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Culture Shock.. my Foreign Import's 90 days in US


Rysavy 10 | 308
28 Aug 2013 #1
Though very westernized, many things confused or boggled my Hunny. Nothing more so than food (he left with 5 lb more and while here...even though sick half the time ... had gained up to 15 * some thru PT

He hated our sausages and thought we are bad butchers of pork. Does think I am a great cook :3
His questions on food heresy
1)Do Americans put cheese on everything? Hmmm... when examined ... not everything , just 98% of foods?
2) What is with all the corn?

Corn in all forms, Dairy in many forms is added to a LOT of our foods. And bacon (which I approve of)I never really thought about it.

I personally cook nearly everything in butter or bacon grease.

He thinks I am always sick because my food (I am medically lactose intolerant, iron avoidance diet and nitrate avoidance) and is worried about what I eat since it is not good for the baby or me.

I just contracted Listeria (I never even heard of before and it caused panic for my OB) from my food recent that I'm am fighting. Was it cold deli meat or cold 2 hot dogs? eating raw cookie dough? That one rare steak? The suspect cantaloupe? ....All I am sure of is that it wasn't from dairy that I eat rarely and since he cant eat it had none all summer cept lactose added to chips.

How could I guess what did it? I have to now conclude we eat a lot of garbage here and it isn't just about fast food.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
28 Aug 2013 #2
and is worried about what I eat since it is not good for the baby or me.

Are you pregnant?
OP Rysavy 10 | 308
28 Aug 2013 #3
LAWL... I was paraphrasing him without thinking.
But yes... seems um.. Polish fellows (mine anyway) are quite... um... reproductive.
I am living the joke punchline "what do you call a Catholics on NFP? Parents." (*tho in risk of TMI more care than that was taken..it was a VISIT.... we are not married yet).

Though pretty frisky previous this was frisky plus and a really idyllic holiday summer . He has fallen in love with and is trying to convince me that MI should be home (brrrrrr! pretty but not without solid income while I hibernate for winter!).

It's not a secret exactly, but I didn't make a separate post or get all giddy (he's giddy enough for us both though freaking on how he can get back before grand debut) because I'm not sure all will be well. I contracted a serious food poisoning it has likely nixed the chances of carrying, and I am not good at receiving condolences. *sigh*

The original doc apt was for the fevers and when they did the obligatory "chance of pregnancy" test before prescribing drugs we got a surprise before he left for Poland. Though we do want kids I was wanting to get in top notch shape first; and have as good of alone time as possible with an 8yr old and disabled mum in house. Plus I want him to finish this last half semester to get his diploma in Eng.

Only just tipping to week 6; I wasn't gonna start dancing unless I can get to week 12.
New OB (reg doc in AZ... I'm out of state ) is freaking and that is never good sign. 101 fevers and blood infection with this Listeria crap when combined with my age is not cutting it.

I have all this new spare time at odd hours because I am on a laptop with bed rest. My disappearance was his visit and taking a break from ..as he calls it.. 'that political site'. >_<. Now...I am a bored, trapped, sick person in a negative situation with a broody hen lover 5500 miles away kibitzing via Skype&phone over what I should eat, when I should rest... Yawp!... might be a tad irritable next few weeks.

Now back to the subject of food... I know our food is literally poison 50% of the time. and I remember Food in Germany being quite fresh (but this was staying with family at a farm outside nuermberg in 70s)

What is food like in Poland? Paiwan seems to endorse that it is healthy and mostly free of extra materials. Is it so good?
jon357 67 | 16,854
28 Aug 2013 #4
What is food like in Poland? Paiwan seems to endorse that it is healthy and mostly free of extra materials. Is it so good?

It can be excellent, though many people's day to day diet isn't especially healthy or appetising and processed foods are big in PL. Even the sausage is processed food and laden with nasties. Life expectancy lags behind much of Europe and there are very high levels of stomach cancer.

The fruit and veg are good and cheap though.
OP Rysavy 10 | 308
28 Aug 2013 #5
The fruit and veg are good and cheap though.

I don't like hearing about processed poison having a foothold, but cheap produce?

:) I like hearing that ....specially give the tiny teeny fridges that seem to be standard in EU countries.
I love sausages and pickles.. that might expose me to additives.
If I stick strictly to my prescribed diets; chicken, pork, fish and fresh produce is all I'd ever see in my larder anyway with stables like beans , rice and pasta. And it would be a very plain and monotonous menu .

I mean chances are high I will not live n Poland, unless something epic and bad happens in his family and we have to go back there so he can take the business reins (which he really doesn't want to do).
scottie1113 7 | 898
28 Aug 2013 #6
The fruit and veg are good and cheap though.

When you can find them, and there's not a large selection to choose from. Granted, I'm biased as I'm from Southern California and the produce section in most markets there is almost as big as BOMI. Sigh.
Meathead 5 | 470
29 Aug 2013 #7
Listeria? Probably the cantaloupe, especially if it was from Mexico.


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