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I brought sticks

A more common request of what one would believe by Argentines abroad. Sticks are the salty version of the “bring alfajores”.

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One would think that whoever leaves the country and leaves for other horizons strange Argentina   mate ,  alfajores ,  dulce de leche  . And yes, she misses all that. But not only. There is another food that perhaps in our day to day to day we do not consider, but which, apparently, the strange migrated:  the salty sticks. 

I never would have imagined it because it's not my favorite snack. Until once, before traveling to see my brother in   Barcelona  , I made a very specific order. With brand and everything. To my surprise, he wasn't the only one. Once I arrived, other Argentinean friends envied his acquisition. Then, I heard that request in more than one opportunity from different people living in different countries.

Is it that, when we're far away, we miss what we might not even eat here? Is it that — as they say — you don't value what you have until you lose it? Will it be nostalgia for children's birthday, with  sticks, chizitos and chips ? I don't know. I just know that my brother never had a predilection for sticks, yet the miles seem to have changed his palate.

 Salted sticks,  then, are a good option when it comes to surprise a family member or friend who is residing abroad.  “ I brought alfajores ”  in salty version. The emigrant Argentines are screaming for  “I brought sticks.” 

Publication Date: 09/12/2019

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