I have to admit that I was a bit startled to see this large display of “galletas Marias” in the grocery store today . . . in central Illinois. But that brought to mind a quick Spanish lesson!
Okay, if you look at the picture above, it’s pretty obvious that these “galletas” are cookies. Heck, it even says so on the box (it’s a little hard to see, but the arrows point to it).
That’s great . . . so then why is this box of saltines called “galletas saladitas?”
Yep, “galletas” can be either cookies or crackers. We learned this the hard way, when we asked for a package of galletas at a small tienda, wanting some cookies to have after dinner. The clerk handed us some, no picture on the package. We were rather surprised that evening when we opened our “cookies” and found that we had Ritz-type crackers.
Two pieces of advice —
(1) when you’re not fully sure of the language, it’s a good idea to buy food with pictures on the package; and
(2) if you’re heading to places where Spanish or French is spoken, grab a copy of Kathy Parson’s great books, tailored to all the things a boater needs to do (both on Amazon):
They are both fantastic books and well worth their price.