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19 hours ago, s713 said:

Only takes 3 pages for the super Aussie wannabes to appear 😂.

Ok, everything is better in Australia than anywhere else 🙄, close thread.

You could say “everything better in uk don’t bother going to Australia “ close thread 

Good and bad points to both countries, were all different. 

 

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21 hours ago, Antipodista said:

Exactly, and it drives me crackers and means I come on here less. Anytime there’s any “perhaps that’s better in this country” or “what do you think of this” mentioned on a purely subjective level it’s “bashing” or “just go back there”. Being a migrant is an incredibly complex thing and comparisons and missing certain things - even if not said with any ill-intent - are natural and it’s comforting to want to discuss them sometimes. FGS.

Well said.  And I'm fine, thanks!

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On 05/04/2021 at 11:34, NicF said:

I haven't been in but I have heard about it.  I went to the IGA at Wattle Park on Good Friday for milk - not somewhere I would normally go but the closest place open on Friday hence the visit.  I was surprised at just how full of artisan produce it was and how fresh and inviting the fruit and veg and bakery section were.  Not what I would expect from an IGA at all.  Both very much a reflection of the areas they are in I suspect.

The IGA at Frewville is also great. Has a lovely cafe, great produce and deli. Also often someone playing the piano or guitar in the fresh produce section. Lovely but a always end up spending too much!

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So many wineries ......so little time :yes:

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On 04/04/2021 at 11:02, Rallyman said:

What don’t you have enough variety in over here in Oz ? 

Far more choices in fresh fish here in Oz.  I personally think the quality of meat is better here In Oz 

plenty of fresh veggies and fruit 

what do you want that is not here in Oz ? 

I was answering the original post.

Variety is/was pre brexit far better for most goods in UK. Do  I have enough variety here sure I cook fresh, I also lived in SE Asia remotely for 18 years, so variety here again is better but not as good as UK.

Seafood and fish Over 70% of seafood in Australia is imported, I work with the seafood harvesting industry in FNQ, believe me the good stuff is sent overseas to a higher paying markets.

Fresh Veggies are available of course they are, but from my experience the most expensive I have ever purchased, it was cheaper to buy Australian avocados in Singapore then here madness.

What do I want that's not here in oz food wise nothing, but that wasn't the original question.

As I said I shop with intention to buy seasonal foods from source whenever possible.  I have access to the FNQ tablelands so lucky in that respect. In Uk I had access to Kent farms so same applied. I use specialist Asian suppliers for other ingredients pastes etc .

Coles and Woolies are just a duopoly I try to avoid

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Whilst we lived there, Woolies were fined twice, maybe three times, for advertising their veg as 'Australian Grown' when it wasn't; it was from SE Asia. So, the signs they have up in the shop are boll****.

Also, the bread wasn't fresh, they were importing part-baked frozen bread from Ireland, finishing it and passing it off as fresh.

Those wouldn't necessarily be issues if they weren't advertising them as premium goods and charging a fortune. And hiring Jamie Oliver to pass them off as 'The Fresh Food People' 😂.

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17 minutes ago, s713 said:

 

Also, the bread wasn't fresh, they were importing part-baked frozen bread from Ireland, finishing it and passing it off as fresh.

 

Coles do that too.


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16 minutes ago, s713 said:

Also, the bread wasn't fresh, they were importing part-baked frozen bread from Ireland, finishing it and passing it off as fresh.

Those wouldn't necessarily be issues if they weren't advertising them as premium goods and charging a fortune. And hiring Jamie Oliver to pass them off as 'The Fresh Food People' 😂.

That was Coles not woolies


I want it all, and I want it now.

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Fair enough, stand corrected.

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Tbf, Asda are about to do the same thing here albeit that the part-baked stuff is coming from a distribution centre rather than the other side of the world. They reckon that people buy specialty bread these days rather than normal loaves. Not sure I buy that excuse.

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Everytime I go back to Australia for a holiday I spend the first 2 weeks baulking at the price of everything( except petrol) and saying to my wife "thats such a ripoff". But I think the quality and freshness of Aust. supermarkets are excellent, but the fact that you can so many more non food items in UK supermarkets far superior. 

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17 hours ago, Gary H said:

I was answering the original post.

Variety is/was pre brexit far better for most goods in UK. Do  I have enough variety here sure I cook fresh, I also lived in SE Asia remotely for 18 years, so variety here again is better but not as good as UK.

