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Military occupations are not a pleasant thing. But, one of their more fortunate side effects is the cross-cultural hybridization of gustatory traditions.

The French occupation of Vietnam gave the world bánh mì sandwiches, a culinary wonder that combines the delicate flakiness of French bread with the exotic flavor of Vietnamese cuisine.

When the Spanish traversed Mexico in search of the lost city of gold, they left behind olives and their oil,  citrus, and spices from the Middle East, such as cumin, which then became an integral part of Mexican cuisine.

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