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2012-06-08 01:25:02 PM
Invented FOR Americans, subby, not by.
 
2012-06-08 01:27:31 PM
Nachos. Eat.
 
2012-06-08 01:38:17 PM
Chipotle.
 
2012-06-08 01:38:55 PM
Who the hell considers nachos ethnic?
 
2012-06-08 01:51:43 PM
Wait, you mean various cultures can blend their food ideas together to create something different? Why wasn't I told?
 
2012-06-08 01:54:08 PM
Five loonies says they'll claim to have invented poutine, too.

`Dammit, it has 300% of your recommended fat intake! Of course it's 'merikun!'
 
2012-06-08 01:59:04 PM
Apparently masala sauce was invented by Pakistanis in England. Doesn't make it any less delicious.
 
2012-06-08 02:04:06 PM

oldfarthenry: Five loonies says they'll claim to have invented poutine, too.

`Dammit, it has 300% of your recommended fat intake! Of course it's 'merikun!'


Doubtful. No one in this country wants to lay claim to f*cking up french fries in such a horrid manner.
 
2012-06-08 02:21:03 PM

Nabb1: oldfarthenry: Five loonies says they'll claim to have invented poutine, too.

`Dammit, it has 300% of your recommended fat intake! Of course it's 'merikun!'

Doubtful. No one in this country wants to lay claim to f*cking up french fries in such a horrid manner.


You have got French fries on the brain today.
 
2012-06-08 02:23:15 PM

propasaurus: Nabb1: oldfarthenry: Five loonies says they'll claim to have invented poutine, too.

`Dammit, it has 300% of your recommended fat intake! Of course it's 'merikun!'

Doubtful. No one in this country wants to lay claim to f*cking up french fries in such a horrid manner.

You have got French fries on the brain today.


I love a good frite. And he brought them up, not me. Poutine is nasty.
 
2012-06-08 02:43:15 PM
What about the California roll?

Layer the nori, rice, imitation crab, julienne carrots, slices of avocado, dab of wasabi, roll it up, call it sushi.

//Still likes them, but eel(unagi) is the best.
 
2012-06-08 02:43:23 PM
whatscookingamerica.net
Mmmmm, chimichanga.
 
2012-06-08 02:43:41 PM

Aarontology


Who the hell considers nachos ethnic?


People who eat at TGI-AppleRubyGardenBuffet.
 
2012-06-08 02:43:44 PM
5 ethnic foods invented by immigrants who just happened to live in America at the time and needed to make money by selling Americanized versions of actual food because nobody would eat the real thing.
 
2012-06-08 02:44:23 PM
That's the saddest plate of Nachos I've ever seen...

/Gross too.
 
2012-06-08 02:45:29 PM
Gyros were invented in Chicago
 
2012-06-08 02:45:39 PM

Nabb1


Poutine is nasty.


Au contraire.

(I realize it's a subjective thing, so no facts or links or anything. We just disagree.)
 
2012-06-08 02:46:06 PM
Taco Pizza....yum
 
2012-06-08 02:46:34 PM

RexTalionis: Invented FOR Americans, subby, not by.

Ordinary Americans, however, didn't cotton to traditional Hunan cuisine, so one enterprising chef (one Peng Chang-kuei, according to the claims) battered and deep-fried the chicken, and then added sugar


Yup, definitely for Americans.
 
2012-06-08 02:47:07 PM

meat0918: What about the California roll?

Layer the nori, rice, imitation crab, julienne carrots, slices of avocado, dab of wasabi, roll it up, call it sushi.

//Still likes them, but eel(unagi) is the best.


There might be a clue in the name that it's not supposed to be an authentic Japanese dish.
 
2012-06-08 02:48:27 PM
I love me some General Tso's.


Cashew chicken as is, is a little too bland for me, but I find its a lot better with some Thai peanut sauce added.
 
2012-06-08 02:48:37 PM

meow said the dog: Chipotle.


