Friday, 26 September 2008

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rita, as always you are looking much too far into the future.

Tomorrow, yes tomorrow, we have the celebration of everything Australian.

So get out those gourmet savaloys and pies with sauce!


You did have a picture of a pie on these very pages in the good old days so get the blue and white or yellow and brown gear on and have a great time!



P

Rita said...

P - wash your mouth out! As if I, Hobart's original footy heretic, would join the rest of you in 'celebration' of the last footy match of the year!! Remember my post from Grand Final day last year? I celebrated the fact that I had the supermarket to myself all Sat afternoon! I loved the peace and tranquillity I was left in to shop unhindered! It was bliss - and so I expect it to be so tomorrow again!
I won't be breaking out the meat pies and snags. I'll be doing the first of my Christmas shopping, combined with my supermarketing.
But you go and have a good one P!

Anon2 said...

Fair suck of the sav. Bloody unorsetralian if you don't burn some chops and snags and suck down a slab or three on the greatest day of the year.

Christina said...

I do celebrate this final day of football. It means I wont have to give up my cooking shows for a whole 4 months or so every weekend, Friday nights I can get my Gordon Ramsay fix without having to fight for it. Sundays belong to Phil and I again instead of running around after footy playing son. It's also a good excuse to myself for eating 4 party pies and a couple of sausage rolls.
So celebrate one and all! Footy season is finally over!
Luckily we are not into cricket!!!

Forde Montgomery said...

There are few things more enjoyable than a nice Grand Final day afternoon at the shops/K&D/etc. It's like a public holiday all to yourself.

Rita said...

I know, I know Anon2 & Christina! I'm more than happy to admit to being un-Australian. Bad luck for you guys that I still am, due to being born here! But GF day means absolutely nothing to me. I didn't even know it was happening till my northern counterpart asked me in Launceston yesterday what I was doing to celebrate on Saturday. He had me there! Celebrate what, I asked in all innocence. I think he would have struck me if he didn't love me so much!
So, yes, I'm with Forde here - GF day is my public holiday all to myself, which I'm most happy to share with the few left in town not glued to their tele's - like Food Kitty.

Anonymous said...

I think we all can agree that tomorrow is indeed a celebration day for everybody, for whatever reason, what a great idea!

Its so much better than Xmas, you can't possibly go to the supermarket then!

P

Anonymous said...

By the way,
Go the Hawks!! It would be unTasmanian to support anybody else.

P

Rita said...

God! I only just realised the reason you're all getting so excited about this GF! It's the Hawks that are the Tassie team, right?
Shit - all this sporty stuff just goes right over my head!
Now I see why you're all accusing me of being unAustralian, or unTasmanian!
Anyway, whatever...it still means zilch to me, but I hope for those who wish it, that the Hawks win. Although, given the choice of picking a pet, I'd go for the cat every time, and not the hawk!

Anonymous said...

Rita, you had a picture of a pie in this blog, a gobbler pie no less.

Having been a lurger for a time it perhaps was when I realised that you possibly might know what you were talking about.

So tomorrow is the day when you have to join the rest of us and knock a couple off.

No more of this pretend non sporty, non pie stuff!



P (for pie)

Anon2 said...

Truth is, Rita, I'm no more interested in the footy than you are, though I got roped into the BBQ rituals of the day for many years as all my friends were fanatical about the game. In recent years I've made my lack of interest more known and I'm staying at home today, though Mon insists that I turn the telly on and fire up the BBQ. My concession to proper food will be a rocket, pear, blue cheese and walnut salad. Who's playing?

Rita said...

Anon2 - I believe it's 2 teams called Hawks and Cats, but that's as close as I'll get to sport!
Love the idea of the salad though. Does that go well with the burnt snags?
P for pie - yes, I have had a few pics of pies on this blog. I'm a bit of a pie lover, so always on the lookout for a good one. Gobbler provided me with a few at one stage to review, which I didn't do at the time, for a few reasons. I took pics of them, and published them here. Also his gorgeous Pot pie which he currently has on the menu at RVL (although he tells me he'll soon be having a more Spring-time menu on so I must pop back there before it changes). If someone offers me a decent pie - any time or anywhere - I'll pig into it, whether it's GF day or not. But I'm off out for lunch today with the girls, and we're having soup and garlic bread, and finishing up with some Apple and Nut Muffins which I've just taken out of the oven. I'd be fine with burnt snags or pie though. Invite me round to yours and I'll be in it with you!

kitty said...

Hi Rita, here I am avoiding the football and catching up on all the to do list; including reading blogs.
Another "do" was to book the last Monday night special menu at the Boathouse - this coming one - and was told (rather snippily I thought) that my table of seven couldn't be accommodated. Ouch! Booking two days ahead used to be OK. Suppose it's good for them they are full though. I'll try harder next time
Still, I suppose it encourages us to go somewhere different.
Still, back to reading al the back entries I've missed out on. Need somewhere interesting to eat in Melbourne.
Ps we went to On the Inlet and Harrisons last week. Both suited really well. :)

kitty said...

