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What is eaten in one week
blog ^ | Nov 27th, 2007

Posted on 12/29/2007 6:49:59 PM PST by Coleus

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

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Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
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United States: The Revis family of North Carolina (I really hope most American
families eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less junk food than this family.)

Food expenditure for one week $341.98

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Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

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Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

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Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

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Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
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Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
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Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

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TOPICS: Food; Society
KEYWORDS: dinner; family; food; italy; manzofamily; meals; sicily
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1 posted on 12/29/2007 6:50:00 PM PST by Coleus
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

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2 posted on 12/29/2007 6:50:44 PM PST by Coleus (Merry Christmas!!)
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To: Coleus

Interesting post. Thanks!


3 posted on 12/29/2007 6:54:45 PM PST by Das Outsider (Apparently TB doesn't stop at the Rio Grande either.)
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To: Coleus
Purchasing Power Parity is always the best measure as to how "rich" or "poor" a person is.

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.

4 posted on 12/29/2007 6:57:40 PM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Coleus

This post certainly has a lot of food for thought.


5 posted on 12/29/2007 6:59:13 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Coleus
That blog has copied (without any attribution that I can see) all of the photographs and information from Time's website. This link is to the originals (and also a photograph Japanese family that the blogger didn't copy):

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519_1373664,00.html

6 posted on 12/29/2007 7:01:21 PM PST by snowsislander
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To: Coleus

It was nice to see that the Italian family has 3 kids.


7 posted on 12/29/2007 7:01:33 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Coleus
I really hope most American families eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less junk food than this family

Not when I grew up. :)

8 posted on 12/29/2007 7:02:37 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Don't panic, folks. Rush Babies Will Save America.)
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To: Pyro7480; Coleus

Finding an Italian family with more than one child is rare indeed.


9 posted on 12/29/2007 7:03:31 PM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Coleus

You all need to check out BBC America’s “You Are What You Eat.” It will change your life.


10 posted on 12/29/2007 7:03:43 PM PST by ShandaLear (Extremists always meet each other full circle.)
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To: Coleus

Fascinating!


11 posted on 12/29/2007 7:04:10 PM PST by Judith Anne (I refuse to have a tagline anymore. Nope. Not gonna do it. Won't go there.)
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To: Coleus
A. We should help those such as the family at Breidjing Camp.

B. I think I’d like to visit an Egyptian restaurant.

12 posted on 12/29/2007 7:07:28 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: Coleus

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!


13 posted on 12/29/2007 7:09:25 PM PST by RosieCotton ("Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: ShandaLear
I’ll second that recommendation. It makes me chuckle after reading disparaging remarks about “fat Americans” in the online comments sections of UK papers.
14 posted on 12/29/2007 7:11:11 PM PST by Lil'freeper (Don't taze me, bro!)
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To: Clemenza

The Egyptians’ spread looks the tastiest to me, for sure, despite the lower cost!


15 posted on 12/29/2007 7:11:12 PM PST by RosieCotton ("Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Coleus

The last picture is beyond humbling.


16 posted on 12/29/2007 7:12:01 PM PST by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: jahp; kalee; slowry; redhead; Conservativegreatgrandma; sissyjane; ReagansShinyHair; Blue Eyes; ...
A Nutrition Ping List
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Fascinating!

17 posted on 12/29/2007 7:12:28 PM PST by Lil'freeper (Don't taze me, bro!)
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To: Coleus

So, the poorer folk have more kids. I guess that’s OK if the parents can feed them all.


18 posted on 12/29/2007 7:12:56 PM PST by matt1234
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To: Lil'freeper
It makes me chuckle after reading disparaging remarks about “fat Americans”

Er, to clarify, the show makes me chuckle...

19 posted on 12/29/2007 7:15:00 PM PST by Lil'freeper (Don't taze me, bro!)
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To: Coleus

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.


20 posted on 12/29/2007 7:17:16 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Coleus; Quix

Fascinating. Thanks.


21 posted on 12/29/2007 7:17:20 PM PST by Joya (IOWA: VOTE FRED)
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To: Coleus

Except for the Equador family, the kids who have the junk foods are smiling as opposed to those sullen faces without goodies.


