Earlier this year we were in León, Spain and stumbled on this curiosity: Taste of America.
I know, I know, the anticipation is killing you, so let me get right to the point. What kinds of foods do Americans buy in their original supermarkets? We buy junk food; canned soup, canned frosting, canned potato chips and boxed cereals in a rainbow of artificial colors. The store was crowded with eager Spanish shoppers, baskets laden with this exotic American fare. We felt so patriotic!
Somewhere out there, Andy Warhol is smiling.
While I’d like to think that the people of León admire the USA for jazz music, Frank Lloyd Wright, or that our Supreme Court just upheld the Affordable Care Act and legalized same sex marriage. But if they happen to love us for our high-fructose corn syrup and trans fat-laden junk food, well, at least they love us.
Where we slept: Hostal Alda Casco Antiguo. Price: €45 for a double. Recommended: yes.