When one of our own is returning to America for a visit, the question asked most often is, "What's the first thing you're going to eat when you get off the plane?" Usually, it's answered with things like Whataburger, Chipotle, mom's home-cooked meal of _________ or something like that. I usually dream of Diet Coke, Taco Bell, Chili's and real Mexican food (do you see a theme here?).
In Qingdao, we actually have a pretty nice selection of Western food. And when I say "pretty nice selection" I mean, we have a couple of pizza places, a couple of fast foods, a Starbucks and a couple of sit-down restaurants. I'm NOT complaining. I'm quite happy with our options. I rarely have to eat Chinese with all the choices we have here. Not that I mind eating Chinese food...it's just sometimes with all the sauces and oil and goopiness, it gets old (I know you're thinking, "what is she going to do when she moves out west and there's nothing but Chinese food?" My response is, "I'll worry about that when it comes. For right now, let me enjoy my American-ness).
Even with all the western food places and import stores (we have a couple of those too), there are many things we just can't get here. Things like seasonal candy. More specifically, Easter candy. Most specifically, Cadbury Eggs.
Oh what I would do for a little nugget of creme and chocolately goodness right now!!
My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Peeling back the red and green and blue and yellow tin foil...biting into the chocolate ever so carefully as to not spill one single drop of the sickeningly-sweet (is "sickeningly" a word? it has so many suffixes) white and yellow creme, reveling in the sugar high that is soon to follow.
Sigh. A girl can dream....
P.S. I just read about a Cadbury Egg McFlurry. Now that really IS the stuff dreams are made of.