- So after a few weeks of wondering Tasmania and landing a job at Josef Chromy Winery, that’s a story for another post as we are still living out the truck. Soon we can update everyone on our wild, stupendous adventure that never has a dull moment. We have done twice private taco meals for awesome people we’ve met in Tasmania.
- Launceston has become our new home with amazing vibes. Tonight we’ll spread the Taco Love after making burritos for the staff at work.
- We have found Blue Maseca and made the throwback Medium Salsa from our Beach House Taco working days. Come join the happiness, love and most importantly good food.
- It was a success, have out 30 tacos in an hour just outside the Beer fest. Met some awesome people that led us to the pub and had a great night.
Just as the many months before, Work was main thing in life. It was getting closer to our retirement of work and needed to find a truck preferably a 4WD. After a quick look on Gumtree (Australia’s Craigslist), there was one just posted. A cruise through the neighborhood, we checked it out. It had everything we need, Rooftop Tent, Awning on the side, Spacious boot and a back seat. It was a great find so we agreed to purchase it. The owner needed it for another week, now we needed to sell our van. The second person to look at it was sold, one day we bought the truck and following day sold our van. A quick smooth transaction.
For our friend Ziggy’s birthday, we did a trial of our Food Truck goal. Cooked some beans, chopped up some Pico De Gallo, made Mexican rice and served as a taco with some tortillas. It was a success, everyone seemed to enjoy the food and were excited for us. A beautiful outdoor patio setup that Clo created. That night we met up with an Old Friend Mr. Fireball and it was surely tasty. The night was exquisite and all were happy for life.
A week or so later, we finally made it to another festival, Agathering. Originally suppose to be at the wonderful Litchfield National Park, later moved to Darwin Showgrounds, not the best but can’t complain to escape a bit of reality with others feeling the same. Enthusiastically, Ben and I decided to bring our Teepee with us. It went up smooth and our neighbors had a little mini one. All our flatmates made it to the festival and there we danced the days away. The first night we were gifted a natural unsuspecting shower from this beautiful Earth. Many with electronics in their pockets scattered to their cars and the rest just partied like it was 1969.
Two days more of work followed after the festival and that’s it. No more work. Needing to register our truck and with Western Australia being the best to do so in, we went there. A bit of Fuck It mentality and 900 KM away made it to the mechanic only to learn we failed the inspection and not believing it, we went to another mechanic to have the same result. It was a trip to see what our truck can do and an inspection of the minds. Now that we didn’t pass and wondering what to do, we drove 900 K’s back to Darwin. The scenery was unbelievable on the way, Boab trees that made your mouth drop. These Boab’s grow in very funky shapes. Drove though a Swirly Wirly a mini Tornado.
After our failed trip to Kununurra, moved to the flat of our friends Clo and Ziggy, also there the homie Marco and Lauren who were soon leaving travel Asia. Same as us, after a night there Marco dropped us off at the airport and off we were to Bali, Indonesia.
Arriving in the Denpasar Airport in Bali, midnight time we were swarmed by taxi drivers. The scene can be unreal, at times you have six people following you. A bit of ashamed because the airport had beautiful, lush plants and trees growing there. Eventually made it to our hostel and went to bed. The first days went out with my tour guide Ben who came back in May. Saw the small local booths and then walked to a ginormous shopping mall. Met up with Eddy, Ben’s workmate, consumed Bintang. Earth Cafe was recommended to us by Clo, so we went to see what it was about. Needing a taxi a guy in a scooter pulled over and gave us a ride, three people on a scooter, Funny Scene. We were overwhelmed with all the Vegan options we got five items and got stuffed halfway. To work it off, walked to the beach to find locals playing futbol, so we joined.
Later, that night our friends Egle and Hannah made it to the hostel. Its great to make friends whilst traveling and meeting up in different countries. The morning followed with a taxi ride to a temple with a beautiful coastline, next our Villa we rented for a few days. With many Vegan Cafe’s around, spoiled ourselves with eating out. We rented scooters and rode to the Monkey Forrest, these monkeys loved their banana and can take it from your pocket. Later, we rode to Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Extraordinaire, what these people can do.
