Friday, February 5, 2010

Missing the second half of Chilean summer, pre trip to NZ

Santiago in the summer is sheer joy. It is spacious streets and five minutes in and out at the bank, and tables available at cafés and warm weather (sometimes too hot), and arts and theater.

So I'm a little bit sad to be leaving Santiaguino summer in a few days for New Zealand's version, which I've been preparing for by standing in my clothes in the shower. I cheat, in that I use warm water, and really, this is just to see how resistant the old Gore-Tex is (does someone want to sponsor me with a truly waterproof garment? I would be ever so pleased and grateful).

As a sendoff today, I went to the supermarket for the last compras (purchases) before the trip, toting my blue avocado bag (I have the pod, in green, and it's the perfect reusable bag with comfy straps) I got from my friend Stephanie's (in the news today, whoo!) mother at Christmas, and loving it very much. I think it will make the trip over to NZ, so as not to run afoul of the rabid environmentalism I hope to run across there.

At the supermarket I was treated to this fruit, the likes of which I've never seen before, which they were calling "lemon plum." I've eaten two already, and they have more lemon shape than taste, though they are a little sour (though not acidic).

lemon plums (?!)

Which got me to thinking of all the fruits and vegetables we like to call by other fruit and vegetable names.

Got that?

In Spanish there's

guineo fresa (strawberry banana, this in Ecuador for one of the gazillion varieties of bananas they have there)
ciruela limón (lemon plum)
durazno platano (lit: banana peach, this one is a nectarine)

got any more?

In English I can only think of grape, cherry, pear and plum tomato.

Which then reminded me of the dreaded tomate de arbol or tree tomato, which they apparently have in New Zealand.

And so I add that to my goals.

1. Explore bearshapedsphere
2. Pedal furiously (but not angrily)
3. Snap many photos
4. Encounter rabid environmentalism
5. Avoid dreaded tree tomato

If you're in Santiago and want to try the juice of this dread fruit (despite my warnings) check out the place I talk about here)

If you have anything else to list, please feel free. And also, the captcha? sorry, but it was necessary. I just can't keep up with the Japanese spam and people starting every day with the words "good morning sunshines."

Enjoy your day mightily and with vigor!


Katie said...

Good morning sunshines! Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I'm super excited for you and your adventure to New Zealand! I've always wanted to explore that corner of the world, so I'd like to thank you in advance for allowing me to live vicariously through your words and photos. Have an excellent time!

phishlady said...

Ha, right up my alley! For English food names anyway... here are some I've been seeing in garden catalogs lately (what else is there to do in Minnesota in February...):

strawberry spinach
rhubarb swiss chard
cranberry beans
pumpkin on a stick (actually an eggplant)
strawberry rhubarb

I'm sure I've come across many more in the past couple of weeks, but that's all I came up with off the top of my head. I still think rhubarb swiss chard is the least forgivable, what a cruel thing to trick someone into - that their swiss chard will taste like rhubarbs?! (It's named that way because its stalks are deep red like rhubarb.)

Bystander said...

Hey, sunshines, have a great trip! Nothing is truly waterproof other than shower curtain but it probably isn't a good outfit for cycling. Take loads of photos and stay safe.

Sara said...

OMG. I'm so jealous that you are going to New Zealand! Please blog it up while you are there so that the rest of us can live vicariously through you:)

Fly Girl said...

I'm so excited for you! Take lot of pix. As for the fruit, I just had baobob juice from my favorite Senegalese restaurant. I believe what comes from a baobob tree is a fruit, right?

Margaret said...

How about spaghetti squash? (ok, spaghetti is neither fruit nor veg, but pretend the tomato sauce is already on it and then it will count... won't it?)
I too am very excited about our upcoming (though vicarious) trip to NZ! You pedal and we read!