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Hey gang, it’s that time again; time to read another scintillating restaurant review up on the travel web site UpTake.com:

I am embarrassed to say that until recently, my only notion of the food in Australia comes from pop culture references: shrimp on the barbie, Vegemite sandwiches and bloomin’ onions. But dating an Aussie has given me the opportunities to expand my horizons, so to speak, and with that comes learning a little more about Australian food.

An Australian Original Pie (left), a curry lamb pie (right) and a sausage roll (bottom). Aussie comfort food. Ketchup is the official condiment.

So it was no real big surprise to recently find myself in Marietta Square at the Australian Bakery Café, sampling Down Under comfort food.

Johanna, like many of her fellow ex-pats, make pilgrimages to Marietta or the other Australian Bakery Café in East Atlanta to stock up on meat pies, sausage rolls, sweets and cakes, and other sundry goods from home. They buy them by the dozens and keep them in the freezer for emergencies.

To read the whole review, click here.

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Pearl Bailey

“Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible.”

 

— Pearl Bailey

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Saint Teresa of Avila

“To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.”

 

— Saint Teresa of Avila

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Spotted on an off-ramp in Atlanta. I guess if there is a need, fill it.
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Sandra Day O’Connor

“I don’t know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.”

 

— Sandra Day O’Connor

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OK, so in my never-ending quest to find the best spicy tuna sushi roll in the greater Metro Atlanta Area, I dropped in on Samurai Blue in Lawrenceville. To date, the best spicy tuna to be found in the area is at a sushi place just down the road, so Mr. Samurai has his work cut out for him if he wants my return business.

Check out the whole review up on the travel web site UpTake.com.

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Times are tough in my former occupation of print journalism. I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Atlanta in 2005 thinking, hey, they have newspapers in Georgia… I’ll just find another newspaper job there. Little did I know that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution—the area’s biggest paper—was going to go through five rounds of layoffs over the next couple of years.

I even went so far as to accept an editing job at a weekly paper in a boondocks county until I sat down to do the paperwork and was told that, “um, yeah, about that salary… we can’t actually pay you what we said we’d pay you… we can only do about 75 percent of what we told you we’d pay.”

Thanks, but no thanks.

So, anyway, I know how hard it is for people running a dying industry to find new talent. It’s gotten so bad, this is an example—from the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune—of the classified ads editors are running to to lure new investigative reporters:

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[I]f you’re the type of sicko who likes holing up in a tiny, closed office with reporters of questionable hygiene to build databases from scratch by hand-entering thousands of pages of documents to take on powerful people and institutions that wish you were dead, all for the glorious reward of having readers pick up the paper and glance at your potential prize-winning epic as they flip their way to the Jumble… well, if that sounds like journalism Heaven, then you’re our kind of sicko.”

Read the whole ad at a few tasteful snaps.

I am not working in journalism now, but may get back to the fringes. I’ll let you know after I have a couple of meetings in NYC next month.

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