Foods & Drinks

Share your favorite AuthRes about foods and drinks from the target culture!share-food

Foods and drinks are an important part of most cultures and connected to many cultural practices. It makes me think about turrón at Christmas in Spain, and Habichuelas con Dulce at Easter in the Dominican Republic. Or the first time I ate pizza in Italy! Oh and Telepizza commercials I saw in Spain.

Share your favorites below in the comments. A great authentic resources should be for native speakers, show an aspect of the culture, and created recently. Also include any details you can like follow-up activity ideas or the “I can” statement it supports. I love it when we can inspire each other!

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  1. Megan

    I used this video at the very end of my Spanish 2 class, during a unit on cooking & giving instructions (using commands). The speaker does speak very quickly, but students were allowed to watch as many times as needed to complete the activity.


    I have made a worksheet where student answer Integrated Performance Assessment style interpretative task questions such as keyword recognition, Important Words and Phrases, Organizational Features, Guessing Meaning from Context and Comparing Cultural Contexts about tapear and snacking in the United States.

    This is a grocery store in Chile. I have scenarios for my students where they plan different events such as picnics, their grandma’s tea party, a holiday dinner, a wedding, a birthday party and they have to “purchase” food items and fill out a chart telling me the food, what category they found it on the website, how much they are buying, the price in Chilean pesos and then they convert the price to USD. They also have a budget of the amount of pesos they can spend. It’s a great way to teach about converting money, grocery stores in other countries and kilos versus pounds.

  3. Bridget

    Two Authentic Food Events:
    1: We held a Latin American Fruit Party. Everyone brought in fruit from a Latin American country; students were encouraged to checkout the international produce section. Great fun, great healthy taste testing…great variety of new, fun, weird, never knew fruit. 2: Guacamole Competition: 3 stations set up; Made from scratch, made from packet + avocado, and store bought. Everyone had got a lesson on how to make guacamole, learned the ingredients, & what it tastes like. Invariably, usually the batch made from scratch is the winner.

  4. Sara

    Telmo y Tula Cartoon – Idea for Spanish II Food and Commands
    Bizcocho de chocolate – Recetas para niños, dibujos animados

  5. Abby

    We love to use the McDonald’s websites from Spain, Mexico and other various countries to compare what they offer to what we have in the United States. We compare pricing, meal options – but hot topics are always Cerveza offered in Spain and how much better their dessert options are! 🙂

  6. Regan Georgas

    “Para Crecer Debemos Comer” – The attached video is a song that explains the benefits/problems of various food groups. It’s dated, but very catchy!

    I have students listen first without watching the video and they listen for the gist/message of the song, as well as for words/expressions that they recognize.

    As they listen for a second and third time, they note the benefits (or problems) with certain food groups in a graphic organizer.

  7. Ashley Sanchez

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Perennial Plate on vimeo. They have awesome resources!

    Here is a one minute in Mexcio video that my students love. It really sparks conversation about the different foods that they see.

    (when showing to students, you may want to skip ahead to 00:02 seconds. In the first second of the video, it is really fast, but there is a man smoking 🙁 )

  8. ProfeSkogen

    Food + health + economic twist:
    We’ve been making connections between economic status & the health level of different family diets in Mexico & Guatemala. We started with exploration of the “who” & “what” of the “CocaColizacion” phenomenon in Latin America. After making some connections, kids got an envelope with 1 of 4 different family profiles w/a week’s salary in it. They went shopping & could only use the $ they were given, & then made a Flipgrid to share w/the other families what they were able to buy, how nutritious their diet is for the week, etc. It’s been SO cool! This took lots of research & work but it’s been #worthit. If anyone wants these, I’m more than happy to share.

    Other things:
    Super Alimentos:
    PauTips’ (Colombian YouTuber) Desayunos Saludables para Llevar:
    Food Hauls on YouTube are also really awesome:

    10 paises que mas refrescos consumen:
    #Impuestoalchesco (in reference to Mexico’s tax on sweetened beverages)

    La CocaColizacion: & #CocaColizacion on social media
    Indigenous mothers giving kids CocaCola instead of milk:
    Infografias kids can use to connect extreme poverty w/malnutrition: &

  9. Kara Parker

    Impressive! I think you hit all the 5 C’s. Thanks so much for sharing all this. Once again, this is a great example of how leading with those culture aspects (like the CocaCola instead of milk) hooks them.

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