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AIR CONDITIONER. On wheels. Evaporater. $85. Collingwood. 9416 4434. J-M✸

FOWLERS bottling outfit. Electric. 100 jars, lids, clips, books, etc. Free to someone who lost their’s in fire. Pick up in Eltham. Free. 9439 5805. J-M✸

PIANO. Electronic. Casio CDP 100. 88 weighted keys. Complete with stand, stool damper pedal, music stand, carry bag, user’s guide. New cond. $500. Hampton East. 9555 2552. J-M✸

SUNBEAM Cafe Series Food Processor. New. Still in box. Cost more than $400. Sell $200. Ringwood. 9870 6614. J-M✸

UHF RADIO. As new. $200. Bundoora. 9467 4410.J-M✸

WET SUIT. Black. Long sleeve jump suit. Nike. Size: Small. GC. $50. Warrandyte. 9844 2539. J-M✸

TRAILER. All steel with canopy, lights. $450. Bundoora. 9467 4410.J-M✸



ARCH LEVER Files. Large. Mint Condition. Box of 30. $25. Surrey Hills. 0419 538 015. J-M✸ _____________________________________________________

BABY ’S Porta Cot Bruin Brand. Folds up. Large pocket at end for baby’s nappy wipes, etc. Navy and white on wheels. VGC. $50 neg. Reservoir. 9462 6294. J-M✸


BARBECUE. 4 burner. 9kg bottle. Hinged Black Hood Cover. As new. $70. Burwood. 0401 532 128. J-M✸


BED. Single. Timber Bedhead, strong spring base. Mattress, as new condition with extras, sheets, mattress protector, electric blanket, pillows, etc. Ready for use. Viewing will please. Spare room use only. GC. $150. Glen Waverley. 9803 1758. J-M✸ _____________________________________________________

BIKE SHIRT. Ventouroad. Blue. Large size. new, with tags. $40. Kilsyth. 9761 9587. J-M✸


BINOCUL ARS. Zeiss Conquest 10x30. Pristine condition. SZelling due to failing eyesight. $100. Oremond. 9578 2134. J-M✸


BUDGIES. Different colours. Toorak. 0401 621 609.J-M✸


CHAIN SAW. Electric. VGC. $60. Collingwood. 9416 4434. J-M✸ _____________________________________________________

CONCRETE MIXER. Lightburn. Hand operated wheelbarrow type. Efficient, easy to use. $100. Hampton East. 9555 2552. J-M✸


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FISH TANK and stand. Pump. Filters. Light. Rocks. 900 x 35mm. VGC. $95. Wallan. 0437 938 199. J-M✸ _____________________________________________________

FISHING GEAR. 12 ft Surf Rod with Jarvis Walker Reel and Case. Also more fishing collection hooks, sinkers, etc. $60. Malvern East. 9571 0660. J-M✸


FISHING STOOL. Rambler. Aluminium Anoidsed FoldUp. Lightweight. New. Suitable for all occasions. $45. Bentleigh East. 9579 1857. J-M✸


FORD LTD DL/1998 Sparkling Burgundy 5 Litre V8 engine. Low kms. 53,205 km. Smartlock keyless entry. C/Control. A/ Bags. Radio/Cass. 6 stack CD player. Electric adjustable F/seats. Interior trim. Cappuccino and Howie leather seats. Towbar and kept in garage. VGC. $14,000 ONO. Ferntree Gully. 9758 2942. J-M✸ _____________________________________________________


FRIDGE. Small. VGC. $55. Collingwood. 9416 4434. J-M✸


FREEZER. Hisense Frost Free. 176 lt. EC. $450. Ashwood. 9807 5447. J-M✸


GAS BOTTLE. Half-filled. Large. Refilled twice. $35 ONO. Surrey Hills. 0413 087 327. J-M✸


GOLF BUGGY GEAR. Electric. Needs battery. $50. Williamstown. 9397 5582.J-M✸


GOLF CLUBS. Newton. Full set. Complete with bag and Dunlop wood. GC. $25. Kilsyth. 9761 9587. J-M✸


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JAYCO P:op-Top 15’ 1986 Side Kitchen, 3-way fridge, two single beds, one double tall cupboard, front dining, new slide, awning, fully resealed, roof, mains pressure water, new spare tyre. Reg July 2012. Towing hitch. GC. $8500. Pakenham. 041`2 294 452. J-M✸ _____________________________________________________

