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Top 10 foods and beverages that Americans miss while abroad

http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/eat/best-usa-travel/10-foods-and-beverages-americans-miss-most-while-abroad-164890?hpt=hp_bn8

 

Do you agree? I do miss a lot of ice in my drinks and good bagels. I guess you can find bagels here but not like in the States. Plus, the only time I get a really good burger is when I make it at home.

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  • I definitely agree about Mexican food. Cinnamon Toast Crunch and like cereals, ice, and free ketchup abound here though
  • Free ketchup not an issue in the UK, although they don't always give you enough.  I do recall this being a huge issue in Aus though.

    I love when people ask if I want ice when I'm out, come on now I'm American.

    Missing from list chocolate chips and pancake syrup.   

    How about a free refill. 

     

    And grape jelly! 

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  • I agree with Mexican Food, Root Beer and Bagels.  

    Everything else is ehh, I can live without it.  I do like free ketchup packets, but I don't need them.  I actually find pizza better here than at home, but then NOLA isn't known as a great pizza city.  I thought I would miss ice, but since iced tea isn't an option, even if I can get ice, I have learned to live without it.  I never ate pre-sweetened cereals, so I don't miss them, but I do miss non-pre-sweetened Cheerios and Chex.  I could always take or leave chili fries, and besides I have learned to love Chicken Salt!  We have a popcorn popper in our kitchen, and the popcorn at the movies is just like it is in the US, because I never had the liquid "butter."  And there are places here that make burgers every bit as good as the ones in the US, and some are considerably better -- especially since I can get really good vegetarian burgers much more easily. 

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    Free ketchup not an issue in the UK, although they don't always give you enough.  I do recall this being a huge issue in Aus though.

    I love when people ask if I want ice when I'm out, come on now I'm American.

    Missing from list chocolate chips and pancake syrup.   

    How about a free refill. 

    The Aussies seem to have a big problem with giving anything for free -- ketchup, rolls & butter, chips at the "Mexican" restaurants, but refills are something I miss all the time -- and glasses that hold more than 180 ml.  I'd kill for a Big Gulp or Route 44 size drink.

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    I definitely agree about Mexican food. Cinnamon Toast Crunch and like cereals, ice, and free ketchup abound here though

    This is our situation here though I can't find Lucky Charms. :( A good bagel shop would be nice too.

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    Free ketchup not an issue in the UK, although they don't always give you enough.  I do recall this being a huge issue in Aus though.

    The Aussies seem to have a big problem with giving anything for free -- ketchup, rolls & butter, chips at the "Mexican" restaurants, but refills are something I miss all the time -- and glasses that hold more than 180 ml.  I'd kill for a Big Gulp or Route 44 size drink.

    Seriously, the ketchup situation is my least favorite thing about Australia.  First world problems, y'all!

    From the top picture in the article: There's a cereal called Brownie Crunch?  JFC no wonder obesity is what it is.  I was recently horrified to learn there is a chocolate chip cookie dough flavor of Pop Tarts also.

    Again: JFC.

    I will add a disclaimer to cover my ass from flames: I know that many countries have crazy unhealthy processed foods but those 2 items - for breakfast! - stick out to me as especially horrendous. 

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  • I can only really agree with the pizza (only NY pizza ;) ), bagels, and Mexican food. 

    I'm not a big fan of the other stuff- I don't like cereal or ketchup. And personally, I enjoy the burgers (I rarely eat them) in Australia. Too bad Germany can't make a decent burger.  

  • When I was at HJs' I used to translate for them into American.  Long Black = Cafe Americano, Soda = Coke (NOT Soda water) and "lots of ice" meant more than three cubes, as in 1/2 the glass.

    When I do get a  drink from them I order it as a "Diet Coke with American Ice".  They were telling me about the day a woman, with a very heavy southern accent, asked for a lot of ice, and the smile she gave them when they handed it to her and said "one Coke with American Ice".

    As for Pizza here ... if Dominos US ever tasted what they serve here they would sue Dominos Australia for trade mark violations.

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  • Even when I am in NYC, good Mexican food is hard to come by. There is absolutely no replacement for real tacos al pastor from a Mexico City street stand or fish tacos in Los Angeles & San Diego. Happily, in Paris, one of my only pre-existing friends here is married to a Mexican man who keeps churning out awesome moles and refried beans.

    As for the other stuff, I would eat a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (or two) if someone put it in front of me, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

    And root beer is not nearly as delicious, to me, as Cherry Coke, Inca Kola (Peru) or Guarana (Brazil).

