17 July 2007

Plan B is in effect

Heather and I had planned on going back to Dallas for Christmas this year then taking a trip through South America, visiting Mexico City, Machu Picchu and Rio de Janeiro. However, after talking with a travel agent last Friday, we have come to the realisation that that is economically prohibitive. We'll have to save that trip for when we are living in the US again. In the meantime, we have come up with a pretty nice Plan B. Four words: around the world tickets.

From Dallas, we will travel to London, which has been on my list for ten years. Then it is off to Delhi, India, Heather's hot spot of the moment. From there, we will see Bangkok, Thailand. Three stops, three very different experiences. Not too shabby for a back up plan, and it's all because it is cheaper to fly around the world than it is to fly around South America. In fact, it's cheaper to fly around the world than it is to fly to Dallas and back. Airlines are crazy like that.

07 July 2007

Lucky Sevens: Cafe de Wheels

This is the first in a monthly series I'm starting here called Lucky Sevens, that will appear on the seventh of each month. It will consist of some facts or trivia about Australia, along with a question for you to answer. First to give the correct answer in the comments wins. I'll add a Lucky Sevens scoreboard to the sidebar to keep track of all winners. I'm also going to go back through my archives and add winners to some questions I've had previously, so nobody misses out.

Harry's Cafe de Wheels is a pie stand in Sydney that has got to be the best place to eat for under seven dollars. The pies are hot, made from quality ingredients, and are great on cold, windy day. I recommend the cheese and bacon pie, with cheese sauce on top.

Harry's opened in 1945 as a food service cart in Woolloomooloo near the harbour. As the story goes, city regulations required that mobile food carts had to move a minimum of 12 inches each so, so Harry's was nudged back and forth each day to comply with the mandate. Since then, three other locations have opened, including on in Haymarket, which I frequent.

Any Amazing Race fans? Harry's was also featured there in 2002 as a Fast Forward where racers had to eat pies. Heather talks about going on the show, and while I am not interested, that is one task I could handle.

Lucky Sevens question: Shouldn't be too hard. Who is the man eating a pie from Harry's in the above picture?

02 July 2007

Be a Pepper

In the past two years, I have had access to Dr Pepper for a total of three weeks, and that was thanks to my parents and in-laws keeping the fridge stocked on my visit last year. I occasionally hear from someone that you can get it at this or that particular convenience store, but I've never seen it. I was starting to feel as desperate as Indy here to get my hands on a Dr Pepper.

And then Heather found Sugar Fix. Turns out, Dr Pepper is about a ten minute walk from our flat. I am enjoying the 'authentic blend of 23 flavors' as I type this.

So how much does heaven in a can cost Down Under? Thirty bucks for a twelve pack—and it's worth every bit of it.