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2016年01月28日 | 英語の本を読む

山で遭難し、何日も山の中をさまよった少女の話、The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordonを読んでいます。
She hulled a dozen or so of the beechnuts, mixed them with a like number of berries (this time using her madder stained fingers to remove the stems with ladylike care). and tossed the result into her mouth in three measured handfuls: dessert. The taste was heavenly--like one of those trailmix breakfast cereals her mother always ate--and when Trisha had finished the last handful, she realized she wasn't just full but gorged.
"trailmix" は知りませんでしたが、文脈からするとナッツなどの入ったシリアルのような食べ物でしょうか?
辞書で調べると一語の "trailmix" ではなく、二語の"trail mix" で説明があります。
・Oxford English Dictionary: A mixture of dried fruit and nuts eaten as a snack food, originally by hikers and campers.: Along the way, snack on foods like trail mix and cheese, and fuel up often.
The combination of nuts, raisins and chocolate as a trail snack dates at least to the 1910s, when outdoorsman Horace Kephart recommended it in his popular camping guide.

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Trail Mix (Bane)
2016-01-30 11:14:12
Jan.28付けのThe Japan Times OnlineにTrail Mixが日本人に人気がないことを話題にした記事が出ていました。以下はその抜粋です。

Do your Japanese colleagues drive you nuts? Maybe it’s you, not them (or both)

Last month, my wife’s office ― most days a haven of dreamless industry ― was shaken by what came to be known as the Trail Mix Incident.

An American employee had brought the snack in as omiyage (a souvenir). Twenty packs in a box: a mean promiscuity of chocolate, raisins and nuts, menacing waistlines all over the section.
And the trail mix, they wouldn’t eat. Politeness be damned, the box languished away, ignored as the Japanese will ignore an embarrassment. Before long, the omiyage in the room has become a situation.