Sunday, July 07, 2013

Why I Kept Laughing at Church

My friend Emily has been participating in couchsurfing lately. The other week she had a nice French couple stay with her. I was over at Emily's house doing some work on my laptop when they were making dinner, and they asked me if I would like to eat with them. I thanked them and sat down to eat with the couple and Emily. They didn't cook anything for their meal and had a tomato and onion salad with some avocado on the side. There was also some good bread and some brie cheese (my favorite!). There were some slices of some very baloney-looking meat that I couldn't quite identify, as well. They had wine, and Emily and I had juice since neither of us drink alcohol. We ate our meal and enjoyed pleasant conversation that was a little difficult because their English wasn't completely fluent, and our French was nonexistent.

Before I left that evening Emily and I discussed the meat. I told her that I thought it was a type of baloney, and she said that it wasn't baloney as she hates baloney, and she would know if it had been baloney. I also told her that if they left the brie cheese behind, I would be happy to finish it off for her if she didn't want it.

The next day as I was running out the door for church, Emily sent me a text message telling me that they had left the brie and the wine and the rest of the leftover food. She also told me what the meat was that we had eaten. It was raw turkey bacon.

We ate raw turkey bacon.

I didn't recognize it because I don't know that I've ever purposefully purchased, cooked, or eaten turkey bacon (I mean, why?). And so every time I thought about it that day, I laughed to myself that I had eaten raw turkey bacon for dinner.

The moral of this story is: when in a foreign country, make sure you know exactly what it is that you're buying to eat.

8 comments:

julie said...

Teehee. That's a funny story! I wouldn't know what turkey bacon looked like, either, and I wouldn't have asked them what it was either. I would have just assumed they knew what they were eating and that it was okay for me to eat too. So funny!

I used to like brie more than I do now. The last time I ate it I wasn't loving it. I prefer chevre.

I totally wish I could have eaten dinner with you guys (despite the raw turkey bacon)! My french is extremely rusty and could use the practice.

Thanks for sharing - I got a good chuckle. :)

Cardine said...

I wish you could have eaten dinner with us, too! I kept thinking you should have been there!

Yeah, some brie actually isn't very good. Lately I've been getting the "not as good" brie. I have been loving havarti with herbs lately. I don't know exactly what it's called, but it has been so delicious!

Jessica Hoopes said...

That is hilarious! And yucky. And hopefully nobody gets worms. :)

tearese said...

wait, so you're saying they didn't know what it was either? I would have just assumed that was how they ate it where they lived or something. WEird.

Sarah P said...
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Sarah P said...

They were probably thinking American food was gross. :) What happened to the wine?

Has Emily been couchsurfing anywhere? Has she had any others stay with her?

Emily said...
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Emily said...

Cardine
I also still get a little chuckle out of this story, and it always brings a smile to my face.
Sarah
I made them Roast, potatoes, gravy and corn and they seemed to like it pretty well. I haven't participated in the couchsurfing yet, but I have hosted couchsurfers from different places. Florida, Portugal, New York, Memphis, Illinois, Belgium, and this last weekend Australia. Its been a fun and interesting experience. The people from Belgium even brought me Belgium chocolate. They have all also invited me to come visit them.