Archive for the ‘In Adelaide’ Category

“In Adelaide – The Adelaide Institutions”

November 24, 2011

While you are in Adelaide attending the conference there are certain iconic restaurants/Cafe’s that should definitely be on your list to do, these include:

Jerusalem Sheshkabab House: This little hole in the wall on Hindley St has been in Adelaide for over 30 years, but don’t let the decor put you off. Good honest home style Lebanese food the easiest way to eat here is to get the banquet and let them known if you’re hungry or really hungry, everything is good. Recommended dishes are falafel, EG (cauliflower), tabouli, hummus and koshari. BYO only. 131 Hindley St, Adelaide

Ying Chow: If you go to only one Chinese restaurant in Adelaide, it needs to be this one.  Rated as the #3 thing to do in Adelaide by the Lonely Planet Guide, Ying Chow is an Adelaide institution. Things to try – Aniseed Tea Duck, Vinegar ribs and the BBC. 114 Gouger St,Adelaide

The Exeter: This pub is an Adelaide Institution. The urban legend is that at one stage the floor was on a slant so that at the end of the night they could just turn on the tap and rinse the place off. With decent pub food and a great local wine and beer list, this place never disappoints. The Curry nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays are always tasty. If there is nothing going on anywhere else in Adelaide, there’s always something on at the Exeter. 246 Rundle St, Adelaide

Cibo: These red cafes are ubiquitous with good coffee, cakes and snacks. Doted all over the city, these cafes are always full of people and the perfect place to go if you need a caffeine hit. Generally open very early in the morning until late at night.

Other Adelaide Institutions include: Maya and Jasmine for Indian, ETC and Big Table for breakfast, the Austral, the Grace Emily and the Wheatsheaf for pubs.

Also, if you find yourself with a spare hour or two and want to get a quiet cup of coffee and have a break, we have named a few of our favourite coffee shops or other meeting places in the city of Adelaide.

Photo by Stephanie Watson (Flickr)

Rundle Street is one of the best known meeting places in Adelaide.  Whether it’s satisfying a sweet tooth at Cocolat or something more savoury at Eros Kaqe, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants at which to catch up with people.  The Belgian Beer Cafe is a popular bar just off Rundle Street (27 Ebenezer Place) where you can enjoy an afternoon or evening beverage.  Trappistes Rochefort beer is my favourite!

Haigh’s Chocolates on Beehive Corner is also a great meeting place.  This historic and charismatic building is terrific and you can peruse, taste and purchase quality chocolate treasures whilst you wait.  Haighs is also close to Rundle Mall for all your shopping needs.

Finally, if you lack time to visit Adelaide’s Barossa and McLaren Vale wineries, then you may appreciate catching up with friends and tasting some local wines at the National Wine Centre, with terrific views over the Botanic Gardens.

“In Adelaide – Cheap eats”

November 16, 2011

Adelaide has some great places where you can get a delicious bite to eat at a very good price. If you are looking for value for money, a good meal for under $12 AUS is not hard to find.

Adelaide Central Markets: The Central Markets are the hub for Adelaide Food.  Started over 140 years ago, you can always find something to eat a good price. Venture into one of the food courts to choose from nearly every style of food you can think of, or try your luck with some of the fixtures inside the market proper. The Asian Gourmet is home to the best Laksa in town or Lucias for their famous pasta. You will find everyone and anyone at the markets and as for food, it is very difficult to do wrong.

Dumpking King: This place is where you go if you want fast cheap and tasty food. The dumplings here are all handmade and include a vegetarian option. Just in case you don’t like dumplings they have a wide menu that includes all manner of rice and noodle dishes. The tea is free and they provide the most amazing chilli oil around to go with the dumplings. There are two Dumpling Kings in town, the original, on Moonta St, just off Grote, and a new Dumpling King has just opened up at 408 King William St.

Thanh Thanh: Simple and fresh Vietnamese, if you haven’t had a Pho yet, you’ve been missing out on something special. This beef broth with noodles is a staple in Vietnam and Thanh Thanh has the best in town. The owners used to have the Pho Baria 2 on Hansen road about 20 minutes out of the city and have now set up shop in the CBD, much to the delight of many. 18 Field Street, Adelaide.

