But tonight is the opening ceremonies (well, yes, I realize they actually happen this morning, but they are broadcast in the U.S. tonight), and I hope nothing happens to disrupt that because we have a new family tradition that I'm looking forward to.
International Snack Fest!
I came up with this two years ago for the opening ceremonies in London. We wanted to have a family night around the television enjoying the event, but I suspected my girls would get bored. So, I brought out a different food item every twenty minutes or so:
- Fortune cookies from China
- Ravioli from Italy
- Pretzels from Germany
- Bread dipped in olive oil from Greece
- Croissants from France
- Bacon from . . . Canada (Mm-hmm)
- Swiss cheese (yes, really)
- Cinnamon buns from Sweden (kinda stretched a bit there)
- Empanadas from Panama (because we'd just been to Panama – although the closest I could get in Siouxland was Totino's pizza rolls)
- Lettuce dipped in Russian dressing (REALLY stretched for that one)
- Sweet potato chips from Zimbabwe (just cuz the internet said they have a lot of sweet potatoes in Zimbabwe)
- And, of course, chocolate chip cookies from the good ol' USA.
This year, I'm going to look for some Swedish meatballs and some real empanadas (I think I've seen them here – we're in Texas now, after all). I'll replace the fortune cookies with crab rangoon and leave out the Russian dressing (even though it's in Russia this year . . . that was just kind of lame). There's a Pasha Express in the local HEB, so I might look for something better from them. The other big change we're making this year – we're not eating dinner ahead of time because by bedtime we were stuffed.
I can't tell you how much fun this was! And how much we're looking forward to it again this year! U! S! A! U! S! A!