A quick #lunch at PappaRich after watching The Trip to Italy


Bron and I went to a movie this morning and saw The Trip to Italy. We really enjoyed it.

After the movie we enjoyed a quick lunch at PappaRich in the Canberra Centre.

I enjoyed a piece of Tandoori chicken and some chicken and beef satay sticks as well as a coffee milo drink 🙂

Chicken and beef satay with peanut sauce as well as Tandoori chicken.

Chicken and beef satay with peanut sauce as well as Tandoori chicken.

Coffee Milo hot drink at PappaRich

Coffee Milo hot drink at PappaRich

The coffee milo drink was an odd surprise. I really enjoyed it.

Anyway, just a quick post to share some food 😉

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Voting, walking, cooking and lots of eating Saturday 7 September 2013 #ausvotes


Today Australia held a federal election. For readers who aren’t Australian and living elsewhere we have compulsory voting and we always vote on a Saturday. Would you believe the hash tag #sausagesizzle was trending on Twitter in Australia!

Bron and I had a good day. We went out to vote early, enjoyed a nice breakfast and then took a good walk up to the National Arboretum. I’m currently watching the election night coverage and writing about today.

At most election venues, especially at schools there is a sausage sizzle and a cake stall to raise money for the school

At most election venues, especially at schools there is a sausage sizzle and a cake stall to raise money for the school

Ballot Paper - Version 2

The ballot paper for the seat of Fraser. I love voting below the line to get full democratic satisfaction from my vote.

After voting we walked to Ricardo’s cafe in the Jamison shops and enjoyed breakfast.

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Our walk to vote and then eat breakfast

Our walk to vote and then eat breakfast

Poached eggs on Focaccia Bread with a side of Hollandaise sauce and hashed browns

Poached eggs on Focaccia Bread with a side of Hollandaise sauce and hashed browns

After breakfast we went back to the National Arboretum for a walk. We’d been there recently for breakfast.

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Our walk up to and down from the Cafe at the National Arboretum. The zig zag represents the pathway.

Our walk up to and down from the Cafe at the National Arboretum. The zigzag represents the pathway.

Below are some images from the bonsai garden. These are some beautiful plants. I love bonsai.

The cafe isn’t too bad. It’s catered by the same people who run the Conservatory Restaurant. My iced coffee was pretty nice. I was very tempted by the hot pies. Hover your mouse over the image and read the caption.

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The images above are a slide show of outdoor images taken while we walked up and down from the car park to the cafe at the top. We also walked around the Margaret Whitlam (for non-Australians Margaret Whitlam (deceased) was the wife of Gough Whitlam, a former Prime Minister of Australia) Pavillion which is essentially a wedding chapel for those that can afford a very nice view.

This afternoon I had a lovely vanilla slice from Ricardo’s cafe.

Vanilla slice. So rich. So nice.

Vanilla slice. So rich. So nice.

For dinner tonight I prepared a chicken to roast. I stood it up on a can of coca cola as a means to insert some moisture and drain the juices away from the chicken to keep the skin crisp.

For dessert I had a Black Forest bomb cake from Ricardo’s cafe. The YouTube video shows the sparkler (det cord) going off 😉

The Black Forest cake is delicious. The sparkler is a nice touch too.

The cut surface shows the lovely insides. Hover over the image and read the caption.

Well it looks like the coalition of the Liberal Party and National Party will be invited to form a government by the Governor-General. This will mean the Hon. Tony Abbott will be the next Prime Minister of Australia.

I enjoyed exercising, cooking and eating today. I hope you did too. Please feel free to leave a comment. If you’re a WordPress user please feel free to ‘like’ the post.

My week in Instagram | #TheEkka | A new blog | Shoutout @CowboysXBones | Battered sav time


Wow since last Saturday so much has happened. It’s been a huge week and with all the food I’ve enjoyed I’m feeling huge. I really need to do something but I’m in a frame of mind at the moment that’s making it hard to resist eating.

Let’s start with Sunday morning. I went for a walk and said g’day to Mr Owl.

Did you see the sliver of moon?

