Snapshots from Australia: How to Eat and Drink Like a Melbourne Local

[Photographs: Yvonne Ruperti]

Australia is well known for its wine and lamb. But what about its local food culture? Aside from my hometown Outback Steakhouse and listening to Men at Work toot about vegemite sandwiches, I've been pretty ignorant to the local food scene in Australia. I always assumed that this westernized country didn't eat that differently than Americans, and for the most part that's true, but I was sure there were some differences.

So on a recent trip to Melbourne, Australia, I coaxed an authentic Australian mate (my husband) away from the cricket to show me how to eat and drink like the local do.

Do Not Leave Without...

1. Visiting wine country and sampling as much wine as possible.


2. Sampling as much of the local produce, cheeses, olives as possible.


3. Cooking with as much of the produce, seafood, and lamb that you can get your hands on. And if you don't have access to a barbecue, make friends with someone who does. Seriously.

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About the Author: Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Easy Artisan Bread. You can also watch her culinary stylings on the America's Test Kitchen television show. She presently lives in Singapore and is currently at work constructing her new blog, .