Dreams + Neuroses.

For a long while, Keith and I have wanted to live abroad. I must say, particularly now that my friends Beth and Bob have done it, therefore making such a move seem like a more achievable reality, I am beginning to get anxious. Now, I should say, firstly, that we don’t have any set plans; regardless, I’ve still got my concerns. I’m not quite hyperventilating yet about the normal things, such as visas and finding an apartment and language barriers and the like. No, I’m instead nervous about how much fatter I’m going to get. I mean, come on! Let’s go through some of the world’s nations and their food:

  • Argentina: carne asado, chinchulines, dulce de membrillo, empanadas, fideos, locro, mate, medialunas, morcilla, sandwiches de miga.
  • Belgium: chocolates and pralines, frieten, greven broecker, lambic, mosselen-friet, stoemp, vlaamse stoofkarbonaden, waffles, waterzooi, witbier.
  • England and the UK in general: Cadburys, Maltesers and etc., curries, fish and chips, haggis, Montgomery’s cheddar, pasties, porters, Spotted Dick, Stilton, Welsh rarebit, Yorkshire pudding.
  • France: bouillabaisse, cassoulet, crêpes, croissants, gougères, mille-feuilles, pâté, pot au feu, ratatouille, Tomme de Savoie.
  • Germany: bratwurst, blutwurst, weißwürste and all other wursts, gingerbread, pickert, radler, schnitzel, schnüsch, spätzle, soßklopse, stollen, wiener rouladen.
  • Hong Kong and China: char siu baau, congee, dim sum, dumplings, fish balls, milk tea, paper-wrapped chiffon cakes, peking duck, red bean pudding, shao mai.
  • Italy: burrata, bicerin, ciccioli, fegatelli di maiale, latte dolce fritto, mortadella, osso buco, panettone, Piave, tortelli di zucca.
  • Japan: bento boxes, donburi, kushikatsu, mochi, ochazuke, onigiri, sashimi and sushi, soba, somen and udon noodles, takoyaki, zōsui.
  • Korea: bibimbap, bulgogi, ddeock, galbijjim, hobbang, hotteok, jabchae, kimbap, naeng-myeon, pajeon.
  • Spain: albóndigas, ajoblanco, croquetas, gazpacho, jamón ibérico, Idiazábal, paella, tapas and pintxos, tortilla española, migas.
  • The Netherlands: CHEESE.

Let’s face it: I’m doomed.

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