Following one of the longest and largest Carnival celebrations this year, filled with fried pastries and deep fried potatoes and meats, the Argentinean Medical Board is urging all residents to make healthier food choices during Lent.
Commenting on some of the party venues and the foods typically offered there, visiting Japanese dietician, Dr. Norma Lee Chowen says, "Fried doughnuts on a stick, fried pork on a stick, fried chicken on a stick, fried potato wedges on a stick, everything was fried", commented Dr. Chowen. "It was wonderful. I took a pass on the fried butter on a stick though but only because it seemed a bit messy".
The petite doctor highlighted the fact that a little celebration with food once in a while isn't a bad thing, but that general consumption of everything fried would lead to obesity and excessive gastro intestinal activity. "I don't know about the rest of Argentina's population, but too much grease gives me the wind something fierce", said Dr. Chowen. The faint sound of a "chirp" could be heard during the interview. Dr. Chowen apologized saying, "That was this morning's Empanada popping up to say hello. The diet starts tomorrow I promise"!
In response to governmental pleas, some street vendors were making attempts to change their menus including the addition of fried zucchini, fried tomato, and fried lettuce, on a stick. "It just doesn't work. Too mushy", said one vendor. "What's wrong with a little fried pork on a stick? You take a carrot with you, on a stick, and you have a balanced meal, eh?"
This reporter agreed, about the pork on a stick anyway not necessarily the carrot part.