Cara certainly outdid herself with the spread that included individual coffee cups, water bottles and a Tim Tam wrapped with a cranberry candy cane. The evergreen centerpiece was dotted with tiny Australian flags.When the rest of the brunchers arrived Cara let us know we could choose anything off the Brekky menu and that they'd be starting off our meal with a Vegemite toast basket.I was super pumped to try Vegemite. And yes, Men At Work "Down Under" lyrics were absolutely ringing through my head. He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich.....It wasn't as bad as they say it is! Though the vessel of thick slabs of sourdough toast definitely helped its cause. Vegemite is a salty "concentrated yeast spread" that is as much a part of Australian culture as Kangaroos and Koalas. I was not about to take a tub of the Kraft product home, but I am certainly glad I got to try it and did eat two pieces of the savory toast!Some of the other brunchers Brekky choices included:Herbed Potato Rosti w/ slow roasted tomato, bacon & topped with a fried egg. Sweet Corn Fritters w/ bacon, avocado & arugula. I chose the Croque Madame. The classic grilled sandwich oozed melty provolone cheese from its thick crispy sourdough bread walls. Lined with smoked ham, topped with an immaculate fried egg and a dusting of fresh herbs, breakfast Aussie style did not disappoint.
As if we weren't sufficiently stuffed, Cara followed our entrees with a surprise round of sausage rolls.
I topped mine like they do in the land down under, with ketchup of course!The locally produced sausage is mixed with fresh herbs and a secret ingredient, which I am assuming gives it that melt in your mouth quality. Never before and most likely never again will you hear me describe sausage as "melt in your mouth", but that is the honest to gods truth. The envelope of a flaky doughy puff pastry aided in this feat while the ketchup added a contrasting element of cold to the piping hot roll. Lastly, we sampled the Sticky Date Pudding w/ vanilla ice cream & butterscotch sauce. Sweet was a lust worthy factor after a meat heavy meal of smokey bacon, ham and sausage. The warm date pudding was delivered bathing in butterscotch. When topped with a scoop of cool vanilla ice cream, the combination rounded out the meal in perfect harmony.If you live in Boston and have long been wondering what Southie has to offer by way of visit-worthy eats, look to KO Catering & Pies at 87 A Street. Likewise, if you've visited Australia and have been lusting over Tim Tams and Vegemite ever since, you can be guaranteed to get your fix here.
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