I have a bit of a Deli curse at the moment 🙁 Every once in a while, I get a hankering for some tasty and hot salami, some nice cheese, and an appleÂ for a light meal instead of a cooked dinner. Lately, that has also been supplemented with marinated capsicum pieces, but that’s not part of the basic requirements.
It’s got to be good cheese, not your standard supermarket rubbish; Wensleydale, Red Leicester, Rocquefort, Stilton, a good quality CamembertÂ or Brie and Jarlsberg all fit the bill. Lately, I’ve also been taken by Kefalograviera, but it’s not something that I can eat too much of. The salami has to be hot but also tasty; again,Â not pre-sliced supermarket rubbish. You’ve got to find a good deli and build a relationship with the people working there so that you can get the good stuff when you need it.
I had three places I go too; the one in the Marrickville Metro, which is convenient from home, and has good salami and a decent range of most cheeses except for the English ones. The Newtown Deli, which has the English cheeses; the Broadway Shopping center Deli which has a very nice hot spanish salami, doesn’t stock much in the way of cheese, but is extremely convenient from work. This week, I’ve had problems with all three.
Firstly, the Metro Deli is closed for renovations. Secondly, the Broadway Deli is closed for good and replaced by a generic music retailer. Finally, the Newtown Deli has no English cheeses and can’t say when or if, they’ll be able to get them back. Apparently, the importers can’t/won’t deliver! Maybe it’s too hard to get into the country or too expensiveor something 🙁
I’ll obviously have to explore over in Leichhardt on the weekend to see if there’s any stores there that I can get my fix at.
Thinking of shopping centres, Bobbie was saying that Bunnings is open on New Years Day, next year, and that they’re looking for staff to work (good luck with that 🙂 ). Apparently the reason is that there’s one store in a shopping centre that will be open because the centre will be imposing massive fines on stores that don’t open when it wants them to. Bunings corporate policy means that all other stores across the nation must also open that day.
I’ve been noticing how much control the Broadway shopping centre imposes on the stores it leases space to. There’s been a rash of forced remodellings in progress; probably the same deal with the deli at the Metro. It seems that, every other week, another store closes its doors for a month or so. Some, including the Sanity franchise, just upped and left. According to a staff member, the constraints forced by the centre were too restrictive and expensive for it to be worth Sanity’s while to remain there.