Sunday, December 04, 2011

Food, Glorious Food!

I am sitting here eating some guava that I bought at the grocery store today, and it hit me that the last time I ate guava was in Costa Rica at a farewell party that some friends from the church put on for us. That time that I ate guava, it was pulled right off the tree for me to eat, which was incredible....however I kept wondering in the back of my mind if I was going to get a worm or parasite from it! Thankfully I didn't, but even today I'm still inspecting each bite! This week I tried my first "pan de jamón" (ham bread), which is a Venezuelan tradition at Christmastime. It is bread baked with ham on the inside...it's kind of like a roll. There were also raisins baked inside...but interestingly it was a wonderful combination! Kind of sweet and salty.

Part of me misses some foods that I ate in Canada, but part of me is excited to discover all the new foods here! In Costa Rica, the grocery stores were much smaller and limited (although there were some stores with a bit more variety and imports) so when I arrived in Caracas I was blown away by the size of the supermarkets and the variety within. Venezuelans are the second largest consumers of pasta in the world (Italy being #1, of course), and imagine my surprise to see a whole supermarket aisle devoted to pasta. A whole aisle!!!! Of course there are some things that I can't get here that I was able to get in Costa Rica (ie: Kraft Dinner--you'd think with a whole pasta aisle, good 'ol KD might catch on down here) but all in all, I am happy with the food in Venezuela. And don't forget arepas....I love arepas! And the rotisserie chickens. And the papaya....

A little update on getting into the Christmas spirit....Friday I started reading "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, and yesterday I made myself.....drumroll.....eggnog! Tonight...well, tonight I'm going to do some online Christmas shopping while I drink tea out of my Christmas mug.

Another little update on Christmas happenings....I am happy to share that this Christmas I am going to be spending in Canada! I am looking forward to spending time relaxing in Cold Lake (most likely with long underwear and a few sweaters on) with my family and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be spent with family in Saskatchewan...hurray! I'm looking forward to seeing snow, breathing deeply the fresh air and enjoying some quiet time. Would appreciate any prayers as I travel on the 12th!

One of my fave musicals...

4 comments:

Kelsie said...

Looking forward to meeting you "for real!" Will you be back to Venezuela for New Years? Even MORE new food...all white!

Colleen said...

So glad you get to come home for Christmas, Kelly:) Happy travelling...

marjorie said...

Can't wait to give you a hug and tell you how proud I am of you..Feliz Navidad Safe travels...Dios te bendiga mi amiga

marjorie said...

Can't wait to give you a hug and tell you how proud I am of you..Feliz Navidad Safe travels...Dios te bendiga mi amiga