Californian Food You Won’t Find in Australia

Hey Fam!

Since I’ve been traveling abroad back and forth for the past month and am finally getting settled in here in Australia, I thought it would be fun and interesting to list a few food-related things I’ve been missing from California. Certain things that are extremely common to me are unheard of or very much so unpopular here Down Under. 

Iced Green Tea:

Good luck with that! I am stereotypical when it comes to being Californian. I frequent Starbucks just for a trenta iced green tea. Sometimes twice a day. Sue me. During my first trip to Australia, I went to about 4 different coffee shops and nobody knew what I was talking about. Gloria Jean’s and Starbucks, both which are popular in America, looked at me like I was from another planet. Iced green tea isn’t popular in Queensland and it wsa really shocking. 

You can visit an Asian market and pick up a liter of green tea to chill in your fridge, but that’s about it from my experience. 

Pumpkin Spice Anything:

Less than a week ago I was living in my over sized beanie, bundled up with a pumpkin muffin and pumpkin spiced latte enjoying the crisp fall air and vibrant hues of crimson and amber leaves contrasting against a beautiful gloomy grey sky. Now I’m living in my air conditioned bedroom in the middle of Spring that feels like the peak of Summer back in the United States. I love the warm tropical weather here in Brisbane, Australia, but don’t expect to find pumpkin spiced muffins or lattes, let alone the guilty pleasures of pumpkin spiced protein bars, granola, donuts and bagels. It’s never going to happen so just accept it. 

My darling partner found some pumpkin muffin/bread mix at a local super market, but that’s about it! 

Mexican Food: 

I’m of Mexican decent and I’m a native Californian. Mexican food is a huge part of my culture and my lifestyle. I’m deprived here and it’s cruel. My mom will be sending reinforcements though. I can’t even find fucking pinto beans in this place. My darling did go out of his way to find Tapatio for me from a random grocery store and I felt like I won the lottery. It was the most sweetest thing in the world. 

Mexican-style restaurants are very few and very… peculiar. There is some Latin influence, sort of, in the food I’ve seen but don’t expect a taqueria on any corner let alone every corner, and you’re limited to about 1 brand of tortillas. Thank god for them though! 

Blueberry Pie:

Dessert pies aren’t as popular here as they are in the States. I am a huge fan of blueberry pie but never see it around. Also, blueberries aren’t big here either. They have them here, but in California you can buy large cases of them for a decent price. At least there are resources available to bake your own blueberry pie, but it may be a bit expensive. Savory pies are huge here and a staple in Australian culture. I haven’t had the pleasure to try them yet but there are at least a dozen varieties I’m looking forward to! 

Flavored Bagels: 

I’m not talking about the abomination that is the pumpkin spiced bagel, but flavors Americans would assume were sold everywhere; jalepeno cheddar, poppy seed, french onion, blueberry, whole wheat… bagels exist here but any super market I’ve been to I’ve only seen plain bagels. Plain bagel is great but he needs his friends… 

As I continue to explore and adapt to this amazing country I know I’ll find more things to fall in love within it. I may get a little homesick at times, and at least I will be frequenting the United States multiple times a year so I’ll be sure to get my Californian fixes in (I’m dreaming about In N Out Double Doubles). Australia is rich in culture through it’s cuisine and I’ve so far in two trips have had some pretty amazing experiences. I’ll save that for another post though! 

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Hello Kitty Cafe Experience Sacramento California

Hello Kitty Cafe Experience

Hello Kitty Cafe Experience? What? Food? Kawaii things? When? Where? I recently attended the Hello Kitty Cafe event in Sacramento and was super excited to be a part of this experience since I run a curation/recipe/food blog dedicated to Hello Kitty. It was the perfect opportunity and I left with a ton of really awesome surprises which have given me a lot to write about on EatHelloKitty.

Hello Kitty Cafe Experience

Some people had to wait in line for about 3 hours. I felt bad for the children who attended the event since it was so hot and sunny out that morning. I kind of wish the staff would’ve offered water (they did charge everyone $3 for this bow water so maybe that counts)  and perhaps parasols or something to keep everyone cool, but what are you going to do? I was pretty shocked at the turnout to be honest but, it IS Hello Kitty and she is kind of a big deal. Still, no mascot of her *cries* but the staff were all extremely friendly and even gave me some extra stickers YUS so that makes up for no Hello Kitty mascot. I loved their pink chef’s coats too and was kinda jelly since I’ve never had the opportunity to wear a pink chef’s coat… just black or white ;-; 

Hello Kitty Cafe Experience

I loved spotting a few lolita in the crowd and some older eccentric women kept touching my hair. I felt flattered but violated. Why do us Americans insist on touching each other so much? I didn’t take photos of random people because it’s kinda rude so you’ll have to take my word for it. There were a lot of colorful characters in the crowd though and I enjoyed seeing everyone sport Hello Kitty merch, unlike me, because I was running on 3 hours of sleep and grabbed the first shirt I could find in my closet after hopping out of the shower… which was Pokemon. -_-  Ignore those stupid tortoise glasses. They’re temp until my black frames arrive.

Hello Kitty Cafe Experience

I think out of every item I got to try, my favorite was this tangerine macaron. Most of the confections were kind of bland to be honest, but at least they were handmade. I have a full review here. What’s more important is the experience and opportunity I had AND I was able to bring along my children. Fun blogging events is something they look forward to since they’ve had a lot of amazing opportunities thanks to me blogging over the years so it means a lot to me to be able to include them.

Hello Kitty Cafe Experience

As you can see the menu is pretty simple, and it’s understandable since the staff was hard at work catering to a couple thousand people from 10 a.m – 8 p.m which is insane, but it was so lovely to see so many happy people and despite me not being that big of an extrovert, seeing so many smiling faces really made my heart happy and kind of inspired me to try to get out more because trust me, I don’t. I know blogging again on a new platform will contribute to that for sure and I’m looking forward to new adventures.  If you’d like more information on when Hello Kitty Cafe will be in your metropolitan area, please follow them on Instagram

 

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