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8 Staples in a Spanish Kitchen

20 Jul

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1. Mayonnaise. Whether purchased or home made (they swear that it tastes better but my foreign palate doesn’t notice the lack of preservatives), they always have it for Russian or other cool summer salads. I can’t say for sure but I wouldn’t be surprised if they eat it with a soon sometimes.

2. Olive oil. My family has a 2 gallon container and we need it! It’s about 30% cheaper here and they even use it for deep frying.

3. Wine. You knew it was coming… Spain boasts of having some of the best wine in the world. Unfortunately it’s completely wasted on me. I do have some cool corks though!

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4. Tomato. Paste for toast, sauce for pasta, eating by itself, and Gazpacho (Every night baby).

5. Galletas. Cookies here are basically jazzed up gram crackers:galletas dipped in chocolate, chocolate galleta sandwiches, plain galletas… if they had some sort of tomato galleta I wouldn’t be surprised.
**I introduced my family to s’mores with a galleta base and it was a hit!

6. Coffee. This isn’t so much a staple as much as a lifestyle: after lunch we get coffee. Period. Unless you’re craving a fanta limon like I usually am…. that’s cool too.

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7. Cigarettes. Although not technically a food, they’re definitely a staple. Thankfully it’s been illegal to smoke inside buildings for the past ten years because the most frequent smokers I see are restaurant cooks standing in front of their joints.

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8. Jamon. Ham from pigs that only live in a certain region of the country, run wild in the nuts, and eat a specific blend of expensive nuts.
**they have the midst DELICIOUS jamon-flavored ruffles. It sounds weird but man it’s goooood.

Live on $1.50 for One Day

24 Apr

Action hero, heart throb, and Oscar winner Ben Affleck is going to live on one dollar and fifty cents a day for a whole week to support the poverty awareness campaign “Live Below the Line.”  This campaign is attempting to spread awareness about global poverty by inviting celebrities to live on $1.50 a day for a week like the 1.4 billion people around the world who don’t have the choice

I’m not really into celebrity gossip and gimmicky stuff but I actually think this is kind of cool!  Could I do it?  What would I eat?

Obviously most American food is super inflated so you wouldn’t be able to eat normal things like granola bars, meat, or ice cream.  I assume that IF I tried to do this I would eat a lot of rice, bread, top roman… I just price checked and bananas are about 33 cents a piece.  So Bananas and rice it is!

Honestly, I don’t think that I could do it.  I developed a mild case of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) on my mission and I’m not able to eat carbs without protein and fats BUT I think that if I could do it, I would.  Not for Ben but for me.

I suppose that this campaign appeals to me so much because I’m not a big fan of people going to foreign countries to do humanitarian work.  Why am I so cruel? Because FOR THE MOST PART the people that go aren’t very skilled at the specific type of work that they’re going to do.  I think that the money would be better spent if they would mail it to the third world country and hire a worker there to build or cook or do whatever else they want their money to do.  Its better to send the $2,000 rather then spend it on your plane ticket so that you can be a “part of the experience”.

I like Live Below the Line because it allows you to have a mini third-world experience without breaking the bank.  Anyone can make a difference in both their lives and in the lives of others.  Now that I’m thinking about it the Mormon church actually does something like this too.

Anyway what do you think of Ben’s big humanitarian move? Do you think that you could handle it?

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