Anyway, I'm excitedly learning new words and how to say things like, "I'm a vegetarian/vegan." I'm also learning the Italian words for lots of foods. Although I might have eaten lentil nuggets with a side of lentils for dinner last night...not entirely sure about that. Either way it was healthy, if not diverse, and tasty.
Fortunately, there's a tiny organic market Right. Across. The Street! from my hotel. When I asked at the front desk if that's what it was the guy said, "They sell these biological (European for organic) food stuffs...you know, witchcraft food." I was a little confused...not sure if it was an organic market or an herbalist who was going to give me a sack of dried stuff and tell me to drink a tea from it 8 times a day. Turns out it's an organic market.
A good way to learn new words is to look at familiar products in their packages.
|The other day when I thought I inquired as to what kind of sandwiches were available, I realized I used the word for sweet roll instead of sandwich when I heard the waiter say "fragola."|
They had quite the selection of tofu flavors (smoked, olive, basil, Black Forest (not sure what this is) and Red (tomato and pepper) along with plain), vegan "meats" and non-dairy milks. I don't know what everything (especially the "meats") was supposed to be but it's been interesting trying different new foods. I don't usually eat a lot of packaged foods but given my minimal ability to prepare food for myself right now, I'm doing what I have to.
My zero-waste life goal is temporarily on hold as I have to eat out or eat something I can prepare in my tiny hotel room right now. I can say that I haven't taken a single-use drink container (even if it is recyclable) the entire time I've been here. That means I'm drinking only water, coffee or tea but I'm surviving :P
I'm excited to try more new foods and to learn the words for foods I already know I want! We move into a house next week and I'll be even more excited to start really cooking again!! Stay tuned for new foods and new recipes :D