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(Pleated Jeans)   The "American Food" section at foreign markets is remarkably accurate, according to Subby, who REALLY needs to be at the gym, but ain't going   (pleated-jeans.com) divider line
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2021-07-19 6:54:01 PM  
To be fair, how would you represent the more sophisticated examples (might be the wrong word... "complicated" maybe?) like clam chowder, Leek and Potato Soup Vichyssoise Soup, Yankee pot roast, whole hog BBQ, Waldorf salad, gumbo, Country Ham and Red Eye Gravy, lobster roll, lobster newberg, shoofly pie, key lime pie, Boston cream pie, cincinnati chili, country fried steak, and many more?  Prepackaged junk is all that travels.

I will say that our good quality regional junk foods, which are often on par with stuff from other countries, never seems to get to any of them. They get the cheap nationalized crap that we do exported to them , but never our best stuff.
 
2021-07-19 9:24:35 PM  
Back in the early 200's I was living in Hong Kong and a street vendor opened up offering "authentic American hot dogs!" They even had a menu item called America Dog so I ordered one. It came with a chicken hot dog, ketchup, black olives, and diced mango. It was, hands down, the worst hot dog I've ever had.
 
2021-07-19 9:30:17 PM  
It's not surprising most of the countries where these products are found are where Americans go for sex tourism.
 
2021-07-19 9:31:29 PM  
It's all just dorm food.
 
2021-07-19 9:35:15 PM  
why are nerds so expensive to export?  in a few of the pics, it showed virgil's root beer (which is like $6 for a four pack in the u.s.) as being cheaper than a big box of nerds (which you can get for like a $1.50 at walgreens)
 
2021-07-19 9:48:51 PM  
Does #10 really have a full row of apple cider vinegar??
 
2021-07-19 9:51:15 PM  
My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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2021-07-19 9:52:46 PM  

Kris_Romm: To be fair, how would you represent the more sophisticated examples (might be the wrong word... "complicated" maybe?) like clam chowder, Leek and Potato Soup Vichyssoise Soup, Yankee pot roast, whole hog BBQ, Waldorf salad, gumbo, Country Ham and Red Eye Gravy, lobster roll, lobster newberg, shoofly pie, key lime pie, Boston cream pie, cincinnati chili, country fried steak, and many more?  Prepackaged junk is all that travels.

I will say that our good quality regional junk foods, which are often on par with stuff from other countries, never seems to get to any of them. They get the cheap nationalized crap that we do exported to them , but never our best stuff.


That regional stuff is all "sometimes" foods obviously.

/washes down his breakfast cereal with a Hershey's Syrup chaser
 
2021-07-19 9:59:46 PM  
All american sections here have the same basics.

Welchs grape jelly, heinz sweet relish and sweet baby Ray's sauce. A small selection of cereals, lots of candies, karo corn syrup, those french fried onions and a few other bits and bobs.

My local shop just got old bay seasoning.

Ive been living in europe for 18 years and i still make a bi-weekly stop at the American section
 
2021-07-19 10:00:24 PM  
Nothing like a cold night in York, standing in front of the stars and stripes of the American food section, your country's entire ethos distilled into twenty rows of colorful packaging, the Beacon of Hope in the form of xantham gum and sodium benzoate.
 
2021-07-19 10:09:39 PM  

Kris_Romm: To be fair, how would you represent the more sophisticated examples (might be the wrong word... "complicated" maybe?) like clam chowder, Leek and Potato Soup Vichyssoise Soup, Yankee pot roast, whole hog BBQ, Waldorf salad, gumbo, Country Ham and Red Eye Gravy, lobster roll, lobster newberg, shoofly pie, key lime pie, Boston cream pie, cincinnati chili, country fried steak, and many more?  Prepackaged junk is all that travels.

I will say that our good quality regional junk foods, which are often on par with stuff from other countries, never seems to get to any of them. They get the cheap nationalized crap that we do exported to them , but never our best stuff.


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Hard to get good examples of prepared foods, but maybe. This is pretty good, mix with half and half and butter. They could do worse than getting Reese's cups, pb&j, dr pepper, cinnamon toast crunch. Some national brands are good ambassadors. What i hate to see is stuff like PAM spray, apple sauce, and aunt jemima. Rotel diced tomatoes? Even one store had peanut butter, but no jelly or white bread, that's a disaster. The first time i tried peanut butter was on its own, and it was a huge disappointment.
 
