America in 10 Meals
This might be a somewhat controversial post, (as it should be) but since I’ve been having on of my periodic chronic bouts of insomnia I’ve had quit a bit of time to obsess over this one. Here is my query; you are entertaining a hardcore “foodie” from another country, they have never been to America before & they have challenged you to give them a warts and all synopsis of American food in 10 meals. The following is my big 10 and should give you a feel for the “rules” so to speak of the game & I very much hope that some of you submit your own as I realize that growing up in South Florida probably puts an odd skew into my conception of these things. These are in no particular order by the way.
1: Bacon Cheeseburger with Fries and a Large Strawberry Milkshake
2: Super Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs with Homemade Cole Slaw and Baked Beans
3: Chicken Fried Steak & Fried Eggs with Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
4: An Over the top “Meat Lovers’” style Pizza from a Mom & Pop Pizza place served with Garlic Rolls & Cheap American Draft Beer
5: Southern Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy & Fried Okra
6: An Excessively large Steak with a Loaded Baked Potato & Spinach
7: An Old School New Orleans style Jambalaya or Crayfish Boil (I had a tie)
8: A Big Overstuffed Submarine Sandwich Served with Potato Chips
9: A Bowl of New England Clam Chowder & a Crab Cake Sandwich
10: An Overstuffed Reuben from a good Jewish deli server with a Potato Knish & a Celery Soda
I have no illusions that I’ve covered everything, but there had to be limits. I also realize that the Dirty Water Hot Dog is a glaring omission, a “Hungry Man” frozen dinner says volumes about the American diet and I almost added a trip to any “all you can eat” place located in a strip mall but I had to draw the line somewhere otherwise this would be a book not a list. So dear readers feel free to point out my latest glaring failures & inadequacies & throw your own 2 cents in.