While ordering lunch in a New Jersey restaurant last month, I saw that the menu offered a can of tuna fish. A can?! How tacky, I thought. I was wrong. It was not in a particularly expensive restaurant, but I soon learned that there are a lot of expensive restaurants that are serving canned food on fine tablecloths with expensive napkins and expensive service. It seems to be a good trend, with all the mercury contamination scares in fresh fish and the fact that most of the popular types of seafood are actually low in healthy omega-3 fats.
We think nothing of eating canned anchovies, sardines, and tuna fish, or bottled caviar, oysters and capers, so it should not be a surprise that innovative restaurants are putting their very cans on their menus. There are different ways to can food, but generally speaking, fish is pre-cooked for a couple of hours, then cooled and fileted. Then it is canned in some liquid such as extra virgin olive oil and vacuum-sealed. After that, the sealed can is heated for a few more hours, to kill any potential bacteria. Unlike the fresh fish we buy, besides having no danger of contamination, these cans often have a shelf life of up to 10 years.
If you would like to experience such a menu, try a restaurant named Maiden Lane in NYC, or Tincan in London, or Can the Can in Lisbon, or Quimet & Quimet in Barcelona or Sol e Pesca in Lisbon, just to name a few. But if you are not in any of these cities, try receiving guests at home with canned food. If you are creative, it can be stress-free and fun.
Betsy is the best english teacher I’ve ever had! Her classes are always an amazing experience. She guides our conversation with different and interesting topics each day, what allows us not only to improve the vocabulary but also learn/ discuss about other cultures and subjects. I know I’m going to be totally addicted to this blog!
É um prazer falar das aulas da Betsy. São empolgantes, temas variados e atuais, envolventes, bem preparados e com muito amor, com certeza. Acredito que seu blog será “helpful ” para todos aqueles que têm interesse em aprender a língua inglesa ou simplesmente intensificar seu conhecimento. Um abraço carinhoso e sucesso!
I really don’t know how long Betsy has been my teacher. I do know she is the best teacher I have ever had. She can join daily happenings with an admirable sense of humor that makes her classes quite unique. She is intelligent, smart, very confident and besides everything she became a close friend of us. It’s a privilege being her student.
Meu compromisso semanal com a Betsy não pode ser considerado uma aula, e sim um momento onde dois amigos conversam, em inglês, sobre assuntos variado do dia a dia. Ela é uma pessoa muito atualizada, antenada no que acontece no mundo e em nossa cidade, e sempre traz seu ponto de vista sobre algum tema que debatemos. O que mais me impressiona é que a Betsy nunca vai para uma aula sem prepara-la, sem que tenha pesquisado e buscado textos e informações que muito acrescentam, tanto no idioma quanto no conhecimento geral. É um grande prazer poder usufruir de uma companhia tão agradável, e que não está preocupa somente em ensinar o idioma, mas que procura debater temas e assuntos do nosso cotidiano. Considero um privilégio este momento com ela, e somente tenho a agradecer sua dedicação e seu comprometimento.