2021-07-19 10:26:26 PM  
Hmmmm... looks like I can go to quite a few counties and enjoy my marshmallow nacho cheese-goo casserole with crumbled Reeses.
 
2021-07-19 11:05:43 PM  
Now I want a fluffernutter
 
2021-07-19 11:24:53 PM  

Lsherm: Back in the early 200's I was living in Hong Kong and a street vendor opened up offering "authentic American hot dogs!" They even had a menu item called America Dog so I ordered one. It came with a chicken hot dog, ketchup, black olives, and diced mango. It was, hands down, the worst hot dog I've ever had.


Probably a literal "hot dog."
 
2021-07-19 11:30:24 PM  

TheThighsofTorgo: My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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In high school we had a German exchange student and I introduced him to root beer, he was not a fan. "It tastes like what a dentist office smells like"
 
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2021-07-19 11:32:15 PM  

Ragin' Asian: It's not surprising most of the countries where these products are found are where Americans go for sex tourism.


Which countries were those?
 
2021-07-19 11:43:36 PM  
I wonder if central and south americans have the same reaction when they visit my local grocery's "international" section.  Not quite sure if Ortega taco kits in a box are that authentic.
 
2021-07-19 11:50:04 PM  
Someone's buying that stuff, or the store wouldn't keep stocking it.
 
2021-07-20 1:33:32 AM  
Woohoo, fluffernutters!
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2021-07-20 1:37:20 AM  

Ragin' Asian: It's not surprising most of the countries where these products are found are where Americans go for sex tourism.


I mean, you can do whatever you want, but going to the UK for sex tourism seems wildly optimistic
 
2021-07-20 1:39:22 AM  

Barton Fink: All american sections here have the same basics.

Welchs grape jelly, heinz sweet relish and sweet baby Ray's sauce. A small selection of cereals, lots of candies, karo corn syrup, those french fried onions and a few other bits and bobs.

My local shop just got old bay seasoning.

Ive been living in europe for 18 years and i still make a bi-weekly stop at the American section


Geez.  The BBQ sauce is literally the only thing on that list I'd bother with.

So... definitely NOT  a good representation of what the US does well.
 
2021-07-20 1:46:48 AM  

InfoFreako: Woohoo, fluffernutters![Fark user image image 425x655]


Okay, going by THIS specific photo, all I see worth the time is:

-- peanut butter, with the caveat that both of those brands SUCK.
-- Marshmallow Fluff. It's legitimately something good made here with no real international equivalent that I'm aware of.
-- the Black Beans.  I'm not aware why this is deemed "American food", why plenty of more authentic international sources aren't readily available, but by all means, buy it.
--The Flipz.  Depending on the variety.
 
2021-07-20 1:58:57 AM  
What is American food? Apparently subby ain't never been to Mexico.
 
2021-07-20 3:43:57 AM  

Lsherm: Back in the early 200's I was living in Hong Kong and a street vendor opened up offering "authentic American hot dogs!" They even had a menu item called America Dog so I ordered one. It came with a chicken hot dog, ketchup, black olives, and diced mango. It was, hands down, the worst hot dog I've ever had.


Man i didnt know hong kong had been around for over 1800 years. How has the food changed over time? Were things better back then when there wasnt all this trivial nonsense to worry about and you just had to make sure the tigers and snakes didnt eat you? Are there any kinds of food that were amaxing and got eaten out of history that you really miss?
 
2021-07-20 5:32:20 AM  

whither_apophis: TheThighsofTorgo: My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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In high school we had a German exchange student and I introduced him to root beer, he was not a fan. "It tastes like what a dentist office smells like"


Irish People Try Root Beer For The First Time
Youtube tFRXVXhcksc

"Tastes like broken homes."
"This is Hell. This is Hell. This is our Hell."
"Which is the best and which is the worst? Have you not listened to a word we said!"

I grew up on A&W root beer floats, so this is one of the broader cultural gaps I've ever experienced, but apparently root beer is Kryptonite to the Irish.
 
2021-07-20 7:11:56 AM  

Psychopompous: whither_apophis: TheThighsofTorgo: My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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In high school we had a German exchange student and I introduced him to root beer, he was not a fan. "It tastes like what a dentist office smells like"

[YouTube video: Irish People Try Root Beer For The First Time]
"Tastes like broken homes."
"This is Hell. This is Hell. This is our Hell."
"Which is the best and which is the worst? Have you not listened to a word we said!"

I grew up on A&W root beer floats, so this is one of the broader cultural gaps I've ever experienced, but apparently root beer is Kryptonite to the Irish.