KAMBROOK Steamer. Still in box. New. $30. Ashwood. 9807 5447. J-M✸


LADDER. Extension. VGC. $80. Oakleigh. 9544 0208. J-M✸ _____________________________________________________

MANTLE RADIO. Astor Valve mdoel. $200. Bundoora. 9467 4410. J-M✸


REPCO Exercise Bike. HP. 5209. Ergometer. Mk III. Plus manual book. GC. $80. Oakleigh. 9544 0208. J-M✸


ROTARY HAMMER DRILL. American made. Plus 9½ unchg angle grinder. $200. Bundoora. 9467 4410.J-M✸


ROWING EXERCISE MACINE. $50. Bundoora. 9467 4410. J-M✸


SECURITY TELEPHONE. No rental. New, in box. $150. Bundoora. 9467 4410.J-M✸


STOVE. Gas. Chef. 70cm Wide. Big oven, clean, GC. $175. Vermont. 9873 3504. J-M✸




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VACUUM CLEANER. Upright model. New. $90. Bundoora. 9467 4410. J-M✸

VIDEO Cassette Recorder. National. GC. $20. Bundoora. 9467 4410.J-M✸


WALKER. 4 wheels. Hand brakes. Padded seat and shopping basket. As new. $50. Burwood. 0401 532 015. J-M✸



TV with built-in video. Plus box top videos LG, as new. $50 ONO. Surrey Hills. 0413 087 327. J-M✸


TV. Digital set-up box. New. $35. Collingwood. 9416 4434. J-M✸


TV ANTENNA. High gain digital and analogue. $50. Bundoora. 9467 4410. J-M✸


WANTED MOTORCYCLES Wanted. Dead or alive. Anything considered. Private retired every day rider will travel, collect and pay cash. Any make, any model, any area. Call Robert, 0418 170 627. If I don’t answer I am on the bike and will call back. J-M✸ _____________________________________________________



WANTED: Contacty details for Darul Hooper, son of the late Max Hooper, former Chief Engineer 3DB, a close colleague of my father Rudolph Buring, also an electronics engineer. - Harry Buring, Reservoir, 9470 1373. J-M✸


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Observer Readers’ Club The Way We Were 100 Years Ago Malvern Standard Saturday, May 25, 1912 Assault on A Constable Frederick Ponting was charged at Prahran Court on Monday with using obscene language, making use of insulting words, and assaulting Constable Sicherdick. The latter stated that on Friday night he had occasion to speak to defendant and another man who was with him. Both threatened to “lay him out’ with a bottle of beer. Constable Millen came up; and arrested defendant. Witness had hold of the other man. and defendant suddenly struck bim a violent blow with his fist. Wit tess fell to the ground, and his prisoner escaped. Constable Miden stated that if he had not arrived Constable Sickerdick would have had a very bad time. Defendant said he did not remember much of the occurrence The bench said they had previously given warning that assaults on the police woull be severely dealt with. On the first charge defendant was fined 40/- or 14 days, on the second charge £5 or a month, and for assaulting the constable £10 or three months. Widening Chapel Street The question of widening Chapel St. again came before the Prahran Coun cil on Monday last, when a recommendation by the finance committee that a sub committee be appointed to consider and report upon the matter was adopted. The cost of such an idea of widening the street is estimated at something like £2,500,000, which is enormous, and seems at first sight as being an impossible and ridiculous expense to incur; but if councillors are prepared to give their time to consider such a gigantic proposal, nobody can object to them taking on such a heavy task, fruitless as it may appear, and it will be particularly interesting to hear what report they will bring before the council.

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Life’s Lessons

Reader Recipes

■ Never take the ones you love for granted. Forever isn’t always as long as you think.


Word Of The Week ■ Ulotrichous (aqdj.) - having tightly-curled hair.

Quote Of The Week ■ “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” - Anatole France