Cafes: are all over the city, the most basic will furnish your hunger with a sandwich or a roll, others get more fancy. Nearly all serve good coffee. For that matter it’s hard to find a truly bad coffee in Adelaide. Take a stroll down Rundle Street to find a Cafe that suits your tastes.

Adelaide's busy Rundle Street. Photo courtesy of Andrew Finegan (Flickr)

Pubs: Adelaide has lots of pubs, most providing food for their punters, but the prices and quality can vary. As a general rule, you can’t go wrong with a pub schnitzel, most offering a lunch deal mid week. Keep an eye on these for a good deal.

Next week we introduce you to some of the Adelaide Institutions which are definitely worth a visit!

“In Adelaide – Late night eats”

November 9, 2011

When travelling, the times you need to eat or are hungry often don’t coincide with when kitchens are open, and unless you know the city you are in the chances of finding food can be quite slim. So we present the places where you can still get food after about 10pm:

Ying Chow: This place is an Adelaide Institution, famed for its excellent northern Chinese cuisine at great prices, it is also open late. The kitchen here doesn’t close until 1am most nights. 114 Gouger St, Adelaide

Bazu: If you can handle your chilli, this is the place for you. Ignore the chilli ratings at your own peril. Open until 11pm, Bazu serves Szechuan Chinese. 31 Gouger St, Adelaide

BBQ city:  Simple honest and easy Chinese, this place delivers value for money. 84 Gouger St, Adelaide

Photo by breahn (Flickr)ner alternatives.

Pancake Kitchen: Establised in 1965, this pancake house is open 24 hours a day and always provides fluffy yummy pancakes with both sweet and savoury toppings as well as a savoury dish menu with some dinner alternatives.

24 hour bakeries: We have some marvellous 24 hour bakeries in Adelaide, one on the Norwood Parade and the Bakery on O’Connell in North Adelaide. Both provide tasty snacks and bakery goods at all hours. So if you find yourself at a loss for food, these two bakeries always provide.

San Giorgios – Pizza available at all hours, need we say more? 217 Rundle St Adelaide

Al Fresco: This place has good honest food, nothing fancy but you will enjoy what they offer. Your best bet is to get something from the specials wall. 260 Rundle St, Adelaide

Fast food: If you’re after something familiar and fast, there’s the Hungry Jacks (A.K.A Burger King) on the corner of Rundle St and Pultney St or the McDonalds on West Terrace.

So if you find yourself not adjusting to the time difference, or just feel like a late night snack – hopefully one of these options will take your fancy!

Next week we look at places to eat which give you excellent food at a great value for money.

“In Adelaide – A special Meal”

November 2, 2011

Adelaide has a fantastic food culture; we have the freshest produce on our doorstop and wide range of styles to choose from. Here we punch above our weight with the food and talent available to Adelaide. The next few posts in the “In Adelaide” series will talk about where to eat in Adelaide, covering cheap eats, late night eats and much more.

We’ll start with the places you go when you want a special meal:

Bistro Dom: This narrow restaurant serves modern French, with an excellent and extensive wine list Bistro Dom featuring both Australian and imported wines.

24 Waymouth St, Adelaide

Auge: Serving Italian food, Auge is at the forefront of the restaurant scene in Adelaide. They have won Best Italian SA 8 times, Best Italian Australian twice and Restaurant of the year SA three times over the past 8 years.  22 Grote St, Adelaide

Celsius: New to the Adelaide scene, Celsius serves modern cuisine with a twist. With a chef that has worked at Noma in Copenhagen Celsius provides something different and new to what you’d normally find.  5 – 97 Gouger St, Adelaide

Vincenzos Cucina Vera: Just outside the city, beyond the green belt of the Parklands, this gem of an Italian has been named as one of the top 50 restaurants in the country.  77 Unley Rd, Parkside

The Manse: This one is an Adelaide institution. First established as Gray’s fish manse in 1978, Le Manse won too many awards in 2010 to effectively list here, safe to say the food is excellent. 147 Tynte St, North Adelaide

Sostas Argentinian Kitchen: This is the place to go if you want steak; the meat eaters will be very happy here and the non meat eaters are also provided for. Hot tip – don’t bother with the sauces just go for the amazing chimmi churri sauce. 291 Rundle St,  Adelaide

Matsuri: If you’re after something lighter, try Matsuri. Traditional Japanese done very well, this restaurant has been serving Adelaide for 25 years.  167 Gouger St, Adelaide

Mapo: Another Asian option, Chef Chung Jae Lee serves up modern Korean with a twist. The coffee infused ribs melt off the bone and traditional Korean dullsot bibimbap, definitely the place to go if you want to try modern asian.

