Australian-American Roundup

Foster’s, Australian for beer. Throw a shrimp on the barbie. Lies, all lies.

As it turns out, Foster’s is an Australian brand of lager, but it was created by two Irish-American brothers who arrived in Melbourne from New York in 1886, and now it’s owned by a British brewing group. More importantly, Australians don’t actually drink it.

Outback Steakhouse? Yeah, that’s not Aussie either, but it didn’t stop some poor customer from complaining.

Image: themeandoggie, Reddit

Image: themeandoggie, Reddit

Outback Steakhouse is an Australian-themed restaurant, but prawns are called shrimp, chips are called fries, and I don’t recall the burgers having beet root or egg so what exactly is Aussie about it? According to its website, it’s the “consistently high-quality food and service, generous portions at moderate prices and a casual atmosphere suggestive of the Australian Outback.” I’ve never eaten in the Outback so I am unable to confirm the veracity of this statement.

By the way, if you’re a healthy type, it may interest you to know that Men’s Health magazine condemned Outback’s Aussie Cheese Fries as “The Worst Food in America,” with 182 grams (1,638 calories) of fat and nearly 3,000 calories per order. The signature Bloomin’ Onion sometimes goes over 1,500 calories.  And if you’re a political type, it may interest you that Outback and its founders are major contributors to the Republican Party. So, lies, heart attack on a plate, and Republican – three good reasons not to eat there. Your mouth is watering right now, isn’t it?

In other amusing Aussie-Americanisms, there’s this hilarious entry from my fellow expat Cristin, 25 Things American Expats in Australia Inevitably Think.

12. Where’s the closet?

13. Where’s the air conditioner?

14. It is FREEZING in this apartment.

I sympathise. Don’t skip the comments.

I think Cristin should consider expanding her list and submitting it to Buzzfeed. They are geniuses for listicles such as 25 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Miami.  I do miss Farm Stores, but it’s true that my hair looks better in Melbourne.

While I don’t normally condone experimenting on children, I’m certain that there’s research value in having American kids taste Vegemite. Science, people.

And finally, there’s this gorgeous timelapse video of Australia’s Gold Coast.

I hope you enjoyed this little roundup.

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  1. That Gold Coast video was amazing 🙂

  2. That was entertaining, and brought back a flood of memories. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the lovely mention!
    Love the Outback Steakhouse stuff, too. There are a couple of them in Sydney (proud to say I’ve never eaten there!), and one of my Aussie friends went and posted a picture of a Bloomin’ Onion on Facebook. All of the comments were, “what IS that thing?!?”

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