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American section of market


Another amusing sight from my trip. There’s a small international food store in Venice with various sections – Mexican, British, Chinese etc.

And this is the American section. It made me laugh but I’m also kind of chagrined by it. Is this really the best America has to offer? And what does this say about the way we are perceived? A friend saw this photo and said, “Face it. We are tacky people and the world knows it.” That cracked me up too.

But what really blew my mind was the fact that the Aunt Jemima pancake syrup cost 9 euro. That’s over 13 dollars! I mean, it’s been a while since I’ve had it, but it’s nothing more than caramel-colored corn syrup, right? Not a drop of maple syrup in it (which could justify that price)?

So we've been trying to think of what else should be added to this section. A can of Pringles comes to mind. A Jolt cola. A box of Fruit Loops. Anything else?


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Comments (4)

Kim:

Hmm...wonder if we can go into business smuggling pancake mix into Italy?

Rebecca:

Maybe Wonder bread? Not that I'd eat it in ANY country...

That is so funny! How about adding Pop-Tarts to the list?

You would be horrified with the prices of food in Hawaii. I always think what a deal (before adding in the euro exhange rate) when I see the cost of different food items in the grocery stores in Italy (although there have been a few items that cost more than here).

I looked at that photo and said - YUM!

I have to order in from interstate to get things like that.

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