By robs on Feb 12, 2008
I think there comes a time for every ex-pat that they crave some food from the country that they left behind. There's something in eating... not only in tasting and smelling, but the physical acts of chewing and swallowing... that can bring a sense of connection and grounding to a land perhaps many thousands of miles away.
Last week, I had a craving for cereal. Sweet, crunchy, coveredwithbunchloadsofsugar, cereal. And, lucky for me, the 24-hour store on the ground floor of my apartment complex had just the thing:
Here's a description from the Kellogg's web site:
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® cereal features frosted, oven-toasted corn flakes that give kids a sweet, crispy start to their morning. Fortified with 10 essential vitamins and minerals, Frosted Flakes have no cholesterol, are fat-free and taste delicious. In fact, they’re gr-r-reat!®
Now, let's get this straight... two of the top four ingredients are sugar and high fructose corn syrup... and, well, the finely crafted marketing blurb above neglected to state that each 3/4 cup serving contains 110 calories (and, the actual serving size is probably closer to twice the stated amount). I'm in no way trying to pass this off as health food, but, when you gotta have them flakes, you just gotta have them.
One interesting thing to note is that the cereal is imported from South Korea. This might be because cereal isn't widely eaten here. Also, the price of a box is pretty high when compared to what many people make. (Of course, the baseball game included in the box, which is actually a marketing gimmick for a Xbox 360 game, is made in China.)
I'm ashamed to admit that the box didn't last for more than a couple days.