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Historically influenced by British cooking, Australia’s cuisine has broken boundaries by absorbing influences from a flood of Mediterranean and Asian immigrants in the last 50 years. Coined “Modern Australia” cuisine, there are multicultural eating experiences across the country.
Some traditional foods, like fish and chips, remain popular and easy to find. Vegemite, a black salty spread on bread for breakfast is still a staple, albeit owned today by Kraft Foods. Other indigenous ingredients, such as lemon myrtle, have become well known around the world.
Dinner is the main meal of the day. The most common: The meat pie, and sausage roll. Look for an upscale operation, or you’ll flash back to eating at McDonald’s in the States. When you see “Australian Hamburger,” consider ordering “Hamburger with the Lot.” It’s exactly that—filled with lettuce, tomato, cheese, beetroot, grilled onion, bacon, a fried egg and pineapple.
But it’s the wines of Australia that will sustain you. Vineyards cover the land from north to south, with the varietals ranging from Coonawarra and Viognier to Shiraz and Grenache.—Denise Shoukas