Special Sub-Topic: Food and Drink of the West Country
|A red-eye flight from Ukraine will arrive in time for a breakfast of sausages and other cold cuts and cheeses served with Brötchen (a crusty roll). In which country, where Euros will purchase your meal, is this westbound flight making a landing?|
Germany. Bread is an important part of German culture and over 300 types of dark and white bread, as well as over 1200 varieties of rolls, are produced there. Brötchen literally means "small bread" and it is one of the most common types of bread eaten in Germany.
The official currency of Switzerland is Swiss francs, but Euros are also accepted in many places.
|Following a long flight west across the Atlantic ocean from Gabon, you will be ready for a popular soft drink commonly called Guaraná. This purchase, made with reais, not pesos, will be made in which of the following nations?
Brazil. Guaraná is a plant native to the Amazon region that is high in caffeine. The color of the fruit of the guaraná varies from brown to red and the fruit is used to make a very popular soft drink in Brazil. According to Wikipedia, the Guaraná Antarctica brand of this soft drink is the second best-selling soft drink in Brazil, only behind Coca-Cola.
|Head west from China and arrive in a nation where, before eating a meal featuring mutton, you will be treated to a fermented milk drink and tea, along with raisins and baursaks, a fried dough ball. You will need tenge, the local currency, to pay for this meal. In which Central Asian nation will you be dining?|
Kazakhstan. The historical background of the Kazakh people as herders of sheep, horses and camels still influences the foods they eat and enjoy today. Fermentation of milk products enabled the Kazakh people to keep their food for longer periods of time. Fermented mare's milk is called kumys, fermented camel's milk is called shubat and fermented cow's milk is called airan.
|With dollars in your pocket, you are ready to leave Mozambique for a cookout on the Atlantic coast where you will be eating braaivleis, grilled meat. Where are you going next?|
Namibia. Braaivleis is Afrikaans for grilled meat, braai meaning grill or barbeque and vleis meaning meat. Meats include beef, chicken and sausages which are traditionally cooked over an open fire in a cast iron pot. This type of meal is an important part of the lives of many people in Namibia. It is also commonly eaten in South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
|Leave your Euros behind in French Guiana, as well as your dollars, because you won't need them as you eat cornmeal cakes (called arepas) in this nation to the west. Where are you going, where Bolivars will be used to pay the bill?|
Venezuela. Arepas are made from ground cornmeal and they can be grilled, baked or fried. The traditional method for making them was labor-intensive, but there are easier methods nowadays. In Venezuela, arepas are often split open and filled with meats and cheeses. They are also commonly eaten in Colombia as well as Panama and the Dominican Republic.
|Get ready to travel west from Afghanistan to enjoy some appetizers of gerdu and tchagaleh badoum, both nut dishes, served with chay (tea). You won't need any rials to pay for this snack because your tour guide is taking care of the expenses. Where in the world will you be for snacktime?
Iran. Gerdu are walnuts that have been boiled thoroughly in water and tchagaleh badoum is salted almonds. Both are popular snacks in Iran. Balal is another popular snack served in Iran; it is roasted corn.
|It's time to trade in your Russian rubles for some Euros as you head west once again. This time you'll be dining on such delicacies as marinated eel, jellied meats and blood sausages. Where will you be going for this tasty experience?|
Estonia. Verivorst is one example of blood sausage; it is a sausage made from blood and barley. Boiled pork in jelly, called sult, is another common dish. The jelly is made by boiling pork bones; sometimes hooves and the head are added. One source consulted suggested that these dishes that use various parts of the animals in them became common when the country folk of Estonia were in need for food in their past. They are now a part of their traditions.
The currencies of Norway and Sweden sound similar, the krone and krona respectively; Latvia uses the lat.
|Rufiyaa is the currency you will need as you head west from Sri Lanka to this Muslim island nation where traditional foods include these three ingredients: coconut, fish and starch items such as potatoes and rice. Where will you be dining next? |
Maldives. The three ingredients mentioned above are in many dishes in Maldives, both main dishes as well as snacks, which are often fish-based. The international influence of other nations can also be seen in the food served there. Curries which are commonly prepared in the Maldives reflect the influence from India and Sri Lanka. As a Muslim nation, alcohol consumption is not allowed for the local population.
|A snack of sambossa awaits, following a flight west from Somalia to this nation where birr is the unit of currency. Where will you find this delicious pastry?|
Ethiopia. Sambossa is a snack that has various names, depending on the country where it is served. For example, it is called somsa in Turkey and samsa in Kyrgyzstan. It is a fried pastry filled with a mixture of the following ingredients: lentils, onions, peas, potatoes and coriander. It is often triangular in shape.
|Exchange your dong for kip as you leave Vietnam, and travel west for some delicious sticky rice and mangoes. Where will you be eating this famous dessert?|
Laos. Sticky rice and mangoes is a popular dessert in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Cooked rice is mixed with sweetened coconut milk and then more coconut milk is poured over the sliced mangoes and rice. Thai currency is the baht and Cambodian currency is the riel.
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