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CAMPING IN ST KILDA

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camping in st kilda
There aren’t too many options, really. But surely the rear-access lane behind Robe Street is not one of St Kilda’s more salubrious locations for a camping holiday. Though the night-life there can be, ummm, colourful… The post CAMPING IN ST KILDA appeared first on HaxTrax.

FRACTAL CITY: in the end the machines will win [Episode 1]

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fractal city: in the end the machines will win [episode 1]
FRACTAL CITY “… in the end THE MACHINES will win” Episode 1: Joey and Epiphany “God it’s hot,” she mutters as she enters the one-way lane, swatting away several flies that shouldn’t still be lingering this late in the Autumn. “Piss off, u little shits. And HIM! He doesn’t appreciate me. He’d be nothing if it wasn’t for me…” She slows her pace...

Staple food with ample taste

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staple food with ample taste
Corn Fritter spheres with a poached egg, heavily seasoned parsley-and-radish salad, yoghurt, and a poppy seed & (mild) chilli dressing. $18. Dish envy: my friend’s Daily Pasta has large tortellini in a light olive oil base with succulent sultanas, caramelised pumpkin and a burst of “oooh yeah” sweet flavours. Staple, 183 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda  

PERPLEXING PAPPADAMS

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perplexing pappadams
Pappadams bought from Woolies Supermarket. The same brand, type and ingredients. 2 from one box, 2 from another box and cooked together. The outcome: completely different texture, colour and taste. Huh? Please explain that one, Woolies… The post PERPLEXING PAPPADAMS appeared first on HaxTrax.

Beef stock: Contains no added MSG, no Preservatives, no Artificial Colours or Flavours, no Beef… Huh?

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beef stock: contains no added msg, no preservatives, no artificial colours or flavours, no beef… huh?
I thought beef stock would be made of at least some bovine offal-ish leftovers. But no, according to the ingredients label. Tuck in, my vegetarian friends. It tastes good, and I’m glad no animals suffered for the sake of filling my belly. (From Aldi Supermarket)

ONCE BITTER, NOW MELLOW IN A TASTEBUDS TANGO

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once bitter, now mellow in a tastebuds tango
Doing the X-word and trying a new drop, called Once Bitter (pot $3.50), at the Grocery Bar on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Made by Collins St Brewing Co (new to me), I’d place this beer in the “English Pale Ale” variety, with malt and hops in sensuous sync like tango dancers at a street cafe in Buenos Aires… Argentina, Australia,...

LUNCH FOR $3?

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lunch for $3?
This is a Spicy Lamb borek. A traditional Turkish-Mediterranean savoury pastry, this has mince with onions, mild chilli and seasoning, and one is enough for lunch. Only $3. Enhance with a mint yoghurt or sour cream topping. I usually consider the eating options a bit pricey at South Melbourne Market, but the $3 borek is great value…

TURKMENISTAN’S ‘DOOR TO HELL’

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turkmenistan’s ‘door to hell’
This is taking Adventure Travel to the very edge: the huge fire crater in Turkmenistan. It’s not volcanic, but probably a Soviet-era gas-drilling error. Just getting a visa is an adventure and a half, and forget about travel insurance cover. Check out this Science Alert report http://www.sciencealert.com/the-door-to-hell-is-in-turkmenistan-and-is-the-size-of-a-football-field?utm_source=ScienceAlert+-+Daily+Email+Updates&utm_campaign=bbc0f28b47-MAILCHIMP_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe5632fb09-bbc0f28b47-365553829 “It’s said that camel spiders, seduced by its warmth, will approach and plummet to...

MINI MUFFINS AND TWO-TONE CHOC STRAWBS

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mini muffins and two-tone choc strawbs
I couldn’t resist: these diminutive delicacies have to be shared with the world. Tempting or what? Mini muffins $1.90 each ($1 if with a coffee), and huge, top deck chocolate strawberries $2. Even a Parliamentarian could afford that. The dog friendly Junk Yard Cafe, Inkerman Street, St Kilda… Asia, Australia, Beach, Cafe, Cuisine, Eatery, Food, Luxury, St Kilda, Tours, Travel,...