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The Best Grub In Each Aussie State, So Pack Your Comfy Pants

Eat your way across the continent.

Sometimes the holidays roll around and you just can’t be stuffed leaving the country, and that’s okay. There’s beauty in keeping it domestic, especially if you’re lucky enough to live on a continent home to a million diverse restaurants, beaches and bushland. You can stay in Australia and simultaneously feel like you’re travelling the world.

So if you decide on having a “staycation” this year or plan on road-tripping interstate, we’ve hit up the team at Delicious Magazine for the insider tips on the best restaurants in Australia.

Queensland: Happy Boy

Forget sweet and sour pork, it’s all about authentic Chinese cuisine at this adorable eatery based in Fortitude Valley, Brissy. If you’re planning a trip to QLD, this place is well worth a pop-in. Not only is the quality of food notches above any basic Chinese restaurant, but the dining space is also beyond charming. The industrial vibe of this little restaurant makes it trendy without it trying too hard.

You won’t be finding tiny portions here and you won’t be needing to fork-out the big bucks, either. Most main meals are between $15 to $20, though we’d 100% recommend splurging and getting the pork and prawn wonton entre. For mains, go for the beef brisket stew with noodles or the mapo tofu if you’re vego.

And if you’re into wine, here’s the good news: not only does this place have a stellar meal menu, the wine list is incredibly unique. This little establishment favours small producers which means it’s the perfect place to go if you’re into trying lesser-known wines from around the country. You can even take a bottle home, if you so wish.

Western Australia: Kailis Fish Market Café

If you’re heading to Fremantle it would be a darn shame if you don’t make an appearance at Kailis Fish Market Café. It’s the perfect spot to pick up your weekend fish and chippies fix. What’s great about this local legend is that you’re able to splurge on the finer foods of the sea, like rock lobster and fresh oysters, but it also offers the classics – basic snapper and chips or catch of the day. There’s a meal for every taste and price range.

The dining space is open, airy and right by the water. This eatery has a relaxed vibe and is the perfect place to visit after a day spent outdoors or if you’ve had a particularly stressful time at work. Why? Because they offer wine and good wine at that. If you’re wanting to be adventurous try the whole fried herring or seafood chowder served in a hollowed out loaf.

Australian Capital Territory: Yat Bun Tong

If you love dumplings, this is your new home. You can’t find a place in the ACT that perfects dumps like this one, you just can’t. Head to Braddon to visit this gem and while you’re there make sure to try the pork and chives buns or the signature pork and crab.

And if their delicious dumplings weren’t enough, you can also watch the chefs make them through the glass window front. It’s entertainment and dining all at once.

New South Wales: Pazar Food Collective

Have you ever tried Turkish-Mexican food? Well, you can after paying a visit to Pazar Food Collective. Turkish-Mexican is how chef-owner Attila Yilmaz describes her eclectic menu. If you’re vegetarian, you’ll be cheering when you see the countless veggo options on offer. The charred pumpkin with pepita chimichurri and feta is out of this world but if you’re a meat-eater, go for the harissa-roasted chicken.

The vibe of this eatery is low-key and on-point: the interior has a warehouse feel and the drinks list is fun and innovative. If you’re down for an evening out with mates or are on the hunt for the next cool restaurant, head out of Sydney’s CBD and to this restaurant in the outer-suburb of Canterbury.  

Victoria: Mya Tiger

If you’re heading to St Kilda and want to know where’s “popular” to go for a feed, this would be the place. This Cantonese restaurant is constantly packed and is clad with velvet booths and its walls are covered in peeled paint. Mya Tiger has got personality in spades and that’s what makes it all the more special.

This Cantonese food hasn’t been dulled-down to suit Aussie tastebuds. The menu’s greatest hits include kingfish in yuzu, crunchy school prawns, five-spice chicken ribs and tender wagyu in black pepper. The mains are a tad pricey so we recommend heading here if you’re looking to treat yo’ self.

South Australia: Topiary

Chef Kane Pollard is all about sustainability at Topiary. He’s not about chopping off the tops of carrots or throwing away pumpkin seeds and yet the food remains delicious.