● Peking Duck

Makes: 20 Ingredients 2 x 1.6kg whole ducks (see note) 1 lemon, sliced Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20) Your stubborn streak is very prominent at this time and you may find yourself in too 1/4 cup (90g) honey much of a dominant or aggressive mood. Solve this. Talk to the source of your worry, not 20 Peking duck pancakes (see note) third parties. 6 spring onions, finely shredded Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21) 1/2 telegraph cucumber, seeds removed, cut into Business opportunities are in abundance throughout the weekend but especially so through thin batons social links that you've made. For once you can believe the offers you're hearing. Wear Hoisin sauce, to serve yellow for luck in love tonight. 1/4 cup (60ml) dark soy sauce Gemini (May 22 - June 21) Emotional unsettlement which has been rife recently becomes less and less. By the time 150ml Chinese rice wine (shaohsing) (see note) this weekend is over you will be much more settled and happy. You've finally put a Method Rinse the ducks well with cold water then pat dry distance between yourself and bad influences. with paper towel. Set aside. Cancer (June 22 - July 23) This is a really good time to make plans for achieving a long standing personal ambition. Place the lemon in a pan with the honey, soy sauce, Go ahead with confidence as the stars are in your favour and communication skills are rice wine and 2 cups (500ml) water over mebetter than ever. dium heat, stirring to dissolve the honey. Increase Leo (July 24 - Aug 23) heat to medium-high and bring to the boil. ReDespite unfavourable circumstances you should be able to push ahead with an important duce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or project if you make a special effort. Don't be tempted to give up as problems can be until slightly reduced. Remove from heat, cool overcome with imagination. slightly, then baste the ducks with the mixture Virgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23) Someone you meet at this time seems destined to play an important part in your life several times until well coated. although you may not realise it at the time. You have the opportunity to help someone Place the ducks on a baking tray and leave uncovered in the fridge overnight to dry out the skin. tonight. Accept the challenge. The next day, preheat the oven to 220°C. Libra (Sept 24 - Oct 23) New romantic opportunities come your way. Relatives may be a little more troublesome Place the ducks on a wire rack set over a large than usual but try to be more tolerant. In matters of finance, double check all incomings roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with 3cm boiland outgoings. Mistakes are likely. ing water (this will prevent the fat from splutterScorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22) ing in the pan). Roast the ducks for 15 minutes. Home affairs are highlighted and you find yourself having to take the blame for some- Reduce temperature to 180°C and roast for a furthing you didn't do in order to help a close one save face. Make sure you know where to ther 1 hour and 10 minutes or until duck is cooked draw the line. through and skin is very crispy. Remove the ducks Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21) The way you feel about your life has been highlighted by recent pressures and demands from the oven and stand for 10 minutes. on your time and energy. Things are, and will continue to get better. Believe in yourself. Meanwhile, heat the pancakes according to the packet instructions. I do. Carve the duck, then serve with the pancakes, Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20) A new plan seems attractive in theory but may not be quite so easy to put into practice. spring onions, cucumber and hoisin, and let evThis is a good time for cementing relationships with friends and family. Be the first to eryone roll their own. make the effort. Notes Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19) Begin this recipe a day ahead. Whole ducks are Your recent hard work could be rewarded in a most unexpected way. Keep your plans available from butchers and poultry shops. Chiflexible as unexpected changes are indicated and you may have to alter your schedule at nese rice wine (substitute dry sherry) and Peking the last minute. duck pancakes are from Asian food shops. Pisces (Feb 20 - March 20) Add a little more affection in your relationship with close ones. To say you've been a bit Keep warm this winter with our selection of casdistant of late is an understatement. Making the effort to show you want to spend time seroles, slow cooker recipes, soup recipes and pasta bakes. with them pays dividends.

Your Stars with Christina La Cross

FAX: 1-800 231 312 E-MAIL: editor@

■ Wednesday, May 23. Tennis player John Newcombe was born in 1944 (68). 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes was born in 1956 (56); hapy birthday Beth. ■ Thursday, May 24. Actor Brian Wenzel is 83 (1929); he starred in A Country Practice. Bob Dylan is 71; see Di Rolle’s column on Page 10. Kiwi-born Allison Durban is 62 (1950). Businesswoman Poppy King is 40 today. Radio man Andy Lee (Fox) is 31 (1981). ■ Friday, May 25. Happy birthday to Melbourne entertainer Matt Hetherington. Lynn Thorpe, widow of Billy, has a birthday today. Touring car driver Kevin Bartlett is 72 (1940). Actress Jacki Weaver is 65 (1947). ■ Saturday, May 26. Newspaper publisher Hartley Higgins is 68. TV creative Ernie Carroll, creator of Ossie Ostrich, is 83 (1929). ■ Sunday, May 27. Radio man Barry Bissell is 65 today; he was born in Swan Hill. Tennis player Pat Cash was born in Melbourne in 1965 (47). ■ Monday, May 28. Radio and footy man Gary Pert is 47 (1965). ■ Tuesday, May 29. Melbourne radio and TV veteran Pete Smith is 73. Presenter Myf Warhurst was born in Portland in 1974 (38).


