Thursday, 28 July 2016

Donuts & Cakes

I was at the butchers today and because I was shopping alone the butcher inquired about the whereabouts of my daughters who are often along for the ride.

"They've gone to Bowral for cake" I informed him. (That's 95km/ 59miles)

 He looked surprised for just a second before he said "Well we go to Dapto for hot dogs, we did it once and then it became a thing" (81km/ 50miles)

His next observation: "And Berry for donuts" (128km/ 80miles)

What food do you travel a crazy distance for?


  1. I must be terribly dull because I can't think of a single place we go to just for a particular food. That being said there are particular foods we "must have " when we are in various towns or cities. We do travel 50 miles for dinner with my husbands brother and his wife, but that is a city mid way for both families.

  2. I can get whatever I want within a radius of just one square kilometer from my home.

  3. My father used to habitually travel 60 miles for Chinese food.

  4. I haven't found a food yet that I "just can't live without." BUT then i am cheap and don't want to use gasoline either.

  5. I don't travel crazy distances for food. Like Ramana, I can find all the foods I want either locally or somewhere in Belfast. There are some excellent bakeries and delicatessans (and butchers if you're a meat eater). I would only travel crazy distances to reach stunning scenery and/or great walks.

  6. Not now in such fast crazy life but when i think back my parents used to take me out of our small village on bus just to get my favourite Pakory a local fast food

  7. Not now in such fast crazy life but when i think back my parents used to take me out of our small village on bus just to get my favourite Pakory a local fast food

  8. Not now in such fast crazy life but when i think back my parents used to take me out of our small village on bus just to get my favourite Pakory a local fast food

  9. I have to admit I wouldn't travel that far for any food, only because I'm not into food much. I go to our local supermarket and get what I need, and that's about an 8 minute drive from here.

  10. Driving for miles, with the odd kilometer thrown in? I'd drive to the orchards, vegetable gardens, cherry trees and bushes laden with fruit of my childhood. Paradise. Throw in some proper bread, a fish and the occasional steak - and I am in food heaven.


  11. Food I have bought at a distance were usually just "I am here and getting xyz." I will travel about 20 miles just to get a certain pork BBQ. I do think when people travel 50 miles for a food, it is sort of an outing for them. People can do worse things and spend more money for entertainment.

  12. “What food do you travel a crazy distance for?”

    None, but my favorite foods are fish and banana pudding (the kind that is made with vanilla wafers and has meringue on the top. I avoid eating out all I can because I’ve had food poisoning three times, and it always came from eating out. I also don’t like spending the money, and I’m nowhere close to being as comfortable in a restaurant as I am at home sitting in my “easy chair” eating from a TV tray. To me, eating out is “roughing it.”

    Kiddo, I had assumed that you were a vegetarian. I had assumed this so strongly that it never even crossed my mind that you would eat meat because I know how kind and loving you are, and I’ll always believe that about you, but I am curious about your eating of meat. I’m also wondering how common vegetarianism and veganism are in Australia. Here, they’re not common anywhere, but there are a lot more of both in liberal cities like where I live, whereas they’re all but unheard of where I’m from, which is America’s Bible Belt.

    Having just watched, I’m also wondering how well known “Kangaroo Dundee” is in Australia, and what the general attitude toward kangaroos is. I should think that many people would regard them as a nuisance. They also look like they would be an easy target for hunters.

    I see that my fellow Bible Belter, “Practical Parsimony" is here. She’s an Alabama girl, and I’m a former Mississippi boy.

  13. Anne,
    You are not dull, just reasonable!

    I sometimes travel two hours to have lunch with a girlfriend who lives 5 hours away. It makes sense.

    In Sydney we can get anything and everything, sometimes it is close by and sometimes not so much but there is very little within a 1km radius of my place.

  14. EC,
    I don't think there is any food I would habitually travel that far for but a once in a while day out is ok.
    I would imagine there would have been a Chinese restaurant closer?

    Walking Man,
    These days I don't want to use the gas either but a long drive is probably still some of the cheapest entertainment around so it's an ok option for the kids. (I also hesitate on the grounds of environmental impact but as much as I try to limit my impact, life has to have a highlight here and there)

  15. Nick,
    I have travelled just a little and while I enjoy scenery, it is never the scenery I look back on fondly. My memories are all of food or people or events.

    Apparently my grandmother was the same and it baffled my view loving father and grandfather :)

  16. There were definitely Chinese restaurants closer to home. One in our own suburb, walking distance away. Father liked that one...

  17. baili,
    thank you for visiting here!

    Pakory is a good reason to take a bus trip, I like that you have a memory like that!

    LL cool Joe,
    I'm sure your way of doing things is easier on the budget and probably the waistline as well :)

  18. Ursula,
    Your food heaven sounds pretty good to me! Good fresh fruit, vegetables and fish are always delicious.
    I go to the markets and get enthusiastic about beautiful fruit and veg but the meals I make with it are never quite like I hoped (we'll blame the TV for the disconnect!)

    You are right, the trip to get a favourite food is entertainment for us and the time spent together in the car can be a lot of fun

  19. Snow,
    I remember you have talked about fish and banana pudding before and I am not sure if I followed up, this is a meal with fish followed by banana pudding? There are a lot of google images with pudding but I can't see how the fish fits!

    To answer your question about meat eating, my best self would be vegan and there is barely a day passes that I don't see some kind of animal rights message in my facebook feed which challenges me to get my act together.
    Some of my family like meat to the extent that they think they haven't eaten without it, I don't have a huge repertoire of vegetarian meals and I like the taste of meat so there is a lot of inertia to overcome in becoming vegetarian. As things stand, I try to eat meat free a few days a week and I try to minimise the portion sizes when I do cook meat. We never sit down to a slab of flesh, ever.
    I try to take the same line with dairy products. I also get organic dairy products when I can because someone told me organic farms usually have more humane procedures. I don't know whether that is true but the higher price of organic food at least means you take more time to appreciate what you put in your mouth.

    Animals Australia put out a lot of videos showing the cruelty of animal farming and the sentience (?) of the animals. If anyone can get me to change my habits, they will.

    Vegetarian/ veganism seems to have a similar profile here to what it does in the US: there are more liberal places where is is acceptable and common and other places where it is rare and scorned. If I was vegetarian it would just cement my reputation as a weird hippy.

    I have heard of the kangaroo sanctuary but I wouldn't say it is well known. I think kangaroos are like a lot of animals: beloved by city types and less popular with the people who live closer to them. They are a protected species but can be hunted with a licence. I know that "roo shooting" is reasonable popular so the licences can't be too hard to obtain.


  20. "I think kangaroos are like a lot of animals: beloved by city types and less popular with the people who live closer to them."

    Living in nature doesn't ennoble. Here, it's the people who live in the wild places who are the most keen of destroying those places for money by passing laws and electing politicians that will enable them to do so.


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