Actually, everything Americans think of as a burrito -- the giant flour tortilla stuffed with tons of meat, rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, guac, salsa, etc. -- comes from America. In Latin regions burritos are way smaller and are usually just beans. The "Mission-style burrito," as it's rightfully called, was first put together in San Francisco a few decades back. The Mexican restaurant La Cumbre on Valencia St. usually gets credited for its invention (and they're still a top-5 burrito in the city).
 
2012-06-08 02:48:52 PM
Nabb1: Doubtful. No one in this country wants to lay claim to f*cking up french fries in such a horrid manner.

Carne Asada Fries > poutine

// does GIS for carne asada fries
// gets hungry
// thinking "Maybe I should have carne asada fries for lunch today"


// hole in the wall version
farm1.staticflickr.com

// and a less messy artistic version
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-08 02:49:10 PM

Aarontology: Who the hell considers nachos ethnic?


Those who believe that a trip to Taco Bell equates with a run to the border?
 
2012-06-08 02:49:29 PM
I expected fajitas to be on there.
 
2012-06-08 02:50:46 PM

oldfarthenry: Five loonies says they'll claim to have invented poutine, too.

`Dammit, it has 300% of your recommended fat intake! Of course it's 'merikun!'


Yeah, that's why it's so popular south of the border... pshh.
 
2012-06-08 02:51:23 PM

imprimere: Aarontology: Who the hell considers nachos ethnic?

Those who believe that a trip to Taco Bell equates with a run to the border?



CSB:

The sarcastic slang term for Taco Bell back at our high school was "ethnic food".
 
2012-06-08 02:51:41 PM
Most "Chinese food"?

*reads article*

Yup.
 
2012-06-08 02:54:07 PM

BKITU: meat0918: What about the California roll?

Layer the nori, rice, imitation crab, julienne carrots, slices of avocado, dab of wasabi, roll it up, call it sushi.

//Still likes them, but eel(unagi) is the best.

There might be a clue in the name that it's not supposed to be an authentic Japanese dish.


Yeah, but I know people that think it is, despite the name.
 
2012-06-08 02:54:09 PM
I went to Rome through a program at college. One night my friend and I went to a Chinese restaurant. The food was good. A little different than what you usually find in the states but still westernized.

At the end of the meal, we were served candied lychees. My friend practically had a meltdown because she didn't get a fortune cookie. When she asked for them, the staff looked at her like she was insane. I had to explain to her that fortune cookies are American. Why would a Chinese place in Rome serve an American item?

/cool story sis
 
2012-06-08 02:54:54 PM
My grandfather was born in Italy (though he came here as an infant), but growing up in the 1920s and 30s he was taught by his mom how to make "oil bread" (as he called it). This was a loaf of bread sliced lengthwise, with olive oil brushed on it, then topped with oregano, basil, anchovies, and Parmesan cheese. The bread was then broiled until the top was golden. It goes great with pasta or as a meal unto itself.
 
2012-06-08 02:54:59 PM
I was going to say "no chop suey?"... but I guess that being invented in America is an urban legend. Huh. The more you know...
 
2012-06-08 02:55:27 PM
Anybody remember Chop Suey? Invented in San Diego, as I recall.
 
2012-06-08 02:56:46 PM

meat0918: BKITU: meat0918: What about the California roll?

Layer the nori, rice, imitation crab, julienne carrots, slices of avocado, dab of wasabi, roll it up, call it sushi.

//Still likes them, but eel(unagi) is the best.

There might be a clue in the name that it's not supposed to be an authentic Japanese dish.

Yeah, but I know people that think it is, despite the name.


Provided it's the correct rice, it is sushi!
 
2012-06-08 02:56:50 PM
I love asking my Chinese buddy, when he starts complaining about what passes for Chinese food here, "Well then, how do they make Crab Rangoon in China?".
 
2012-06-08 02:57:24 PM
Chicken Kiev - not Russian/Ukrainian
 
2012-06-08 02:58:08 PM
Burritos were invented in California or Arizona. Pizza was invented by Famous Ray in Manhattan
 
2012-06-08 02:58:43 PM
Mexico is part of the Americas, so is Canada. Just saying.
 
