Food

My Expats World | Foreigners’ habits that Spaniards find weird to see in their culture

Spain is home to millions of foreigners, so a multicultural environment doesn’t surprise anyone. However, newcomers should understand that their native customs may surprise locals, since the Spanish culture is quite particular in many senses.  Here is an article about the most standard situations that provoke awkward experiences with Spanish people.   Know how to greet a Spanish person  When Spanish people meet, they greet each other with kisses on the cheek. No matter if you are foreigner and they see you for the very first time, they will give you those two kisses. So, it is better if you could control your instinct to give a handshake, anyway it will not help you to avoid the double kiss.  Know what to wear  In the south the weather is very pleasant all year round comparing it with nort...

My Expats World | Danes lead the way to food waste reduction

Food waste is a great problem all over the world. And Denmark is the number one example in food waste reduction.  According to official data, Danes have reduced their food waste by 25% since 2012.   During these years many things have changed for the better: new food waste reductions initiatives and startups started appearing on a regular basis. Local influencers and awareness campaigns encourage the fight against food excess and have created food waste supermarkets, food waste cooking schools and many more great changes that positively affect society’s behavior and habits. In short, the world has a role model.   How did the Danes do it?  A strong leader  In fact, everything started because of Selina Juul. This woman emigrated from Russia during her teenager years and was astonished with t...

My Expats World | What makes Greek food healthy?

Greece and its culture are very rich, it doesn’t go unnoticed. The extraordinary environment, white-walled towns and a tasty food are the first associations when thinking of this magnificent land.  Even though the topic is infinite, this article is a tribute to the healthy secrets of Greek food.   The traditional Greek table demonstrates a variety of colours and flavours in a large selection of local ingredients. Not surprisingly, the Mediterranean diet is recognized as the healthiest diet around the world. Majority of health experts and even science research agrees on that.   Six healthy customs of Greek cuisine are revealed in this article. Thus, take your notebook, these universal cooking habits can be adapted to any kitchen.   1.  Olive oil Extra virgin olive oil is irreplaceable when ...

My Expats World | The World’s Top 5 Food Experiences

Food is an important part of any place. It unlocks social customs and revealing ancient traditions, all while offering us a chance to connect with the locals in an organic way. It’s a delicious way to get to know the city we are living or traveling in. Here are the world’s top 5 food experiences: 1. Pintxos in San Sebastian There is probably no better way to explore a culture’s cuisine than pintxos in San Sebastián. Normally these delicious bites are accompanied by a drink and in many cases are part of a bar-hopping evening in San Sebastian. Pintxos are small, open-faced sandwiches which today take on many incarnations from the more traditional to molecular gastronomy. But in a pintxo, one will find very local ingredients represented. Everyone has their favourite. Maybe yours is the batter...

My Expats World | 7 things that impact obesity in America

Obesity rates in the United States are the highest in the world: two of every three American men are considered to be overweight or obese. However, obesity in women is more common. According to the statistics, close to 40% of adults and 19% of young people are obese. And this trend is not decreasing.   Even though it is pretty clear that Americans consume more food than is necessary to turn into energy, an ordinary resident unconsciously overindulges in a great variety of unhealthy foods. Simply because in the States unhealthy food is the most tasty, affordable and available.  It’s provided in large portions and even visually looks better than healthy alternatives.   Let’s get some deeper insights about what influences American obesity.    1) Americans eat out a lot  The frequency of...

How our age affects our appetite?

Food is the daily fuel of humans. And our relationship with food is formed by income, availability, trends and even peer pressure. Which means that the relationship can be as much complicated as it is joyful. Hunger is the main stimulant that affects our appetite and informs the brain when it’s time to have a bite. However, nowadays we got into the trap of overconsumption: smell, sound and advertising which all make us eat even we are not hungry. This also affects our eating habits. Anyway, our appetite changes with aging as well. Our lives are divided into seven stages that illustrate the differences of our relationship with food. Knowing this might help fighting against a few main the twenty first century issues: overconsumption, obesity and eating disorders. The first decade, 0-10 In th...

Are the Swiss eating less chocolate?

The Swiss chocolate industry counts 190,731 tons of the treat sold at home and abroad last year. However, the domestic consumption has fallen for the  third year in a row. Meanwhile, exports have been rising since 2012. Does it mean the Swiss started eating less chocolate? 1 bar of chocolate every one and a half days Even though, Aztecs are considered as the ancestors of chocolate, in the modern world Switzerland is widely known to be a chocolate country.   It all started when Francois-Louis Cailler opened a chocolate factory in Corsier near Vevey in 1819. Additionally, the man also founded “Cailler chocolate”, the oldest local brand still in existence.  Since this sweet relationship has lasted almost 200 years, it is not surprising that the average Swiss person eats 240 bars per year. Thi...

Lunch customs differ around the world

Food, tastes and eating habits varies greatly from country to country. The geographical zone and climate, traditions, individualistic or collectivistic culture also impact our edible choices. Let’s take an appetising tour around the world to see what people eat for lunch. Argentina Argentinians for their midday lunch are having a quite large meal, usually it is pasta or meat. Sandwiches de Miga or empanadas – pastries filed with meat, seafood or vegetables, are a very popular lunch choice too. China Lunch time in China is the same as in Western world. The menu is simple and usually doesn’t contain more than three dishes. So, typically it is rice or noodles with some meat and vegetables. Costa Rica The most standard option for lunch is Casado: a plate of rice and beans, served with plantain...