Others to note include: Assagio, Mantra, Ambrosini’s Rigoni’s, the Magill Estate,  Chianto Classico and Georges on Waymouth.

In next week’s post we’ll explore where to go for a late night feed in Adelaide.

“In Adelaide – Top best-kept local secrets”

October 26, 2011

There are so many places to visit in Adelaide, most of them within walking distance from the conference facilities. We asked some of our Local Organising Committee to tell us some of their favourite places of interest, and their responses are:

Museum of Economic Botany is definitely worth a visit and is often missed as part of a tour of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide.  The latest exhibition The Garden of Ideas shows a collection of past and modern Australian gardens.  Don’t worry if you miss it though, because the permanent collection of freeze-dried flowers, seeds and fruits is really quite stunning, with other unique and interesting contributions from local artists and botanists always on display.  Admission is free!  What more could you ask?

In the surrounding Botanic Gardens, you will find the Adelaide Zoo, home to over 1,800 animals and around 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.  Not only an educational experience but definitely an enjoyable day to be had.

The Mortlock Wing forms part of the State Library of SA and it is a great place to get away from the crowds.  It is a wonderfully restored historic building with terrific ambience, housing exhibition bays with local historic and cultural books and treasures.  Memorabilia related to our national icon and sport, (i.e. Sir Donald Bradman and cricket for those of you who don’t know) are also on display here.  Just wander in when you feel the need for a quiet moment. Once again, admission is free!

I don’t know about best-kept local secret, but you can’t miss a visit to the Central Markets.  Seasonal fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, breads, spices and other fresh produce are readily available from the stalls at the Adelaide Central Market.  It’s worth wandering around and meeting some of the characters behind the stalls.

Adelaide Central Markets - Photo courtesy of eGuide Travel (Flickr)

Finally, there are two best-kept local secrets right next to each other on Morphett Street.  See local and international movies at the Mercury Cinema.  This cinema is run by the Media Resource Centre and provides opportunities to emerging SA film, video and digital media artists.  It is also often a venue for film festivals too, so you may get lucky!  Just next door is the Jam Factory, which showcases the work of local South Australian designers, including glass, ceramics, metal and furniture crafts.  The Jam Factory also has a store in Rundle Mall Plaza.

So many of Adelaide’s cultural institutions are free to visit.  The following are some of the more popular places – all within walking distance of each other, on North Terrace or Kintore Avenue.  The Art Gallery of SA has an excellent collection of Australian and overseas art and crafts.  My favourite painting is Evening Shadows, backwater of the Murray, South Australia by H J Johnstone 1880.  The mammal collection at the Museum of SA always reminds me of my visits to the museum as a kid.  Last but not least, a visit to the Migration Museum provides terrific insight into the lives of migrants who arrived in the past and continue to arrive in Australia today.

Next week in “In Adelaide” we’ll explore where to go to get an unforgettably special meal.

“In Adelaide – An introduction to the host”

October 19, 2011

Our last post in this series gave you a quick introduction to the city of Adelaide, so this week we will introduce the host, The University of Adelaide, which is where the majority of the conference will be held. The University of Adelaide was established in 1874 and since this time has been amongst Australia’s leading universities. Adelaide’s research is at the leading edge of knowledge, with research earnings consistently the highest per capita of any university in Australia. Analysis of the impact of publications and citations shows that the University of Adelaide is ranked in the top 1% in the world in 11 research fields. (

The main University Campus (where the conference will be held) is situated on North Terrace, in the cultural heart of the city of Adelaide. The campus is easy to navigate around and all venues are within close walking distance of each other. You can read more about the history of the University’s main campus here.

