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Food in a combat zone: Comfort food from around the world

The New York Times had an interesting article about what troops from 14 countries find in their combat meals in Afghanistan.  It’s a glimpse into what each culture considers the comfort of home. Americans will find pork ribs and barbecue sauce, potato cheddar soup, Skittles and some chewing gum.  Italy mackerel in olive oil, canned sausages, pasta-and-bean soup, beef tortellini and vitamins.  Click on the links to see what each package contains. South Korea’s, which is pictured to the left, contains kimchi, ham fried rice, white beans and sauce, almond cake and chocolate candy.

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  1. I love this article! It’s not a mystery that comfort food can boost the morale and mood of those away from home. Be it in a war zone or just having to be away from your home country for a long time, familiar comfort foods make a big difference. When we lived in Japan we found comfort in a small mexican restaurant that a man from California had opened. It was authentic and very good. When I traveled to Ghana I went to Frankie’s in Osu for Pizza. In Beijing I went to Pizza Hut. It just made being away a little bit easier. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. admin says:

    Yup, I’ve been to Frankie’s in Osu! Sometimes, after a long, hard day all you want is something that reminds you of home!

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