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Bron invited me over for a fabulous breakfast. She’d been to the fresh food markets on Sunday and got some truffles that had been grown locally. For readers not based in Canberra, the ACT has a thriving truffle community. Truffles with butter and in eggs is amazing and Bron makes the best breakfasts.

Must always start breakfast with coffee

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There's a light in my #coffee 😃☕

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I love the reflection of the light in this image

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Bron made scrambled eggs with truffled butter she made on Saturday

These were fantastic.

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Because I’m doing a clinical day now I find I have to go into work on some Sundays to catch up. The office coffee isn’t as nice as Bron’s.

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I didn’t spend all day at work and for lunch made myself a light noodle meal

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I prefer cooking with gas 😃 #lunch rice noodles

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I prefer cooking with gas

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For dinner Bron invited me over for one of the best meals I’ve eaten. Roasted pork hock with marinaded cabbage, cauliflower cheese, roasted potatoes and potato dumplings. This was THE BEST.

The pork hock was perfectly cooked

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For dessert Bron went one step better if you can believe that. Bakewell tart. I kept on calling it a pie, but it’s a tart.

Bron is the BEST cook I know

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Shortly after, Miss16 sent me an image of a cake she had just made. A baklava torte.

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Mr Owl at 4.30 am

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Good morning Mr Owl

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#breakfast smoothie 😃

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A smoothie to try not to eat too much

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With the slow cooker roasted beef from Saturday I had sandwich meat for lunches. A money saver and a tool to try to stop myself from buying pies and sausage rolls.

This also had tomatoes and mustard

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My big weight loss problem is the amount of charity chocolate I am tempted by and give in to. I’m good at giving to charity.

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More giving to charity #chocolatebars

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Monday night I made salmon and noodles

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Followed with some evening reading and a peppermint tea

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Tea time and reading about e-health

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Tuesday morning Mr Owl image

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Good morning Mr Owl hoot hoot

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Tuesday evening dinner. Chicken and what Aldi calls Jewels rather than potato gems.

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Wednesday morning Mr Owl from behind

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The Belconnen Arts Centre looks peaceful at 5 am

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Lights #canberra #publicart

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I did a naughty thing for Wednesday lunch. I added chips to my beef sandwich.

But they were so good

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We have these letters left over from Christmas decorations at work and we make words with them when we feel the urge. The word for Wednesday was mole. I mentioned the Mexican sauce as my inspiration while others thought of blind mammals. I also described various skin lesions and then someone mentioned that mole is used as a derogatory term too so we stopped. But not until someone told us about the children’s story of the mole who was defecated on. This is the YouTube video of the story book.

It is worth the few minutes.

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For Wednesday and Thursday night check out the separate post on the two restaurants we dined at. http://yummylummy.com/2013/08/10/two-ss-this-week-for-dinner-sanurs-balinese-sage-dining-rooms/

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Thursday morning I enjoyed a poached egg and lemon butter on toast. It was like a sweet lemony hollandaise.

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A tip for people who love a toasted sandwich and need to use a shared toaster. I wrap my sandwiches in baking powder before packing it into my lunch box.

It means you keep the toaster clean and no one else’s crud contaminates your sandwich.

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Friday started with a coffee at the hospital

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Good morning. Hospital #coffee Gee it's cold outside.

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Did you see the apparent temperature!!!

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Now to introduce my new blog. I had a spare domain name after I changed from http://garydavidlum.com to http://yummylummy.com What to do I thought. Please check out http://garydavidlum.com and see what I’ve done.

This image can be found at http://garydavidlum.com/2013/08/10/escherichia-coli-on-macconkey-agar/

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Lunch at the hospital was risotto

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#lunch Chicken and pumpkin risotto with iced coffee

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Followed by a little blutac dog 🙂

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Someone made a blue tac doggy

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Guess where I went on Friday afternoon?

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The obligatory boarding pass image

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A #snack before QF962 CBR to BNE

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With soup

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That’s QF962. Gee I have a big head.

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QF962 CBR to BNE

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Dinner on QF962 was chicken and leek with Bundaberg ginger beer

The comments weren’t complimentary

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Saturday morning I woke up and Miss16 made me breakfast. Toast with Mum’s lemon butter smeared on. Miss16 has not inherited my technique of applying spreads. I like the troweling method.

