Antarctica questionsHi Guys, I am back to answer questions! First, no there isnt a local cusine, from the early explorers days, they would eat dried rations, penguin (very greasy, gamy flavor I hear) and also seals and whales when there are cracks in the ice. They were even known to feed thier sled dogs dirty mittens and such to fatten them up before eating! Dehydration is a very common side effect down here, it is dryer than the sahara desert, really! So bring some lotion, or silicone barrier cream. Also plenty of Nalgene containers for water, at present I drink about one and a half to two gallons of water a day, and I am in the warmest, most humid part, the kitchen! We have much of the same ingredients as you would at home. We grow some of our own lettuce and veggies in our hydroponic greenhouse, along with fresh herbs, but in order to feed 1000 people we have food flown in from New Zealand fresh produce, dairy and cheese. All of our meat is frozen in a huge warehouse, and most of the spices are whole & dried. All things considered, we arent too much different from a regular restaurant except that we only place one order per year, which comes from California by vessel. Most of the people are on a high-calorie diet, espically the ones outside, usually 3500-4000 per person, these guys can eat! As for who we are cooking for? Well this station is run by the National Science Foundation, and we are contracted out by Raytheon Polar Svcs for support, roughly 2-3 support people for every grantee/scientist. And finally, someone asked about the time zone? Well we are now on New Zealand time zone seeing as it is the closest to us which is presently GMT+16hours, and in the winter it is GMT+18hrs. so for the majority of the day, I am a day ahead of everyone in the states. And obviously seeing as I am in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, so I summer here, and then I summer at home! Yeah!! I win all round. I hope this answers your questions keep them coming.
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