The Travelling Gourmet live from Tasting Australia 2012 in Adelaide

By Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM in Australia’s Gourmet Capital -amazing Adelaide…

Thursday 26 April 2012


MAKING an early start, I went jogging along the River Torrens in the cold drizzling rain by the Adelaide Convention Centre today, on Thursday 26 April, 2012. Then it was a trip to the Gym for an invigorating work out and then a swim in the pool which is 1.2m deep. Cold but very refreshing!

                                                       Early morning swim…

Bright and early the next morning found me getting ready to go to Adelaide’s Central Market just behind the Hilton. A light breakfast of Flat White Coffee and a coconut crusted Lamington cake, and it was off by tram to tour the Adelaide Central Market.

In this Aladdin’s treasure trove the dedicated gourmet will find all manner of epicurean delights from “wild” meats like goat, emu and kangaroo at Wild Oz (Shop 55) to organic vegetables at Cactus (Shop 6). Knowledgeable Mark Gleeson explained, “Adelaide Central Market is 143 years old. It’s the most visited destination in South Australia!” We stopped at Cafe Zeds (Shop 2) where dashing Fraijo served me a cappuccino, and then it was shop to shop tasting of Corella Pears, Strawberries, Figs, Macadamias, Honey, Proscuitto Ham, Coorong Black Angus Beef Salami and lots more! Barossa Fine Foods owned by my friend, Franz, found me buying Louis IV Wurst. Marino Meat & Food Store has all manner of Italian delicacies & I practiced my Italian with Marilena who told me they have been there for 3 generations. As ‘Il Turista Buongustaio’ e ‘Il Padrino della Gastronomia’ I say, “E favoloso!”

Fresh, sustainable products free of preservatives is now No.1 in the lexicon of Culinaria.


Barossa Fine Foods Louis IV Wurst –  es ist sehr lecker (it is very delicious)

At the end of the whistle-stop tour I was tasting Cheese at the Say Cheese factory. They own the Smelly Cheese shop in the Central Market which is South Australia’s most visited tourist destination!

More later as I have to go and dine at an Italian Ristorante now…

I am back from an excellent dinner at the multi-award winning Italian restaurant called Auge which means “eye” in German but something else in Italian. At 22 Grote Street, this romantically lit ristorante with flute shaped lamps served up a ‘deliziosa’ menu Degustazioni which began with amuse bouche and then an Antipasti Platter of Zucchini Flower stuffed with Olivade and Ricotta Cheese, Herbed Prawn, A Sardine ‘cigar’, Arancini Rice Ball with Herbs, exquisite Pork Belly Croquette lightly crumbed and filled with flavoursome Berkshire Pork! A minerally and flinty Bella Coppia Arneis 2010 from the Adelaide Hills enhanced the flavours of the Prawn and Zucchini Flower. More to follow…

Lovely Lily pouring wine for The Travelling Gourmet in Auge Italian Ristorante…

23:58  Time to snooze…zzzzzzzz.

Have to make a very early start tomorrow to fly to the Eyre Peninsula, Australia’s Seafood Frontier! Good night! {:-)

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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