Topiary’s rustic vibe and cottage feel (it’s literally tucked away in a garden) will have you feeling like you’re in a scene from a vintage novel. The cocktails are equally as classic. This eatery serves eggs every way for breakfast and the scones are top-notch. There are more adventurous choices too, like fried gnocchi with peas, beans and house-made ricotta.

It’s fancy, quality food that you’d expect to cost an arm and leg but the prices remain surprisingly modest. So if you’re feeling a little “extra” drop those dollars and splurge on dessert. You won’t regret it, not here.

Tasmania: Maharaja Authentic Indian Restaurant

This low-key dining space is located in Hobart’s CBD so if you’re planning a trip to Tassie, there’s simply no excuse to not go.

This eatery’s impressive factor is that somehow, someway, the menu manages to include a dish from all of India’s different regions. There are a million different curries and Indian-style breads to choose from. If you’ve never had Lachha Parantha, here’s the place to try it. This place has perfected this flaky wholemeal brushed with butter.

If you’re a novice when it comes to spicy food, there’s no issue here. All plates can be ordered mild, medium or hot. We love a restaurant that offers BYO – Maharaja only charges $5 for corkage, so come prepared.  

Who needs a Euro trip when you’ve got the low-down on the best eateries across Australia? And if you’re hungry for more, grab Delicious magazine’s special 18th birthday edition, complete with Australia’s top 100 restaurants.

How To Do Boujee Europe But On A Budget

Moet taste, VB budget.

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Every year that special time rolls around. A time when you’re at home bingeing Netflix in your pyjamas and everyone else is 100 %, without a doubt, in Europe. 

It’s pretty obvious when Euro trip season rears its ugly head. People transform into full-time Instagram influencers the minute they step off the plane and our social media feeds explode. 

In the midst of your FOMO, have you ever caught yourself wondering: “How the hell can they afford all of this?” Well you’ll be pleased to hear that your friend’s “boujee” holiday may just be a rouse. 

In fact, it’s pretty easy to pull-off a picture-perfect, glammed-up Euro trip with only a modest amount of money saved. It’s just about knowing where to go and, of course, a smidge of self control.

Take control of your coin.

So where do you start when it comes to finding the best -and cheapest- things to do, see and eat in a city? The internet has a pesky way of recommending all the “hit” tourist spots and restaurants. Lucky for you, we’ve done the research and dug up some amazing finds.

Here’s how you can have the boujee, yet budgeted, holiday of your dreams.

Barcelona, Spain

Bareclona is the go-to if it’s your first trip to Spain. But forget the typical, costly ticket to Park Güell. If you want the best viewpoint of the city, you’re better off heading to the completely free and lesser-known spot, the Bunkers of Carmel. Take the trek here just before sunset with picnic food in hand and you’ll be sure to get some of the best pics of your trip. 

The bulk of tourists look for an ‘authentic’ experience at the ironically artificial Barceloneta beach. What many don’t know is that there are far nicer beaches just outside of the main city. You can purchase a cheap train ticket and make the short trip to Montgat Nord beach. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for some time in the sun and picturesque scenes. 

Food wise, Granja Petitbo is a cafe with a beautiful interior and is reasonably priced. You can grab an eggs benny here for around 12 euros or just enjoy a nice coffee break. For evening tapas, you can grab some for under 10 euros each at El Xampanyet. Going here will allow you to bless your Instagram with authentic Spanish vibes- its big, brown wooden doors are vintage as. 

Or if you want to stretch your euros even further you could try one of the many options that offer free tapas when you purchase a drink.

Cheers!

Split, Croatia

If you’re heading to Europe in the summer, Croatia’s coastline is a must. Split is a popular coastal spot and it’s also home to some of Europe’s most amazing, free-of-charge experiences. 

A lot of travellers seem to glaze-over the natural offerings of a city. It’s pretty hard to grasp why when places like Marian Forest Park exist. There are beautiful walks here lined with huge trees as well as wonderful views of the coast and city. The best part? It’s completely free. Another thing not-to-miss? Diocletian’s palace. The ancient palace was built for a roman emperor but it’s now open to everyone, free of charge. Be sure to capture some shots of its giant, sand-coloured columns. They’re next-level royal. 

Head to Fig Restaurant or Cri Biri Bela for an evening bevvy tucked away from the crowds. And remember, there’s nothing stopping you from forking out a few euros on a drink and soaking up the atmosphere, even if you can’t afford to dish out on full-on fancy meals. 