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THIS IS WHAT I CALL WINTER PEOPLE

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My type of winter 😃😃😃😃😃

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It was awfully dry though and my skin felt really bad. I was in discomfort all day.

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While Miss12 and Miss16 were at training I took my parents and Miss18 to FantAsia for lunch. I had the Kuta beef rendang

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Kuta beef rendang from FantAsia Lots of coconut

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It was pretty good

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Saturday afternoon and evening were dedicated to The Ekka, The Royal National Association Exhibition or the Show. The best Show in Australia. Far better than the Sydney Easter Show. More fun, more entertaining and a much better atmosphere. I also like small town shows, like the Royal Darwin Show too. http://ekka.com.au/

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We're here #TheEkka 😃😃😃

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The first thing we did was head to the Woolworths Fresh Food pavilion because Miss12 and Miss16 needed lunch. We looked around at all the stalls and they said the wanted dumplings.

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Char siu bao

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Char siu bao

Pork and prawn dumplings

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The kids contributed to the graffiti wall

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Graffiti wall 😃 at #theekka

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I love the exhibits from the government agencies

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#Queensland lung fish #theekka I love zoölogy

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As a kid I loved zoölogy so much and reading all about the Queensland lung fish. If you perform a search you’ll learn what a remarkable fish this is.

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Next were the cake decorations

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Amazing colours #theekka cake decorating

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Amazing technique but ugly #theekka cake decorating

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I was saddened when I watched a family come over, the kids were keen but the father told them this was not interesting enough. The kids clearly wanted to look at the exhibit.

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No we didn’t do this but we spent a good amount of time in Sideshow alley

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We're in sideshow alley #theekka

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I saw this and started salivating

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Want 😃 pork and gravy roll #theekka

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Next on the list were the animal exhibits. Everyone shoots the whole beast to get a feeling for size. I did something a little more abstract.

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Big testes We're looking at animals now #theekka

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We saw lambs being born

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One of the rituals of The Ekka is the Strawberry Sundae. These have been a mainstay of The Ekka for as long as I can remember. I think the previous ice cream manufacturer was Pauls. It’s now Lick Ice Cream http://lickicecream.com.au

There would be many Ekka aficionados who would object to a new ice cream source but I suppose we have to move with the times and I guess a business decision was necessary. That said, I like the new ice cream. It’s creamy deliciousness.

I can’t remember a time with Ekka Strawberry Sundaes didn’t exist. In 1995 in my final year of specialist training I was based at what was then the Royal Brisbane Hospital (now the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital). During the RNA week we had a system in place where we sent a volunteer down from the hospital to cross the road to the show ground with a stainless steel tray (designed for something else but perfect for ice cream cones). We had a ‘contact’ on the inside and we were able to buy enough ice cream for anyone who wanted one. I’ve always said the Princess Alexandra Hospital was the best in terms of my professional training, but for 10 days in 1995, the RBH was magical.

This year the organisers had made some changes and there were about four or five Ekka Strawberry Sundae stalls set up each staffed with volunteers because all the proceeds go to the Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside (formerly the Chermside Chest Hospital). At $4.80 per cone I hope they make a gazillion dollars for TPCH.

The queues were huge but we were happy to wait. I had Miss16 keeping me company.

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We're in a queue for Ekka strawberry sundaes #theekka

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This is how a Ekka Strawberry Sunday is put together. There’s a lot of Brisbane and Queensland goodness in this. An Instagram friend did point out the cone was probably made in China. As an Brisbane born Queenslander of Chinese heritage, it seems perfect to me.

Throughout the afternoon and evening we did see a problem with the sundaes especially with patrons carrying them on trays. The top strawberry kept slipping off. The cream interface between the strawberry and the strawberry ice cream needed to be firmer and possibly less creamy. The taste was amazing but for practical purposes they may need to look at this.

This is me and my Ekka Strawberry Sundae. This image is what should be interpreted as HAPPINESS.

