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My “German” Breakfast

The first commandment of travel clearly states that “thou shall not eat from large American fast-food chains when traveling abroad.” – Exploration Abroad

Being next to a train station has its perks. I was able to walk into an onsite Burger King and order breakfast. This German version of one of my favorite menus was quite interesting (inclusive of prices, which weren’t anywhere newer low). First thing I noticed was that there wasn’t an option to get hash browns and the “meal” consisted of what I’ve always defined as a bastardization of that title: one sandwich + one drink. What is a meal without a side? Well, I guess I could have paid for the hash browns separately, but that didn’t make much economic sense at all!

In order to justify my crime against discovery, I had to purchase a non-regular menu option. I ended up getting a breakfast burger made with eggs, tomatoes, cheese, a beef patty, and light mayo (I ordered it light) on a sesame seed bun. I would never have thought to put those things together, but knew that it would be wonderful. And it oh, it was!

The savory goodness of the beef mixed so nicely with the juicy tomatoes. No breakfast is complete without eggs, and they added the nice protein kick I craved. The nicely toasted bun was kept nice and soft with just the right amount of mayonnaise. I was feeling a bit on the sick side, seeing as I hadn’t slept enough (8 hours) in a few days. What I’ve discovered is drinking lots of orange juice keeps my immune system boosted and really staves off colds and coughs early. The natural sweetness is also unmistakable better than all the processed sugars in sodas and other popular drinks. But of course, this is a fast food joint and wasn’t included in the meal (meal is coffee, no choice). So I paid an arm and half of leg for one of those small kiddie juice boxes. But it was so good, and so necessary. So, all was well with the world ūüôā

In ending this post, just so that we’re clear: I know this sandwich sounded so good, and you may be tempted to go to Germany (or where ever else they sell it) and buy one, but once again, I’d like to point out that I do not endorse companies or their products on my website.

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Food Spotlight: European Grocery Shopping

In England I experienced my first grocery store experience. It didn’t seem like much difference or highlight in my journey until I began to look more closely at the shelves. For instance, I love orange juice with high pulp. In Britain, however, it’s not called¬†pulp, but¬†bits.¬†One thing that you should notice right away is the amount of country labels plastered over all the shelves! I don’t mean to sound negative (because I don’t really have a solid side on any of these nationalism debates), but I do think it was a bit excessive in some areas. There were bag of chips (or¬†crisps¬†as the Brits call them), water, or milk that kept¬†emphasising¬†their “Britishness.” Being a political science major, I am quite interested in the relation of expressions of nationalism to globalisation, american hegemony, and economics. That is: are the bottles of water labeled as “purely British” as a marketing gimmick to sell the brand OR was it due to deeper socio-cultural notions of superiority or incompatibility? Great paper I could see myself writing in a few months. I’ll let you guys know how that goes!

It was interesting to see familiar brands, but with slightly different labelling along with discovering new products with weird and outlandish flavours. In addition to different names for similar food attributes (eg. bits/pulp), there were things like roast chicken and garlic flavoured chips and orange-cream-filled chocolate bars that immediately caught my eye. The way the food was stored was also a bit of a surprise. Things like eggs weren’t always stored on refrigerated shelves, but were instead being kept at room temperature. Also, growing up by the sea, I’ve seen seafood on ice, but never so far away from the sea and in such quantities (I lived near a market street that was lined with all types of meat and seafood sitting in open-air displays).

For the most part, I’m still alive and the food is delicious, so maybe all the extra-sterile¬†advertisement¬†in the U.S. isn’t as all that it’s hyped up to be?

Week 1 Bahamas: Bahamian Food

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Every country has its own special cuisine. During my stay, I tried some of my favorite foods. One of them is sheep tongue souse. Instead of wasting such an incredible source of protein and deliciousness, Bahamians stew the mammalian muscles in a briny pot of salted water, allspice, cloves,pepper, and onions.
The best thing to eat with any soupy meal, including this one, is Johnny cake, a thick moist cake/bread served best with a thick layer of melted butter.

Another food that looks less appetizing as a whole creature before its prepped for the pot is the crab. The crab that forms an important part of Bahamian culinary genius is a sea scavenger that will literally eat anything. In order to make the crustacean more appetizing, crabs are caught then kept in pens where they are fattened on bread and fruits for extended periods of time. If you’re lucky to have a pen outside, then you can have fresh crabs to cook in meals.
It’s pretty dangerous to catch a crab if you don’t know what you’re doing. With their large pincers and deathly grip they have been known to sever fingers and could possibly kill infants. The trick with catching them is to lightly step on their backs as their line of sight doesn’t cover their back end too well, nor can their pincers reach their backs. They need their pincers to intake their own food and water, but When severing their pincers from their bodies for food prep, it’s important to avoid pulling them off in such a way that it creates a hole in the endoskeleton that could promote insect growth. When “armless” however, crabs can lay on their backs and snip at bread and water with small lid-like lips.

Some staple fish to try are snapper and Nassau grouper. great-tasting Ones that are toxic if not killed and/or cleaned properly include the bonefish and the barracuda. Fish are descaled and cooked whole (skin, head, eyes, bones, and tail). Many Bahamians fry their fish in a shallow pan of oil (my personal favorite). Because the fish is cooked whole, you cannot eat it from head to tail (or vice versa), but must remember to start no one side, and then remove the vertebral column before eating the second side.

And how can one forget about conch. With its reputed¬†aphrodisiac¬†qualities, this mollusk is makes a delicious foundation for numerous Bahamian dishes. As one of my favourite snacks, conch can be eaten raw as a salad with diced tomatoes, onions, green peppers, red peppers, and poured into orange or lemon juice. It can be stewed in tomato sauce, thyme, and other seasonings or battered and fried to make “cracked conch.” In smaller pieces, with a less flakey batter, conch can also be used to make conch fritters, which is dipped into a sauce mixed from ketchup, mustard, and¬†mayonnaise.

If you get homesick and would like regular American fast food fare (with slight menu modifications) you could always stop at any of the numerous franchises operating on a few of the islands.

If you plan on buying groceries, remember that 1 Bahamian dollar is equal to 1 US dollar in the Bahamas and food items, like all Bahamian commodities, tend to be very expensive.