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2014-05-19 05:55:12 AM  
Absolutely no one on Earth finds any of those things "strange".

They just think they taste like crap. And to be honest, if you've ever had a good meal, you'd realize they might be on to something.
 
2014-05-19 07:39:20 AM  
I can understand most of the things on there, but chicken and waffles is one of my favorites. I don't see how anybody thinks that is weird.
 
2014-05-19 07:39:34 AM  

doglover: Absolutely no one on Earth finds any of those things "strange".

They just think they taste like crap. And to be honest, if you've ever had a good meal, you'd realize they might be on to something.


Hey now, chicken and waffles are damn good.
 
2014-05-19 07:40:27 AM  
None of those are weird. Foxnews lying again.
 
2014-05-19 07:40:59 AM  
We're one of the few countries that don't eat bugs and vermin.
 
2014-05-19 07:41:10 AM  
Grits are great if you cook them right.

/red eye gravy
 
2014-05-19 07:44:17 AM  
American food = fat + sugar + more fat... with a follow up of some HFCS and salt

(I like it from time to time, but its one of the more crappy cuisines nutritionally)
 
2014-05-19 07:45:38 AM  

ty stick: We're one of the few countries that don't eat bugs and vermin.


errrr - yea - stick with that theory.

//Kentucky fried rat for all !!
 
2014-05-19 07:46:10 AM  
Grits just sounds like typical poor folks food.

Corndogs, is, uh completely normal. Also, why wouldn't you put ketchup and mustard on it (skip the ketchup, its a condiment meant to mask the taste of food, not enhance it).


The rest are just disgusting. Though wuptidoo, you're so special for combining foods, look at you, no one has ever done that before.
 
2014-05-19 07:46:26 AM  

doglover: Absolutely no one on Earth finds any of those things "strange".

They just think they taste like crap. And to be honest, if you've ever had a good meal, you'd realize they might be on to something.


It's too early to be that judgemental. Chicken and waffles are a "good meal". Some places consider dog a "good meal". Fancy that doglover
 
2014-05-19 07:47:15 AM  

CruJones: Grits are great if you cook them right.

/red eye gravy


They were better when they were called polenta.

/lazy, stupid, shiatty article is all three.
 
2014-05-19 07:48:43 AM  
Chicken and waffles is an awesome meal in any country, in any language.
If the UN served chicken and waffles, there would be world peace in an instant.
 
2014-05-19 07:49:56 AM  

ty stick: We're one of the few countries that don't eat bugs and vermin.


Bugs are used as food colouring.

What you mean by vermin? Vermin is just a description of disruptive animals, and yeah, you eat those.
 
2014-05-19 07:52:10 AM  
Just because our corn dogs don't contain actual dog doesn't make it strange. It's that wood thing in the middle which is way too chewy and gives us mouth splinters that make it strange.
 
2014-05-19 07:52:18 AM  
Chicken and waffles is a weird combination to me that I do not appreciate. First I'd ever heard of such a thing was when Lay's had some samples of "chicken and waffles" in one of those big bags of little bags (that are for packing lunches, you know?). I tried it, and it tasted exactly like I thought it would. I figured it must've been one of those Facebook "name our next flavor" fark ups.
 
2014-05-19 07:53:15 AM  
Grits are fantastic, especially in the winter. Chicken and waffles are great.

Pretty lazy list.
 
2014-05-19 07:54:14 AM  
Neither grits nor waffles are American food.
 
2014-05-19 07:54:43 AM  
Since when are grits boiled in milk?
 
2014-05-19 07:55:53 AM  
that was a sucky 'list'.

4 items that are kinda american (savoury waffles are not an american invention, and PB&J I got as a kid) and bacon.

Bacon is not some mystery to the rest of the world as an ingredient.

Corn dogs, whilst pretty suspect as a 'food', still doesn't puzzle the global market. There's just other streetfoods that are tastier, more popular.

Front page? Really?!?
 
2014-05-19 07:56:28 AM  
Just saying...

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2014-05-19 07:56:58 AM  
I've had peanut butter and jelly (Marshmallow Fluff), it was... curiously American.  It's the only way to describe it.
 
