Retrospective Entry #2

From our Travel Journal written Sunday, July 5, 2009:

Today is Sunday, July 5th and we’re sitting at the Brisbane Domestic Airport trying to kill four hours before our flight to the Whitsundays.  We’ve spent the past five days split between Brisbane and Noosa.  Brisbane, to me based solely on our short two day stint, was a similar riverside metropolitan city not unlike Bangkok.  In fact, sitting at some of the riverside bar/restaurants and riding the river ferry, reminded us very much of Bangkok.  One unique Australian activity we got to do was go to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.  We were able to see bats, dingoes, Australian birds of prey, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and koalas.  Miriam even got to hold a Koala.  There were massive mobs of kangaroo, many of them just lounging around and laying on the grassy field.  All in all, it was a worthwhile trip out to the sanctuary, as we got to see Australia’s indigenous animals and check that off our list of things to see.

For dinner that night, after being surrounded all day by animal-life, we decided to go to a steakhouse in the city, Cha Cha Char.  Being our honeymoon, we decided to splurge and get an order of the Wagyu rump and Wagyu filet.  Before our trip, I remember seeing something on the Wagyu beef in Australia and how it was prepared/cared for in the similar manner as Japanese Kobe Wagyu.  And sure enough the Wagyu was quite tasty.  Miriam didn’t like the Wagyu rump as much as it was a bit sinewy.  But the filet was outstanding.  It was a juicy steak but with a tender consistency of foie gras.  This was the second time we’ve had real Wagyu, and it was just as good as the first.  (In fact, we actually got almost two orders for the price of one.  Not because of our “honeymoon discount” but rather because my initial order had a little piece of plastic wrap remnant still on a small portion of the “side wall” of the cut.  Since it didn’t interfere with the part I was eating, I continued to eat half of it, and then afterwards told the manager of the plastic wrap…and he brought us out a new order.  Miriam ate the new one and I finished off her rump.  Wagyu rump.

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One Response to “Retrospective Entry #2”

  1. christine says:

    the pic of you two holding the koala is priceless. the koala looks like your baby. hehe!

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