Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Bagels have come to Spain!  It may not seem like a big deal to you, but I hadn’t had a bagel in 14 years, so imagine my joy when I saw Thomas Bagels advertised on TV.  Not surprisingly, they aren’t as good as ones you get from a bakery, but hey.  I’m on my third package and enjoying the heck out of bagels, lox, and cream cheese, although here they say Philadelphia rather than cream cheese.

Sometimes I get annoyed with the narrow selection of products available here.  No graham crackers, no real vanilla extract, no fresh (or frozen) cranberries, no corn meal, no corn tortillas, (and very little fresh corn which is used for animal feed rather than human consumption) no yams, and sweet potatoes only in the fall and winter.  On the other hand, I just read an article that said that having too much choice (as in an American supermarket) was stressful.  And it’s true.  I suffer from very little stress these days, and for that I am grateful.

Now I’m waiting for English Muffins.  I hope those don’t take another 14 years to arrive.


  1. Haha, Dvora, the foods we miss eh. Fortunately in Australia - well, I do live in the capital city, albeit nowhere near the biggest city in Australia - we have all those foods you are missing except I can almost never find frozen cranberries. I think they can be found (I know I found them once) but they are rare. I've never seen fresh cranberries here. It means that for Xmas we either use jars of cranberry jelly or dried cranberries (craisins).

    1. I used to make a dynamite cranberry bread and I tried it here with the dried ones (the only type available, there isn't even the canned kind) and I didn't like it. So now I make the same recipe but with fresh raspberries (which ONE stand at the market sells). It's different but just as good and maybe better. One learns to make do.