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Bite and suck - Australian foods, etiquette and other tips.

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With many Fodorites coming to Australia in the near future I thought it would be good to educate you in some of our foods and idiosyncrasies.

FOOD
Pies – bite and suck is the key. To eat a pie (preferably handmade or from a quality baker) you need to bite a hole in the pastry then suck out some of the filling. Bite off some pastry and suck again. Repeat with care. The contents are often scaldingly hot.

Lamingtons
Very hard to get good ones. They should be a good sponge covered in good chocolate and then desiccated coconut. Jam filled and mass produced are for the peasants (and gullible tourists)

Fairy Bread
A delight wasted on the palates of the young. Good fresh white bread and butter (not Margarine) covered generously in sprinkles and/or hundreds and thousands.

VEGEMITE
We love it. We know you won’t, but it is fun to see the look on your face when you taste it.
Best on fresh bread and butter or toast. Start with a little bit and work your way up.

Coat of Arms.
Occasionally you will see this on a pub menu. It means you will get kangaroo and emu on the one plate. Both should be cooked rare to medium.

LANGUAGE
We will laugh when you try to say G’day. But try anyway, we like a good laugh.

Australian is a very lazy language. It is hard to imitate, as you have to unlearn so much. We use the schwa quite a lot.

Strangely though the first elements of the Australian accent were described as a “pure” form of English, as it did not have the regional accents and dialects of Britain where people found it hard to understand people from other parts of the country.

We do not have fall, we have autumn

We use metric measurements and degrees Celsius. But just to confuse you, many of us still talk in imperial at times, but very rarely for temperature.

Australians will naturally poke fun at you, but will for the most part not mean to be offensive.

Tipping
Generally, we don't and would prefer you not to, but it is your money and we will take it.

I will think of more and others no doubt will add their thoughts. You will have a great time in our country. Just relax and go with the flow.

No worries.

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