What American foods do Europeans love?

Old Feb 26th, 2015, 09:45 AM
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In San Mateo/Embarcadero, CA, Alaskan Royal Red King Crab Legs; big price and huge taste. In Dallas, TX the perfect dessert, a blacberry clobber (actually American pies are wonderful in general) and giant ribs with fried potatoes in downtown. In NYC, nothing is better than a hot dog around 2AM after a good party and, anytime, anything in Zabar's. In New Orleans, LA, spice jambalaya and cajun around pure music. In Washington, DC, the creole's filet mignon at Laffite (I think it was closed). Canadian Mapple has also my 5 star vote.
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Old Feb 26th, 2015, 01:22 PM
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I find this post so interesting. I'm an American and I can't believe some of the responses.

I can understand the love for maple syrup. I hope all of you can at some point try the real stuff. A lot of what's on American grocery shelves is fake. If corn syrup is on the label, it's fake. My parents take us each year to a maple farm to get the real stuff, along with maple candy and maple butter cream.

I didn't know that peanut butter was so loved. I grew up with it so it's very commonplace to me. We ate peanut butter sandwiches because my parents were trying to make ends meet. Peanut butter slathered on celery or on an apple when we got tired of sandwiches.

And peanut butter pretzels? I eat them, but I find it funny that anyone would really crave them. I guess everyone has their delicacies.

But please keep posting. I love to hear what other non-Americans enjoy eating from America.
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Old Feb 26th, 2015, 01:38 PM
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I can tell you one thing the Brits do not like in American food; Root Beer. When I had English in-laws many years ago I served them Root Beer on one of their visits. From their reaction one would have thought I had tried to poison them.

Growing up with the stuff it tastes quite nice, if a bit different from other soft drinks. To them it was "horrid". Sort of like my reaction to Marmite.
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Old Feb 27th, 2015, 02:16 AM
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Thanks Carolyn! Will note
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Old Feb 27th, 2015, 03:37 AM
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Brownies have always been a big favorite with our European friends.
Our friends who visited from Belgium last year really enjoyed trying some of the good US beers, just as we like sampling as many good Belgian beers as possible when we visit them.

BTW for those interested in maple syrup--the grading system for different kinds of syrup recently changed once more which is confusing even for those of us who live in an area that produces a lot.
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Old Feb 27th, 2015, 07:00 AM
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Vttraveler on Feb 27, 15 at 12:37pm
Brownies have always been a big favorite with our European friends.
Our friends who visited from Belgium last year really enjoyed trying some of the good US beers, just as we like sampling as many good Belgian beers as possible when we visit them.

Yes, but you can make brownies in UK. My wife has done so ever since we were married, similarly with pecan pie. All the ingredients are available here.Though I have to admit, she does rely on her 'The New Settlement Cook Book'. Simon Schuster. New York 1954.(Also her father's ancestors left the UK for the Plymouth Colony in 1635, so her family are well steeped in New England cookery).(Her mother's ancestors did not leave until 1637)
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Vttraveler on Feb 27, 15 at 12:37pm

Our friends who visited from Belgium last year really enjoyed trying some of the good US beers,

What good US beers. In the two years I lived in the US I never found any.

Which reminds me, another food which can only be found in the USA. Bourbon, Kentucky Sour Mash etc. Goody, goody.
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Old Feb 27th, 2015, 08:40 AM
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potatoes and turkey
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Old Feb 27th, 2015, 09:08 AM
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The Brits can KEEP that foul-tasting COUGH SYRUP I bought in a Boots in London a couple years ago, for sure.
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Our French friends love dried blueberries and beef jerky.
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Boots is American owned. I can give you their address in Deerfield should you want to write and complain.
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Cough syrup isn't supposed to taste nice.
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"Boots is American owned."

At the moment it is owned by Walgreens. However, it started as a British company, then I think in the 1920s was sold to an American company, then the American company got tired of it and sold it back to Britain. Then Walgreens bought it.

I miss them being called Boots The Chemist. I always liked that name.
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