Meals Across the Globe

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Humans all over the world need to eat to survive. Food has evolved separately for each culture as well as came together and fused into another culture’s food entirely. Besides the food itself, we each have expectations around food, meals, meal times, utensils, etc.. In the US, we typically consider there to be three meals in the day; breakfast at about eight in the morning, lunch around noon, and dinner in the evening around six. These meals are served in bowls and plates and we use forks, spoons, and knives to eat them. However, these are customs basically unique to the US, people in Spain eat their last meal of the day at ten pm. In England, it’s custom to have tea and a small meal at four pm.

Foods that are familiar in the United States that seem unusual to foreigners are hot dogs, pumpkin pie and pecan pie among others. Corn on the cob is not strange to many Americans, but in Europe, this side is considered a food for animals. Likewise, we find other cultures to have unfamiliar and seemingly strange foods. In Japan it’s common to eat horse meat, toasted grasshoppers have eaten in Mexico, sheep eyes in Middle Eastern countries and kidney pie in England.

Utensils are also different depending on some cultures, and in many, the only utensil is your hands. Although in the US there are restaurants that sell Asian and Mexican food, these dishes are not usually the way they are prepared in the origin country or a fashion dish that only exists in the states, such as chop suey.

Some cultures also have dietary restrictions that are unique to them. Muslims do not eat animals considered to be scavengers, like goats, pigs, and shellfish. Even food prepared with oils from these animals is not permitted.

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