Friday, February 12, 2010

Mission Accomplished

Just returned from a Marine Reconnaissance Mission. The Rules of Engagement were to seek preferred targets and also engage any target of interest encountered. We were successful on both accounts and able to withdraw with acceptable losses




TRANSLATION: This means that the store which has American imports once a year, finally received the shipment!! Preferred Targets were Cranberry Sauce, cake mixes and icing. Targets of Interest would explain the Wing Sauce, Pop Tarts and Pinto Beans! The acceptable losses mean we kept the spending within budget! Barely....

9 comments:

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!! Congrats on the successful mission!

Betty said...

Yummy! Looks like some good eating ahead!

Rosie said...

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Holly said...

Congratulations and thanks for sharing! That was a fun post!

Shilo said...

Fun! Enjoy your loot!

Miss Footloose said...

I enjoyed reading this! Made me think of all the times I carry things in my luggage -- ginger root, dark chocolate, cans of this or that. Gouda cheese from my native Holland, special goodies of all sorts.

I also remember one time in an American Commissary in Ghana, West Africa where for some time we were "allowed" to shop and an American woman found a new shipment of pancake mix. "Oh, my God!" she squealed, calling over her husband to have a look at this miracle. "Pancake mix!" She almost passed out with jubilation, which I thought was so funny, because really now, how about mixing up a little batch of pancake batter from scratch? How hard is that?

And then, feeling remorse for being judgmental, I wondered if this was her first trip out of the USA and maybe having lived with the convenience of this mix, she had no clue you could just make your own! Just like that!

Poor girl. She had much to learn!

Enjoy your goodies, Rita!

Gringo said...

When I was working overseas, the only American food I missed was peanut butter, a commodity that makes practically anything taste better- from bread to raisins to hot peppers. The better quality tomatoes compared to US supermarket water varieties were a blessing. (IMHO, the Roma variety tomatoes that are now ubiquitous in TX supermarkets are an improvement over what tomatoes used to be sold here.)

If I were in Paraguay today, I would miss being able to purchase the dried chile/ chilli peppers such as anchos or chipotles one can purchase in TX. I would also miss collard greens and the ubiquity of ham. Can one purchase fresh ginger in Asuncion? I imagine soy sauce is available. I would miss canned salmon. I would also miss Ruby Red grapefruit.

It works both ways.When I was working in Salta province in Argentina, we purchased jugs of Salta(Cafayate) white for about $3/gallon. Unfortunately not available in the US these days, not in that size and definitely not at that price-now about $50/gallon.(I worked in Argentina when the peso was over-valued, so the contrast is even greater.) I purchase kilo bags of yerba mate here @ $4/kilo.Who knows, JM, you may end up purchasing yerba mate yourself when you are back in the US!

firepig said...

Gringo, How funny !

When I first arrived in Venezuela and my mother in law served chino ( the gray root vegetable) everyday, at first I disliked it and smothered it in peanut butter to everyone else's dismay.

As the years passed I grew to love it in soups and it actually became one of my favorites.
I am so happy to find it now in my small town in NC but with a different Mexican name.


What I miss most and cannot find here are fresh parchitas( passion fruits) for juice.

The Hermit said...

That looks like a good selection. I forget sometimes how lucky we are here to be able to just get in the car and drive down to Walmart.