Foods & Drinks

Posted by Kara Parker on March 28, 2016 in 2 Authentic Resources

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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58 comments for “Foods & Drinks”


    USDA Choose My Plate. en español. Informative resources, fliers and printables related to food and nutrition.

  2. I really like Casi Creativo’s videos including this one about eating your vegetables:

    I made a Zaption video about it, too:

    1. Karen Hovanec says:

      me encanta!!!!

  3. I love Casi Creativo videos! This one is about eating your vegetables:

    I made a Zaption video combining this one with the café one as well:

    1. Jessica Oberly says:

      I had never seen Zaption before that is really cool. I can’t wait to try it in class. Thanks.

  4. Rhonda Reynaud says:

    For my fellow French teachers! Poulet Yassa du Senegal!

  5. Ivonne Rovira says:

    Mexicans substitute Donald Trump for Judas in the Sabado de Gloria:

  6. This is all about Pizza Hut in El Salvador. The link there is a commercial. This link is the menu, and then this link is about the mascot Pizza Puch and a race they do.

    Students can do intercultural competencies and use real resources to compare Pizza Hut El Salvador to Pizza Hut USA

  7. Jen Shaw says:

    I really like this shopping list for the following I-Can Statements:

    I can:
    – understand some food items
    – identify some menu items
    – check off words or phrases on a to-do list, grocery list, or scavenger hunt list

  8. Plaza Sesamo: Pancho pide agua pero el mesero tiene muchas preguntas!

  9. Megan says:

    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.

    1. Enid says:

      Did you make them in class?

      1. Megan says:

        No, we didn’t, but I I gave students the option to make them at home, and some did. They turned out really well! (My school does not have strict guidelines about food brought in.)

        1. Karen Hovanec says:

          Megan, I would love to see your activity you did with this. Is it a file you can save to google and share a link?

    2. Megan Smith says:

      Love this!

      1. Megan says:

        Me too! 😀 I would share the listening task I made, but I’m not sure how?

  10. ¡Hola! One of my favorite #authres for my elementary kiddos is the song ‘Bate, bate, chocolate’ which my First Graders learn during our theme on chocolate caliente. Very simple to learn, and ties in perfectly when we make our own for a taste test! Here’s the link:

    Julie Hoffman
    Mundo de Pepita, Resources for Teaching Spanish to Children

  11. hannah says:
    Have students identify the main idea and supporting details. You can also ask about author’s perspective and have students make inferences. A follow up activity might involve students sharing their own habits regarding comida chatarra.

  12. Catrin says:

    For French teachers, this infograph on chocolate has lots of great language to exploit, as well as opportunities for discussing culture/content:

    1. Rhonda Reynaud says:

      Merci, Catrin!

  13. Catrin says: A good video to introduce la poutine canadienne 🙂

    1. KM Winslow says:

      Poutineville is the name of the restaurant in that video and I’ve shown their menu to my students. They loved it! Here’s the link:

      1. Catrin says:


  14. Laura Catherine says: This is McDonald´s website in Spain. It has info about their locations, food and much more. There are enough cognates on here that even novice learners could do an interpretive activity with us. It would lend to some great comparisons of cultural products, practices and perspectives, too!

  15. Laura M. says:

    I can understand food labels. I can talk about healthy foods. I can discuss about safe foods and healthy habits.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Great site for resources! Gracias


    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.

  17. Tatiana says:

    A documentary about cacao production and the environmental dangers it faces. Southwestern Mexico – Tabasco. Spanish with English subtitles.

  18. Cantando el pedido de Mcds

  19. Comercial para cocina básica – un libro de recetas

  20. Jillian says:

    McDonald’s breakfast commercial

    I can name something ordered or a way someone takes their coffee.

  21. Bridget says:

    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.

  22. Sara says:

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

  23. TJ says: this is a buzzfeed spanish article about the best churro place in Buenos Aires. Could be used to compare churros in various Spanish speaking countries, or as part of an IPA. I like these articles because they are simple and include pictures 🙂

  24. Andrea says:

    I love VIP’s menu for a food unit!

    For a grad school assignment, I wrote a lesson plan to go with the kid’s menu (it includes prices) building from pre- to post- reading activities:

  25. Nathan says:

    For French learners: Orangina ads: I love these for novice learners because of their length.

  26. Bethanie says:

    Here are a few:
    1. Restaurant reviews

    2. Learn by doing with menus:

    3. One of my favorite food videos–plaza sesamo with Aleks Syntek

  27. I’ve posted a few comics (Ziggy and Macanudo) that you can see here:

  28. Abby says:

    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! 🙂

  29. Regan Georgas says:

    “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.

  30. Toni Theisen says:

    Here is a link to a set of infographics that deal with food and food waste in France. This site also includes infographics that talk about solutions for waste:

    1. Rebecca says:

      Toni – this link isn’t working. Do you have another, please? Thanks!

  31. Ashley Sanchez says:

    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 🙁 )

  32. Ashley Sanchez says:

    I use this video with my Advanced Spanish students.


  33. ProfeSkogen says:

    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: &

    1. Alexandra Patrascu says:

      This sounds so awesome! Can you please share some resources for this project with me? Pretty please! my email is

    2. SraGreene says:

      Would you be willing to share your resources for this project? It sounds awesome! My email is

  34. Kara Parker says:

    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.

  35. El sector de alimentos y bebidas se guía por diversas tendencias que los mercados da a los mayores ingresos promocionales

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