Remembering Drinks Down Under

This evening as I am teaching a virtual course in Australia I am thinking of a post I wrote four years ago during a physical trip there.

Tonight as I pack for my return home I decided to share a few of the drinks that I have been enjoying while Down Under.

australia, solo, soft drink, foodOne of the first things I did when I arrived was go grocery shopping so that I would have food in my apartment. See: Australian Apartment

One of the things I bought was a nice big bottle of Solo. This is one of my favorite soft drinks as it has a nice lemon taste with a bit of a bite.

Solo, Lemon Soft Drink, Australia, Drinks Down UnderI would usually drink a can of Solo each day while teaching. It was sometimes two a day in the second week as the vending machine was right outside the classroom.

I really like this wonderful Australian drink.

Lift Soda, Australia, Solo competitionThere is also a competing soda called Lift. I would rather have Solo, but they both taste good.

Bundaberg, Ginger Beer, Australian DrinksI also had to try some Bundaberg Ginger Beer. This is the best Ginger Beer that I have tasted. I was looking for their Root Beer, but didn’t realize until just now that I have seen it under a different name. Here it is marketed as Sarsaparilla.

In the background of the picture you can see a tea pot. Of course, I have been making tea every day in my apartment.

Pot of tea, Thai RestaurantI also had tea with my meals when we had our Australian Thai Dinner and also at our Australian Course Dinner.

I have also bought a few types of tea to take home with me, but you will learn about them in some future posts.


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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (ראש השנה) began at sunset.

Apples and Honey, Apple Slices, Rosh HaShanah, Jewish New Year, Food Traditions

What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah means “Head of the Year” in Hebrew and is the Jewish New Year.

Now we have the confusing part. Rosh Hashanah falls in the month of Tishrei which is the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. How is it the New Year?

The Jewish calendar starts with the month of Nissan which is the time of year when the Jews were freed from Egypt. However, it is believed that Tishrei is when God created the world.

Now does it make sense as to why Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year?

Apples, Druze, Golan Heights, Syrian Border, Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New YearIt is traditional to eat apples with honey on Rosh Hashanah. In the picture above you see boxes of apples that are for sale in the Golan Heights. I am sure that the both the shops and roadside vendors did a large business in both apples and honey this past week.

Druze, Syrian Border, Golan Heights, Apple Sales, Honey, Apple Jelly, Scenic Overlook, Rosh HaShanah, Jewish New YearHere you see a Druze man selling apples and honey at a scenic overlook along the Syrian border. There are many Druze that live in the Golan Heights area and they are known for the apples that they grow. Of course honey production goes along with orchards.

Visit my post, Looking into Syria, to find out more about the Druze.

Honey Comb, Flowing with Milk and Honey, Tiberias, Breakfast

I also wrote a post about honey in Israel. Click on: Flowing with Honey

Apples and honey are eaten on Rosh Hashanah to express the desire for a sweet new year. The apples are cut into slices and then dipped into honey.

Pomegranate Jelly, Pomegranate, Seeds, Jelly, Cooking, CanningOther foods eaten for Rosh Hashanah include round loaves of challa bread, honey cakes, fish and pomegranates.

Happy New Year to all my Jewish friends!


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