Sunday, May 10, 2009

Missing American Food

This weekend, I was in the neighborhood of the American foods store. So I popped in to take in some familiar sites and smells from the homeland. That Betty Crocker cake mix looks so foreign in Paris.

I walked out with a box of €3.50 Kraft Mac & Cheese. Almost four times the price, but Sooooo good, and equally so bad (For those who don't know: it's a box of pasta with cheese-flavored powder. Cook pasta, add powder, butter and milk. Eat. And get fat, because that powder is extremely high in calories). This got me to thinking about what other foods I really miss from home, mostly unhealthy stuff. Here are some things I never eat here:

- Macaroni & Cheese
- Nerds
- Peanut butter M & Ms
- Junior mints
- Peanut butter that actually tastes good (Can be found in the foreign foods section of the grocery store, but doesn’t take quite right)
- Deep dish pizza (Chicago only)
- Italian beef sandwiches (Chicago only)
- Hot dogs smothered with delicious toppings, not ketchup of course (of the Chicago variety)
- Lakota coffee (Columbia only)
- Chicken wings
- Potato skins
- Chocolate soy milk
- Bagels
- Bacon
- Pie, any kind. cherry, blueberry, pumpkin preferably.

I'm sure there's more. I had to do some thinking to make this long of a list. Like I said, these foods just simply do not exist here, so I kind of forgot about most of them.

Also, for fun, I google imaged "american foods." Basically it's pictures of the worst possible everything you could eat.


Marni said...

When I lived in Austria I mentioned to my parents that the #1 food I missed was peanut butter... so they sent me some.

Eating this said peanut butter in the living room with a spoon, my hostmom came over to me, put her hand on my belly, and proceeded to tell me that I was getting fat and that I should put the spoon down, peanut butter away, and never, never again, indulge myself with such "western" foods.

I wasn't impressed.

LaurenW said...

hahaha I am laughing so hard at Marni's story but I seriously agree with you and guess what - annie and i just got into chicago and what did my friend whose house we were staying have ready at our request? Deep dish pizza, cold milk and chocolate chip cookies. SO happy. And then bagels and dunkin donuts today. uhoh.