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Strange Straya Tucked Away in a Tract in Tokyo

Uluru curry

Ayer’s Rock Cafe is located in a distant corner of Machida, an outer suburb of Tokyo.
Why the cafe located in such a distant tract of Tokyo derives its name from the now non-PC moniker of Uluru is something of a mystery, but it has been operating since 2000 and comes highly recommended by members of a nearby horse-riding club and large private school, so it must be getting something right.
For Aussies, there’s nothing on the menu that really makes it worthwhile making the trek out to the cafe for a need to combat homesickness.
The cafe does serve Bundaberg Rum and is decorated with standard Aussie kitsch like tourist-oriented Indigenous Australian trinkets like boomerangs and digeridoos, copies of Australian road signs, a few items of bush jewelry and assorted items from Carlton & United Breweries.
The one menu item that does play on the cafe’s Australian association is Uluru curry.
This curry is a dried curry served atop a healthy pile of rice and presented in a way that makes it bear something of a resemblance to Uluru.
The curry is served with side dishes of salad and yogurt, and all are tasty and filling.
The curry is mild and its appearance at least gives something of an Australian flavor that doesn’t seem to come from anywhere else served at the establishment.
Other dishes are tasty, but not noteworthy. They will not disappoint the taste buds, but may not please the pocket.
Recommended are the set menus, which include a main meal, a donut from Daddy’s Donuts, which the cafe also deals in, and a drink for around 1,300 yen to 1,400 yen are probably best.
Indeed, the donut was delicious, made with little oil and with a light fluffy taste with a crisp outer crust.
The donut is served with a scoop of ice cream, which can be topped with cinnamon or rum sauce or both, and berries with garnishing of castor sugar.
The dish is excellent and the donuts come in four flavors of plain, sesame, soybean or early grey.
Also recommended is the coffee, which was dark with a rich, satisfying taste and powerful aroma.

Big Bundy、豪州社会に良い悪い役割を果たしたラム酒を称える

The Big Bundy, Bundaberg, QLD

 クーインズランド州にある地方都市バンダバーグは、多くの理由で広く知られているが、恐らくその中の一番目立つ理由が同市で作られているラム酒だ。
 その象徴の一つとしてはBig Bundy、同市にある「Big Things」であり、バンダバーグ製のラム酒瓶の巨大版だ。ちなみに、Bundyは同市名の(オージー英語らしい)省略であり、同市で作られている最も有名なラム酒でるバンダーバーグ・ラムの省略でもある。
 ラム酒は、1788年ヨーロッパ人由来から今に渡ってオーストラリアの歴史に大きく役割を果たしている。殖民地時代初期ではラム酒がオーストラリアの通過となったこともあった。(当時の暴動の原因ともなったけど、、、)
 ラム酒サトウキビの複製品糖蜜から作られている。バンダーバックは、熱帯雨林地にあり、サトウキビが盛んでそれに伴ってラム酒製造もできた。その意味ではクィーンズランド州北部経済に大きく貢献して、肯定的な役割を果たした。
 一方、上記の暴動のように多くの社会問題の背景にあり、今では最も有名ラム酒製造者であるバンダーバーグ・ラム社でも乱暴・破廉恥などを起こすyobboという主に若い男性が最も好きな飲み物だそうだ。


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