To be honest, I can see root beer being more of a unique flavor that's off putting if you didn't grow up with it.

It's like gin.  No one *truly* likes gin, it's more Stockholm Syndrome than anything.
 
2021-07-20 7:22:34 AM  

Barton Fink: All american sections here have the same basics.

Welchs grape jelly, heinz sweet relish and sweet baby Ray's sauce. A small selection of cereals, lots of candies, karo corn syrup, those french fried onions and a few other bits and bobs.

My local shop just got old bay seasoning.

Ive been living in europe for 18 years and i still make a bi-weekly stop at the American section


When I lived in Kentucky twenty years ago, I had to import my own Old Bay.

It's been 35 years since I lived outside the US, and I had access to the commissary at a US military base, but I would expect there to need to be some sort of curiosity around the food stuff for people to want to try it, unless you had a major expat population that was going to help with the turnover.

So if the local stores were to do this back then, I'd have expected Reese's Pieces (because of E.T) and marshmallows (because of Ghost Busters).   But I doubt most stores have sneak previews of the movies and the lead time to get them when the movie is in theatres

So you'd look for things that are more re-occurring across multiple shows, or maybe that appear on a long running TV show that's popular in your area.

And candy and food for kids tends to be pretty standard.   I don't know how much it is nostalgia to your childhood, or maybe trying to share your experiences with your kids.  Maybe the small size and decent shelf life are a factor.  Go to a World Market and you'll see Pocky, stroopwafels, and such.  Although they also tend to have food for expats (spices and heartier foods).

But they don't have that 'this is what we imagine they would eat' type garbage like the 'pizzaburger hot dog' thing

... and for other military folks who were in Western Europe- the Red Cross changed their mad cow restrictions- you're now only banned from donating if you were in the U.K., Ireland or France.   (But I didn't find out in the window that they were doing Covid antibody testing)
 
2021-07-20 8:26:03 AM  

Oneiros: When I lived in Kentucky twenty years ago, I had to import my own Old Bay.


When I first moved to Atlanta in 2000, there were no pepperoncinis in the stores.  I guess nobody knew what to do with them.  Eventually they appeared as "greek peppers".  Works for me.
 
2021-07-20 8:29:52 AM  

freakdiablo: Psychopompous: whither_apophis: TheThighsofTorgo: My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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In high school we had a German exchange student and I introduced him to root beer, he was not a fan. "It tastes like what a dentist office smells like"

[YouTube video: Irish People Try Root Beer For The First Time]
"Tastes like broken homes."
"This is Hell. This is Hell. This is our Hell."
"Which is the best and which is the worst? Have you not listened to a word we said!"

I grew up on A&W root beer floats, so this is one of the broader cultural gaps I've ever experienced, but apparently root beer is Kryptonite to the Irish.

To be honest, I can see root beer being more of a unique flavor that's off putting if you didn't grow up with it.

It's like gin.  No one *truly* likes gin, it's more Stockholm Syndrome than anything.


It's vile!  So bubbly, and cloying, and ... happy.
DS9 Garak drinks root beer (The Way of the Warrior)
Youtube 6VhSm6G7cVk
 
2021-07-20 9:52:19 AM  

433: Ragin' Asian: It's not surprising most of the countries where these products are found are where Americans go for sex tourism.

Which countries were those?


Asking for a friend?
 
2021-07-20 10:30:17 AM  

skyotter: freakdiablo: Psychopompous: whither_apophis: TheThighsofTorgo: My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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In high school we had a German exchange student and I introduced him to root beer, he was not a fan. "It tastes like what a dentist office smells like"

[YouTube video: Irish People Try Root Beer For The First Time]
"Tastes like broken homes."
"This is Hell. This is Hell. This is our Hell."
"Which is the best and which is the worst? Have you not listened to a word we said!"

I grew up on A&W root beer floats, so this is one of the broader cultural gaps I've ever experienced, but apparently root beer is Kryptonite to the Irish.

To be honest, I can see root beer being more of a unique flavor that's off putting if you didn't grow up with it.

It's like gin.  No one *truly* likes gin, it's more Stockholm Syndrome than anything.

It's vile!  So bubbly, and cloying, and ... happy.
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DS9 really was great.
 
