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Crunch, Crunch

We knew coming to Cuba that it was a country devoid of American goods, but I think in the back of our minds we didn’t fully believe it until we experienced it firsthand. To be blunt, the food in Cuba is not best. We have referred to Mac food as being gourmet compared to our meals here. Granted, in all fairness, we have found some good eateries here in Cuba, but they don’t compare to the foods we have grown accustomed to in the states. It took us several weeks to stumble across a 24 hour hotdog stand which we frequently visit; and six weeks to find a decent hamburger. As for snack foods, we sampled a variety of Chinese, Mexican, and Spanish goods, but none of them were quite the same. Cuban food tends to be rather bland. They use very different ingredients and a lack of savory spices in their food products. Personally, I lived off of pizza here for a long time. More recently however, we have discovered Pringles in an assortment of flavors such as Cheddar Cheese, Original, Loaded Baked Potato, Sour Cream & Onion, Jalapeño, and Salt & Vinegar. Now in the U.S. you wouldn’t pay more than say $1.50 or so for a sleeve of Pringles, but when in Cuba you are not above paying $4.35 CUC for a sleeve of Pringles. And more recently we learned from our other American friends that a local market recieved a shipment of cereal, so now we are delightfully enjoying Lucky Charms, Cini Minis (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Raisin Bran, Cheerios, and Honey Nut Cheerios. You can only imagine our excitement as we pranced home from class with cereal in hand. I guess I should mention that before we left the U.S. I brought with me a Sam’s Club size box of cheez-its (a 3lb box) that we demolished in four weeks. So as you can tell we will be stopping at an assortment of restaurants on May 17th.