For about the third year in a row, I missed out on Regina's annual multicultural festival, Mosaic. To try and come to terms with the fact that I have failed to go for three years, I decided to throw my own little Mosaic with my girlfriend. While many people only shop at their favorite food stores, there are actually a variety of stores around Regina where you can buy unique, authentic cultural food. After all, just because Mosaic was over doesn't mean the food vanishes!
However, because I am a picky eater, and so is Jess, things didn't go exactly as planned.
Oriental Drink (Location Unknown)
Kenton: I had no idea what this was when I bought it, and I wouldn't ever buy it again. It tasted like disappointment. There wasn't much taste to it and it had some kind of strange pulp in it. I think it was coconut or a very pale fruit. Either way, I didn't care for this drink.
Sac Sac (Korea)
Jessica: It tasted like an orange had a baby with oxygen, and then exploded into a tasteless void full of pulp.
Club Rock Shandy (Ireland)
Kenton: This was just a normal, light orange pop. It was pretty good. I would drink it again. It has a bit of an off smell, but I imagine that's what Ireland smells like.
Jessica: Tastes like Orange Crush but not really.
Ross's Edinburgh Rock (Scotland)
Jessica: Tastes like the candy your grandmother used to put out in a bowl for visitors. Also tastes as old as your grandmother.
Taveners Fruit Drops (England)
Kenton: These candies were pretty good. They came in a cute little metal can. They're a good, quality candy. I would have them again.
Jessica: These are pretty much a British version of a Lifesaver, only 0.5x bigger.
KitKat Green Tea (Japan)
Kenton: I had these before and thought they were awful. I tried them again today and they weren't bad. I don't know if I just got a bad batch last time, or a good batch this time, but I'm still not sold on them. They taste like wafers and green tea.
Meszanka Krakowska (Poland)
Kenton: These are actually very good! By looking at the packaging I assumed they were fruit gummies but instead they are fruit flavored chocolate. I tried the lemon and raspberry one and they were both very tasty.
Kenton: Looks and smells good, but tastes awful. I didn't expect the inside of the candy to be a hard date. I was doing okay until I looked down and saw that it looked like a bird's brain. I wouldn't recommend this treat.
Jessica: Just... no.
Assorted Vegetarian Meat (Japan)
Kenton: This could have either been very good or very bad. I'm a fan of tofu, but the moment I pulled the soggy piece of vegetarian meat out of its small, metal bag I didn't think I could do it. It smelled horrible! I managed to bite into it and it didn't taste terrible, but I had to get past the stench first.
Jessica: Kind of looked and smelled like wet cat food made into beef jerky.
La La Fish Crackers (Philippines)
Kenton: If you could get past the disgusting smell of flakey fish food, the crackers have relatively no taste. It tastes like biting a very airy, tasteless Cheeto. I wouldn't recommend.
Seasoned Anchovies with Sesame (Thailand)
Kenton: At first I thought nothing of them... then the seasoning hit and this little game of trying different food was over.
MiWadi Blackcarrent (Ireland)
Kenton: Tastes like Welches grape juice, but is only a fraction of the price. Because this is grape concentrate, this little bottle makes 20 glasses of juice... and I'll need every one of those after those anchovies!
Our little "Experience Mosaic From Home" didn't go over very good. We tried some new stuff and learned what we did and didn't like. It was fun to try but it won't become a regular Monday night activity.
Have you ever tried different food like this, either at home or abroad? How did it go? Tell me about it in the comments!
This article is in no way sponsored or affiliated by Mosaic - A Festival of Cultures.
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And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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