2014-05-19 07:57:50 AM  

macadamnut: Neither grits nor waffles are American food.


Grits are, in that they use corn, and where eaten before Europeans arrived.
 
2014-05-19 07:58:07 AM  
On a somewhat related note, why isn't poutine a bigger deal here?  French fries, gravy and cheese.  We love all that shiat.  It should be everywhere.  Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if we find out one day that our Constitution was written in gravy ink from a french fry pen.  I guess it's easy enough to make on your own but, damn, I can't think of one eating establishment I've ever been to where it was even an option.
 
2014-05-19 07:58:30 AM  

uttertosh: that was a sucky 'list'.

4 items that are kinda american (savoury waffles are not an american invention, and PB&J I got as a kid) and bacon.

Bacon is not some mystery to the rest of the world as an ingredient.

Corn dogs, whilst pretty suspect as a 'food', still doesn't puzzle the global market. There's just other streetfoods that are tastier, more popular.

Front page? Really?!?


look at the link below - you will figure out why it was greenlit
 
2014-05-19 08:01:18 AM  
#1: Duh.  Your obsession with bacon is killing you.
#2: Also duh.  Even Americans not raised in the south can't get this one, and I'm relatively certain the only reason you like it is because it's what mom used to make you... when you visited her at the Waffle House.
#3: I have an idea: Let's take highly-processed flour, top it with butter, then drop a bird into a vat of fat and fry it up until we've converted as much of that fat to trans-fat as possible... then, let's eat the two of them together.  Yum.
#4: Maybe the world should learn what's good for 'em.
#5: It's like #3, only it uses random animal parts and skips the whole "keep the flour and animal separated until the end" thing...
#6: Biscuits have the same highly-processed flour and butter problem that waffles do.  Then we add more flour in liquid form on top of it, often with the trapped fat of a pig's intestines.
#7: Seriously, lay off the fat emulsions added to everything.
#8: Spam is not "the poster child for everything's that's wrong with food in the world."  If you coated it in a sugary, floury batter and deep fried it and served it with a side of hashbrowns, then it would be.  As it is, it's just highly-processed mystery meat - not necessarily a good idea, but certainly not the crime against humanity they make it out to be.
#9: A sloppy joe can actually be a beautiful thing, but most of America makes it wrong.  Make your own tomato sauce to eschew sugar, or buy a good sugar-free sauce.  BBQ sauce is never sugar free, so don't even bother.  If you need it to taste a little BBQy, add some liquid smoke.  Add in carrots, onions, garlic, and red peppers.  Add some cayenne, salt, and pepper.  You can throw in some ancho chilis if you really want some heat.  Simmer that @#%! until it's a nice thick mass.  serve on whole grain bread, and if you can take the mustard, put a dab on the bun.  Delicious and healthy, albeit a little too much meat for my taste.
 
2014-05-19 08:01:20 AM  
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Ok, let's talk weird.
 
2014-05-19 08:01:46 AM  
In all fairness, bacon cupcakes are disgusting.
 
2014-05-19 08:01:52 AM  

spawn73: macadamnut: Neither grits nor waffles are American food.

Grits are, in that they use corn, and where eaten before Europeans arrived.


I stand corrected; always assumed they were African. They do eat some kind of cornmeal porridge over there.
 
2014-05-19 08:02:55 AM  
Corndogs are disgusting and my kids agree. When their school has them on the lunch schedule I make sure they have a very large breakfast and a healthy snack the moment they get home.
 
2014-05-19 08:04:07 AM  

mjohnson71: Corndogs are disgusting and my kids agree. When their school has them on the lunch schedule I make sure they have a very large breakfast and a healthy snack the moment they get home.


We give that shiat to kids for lunch at school?
 
2014-05-19 08:04:56 AM  

doglover: Absolutely no one on Earth finds any of those things "strange".

They just think they taste like crap. And to be honest, if you've ever had a good meal, you'd realize they might be on to something.


Want to know how I know you've never had proper grits?

/Because you sound like an idiot.
 
2014-05-19 08:05:14 AM  
I'm speaking anecdotally since I've been through europe and south America but it seems there are no spicy chicken wings to be found. I did have some wings in spain at an American restaurant but most places lack your typical spicy chicken wings. I think they'd be a hit.
 
