Bring the Winter Olympics to Your Table with These 5 Foods

By Jane Poretsky

The 2014 Winter Olympics are here! No worries if you can’t make it to Sochi because we’re going to bring the food of the Olympic countries to you while you watch the games in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a look at 5 Winter Olympic countries and their foods. And remember, when you get hungry, get #FoodtoEat

Russia: Oladushki (Yeast Pancakes)

It’s no surprise that Russians have taken over 90 medals at the Winter Olympics through the years. What do they call it…genetic adaptation? The athletes are practically born inside of a freezer chest. Cross-country skiing has helped the Ruskis take home 13 gold medals. Don’t forget about effortless figure skaters like Irina Slutskaya who gracefully glide across the ice, making all of us look like giant klutzes. Although we’re pretty certain that figure skaters don’t dine on fried carbs often, we know that on the rare occasion… they do eat Oladushki! Oladushki are a Russian pancake, often made with yeast and given time to rise. We fry ours with a little sunflower seed oil and smother them with sour cream and jam for the most delicious treat around. Watch our how-to video!

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Russian Oladushki

China: Scallion Pancakes

China is a huge competitor this year, especially in short track speed skating. They have taken home 24 medals in this category alone! Our favorite Chinese dish to munch on while watching the games is Scallion pancakes. Order flavorful, fried scallion pancakes from Red Egg.

Chinese Scallion Pancakes
Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Canada: Poutine

Another frozen tundra of smiles and amazing athletes is good old Canada. Whether it be ice hockey or speed skating, sledding or curling, Canada has a proven track record of success. Overall, they hold the title for 146 medals at the winter Olympics over the years. Poutine is a classic Canadian dish that is sure to fill your belly fast. French fries, gravy and cheese curds; can you say “Yum, eh”! Order the American version of Canadian Poutine, Chili Cheese Fries, from Fatty Burger.

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Canadian Poutine

Germany: Bratwurst

The Germans know their stuff when it comes to snow and ice. A whirlwind of political changes and 145 medals later, we are ready to see what they have in store for us at Sochi 2014. To celebrate German-style, cook up some juicy bratwurst and wash them down with a Hefeweizen.

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r German Bratwurst

South Korea: Japchae

Japchae: one of the million reasons to love south Korea. Springy, light glass noodles sautéed with wood ear mushrooms and tons of vegetables are one of the few guilt free dishes on our list. Slurp these up while watching Korea’s finest (like Chun Lee-Kyung) race away on the ice. Order Japchae from Koso Fresh

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South Korean Jap Chae

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London Assembly Seeks to Ban McDonald’s and Coca Cola at the Onset of the Olympics

McDonald’s is poised to open its new location in London, set to be the largest location in the world with a staff of 500 and seating for 1,500 people. This move is in conjunction with its longtime sponsorship of the Olympics, and the location will be dismantled after the conclusion of the Olympic Games. However, opponents of McDonald’s and fellow Olympic sponsor Coca Cola are calling for a ban of these brands at 2012’s Olympic Games.

Less than a month before the Olympics begin, the London Assembly has voted to call for a ban on both sponsors. They feel that because the Olympics represent the world’s best athletes, two companies that contribute to obesity and provide high-calorie food should not be the event’s primary sponsors. The London Assembly is an elected group of officials that monitors the activities of the Mayor of London and may amend the mayor’s annual budget. The Assembly urges the International Olympic Committee to adopt strict criteria in choosing sponsors of the Games, excluding companies that contribute to poor health like McDonald’s and Coca Cola.

Coca Cola however is the Olympic Games’ longest-running sponsor, supporting the event since 1928. McDonald’s has also sponsored the Olympic Games since 1976, and the two companies have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the athletic event. These sponsors are crucial to the continued success of the Olympic Games, which relies on these commercial partnerships to continue. In fact, sponsors account for over 40% of Olympic revenues, and McDonald’s and Coca Cola have been two of the largest contributors for many years.

Though UK doctors claims that the Olympic sponsorships of these two companies sends the wrong message in a country facing high obesity rates, their sponsorship is necessary for the continuation of the Olympic Games. According to McDonald’s UK’s chief executive however, some of these accusations are unfounded given the company’s recent attempts to improve the nutritional content of their menu. “We do offer a breadth of menu. You can see on the menu here we have grilled chicken wraps, we have salads, fruit smoothies as well as the more indulgent recipes that people know and love.”

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