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    mmm that colcannon recipe looks yum.
    i don't know the origins of it but my mom makes something similar. she uses spinach though.
    basically you sautée a ton of spinach in a large pan (you have to use a lot because it turns to nothing when you sautée it) with some butter, garlic, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg. then you fold it into a big pot of home made mashed potatoes and add some cream for good measure. it's amazing.
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    literally (YES, LITERALLY) salivating now!
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    Hmm. Now I wonder what mashed potatos and turnip greens would taste like.
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    well, hell - find out! I'm guessing delicious! oh and boil some of the turips with the potatoes ... or rutabegas (rutabaga?sp)
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    I love turnips! Good thinking.
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    I love rutabegas.
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    I'm hungry.
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    I just finished a meatloaf sandwich.
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    food, fucking and insults... this thread is now complete
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    I thought the list was funny. I would never notice those things unless they were pointed out. For the adverts, I do remember watching some TV in both Europe and Mexico and wondering about the lack of ads. While in Mexico last year there was a voice over that said something like "Solmos Warner" in this very accented voice, and since I like to have the TV on to fall asleep to, that infiltrated my subconscious cause I still wake up sometimes hearing that.

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    OMG that is one thing i complained about when living in europe. i drink a coke like once every 3 months but every once in a while i get a hankering for coke zero and i have to have it with lots of ice. in europe, most places will bring you a fairly cold coke and a glass, maybe a wedge of lemon. but NO FUCKING ICE. and if you ask for ice, they give you the bitchy side-eye and bring you one dainty little ice cube that melts the second it hits your drink. and everyone knows coke is a drink you have to drink with ice.
    First stop on my European vacation in '11 was Geneva and we stayed at the Four Seasons. Check in and go straight to the bar and order a whiskey coke. It was served with no ice so I asked for ice. The guy put one cube in there. I laughed and asked for more and he had the most startled expression on his face, but he picked up one more cube with the tongs and held it over the glass as if asking "really?!?!" I waved it in then asked for more. He started looking around like he was looking for the cameras cause surely this was a joke. Replayed the same scenario in Italy and France. I have weird stomach issues from surgery and a side effect is that room temperature drinks make me feel like I'm going to die so it either has to be super hot or super cold.

    One train station in Italy, after traveling in a non-air conditioned train for over 10 hours, I found a place that sold cold water and I literally started crying I was so happy. Granted, the stress of the traveling I'd been doing up to that point might have had some impact on my reaction, but I've never been happier to guzzle a bottle of cold water in my life.

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    For example - I hate that in France everything comes with fucking mustard, even if it doesn't say it on the menu, they drench every sammich in mustard. Je deteste la moutarde!!
    I had the opposite happen. I couldn't find mustard to save my life. Maybe it was cause it was train stations, but a lot of the larger ones were filled with little deli-like places that made your sandwich in front of you. Not one had mustard. But they had plenty of butter. Needless to say if I never eat a ham and cheese baguette slathered in butter again, I'll be a happy camper.

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    I'm still laughing about the toilets...I had no idea ours were so different than the rest of the world's.
    It was strange to me that you had to pay to use the toilets in a lot of places. Although they were very clean and I felt safe as there was an attendant, but going through a turnstile and inserting coins to use the bathroom was strange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwgirl View Post


    First stop on my European vacation in '11 was Geneva and we stayed at the Four Seasons. Check in and go straight to the bar and order a whiskey coke. It was served with no ice so I asked for ice. The guy put one cube in there. I laughed and asked for more and he had the most startled expression on his face, but he picked up one more cube with the tongs and held it over the glass as if asking "really?!?!" I waved it in then asked for more. He started looking around like he was looking for the cameras cause surely this was a joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    lived in geneva for 14 years. it's the no-ice capital of the world.
    How did you like living there? Since my visit I've been dreaming of moving there. I absolutely fell in love with that place. But on my last night there I met an older American woman who lived there and she said it was quite hard for an American to get a job or place to live. Unless you had career skills in banking or upper level management or such.
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    and you have to speak french if you want to work there outside of the expat world.
    a lot of expats live and work there but a lot of them are there working for multinationals or international organisations or banks. outside of that sector it does tend to be quite insular and small. it's a small city. expensive. boring. good food. lots of culture. excellent quality of life and it's right in the heart of europe so you can go anywhere in a heartbeat. i grew up there so i have friends there that i met in school. then i came back when i was older and worked there 4 years. expats tend to stick together. people who grew up in geneva (whether they're from there or not) stick together. and they don't really mix. i was the exception because i lived there growing up and had friends from back then.
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    I speak broken, conversational French. I would definitely brush up considerably on that if I decided to go over for more than a visit. Maybe it was because I was visiting that people were so friendly? Everywhere I went it seems I met and struck up a conversation with someone local. I have corporate skills, but wouldn't necessarily look for a job like that. Right now I bartend and wait tables and I kinda figured how hard could it be to find a job like that somewhere that would allow me to travel and explore? But talking with the American woman, she said it would be a challenge.

    It's still a dream in the back of my head, and I have been saving since I came home for my next trip over there. Before I get too old or too enmeshed in a life I can't easily leave, I want to travel over there and live in a few different places for a year or so and experience the places like a local, not like a tourist. I'm single, great health, don't own anything anymore, my son is on his own, and I have a variety of skills that I think (key word) would make it semi-easier to get work. But maybe I'm fooling myself. It's still a dream I have though.
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    You can make colcannon with pretty much any kind of green leafy vegetable. I've made it with cabbage, kale, spinach and my fave, beetroot tops which taste fab. Colcannon also demands fried bacon bits too of course.

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