Seafood and fish Over 70% of seafood in Australia is imported, I work with the seafood harvesting industry in FNQ, believe me the good stuff is sent overseas to a higher paying markets.

Fresh Veggies are available of course they are, but from my experience the most expensive I have ever purchased, it was cheaper to buy Australian avocados in Singapore then here madness.

What do I want that's not here in oz food wise nothing, but that wasn't the original question.

As I said I shop with intention to buy seasonal foods from source whenever possible.  I have access to the FNQ tablelands so lucky in that respect. In Uk I had access to Kent farms so same applied. I use specialist Asian suppliers for other ingredients pastes etc .

Coles and Woolies are just a duopoly I try to avoid

We don’t buy fish from super market, when we lived in sans souci we had a brilliant fish / sea food shop all bought fresh direct from trawlers , same up here in hunter a chap buys off trawlers / boats from Newcastle. 
 

no complaints from me about super markets   I can buy everything I need I normally shop between Aldi and Woolworths. Wife goes to a new coles just built which is good , state of the art bakery you can watch them make all the doughs nothing pre made , a good deli section etc 

we have a local butcher producing good quality meat all sourced locally home grown. 
 

good and bad in both countries but no real complaints 

 

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The British obsession with supermarkets confirmed by these comments.  Far better produce, and cheaper, available elsewhere 

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7 hours ago, Rallyman said:

We don’t buy fish from super market, when we lived in sans souci we had a brilliant fish / sea food shop all bought fresh direct from trawlers , same up here in hunter a chap buys off trawlers / boats from Newcastle. 
 

no complaints from me about super markets   I can buy everything I need I normally shop between Aldi and Woolworths. Wife goes to a new coles just built which is good , state of the art bakery you can watch them make all the doughs nothing pre made , a good deli section etc 

we have a local butcher producing good quality meat all sourced locally home grown. 
 

good and bad in both countries but no real complaints 

 

A lot of the bread at Tassie Coles/Woolies comes from a bakery which has been on the go here in Tassie since 1878.  It's delivered early every morning.

https://www.cripps.com.au/the-crippstory/

 

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The supermarkets in the UK are superior. The range of ready meals and convenience food is streets ahead. You can buy anything in a ‘supermarket’ including major electronics and clothing and make a day of it with a trip to a cafe etc. In terms of fresh food though I don’t think there’s much in it. 
I guess it’s a lifestyle thing. More people have a ‘day out’ at the shops in the UK, probably due to the generally poorer weather. It’s treated as an outing , something to do to pass the time rather than a chore. Here you run in and out as fast as possible because there’s not as much to keep you there and you’ve got better places to hang out.....

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A day out 😂

As if.

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8 hours ago, HappyHeart said:

The supermarkets in the UK are superior. The range of ready meals and convenience food is streets ahead. You can buy anything in a ‘supermarket’ including major electronics and clothing and make a day of it with a trip to a cafe etc. In terms of fresh food though I don’t think there’s much in it. 
I guess it’s a lifestyle thing. More people have a ‘day out’ at the shops in the UK, probably due to the generally poorer weather. It’s treated as an outing , something to do to pass the time rather than a chore. Here you run in and out as fast as possible because there’s not as much to keep you there and you’ve got better places to hang out.....

Ready meals and convenience food tells one all they need to know about British eating habits.  

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5 hours ago, s713 said:

A day out 😂

As if.

A lot of people both here and in the UK love to shop 'til they drop.  My SIL in Hertford is like that.  I will NEVER go shopping with her again.  😂  She can literally spend hours browsing then buying.  I just don't have the energy for it anymore   ..............  I never had even when a lot younger.  I was always the odd one out.  Mum, my sister and friends all enjoyed shopping - sometimes for hours but I missed out on that gene.  I'm not talking about supermarket shopping though -  mainly clothes and shoes.  I would spend hours in bookshops and record stores though.
 

 

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1 hour ago, Toots said:

A lot of people both here and in the UK love to shop 'til they drop.  My SIL in Hertford is like that.  I will NEVER go shopping with her again.  😂  She can literally spend hours browsing then buying.  I just don't have the energy for it anymore   ..............  I never had even when a lot younger.  I was always the odd one out.  Mum, my sister and friends all enjoyed shopping - sometimes for hours but I missed out on that gene.  I'm not talking about supermarket shopping though -  mainly clothes and shoes.  I would spend hours in bookshops and record stores though.
 

 

Can't stand shopping.

But I did tend to hang around the freezer aisle during the heat of a Perth summer day.

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