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(LA Weekly)   Australian emigre reviews "Outback Steakhouse", angered over "Shrimp On The Barbie" cracks from the 80's, but then she boomerangs   (laweekly.com) divider line 135
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2013-06-26 09:56:53 AM
We have an American-style steakhouse in my town with terrible  country music and the waiters are required to cowboy outfits. It's meal are written out in that texas drawl and arecaricatures of american things.
 
2013-06-26 09:59:42 AM
farm4.staticflickr.com
Here's your tin of "outback steak", mate.
Need an opener (like a bloody Sheila) - or will you open it with your buck knife?
 
2013-06-26 10:07:20 AM
I like to think the whole Outback Steakhouse concept is in some small way payback for this atrocity.

farm4.staticflickr.com

And now, the TV ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNJP4mn6SD8
 
2013-06-26 10:08:51 AM

WhippingBoy: We'll apologize for Outback Steakhouse as soon as we get an apology for Yahoo Serious and The Wiggles.


Yeah fair enough. Just be thankful that you've never experienced some of the other details of our popular culture which never made it that far.  The Wiggles for example morphed out of an 80s pop band called the Cockroaches and just be glad you only experienced their later incarnation.

To be honest I didn't know Outback Steakhouse was American until I read this article. I've eaten at one and will not be going back as it just doesn't compare with many other places serving similar meals (although perhaps with more of a focus on quality over quantity) at cheaper prices.  Most of the locals around here have presumed that Outback Steakhouse is a rip-off of the 20-year-established Hogs Breath restaurants found in most Australian cities and although they're not the best they're a lot better than Outback Steakhouse.  They probably have helped influence suburban pubs to lift their game in the cuisine department it must be said.
 
2013-06-26 10:09:58 AM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: Has her country apologized for bringing Hitler into the world? No? Well then she can just STFUAGBTW.


Her last name is Fishbein. I doubt very much that she enjoys anything Hitler.

/yes, I know you were trolling the Austria/Australia thing.
 
2013-06-26 10:12:59 AM

MadSkillz: /yes, I know you were trolling the Austria/Australia thing.


It's good that you pointed that out because I don't think anyone else got it.
 
2013-06-26 10:13:17 AM
FTA: Still, it's hard to argue with a $20 filet that's as big as your head. and (about the pasta) I felt like death for hours afterward (and I ate a total of perhaps three or four mouthfuls).

That must be one tiny woman that's used to eating forms of leaves and plankton. The $20 filet is 6 ounces. Not a size I would liken to a human head.
 
2013-06-26 10:14:00 AM

andrewmoriarty: We have an American-style steakhouse in my town with terrible  country music and the waiters are required to cowboy outfits. It's meal are written out in that texas drawl and arecaricatures of american things.


As an aside, why do so many farkers use worthless descriptors like "my town" or "where I'm from" as though the rest of us just can't wait to try to dig through their profile in order to provide some context for their point?
 
2013-06-26 10:15:17 AM
"Shrimp on the Barbie" was not an invention of Outback.    She should blame her own farking country's tourism propaganda.   The phrase came from a Paul Hogan led commercial for Australian tourism which ended with him holding a lobster and offering to "Put another shrimp on the barbie for you."
 
2013-06-26 10:15:41 AM

MadSkillz: Monkeyhouse Zendo: Has her country apologized for bringing Hitler into the world? No? Well then she can just STFUAGBTW.

Her last name is Fishbein. I doubt very much that she enjoys anything Hitler.

/yes, I know you were trolling the Austria/Australia thing.


The photographer yes, the author of the article, no so much.
 
2013-06-26 10:21:37 AM

Matthew Keene: I like to think the whole Outback Steakhouse concept is in some small way payback for this atrocity.

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 427x640]

And now, the TV ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNJP4mn6SD8




That's all kinds of awesome.

/thought it was spray paint at first.
//even funnier that way
 
2013-06-26 10:22:56 AM

juvandy: As a yank living in Oz, I'm getting a kick...


I was the same, back in the US now.  Spent a year in Sydney, a year in Brisbane.  Brisbane is better.
 
2013-06-26 10:26:17 AM

WhippingBoy: We'll apologize for Outback Steakhouse as soon as we get an apology for Yahoo Serious and The Wiggles.


Excuse me, but we will never apologise for the Wiggles. They have only brought laughter, joy and hot potatoes to the children of this world. And while we here in the antipodes understand that Dorothy the Dinosaur is a fictional character brought to life by a person wearing a large, furry, purple, evil-smelling costume, we hear that in the US, Dorothy and her brethren are often to be seen being ridden by Jesus.

