Thursday, April 15, 2010

We Have A List

We have, after much haggling, sweating, arm-wrestling, yelling back and forth, throwing furniture and one real filibuster, come up with our list of countries for this project.  Actually, we didn't do any of that, it was very amicable.  And the list in no particular order is:

  • China
  • India
  • Russia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Chile
  • Brazil
  • Panama
  • England
  • Mexico
  • Australia
  • Egypt
  • South Africa
  • Chad
  • Iraq
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Polynesia
  • Cuba
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Morocco
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
We will print these out on slips of paper and put them into some sort of vessel.  We will thence draw out a country every other week, study their culture and (mostly) diet for a week, prepare a week's worth of menus, and then eat like an ordinary person in that country for a week.

And when I say "like an ordinary person," our goal is NOT to have the Americanized version of a country's diet -- When we draw China, we are not looking at Sesame Chicken, Sweet & Sour Pork and Egg Drop Soup.  Likewise, Italy will not be all lasagna and Olive Garden.  We know that the American idea of most countries' food is what they eat for major holidays or momentous occasions, if they even eat it at all.  Can you find a taco in Mexico City?

Today is Thursday.  We start our odyssey on Saturday.

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