The Know: Treats from the Land Down Under

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KugelHopf. Terrible name, heavenly treat.

So I just spent a month traveling around Australia. It’s a beautiful place that I hope everyone can visit one day. But I know that “one day” might not come as soon as we all hope (what between student loans and spending our leftover cash on the totally necessary things like flat irons, booze and books for class). So upon my return I thought I would fill you in on all the things you need to know about the Land Down Under that you can find here, in our very own sweet land of liberty.

There’s a whole lot to love about Oz, but there are definitely four things you MUST know about this glorious country on the other side of the world. And no, I am not talking about Vegemite. G to the ross.

1) Tim Tams. Lucky for you, an around the world trip isn’t necessary to get your mouth on these amazing cookies (or as the locals call them, Biscuits or Bickie’s); they’re available at Target and Cost Plus World Market! Dark Chocolate and Caramel are my favorite two flavors. Mmmm. And of course, you must try the Tim Tam Slam. Bite a whole at each corner of the Tim Tam and use that as the yummiest straw ever in your morning mocha. Just thinking about it makes me melt inside.

2) Australian Licorice, most preferably by Darrel Lea. (Nab ’em on Amazon!) Seriously their licorice is like taking Twizzlers Pull n’ Peel and condensing 4 of them into one yummy, chewy, delicious bite size piece. Yeah, like that, but then also 5 million times better. They have tons of flavors from Mango to Pineapple, Strawberry and Green Apple, which are all incredibly addicting.

3) At a random bakery, Monarch Cakes, in Melbourne Australia, I tried the most heavenly dessert that I have ever had: Gugelhopf (or sometimes called KugelHopf). The one I had was pastry dough filled with oozing dark chocolate that dripped out. ZOMG. Words can’t do it justice, but it’s actually a German/Austrian dessert, so Google for your local bakeries and find one of these bad boys stat. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out all these years! Trust me, you will feel the same now that you know about it. I mean look at that beauty (pic above!). Whoever says food is not art has clearly not seen this picture.

4) Australian men. We know they are hot. We know they have hot accents. But what I didn’t realize was that the guy/girl ratio in Aussie Land is probably something like 9 to 1. Seriously, the bars are lined with hot, nice, well dressed Aussie dudes. And the best part? They find our accent as cute as we find theirs. So take it from me and book yourself a trip. And for those of you heading off abroad there, there is literally no way to leave that country without, like, 12 of your very own Aussie boy toys. For those of you stuck in the grand ol USA have no fear – the Aussie men love themselves a trip abroad right here to this fine country. Their fave places? LA, San Fran, NYC, Miami and Vegas, so start booking up those Spring Break trips, ladies. Who knows – maybe by next Spring Break you’ll have a free place to stay all the way over in Sydney.

You’re welcome, Mates.

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