Brisbane: As Brisbane residents got away from the searing heat and the G20 and cooled off at the beach on Brisbane`s South Bank, the leaders of the 20 nations gathered were treated to some scrumptious lunch by host Australia and each leader got a prized crocodile-leather crafted gift item to boot.
On the lunch menu was: Grilled Darling Downs lamb fillets, sweet potato, caramelised onions, bush tomato jus, mint and pea shoot salad for starters.
The main course comprised: Pan-seared southeast Queensland king snapper (fish), butter-poached bug (butterfly fan lobster), citrus sabayon (fruits), glazed baby carrots, sugar snap peas and vanilla bean beurre blank. Dessert comprised: Coconut meringue, green mango salad, compressed pineapple, passion fruit and Kaffir lime sorbet, coconut crumble.
The menu shows that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott kept Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s strict vegetarian preference in mind.
Each of the G20 leaders, invited countries and international organisations -- which totalled 34 -- were presented an R.M. Williams compendium as the official gift from Australia. It is handcrafted from the Australian saltwater crocodile and was custom-made exclusively for the occasion.
Tony Abbott is known to be a real fan of R.M. Williams products as this classic tweet shows: "PM Abe wearing his gift from Australia -- RM Williams boots. Both proud to be wearing them today #RMs," Abbott tweeted with a picture of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and himself sporting glares and togged up in the fancy R.M. Williams shoes.
According to the R.M. Williams website: "More than 70 years ago, Reginald Murray Williams began to make bush saddlery and boots while camped in South Australia`s remote Gammon Ranges. Here, R.M. first met `Dollar Mick` Smith, an itinerant saddler, and after much trial and error, fashioned his first pair of stockman`s riding boots."
Since these early beginnings, the company has developed a world-wide reputation as a quality maker of boots and accessories. "It all starts with the leather. R.M. Williams selects the finest hides and creates each upper using one - AAA one! - piece of leather. It is much more difficult to make a boot this way which is why R.M. Williams is the only bootmaker in the world who does it.
"Count the number of seams on any other boot -- at any price -- three, four, six? That`s just not cutting leather, that`s also cutting corners. R.M. Williams boots have only one smooth seam. R.M. then lines the inside each boot with butter-soft leather.
"It take 65 hand-held steps and a full week to make an R.M. Williams boot. The result is uncommon comfort from the first step that gets better through the years of pure walking pleasure...," the company says.
Need one say more about why Abbott is such a fan of R.M. Williams!
The G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Britain, the US and the European Union.