After another session in sideshow alley which involved Miss18 buying a firefighters’ calendar and getting firemen to sign it for her we went to the main show arena to watch some wood chop. I love the wood chop. This is a sport invented by Australians and competitions occur at all the major shows in Australia. Tonight we watched two relay teams (red and blue). The lead underhand axeman for the red team who were were supporting only had one arm. He was AWESOME. Can you imagine swinging an axe with one arm? Can you imagine doing an underhand wood chop with one arm? In the end the red team won.

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Love the woodchop. An Australian invented sport #theekka

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Nothing like feeding clowns ping ping balls #theekka

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Time in side show alley

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Miss16 is all power #theekka

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Miss16 is all about power

The main arena was full. We couldn’t get a seat at first. In the end we found a plank we could sit on way up the back in one of the stands. The evening’s entertainment involved a monster truck, viz., devil’s taxi, trails motorcycles, a stockman mustering show, and a singer named Ricki-Lee Coulter. The best part of the evening was thirty minutes of fireworks which featured Ironman and a bloke flying a jetpack. It was one of the best fireworks shows I’ve ever seen. The Ekka has outdone itself. If I lived in Brisbane I’d go again. Alas, I won’t be doing this again for some time.

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Some of the light show at #theekka Thank you @theekka

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Lights and a jetpack Click on the PLAY icon to show the video

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A great use of quad bikes at #theekka

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A great use for quad bikes Click on the PLAY icon to show the video

The fireworks finished at around 8.15 pm and rather than get caught up in the crowd crush for the train we decided to go to sideshow alley once more and find something to eat. Miss18 wasn’t hungry, Miss16 wanted a hamburger, Miss12 wanted hot chips and me, well I wanted a Dagwood dog. This is were I do a shout out to a blogger friend Cowboys and Crossbones from the US who recently attended the Iowa State Fair and shared an image of herself chowing down on a Corn dog.

In Australia, the corn dog is known as a Dagwood dog or Pluto pup or a battered sav on a stick. Ever since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games though and work of Roy and HG Nelson a battered sav will take on a different meaning.

Roy and HG on the battered sav, crazy date and spinning flute

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To be honest, there’s nothing nutritious about a Dagwood dog. Unless it’s hot they can be quite oily and unpleasant. They’re best eaten when hungry and when they’re hot. Fortunately for me after walking about 20000 steps and with sore feet I was hungry and this battered sav on a stick must have just been cooked because the tomato sauce was dripping off it from the heat.

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I did a good number of steps today at #theekka

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My feet hurt

After some more sideshow alley fun we caught the train home. We got in at about 10 pm and settled in for a couple of MasterChefAU encore episodes on 11.

For breakfast this morning Mum wanted to surprise me with something she hasn’t made for >30 years. When we were in high school the mother of a friend shared with Mum a breakfast idea for toast and toasted sandwiches. It consisted of Dutch roast pork, bacon, chopped tomatoes, Coon cheese, Parmesan cheese, raw egg, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. This is spread on par toasted slices of bread and then finished off in a hot oven.

Miss18 has had her learner’s permit since she turned 17. Her log book is nearly complete and she wants to sit her examination soon. We spent some time in my parent’s car with Miss18 driving. She’s pretty good. Confident but not cocksure. For morning tea we stopped at McDonalds and enjoyed a shake. We also saw a great sticker on a ute being critical of those stick figure family stickers. I don’t mind the family stickers. I’d never put them on my car but I don’t mind them.

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No one cares about your stick figure family lol 😃

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and Miss18 bought macarons for us to eat

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Raspberry macaron

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Raspberry macaron

The weekend is coming to an end. I’ve enjoyed this trip to Brisbane a little more than normal. I had my kids with me. We went to The Ekka together. We had fun. I always enjoy seeing my kids. This trip though had the bonus of six hours of entertainment and junk food coupled with lots of walking.

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Flying home QF957 BNE to CBR

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Waiting for the flight home

The snack on QF957

Dinner of noodles and beef

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Tim Tam Slam time

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Dessert is a Tim Tam Slam

Natalie Imbruglia shows Graham Norton how to do a tim tam slam.

Healthy Hoi An #Vietnam #Holiday Cooking class | Snorkelling | Clothes


Saturday 2013-07-06

After breakfast we checked out of the Saigon Morin Hotel.

