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I suppose I should do an post. My professional domain is food; mostly cooking and serving, but also small-scale production. I live in the mountains of northern on a small-ish farm. I try to write something, read something, build something, and photograph something every day.

I'll post separately about political stuff to CW

For specifically food and Asturias related background on me, look here on my site:

In the 1990s, Roger Vergé complained that French restaurants didn't do this enough, and moved to the US where local food and haute cuisine weren't so far apart. Nice to see some movement in this direction in France. Maybe Spain will follow along...

culinary culture, boost please 

Heck, let's do a poll for this. Since I'm pretty curious how my anecdotal experience talking to people translates to broader trends.

Do you, or have you picked mushrooms on your own? And where do you live?

(only four options allowed per poll, so if you're not in the US, give me an indication in a comment where you live. I imagine this might vary wildly over the world)

Once a week or so during the Spring, the wind shifts direction and even up here in the mountains we get a whiff of the sea, 40km away

I have been both an expat and an immigrant. When my chef sent me to London or to France to learn from other chefs, I knew I was there for a single reason, and when I had accomplished my goal, I would return home.

But when I packed up all my shit and left the US after the 2016 elections, I had no intention of ever returning. That is the difference. Do you plan on going home at a defined point? You're an expat. Are you perfectly happy to stay where you moved forever? You're an immigrant.

The very definition of "economic migrant" is a tautology. "A person who moves from one region to another seeking an improved standard of living" encompasses literally every single person who has ever changed countries. Whether for religious, ethical, economic, interpersonal, or other reasons, all of us who have left a place for another have done it explicitly to improve our lives. No one moves from one place to another in the hope of a worse standard of living...

There is a ton of problematic, explicitly classist language around these terms. Expats are, in common usage, white people who have bank balances that allow them to move on from the place they are currently in. Immigrants (and more so migrants) is the (pejorative) term for brown people who do exactly the same thing. FRONTEX makes a lot of noise about "economic migrants" as opposed to genuine refugees, but they never seem to address the economic migrants of lesser pigmentation. Those are "expats"

An immigrant is a migrant with the legal (not the same as moral) right to reside in a country other than the one they hold a passport in. Regardless of their motivation, they have abandoned one country for another. While perhaps not permanent, it is not a situation with a definitive end. When I considered leaving Spain after two years, I never considered returning to the USA. Instead I looked towards third countries. While I ended up staying, that experience is the defining moment.

A migrant is someone who intends to go and live in a county for a long time and is not allowed to. They have to go home when they’ve completed their assignment. They are a transitional state between an expat and an immigrant. Romanian vegetable pickers in the UK are a famous example of migrants. Less obvious examples include Erasmus students (if you view study as work), cooks on stages in foreign kitchens, and construction workers who drift across Europe building stadia or office towers

An expat is someone who is working in another country temporarily, where they are not a citizen, in order to accomplish a career or economic goal. A Fortune 100 executive on posting to Frankfurt is EXACTLY the same as a Mexican laborer building houses in Texas to support their family in Guadalajara. Both persons will accomplish their economic goals in a foreign country and then return to their natural home. A Filipino maid in Singapore is an expat just like a British executive in Spain.

I am an immigrant. I live here permanently. I moved from one country to another for the purpose of building a new, different, life in the country I moved to. I bought property in Spain, I sold everything in the USA. I am not temporarily posted here by my work. I am not a diplomat on assignment. I am not an expat. There is a lot of really problematic language around this topic, especially in the anglosphere. This is a little bit of a vent thread to untangle some of that classist verbiage...

Asturian gastronomic word of the day: Axiblantáu

An excess of carbon dioxide built up in a cider. An over-carbonated bottle of cider (or beer) is axiblantáu

To Escanciar is to pour cider into the glass in the Asturian manner. You hold the bottle above your head and the glass at waist level. This aerates the otherwise still (uncarbonated) cider.

The image of a waiter pouring cider from a bottle held high above their head, into a glass held as low as possible, all while staring pointedly at neither glass nor bottle, is one of the defining images of Asturias. So much so that there are more than one statue in Asturias of a cider pourer

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Queso Casín is a very dense and compact cheese that is among the oldest produced in Europe. The unique look of the cheese comes from the stamp that each cheese maker uses to denominate their production. Marketing long before there were labels!

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