. (I’m still mostly a Book reader, but I do use my Nook for ebooks when traveling.) I learned that you cannot download books onto your Nook when you are abroad, who knew? (Actually, it makes sense….) Fortunately, I was hanging out with librarians at that point: The last three titles were either borrowed from the library of the school in Jakarta, or from the paperback-swap shelves in their faculty lounges.