● Lisa Carbone ■ It all adds up! A big Aussie cheerio to Associate Professor Lisa Carbone of Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Lisa, of Piscataway, New Jersey, is an online reader of the Observer. The Melbourne-born maths specialist is an alumni of Harvard, Yale and Columbia Universities.

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Places To Go

Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - Page 41

Travel Extra

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Travel Extra

Norfolk Island: FORRESTER COURT This unpretentious five star property exudes rest and tranquillity. It is truly a paradise of extraordinary natural beauty. Forrester Court cottages are positioned on the cliff's edge with views overlooking Cascade Bay and beyond to Bird and Elephant Rock.

T: 0011 6723 22838 W: E: Tariff: from $450 per cottage night includes airport transfers, fully insured car and breakfast basket.

The cottages are beautifully appointed with absolute cliff top frontage and stunning views to the South Pacific. They are self- contained and fully serviced; cottages have all the comforts of a 'home away from home', perfect for those seeking the privacy and convenience of self-catering, with the option of dinner prepared by our in- house chef, who prides herself on sourcing fresh seasonal produce to create an unforgettable dining experience.

These holiday cottages are located on 16 sub-tropical acres, yours to share with no more than 8 guests. An intimate, familyowned eco property; alive with native birds, where spectacular waterfalls can be seen from the property after the rains, pouring over the cliffs of cascade Bay above the old whaling station. Relax on the bench overlooking Cascade and watch the Whales frolic in the Bay truly world-class Forrester Court provides the perfect backdrop to begin exploring Norfolk Island. Discover countless activities in our Island's pristine marine playground, lush hinterlands and rich historical tapestry. Come and be rejuvenated as soon as you touch down it is no wonder Forrester Court has earned accolades from past guests the world over.

Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - Page 43

Travel Extra

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Travel Extra

Currumbin Sands Apartments

Stay 4, Pay for 3 Nights Stay 7, Pay for 5 Nights May - until June 24 Currumbin Sands holiday apartments are uniquely positioned on absolute beachfront at Palm Beach adjacent to the Currumbin Estuary. There are no roads to cross to the beach and here you can relax and enjoy the ultimate Gold Coast accommodation holiday apartment on the beachfront. At Currumbin Sands you can surf the local point break at the Alley, watch the kids swim in the calm waters of the creek, fish along the quiet river bank, walk barefoot together along the ocean beach and make lasting memories. The Currumbin Sands resort itself enjoys a very high repeat booking rate with loyal guests coming back year after year. This family friendly three story complex offers generous 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartment sizes with a variety of pool, garden, river or beach views from each individual apartment. Guests have key access to the private

Fact File NAME: Currumbin Sands Apartments ADDRESS: 955 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach, Qld 4221 PHONE: (07) 5525 5000 FAX: (07) 5525 5099 CONTACT: Sherryl Stack WEB: E-MAIL: grounds, the secure onsite parking underground, and to two separate swimming pool areas. The buildings are all set in tropical landscaped gardens features waterfalls and a brook.

Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - Page 45

Travel Extra

Charlton Luxury Apartments Hervey Bay, Queensland

Welcome to The Charlton Luxury Apartments in beautiful Hervey Bay (pronounced “Harvey Bay”) on the Fraser Coast, one of Australia’s most stunning locations. Located in Torquay on the Esplanade with just a short stroll to many restaurants and shops, with safe sandy beaches just across the road. Come and enjoy every day overlooking the Bay from your own private balcony. Is it any reason why we are known as Hervey Bay’s best accommodation choice? Hervey Bay – The Charlton Apartments offers fully self contained one, two and three bedroom apartments and a unique spacious penthouse. Beach-front 4 star accommodation. With open plan living, large private balconies with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, walk in robes, each apartment is well-appointed with quality fixtures. Situated on the Esplanade, overlooking Hervey Bay’s most popular swimming beach. The Charlton is known as Hervey Bay’s best address and is located only minutes from a host of restaurants, shops and clubs.

• Large swimming pool • BBQ facilities and Gazebo • Lush tropical gardens • Direct beach access • Wireless Internet Hot Spot – cards can be purchased from reception • Dual lifts to all floors • Undercover parking with keyed access, boat parking • Minutes from many fine restaurants & shops • Bicycle Hire • Port-a-cot, high-chairs etc. available • Local airport courtesy pick upon request • Full tourist information and tour booking facilities – FREE OF CHARGE Charlton Apartments offers a full Tour Booking Office for all Whale Watching & Fraser Island tours, with courtesy pick up & drop off direct from your door. We can package accommodation and all tours and attractions to suit your requirements. CONTACT US DIRECT for details.