2021-07-20 12:06:09 PM  

whither_apophis: TheThighsofTorgo: My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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In high school we had a German exchange student and I introduced him to root beer, he was not a fan. "It tastes like what a dentist office smells like"


In undergrad, I would hang out with one of the German students.  He said that Jaegermeister was cough syrup, and wasn't something that you drank intentionally

I never asked his opinion on root beer, but I know a couple of Brits that have told me similar stories.  (It was a flavoring to cover up nasty medicine, not something that you drank by choice)
 
2021-07-20 1:16:15 PM  

Lsherm: Back in the early 200's I was living in Hong Kong and a street vendor opened up offering "authentic American hot dogs!" They even had a menu item called America Dog so I ordered one. It came with a chicken hot dog, ketchup, black olives, and diced mango. It was, hands down, the worst hot dog I've ever had.


When I lived in Japan, they had a "California Pizza." It had corn and tuna on it. I did not try it.
 
2021-07-20 3:03:40 PM  
rocketnews has done some amusing takes on the subject
https://soranews24.com/2015/06/20/our​-​japanese-reporter-asks-for-some-authen​tic-american-food-but-does-he-enjoy-th​e-experience/
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Lsherm: Back in the early 200's I was living in Hong Kong and a street vendor opened up offering "authentic American hot dogs!" They even had a menu item called America Dog so I ordered one. It came with a chicken hot dog, ketchup, black olives, and diced mango. It was, hands down, the worst hot dog I've ever had.


lol, this is why I only get chau-dofu from street carts.

but, me, I actually quite enjoy "HK Western Food" - the club-sanguiches, the bortsch[sic], the spagbol, the plochops, the bizarre stale coffee-tea, all of it.

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/never really seen one outside of Sam Fan Si, so ymmv
 
2021-07-20 3:36:20 PM  
oooh, some crib notes for the gwailo-illiterate among us...
https://en.blog.kkday.com/953/asia-ho​n​g-kong-guide-to-cha-chaan-teng

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2021-07-20 4:12:08 PM  
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I happened to drop by my local American section this Eve so I took a pic.

As you can see l, it's basically the same shiate in all the other pics.
 
2021-07-20 5:02:51 PM  

Barton Fink: [Fark user image 425x566]

I happened to drop by my local American section this Eve so I took a pic.

As you can see l, it's basically the same shiate in all the other pics.


lol, I love how difficult it is to buy e.g. Branston's or Aitch-P sawse over here in the colonies, but damson 'Muricans gotta have that A1!

/don't get me wrong, I do love me some a1
//dollar tree's own-brand has actual-sugar none of your lowdown HFCS ya hear me kraftheinz?
///I, and I shiate you not, I buy it in a 1.4oz x food-service-case-of-72, it is seriously that much cheaper than bottles
\\/plus it makes for fun gifts at backyard bbqs

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2021-07-20 5:55:06 PM  
oh dadgammit, I'd originally come in here to snark something about 26minutes to Subs, and totally forgot.

well, thank-glob for the eternal lubricator I guess?

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/#evilgeniusadulting, it ain't bad
 
2021-07-20 6:48:42 PM  

tintar: Barton Fink: [Fark user image 425x566]

I happened to drop by my local American section this Eve so I took a pic.

As you can see l, it's basically the same shiate in all the other pics.

lol, I love how difficult it is to buy e.g. Branston's or Aitch-P sawse over here in the colonies, but damson 'Muricans gotta have that A1!

/don't get me wrong, I do love me some a1
//dollar tree's own-brand has actual-sugar none of your lowdown HFCS ya hear me kraftheinz?
///I, and I shiate you not, I buy it in a 1.4oz x food-service-case-of-72, it is seriously that much cheaper than bottles
\\/plus it makes for fun gifts at backyard bbqs

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I can get HP at Wegmans and Harris Teeter here in the DC area.

I don't recall seeing Branston pickle, though.  They do have various mustards, digestive biscuits, mushy peas, marmite, and such in their British section

I wasn't thinking about it or I'd have gotten a photo at Wegmans today

Where I have trouble is finding Dutch and German foods.  I managed to find Hela 'mild sauce' (shashlik) once when I was in Boulder, Colorado, but I didn't stock up on it and they sold out and never restocked it
 
2021-07-20 8:22:00 PM  

Oneiros: Where I have trouble is finding Dutch and German foods. I managed to find Hela 'mild sauce' (shashlik) once when I was in Boulder, Colorado, but I didn't stock up on it and they sold out and never restocked it


You are living in the wrong place, bro... *shrug*

https://europeanfoodsonoma.com/

It's pretty much all there.
 
