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Old 08-08-2010, 05:24 AM
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I find some american food fascinating!
Its so different to food in the UK and i dont even know what some of it is, such as twinkys etc.

Does anyone else have this with food from other countries?

Also what is your local areas speciality food?

Being from Wales in the UK,some of our traditional welsh foods would be welsh cakes & cawl :)
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:27 AM
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Of all the fodds we have here, Twinkies stand out to you! LOL That is so fun! I remember these hot, spicey little patties we had when we were in Jamaica. I am sure that they were their junk food so to speak, but they were so good.

we just picked up our German exchange student from Germany last night. (He is still asleep right now.) I wonder what he will think of our food while he is here.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:31 AM
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I think twinkies stand out for me as they are mentioned so often in films :)
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:32 AM
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American Food ... with the possible exceptions of corn and squashes ... is mostly adapted from the foods of other nations.

but we own bluejeans, by gollygeewhiz! :lol:

one of my favorite "food memories" is from my trip to London. stopped into a little cafe and there on the menu were pork chops! better yet ... they were made just like my Mom cooked 'em. i'd been stationed in Germany for a year and a half by that point and didn't realize how much i'd missed them. :-)
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:35 AM
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I also love checking out the foods of other areas. Texas of course is famous for barbeque and chili and pecan pralines. Everybody it seems has their own recipe for each. It can be really fun to go to a BBQ cookoff or a chili cookoff and taste all the different ones.
So what exactly are welsh cakes and cawl?
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:42 AM
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Twinkies are little sponge cake fingers with a cream filling.

Texas has barbeque and chili and pecan pie and pralines, and of course TexMex.

What exactly are welsh cakes and caw?
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No Twinkies in the UK! You probably don't have Moon Pies or Raspberry Zingers, either.

They are all 3 junk food that you're better off not eating anyway because they are full of preservatives. The Twinkie is a yellow cake with marshmallow creme in the middle. Sort of like a lady finger or eclair but with enough preservatives to keep it fresh for 5 years.

Our traditional foods to compare would depend on what part of the US you talk to. My favorites are Jambalaya, deep fried & spiced crawdads or alligator, gumbo, crawfish etouffee and basically anything else prepared by a cajun or creole cook! No, I'm not from Louisiana but I must spent several past lives there because it feels like home. Grits is definitely unusual but I think you all have something similar.

Around these parts, traditional is probably boring. Roast beef/turkey/chicken/pork. I guess barbecue might be something you all don't do much of over there but it's a regular thing here. Fried chicken. Chicken Fried Steak might be unusual. I'm curious to see what others pop in with.

My sister went on a 2 week tour of Europe about 15 years ago & was most surprised about the non-refrigerated and lack of ice in soda than anything. They mostly ate at American chain restaurants while on their tour, though. They were teenagers at the time so McDonald's & Hard Rock Cafes is where they ate.

I would be stopping in every little cafe along the roads asking for the special. Hubby & I love to try new foods.
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I think we all "prefer and crave" the foods we grow up eating. In the south in the US...we tend to fry everything and if we don't fry it, we drench it in chocolate. (I saw someone selling chocolate dipped bacon the other day----doesn't EVEN sound good..but :roll: )

We visited UK and Europe and I lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks. It seemed that even the fast food chain food didn't taste the same. I did find some things that I loved though :lol:
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Originally Posted by BKrenning

Our traditional foods to compare would depend on what part of the US you talk to. My favorites are Jambalaya, deep fried & spiced crawdads or alligator, gumbo, crawfish etouffee and basically anything else prepared by a cajun or creole cook! No, I'm not from Louisiana but I must spent several past lives there because it feels like home. Grits is definitely unusual but I think you all have something similar.
I hope I captured that quote right! These are some of my favorites, too! I grew up eating grits every day and love 'em. Not at all unusual here!!(Now I opt for higher fiber cereal :| not as good!). I eat red beans and rice about once a week! Love gumbo or jambalaya with whatever seafood is available. Or just chicken and sausage (andouille)! There's a lot of catfish eaten around here from local farms. Not my favorite, but I've consumed my share. I do love hushpuppies!

I want to know what welsh cakes and cawl are, too!
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Twinkies are baked and shipped fresh. They're as healthy as anything anybody could bake in their home kitchen.

http://www.hostesscakes.com/twinkies.asp
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