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Old 15.11.2011, 00:54
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Re: For the Aussies (or really anyone else)

Definitely the sea food. I miss the lightly fried lobster with nothing but a bit of salt & spring onion, which I make sometimes at home. Or the steamed barramundi...

And I also miss these authentic Chinese restaurants - Yum Cha at the Fisherman's seafood @ fish market, Peking duck @ Melbourne, Shanghai restaurant @ Hurstville, etc etc...
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Creating a massive demagoguery through his ginormeous media monster that owns more or less the entire market ...
Hyperbole, much? If you're talking about Australia, News Corp hardly owns "more or less the entire market". Taking NSW, the most populous state, as an example, News Corp owns The Australian (nationwide, of course), The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, and ... that's it for newspapers. It's a similar story for the other states. They own a quarter of Foxtel, and all the Fox cable TV channels. So unless ownership of Vogue, Modern Fishing and Australian Golf Digest magazines puts the frighteners on you, I'd be more worried about the Packer empire in Australia.
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Old 15.11.2011, 06:30
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Tim Tams.

I refuse to pay the extortionate prices charged by whatever that Swiss-based "Aussie store" is (think it's in Rapperswil?), so rely on visitors bringing a pack or two whenever they come over ...

Real sausage rolls, too - my wife makes awesome sausage rolls, even better than the ones you could buy in Australia, but there's something to be said for being able to just buy one down the bakery at any time of day, and squeeze the sauce onto it and just eat. Wurstweggli are nowhere near the same.

As for burgers and chips, the Shamrock down at Wollishofen does good ones. You can even get vinegar for your chips!!!
Still, I miss a serve of chips wrapped in butchers' paper where you just rip one end open, sprinkle in the vinegar and then start eating as you walk along ...
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Old 15.11.2011, 06:49
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Stop, stop, stop - it is the middle of grey November aren't we depressed enough already? But I would kill for a good feed of fish and chips.........

To the OP, Australia is expensive count on 90% of your costs here. Friends there say 100 to 120k is required there for a comfortable family life, inflation in Australia has been cronic (?) for the last 5 years on essential items (food, energy costs, rent, insurance ect) but somehow the total inflation rate stays at 2-4%. Having said that like anywhere, you can keep your costs low if you work hard at when and where you shop.
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I miss Vietnamese nail salons.
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Old 15.11.2011, 09:04
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Sunshine and beaches. At least 4 MONTHS of decent summer weather (unless you're from tassie or canberra). Good surf. FISHING! Jetties. Beach cricket. Long weekends. AFL. Supermarket opening hours.

bbq shapes. burger rings. decent salt'n'vinegar products. Territory Jerky.

Meat Pies. Chiko Rolls. affordable home delivered pizza. AB's (for those from adelaide). Decent kebabs with lamb meat (not spam on a spit like here). Asian food. Laksa. BBQs on propper F*&k-off sized 6 burner deluxe barbies, not those tiny balcony ones everyone has here. Roo meat. Decent Pub meals.

Brown sugar.
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Decent Pub meals.
Chicken parma and chips!
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This, minus the vegemite.
You've just reminded me that particularly at this time of year I miss those big, bright skies the most.

Oh and for 100%, don't tell me to go up a mountain to get above the fog. The skies and light are nowhere near the same.
Oh, for sure, it is a very different light and a different beauty. They both have their place. But I don't miss the Australian light (or the NZ light for that matter) nor weather and beaches because i have different climes here that are worthy of my attention for a while.

I did think of something Australian that I miss... Holeproof undies. They just don't make them as comfortable or durable here (5 washes and they are done for). I always get family to bring a couple of packs. It's the simple things...
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Old 15.11.2011, 10:06
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You failed.

I miss Oporto and brunch at Bondi with papers that I can read.
Yeah they don't really do Sunday breakfast here do they? Which is a real shame.

I miss lazy Sundays at the Boogie Hole Cafe at Bronte watching the perfect blue waters roll in set after set. I miss Oporto Clarence St for lunch.
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Football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars ...

... well, two of those, anyway.

(For those of us who were around in the 70s.)
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Re: For the Aussies (or really anyone else)

Hehehe..all this talk is making me want to jump on a plane and go home to Sydney for about 3 weeks. Hang on, I'm already booked for that next week

What I miss?

