During our night shoot last week we stopped at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels for dinner. Always plenty of action here and the list of celebrities who have eaten here is legendary. I had a Chicken and Bacon Tiger This is a chicken & bacon pie (yummy) with a big dollop of mashed potato on top with a pile of cooked mashed peas on top of that with a hollow made in the peas filled with gravy !!!! Sydney, NSW Australia
Nikon D700 50mm f1.4 ISO 640 f1.4 @50mm 1/100th sec
Processed in PS CS5 with Vivesa and Colour Efex Pro 4
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Harry “Tiger” Edwards opened the original caravan cafe, named simply Harry’s, near the gates of the Woolloomooloo Naval Yard in 1938. He served with the AIF in World War II, during which time the cafe was not operational. The cart re-opened upon his return from the war in 1945.
The name Cafe de Wheels came about because of the requirement from the city council that mobile food caravans had to move a minimum of 12 inches (30 cm) each day. The cart has been moved by the city council five times over the past 55 years, and is now back at its original spot. Local legend tells that the name was temporarily changed to Cafe de Axle at one point when the wheels were stolen. It was referred to as Harry the Axle’s for most of the sixties throughout the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
As the years passed, ’Harry’s Cafe de Wheels’ gained new fame as a tourist attraction. A visit to the caravan became a ‘must’ for visiting celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum and Marlene Dietrich. In 1974, Colonel Sanders stopped at Harry’s and enjoyed the food so much that he ate three ‘pies and peas’ while leaning on his walking stick in front of the caravan. A picture of Sanders taken during the visit still hangs in the caravan today.
Harry’s specialises today in the same basic food that was popular back in the 1940s, such as pies and mushy peas. During the 1970s Harry’s introduced hot dogs, mostly to appease the American sailors.
The pies and hotdogs available on the menu include:
The famous Tiger pie and its variations (Bacon and Cheese Tiger, Veggie Tiger)
Pie and Peas Seafood Pie
Hot Dog with veggies Hot dog de wheels Chilli dog

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  • GailD
    GailDover 2 years ago

    Great shot Ian. Tells a story.

  • Thanks m’dear :))

    – Ian English

  • Andrew Kalpage
    Andrew Kalpageover 2 years ago

    I have been meaning to go there to take some photos…never get the chance…great capture and love the proccessing….

  • Hi Andrew, you must if only for the pies :))) Thanks for the comment and fave !!

    – Ian English

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Beautifully done Ian..cheers.

  • Thanks a lot Waz !!

    – Ian English

  • Brian Roscorla
    Brian Roscorlaover 2 years ago

    Brilliant love it :)

  • Thanks very much Brian :))

    – Ian English

  • jean-jean
    jean-jeanover 2 years ago

    Superb !

  • Merci beaucoup jean-jean :)

    – Ian English

  • kevin chippindall
    kevin chippindallover 2 years ago

    awesome work mate hope you enjoyed your Chicken and Bacon Tiger lucky it did,t bite back hehe
    ………………….. cheers kev

  • Ha ha Kev, it was the best part of the night !!

    – Ian English

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture and history Ian!!!

  • Thanks very much Carol !!

    – Ian English

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    Makin me hungry! Beaut shot, and thanks for the background info!

  • Thanks Mel, yeh I was salivating as I was writing that :))

    – Ian English

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

    LOL – sounds to me more like a place more for the gourmand than for the gourmet,
    10 minutes in the mouth – ten years on the belly, butt and thighs ☺
    But this is a FABULOUS shot and a superb treatment Ian – top shelf!!

  • You made me laugh Kira and unfortunately you are probably correct re the belly etc. Thanks for a wonderful comment. :)

    – Ian English

  • John Spies
    John Spiesover 2 years ago

    Cool shot, nice tones, and the food sounds good too

  • Thanks very much John, great to hear from you !!

    – Ian English

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