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An Australian in the Outback

Nigel from Australia is traveling again. He’s in northern D.C. right now. I met him for dinner last night. Last time, we just drove randomly down some roads hoping to find a restaurant and ended up in a noisy sports bar. After an internet search, this time we went to Outback Steakhouse, because how funny is that?

Nigel said the restaurant wasn’t as bad as he expected. Their martinis were just okay, according to Nigel, who is a gin aficionado. I really dislike gin, which came as a great surprise to him. I think gin tastes like pine trees. Anyway, the food items on the menu were pretty straightforward. I did have to explain a few things to him: they don’t actually serve bloomin’ onions in Australia.

We had some fun conversation about websites, then some deep conversation about evil in the world, then some strawberry waffles for dessert. It was a good time. Nigel gave me an Australian Slang Dictionary, so I’ll have to start working on sounding like an Australian. “I’m a Yank chalkie, mate.”

There was an Australia-shaped wall hanging in the entryway that Nigel had a good laugh about. We took our picture in front of it:
He lives where that tree is... just above the sailboat at the bottom.


  1. Lauren

    Welcome back to the U.S., Nigel! Good on ya! (I peeked at an online slang dictionary.)

    Let’s hear it for Outback Steakhouse, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u2ce4tVP00 I wasn’t even aware that they served martinis there, although it’s been about a decade since I’ve been to one.

  2. Lloyd

    I had strawberry waffles for desert on Sunday. That is the strangest thing in the whole world.

  3. Michele

    The reason I LIKE gin is because it tastes like pine trees!
    I’ll have a gin and tonic with a lime squeeze mate!

  4. Nigel

    I knew that dictionary would be a pain. What’s a chalkie???
    Excellent to meet you again buddy, apologies for not replying to this sooner but have only just got to the computer.
    Hope to see you again soon. Even if you have no taste in liquor. Gin is one of the Foods of the Gods.
    My take on the night’s events are here

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