Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I don't need to buy plane tickets! Australia is in Texas!

I'm wasting time on Google Maps.

A few weeks ago we were driving near Tim's office, and I saw a Melbourne street. So just now, I started wondering how many other Australian names I can find in Texas.

Let's see....

Okay, this is interesting. In Cypress Texas, there's something called Legend-Homes Sydney Harbour. Now get this. The street it's on is called Darling Point CT. Oh! It's a neighborhood.
The Darling Point thing can't be a coincidence, right? Whoever started this thing must have been like me. In love with Australia. Either that or they ARE Australian. I think the way they spell harbour is a clue as well.

Now for Melbourne. We have the Melbourne road in Hurst. That's near us.

There's a Melbourne Street in Houston, and a Melbourne Avenue in Dallas.

There's a place in San Antonio called Adelaide. I'm not sure what it is.  Suburb maybe? All right. I'm confused. There's links to this place in San Antonio, but then it takes me to Australia websites. Tim says maybe they have offices in San Antonio, but the big daddy office is in Adelaide. That makes sense.

There is an Adelaide STREET in San Antonio. It has a golf shop and a bank.

There's a Perth Street in Texas. Guess what town it's in.....Victoria. How funny is that? We can make riddles out of these things.

There's also a Perth Circle in Magnolia, Texas.

There's a street named Brisbane in Converse Texas. That's near San Antonio.

All right. Google Maps is messing with my head. He says there's a Brisbane Queensland in Adelaide San Antonio. What?! The phone number is Australian.

There's a Newcastle in Texas. I'm confused over whether it's a town or street. Oh. Maybe I should zoom in and see. It's north west of Fort Worth, where I live. All right. It's a town. It's about two hours away from us. Lord Wiki even has a little information on it. It used to be a coal mining town.

There's a Hobart Corporation in Corpus Christie. Guess what the name of the street is....Ayers Street! In Irving Texas, there's another Hobart Corporation. That one is on JetStar Drive. This is too funny.

There's a Broome Texas. It's west of us.

Now....Maybe I'll do the reverse.

Can I find Texas in Australia?

I've been diverted a bit.

I just found a website for Texas-Australia Power Inc. It has a Texas and Australian flag linked together. How sweet. It's like they're holding hands. The Texas office is in Wichita Falls. The Australian office is in Brisbane. Ah! And there's also an office in Greece. Why is it not on the name them? And why did the Greek flag get left out? I think that's a bit unfair.

Okay, back to Texas in Australia.

In Victoria, there's a Dallas Drive. Oh and there's a suburb in Melbourne! I think the street is actually there. It seems this Dallas was not named to honor the Texas one. It's named after a governor of Victoria.  Dallas Brooks.

The Victorian Dallas population has a large Turkish population.

Cool. I just stumbled upon this. There's an Australian Meat Pie place in Austin. Boomerangs.
They even have sausage rolls! And Vegetarian stuff for me. I want to go!

We were actually going to go with Tim to Austin in May because he has a bike race. But Tim and I decided it was best we didn't go because Tim would be super busy and wouldn't have time for us. We need to go another time though; just for fun. Maybe in the fall (Autumn). Maybe we'll drag Gina there if she comes to visit. What's sad is if Gina comes, I'll probably drag her to all these Australian places. And that OF COURSE includes the most authentic Aussie eating of them all.  The Outback Steakhouse!

I'm not finding that much Texas in Australia.

Okay. There's something else I need to see. I was planning to see if there are any Aussie restaurants in Chicago. We're going there this summer so maybe we can eat at one sometime.

No....I'm not finding anything. Kind of surprising.

What about Philadelphia? We're going there too. Yes! There's an Ants Pants Cafe. They don't have the Bloomin Onion, but they do have Tim Tams!

I don't know if I'm impressed with the menu though. They say fries instead of chips. They also say arugula instead of rocket. As Tim will tell you, rocket is much easier to spell.

They do use the term spiders and thick shakes. I'll give them points for that.

We'll have to go there though.  Test it out.

Oh! Wait!

There's an Aussie restaurant right in Dallas. Well, never mind. Now these people just do catering. It doesn't like there's really anything that Australian about it. It seems the chef is from Melbourne originally. And one of the dining rooms is called Tucker. That's not much for me to go on.

All right. I have hit the jackpot! I think I know where we're going this weekend. There's an Aussie restaurant just an hour from us!! It's in Frisco Texas. The Down Under Pub.

This looks awesome. I am too excited. I may pee in my pants.

Well, the menu doesn't look too much different from The Outback Steakhouse. It's a LITTLE better.

Here are my favorite menu item names:

1. Matilda's Messy Nachos
2. Ozzie Onion Rings. (competing with the Bloomin onion)
3. Tasmanian Thai Chicken Salad (Well, Australia is oozing with Thai Food so that's kind of authentic)
4. Geelong Gyros (I like how they're going beyond the obvious cities that the typical American has heard of)
5. Vegemite Sandwich (That makes it feel a little bit more real)
6.Bendigo Beef or cheese Ravioli (those in charge must have Victorian roots)
7. Port Arthur Pork Chops
8. She'll be Apples pie (that's cute)

It looks fun. We'll try to go; and then I'll tell you guys how it went.