2014-05-19 08:05:35 AM  
"In Asia, for example, eating fried insects is commonplace "

And for that, anyone in Asia is automatically disqualified from making any judgements about anything, ever.
 
2014-05-19 08:06:02 AM  
A world without chicken and waffles is not a world I wish to live in. I will stay here, safely wrapped in my waffley cocoon.
 
2014-05-19 08:06:27 AM  
Is this where I say that I like ketchup (catsup) on my hotdogs?
 
2014-05-19 08:07:16 AM  

Vaneshi: I've had peanut butter and jelly (Marshmallow Fluff), it was... curiously American.  It's the only way to describe it.


marshmallow fluff is not jelly
 
2014-05-19 08:07:45 AM  

Slartibartfaster: American food = fat + sugar + more fat... with a follow up of some HFCS and salt

(I like it from time to time, but its one of the more crappy cuisines nutritionally)


True. I suspect it's the addition of sweeteners to most everything (maple bacon for instance) that turns off some other cultures. And I've had friends from other countries say they feel "smacked in the mouth" with salt, especially with our processed foods.
 
2014-05-19 08:09:12 AM  

ty stick: We're one of the few countries that don't eat bugs and vermin.


www.miami.com

Fun Fact - Lobster was initially considered to be a "poor man's food" fed to prisoners and welfare cases.
 
2014-05-19 08:09:41 AM  
Pretend you're on Star Trek, and like on so many episodes, you make first conctact with a race, who through the miracle of universal translators, can understand all of your vocabulary, but has no knowledge of your culture.  You explain the nuances of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich:

"Well, we take a legume out of its shell, grind it and mix it with sugar and salt until it is a sticky paste called 'peanut butter'.  Then we take some red berries, pulverize them and mix them with sugar until we get another sticky paste called 'strawberry jelly'.  Then we put the two mixtures in between white bread... White bread?  Oh, see, we take grain and bleach and process it until it is stripped of all nutrients, then we add a leavening agent, a microorganism that converts the fermendtable sugars in this mixture into a mound of something we bake until it gets all light, fluffy, and is the staple of many American households."

Those whacky humans!

(Still a better concept than a Troi episode.  But I digress...)
 
2014-05-19 08:11:10 AM  

macadamnut: spawn73: macadamnut: Neither grits nor waffles are American food.

Grits are, in that they use corn, and where eaten before Europeans arrived.

I stand corrected; always assumed they were African. They do eat some kind of cornmeal porridge over there.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polenta

Polenta is eaten a lot in parts of Europe, and Africa. Similar to grits, but not before the 16th century when the awesomeness of maize was brought over. :P
 
2014-05-19 08:11:11 AM  

inclemency: CruJones: Grits are great if you cook them right.

/red eye gravy

They were better when they were called polenta.

/lazy, stupid, shiatty article is all three.


Polenta is processed and prepared differently.  For one, Polenta is made from cornmeal, rather than corn hominy.  For two, it still tastes like corn.  It's like saying pencil lead and charcoal are the same thing because they're made of carbon. Close, yes.  The same, nooooooooo.

I do agree though that people think grits are strange, not just from out of country.  People from northern states commonly look at them and go "dafuq", and if you try them by themselves they can be pretty unappetizing.  With the right meal though they're the perfect pairing.  The one that did it for me was simple ham and eggs with maple-smoked ham.  The eggs, eh, okay pairing.  The ham, dear lord so good.  One bite of ham made the next five bites of grits taste positively divine.
 
2014-05-19 08:11:18 AM  
I believe it was George Carlin that observed Americans will even eat raccoon anus if it beep fried and served on a stick.
 
2014-05-19 08:11:19 AM  
Surprise, it's something decent with a bunch of sugar added to ruin it.
 
2014-05-19 08:11:32 AM  

ty stick: We're one of the few countries that don't eat bugs and vermin.


Damn right! If push comes to shove, we'll start eating human flesh before it ever comes to that!
 
