Foreign Grocery Friday: What the Swiss Think Texans Eat
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
Beef, beans and bacon baked into bread. That takes care of the four food groups, right? Wrong of course, but it is the four food groups of Texas, according to Switzerland. We happened upon this "Ranger" snack in Zürich recently, and since it was just about the cheapest, weirdest snack on the convenience store shelf, we had to go for it.
The taste: In your hand, it feels like you're about to bite into a room-temperature cheap burrito, and were the exterior made of tortilla rather than oddly fluffy bread, it could've passed for one. Instead you chomp into a weird central mix of bacon, beef and beans which is somewhat chewy like jerky and a little mushy thanks to the beans. The first bite was super gross. The second was not so bad. By the end of it, we kinda liked it, but not enough to go purchase another. It's totally a novelty thing.
The price: They were on special with the Bifi Roll (shown below) for 1.20 CHF each ($1.34).
Where to find it: This is roadside food, the type of stuff you'd find at a 7-Eleven or a Wawa or *name your local in-and-out mart*. It's mean to be eaten quickly and on-the-go, for those who just want something mildly filling and meaty. The Bifi roll below we thought would be like a corn dog, but it was actually just beef jerky surrounded by bread. There may not be any lower form of Swiss cuisine than this.