ENGLISH: One of the things I love most about Australia is its multiculturalism. Our migrants have helped to make this such a great country and the wealth of traditions, cultures, religions and food that we now enjoy is something I'm so proud of. Whilst Australia probably does not have a true national dish, it's my humble opinion that the variety and quality of our food is unrivalled, thanks to immigration and to the fact that we are geographically so close to Asia. The food in the photo is called Takoyaki, fried balls filled with crab, prawn and octopus. Takoyaki originate from Japan. They are a wheat-based snack that is fried in a special takoyaki pan. They were first sold in the street stalls (yatai) of the Osaka region in the 1930s and have become very popular as both street food and in specialty restaurants. These takoyaki were being made in a street stall in Chinatown, Sydney. Yes, I had 8 of them and they were absolutely delicious!
My Workshop shows some of the other tasty treats I gutzed that night.
If you want to see more of my food exploits, have a look at my themes: My Italian Food Tour and Food Glorious Food (which has other people's food shots aswell).
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lousat (57610) 2013-03-03 1:59
Ciao Lisa,qui e' quasi ora di pranzo e questa foto mi mette appetito,bel tris di specialita',davvero originali le patate tagliate a spirale,fammi un pacchetto e spedisci il tutto..ehhee...buona serata! Luciano
Noel_Byrne (7329) 2013-03-03 2:31
Gidday Lisa, and a happy Sunday.
Nice capture of these tasty treats, and nice workshop too, you've presented thee to me in a way arhat makes mr feel very hungry. Ten thirty in the morning here, and my belly rumbled, thinking, ill just have a bowl of muesli or toast, something healthy, and then I open TE to find temptation in one of its many forms starting at me :)
In saying that thoug, it's probably unlikely hthat I could find teriyaki battered octopus treats in Meath right now.
I like your note too, it is great that immigration to a country brings so much diversity to a country, cuisine and art. I would honestly say its the same regarding food in Ireland, we don't really have many national dishes of our own here, so with much immigration in recent years, it's great to be able to walk through Dublin and have to choose between mongolian and Lebanese, or perhaps Indian or Thai.
Thanks also for your recent comments on my pics, always appreciated. I have one more bird pic I want to share (of a bataleur eagle) and I am going to try that Gaussian blur. Tanks for the tip.
Have a great em.
Ps please forgive ongoing spelling errors and weird auto corrections, still getting used to this keyboard!
Silvio1953 (98093) 2013-03-03 3:31
Ciao Lisa, e brava golosona mia, fortuna che me ne sto andando a pranzo, che rischio di svenire per l'acquolina in bocca, buon appetuito, un abbraccio Silvio
macjake (39227) 2013-03-03 5:04
hmmm....nothing like trying some fried balls!
Not sure if I've mentioned it before, but i'm a serious picky eater! yeah, i know! Tosca hates that about me, but I am what I am ya know!
Tosca would be snatching these up like they're going out of style - me - i'd be walking away.
I don't like 95% of all seafood, cant stand the smell and taste of any fish, squid, crab, lobster, not to mention octopus!
but to each their own. I certainly don't like it but i appreciate and respect the cultural aspect, its just not for me personally.
So Australia doesn't really have a true national dish? no? I'll have to do some research on that.
another interesting subject from your gallery.
I'll show Tosca :)
Sergiom (39184) 2013-03-03 5:15
I am not sure about your choice of focus. I would have liked it longer to have a better choice on those delights.You have a real connection with food as well as I do.
Have a nice weekend
ikeharel (37280) 2013-03-03 5:52
Since I don't eat anything that moved, Lisa, I rather stick to the WS with "anything on the stick"...
Food comes in many textures and colors, like you managed to show here and two attached photos.
Bon appetit, and have a great week ahead.
ourania (12343) 2013-03-03 6:16
Ciao cara Lisa,
questa foto anche per me e' una meraviglia, amo tantissimo tutti i cibi che vengono dal mare (tranne la seppia). Mi piace tanto la tua composizione e la prospettiva che continua tirandoci verso il fondo. Il quadro e' riempito di colori (e anche odori e sapori) deliziosi. Le foto del workshop sono fantastiche pure. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona giornata,
marabu61 (3900) 2013-03-03 6:29
Oh, such nice treats, they really look yummy. We to are more of the grazing type when it comes to food. The wife and I we just love to stroll trough markets and have small bite here and there. We actually sit down for a real dinner very rarely while on a trip. More of the Tapas kind of types.
But aren't all Aussies immigrants in the end? (with the exeption of the aborigines of course, while even they immigratet at some point) So in a country with such a short history there is no wonder there is no real national dish. It is a bit like the americans isnt't it.
have a good start to the new week
mohammad_H (6588) 2013-03-03 7:06
, nice colors, the food in the south, used, variety and taste almost the same, the only Kangaroo in Australia since childhood, and I know educated, and Diamond goal flight shooting champion, displayed very good
carlo62 (12550) 2013-03-03 8:50
non sono mai stato in Australia e tantomeno ho avuto il piacere di mangiare cibo locale, però capisco quello che dici. Nel mio piccolo ho avuto la stessa esperienza, i miei genitori sono abruzzesi, sono venuti ad abitare in Toscana appena sposati e mia madre ha saputo cogliere il meglio delle due cucine ed ottenere un mix molto buono.
krzychu30 (8849) 2013-03-03 9:29
just like you wrote-multiculturalism makes Australia so unique.And looking at this picture and such delicious looking dish you have no reason to complain about not having your true national dish:)It looks really tasty.
very nice picture but probably not good few hours before supper,now I´m feeling peckish:)
ruisc_pt (10119) 2013-03-03 9:34
Great description .. .humm..