Dinosaurs being ridden by Jesus is of course a great big load of Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo. Perhaps you should consider that, Mr WhippingBoy, before you dungle your wobble and knicker your bock. Toot toot.
 
2013-06-26 10:34:50 AM

rnatalie: "Shrimp on the Barbie" was not an invention of Outback.    She should blame her own farking country's tourism propaganda.   The phrase came from a Paul Hogan led commercial for Australian tourism which ended with him holding a lobster and offering to "Put another shrimp on the barbie for you."


It wasn't a lobster, you silly twat, it was a large prawn. It was called a "shrimp" because apparently Americans were considered too stupid at the time to accept the possibility that there might be another word out there for this particular type of crustacean.

That you don't know that everyone else knows about the Paul Hogan commercials just goes to show that the ad people thinking Americans were retarded were perhaps correct.
 
2013-06-26 11:06:50 AM
Yeah! America loves food and accents.  Moving along now.
 
2013-06-26 11:12:49 AM
Rapmaster2000  As someone who spends many nights in business hotels on the edge of suburban tech parks, I don't mind Outback at all and I'm not a chain person

You sound like Tyler Durden.
 
2013-06-26 11:19:28 AM

eldritch2k4: hasty ambush: eldritch2k4: hasty ambush: eldritch2k4: hasty ambush: Besha Rodell, the critic, sounds gay judging by the high pitched sniveling in the article. Who in the heck goes to Outback and counts calories?

Besha Rodell sounds like a heterosexual female based on this profile of her on another site and that she specifically mentions sitting with her "American husband" in the article.

Could be that the" husband" is merely the "man" in the lesbian relationship. Like Ellen is to Portia.  Or it could be a fake marriage helping her get her green card.

*sigh*

I take it you don't interact with many LBG people. In a lesbian marriage, both women are referred to as a "wife".

Additionally, FTA, there's this: "my American husband beamed as he watched me". So, she's definitely married to a guy.

And you are an asshole for assuming that, because she counts calories at the restaurants that she reviews, she must be a secret lesbian. It is not uncommon for a restaurant review to include the calories you will consume if you decide to eat at that restaurant. More to the point, and this may come as a shock to you, but some people do things differently than you. That doesn't mean they should have every motive questioned.

You are also an asshole for the phrase "high pitched sniveling". First, it is a written article; it is impossible to tell pitch from words. Hence, the existence of Poe's Law. Second, most of the biatching in the article is defensiveness about having to deal with twenty years of being assaulted by bullshiat stereotypes, which is entirely relevant considering the restaurant she was in was built around those same stereotypes.

Panties in a wad this morning or just riding up?

Your ignorance is infuriating. You are bad and you should feel bad, asshole.




And yet strangely I don't, imagine that. Maybe taking some Midol will improve your disposition.

/BTW I thought articles could have a "tone."
 
2013-06-26 11:23:58 AM
 What exactly is Australian cuisine?
 
2013-06-26 11:28:50 AM

bratface: What exactly is Australian cuisine?


resources1.news.com.au
 
2013-06-26 11:51:49 AM
Authentic Australian cuisine...let's see...uh, ANZAC cakes, damper and meat-pies? Yup. Substantially different from food un the UK.
 
2013-06-26 11:52:06 AM
Australian cuisine: You can live on it, but it tastes like shiat
 
2013-06-26 11:53:17 AM
 
2013-06-26 12:10:42 PM
I will say that "barbie" in Australia (and NZ) is not what I expected. In parts of North America, "barbecuing" is grilling either over gas or coals, and in other parts it is very slow roasting in a coal pit, and most would agree that the latter is true barbecue. I had the latter in Australia, but it was simply called a pig roast, and the "barbie" turns out to be a steel plate griddle with grease channels in it placed over coals or gas rather than a grill, so things are pretty much fried on it.

Also, it seems that you CANNOT serve any piece of meat in Australia unless it is also accompanied by a sausage of mysterious origin.

Delicious sticky date pudding and horrid farking musk-flavoured farking candy are other distinctly Australian food items. I really want to know why Australians think men's cologne makes a good flavour.
 
2013-06-26 12:13:34 PM
http://www.aussieproducts.com/

Cool place in San Jose.  They carry Tim Tams and Vegemite.
 
2013-06-26 12:31:52 PM
"The puce-colored sauce  was salty and slutty and gross ..."

Whoa! Are we talking about Outback, or Subby's mom?
 
2013-06-26 12:35:16 PM

Dheiner: She liked the way every dish tasted, but she gave the restaurant one star.  What a coont.


I don't think you understand how restaurant critics work. Also, if you notice, she said the pasta made her feel ill, the steak tasted "like misery" and even though she only had about three bites of everything, she still ended up with over 1000 calories.

