Saturday, January 18, 2014
Tingalpa is where it's at!
Tingalpa has long been one of Brisbane's lowliest suburbs -- notable only as a place you pass through on your way to the seaside at Wynnum.
But a miracle has happened. Tingalpa now hath all that the heart desires, as Dr Johnson might have said.
It started with the IGA. The IGA is a small supermaket that is much more convenient to get around than the huge Coles and Woolworths stores. And it seems to have lots of good things and a friendly staff.
And it all took off from there. It now even has a Sushi train. And that, I think, is a prime marker of being in tune with modern international civilization. Japan has lessons for us all.
And the Chinese bakery there is marvellous -- with bread like you had forgotten was possible -- and the Indian there does a Lahori curry that beats any other curry I have tasted. And I have eaten curries in India (plus Sydney and London).
And the latest thing is that they now have a Mexican there ("Chidos"). Anne and I went there last night and it was very good Mexican. And, at the risk of being boring, I have tasted Mexican in Mexico.
Plus they have a Thai etc etc.
But they do have a very strange Australian bottleshop there. If you knock on his door a few minutes after he has closed (at 7pm!)in order to buy liquor from him, he won't open his door. Indians and Chinese would regard him as a very strange creature. I do too.
I suspect that he may be Scottish. Scots can get very rigid about their customs. And I speak as someone who wears the kilt on occasions! And I have been to Scotland three times. I have even done research there. See here.