Olympic athletes not only maintain energy with food as energy-boosting bars, fruits, and vegetables. For a variety, some of them turn to find the best-known street-side fast food in the world, including Welsh seaweed.
In the large dining room can serve up to 60,000 meals a day with diverse dishes from the US, Indian, Korea to Africa. For those who are difficult to adapt, finding the right food is not easy. And even for those who are easy to eat, only a few days are bored with dishes that don’t suit your taste. According to the New York Times, in order for athletes to have a substitute when eating in-house eateries, the organizers set up a diverse dining area in a quiet corner of the 2012 Olympic village. This courtyard area is very simple with a series of wooden benches often seen when going on a picnic and around 10 food stalls. Athletes who come here often carry very compact items. Some wear guitars, others carry books or iPods.
Sometimes a stall that serves native dishes of strawberries is grown on a farm in Perth, Scotland. This type of strawberry is so succulent that people do not need to use ice cream. Other stalls serve food grown and processed in Wales, Northern Ireland, and eastern England. Everything served free for athletes.
However, the largest and perhaps most crowded booth is Street Food Barbeque. There are dishes such as chicken shawarma which is a dish of chicken marinated in the Middle East processed with typical bread of this region, shrimp harissa which is a dish of processed shrimp with Tunisia’s spicy sauce and meat sausage leek.
A chef here tells the New York Times reporter that many people come to this booth every day. Chicken is the most popular dish. The menu is changed daily and even every hour depending on the amount requested. After enjoying the seaweed lamb, an Australian athlete concludes firmly that eating in this outdoor dining area is better than in the Olympic village‘s common dining hall.