a group of glass jars with spices from a shelf
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 16

At the time I took this photograph of something I found wrong on a poster when I dined at a location of Outback Steakhouse, which — despite its name — is a chain of casual restaurants based in the United States and not Australia…

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 16

Outback Steakhouse
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

…I realized something else which seemed incorrect, as shown in the photograph above.

For this edition of the new game which is number one worldwide — well, maybe not that popular — can you guess what you believe is wrong with this photograph?

Please submit your answers in the Comments section below — and I enjoy reading creative answers.

Thank you in advance. I cannot wait to read your answer and feedback.

My Dining Experience in the Real Outback

Now for something travel related: when I was in Australia years ago, no one there had ever heard of Outback Steakhouse because the company had no restaurants located there — but that has apparently since changed.

One of my most memorable moments while I was in Australia was when I actually dined out in the real Outback in the centre of the country — or continent — during an experience called the Sounds of Silence, with the sun setting behind Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the distance. A bus transports participants from Ayers Rock Resort out into what is known as the Red Centre to several tables with white linen tablecloths, china, glassware, silverware and jars of lit candles were set up — along with a buffet table which included such choices as kangaroo, crocodile, barramundi, quandong, emu sausage, with spectacular views of what used to be known as Ayer’s Rock and Kata Tjuṯa. One of the courses was a pumpkin soup; and chicken was available for diners who were less adventurous.

Prior to the meal — which is known as the “bush tucker” experience — a woman indigenous to Australia who dressed in full traditional costume and make-up spoke about the customs of her people and demonstrated on how to play a digeridoo, which Aboriginal peoples have played for at least 1,500 years.

Each table had eight seats; so you get to dine with other people from around the world. I remember an older couple from Belgium was seated at my table; and they were celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary. I usually do not like dining with people whom I do not know; but this experience was quite different. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

After dinner — and yes, I dined on everything, even though I do not like pumpkin — a “resident star talker” used a powerful hand-held spotlight to point out many of the constellations of the southern sky, which cannot be seen in the northern hemisphere. The Southern Cross and other constellations of stars in the night sky seemed so close that you could almost reach up and grab them.

The Sounds of Silence experience is still offered to this day for $210.00 per person — which is almost $148.00 in United States dollars — and the experience is well worth the price. The A Night at Field of Light experience did not yet exist during my visit, to which you can upgrade. Nevertheless, I have never forgotten those four memorable and magical hours — and neither will you once you experience it.

That experience was only one of many things which contributed to my first visit to Australia, which is still one of the best trips I have ever taken to this day. I have to find my photographs of that experience and post them in a future article.


Past articles with which you can participate and play along with the What is Wrong With This Photograph? game include:

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

  1. 17 spices is what they tell you they put in, 20 is what they actually put in just to throw you off (in case you’re trying to duplicate their secret recipe)

    We visited Uluru a few years ago, a magical place, especially at sunrise and sunset. Seeing it then is one of those images that gets burned in your memory forever.

  2. Something isn’t adding up, even if I forget to carry the one… Is the super secret double probation part of their recipe contained in those extra 3 jars? 🙂

    Also, secondary to ‘Outback’ as a steakhouse being virtually unknown down under, just try getting a Fosters in Oz…long story short, that beer is (and I am paraphrasing for the tender eyes of your gentle readers) brew non grata.

  3. Picture? Based on my last couple attempts at trying their steaks, nothing: I honestly wouldn’t be surprised is they used nearly undetectable quantities of 16 herbs, spices and peppers, and 4 heaping-full jars of salt. 🙁

  4. Clearly, someone at Outback home office can’t count. 20 jars for 17 ingredients in the seasoning? However, I concur with the other comments regarding too much salt, perhaps such heavy ‘seasoning’ is to distract one from pondering the mysterious grill marks (see your earlier post, WIWWTP #8) while eating.

    Seriously though, Brian, I’ve been to Australia for work numerous times, getting into the outback, not just to finally see Ayers Rock, has long been on my to-do list, your description sounds like it is something I must do, and soon! Please upload those photos and do an outback travelogue on your blog.

  5. When I dined at my local Outback Steakhouse tonight, the spice rack was stocked with even more bonus containers…there were 24 jars of spicy goodness there.

    I will say my steak (the first I have eaten in over two years) was quite tasty with the vast selection of flavor enhancements. Despite my dinner companion being forced to pick through a somewhat gristly piece of meat, the aforementioned meal was truly delightful (and appropriately seasoned).

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