Deja vu at Vlado’s

In 1978 I was a recently graduated veterinarian working in country Victoria. I came to Melbourne occasionally and on one memorable visit, my girlfriend suggested that we go to a well known steak restaurant called Vlado’s. The meal was wonderful, and the experience has stayed very firmly in my memory ever since. I left to…

Aussie Meat Pies – in Jakarta.

I have been a major fan of Australian meat pies since I was a small boy.  From school lunches, to party pies at social functions, to a half-time treat at the football, a pie with tomato sauce is one of my most favourite foods.  I have probably been eating pies at an average of about…

In search of the Best Steak in Bali.

A major travel blog recently crowned Bali as the world’s number one beach resort, and Indonesia (a proxy for Bali) remains among the most popular overseas travel destinations for Australians. Having lived in Bali now for about 10 months I disagree with the view that Bali is simply a “beach resort”.  In my view, Bali…

Can they pay more?

Can our Asian customers pay more for beef if the price suddenly goes up? Short answer : Absolutely. The long answer is a mixture of complex pricing structures combined with radical differences in supply chain arrangements, cultural perceptions, social eating habits, input costs, waste management, meal preparation styles and the unparalleled reputation of Aussie beef.…