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Old 08-04-2011, 10:45 AM   #31
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I suppose as a Brit who has traveled the US of A quite a lot for the last 30 yrs, I have been thinking how to answer to the question with an encapsulating response. I cant, so the best I came up with is it full of fantastic surprises.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:49 AM   #32
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in reading through all of the responses, i realized that 95% of what we would call american food has it's roots in other countries, just like our population.

meatloaf - switzerland and other western european ckuntries
Waaait...I thought my Mom invented Meatloaf...

My bubble has burst!

I know, she must have shown everyone in those other places!

Whew! For a minute there, I was really scared...
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:17 AM   #33
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Waaait...I thought my Mom invented Meatloaf...

My bubble has burst!

I know, she must have shown everyone in those other places!

Whew! For a minute there, I was really scared...

I guess your mom never shared that part of her past with you. Traveling throughout Western Europe selflessly planting the seeds of an idea for a new dish - meatloaf. She is a legend along the lines of Johnny Appleseed. Yeah, that's the ticket. She's Mommy Meatloafseed.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:19 AM   #34
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What Uncle Bob said!!!!
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:35 AM   #35
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Visitors to the US have most often asked me in the past where they can go for the best burgers or steak houses. That there I think says something.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:08 PM   #36
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To my taste (being from NYC), the parts of Europe (Central to Southern Germany, Northern to Central Italy, Switzerland) that I have been in were lacking when it came to kosher hot dogs, thick tender juicy charcoal grilled beef steaks, prime rib roast, sweet corn, okra and hot pastrami. Since then it seems times have changed so my experiences may be outdated.
I completely agree with you.. not enough places to go for a really good steak, haven't found one within the next 60miles yet...

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in reading through all of the responses, i realized that 95% of what we would call american food has it's roots in other countries, just like our population.

hot dogs and hamburgers can be traced back to germany.
well, Hot Dogs came from Denmark, but somewhere back in time that might have been a part of Germany, too

For me typical US Food is:

pancakes (with maple syrup - love that!)
english muffins
farmer omelett
baked beans
peanut butter

Hamburger
Steak
Mac&Cheese
Clam Chowder
Chicken wings
Lobster
Dirty Rice
Thanksgiving turkey
French fries

German chocolate cake (never ever heard of that here )
Donuts
Muffins
Cupcakes
Angel Food cake
Brownies
NY Cheese Cake
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:13 PM   #37
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Visitors to the US have most often asked me in the past where they can go for the best burgers or steak houses. That there I think says something.
I think you're right roadfix. In my travels around the world, it seems the only representation of American food is McDonald's, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Ackkk... In the US we have all kinds of ethnic restaurants to choose from, but abroad I've yet to see a restaurant with a true representation of a typical American menu. I wish I had the money, know-how, and energy to be the founder of a great chain of USA restaurants throughout the world.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:18 PM   #38
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I completely agree with you.. not enough places to go for a really good steak, haven't found one within the next 60miles yet...



well, Hot Dogs came from Denmark, but somewhere back in time that might have been a part of Germany, too

For me typical US Food is:

pancakes (with maple syrup - love that!)
english muffins
farmer omelett
baked beans
peanut butter

Hamburger
Steak
Mac&Cheese
Clam Chowder
Chicken wings
Lobster
Dirty Rice
Thanksgiving turkey
French fries

German chocolate cake (never ever heard of that here )
Donuts
Muffins
Cupcakes
Angel Food cake
Brownies
NY Cheese Cake
I've eaten quite a few lobsters in Italy (two kinds And some quite large).
Are not pommes frites pretty much the same as American French fries?
Krapfen ar my favorite type of doughnut.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:27 PM   #39
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There is lobster in Europe, but for me that's somehing typical american.. and yes, Pommes are the same as ff, but it's an allegory for US Food...
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:35 PM   #40
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I don't know much about American food but when I think of it it's usually:

Ben and Jerry's
Pumpkin Pie
Blueberry Waffles
& Pancakes with Maple Syrup and bacon

Ooh and when I was in NY I had the most amazing sweet cheese filled pretzel So good.
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