So after 7 months or so we are back in Melbourne to ride the ferry over to Tasmania. We have celebrity Chef Andy from Germany working with us as we take on Chapel Street. Come and get tacos whilst they are warm.
Any Australians know where to get Maize/Maze Flour. Preferably a brand name MASECA, we need it running low.
Cooking for the good people of Southwest Rocks using fresh and local produce. Picked up some tomatos, chillies, and lettuce this morning courtesy of Bob and Booey from Stone head. They gave us all the ingriedients for free. Come and enjoy some tacos if you’re in the area.
Another Day, Another Dollar! July and August were spent working a lot. With the casino nearby we made our first of a couple stops there. The Sky City Casino was a small one compared to Chumash back home. Tally at the night; Audrey: -$30, Ben: -$5, Junior: +$185. Roulette, it’s the way to go and give love to the 0’s. Although Ben didn’t cash in at the casino, he scored working Greek Carnival employed by the same carnival family from a month before. He Georged his way, to getting us closer to goal of a Food Truck.
On what was my last day working at the restaraunt, all three,(Audrey, Ben and myself) agreed to go out in town. Ben and I stayed working until Midnight and wanted to visit the Casino instead. Along the way we picked up a
drunken Audrey, who proclaimed she can still ride her bicycle. And some how she was able to, For a while. A hard fall off the bike convinced her she was too happy off of life to do so. A nice couple gave us a lift with our bicycles and dropped us off at home. Ben became the doctor and I became a journalist.
When there was time to eat together, we still made bomb food. At last, we had a dinner party in the Tipi. Barbecued some vegies, beans, rice and fresh made tortillas a Mexican Feast. Great times, and our friend Alex played some amazing Folk Tunes with her Violin “Gloria“, I recall the name. It was simply amazing, the sound and feel she gives off.
All three of us asked for days to pay visit to Kakadu National Park. Spent 3 days there, that we’re simply spectacular. The Gunlom Falls was the top moment of the park. A quick hike there with a delicious watermelon in hand, we chose a little hideaway and exploring we went. The rocks were simply directing up the falls on the rock and though the water, found some beautiful swim holes and a wall of small new frogs. Another full moon on our trips, that lit up the park at night. Lately, as we go on trips its during the Full Moon Cycle. We’ve had quite a few while in the Outback, it has been keeping us from witnessing the Amazing Light Show Australia’s sky puts on.
Over the weeks and trips to
BCF, we gathered equipment for our food truck. We also learned same as a year to the date, we have to find a new flat. Audrey was able to score us our next home. A former Australian Tour Guide Adam, along with his friend Damo who did Jumping Croc Tours. Now that I(Junior) wasn’t working at Char, I did as before, collected the food from the cafe I worked and gave it out to the Hungry People. Not homeless because that I am. People simply have a look on their face and vibes they give off, that mean there’s hunger in the tummy. Also I knew where the backpackers were, Mindil Beach. At times, it was a full crate of sandwiches, bagels, muffins, cookies that simply get thrown away. That is the Sad Truth in the food business, but I want to change that. So I take whatever food is edible, that will be thrown away, and find it a home. People are dying of hunger, Don’t order more than you can eat.
The day we moved was a great FRESH start, new people, new vibes and a boat cruise from the Boss Lady of work. Ben and I, after moving all our stuff, 3 trips, went on “The Hangover Cruise II”. Fancy Dressed People but with some of my workmates, we made the best of it. Danced on the dance floor and tangoed with the waves as it made the boat rock. The party didn’t stop until Ben dropped to the grass floor.
Bare Sand Island, gave me one of the most beautiful moments in my life. This Island is home to Leatherback Turtles, who come and lay their eggs there. I along with Robbie, went on a cruise there to witness the mother turtles come up shore all the way to the Sand Dunes and lay their eggs. It’s Nature at its best! Seeing a few Moms lay the eggs and bury them I completely forgot of the ideal, those eggs Hatch. On the walk back a nest of turtles just hatched and were running to the Ocean. It was a race to Survive, and they were fast and cute. Aboard the boat, facing the horizon, witnessed the moon rise yet again. People talk about sunrises, I suggest watching a Moon Rise, its out of this world. Around this time, Ben finally got fed up with Char and learned the grass is definitely greener on the other side, especially in this situation.