The Bondi-Coogee ocean run,
24 hr House of Pie bakery at Botany
Duke of Gloucester Pub steaks at Randwick
Cadburys Peppermint chocolate
OTC medication in Supermarkets
Year- round selection of fruit (be it too expensive)
straight forward traffic laws

What I don't miss:

OTC PC
Corrupt pollies
Bondi (take away the beach, and it's a filthy suburb..even the Kiwis have moved out )
Gridlock traffic
Crappy Tax
Price gouging on everything (Bananas at 13 dollars a kilo? FFS!)
Fuel price fluctuations
Island mentality
Cost of living (rent, electricity...all set to rise in NSW by a large margin)
Two-speed economy
Poor public transport
Takes ages to drive anywhere...I've become accustomed to Swiss relative distances.
Points system on traffic offences
The Roads and Traffic Authority
Download limits and overpriced internet
and I could continue...

Australia is a great place to visit...to live?...not going back by choice in a hurry.
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I cannot believe how expensive everything is.
I miss Cheap Tuesday at the Movies
Cheap Tuesday at the Sushi Train
Food Courts in the Malls.
The Markets on the Weekend to pick up all sorts of Bargains
I have complained in previous posts about having to pay three francs for a glass of tap water in most restaurants. I think that is just Mean.
It is a lovely country but when you are from Oz or the Uk we are a little Spoilt by the simple things.

I am happy to be going home next year
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Old 15.11.2011, 15:21
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I cannot believe how expensive everything is.
I miss Cheap Tuesday at the Movies
Cheap Tuesday at the Sushi Train
Food Courts in the Malls.
The Markets on the Weekend to pick up all sorts of Bargains
I have complained in previous posts about having to pay three francs for a glass of tap water in most restaurants. I think that is just Mean.
It is a lovely country but when you are from Oz or the Uk we are a little Spoilt by the simple things.

I am happy to be going home next year
I agree, its much easier to have a cheap meal in Australia. However, supermarket prices have gone up exorbitantly in Oz - i pay less for groceries in Switzerland than I did in Australia and I get mostly organic produce for that too!
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I cannot believe how expensive everything is.
I miss Cheap Tuesday at the Movies
Cheap Tuesday at the Sushi Train
Food Courts in the Malls.
The Markets on the Weekend to pick up all sorts of Bargains
I have complained in previous posts about having to pay three francs for a glass of tap water in most restaurants. I think that is just Mean.
It is a lovely country but when you are from Oz or the Uk we are a little Spoilt by the simple things.

I am happy to be going home next year
Assuming you are a Nanny, you might want to ask your wealthy employers to start paying you a proper Swiss wage. Then, you would have no reason to complain about the price of water.
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I agree, its much easier to have a cheap meal in Australia. However, supermarket prices have gone up exorbitantly in Oz - i pay less for groceries in Switzerland than I did in Australia and I get mostly organic produce for that too!
I noticed the same in NZ. It is interesting to do a comparison cart-fill on a Swiss online grocery site and compare it to one in NZ/Australia.

Fill it with like-quality products, 1kg cheese, 5 litres milk, 200g chocolate, etc etc and you come out with a load of groceries that cost about the same in both countries after the exchange rate is considered. It's quite scary.

Likewise, we just scuppered plans for a 3 month holiday to NZ due tot he horrendous prices of accommodation. Even an onsite caravan in a shabby camp demands over $100 per night!
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Fish and Chips
Fish 'n' chips and a glass of Murphy's to wash it down at the shamrock pub in Wollishofen are pretty good if you're dying for some.
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You get nice frozen seafood in one of this shop in the Viadukt Market or Dörig. Avoid Seafood in Restaurants, it is hopeless (usually) what you get. At least it is legal here drinking beer in public transport.
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Doofin full moon in Byron followed by a soy latte watching sunrise at Belongil...and a surf at wategos...Otherwise I love minus 15c and Fog
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Fish 'n' chips and a glass of Murphy's to wash it down at the shamrock pub in Wollishofen are pretty good if you're dying for some.
You can even get vinegar for your chips!!
Yes, I said that before, but it's worth saying again!

Actually, just thought of something else I get 'imported' ... Brut deodorant sticks. Seriously.
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