And yeah, I always thought that Outback was more of a marketing gimmick than anything, but I didn't realize it was quite so crassly commercial as the history she lays out. I seriously thought that Australians would have some sort of hamburger/steak/french fries common background with the US, even if they did it differently. There's lots of cattle ranching and the like in Australia, isn't there? Do they have potatoes? I figured there would've been more similarities.
 
2013-06-26 12:45:05 PM

Rapmaster2000: finnished: Rapmaster2000: My favorite restaurants never get more than 3.

Why don't you just make 3 the top rating?

LOL. I meant in the critic ratings.  If I had the money to go to a 5 then that would probably be my favorite.


Duh, that does make more sense. Although I couldn't resist posting the movie reference.
 
2013-06-26 12:45:54 PM
eldritch2k4:

...And you are an asshole for assuming that, because she counts calories at the restaurants that she reviews, she must be a secret lesbian.

Can't be  Lesbians are fat.
 
2013-06-26 12:57:29 PM

finnished: Rapmaster2000: My favorite restaurants never get more than 3.

Why don't you just make 3 the top rating?


Because Nigel Tufnel will come along and make 4 the top rating!
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2013-06-26 01:21:50 PM

Aussie_As: The Muthaship: I don't think I have ever heard of Australian food.


...

1] You should never eat koala because of what they eat predominantly (eucalyptus).

2] I've eaten most of the stuff you listed in Australia, just wanted to add ostrich and emu to your list (had that in a pub in Melbourne).

3] You may have me blocked or perhaps not seen others already make mention of beets/beetroot on burgers.

4] I also already mentioned Hog's Breath Cafe as a better alternative and found them to be a safe choice when we showed up in small podunk towns where we didn't want to take a chance with the local cuisine.

5] I still think Australia developed it's own cuisine; i.e. changes in burgers, specialty meat pies and unique ways of preparing seafood. It's a new continent after all and these variations are huge given the short time span.
 
2013-06-26 01:26:09 PM

lumiere: Aussie_As: The Muthaship: I don't think I have ever heard of Australian food.

...

1] You should never eat koala because of what they eat predominantly (eucalyptus).

2] I've eaten most of the stuff you listed in Australia, just wanted to add ostrich and emu to your list (had that in a pub in Melbourne).

3] You may have me blocked or perhaps not seen others already make mention of beets/beetroot on burgers.

4] I also already mentioned Hog's Breath Cafe as a better alternative and found them to be a safe choice when we showed up in small podunk towns where we didn't want to take a chance with the local cuisine.

5] I still think Australia developed it's own cuisine; i.e. changes in burgers, specialty meat pies and unique ways of preparing seafood. It's a new continent after all and these variations are huge given the short time span.


Sorry.  I did see the other post, and I appreciate the info.  I sort of meant that I've never heard it referred to as a genre like Mexican, Chinese, Indian, etc.  I imagine Australia has a ton of good food that's not available readily here in the states.  Maybe it will catch on some day and Australian restaurants will start popping up.
 
2013-06-26 01:51:00 PM
Probably someone mentioned this already, but based on what my Australian friends said - all that stuff with wearing a bush hat, the "g'days", outback stuff, drinking a lot and the thick accent - it's call being a "bogen".

It's Australian for being redneck or white trash.

Anyhow that's what I heard.
 
2013-06-26 04:43:49 PM
Be glad your country has a theme restaurant based on it.
 
2013-06-26 07:33:17 PM
Outback Steakhouse is 100 percent American.

And Chinese food is not Chinese? Horrors!!

Next you'll be trashing italian food.

/who really gives a FARK?
 
2013-06-27 08:17:12 AM

lumiere: Aussie_As: The Muthaship: I don't think I have ever heard of Australian food.

...

1] You should never eat koala because of what they eat predominantly (eucalyptus).

2] I've eaten most of the stuff you listed in Australia, just wanted to add ostrich and emu to your list (had that in a pub in Melbourne).

3] You may have me blocked or perhaps not seen others already make mention of beets/beetroot on burgers.

4] I also already mentioned Hog's Breath Cafe as a better alternative and found them to be a safe choice when we showed up in small podunk towns where we didn't want to take a chance with the local cuisine.

5] I still think Australia developed it's own cuisine; i.e. changes in burgers, specialty meat pies and unique ways of preparing seafood. It's a new continent after all and these variations are huge given the short time span.


Well very sorry if I didn't reference every single one of your references but if I repeated them it's simply because you're right. Get over yourself about my failure to reference your post. Who are you, Kevin Rudd?
 
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