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disgusting-quintessential-american-foodWhen I first moved here a few years back, biscuits and gravy weirded me out the most, but I have grown to enjoy it. Still looks like vomit, though. I still can't stomach the standard supermarket bread here. It's so sweet. Same goes for average burger or hotdog buns. I find Americans' need/desire to eat sandwiches with potato chips bizarre. Where I'm from, a sandwich is a meal in and of itself - it doesn't come with a side. And potato chips shouldn't be a side. Ever. They're gas station junk food. To me, it's like getting a Snickers bar as a side. Ranch dressing. Why don't you people want to taste the actual salad you're eating? Flavouring everything with pumpkin around Fall. Pumpkin pie, ok, fine, I've learned to like it. Things I will never accept pumpkin in: coffee, ice cream, pancakes, doughnuts, smoothies. Granola as a "healthy" breakfast option. It's basically a dessert. Taco Bell. OK, I haven't actually tried it, but it looks so unappealing in the ads and posters in the store windows - more so than any other fast food chain - I just can't imagine why anyone ever would. It's not like actually good Mexican food is expensive. One thing I think is great about American food, however, is all the regional variety. Sure, a lot of it is a bit gross and incredibly unhealthy (can't say I enjoyed my encounter with Jello salad), but I love that you can try new things in every city and how proud people are of their local specialties. We don't have that back in Australia, and I think we're poorer for it.
bahanna replyMountain Dew. It doesn't even taste good. I mean, it doesn't taste *bad* and it's addictive, but I want to scratch it out of my veins as soon as I hook up to an IV of it.
disgusting-quintessential-american-foodCircus peanuts are weird. Why would you shape them like peanuts if they taste like tainted bananas?
mrphasedance replyIt's not so much the food but more the portion sizes. I'm Australian and was raised as a kid to eat everything on my plate. I brought that mentality to the US. over a month I put on 5kg! The portion sizes are obscene. I could hardly finish a meal there without feeling ill from eating to much. I think implementing cheaper, smaller portion options would be great. It would also cut down on wasting food (as I noticed a lot of people didn't eat all of their meal). That said, American food on the whole was great. I spent a lot of time in the Deep South and I loved BBQ, baked beans, grits, sweet tea, Cajun food, Po Boys. Even Waffle House wasn't half bad. EDIT: A lot of people are mentioning getting a to go bag. In Australia people don't really do that much. It is more for kids who liked their meal but don't eat much. Anyway, I don't remember ever been encouraged to do it by the Americans I was staying with in the Deep South. My friend in California used to do it (particularly with Mexican food). My girlfriend's mother would often cook and always had food in the house, so getting a to go bag wasn't a necessity for them. I really have no idea how her whole family had such good figures (must be good genetics). I would turn into one of those morbidly obese people you see riding scooters in Walmart if I lived in Alabama for a year. A few people also commented on Australia having large portion sizes. I would agree that this is the case if you go out for a pub meal. Some of those meals are huge. Also out in the country (where people tend to be fatter) the food is often deep fried and in large quantities. Still compared to what was on offer in Alabama, it is nothing. EDIT 2: Many people freaking out about what a kg (kilogram is). One kg = 2.2 pounds. So I put on 11 pounds in a month. I'm surprised the US just doesn't adopt the metric system as the rest of the world uses it and it is a really simple way to measure weight, length etc.
disgusting-quintessential-american-foodAmerican bread. I lived in the states for six months. At one point shortly after moving, I bought a loaf of bread and made a sandwich. To my surprise, the bread was so sweet. I told my housemates that I accidentally bought dessert bread, but nope — just regular bread in America.
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