More Than Just Almond Butter

Every expat has their favorite food from back home. Whether it be Coleman’s Mustard, Tim Tams, or Girl Scout Cookies; the taste of your favorite food magically has the capability to transport you back to the dinner table, sitting with family, as if you had never gotten on that big jet plane in the first place. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to find it in our host country, and sometimes (sadly) we just have to find substitutions.

My achilles heal is Almond Butter, which I haven’t been able to find in any of my host countries.

But today, a package of pure love arrived: 4 jars of delicious almond butteriness.

This package, however, signifies much more than the feast I will have later tonight (and a feast it will be), but it is also a physical manifestation of the love waiting for me back home.

I am very fortunate for my family, and this made my decision to live abroad all the more difficult. Being away from them never gets easy, but it’s comforting to know that they will still be there whenever I decide to make the journey home .

Now excuse me, I have a jar of almond butter and a bag of apples to devour.

What foods do you crave most while away from home? Do you have any information on the whereabouts of almond butter in Taiwan? Please leave your comments below.


  1. My mum sends me supply parcels of Mint Slice biscuits and Vegemite. No hope of finding either of those in Jordan!

  2. Yum. Nothing beats a care package from Mom 🙂 Are you teaching in Jordan?

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