2012-06-08 02:59:34 PM

Glenford: RexTalionis: Invented FOR Americans, subby, not by.

Ordinary Americans, however, didn't cotton to traditional Hunan cuisine, so one enterprising chef (one Peng Chang-kuei, according to the claims) battered and deep-fried the chicken, and then added sugar

Yup, definitely for Americans.


While I haven't tried it myself, I was under the impression that Ginger Beef was Canada's equivalent of General Tso's. Of course, I could be wrong...
 
2012-06-08 02:59:39 PM

DavidVincent: Anybody remember Chop Suey? Invented in San Diego, as I recall.


One post up from yours ;)

Wiki says its a pretty old Chinese-created dish.
 
2012-06-08 03:00:13 PM
Peeing in someone's Coke as a joke was also an American invention.
 
2012-06-08 03:00:20 PM
Bagels?!? I specifically told you no ethnic food.
 
2012-06-08 03:00:29 PM
Crab Rangoons - also American, not Chinese. Nor do they contain crab.
 
2012-06-08 03:00:55 PM
www.thinkgeek.com
 
2012-06-08 03:02:02 PM
Mock26: My grandfather was born in Italy (though he came here as an infant), but growing up in the 1920s and 30s he was taught by his mom how to make "oil bread" (as he called it). This was a loaf of bread sliced lengthwise, with olive oil brushed on it, then topped with oregano, basil, anchovies, and Parmesan cheese. The bread was then broiled until the top was golden. It goes great with pasta or as a meal unto itself.

My grandmother (Sicilian) made this too. It was all kinds of yum.
 
2012-06-08 03:02:36 PM

Nabb1: oldfarthenry: Five loonies says they'll claim to have invented poutine, too.

`Dammit, it has 300% of your recommended fat intake! Of course it's 'merikun!'

Doubtful. No one in this country wants to lay claim to f*cking up french fries in such a horrid manner.


You watch your filthy mouth, boy...

foodguymontreal.com

/Fark yea
 
2012-06-08 03:04:00 PM

Glenford: RexTalionis: Invented FOR Americans, subby, not by.

Ordinary Americans, however, didn't cotton to traditional Hunan cuisine, so one enterprising chef (one Peng Chang-kuei, according to the claims) battered and deep-fried the chicken, and then added sugar

Yup, definitely for Americans.


Which is why I hate American Chinese food. Everything is too damned sweet, there is no aromatic crispy duck or prawn toast, and it's ALL buffets outside of major cities (PF Changs and Pei Wei don't count).
 
2012-06-08 03:04:39 PM
I hate it when people put down Americanized ethnic food. Other cultures just flat out refuse to be inspired by foreign cuisine. We may change it, but we also embrace it
 
2012-06-08 03:05:53 PM

chicagogasman: Gyros were invented in Chicago


Not really.

"Gyros are believed to have originated in Greece. (They're similar to the döner kebabs of Turkey and shawarma of the Middle East, which are slices of meat, rather than a minced loaf.) But they were never mass produced in Europe, according to the gyro magnates of this city [Chicago]. Until the early 1970s, the cones were made one at a time, in restaurant kitchens using family recipes.

Then someone thought, why not make gyro cones the same way you make cars?

The question is: Who is the Henry Ford of the gyro? It turns out there are a handful of contenders, all of whom know one another and have been friendly competitors for decades. They include George Apostolou, who says he served the first gyros in the United States, in the Parkview Restaurant in Chicago, in 1965, and nine years later opened a 3,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, Central Gyros Wholesale."
 
2012-06-08 03:06:15 PM

Nabb1: oldfarthenry: Five loonies says they'll claim to have invented poutine, too.

`Dammit, it has 300% of your recommended fat intake! Of course it's 'merikun!'

Doubtful. No one in this country wants to lay claim to f*cking up french fries in such a horrid manner.


Fries drowning in Velveeta is surprisingly good, particularly when drunk.

/God, I miss Karl's up at UNH
 
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