Most of the people I know are from Rogers County, Oklahoma. If fact, the majority of those people can be found within a 5 mile radius of my house. I’m not a world traveler, I don’t even like long car trips.
Even though I don’t get out much, I know a really cool person from Australia. Her name is Lisa.
Let me tell you how I know Lisa. My sister has been doing a blog for a few years. Lisa was reading her blog. When I started my blog (which is linked to my sister’s), she started reading my blog too. She’s been a faithful reader ever since.
Lisa is a jewel of a person. Yesterday my sister and I received a package from her.
The package contained all kinds of goodies from Australia. Because she knows us, she knew exactly what we would like. She sent grocery ads from her local stores. I studied every page. Because I don’t have ANY experience with how the rest of the world lives….this kind of stuff amazes me. There were magazines and newspapers and Cadbury chocolate.
She sent a Christmas card with a personal note. Under my fingers the card says “Greetings from Down Under”. I will cherish it always.
When I saw this, I knew it had to be mine. I have been curious enough about where Lisa lives that I check the weather in her area almost every day. I log onto their local newspaper. I know that the sun shines most of the time. Hence the name “The Sunshine Coast”. I love sunshine. The weather on the Sunshine Coast would be considered “perfect” in Oklahoma except for the high humidity.
Look…it’s an IGA!!!! We have IGA grocery stores!! I didn’t know until recently that the Australian currency is also called the “dollar”. Their food is weighed in kg’s instead of ounces and pounds. I was looking in the Woolworth’s ad that she sent and I was surprised to see many familiar brands. Some of the familiar brands include; Pantene, Nestle, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Nutella, Uncle Ben’s, Pedigree, Whiskas, Colgate, Birds Eye, Pepsi, Cheerios, Campbell’s, Sara Lee, Heinz, Palmolive, and Cover Girl.
The prices of some items surprised me. A can of peaches (sale price) listed for $3.49. We can buy a big can of peaches for $1.49. A frozen turkey thigh cost $19.00. For the same price here, you can buy the whole dang bird. A whole turkey cost $34.00 in Australia. Can you imagine paying that much for a turkey? Sliced roast beef from the deli cost $22.98 per kg. I’m not sure how kg’s compare to pounds, but here sliced deli beef can be purchased for $6.49 per pound. In Australia shrimp is cheaper than beef!!!! That really blows my mind. The price of shrimp in Oklahoma is outrageous. Maybe it’s because we don’t have a fleet of shrimp boats in Oklahoma.
Here’s something else that surprised me…Australian grocery stores sell booze. I don’t know if it’s an Oklahoma law or a United States law, but you can NOT buy booze at the grocery store here. The Bible Belt doesn’t allow that sort of thing.
I was looking through the newspaper to see what Aussie’s watch on TV. Look what I found!!! My favorite show airs there. I could so be an Australian.
I haven’t looked at the magazines yet. I’ve been too busy studying what Aussie’s eat and watch on television.
Lisa, just so you know the Twisties and the caramel Cadbury bears were my favorite.
These were so good. I think they are made to resemble Cheetos. The texture was the same. However, I don’t think they tasted at all like Cheetos. I’ve never had anything here that resembled the taste.
It was so cool to eat something made in Australia. If you will notice, these are made by Pepsico. We have Pepsico in Oklahoma, but we don’t have Twisties. I think I will write Pepsico a letter.
Now for the Tim Tams. Apparently this is the “it” cookie in Australia. They are equivalent to Oreos in America. In my opinion, Tim Tams taste WAY better than Oreos. And just like Americans and their Oreos, Aussies have a proper technique for eating their “it” cookie. I think my sister had an email conversation about proper consumption of Tim Tams because “sticking your face in the milk” is not on this sticky note.
Disclaimer to Lisa…. Penny and I had a conversation last night about how loud we are. We come from a loud family. We are loud people. Penny is embarrassed by her laughing outburst. I’m embarrassed by my witch-like laugh. I think we are perfectly normal until I see and hear a video of our obnoxiousness. Try not to be scared. And…this is only half of the unboxing pictures. We divided the pictures up evenly. Penny will post different pictures. Wait until you see the pictures of Tater digging in the box.
I was going to just post my video until I realized that Cristin’s was better, so I attached both.
Lisa, I hope you enjoyed. You are so important to us as a friend and blog reader. You have expanded my horizons and helped me see outside of my little Oklahoma box.
And just so you know….I would love to see you face to face someday.