Charlton Luxury Apartments 451-452 Esplanade,Hervey Bay,Qld 4655

Phone: 1-800 636 901, (07) 4194 8200 Fax: (07) 4125 1221

This property is also available for sale. Phone (07) 4194 8200 for further details.

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Travel Extra

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Travel Travel Extra

"HIGH SEASON SPECIALS" ( Available 25 June 2012 till 9 October 2012) 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT $220.00 PER NIGHT (7 NIGHT MINIMUM 4 GUESTS) 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT $260.00 PER NIGHT (7 NIGHT MINIMUM 6 GUESTS) 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT $230.00 PER NIGHT (5 NIGHT MINIMUM 4 GUESTS) 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT $280.00 PER NIGHT (5 NIGHT MINIMUM 6 GUESTS) SPACIOUS AND COMFORTABLE 1,2 & 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS COUPLES, FAMILIES AND WEDDING GROUPS WELCOME FREE AUSTAR TV, HEATED POOL WITH BBQ AREA Your friendly hosts at nautilus holiday apartments, Mick & Sue Whalen will do everything possible to make your holiday in Tropical North Queensland one to remember. Full tour desk in house Check out our reviews on First 5 to book will receive a bottle of bubbly and free breakfast for all guests at Lure Restaurant on the Port Douglas Marina Mention this ad and you get an additional $5.00 per night off.

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Travel Extra


in the heart of the Sunshine Coast

Conveniently located in cosmopolitan Mooloolaba and close to the Sunshine Coast's award winning tourist attractions, Seamark on First is perfectly positioned to enjoy Mooloolaba's relaxed lifestyle. A perfect holiday destination, ideal for couples and families and of all ages to wind down or visit and experience the abundance of attractions available. Our beautiful beaches, fully patrolled daily, are just a short walk away. Enjoy a stroll along the white sandy shores; sip an Expresso at a beachfront cafes or indulge in one the tempting dining options along the Esplanade. Whether you want relaxation, adventure or excitement, Seamark on First is the perfect place for you.

Seamark On First 29 First Ave, Mooloolaba, Qld 4557 Phone: (07) 5457 8600. Fax: (07) 5457 8699 Contact: Greg and Viv McKay Web:

JUNE SPECIALS * 2 Bedroom Apartments $150 per night $1050 Normally $190 per night $1330 SAVE $280 * 3 Bedroom Apartments $200 per night $1400 Normally $250 per night SAVE $350 * 3 Bedroom Penthouse $280 per night $1960 Normally $320 per night SAVE $280 Based on a 7 night stay

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Travel Extra

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Travellers’Good Buys

with David Ellis

Miami: home of the Gator pie ■ We feel like we’re in a time-warp, finding ourselves here in a 1960ssomething hamburger joint wondering if The Fonz will suddenly sweep in and start working the jukebox. But while we’re here, there’ll be no Fonz, nor many others for that matter. Most folk are too busy rushing on their way from Miami to spot for ‘gators in the nearby Florida Everglades to scarcely give this place a glance, never mind thinking of actually eating here. More fool them, because The Pit BarB-Q on the Tamiami Trail is as American as Uncle Sam, Old Faithful and the joint’s signature ‘Gator Burger and Key Lime Pie. And the fact it’ll never win an award for décor or design adds to the appeal – that and the food that’s pure ol’ US of A: burgers and spareribs, wings and crumbed and fried chicken “tenders,” hot dogs and fries, potato salad and coleslaw. And ice-cold Bud. Plus frogs legs and catfish straight from the bayou, “fry biscuits” that are something of a cross between a dumpling and a donut, and sauces to go with your choice: hot or mild barbecue, or Chimichurri that’s a lip-smacking concoction of parsley, garlic, jalapeno pepper, oregano, wine vinegar and olive oil straight from Argentina. And of course everything comes in American-size portions – what else? – to tame the hungers of regular highway-users in the know… and those of us curious enough to be seduced off the