2021-07-20 8:23:17 PM  

tintar: oooh, some crib notes for the gwailo-illiterate among us...
https://en.blog.kkday.com/953/asia-hon​g-kong-guide-to-cha-chaan-teng

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Why are you posting pictures of what the waiters removed from the tables and threw away?
 
2021-07-20 9:23:05 PM  

Percise1: tintar: oooh, some crib notes for the gwailo-illiterate among us...
https://en.blog.kkday.com/953/asia-hon​g-kong-guide-to-cha-chaan-teng

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Why are you posting pictures of what the waiters removed from the tables and threw away?


it's cute you think there is actual waitstaff at Chinese Western Food...
 
2021-07-20 10:01:40 PM  

TheThighsofTorgo: My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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whither_apophis: In high school we had a German exchange student and I introduced him to root beer, he was not a fan. "It tastes like what a dentist office smells like"


Oneiros: In undergrad, I would hang out with one of the German students.  He said that Jaegermeister was cough syrup, and wasn't something that you drank intentionally

I never asked his opinion on root beer, but I know a couple of Brits that have told me similar stories.  (It was a flavoring to cover up nasty medicine, not something that you drank by choice)


lol, not sure how the whole rootbeer subtext of this thread escaped me, so, ok...

I ain't the biggest fan of wint-o-green or spearmint the lesser of all the mints (which is why I much prefer ginger beer to root beer) - but yeah, my high school exchange student fake brother said, "schmeckt wie Zahnpasta!" - "it farking tastes like toothpaste!" - and he weren't half-wrong.

but I did like A&W draft well enough as a kid, we even had ours with the rollerskating car service.
 
2021-07-20 10:13:24 PM  

Oneiros: tintar: Barton Fink: [Fark user image 425x566]

I happened to drop by my local American section this Eve so I took a pic.

As you can see l, it's basically the same shiate in all the other pics.

lol, I love how difficult it is to buy e.g. Branston's or Aitch-P sawse over here in the colonies, but damson 'Muricans gotta have that A1!

/don't get me wrong, I do love me some a1
//dollar tree's own-brand has actual-sugar none of your lowdown HFCS ya hear me kraftheinz?
///I, and I shiate you not, I buy it in a 1.4oz x food-service-case-of-72, it is seriously that much cheaper than bottles
\\/plus it makes for fun gifts at backyard bbqs

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I can get HP at Wegmans and Harris Teeter here in the DC area.

I don't recall seeing Branston pickle, though.  They do have various mustards, digestive biscuits, mushy peas, marmite, and such in their British section

I wasn't thinking about it or I'd have gotten a photo at Wegmans today

Where I have trouble is finding Dutch and German foods.  I managed to find Hela 'mild sauce' (shashlik) once when I was in Boulder, Colorado, but I didn't stock up on it and they sold out and never restocked it


oh, I can get HP &c. in the store... if'n I want to pay $6-8/bottle :(

also, I neglected to report back from a previous thread: so I did pick up some Branston "small chunk" and... it ain't really the same, something in the formulation of the actual sauce I d'nnae, it's just... disappointing. I'll stick with the OG.

what really tickles me (and this also goes to the rootbeer/jaegermeister/digestiv part) is that my shop-rite in Cape Cod (and other supermarche I've seen carry it in other states) sold farking Underberg in the "ethnic" aisle next to the sauerkrauts and German mustards and curry-ketchup- no questions asked. the stuff is quite literally 44%ABV but hey, kids can buy it! without ID! even amazon sells it! (actually I think one foodtab farker mentioned that amazon now interrogates them about ordering it so ymmv)

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2021-07-20 10:55:23 PM  

Percise1: Oneiros: Where I have trouble is finding Dutch and German foods. I managed to find Hela 'mild sauce' (shashlik) once when I was in Boulder, Colorado, but I didn't stock up on it and they sold out and never restocked it

You are living in the wrong place, bro... *shrug*

https://europeanfoodsonoma.com/

It's pretty much all there.


Yeah, I know.  And there's a German deli in the middle of nowhere in Maine that has the food stuff, too.

But I can't justify the two day drive up there, even if their pickles are amazing. (Especially now that the friend near Boston I used to crash with to split up the trip moved to Colorado)

(I was first introduced to the pickles by a guy running a brewpub above his garage in Liberty, Maine, so brought back a couple gallons with me, 5 lbs of sauerkraut, and a bunch of German and Dutch stuff)

Also disappointed that the Black Forest restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA didn't survive Covid.
 
