What American foods do Europeans love?

Old Feb 5th, 2012, 10:41 AM
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What American foods do Europeans love?

I have a friend that lives in London. When she visits us in the United States she absolutely DEMOLISHES the buffalo wings (with ranch dressing) at various sports bars. Her husband is a big fan of Dunkin Donuts as well LOL.. i know they have Krispy Kreme but not DD. I'll be bringing a bottle of Ken's Ranch when we visit... What are some others? Really curious to see which US foods our european friends are attracted to
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 10:44 AM
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Included some CDN ones as well!

chicken wings
real bbq
tex mex and mexican food
good salads
Alberta beef
maple syrup
poutine
old dutch potato chips
movie theatre popcorn
peanut butter

Just to name a few
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haha, great post idea

we have recently discovered "man vs food" and its really put us in mood for american food, and have to admit buffalo wings are our number one choice- we now order them through papa johns!
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hmmm my post has vanished!! oh well i said that since watching "man vs food" we are super in to american food and always now order buffano wings with papa johns take out- delicious nd i hear they are made with butter! never would have guessed but they are yummy!
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weird..it came back- sorry for double post!
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 10:53 AM
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We take Reece's minis when we visit our London office. That is the one thing they ask for.
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 10:56 AM
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Oooo and twizzlers!
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:04 AM
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None, except decent wine

I love good restaurants in the US, especially crabshacks, soul food joints and occasionally New York delis (none of which have ever lived up to their own inflated sense of excellence, but are still fun). I'm sure I'd love restaurants in New Orleans.

If your question is about what you should cook for a visiting Briton, whatever you normally eat in your family will never offend and unless you're a highly skilled cook cooking something special probably won't work.

If the question is about what to bring to Britain with you: they're your friends and you know them better than any of us. 99.999% of us can't stand maple syrup, poutine can't be legally imported into Europe and the popcorn your cinemas serve is no more or less disgusting than the muck ours do.

Anyone telling you their maple syrup gift was gratefully received is a self-deluding fool. They mean gracefully, and what we call politeness is what you call British hypocrisy.

"Europeans" don't love ANY American food. Odd though it may seem, 500 million people with 36 different languages (and I'm just talking the EU's official ones) differ just the teeniest bit from each other. Some like overcooked dead cow: others prefer bistecca alla fiorentina.

Unless you know for certain your friend wants smoke sauce (few do), get her the present you'd buy for an American friend on the other side of the US. IE: something you know SHE'd like, and not the silly ideas you got from a website about what Californians or New Yorkers "love".
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:11 AM
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This European loves maple syrup, as do all of my family. It is hard to get here in the Netherlands and ridiculously expensive too.

Apart from that, good wine and some of the micro-brewery beer, I can't think of anything I really love to eat in the US. Maybe an In-N-Out Burger, but only one, once during a trip.

Certainly can think of nothing, other than maple syrup, I'd want to bring back with me.
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hmm, a little harsh in my honest opinion- i a have extensively travelled europe and cnsider myself a foodie ( we cook everything from scratch- no ready meals) but am really looking froward to a potential big USA food trip to try out things. I hear the seafood in New Orleans is amazing and very good value and also hear California is great for really fresh and tasty salads.I think its all very easy to assume the USA is all about fast food when really it is not at all...


(also i must be pretty unique because i adore maple syrup and have some in my cupboard right now)

don't mean to argue i just think USA food is better than a lot of people realise. I have had some great meals in New York and Washington and really hope to sample more
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:17 AM
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I am so impressed that Flanner can speak on behalf of 99.99% of Europeans...that is a quite impressive feat!
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:21 AM
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HG001London - I am not saying that US food is bad, but there is none of it I long for and would go mad for on arrival in the US - certainly not Buffulo wings or Dunkin Donuts .

Yes they have some excellent food, but also some truly dire stuff, and in many restaurants you don't get the opportunity to enjoy the food you have ordered as they are keen to get you out and the next cover in.
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:26 AM
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Judging from the success of McDonald's in Europe I would suppose the "Big Mac" qualifies.
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:27 AM
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Anything that the French like is already available in French stores -- from chicken wings, to fajita mix to pancake mix.

There are certain items like donuts that you will easily find in France, but every single donut franchise that ever dared to try to open a shop in France folded very quickly.
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(Heyismij2- sorry my post was not intended to you, i think we happened to post at the same time)

Flanner i didn't mean to cause any offense btw , i really just was very surprised by the maple syrup comment...i had no idea it was so disliked?? i really love it (although regret how pricey it is here in UK)., although i would have classed it more as canadian than US? i think its yummy and would be shocked if there were not at least a few who agreed I also think the USA does very good tex mex food. Even in Houston airport take away "fast food" joint we had some very fresh and really really tasty enchiladas. And hey mac n cheese is pretty yummy too
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Flanner, sorry i maybe misunderstood you.

But ooh i dont know, i can once in a while get a dunkin doughnut craving ;-) although they have to be ate that day or turn not nice! And i still crave the muffins i had daily in New York...hmmm, and the walk in deli's with such a vast amout of fresh options. Similar places in London( whole foods-which i know USA based) can cost a fortune but in New York they are on every corner.

I guess we are lucky here in Europe to have so much diversity, but i do have fond food memories from the USA, we need to have their New York street vendors in London- that would be great!
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:55 AM
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My friends who stay with me every year from Strasbourg always bring back bottled Caeser dressing and barbecue sauce.

The little boy who stayed with us from Paris fell in love with Oreo cookies.
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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I have to stand beside Flanner on this, the only food that I desire from the US is the wine, in particular Ice Wine but I can get better and cheaper from Germany, France and Hungary.
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some who like sweets - DO LOVE Canadian Maple Syrup... the real one...
Otherwise, sorry not much...
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Bottled caesar dressing (from the US) is sold in the Auchan hypermarkets at a very reasonable price. Same for barbecue sauce (although not the 18 different varieties that you see in U.S. stores).
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