What do Australians eat regularly?
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Jaffelchutes - low flying sandwiches
Breezy dining pleasure in Australia
Text: Karsten-Thilo Raab
As is well known, all good things come from above. In terms of nutrition, most people think of geese or ducks at best, which the hunter can throw at the shotgun. Those with a history may think of the legendary raisin bombers that once supplied the western part of Berlin from the air and dropped food over the long-divided metropolis on the Spree. It is not known whether the Raisin Bomber of all people was the inspiration for the unusual idea. Nonetheless, even in distant Australia, food regularly flies through the air. And similar to decades ago in Berlin, some are waiting on the ground very longingly for the edible airmail.
In Melbourne, the largest city on the fifth continent, three young men had a rather unusual business idea: the "inventors" Adam Grant, David McDonald and Huw Parkinson offer tasty sandwiches online at http://jafflechutes.com for the equivalent of 3.50 euros . However, these are then not handed over the counter, but rather thrown from the roof of a house.
Each sandwich is carefully packed and attached to a self-made mini parachute. The customer is informed at which corner of the house his food is likely to float. For better orientation, a cross is stuck on the floor of the designated landing site.
“In the beginning, we always sent customers to where we suspected the parcel might end up. Thanks to the glued-on markings, it is now a little easier to orientate yourself. In addition, we manage to actually land on the X more and more often, ”says Adam Grant happily, improving the accuracy a little with every release.
Well, the landing site can vary a little depending on the wind conditions. But that's exactly what makes the “Jafflechutes”, as the flying bread is called, so special. The name is derived from "jaffle", the Australian term for a toasted sandwich, and from "parachute", the English word for "parachute".
Just like the landing sites, the dropping locations also vary. Customers are informed online where they can expect their very personal airmail and when. The makers mainly rely on the fun effect.
“Nevertheless, safety has absolute priority, of course,” emphasizes Adam Grant, pointing out that to date neither people nor things have been injured or damaged by the Jafflechutes. Which would also be surprising given the weight of a sandwich and the slow speed of the food parachutes. The airy eating pleasure is currently only offered about every four to six weeks. On the one hand, enough interested parties have to come together, on the other hand, Adam Grant & Co always need some time to produce the self-designed parachutes. Although these could theoretically be used again, most customers would like to keep the “sandwich carriers” as a souvenir.
The sandwiches are also not based on a uniform diet. Rather, the Jafflechute team is always trying new creations to inspire customers. Topping combinations such as macaroni and cheese, chicken and pesto or peanut butter and banana have already been on offer.
"But we are also open to the wishes and ideas of our customers," continues Adam Grant. Otherwise, the parachute restaurant should not be limited to Melbourne. In New York, sandwiches have already sailed through the air on ten dates on a trial basis.
“We would like to gradually offer the whole thing in other cities and countries as well. Tokyo, San Francisco, Taipei, Berlin and London are right at the top of our list, ”says Adam Grant, venturing out into the planning.
Either way, the flying sandwiches sound a bit like a land of milk and honey, like roasted pigeons that fly straight into your mouth. However, the packaging and the parachute must be removed before consumption. At least when the food package is about to land at its predetermined location. Sometimes the flying sandwiches develop a kind of life of their own and sometimes choose a lamppost, a bus stop or a tree as a national square. Here, however, the operators of Jafflechute are accommodating. Because not everyone climbs nimbly like a monkey, they fly in a replacement bread. And if it doesn't work again, the customer at least has something to tell ...
Tip: A video of the Jufflechutes can be found at http://youtu.be/P2vR2Vb13PA.
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