Happy day after Andorra day! Yesterday, apparently, was
Andorra's national holiday. Never heard of Andorra
before? You're in good company (at least I like to think
of myself as good company...). According to my friend
Jennifer Scheel Bushman, novelist and author of the new blog eat planet. Discover the
world, Andorra is a tiny country wedged between France and
Spain. Who knew? Her kids do, now, and before Jen's
done with her year-long alphabetical journey through the plates and
palates of cultures the world over, her kids will know a
little something - and taste a little something - from every
country on the planet.
Jen, a former resident of Naperville who currently resides near
Toronto, is the daughter of U.S. diplomats and grew up all over the
world. Thus, she developed quite a sophisticated palate as a
young child. She recalls loving artichokes at the age of
three and "eating mussels in Brussels" when she was just six.
Never shy about introducing her children - eleven-year-old John and
eight-year-old Julia - to new foods, her plan is either to sample
the fare at a Toronto eatery representative of the country next on
her list or to whip up the dishes in her own kitchen. I
suspect she'll suffer more then one moment of panic when some
obscure ingredient cannot be located and she promises to share
those moments with us. Her posts come replete with
recipes and gorgeous pictures of the food and of her beautiful
kids. I can hardly wait to see what she'll dish up when
Chinese cuisine is on the menu, as China, a place she and her
parents once lived, is the setting for her first novel, Hard
So follow Jen and her kids around the globe - four countries
down and only 191 to go - and discover the world with your own
children, one plate at a time.
Jennifer DuBose, M.S., C.A.S., is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Batavia.
See more of Jennifer's stories here.
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