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Posted on 12/29/2007 6:49:59 PM PST by Coleus
Interesting post. Thanks!
I myself think that the Egyptians and Italians are eating the best, despite the cost. The family in Poland, of course, will have to adjust once the Euro enters circulation soon.
This post certainly has a lot of food for thought.
It was nice to see that the Italian family has 3 kids.
Not when I grew up. :)
Finding an Italian family with more than one child is rare indeed.
You all need to check out BBC America’s “You Are What You Eat.” It will change your life.
B. I think I’d like to visit an Egyptian restaurant.
Very interesting! Though I have to wonder just how typical each of the families are.
I grew up as one of a large family (eight kids), and even with today’s prices, we’d never spend as much as the representative family. But we ate very little meat and a lot more things like vegetables and beans and rice and soups and homemade bread...homemade everything, really. Including really good pizza!
Packaged foods are pricey!
The Egyptians’ spread looks the tastiest to me, for sure, despite the lower cost!
The last picture is beyond humbling.
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So, the poorer folk have more kids. I guess that’s OK if the parents can feed them all.
Er, to clarify, the show makes me chuckle...
So the message here is we’re selling food way too cheap in Chad ?
I lived (stationed) in Italy and Persian Gulf Region for almost 8 years of my 26 year career as well as SEA and other countries and food was dirt cheap. In Northern Italy near Aviano Air Base we could get a 9 course meal at Orsini’s for less than 3 dollars a person. My daily lunches and dinners locally were a dollar plus change in most cases.
In the middle east, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar etc food was as cheap but just awesome quality.
Only place where I don;t let the sun set on me or mine again is France where we paid (grudgingly) almost 12 dollars for a simple burger and soft drink....this was in 1976. I ain’t been back to that sink hole since.
Except for the Equador family, the kids who have the junk foods are smiling as opposed to those sullen faces without goodies.
The Revis family is doing some pretty poor shopping. I could stretch that amount into two weeks of food.
I love how “unPC” their programming is. Crack me up.
Just a hunch, the disparities may be related to the number of successful lawsuits against food producers in the various places shown. Thanks Coleus.
That family from Bhutan must be eating rice with every meal. Good thing it tastes like whatever is added to it :)
I regularly make Ful Medamas, which is to Egyptian breakfast what eggs and bacon are the an American breakfast. The key is to use fresh Fava beans and Greek (or Egyptian, if you can find it) olive oil.
There is a good Egyptian place (Tanoreen) in Brooklyn. Worth a stop if you are ever in NYC.
Fascinating- thanks for the thread.
I’m amazed by the American family- I saw grapes- but not vegetables or other fruits. Lots of junk. That’s a lot of money in a week for junk.
I like the food on the Italian table- looks balanced.
2. Notice all the bread on the Italian table. I have traveled in Spain, France, and Italy, all of whom love their breads. Contrary to Doctor Atkins, few in said countries are morbidly obese.
Pizza and Ramen noodles did it for me in college.
I had to look it up - it sounds very tasty!
Though...I have to admit that I’ve never had fava beans...
I look around church and I see three to six children. But I know what you are getting at.
LOL........I was bad....ate at the grocery stores and walked away from the basket when I was in college. Steal this Book by Abbey Hoffman was my bible back then for getting thru a few years of college.
No 15 brass washers were 20 cents a gross and a roll of scotch tape was 15 cents. that 35 cents made “somebody” 14.40 in fake dimes that worked in vending machines. The paper lunch bag stuffed up in a coin changers in car washes , Laundromats, dorms, break rooms etc held the money from the changer that folks thought was in-op. One could make 20 dollars while washing laundry with that trick....as ya left you pulled down the bag and filled it with the coins backed up in the chute......
Night Job as Pizza Delivery got me a few free pies that were shared with other poor students daily .......
Then I got drafted and Uncle Sugar put me on the straight and narrow short leash ......all those tricks including the one where ya used a paper clip on a pay phone to short out the system for free calls was moot........:o)
A life of crime past......LOL !
Junk food IS expensive- you’re right. I don’t even like it- except every few months I like a really good philly cheesesteak:)
Somehow the breads on those tables look wholesome and nutritious.
Or if you want to go even cheaper, you could eat picnic style, the way I did when I hitchhiked through France as a kid. There's a Uniprix grocery store right on the Rue de Rivoli near St. Paul Métro that sells everything you need. In the morning I'd have a croissant dunked in hot tea with milk for breakfast, for lunch a sandwich consisting of a half baguette with sliced cheese, apples, and paper-thin sliced sausage plus a bottle of mineral water; an early afternoon snack of olives and cheese; an evening snack of half a Milka chocolate bar, the butt end of the baguette, and a can of Coke; and a fresh pear with a half-bottle of wine (shared with this chick I met at the Beaubourg) for supper at about 10:00 p.m. All that plus a few cups of coffee came to about four bucks in those days... probably about eight today. Besides, in France the basic foods are all so good that you'll probably find yourself wanting to skip the fancy restaurant food altogether. Hell, some days in France I just ate bread and cheese!
My point: no matter where you go, if you eat what the locals eat you eat cheaply and well. Besides, foreign hamburgers are nasty. Eating a burger in Europe is like eating Mexican food north of the Red River: just don't.
LOL I WAS a tourist !........;o)
I was on a euro-rail pass vacation with my Wife and Son and France was just a short stop for us to get off the train and eat before we went on to Belgium.
Kids are tough to please and he asked for a burger after agreeing to eat some other stuff in Germany he didn’t like....he saw burgers and burgers it was.
Agree 100% on eating on the economy as we did all the time where we were stationed. Used to listen to tourists in Venice brag as to how cheap their trip was costing them ....only 5k for the week and here we had spent 30$ for a week in pensiones (sp?) with 3 meals a day included as we toured the city.....
I have friends in the Foreign Legion that have invited me to visit yet I think my travel days are over due BS TSA tosses at travelers..... I will not be subjected to such.
Hope yer well, have a merry new year and stay safe !
Rubber side down on the road BTW !!
I would like to see a typical Russian and a typical Israeli family.
And what about Canada, eh?
And a nice Chianti.
Actually, Hannibal Lechter, a man of supposedly good taste, made a bad recommendation. Chianti is too heavy and tannic to go with liver and/or fava beans. Your only choice among reds for such a combo would be a light Pinot Noir. ;-)
Canada= Copious quantities of coffee crisp and Tim Horton’s, followed with Molson aka Canadian Champagne.
In Spain, you must also remember to 1. avoid all tourist/fast food outlets, even the local places like VIPs and 2. NOT to eat in the "restaurant" section of a Tapas bar, as they increase the prices for the same food fivefold (in the case of a place I went to in Sevilla). Talk to the locals, or at least the front desk clerk.
BTW: There are excellent reasons NOT to travel with young children to any place besides Disney. Going out to restaurants is one of them.
What alot of folks in the states don't realize is how many Italians, even after marriage, spend time living with their parents in small apartments. The large house with a yard is a rarity in Italy, even moreso than in France.
Sangria BTTT !
My fave drink in all of Spain is Fino (dry) sherry. I highly recommend that anyone who goes to Spain stop in Jerez/Sanlucar/Puerto Santa Maria and hit any of the bodegas in the sherry triangle (illegal to produce sherry outside of these three towns, per EU law). Nothing like a DRY fino sherry with grilled shrimp and calamari.
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