We hired a driver to take us from Hue to Hoi An. We stopped at the Hai Van (Sea Cloud) Pass, the Cham Museum and the Marble Mountains.

At the Hai Van Pass we saw an old US military relic, stopped for a bio break, and I had my first chilled Vietnamese coffee, which I really enjoyed. This was accompanied by the usual spruiking from the owner of the road side shop. He even managed to demonstrate his authentic sea pearls by using his cigarette lighter to show they didn’t melt like fake ones do. He seemed to have lots of pregnant ladies helping him too.

BBC’s Top Gear featured aspects of the Hai Van Pass and mentioned it as a great driving road. I can imagine it would be exhilarating on a motor scooter 🙂

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This is the village we stopped at.

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Van village on the Hai Van pass #vietnam #holiday

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The Cham museum was fascinating and shed light on the history of the Cham people. No photographs. There are signs asking that no images are captured.

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The Marble Mountains consist of five 100 metre peaks with the highest one being accessible via 156 very high steps. According to my fitbit pedometre I climbed the equivalent of 50 floors. https://twitter.com/garydlum/status/353459981774884864

My fitbit profile

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I'm on Marble Mountain #vietnam #holiday

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Marble Mountain

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One of the caverns

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One of the caverns in the Marble Mountains

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One of the shrines

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This is close to the top. I needed a couple of breaks to get there 🙂

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A YouTube video I posted from the top.

I also ended up doing more stairs than I needed to when I took a couple of wrong directions. My legs are killing me now.

I wish I had been running RunKeeper to get an idea of the track I took and the altitude involved.

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Around mid afternoon we arrived at the Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort

This is a big hotel with a huge foot print. Lots of Australians stay here. All we can hear are other Strine accents 🙂

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After unpacking we went to the beach and the lap pool and then had a lay down to relax.

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I love having sand between my toes #vietnam #holiday

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My legs and feet

Check them out again on Toemail

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You could be mistaken for being in tropical Queensland 🙂

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Now that’s a bed

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Look at the size of that bed #vietnam #holiday

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The shower was made for me…an old man needing a shower bench.

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We felt pretty shagged after all the travel and stair climbing. We decided to eat at the restaurant and try the seafood buffet. This was a mistake. It wasn’t very good. It was really expensive. Lots of people were eating from the buffet and their appreciation of barely adequate food hygiene left much to the imagination. There were fingers and hands touching food and replacing food items after picking them up for inspection. We also noticed this behaviour at breakfast. I know I’m biased as an infection control practitioner and medical practitioner, but really what are people thinking when they effectively deliberately contaminate food.

Some sashimi and stuff from the raw seafood bench

At least the wasabe was nice

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The barbecue section was undersubscribed. The food was overcooked. I had a small crab, prawns, a charcoal cooked fish and some sea bass steamed in a banana leaf. The sea bass and prawns were nicely cooked. The crab was badly overcooked making all the edible meat very dry.

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The hot food area was the most confusing. I had a variety of fish, some Australian steak (which was leathery and tough) plus a very nice pawpaw and dried beef salad.

The salad was so nice I went back for more. Yes I know…I’ve never done that before. Salad of all things. At least it wasn’t vegetarian 🙂

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The dessert table was swarming with unsupervised kids many of whom were fingering the desserts. I chose my desserts high on the table. I had a couple of mousses, a pop cake and a little tart.

Sorry about the photography for this meal. The buffet was poolside and there was little lighting.

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I checked the weather in Canberra

I am so happy to be here. My skin is good and I feel good.

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Sunday 2013-07-07 Thinking of those who lost loved ones and who were injured in London today in 2005

We woke to this…beautiful

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Good morning #Vietnam Here we are at Hoi An #holiday

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Another east meets west breakfast

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#breakfast eggs and dim sim #yummy #vietnam #holiday

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The eggs were lovely, especially the dim sim soaked in egg yolk

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We ventured into Hoi An and and about 10 am had morning tea

This is a vanilla chocolate cake. This was really very good.

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I enjoyed a chilled Vietnamese coffee

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Hoi An

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Mystery meat for sale. I’m thinking monkey or a dog with a long tail.