2014-05-19 08:13:40 AM  

Charlie09: Pretend you're on Star Trek, and like on so many episodes, you make first conctact with a race, who through the miracle of universal translators, can understand all of your vocabulary, but has no knowledge of your culture.  You explain the nuances of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich:

"Well, we take a legume out of its shell, grind it and mix it with sugar and salt until it is a sticky paste called 'peanut butter'.  Then we take some red berries, pulverize them and mix them with sugar until we get another sticky paste called 'strawberry jelly'.  Then we put the two mixtures in between white bread... White bread?  Oh, see, we take grain and bleach and process it until it is stripped of all nutrients, then we add a leavening agent, a microorganism that converts the fermendtable sugars in this mixture into a mound of something we bake until it gets all light, fluffy, and is the staple of many American households."

Those whacky humans!

(Still a better concept than a Troi episode.  But I digress...)


upload.wikimedia.org

I sense... confusion.
 
2014-05-19 08:13:46 AM  

inclemency: CruJones: Grits are great if you cook them right.

/red eye gravy

They were better when they were called polenta.

/lazy, stupid, shiatty article is all three.


this is one of the things i came here to say

grits are essentially polenta. not exactly the same, but close. polenta has been an italian staple for a long time

many countries have bacon and love bacon...many countries don't have maple to have maple smoked bacon. our obsession with bacon IS abnormal, but that's ok, we know it's great stuff!

i was kinda surprised when i got stationed in germany and soon realized peanut butter was an oddity there...it's one of the few truly american foods.

corndogs are another truly american food.
 
2014-05-19 08:17:44 AM  

Slartibartfaster: uttertosh: that was a sucky 'list'.

4 items that are kinda american (savoury waffles are not an american invention, and PB&J I got as a kid) and bacon.

Bacon is not some mystery to the rest of the world as an ingredient.

Corn dogs, whilst pretty suspect as a 'food', still doesn't puzzle the global market. There's just other streetfoods that are tastier, more popular.

Front page? Really?!?

look at the link below - you will figure out why it was greenlit


chinese 'dark' restaraunt? I still don't get it
 
2014-05-19 08:18:01 AM  

Vaneshi: I've had peanut butter and jelly (Marshmallow Fluff), it was... curiously American.  It's the only way to describe it.


So peanut butter and jelly isn't somthing they have where you're from? Curious about that, as I see it as a basic food from when I was growing up.  BTW - Peanut butter and fluff(whipped marshmallow topping) is a different experience than pb and j. Both are best with a cold glass of milk.
 
2014-05-19 08:18:08 AM  
How about some more American foods that other countries don't get or are not familiar with like;

BBQ. No, not the throwing a couple of steak on the grill and go. But the slow roasted over in direct heat for hours on end until the meat almost falls off the bone. A good piece of BBQ is a joy. If you can find yourself a good BBQ joint try it. And the best way to determine if a place has a good BBQ isn't by how nice it looks but how many people are waiting in line. Many of the best BBQ places are tin shacks on the side of the road that you would not give a second look at.

Followed by hushpuppies. Straight from the fryer, hushpuppies are little balls of addiction. I don't know if there is any other food that could be use as an example of an equivalent. I can't think of one. But basically it's a fried ball of seasoned corn batter. It's crispy on the outside and soft and hot in the inside.

Old Bay seasoning. If you go into anyone's house along the MidAtlantic and check their pantry, there's a good chance this will be in it. People there use Old Bay seasoning the way the rest of the world uses salt. It can make inedible slop, edible. It's one of the few things I missed when I was over seas.

Biscuits. You would be surprise how this is confusing to non-Americans. (and non-Canadians) People who have never had one usually go, "Oh, it's like a dinner roll." No, it's not like a dinner roll. It's much more dense. It would be like a dinner roll if a dinner roll had a sci-fi accident with a scone and melded with it. And even then, that is not quite right. Biscuits can go with any meal. Slather in butter and or jam for breakfast. Slap a piece of meat in between a split on for lunch. Use one to sop all the gravy and meat juices for dinner. There's never a wrong time to go with a biscuit.
 
2014-05-19 08:18:14 AM  
If you don't like peanut butter, you deserve to be bombed into the stone age
 
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