• Happy Pi Day! Discovering Australian Meat Pies

    I couldn’t resist it, I had to celebrate National Pi Day at Pie-Not, the Aussie Style Bakery in Costa Mesa. It had been a while since I sampled these savory meat pies. And today, being March 14th, Pi Day (as in the mathematical pi not the baked good), the Dog’s Eye was on sale for $3.14. But of course. I have fond memories of visiting Australia some years ago and I do remember eating some meat pies and discovering the coffee-deliciousness of flat whites (lattes) over there. The guys behind Pie-Not are Jai Snowdon, originally from the Gold Coast of Australia, and Ryan Lopiccolo, of Newport Beach, California. The partners’…

  • Music Monday: Indie Rock Bands from Down Under

    I’m back to posting Music on Mondays. Here’s a playlist that I’ve been working on for a while. There are only a few songs but I do enjoy them. If you haven’t figured it out yet, they are all from Australian bands. I have fond memories of visiting Australia. And I even remember friends debating the virtues of Sydney vs. Melbourne (much like New York vs. Los Angeles), but it’s all good. Each coast is different but all lovely. I wonder why no Australian band has made it really big in America. I mean, Hollywood goes gaga over the Aussies… Hello, Hugh Jackman, the late Heath Ledger and now the…