So I know everyone is curious about what we eat here, and how we do it. We haven’t exactly gotten it down to a science yet, but we thought we would share our adventures in food with everyone. We have made some mistakes, so try not to laugh at us too hard, okay? 🙂
Okay, so first, we don’t have Walmart, or Target, or Kroger, or any one-stop-shop sort of place, so in order to get the materials together for one meal, we have to go to at least 2 places, sometimes 3, so we really have to plan our meals, which is usually a challenge for us, we’re more fly by the seats of our pants kinda people (exhibit one: we live in Taiwan). We are slowly (like snail’s pace) getting better at it, and finding out the best way to do our shopping. These are the things we have figured out so far.
1. The Farmer’s Market is only open from about 6 am-1pm, so we can really only go on Saturday mornings
2. The grocery store closest to our house does not have everything that we need. There is a bigger grocery store farther from our house that has more of a selection, and it’s close to the Farmer’s Market.
3. Any type of bread has to be bought from the bakery, but it’s so delicious!
4. If we need any special cooking utensil, we have to go to the affectionately named “everything store.” We don’t know what it’s really called, but it pretty much has everything you could need for anything (mostly). 😉
So, one “real” meal requires going to the Farmer’s Market to get the meat and veggies, and going to the grocery store to get any other things we need, like spices or rice etc. Oh and did I mention, that Taiwan has a very limited selection on most things? And the things we can get are usually a little different. The spices we can find are very limited, they mostly have different versions of pepper. The milk tastes different. The peanut butter is sweet. They don’t have baking powder, or cream of tartar. They don’t sell vanilla extract. There are only about 6 kinds of cereals sold here (and most of them are chocolate flavored). And there is a huge shelf devoted to rice. This just means that we have gotten more creative!
We also remember that when all else fails, there’s always McDonalds 🙂 Which by the way has happy hour during peak lunch and dinner times, so we get our meals for cheap!!!
We are really enjoying the opportunity to be creative and experience the culture here. We are hoping to have some friends from work over for dinner soon, so please be in prayer that we will be able to continue a good friendship with them and have opportunities for deeper conversation.