And fabtastic dof here
abmdsudi (26215) 2013-03-03 10:27
You know how to make me hungry, what a yummy stuff, this is beautiful photographed closeup image as colorful and a feast to the eyes and nourishes our taste buds. I like the tight crop, neat and sharp focus for maximum sharpness so well detailed with its intricacy, simplicity, everything is very effective. The clarity is so good and the dark shadowed background makes it even more stunning bringing the whole scene to life. This is gorgeous. Congrats
danos (73960) 2013-03-03 10:56
nice the verical view of the sene with the tasty treats to look so beautiful and inviting to try some of these.Good presentation.
ChrisJ (86854) 2013-03-03 13:06
Smart choice of a vertical format with good sharpness and excellent use of a shallow dof. I also like the motion blur on the gloved hands and the warm yellow red color hues & tones. They contrast well against the blue tints. Tfs!
InasiaJones (29324) 2013-03-03 13:10
One of the thing Australia and Canada have in common, among others, is the multiculturalism and like you are mentioning in your note, the culinary traditions that comes with it. For me, it was a total blessing to live in a city like Montreal, where you can taste authentic ethnic food - the real deal - and not edulcorated stuff adapted to westerners.
Eating dim sum for brunch on a Sunday morning the same way I would in Hong Kong, a pho as authentic as they are in Saigon or a chicken vindaloo like in Mumbai was traveling a little bit each day.
I miss that aspect of life a lot here - restaurants are so standardized here and when you go to a Chinese restaurant that serves thai food and sushis, you know you are at the worst possible place...
It is such a pleasure to see your foodies shot, from the angle that you took it and with pairs of hands at work, swinging these takoyaki so they are cooked all around... Hmmmmm!! And that sweet sauce, strips of mayo and dried bonito they add on top is what that make them so delicious!
I find interesting reading your note that these snacking balls comes from Osaka, because it is where I had them first! Then I hate some in Kyoto during a festival, than recently when visiting Singapore. I had 12 of them and I look like a pig, but I enjoy them so much!!!!! I thought they were only made out of octopus, and now I understand through your insightful note that they also come with shrimps!
Your photo reeeeallllly gives me the munchies now...
Excellent presentation of street food!
jjcordier (62280) 2013-03-03 23:01
Très appétissant tout ça! Bon choix de focus et j'aime les mains flous qui indiquent avec quelle avidité la personne se jette sur la nourriture.Jolie utilisation de la lumière mais juste un petit regret pour les autres mains en arrière plan.
dkmurphys (36759) 2013-03-03 23:04
Delicious detail as always. I like what's in there without even know it:P
Have a fine week.
sevy (13273) 2013-03-04 3:28
It was a long time you did not post a food shot. Here we have enough to eat for a long time or for a lot of people.
Nice composition in the vertical frame with the hands included adding something.
A shot in a reporter mode and I am impressed to get it so well in such difficult lightning condition.
fabbs99 (5407) 2013-03-04 10:03
Namaste !!! Delicious food and perfectly focussed shot.Incredible food photography.Thought you could give the recipe of the takoyaki.Excellent composition, good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
ifege (9428) 2013-03-04 20:01
Ah! Back on the food trail again Lisa. My mouth is watering just from the photo. Well taken and I like the slightly out of focus crab claws in the front.
mesutilgim (67940) 2013-03-05 4:33
Very nice and "appetising" capture; a perfect TE entry enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
bayno (16175) 2013-03-05 8:25
Lisa ma questa è una tortura per me...non ne posso più datemi qualsiasi cibo ma non indiano ehehehe
bella immagine leccorniosa e dinamica con bei toni e una ottima scelta del DOF...anche il cibo non sembra per niente male...
un caro abbraccio...
Bluejeans (64227) 2013-03-07 5:32
Ola Lisa ,
Que belo aspecto tem esta comida com estas patas de caranguejo , a foto ficou com uma boa profundidade , boas cores e luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
mirosu (5509) 2013-03-09 21:21
Watching this nice photo I'm getting hungry. I like the portrait arrangement and well optimized focusing on central part. Takoyaki is an excellent food, you can get good one also in Singapore or Malaysia. Thanks for excellent note. Wish you a nice rest of the Sunday.
gus72 (2508) 2013-03-15 22:03
Ciao Bambina !!
so you had 8 of them..... I would react the same way....
Not only I like the sight of the food but I also like to see the hands which are in the act of decorating or preparing something.
Very nice " spontaneous " type of image.
Have a nice week end.