Take a virtual tour of the North Terrace Campus.

Elder Hall and Bonython Hall overlook the redeveloped frontage on the North Terrace Campus.

The Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (ACEBB), part of the Environment Institute at The University of Adelaide are where Professor Andrew Lowe, and the University of Adelaide CBOL committee who put forward the successful proposal that resulted in the University of Adelaide being selected, are situated. ACEBB is a nationally recognised centre of expertise in systematics, evolutionary biology and biodiversity science and are performing as one of the top research groups in the University of Adelaide.

The Centre’s research strengths and themes include:

  • Systematics, biogeography and barcoding
  • Evolutionary rates and fossil dates
  • Gene flow and population history
  • Speciation, hybridisation and adaptation
  • Biodiversity and conservation science
  • Conservation and wildlife molecular forensics

ACEBB is actively expanding its expertise and coverage into a significant new area of science, biodiversity science. Specifically this expertise includes:

  • Quantitative analysis and simulation modelling
  • Population, ecological and ecosystem theory
  • Extinction biology – linking population pressures from habitat fragmentation, invasive species and climate change

You can find out more about ACEBB and the Environment Institute by visiting our websites.

Next week in “In Adelaide” we will delve into what the city of Adelaide can offer you and fill you in on some of our best-kept local secrets.

“In Adelaide – An introduction to the host city”

October 12, 2011

The first post in this series will start with a basic introduction to the city of Adelaide, South Australia.

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, tagged the ‘Green City’, Adelaide has earned a well-deserved ‘green’ reputation, with a large number of environmentally-friendly initiatives and visitor experiences.  The most appropriate phrases used to describe Adelaide – quiet, rich in arts and culture, festival state, culturally diverse, easily accessible and relaxed. Adelaide is not as big as Sydney or Melbourne; however it has an element of small town charm to it which makes it a beautiful place to live.

Below is a map of Australia, The ‘A’ Balloon indicates Adelaide, South Australia.

With a population of slightly more than one million, Adelaide is the “20 minute city”. The airport is only seven kilometres from Adelaide city and the scenic Adelaide Hills and major beaches are less than half an hour away by car.

Traffic is relatively calm and finding your way around the city is easy – considering it is more than possible to walk from one side of the city to the other with relative ease.  November in Adelaide is the last month of Spring, heading into Summer, which means temperatures are warm to hot and the chance of rain is slim.

Adelaide is also known as the wine capital of Australia, and you can experience some of these beautiful wineries first hand if you choose to take part in the “Life is a Cabernet” optional conference Wine Tour. If you choose another tour, you will still be able to indulge in the diverse and delicious food and wine that South Australia has to offer simply by walking down Rundle Street and picking a cafe or restaurant to dine at. We’ll delve into the diverse cuisines available in Adelaide, and where is best to eat while you are at the conference in future posts!

So there’s our brief introduction to Adelaide…sound like an intriguing place to visit? We can’t wait to have you all visiting our home, it’s a beautiful city and a lovely place to live – well we think so!

“In Adelaide –The Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference”

September 28, 2011

Welcome to the first in our series of ‘In Adelaide’ Blog posts.

It has been announced that the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference will be held in Adelaide, Australia in 2011. If you’ve been to the conference before in Mexico , Taiwan or London, then you’ll know these conferences always include an outstanding scientific program and speakers who are considered experts in their fields – a barcoding conference not to be passed up!

Photo by Obskura (Flickr)

Some of you may be thinking, Adelaide…where on earth? Well to help you make your decision of whether to make the trip Down Under, and to provide you with lots of exciting tips of what there is to see and do while you are here for the conference, we will be putting together a series of “In Adelaide” blog posts. These posts will provide you with everything you need to know about Adelaide, including; all the local attractions, where to get a great meal, where to experience the rich arts and culture the city has to offer, where to do all the best shopping and where to go to experience the fantastic beaches, marinas, vineyards and conservation parks which are all so close to the heart of the city. Best of all – this information will be coming straight from the locals!

If you have any questions feel free to post them on the blog as comments and the friendly hosts at The University of Adelaide will do their very best to answer them for you.

Stay tuned for the first post in this series – which will introduce you to the beautiful host city of Adelaide!