Traveling around India can get quite…. interesting 🙂
Verbalize Yourself! discussion topic: FOOD, DRINK, AND IDENTITY
There are now more cuisines, ingredients, cooking shows and recipe books than ever before. Today it seems most of us know the difference between prosciutto and pancetta, sushi and sashimi, but how foods and drinks influence and communicate identities in social and domestic settings?
We have prepared for you the following article to spice up our discussion and to give you more ideas and flavor of what to expect at our “debate in English” meetings. So, let’s start with the truly fantastic travel photo essay around the world in “What the world eats”:
What the world eats
Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio traveled the world documenting that most basic of human behaviors — what we eat. Their project, “Hungry Planet,” depicts everything that an average family consumes in a given week–and what it costs — laid out in thought-provoking detail. Their results will be exhibited by The Nobel Peace Center to give viewers a peek into kitchens from Norway to Kuwait, and to raise awareness about how environments and cultures influence the cost and calories of the world’s dinners.
Norway (family 1)
The Ottersland Dahl Family of Gjettum. Food expenditure for one week: 2211.97 Norwegian Kroner; $379.41 USD. Favorite foods: fresh baked bread with butter and sugar, pancakes, tomato soup with macaroni and cold milk, yoghurt
Norway (family 2)
United States (family 1)
United States (family 2)
United States (family 3)
The Bainton family of Cllingbourne Ducis. Food expenditure for one week: 155.54 British Pounds or $253.15. Favorite foods: avocado, mayonnaise sandwich, prawn cocktail, chocolate fudge cake with cream.
By viewing food (and drink) both as cultural practice and cultural expression, we may learn about such concepts as: cultural identity, values, practice, experience, language/meaning, and aesthetics.
Alibaba’s blockbuster $25 billion stock offering has made Jack Ma the wealthiest man in China, according to a new survey, as investor enthusiasm for Chinese technology names enriches a new generation of Internet moguls.
Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, and his family have a net worth of about $25 billion following last week’s initial public offering.
The shift reflects a flood of dollars into China’s rapidly growing Internet sector, as investors bet on firms such as Alibaba growing at a fast clip at home and becoming more globally competitive. China has seen a record 15 Internet IPOs so far this year.
Groups of young people are defying death as part of the new “skywalking” trend sweeping Russia. They are illegally climbing buildings around the world to take the most incredible shots of cities from vantages rarely seen.
Vitaliy Raskalov is taking us on a heart-pounding and one-of-a-kind experience while scaling the tallest building in China – the Shanghai Tower (click on photo to enlarge)
Sangeang Api (Sang Hyang Api), an active volcano complex on the island of Sangeang in Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia explosively erupt on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm local time. The plume is estimated to be ~2-3 km high and disperse to the southeast. The island is an uninhabited island, although people cultivate the land for agriculture at the slope of the volcano, but they have been told to evacuate the island prior to the eruption. The authorities had put the volcano on high alert since June 2013. The ashes from the eruptions is reported to reach Australia, causing Darwin airport to shuts and creating flight chaos across Australia.