2021-07-20 11:19:27 PM  

Oneiros: whither_apophis: TheThighsofTorgo: My favorite is always the root beer, as many countries outside North America put wintergreen in their cold medicines and toothpastes.  So drinking root beer is like drinking carbonated Nyquil to them.  Except for Okinawa.  The U.S. military presence probably makes the difference.
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In high school we had a German exchange student and I introduced him to root beer, he was not a fan. "It tastes like what a dentist office smells like"

In undergrad, I would hang out with one of the German students.  He said that Jaegermeister was cough syrup, and wasn't something that you drank intentionally

I never asked his opinion on root beer, but I know a couple of Brits that have told me similar stories.  (It was a flavoring to cover up nasty medicine, not something that you drank by choice)


My English colleague LOVES root beer. He says it's one of his favorite things about America.
 
2021-07-21 1:19:20 AM  

tintar: Percise1: tintar: oooh, some crib notes for the gwailo-illiterate among us...
https://en.blog.kkday.com/953/asia-hon​g-kong-guide-to-cha-chaan-teng

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Why are you posting pictures of what the waiters removed from the tables and threw away?

it's cute you think there is actual waitstaff at Chinese Western Food...


*snort*
Got me on that one...
 
2021-07-21 1:31:18 AM  

Oneiros: Percise1: Oneiros: Where I have trouble is finding Dutch and German foods. I managed to find Hela 'mild sauce' (shashlik) once when I was in Boulder, Colorado, but I didn't stock up on it and they sold out and never restocked it

You are living in the wrong place, bro... *shrug*

https://europeanfoodsonoma.com/

It's pretty much all there.

Yeah, I know.  And there's a German deli in the middle of nowhere in Maine that has the food stuff, too.

But I can't justify the two day drive up there, even if their pickles are amazing. (Especially now that the friend near Boston I used to crash with to split up the trip moved to Colorado)

(I was first introduced to the pickles by a guy running a brewpub above his garage in Liberty, Maine, so brought back a couple gallons with me, 5 lbs of sauerkraut, and a bunch of German and Dutch stuff)

Also disappointed that the Black Forest restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA didn't survive Covid.


Damn, that made my mouth water.
But sorry, didn't mean to taunt you.
Interestingly enough, there is a local "brinery" that I learned about recently. A little expensive, but their garlic dill sauerkraut is worth every penny... it takes a staple to a treat.

FWIW pickles and kraut are pretty damn easy to make with one simple container: https://shop.crazykoreancooking.com/c​o​llections/fermentation-container

I have the .9 gallon version, and while it works fine, I'd definitely go up to 2+ gallons now... you don't have to fill it all the way, so more versatile.
 
2021-07-21 2:21:46 AM  
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2021-07-21 5:23:11 AM  

Percise1: Oneiros: Percise1: Oneiros: Where I have trouble is finding Dutch and German foods. I managed to find Hela 'mild sauce' (shashlik) once when I was in Boulder, Colorado, but I didn't stock up on it and they sold out and never restocked it

You are living in the wrong place, bro... *shrug*

https://europeanfoodsonoma.com/

It's pretty much all there.

Yeah, I know.  And there's a German deli in the middle of nowhere in Maine that has the food stuff, too.

But I can't justify the two day drive up there, even if their pickles are amazing. (Especially now that the friend near Boston I used to crash with to split up the trip moved to Colorado)

(I was first introduced to the pickles by a guy running a brewpub above his garage in Liberty, Maine, so brought back a couple gallons with me, 5 lbs of sauerkraut, and a bunch of German and Dutch stuff)

Also disappointed that the Black Forest restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA didn't survive Covid.

Damn, that made my mouth water.
But sorry, didn't mean to taunt you.
Interestingly enough, there is a local "brinery" that I learned about recently. A little expensive, but their garlic dill sauerkraut is worth every penny... it takes a staple to a treat.

FWIW pickles and kraut are pretty damn easy to make with one simple container: https://shop.crazykoreancooking.com/co​llections/fermentation-container

I have the .9 gallon version, and while it works fine, I'd definitely go up to 2+ gallons now... you don't have to fill it all the way, so more versatile.


I actually have a kimchi container, but I've been using it to store flour and rice since I had a little insect infestation incident

And I had 3lbs of cucumbers from the CSA that I should've turned into pickles.  Didn't even think about my kimchi container when I was trying to figure out what I had to ferment in.  Doh

Now I just need to get some unchlorinated water
 
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