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The Japanese covered bridge

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The Japanese covered bride

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I love the play on words here

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The dragons are pretty

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Beautiful dragon #vietnam #holiday in Hoi An

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The main bridge by day

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The Hoi An bridge

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Today’s RunKeeper effort http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/205130557

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The main bridge by night

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The main bridge by night

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For dinner we went to the Morning Glory cooking school’s restaurant. We’re having a lesson there tomorrow morning.

Bánh xèo Fried pancakes

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White rose dumplings

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Pork belly five spicy and caramel

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Pawpaw and sesame beef salad

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Another Instagram video but at night

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Hoi An by night

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The lanterns are more pretty in real life

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All the lanterns

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It’s been a good day. We also had some clothes shopping. Tomorrow we go in for a fitting session.

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Monday 2013-07-08 Cooking day

For breakfast I tried the Cao lầu which is a speciality dish to Hoi An. We were planning to have the dish at Miss Ly’s Cafe 22 Monday evening so I wanted to compare the hotel version for breakfast.

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Cao lầu for #breakfast #vietnam #holiday #yummy

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It has thin slices of pork, Cao lầu noodles (rice noodles made with the ash from gum trees), Cao lầu noodle croutons, and a broth with herbs.

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We attended Ms Vy’s Morning Glory cooking school on Monday morning.

The first part of the class is walking through the local markets. Apart from Ms Vy, the second highest paid person in her restaurants is the person to buys fresh produce from the markets every morning.

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All the noodles. I want 😃 #vietnam #holiday

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Noodle stall with all the different types of noodles

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Our guide Tam explained in some depth all the different types of herbs and some vegetables used in Vietnamese cooking. She also explained the traditional medicine applications. Most of them seem to apply to women. The one thing I learnt for men is that tofu is not good for men.

The different produce on display across the market is vast. This is a small sample.

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Hanging ducks and pork belly at the cooking school

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The hot air oven for the pork and ducks

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A hot oven to prepare belly pork #vietnam #holiday

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Yummy ducky

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Mmm… Ducks #vietnam #holiday

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Making the pork shine

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I didn’t get a chance to try these silkworms

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Mmm… Silk worms 😃😃😃 #vietnam #holiday

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That’s Ms Trinh Vy. She’s quite amazing.

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Cabbage leaves for our first dish, viz., cabbage and prawn soup.

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My first prawn quenelle

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My finished cabbage and prawn soup

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Preparing my barbecue chicken thighs

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My Bánh Xèo getting crispy. Sorry it’s not focused I was so excited. These savoury pancakes are a Hoi An specialty.

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Nearly finished my Bánh Xèo. We’ve added greens including banana and Vietnamese coriander.

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Finished and rolled with the assistance of rice paper. My pancake was super crispy and super yummy.

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We next made a mango salad and I learnt to use a new tool.

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I can shred mango like a boss

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My finished salad

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The final cooking meal. My mango salad and my barbecue chicken thigh.

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As part of the class each member receives recipes for the day. I’ve scanned the hand-outs and loaded them here.

Vegetable stockCabbage parcels and prawn mousseBarbecue chicken and lime leafMango salad | Bánh xeo Hoi An pancakes

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After cooking class we enjoyed a passionfruit chocolate mousse

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Some traffic on the way into the Old Hoi An town

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That evening we dined at another popular local restaurant, viz., Miss Ly’s Cafe 22.

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Miss Ly is a good place for cao lau #vietnam #holiday

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We tried fried wonton. Not nearly as good as Mrs Lum’s wonton but they were pretty good. My Mum would comment they skimped on the filling and over did the wrapper.

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Grilled pork spring rolls were very nice.

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The nicest Cao lầu we’ve tried

Miss Ly is known for her Cao lầu

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We went to the Cargo Club owned by Ms Vy (Morning Glory fame) for dessert

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Baby pavlova #vietnam #holiday

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Baby pavlova for a little Australian sweetness (that’s right New Zealand friends I claim pavlova is Australian).

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Tuesday 2013-07-09

Waking up to this and thinking of our day of snorkelling. I think Canberra woke to subzero temperatures.

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In preparation for a day of boating I enjoyed Pho Bo for breakfast