Paris, France

Here’s the thing, people think Paris is one of the most expensive cities to visit- it’s not. It has some of the most expensive tourist sites, yes, but who says they’re worth forking out the money for, anyway? 

Here’s a cheeky tip: every Friday, between 6pm-9:45pm, the Louvre is completely free for visitors from all over the world under the age of 26. Also, if you’re planning to pay for a visit to the Eiffel Tower there’s really no need. The best viewpoint in the city is completely free. Simply head to the cities main shopping centre, Les Galeries Lafayette, and take a few escalators up to its rooftop. It’s a free pass to an amazing view of the entire city and it’s renowned monument.

You’ll almost exclusively find locals at Parc Du Buttes Chaumont. Tourists aren’t completely aware of this gem just yet. Make your way here for green, rolling hills and the best afternoon ambience you’ll find in Paris. You don’t need to pay a cent.

Damyel is usually known for their chocolates but the macaroons are next level. Fork out three euros and you’ll be eating the desert of your dreams and feeling like a full-on french muse. Make sure to take a trip to Du Pain et Des Idees of a morning. The traditional French bakery has been around since 1875 and looks like something straight out of a movie. Pick up a croissant for brekkie for a couple of euros.

And you’ll always have this line to throw around.

The thing is, having a “boujee” trip isn’t really about thousand dollar shopping sprees. It’s about treating yourself to that amazing view, eating a freshly-baked pastry and sipping drinks at a local bar. So save your dollars. There’s no need to fork out to have an unforgettable trip. 

And if you’re after a little help on how best to plan your trip, head into your local Universal Traveller store today. They’ve got the hottest deals and expert advice at the ready. 

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Cracking Avocado DNA To Make Cheap Guacamole Is The Most 'Strayan Science Ever

Hello hass for 43 cents.

Researchers from The University of Queensland are partaking in an international, yet intimate study of the Hass avocado. In science-speak, they’re “sequencing the genome.” Basically, what that means is they’re attempting to understand the beloved fruit’s DNA sequence. 

It’s an endearing visual: a bunch of scientists in lab coats prodding and poking at a bunch of avos – but that’s not really what we’re interested in. What we’re interested in is why they’re studying the avocados.

Surely there are more important things to be researched?

The short of it is that scientists want to understand the fruit’s genome better because it’ll allow producers to protect crops from diseases. 

That’s right – we, as a nation, may soon have an avocado abundance. Though here’s hoping that doesn’t lead to a bunch of unholy, weird inventions like the avocado infused chocolate bar.

Price drops are soon to be happening, dear friends, and I, for one, am keen as hell for the day I’m able to eat avocado for breakkie, lunch and tea. 

According to The Land, one of the researcher’s, Professor Mitter, even said: “there’s a huge potential for future crop improvement and breeding that we can now tap into.”

Lead avocado grower, Russel Delroy, also makes a case for a huge price drop. Last year, he told the ABC that he forecasts a drop to about $2 a kilo in the next 5 years, as opposed to the current $4.50 to $9 a kilo we’re currently paying. 

43 cents? I’ll take one hundred thanks.

Which, according to my calculations, means that in 4 years time you could be paying 43 cents for your average, 215-gram Hass avo. It’s big news, guys. Just imagine the amount of guac you’ll be able to make.

Unlike the news about ‘avozillas’ – the giant avocados being sold by Groves Grown Tropical Fruit in QLD – this news applies to everyone.

Originally, we were excited about the production of huge avocados, it was a story with a shock factor. Soon enough, however, we realised that most of us can’t afford them (they’re $9 a pop) and will probably never have the chance to eat them (they’re exclusive to QLD).

Giant avos? For QLD only? That’s un-Australian.

While this sciency news doesn’t have the same shock factor, it’s important for one particular reason. Scientists are yet to sequence the final genome of the fruit but when they do they’ll be able to provide Australia’s farmers with important avo-protecting information. That’s right, Aussie farmers may be seriously helped by this research and their avocado farming productivity could increase greatly.

And, really, amongst all of the struggles our country’s rural community faces, who doesn’t love a good win for our Aussie farmers? 

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