Last summer I put some clothes out to dry on the terrace and when I brought them back in, one of these bugs fell out of the clothes. It wasn't so alive anymore, but not completely dead either. It was, frankly, really creepy. I've been drying clothes just inside the door ever since. But this week we saw one just hanging out on our camellia plant! So, now I had an opportunity to take a photo and show it off in all of it's long-antennaed, leaf-butted goodness. I have no clue what it is! I looked up lots of photos of German grasshoppers, but couldn't find anything that looked like this.
They call this stuff buttermilk, but actually it's a beverage that tastes like liquid yogurt and comes in lots of flavors. I found it to be pretty good, once I was able to get past the name and drink it. In the US, buttermilk is usually a cooking ingredient, but some people do drink it straight. (I don't know of anyone who does so, though.)
This is a German food label, and you're lucky if you get this. Some foods are not labeled at all. Occasionally you will find a more detailed label, that includes sodium and fiber. Or if it's one of those rare fortified foods, then it will list the vitamins and minerals. But this pretty standard one includes calories, protein, carbohydrate, and fat information per 100 grams. This is the label from the buttermilk. The 500-gram container is clearly supposed to be one serving (you can't even close it again once you open it) but they still insist on this stupid per-100-grams information, so you can practice math by taking it all times 5 in your head. What's even funnier is when things like sauce mix are marked per-100-grams. You know, in case you're going to just down 100 grams of sauce powder. But anyway, I hate these labels! I just want to know simple things, like am I getting any freaking calcium from this!? And how much? (I am aware that I sound neurotic, but if I could just know what I'm getting so I don't have to start taking a calcium pill to be sure, that would really be nice.)
Sorry for the bad quality. (Note to all: do not get the Canon S5IS. It's unwieldy and takes pictures like this.) This is an American food label. It includes a sometimes-but-not-always reasonable serving size, then information per serving. Calories, fat (including saturated and trans), cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate (including fiber and sugar), protein, and any relevant vitamins and minerals are included. This isn't a good example because I guess there's not much for vitamins and minerals in creamed corn, but we are a little short on American food labels in our apartment for some reason. ;) So this was the best I could do. All foods are labeled like this by law. It's definitely one thing I miss, now that I'm trying to cut the extra expat pounds while still getting enough of everything crucial.