The next month, we finally got the opportunity to all go on a cruise with Damo and Adam. Still drunk from the night before, woke up early to buy snacks and aboard the tour bus with the housemates. Along the way, there was a hitch hiker going East, we picked him up and took him on the tour. Off to see crocodiles at the Adelaide River, it was going back in time. Nothing around, merky brown water, hawks screeching and the scent of chicken brought the crocodiles to us. At one point, there was a 5 metre Croc, nearly as long as the boat. We followed it to the bank and there we got to see the size difference of this
Massive Beast. Some Red Rock face paint took place and away we went to swim at Berry Springs without crocodile infested water. With the others and the few things we bought, we cooked up some Magical Tasting Mushrooms, very colourful and tasty. If you Barbecue, you can never go wrong with marinated mushrooms. Chop up what ever vegetables, herbs you have, a little oil and spices, mix them in a bowl with the mushrooms. The longer they sit the better the taste. Now just pot them on the Barbie and let the heat do the rest of the job.
And another one bites the dust! It is now May, the Mindil Beach car park was our home. Taking showers at the public facilities that turned off every couple of minutes, water from the outdoor hose and most of all warm humid weather was the routine. With all the free time not spent hanging out the other locals, we started to look for jobs and flats. Our first day of looking for work, We found jobs together at a restaurant. It was the first place we left our CV’s, they invited of us for a trial for that night. Did two hours, easy stuff, at the end of the trial we were offered jobs. We took the job, little did we know we were in for a surprise. A week passed until we started work and every day we would see at least one flat, if not more. The last day of looking we had a choice to be in the town center or a flat with a Fuckin Tipi. Not an everyday thing and it’s huge three and a half metres in diameter, you could fit a dinning room table and more. Actually, present day August 8, we just set it up at our new home. (Story for another month)
Everything at this flat was cool just as the Tipi. Our room was downstairs of Granny Flat style house. The kitchen and other rooms were upstairs, passing the pool and a outdoor living area. The flatmates were Amelia from Austalia a journalist, Maggie Aussie also and a lawyer, Pier from Italy and worked with projection and video. Everyone worked different hours so it was normally a lonely house. The day we moved was actually a celebration we’ve been looking forward too, Cinco de Mayo! The year before was a Pachanga. Español for big party. This one was more chilled out as we unpacked and headed back to Mindil to celebrate with the others and teaching them the meaning of Cinco de Mayo. There was a market that day so the backpackers moved to the grass area. Under a beautiful Mangrove Tree we celebrated and waited until the market ended so we can score some free food.
The following week, explored Darwin, the flat, our minds as we waited to start work. The wait was over we STARTED working at Char Restaurant. The work was simple, seemed to be a good start. For Junior the third day I had off, so I went to town to find a morning job and something different. On the last stop by I was told they not hiring but Charlotte from the kitchen saw me and asked if I can cook, I laughed and said yes. The kitchen jobs just come easier, and later got a phone call to come in for a trial the following day. The trial was great, the VIBES there were exactly what I was looking for. Took the job and before headed to BALI, Ben found us a job at this random Carnival.
It was for 2 days and easy money Junior worked at the most exciting ride and Ben worked at the little Tea Cups. Watched a great documentary and dropped Benito off at the airport, this left me with my own room for 3 weeks for the First time in my life. Was strange, first days were nice but then it got lonely as no one was ever home.
After training at both jobs for about a week or so, the life of No Life started. I never calculated my hours of both jobs together because it would have made me nuts, at least 70 and at times over 80 hours a week. Ben later did the same. Its a sacrifice we did to earn money to accomplish our goal of starting a FOOD TRUCK PHTOSYNTHESIZE. Working in Darwin, we started using a bicycle more often and was glad to not drive.
WATCH RACING EXTICTION! Great film about everything and how we should start looking for ways to preserve this BEAUTIFUL Planet we call HOME. EARTH, you don’t have to be a tree hugger just considerate, being more positive and thoughtful, know of the damage you are doing. Turn the lights off if you are not using, unplug electronics when not using especially phone chargers, less plastics, aim to eat meat once in a while, recycle as much as possible, don’t litter and ask to others, What are you doing to help save the Earth?.
Peace, Love and Happiness