Yesterday I got to thinking international and the effect that international marketing has had on our lives. Fifty years ago – Fifty years ago! can’t believe it — I know where I was when Kennedy was shot. I watched a documentary on it until almost mid-night last night — —-well between naps I watched it!
Anyway, fifty years ago things were different — today we have more global communications, global transportation, global financing and WalMart – we can buy buy many different shoe styles — My friends in Stonewall Texas did not offer a 1,000 different styles in their General Store – so all our feet looked pretty much the same back then!
How about food – Today, we have 1,000 of choices. When I traveled, I enjoyed the local food of the country I happened to be spending the night in. I did that because, back home in those days, we all ate a limited selection of food — what ever the local market offered.
So last night – to study the impact of the globalizing, — I decided to see if I could travel vicariously through food purchased right here in Florida — purchased at a normal old local chain store – so off I went — and – cooked my international meal — Here is what I purchased – and prepared. – Say I to me — “This vicarious experience must keep portions small or I won’t be” – So I did.
MAIN COURSE – (Lots to eat – but keep portions small!!)
1. Australia – Lamb chops
2. France – Bagaette
3. California – Broccoli
4. Italy – Olive oil to toss raw broccoli
5. Israel – Salt to toss with olive oil and broccoli
4. Spain – A glass of red wine
APPETIZER WHILE COOKING
5. Mexico – Tortilla chip
6. Switzerland – Cheese
7. India – A glass of beer while cooking (India Pale Ale – Actually Brewed in Atlanta Georgia)
8. Wisconsin – Cottage cheese
9. Canada – Blue berries
10. Florida – Orange blossom honey
AFTER DESERT (While Watching documentary on Alaska fishing)
11. Colombia – Coffee
12. U.K. – Dark Chocolate (I picked it up – but put it down — had too much to eat already)
WOW, In a couple of hours, last evening, I took one long and very enjoyable vicarious gourmet travel delight! Grandpa would not understand!
From the HOMESTEAD 1900 AD
Jan 18: Weather same as before. Bought over-shoes at Harding’s for 75 cents.
Jan 19: Bought shoe repair tacks for 10 cents.
Feb 17: Bought 2 3/4 pound chuck – paid 28 cents.
Feb 24: Paid 50 cents for Baby a pair of shoes.
Feb 26: 15 cents for peanuts and candy.
March 8: Butchered hog. Made sausage. Went hunting in afternoon.
Jan 19: Bought cow for $42 ***he did not say if it was to eat or to provide milk
Jan31: Ellen **(Grandma) finished making shoes for Paul.
Feb 1: Bought oil and cheese for 30 cents.
Feb 13: Baked Ginger snaps.
Some of this one makes sense to me but not all of it????
Feb 18: Was at Scalp in evening. Fire and powder explosion at Thirty. Great excitement. Citizens had meeting at school house. Paid 5 cents for candy and 4 cents for tobacco for **(??) to wash cow.
Scalp = Scalp Level – a small mining town in Pa.
Thirty = A mining town built by the Berwind White Coal Company at the enterence to their mine shaft #30.
Citizens = Noticed that there was an election the next day – maybe that is why they met.
Tobacco and wash cow ?? i did not get that?