PSS going to Novaro's on Tuesday - looked at the menu on the web - looks fab - steak tartare welldone for me thanks!

Anonymous said...

Rita, I promise that this will be the last time I mention the football!

What we saw today was a tribute to benchmarking, planning and then a total team effort with everybody working to the same goal.

As with any fine restaurant there were some experienced staff holding the place together, but what was exciting was the contribution by some of the young waiters. Maurice Rioli was a stand out. An absolute genius!

There are so many messages for the hospitality and training industries on the field and, one day you must sit down and watch and then spread the word!

As with all good restaurants the place was full, 100,000 main courses served.


P

Rita said...

Yay Kitty - great to hear from you, and glad you got to Harrisons & On the Inlet. Would love to chat to you about your meals there. Mr Bok escaped from the meeting I saw him at (to catch the plane to Port Douglas) before I could add more suggestions to your potential dining list.
Pisser about Cornelian Bay too. Never mind. I'll be interested in your meal at Novaros. If Sarah (owner) serves you, please be sure to say hi from me.
P - do I take it your team won? Love your restaurant analogy. Somehow I never put restaurants and footy together but you did it so well. 100,000 main courses sounds like a goodly number - hope they all got as much out of it as you did.
Now let's bring on Christmas!

Anonymous said...

No No No, Christmas is not next!


The next big event is at Bathurst. I haven't thought of the restaurant analogy yet but it is an event of measured consumption.

just take a look at what the new rules are up on the mountain!

Each adult race enthusiast will be able to BYO alcohol into the campgrounds provided they only bring one of the following items into the campgrounds each day:

* One case (24 cans) of full-strength beer; OR
* One block (36 cans of light or mid-strength beer (3.5% alcohol content or less); OR
* One case (up to 24 cans) of pre-mixed drinks (6% alcohol content or less); OR
* One cask of wine (up to four litres).

A combination of these items is not allowed.

See a BYO event, again all booked out, you just need to get the gig to charge corkage.

Christmas is later on in the year, I'm not sure who are playing but I bet there will be a few fights in the final quarter.


P

no/red/for/me said...

what!! bloody hell xmas already. I thought we just finished this xmas.Where did the year go? Anyway next fun time is Halloween. I LOVE dressing up(in my own house of course)hey Rita you should come over for our halloween party you know where I am!!

Rita said...

Hi NRFM - When's Halloween?

Rita said...

PS P you're one big revhead, and I refuse to acknowledge Bathurst as an 'event' on the scale of Christmas! You are really baiting me!

Christina said...

I'm beginning to think that P is for Phil. P you sound just like my husband.
As children we always thought Bathurst was Father's day.
Dad would be up early in front of the telly, Mum would be in the kitchen preparing the roast for lunch, that we were actually allowed to eat on our knees in the lounge room. Every now and then we'd bring Dad a beer as "driving is thirsty work".
I now feel I've come full circle.
Phil gets up so early and is in pole position in the lounge room with surround sound blaring. I'm in the kitchen making sausage rolls and such, delivering beer as required because "driving is thirsty work". Talk about growing up and marrying someone just like your father!
Oh well luckily as far as I'm concerned they don't come much better than my Dad.
So is P really for Pie?

Anonymous said...

Kitty & Rita

Ate at Novaro's on friday night - food was very good indeed. Not what I would describe as adventurous food but good french/italian food. Nice surroundings, tables are close together but they need to make their money.
Wines reasonably priced likewise the food. The service was relaxed but formal. This place is very well run and front of house service leaves most Hobart places for dead.

Do book as it is small and intimate.

CoolRoom.

Rita said...

Agree with you CR. The difference in the service between Novaro's and many other places is huge. If I were a restaurant owner or manager I could do a lot worse than popping up to Lonny to check out the dining scene up there, incorporating a meal at Novaro's into that visit.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments Christina, Your father and indeed Phil sound like great guys! Celebrate them!

Rita, you have a problem with the scale of Bathurst vs Christmas. Take another look at the alcohol consumption requirements. Looks pretty much the same to me, but Bathurst goes for many more days and Christmas has more variation!

CR, please refer to Rita's new entry on the Global meltdown and growing your own vegies.
None of us can possibly justify a trip to Launceston anymore just for a meal however good. Unless of course we get the train running again. And so we should.


P

Tassiegal said...

There was a GF yesterday? Oh dear! Might explain why I didnt have to wait for breakky at Pidgeon Hole and town was deserted, but Bunnings for some reason was heaving.