Yesterday I wrote about stuff that I missed about the states when I was away. Things that I would try to cram into the first few days of being here (sometimes as soon as the first american airport, if at all possible). Things like Dr. Pepper and Bean Burritos from Taco Bell. Yum.
Well, it also goes the other way. There are things that I miss about Portugal that I can’t get access to here either at all, or not very often, or only in a very bad imitation form…
One example is Maracujá (passion fruit). I love maracujá and it is very difficult to find it here in the states (I think I saw some once for an exhorbitant amount of money). While it’s easier to find passion fruit flavored products, they’re rarely spot on. Often, they’re blended with other fruits to make a passion fruit tropical blend and you lose the true passion fruit flavor. It’s been years since I’ve actually eaten a fresh passion fruit but my mouth still puckers when I think about it and I can pratically taste it…so good.
Over the years, I’ve bought anything that is passion fruit flavored and have found some OK products. The Welch’s frozen passion fruit concentrate mixed with 7-Up or carbonated water almost tastes just like Brisa, my favorite drink found only on the island (at least that used to be the case, but I’m sure Dad will keep us all posted – I just found out that the bowling alley on the island is gone…sad, sad). I practically OD on Brisa when I go back home that’s how good it is :o)
This week I found something that truly surprised me. I found a Yoplait Passion Fruit Yogurt.
And let me tell you, it’s pretty good. They got it right. It really does taste like passion fruit. I was amazed and still am (I kept going on an on about it, poor Mark). And now, when I miss home and the passion fruit puddings or ice creams that everyone in the church used to make, I can drive to Wal-Mart (of all places) and have some yogurt. Mmm…Mmm…good.