22 posted on 12/29/2007 7:17:31 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Coleus

The Revis family is doing some pretty poor shopping. I could stretch that amount into two weeks of food.


23 posted on 12/29/2007 7:18:22 PM PST by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: Lil'freeper

I love how “unPC” their programming is. Crack me up.


24 posted on 12/29/2007 7:20:02 PM PST by ShandaLear (Extremists always meet each other full circle.)
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To: Coleus; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Just a hunch, the disparities may be related to the number of successful lawsuits against food producers in the various places shown. Thanks Coleus.


25 posted on 12/29/2007 7:22:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________Profile updated Sunday, December 23, 2007)
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To: Coleus

That family from Bhutan must be eating rice with every meal. Good thing it tastes like whatever is added to it :)


26 posted on 12/29/2007 7:25:13 PM PST by matt1234
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To: Squantos
Larry Lucido, in college. $4.00.


27 posted on 12/29/2007 7:33:25 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: RosieCotton; Coleus

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.


28 posted on 12/29/2007 7:36:05 PM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: unspun

There is a good Egyptian place (Tanoreen) in Brooklyn. Worth a stop if you are ever in NYC.


29 posted on 12/29/2007 7:38:35 PM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Coleus

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.


30 posted on 12/29/2007 7:41:08 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
1. Junk food is expensive.

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.

31 posted on 12/29/2007 7:49:56 PM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Larry Lucido

Pizza and Ramen noodles did it for me in college.


32 posted on 12/29/2007 7:50:33 PM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!


33 posted on 12/29/2007 8:04:46 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Clemenza

I had to look it up - it sounds very tasty!

Though...I have to admit that I’ve never had fava beans...


34 posted on 12/29/2007 8:08:54 PM PST by RosieCotton ("Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Pyro7480

I look around church and I see three to six children. But I know what you are getting at.


35 posted on 12/29/2007 8:23:18 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Coleus

BTTT!


36 posted on 12/29/2007 8:25:50 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Larry Lucido

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 !


37 posted on 12/29/2007 8:28:28 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Coleus

thanks, bfl


38 posted on 12/29/2007 8:31:17 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: Clemenza

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.


39 posted on 12/29/2007 8:36:20 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Squantos
No wonder you paid out the ass in France. You had a hamburger and a soda! Only tourists eat that crap! Now, if you had gone around the corner to the local Mom & Pop restaurant, you could have had a real meal for a quarter of the price. As an example, my wife and I once shared a dinner at a family restaurant à rive droit Paris consisting of pork roast braised until fork-tender in wine with lentils, and served with pan gravy, peas, and pearl onions. Two heaping platefuls (plus seconds of the veg) with a couple loaves of fresh bread set us back about twelve bucks... and that's WITH wine.

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.

40 posted on 12/29/2007 8:44:07 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: B-Chan

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 !!


41 posted on 12/29/2007 8:56:34 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Squantos

BUMP!


42 posted on 12/29/2007 11:11:40 PM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Coleus

I would like to see a typical Russian and a typical Israeli family.

And what about Canada, eh?


43 posted on 12/30/2007 8:52:25 AM PST by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Clemenza
The key is to use fresh Fava beans and Greek (or Egyptian, if you can find it) olive oil.

And a nice Chianti.

44 posted on 12/30/2007 9:06:14 AM PST by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Alouette

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. ;-)


45 posted on 12/30/2007 9:38:09 AM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Alouette

Canada= Copious quantities of coffee crisp and Tim Horton’s, followed with Molson aka Canadian Champagne.


46 posted on 12/30/2007 9:39:12 AM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: B-Chan; Squantos
Last time I was in Paris two years ago, a carafe of "table wine" was 3 Euro, versus 4 Euro for coke at the same restaurant. In Spain, where I was just three weeks ago, soda and wine were equal in price, while beer (even Estrella de Galicia) was pricier.

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.

47 posted on 12/30/2007 9:42:55 AM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Salvation; Pyro7480
Italians on average have 1.2 children versus 2.1 for the United States.

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.

48 posted on 12/30/2007 9:49:42 AM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Clemenza

Sangria BTTT !


49 posted on 12/30/2007 10:55:42 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Squantos

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.


50 posted on 12/30/2007 10:58:52 AM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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