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American Foods You Can Find in Australia

American Foods You Can Find in Australia

When I first moved to Australia in 2013, finding American foods was quite a challenge, especially in regional areas. Fortunately, the landscape has changed, and today, there are various American USA foods readily available across the country. While specialty shops catering to American tastes do 

Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafer Substitute

Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafer Substitute

Looking for that classic banana pudding but don’t have vanilla wafers? This Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafer Substitute recipe has got you covered! I tried three different vanilla wafer substitutes (ladyfingers, sponge fingers, and Marie biscuits) with my findings below. In Australia, and most parts 

Decadent Chocolate Haupia (Coconut) Pie

Decadent Chocolate Haupia (Coconut) Pie

Indulge in the luscious decadence of a Chocolate Haupia Pie, where velvety chocolate meets creamy coconut in a heavenly Hawaiian-inspired dessert delight. If you’re from Hawaii, have visited, or even if it’s still on your bucket list, the Chocolate Haupia Pie is an absolute must-eat. 

Mock Graham Cracker Crust (Digestive or Granita Biscuits)

Mock Graham Cracker Crust (Digestive or Granita Biscuits)

When I lived in the USA, I had easy access to Graham Crackers. You could even buy pre-made graham cracker pie crusts, which makes baking so much faster. When I moved to Australia, I soon realised that Graham Crackers were not sold in supermarkets. Here 

Irresistible Kalua Pig Loco Moco Recipe

Irresistible Kalua Pig Loco Moco Recipe

Introducing the irresistible Kalua Pig Loco Moco recipe, where tender, smoky kalua pig meets the rich, velvety goodness of a perfectly cooked egg, all atop a bed of fluffy rice, generously smothered in savoury gravy. This recipe is the perfect way to take your kalua 

Slow Cooked Kalua Pig (Pork)

Slow Cooked Kalua Pig (Pork)

Kalua Pig (also called Kalua Pork) is a traditional Hawaiian dish that is well loved and indulged in regularly in Hawai’i. This recipe for slow cooked Kalua pig utilises a slow cooker to achieve pork that’s tender and flavourful. It’s “ono” (delicious) and so irresistibly 

Colour Cracked Deviled Eggs for School Holiday Fun

Colour Cracked Deviled Eggs for School Holiday Fun

Check out this Colour Cracked Deviled Eggs recipe for a fun kid-friendly Easter holiday snack. Growing up in Hawai’i, Easter was always a time filled with decorating hard-boiled eggs in a variety of designs and vibrant colours. Our hands would be stained with the hues 

Slow Cooked Kalua Chicken Salad

Slow Cooked Kalua Chicken Salad

Nothing reminds me of home more (well food-wise) then the smokey aromas of kalua pig, best when it’s fresh from the imu (traditional Hawaiian underground oven), but who are we kidding  – we can’t all be committed to having a huge underground oven pit in our 

Top five things to know before traveling to Australia

Top five things to know before traveling to Australia

This page provides a list of top five things to know before traveling to Australia. It covers important topics such as visa requirements, weather, culture and etiquette, transportation, and wildlife. It is a helpful guide for travelers who are planning a trip to Australia and 

The unprecedented Australian weather that I was not prepared for

The unprecedented Australian weather that I was not prepared for

I would have never expected to experience extreme drought, bushfires, floods and especially not COVID-19 all in the span of three years. Growing up in Hawaii, I have been faced with different natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Extreme bushfires and