What American foods do Europeans love?

Old Feb 6th, 2012, 08:13 PM
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tuscanlifeedit, Every time we go to Tucson my husband has to bring back a couple dozen green corn tamales.

I love a good burger too, it does have to be a really good one. Fast food doesn't cut it.
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Old Feb 7th, 2012, 06:08 AM
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My aunt from Maine used to take home taco shells from Arizona since she couldn't get them in Maine at the time. With the expansion of trade both in the US and Internationally, there are fewer items not available somewhere in most countries.

Maple syrup has several different grades. Since I visited Bragg Farm in Vermont, I have used only grade B. Sounds like it should be inferior to Grade A, but it is just a darker, more flavorful syrup from the last part of the 'boiling off'. Great on pancakes and mixed in yogurt!
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Old Feb 7th, 2012, 07:45 AM
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Pizza!
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Old Feb 7th, 2012, 10:09 AM
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Our friends from Germany absolutely adored the sushi that is
our West Coast version of fast food. When they returned to
their home they had a separate suitcase filled with all the
fixin's (excepting the fresh ingredients of course). Plus
a cookbook to show them how to make dinamite rolls, etc.

They also took back a dozen cans of Canadian high grade
maple sugar - that's what his staff requested. So someone
likes the sweetness!
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 05:14 PM
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I don't know where they are grown or sold in Europe, but when our friends from Germany were here they loved the fresh pecans.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 09:36 AM
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Hershey chocolate bars. M&M's, Jello-pudding, Coors Light, Oscar Meyer Bacon, Jimmy Dean sausage, I Can't Believe its not Butter, Kraft pre-wrapped cheese slices, Cheerios, Vaseline and Copper Tone.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 10:14 AM
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Hershey's chocolates? OMG!
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 10:52 AM
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Just about everything mentioned is "nostalgia food" rather than things that are not available. So of course it always tastes better if somebody brings it to you from "over there" or if you go "over there" to gobble it again.

I have known people who claim that local Coca Cola or local Cheerios are just not the same.

My own inherited vice from growing up in the U.S.? I do buy Dr. Pepper when I go to Luxembourg or Belgium. You can find it in France but not as easily. And rather than root beer, sometimes I buy Sarsi from Singapore or Xaxi from Vietnam when I want a similar product -- both of those are easy to find in the Asian supermarkets, but I have personally never seen root beer anywhere in France.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Hershey chocolate bars. M&M's, Jello-pudding, Coors Light, Oscar Meyer Bacon, Jimmy Dean sausage, I Can't Believe its not Butter, Kraft pre-wrapped cheese slices, Cheerios, Vaseline and Copper Tone.
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This is a who's who of some of the worst of America as to offer. But to be honest, I have never had Vaseline or Coppertone on my Cheerios.
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<i>I have known people who claim that local Coca Cola or local Cheerios are just not the same.</i>

They often aren't. For example, Coke may use corn syrup or sugar, depending upon the country. And, famously, Doritos had several slightly different formulations, depending upon the market, such as bumping up the salt content in the UK.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Coke has a tasting area at the end of the tour of their headquarters in Atlanta with the different formulas that they use in different countries. If I remember correctly the one for the Philippines was undrinkable.

That said, we were in Spain many years and had been for their months and tried a KFC. It was the best KFC we had ever tasted, they food actually tasted like food.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 02:53 PM
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"A taco can be made fairly quickly but if you haven't had one that's considered a culinary treat, you've never had a real taco."

That's what I was thinking too. I make some fabulous tacos, if I do say so myself I never make my tacos with shells and very rarely with ground beef. Our standard tacos are very simple - carne asada, cilantro, queso fresco, and tapatio on corn tortillas. Heaven on a plate.

Sometimes we make fried tacos, which are great, but all that extra fat isn't good, so we only make them every few months or so. My favorite fried tacos are with shredded chicken and monterey jack cheese topped with shredded cabbage, guacamole, and tapatio. Yum
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 04:40 PM
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Ah november moon, you've made me hungry! Add a little gaucamole and I'm in heaven. We don't fry at home, it's just too messy. Besides, then we aren't tempted to eat fried food.

I do love a good fried fish taco now and then A little place down the street makes a good one.
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Old Feb 10th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have great local foods including my favorite, wild Alaska salmon. I prefer sockeye or chinook. But since it doesn't travel well we often bring smoked chinook salmon for hosts. Our dry smoked salmon is very different from the lox style available on the east coast and in Europe and we enjoy showing people how amazing smoked salmon can be.

I've heard there are American families who eat fast food every night. We had a french exchange student for two summers, about my son's age. He was hoping to have lots of fast food burgers but instead, said that my cooking was just like his mother's. Which I took as a compliment! But another french student was housed with a rural family who drove everywhere, rode off-wheel vehicles in the hills and ate out at a different fast food restaurant every night. The dream family for a 16-year old french teenager!
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Old Feb 10th, 2012, 07:48 AM
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Steaks! Nothing like an American steak - but you can't bring that over. And onion rings.
Pretty much all packaged food can be bought here (American store in Antwerp, has all the brightly coloured cereals and other junkfood).
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I'm going to McDonalds (or Burger king) once a month, and I enjoy it.
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Old Feb 10th, 2012, 10:50 AM
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"I've heard there are American families who eat fast food every night."

Yeah, my BIL's family. UGH. I fear for their children's health. Ok, to be fair they don't eat fastfood EVERY night, sometimes they eat frozen pizza, frozen waffles, chef boyardee, etc. It is a rare day at their house when there is homecooked food.
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<i>It is a rare day at their house when there is homecooked food.</i>

which by now they probably do not like.
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"which by now they probably do not like."

Bingo. My BIL and SIL even bring frozen food or fast food over for the kids on holidays and for family parties because the kids "just won't eat" whatever is being served. Yeah, whatever.
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my colleague at work from Kansas city was telling me today how much she missed the variety in american food. I asked her what was better our food (we are london based) or USA food and she said USA by far. She eats super healthy and lunch at her desk everyday and i have never seen fast food, it is always freshly cooked homemade food. So i'm guessing that means maybe USA is not quite so bad after all!!
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