● US Miami Pit-Bar Bar-B-Q Car Show

Observer Wines & Liqueurs Melbourne

with David Ellis

Penfolds, home on the Grange ■ May is the month when investors and connoisseurs alike look to Penfolds annual release of their Luxury and Icon Collection, a $1750 parcel this year of stalwarts led by the latest Grange to go into the market place, similarly a Yattarna Chardonnay and the finest Cabernet Sauvignons and Shiraz. And this year an inaugural release of a new contemporary Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, the Bin 169 from the 2008 vintage ($250 from Cellar Door only.) The Grange is the 2007 that’s priced at $625, the Yattarna Chardonnay the 2009 from the best cool-climate regions ($130 Cellar Door and select on-premises only,) while there is also a 2010 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay that’s got a $95 price tag. Also at $95 is the 2008 St Henri Shiraz, and at $250 a 2009 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz ($175,) and a 2009 Magill Estate Shiraz that’s available Cellar Door and select on-premises only at $130.) Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago describes these wines as “classic Penfolds with a solid track record for cellaring performance … the collection spans four vintages and includes the best of the new, together with the inaugural 2008 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon – a wine style that is reflective of our winemaking team’s search for diversity and excellence.”

One For Lunch ■ We attended a Mother’s Day fund-raiser lunch for breast cancer research, and on arrival all the ladies were presented with a nicely chilled glass of Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir Rosé, a pink bubbly that proved not only moreish but very appropriate in colour for the occasion. This cool climate drop from the Yarra Valley was full of red berry, cherry and spicy aromas and flavours, and ideal at $24.95 to get the lunch humming – and you’ll find, a great match with antipasto.

Pictured ■ 2007 Grange heads-up this year’s Penfolds Luxury and Icon Collection.

bitumen by this intriguing time-warp. Although we confess that first thoughts after wheeling into the parking lot – hey, we’re in Florida now, so let’s talk American – were to wonder just whether we really could have put off that burger and ribs attack till we hit town just another half-hour down the highway? But we’re hooked by the aromas wafting from this diner with its woodshingle roof and exterior red timber walls that are cluttered with service pipes and signs, a “trash can” that guards the main door, and next to the outdoor tables and benches under shade-shelters, a huge barbecue pit from which the place takes its name. Inside is pure ‘60s and ‘70s – the Pit Bar-B-Q dates back to 1965 and nothing much has changed since then: dining booths straight out of the era of TV’s Happy Days but whose red vinyl benches have seen Happier Days, a clutter of tables covered with redcheck plastic spreads or simply left bare, saloon-style lights fashioned from wagon-wheels strung from the ceiling, a jukebox, walls adorned with old advertising signs, and notice boards advising everything from boats for sale to seeking the whereabouts of lost dogs. One old tinplate ad in particular grabs our attention: “Drink Pepsi Cola – ANickel Drink Worth A Dime.” How long is it since Pepsi cost a nickel (5c,) we wonder? And a list of Rules For Y’All: No Spittin’; No Cussin’; No Peein’ off the Porch; No Burpin’ or Belchin’. We place our order at a hole-in-thewall to the kitchen. Two truckies follow us, ordering burgers and fries, Pepsis and salads. The prices impress: Burgers from US$8.59, a Loaded Chili Cheese Dog $6.99, Ribs from $11.99, Catfish Fillet Dinner $11.99, 14-ounce (nearly 400gm) Cowboy T-Bone $19.99, the famous ‘Gator Burgers $9.99 And we can’t resist the sweet/tart Mini Key Lime Pie to finish, just $3.50 for this wonderful egg custard infused with unique Florida limes in a crunchy pastry case and topped with sugared meringue. We allow ourselves a little groan of contentment. One of our truckie neighbours feels the same: “’bout full, buddy,” he tells his mate. “Can’t leave food on the plate, ol’ buddy” replies the other, and cleans up the last fries. That’s why we love visiting America. And why, when we next go back to Miami, we’ll be straight back on the Tamiami Trail to The Pit BarB-Q. And if you decide to visit – you don’t have to be heading to the Everglades, its just 30 minutes from Miami if you are joining a cruise in Florida – you may be lucky enough to strike one of the The Pit’s famous Car Shows: enthusiasts regularly fill the car park with restored road warriors from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, just to show ‘em off or offer for sale. Check out for their six-page menu.

■ Here’s a perfect match with antipasto to get that lunch humming.

● Outdoor dining

Page 60 - Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Victoria Pictorial

Mornington Peninsula Western Port

● Dromana Hotel

● Sorrento Front Beach

● Flinders Pier

● Stony Point Pier

● ‘Merlswood’, former post office, Tankerton Rd, French Island

● Crib Point Post Office

● Moorooduc Post Office

● Somerville Mechanics Institute

Melbourne Observer. 120523B. Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Part B. Pages 29-30, 39-50, 59-60  

Melbourne Observer. 120523B. Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Part B. Pages 29-30, 39-50, 59-60