Trying new foods is an adventure. Over the past two years as a college student, I have become more open to trying new foods, especially when visiting another country and if the foods are fresh fruits or vegetables. I’ve been able to train my body to like certain new foods since I knew they were healthy for me. But I also treated myself many times when studying abroad in Spain and going to different countries.
Food is such a strong element of culture, so I thought it would be a perfect way to recap this past 2014 year. So, I present to you, a list of the new foods I tried overseas and at home.
- Tortilla Española
- Espinacas con Garbonzos
- Tortas de Aceite
- Gazpacho & Salmorejo
- Chorizo & Morcilla
My favorites are tortilla española, which is a Spanish omelette with potatoes and onions, and espinacas con garbonzos, a spinach and chick pea dish. I wasn’t too much of a fan of gazpacho or salmorejo, but they were pretty good! I also tried a variety of pasta, rice and potato dishes that my host mom made for me in Spain.
- Arroz con Leche
- An Oreo sandwich from 100 Montaditos
- Dulce de Leche Gelato
I was a huge fan of all of these of course! Girls gotta have their sweet treats!
I didn’t have too much of all of these, except for the tuna, which was in a lot of pasta and potato dishes I ate in Spain. A lot of it was fried seafood, and it was pretty good!
Pastitsio is a baked pasta dish with meat and a white sauce. It was really good and reminded me of a lasagna, but this dish really shows the Italian influence on Greek cuisine and Mediterranean cuisine in general. Moussaka was so good that I had it twice in Greece!
- Spaghetti Squash
- Butternut Squash
I have been wanting to try spaghetti squash for awhile, and 2014 is when that happened! I tried it over the summer and it became a staple for my meals in college. I love squash in general, so trying out both spaghetti squash and butternut squash seemed perfect. I also was able to try beets in Morocco and Spain (and at home, of course), and I have grown to really like them. Cucumbers was another vegetable that I trained myself to like this year, too.
A couple weeks ago, my friends and I went to a local Salvadorian restaurant outside my college town. One of my friends and I were new to pupusas, which are made with a thick corn tortilla filled with meats, cheese, refried beans or other veggies. There was a variety of combos to choose, and I ordered a zucchini and cheese one as well as a pork, cheese and refried beans pupusa. They tasted amazing.
A huge step for me this year was eating salads. I never used to like lettuce, but this summer changed that. I began mixing fruit, veggies and lettuce to make salads I actually enjoyed eating. I discovered the benefits of eating raw foods and how salads are so important in that. I now like to enjoy a salad at least once a day throughout the week.
My top picks?
- Pupusas – if you are a tortilla lover!
- Tortilla Española – if you are an omelette lover!
- Spaghetti squash – if you love pasta as much as I do!
- Flan – for a sweet treat!