Thursday, January 28, 2016

Trip to Australia (Gold Coast - January 2016)...Casual day

Surfers Paradise

Jason has been working so busy here in Australia. The next day of my arrival, I walked around Surfers Paradise during the day. This town is like Waikiki of Gold Coast...lots of shops and tourists.

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I had lunch at Nando's which was recommended by Jason. It's a small chain in Australia and they are known for grilled chicken. I had grilled chicken breast pita sandwich with hummus and tabbouleh inside. Their hot sauce was quite addictive. Good lunch.

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What?! Mos Burger in Surfers Paradise?! In fact, I learned that this popular burger chain from Japan has several outposts in Australia. I should check it out once during my stay.

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I also enjoyed checking out local grocery stores such as Woolworths and Coles. Since Jason was not going to be home until very late, I did some grocery shopping and prepared simple dinner for myself in the evening. I brought Mori's Uruguay Koshihikari rice from home, so I could make rice, too. I wish I had my Kamado-san donabe rice cooker here...I had to make rice in a regular pot, but it was still good (while not as great as rice made in donabe). I could also find white miso, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms, so I made miso soup (I brought dashi tea bags from home to make dashi). I made simple pan-fried Tasmanian salmon, and it was really good.

And, of course, Aussie wine... Nice cozy evening.