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  • I agree with most of them.

    I found that if we go the Hard Rock Cafe here in Barcelona the burgers are pretty close to home.  Other than that...the burgers here suck.

    I miss my root beer...especially now preggo and can't have caffeine I would love to have one.

    I like the pizza here at a local italian place, but I still miss Chicago style pizza!

    I would kill for some rice chex or cherrios right now.  They have honey cherrios here, but not a big fan. 

    Ice...since I look American I am always asked if I want ice. I also miss my fridge with ice/water dispenser!!!

     

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    Free ketchup not an issue in the UK, although they don't always give you enough.  I do recall this being a huge issue in Aus though.

    The Aussies seem to have a big problem with giving anything for free -- ketchup, rolls & butter, chips at the "Mexican" restaurants, but refills are something I miss all the time -- and glasses that hold more than 180 ml.  I'd kill for a Big Gulp or Route 44 size drink.

    Seriously, the ketchup situation is my least favorite thing about Australia.  First world problems, y'all!

    From the top picture in the article: There's a cereal called Brownie Crunch?  JFC no wonder obesity is what it is.  I was recently horrified to learn there is a chocolate chip cookie dough flavor of Pop Tarts also.

    Again: JFC.

    I will add a disclaimer to cover my ass from flames: I know that many countries have crazy unhealthy processed foods but those 2 items - for breakfast! - stick out to me as especially horrendous. 

    I think they even have cinammon roll cereal...

    I do like the Smores Poptarts, but can't remember the last time I had one...10+years.

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    Free ketchup not an issue in the UK, although they don't always give you enough.  I do recall this being a huge issue in Aus though.

    I love when people ask if I want ice when I'm out, come on now I'm American.

    Missing from list chocolate chips and pancake syrup.   

    How about a free refill. 

     

    And grape jelly! 

    I agree...I have to import them ;-)

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  • Mexican (well, more TexMex in my case) food - yes, yes, yes. Germans have "Mexican" restaurants, which often feature burritos and enchiladas with leeks and raisins in them. Um, what? And is it really that difficult to make your own guacamole and salsa instead of ripping open the powdered guacamole packet or the packaged salsa jar? You have a restaurant -- use the kitchen to make these things, people!

    I have also missed bagels before, but the other stuff I either don't like or Germany has them.

    NCV2 is right on the chocolate chips, though. It's really hard to make chocolate chip cookies by trying to slice up a semi-sweet bar of chocolate. Germany does have syrup, though, so we're not as bad off as some. :-)

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  • I only agreed with Mexican food and bagels, sadly those two things were staples in my life prior to living abroad. Luckily the other baked goods made up for it. There was this hole in the wall Italian place across from our apartment and OMG the pizza was amazing!!!! I still dream of his pizza from time to time. 
  • I agree with the first three plus the bagels. I couldn't care less about the others though. I miss real cookies...thecookies here don't compare to american ones. Also, the pure maple syrup is all runny and watery :/
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    From the top picture in the article: There's a cereal called Brownie Crunch?  JFC no wonder obesity is what it is.  

    When I saw that Brownie Crunch I thought, can my ILs bring some over when they come next month. :)

    I agree with a lot of them, but I tend to make the things I can and get by without the rest. The only thing on that list is that I wish I could get iced tea at restaurants. Surprisingly, the ice thing no longer bothers me and paying for ketchup never did.  

  • Omg I could seriously go for some Mexican! Me and my sister used to eat itball the time andvi realt miss that. Yesterday was the first time i hhad popcorn since Sept. So yay finally found a place to stock up where it tastes like home. Ice....man I keep meaning to buy some ice trays. I do miss my ice!!
  • I'm not a huge fan of Mexican food. DH and I sometimes make tacos at home and they give me my fix on that.

    Root beer I do miss a bit. Although I only drank it occasionally in the States, a good old root beer float in the summertime. Yummmm.

    Proper hamburgers is a definite and also proper pizza. They have pizza here, but no where near as good as I've had in the States and the pepperoni is different here too.

    The rest of the list means nothing to me. Meh.

     

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  • Are there really globalised places that don't have popcorn?
  • Maybe Mexican food but that is it....but I wasn't born and raised in the US so maybe that's why Smile. Personally I hate ice in my drinks (or really cold drinks for that matter but I'm  weird that way) . I usually order water without ice and they usually don't remember. Very annoying!

    I do love good bagels but I rarely eat them anymore so I wouldn't really miss them.  And I like a good pizza but don't really crave them.

    As far as popcorn goes. I don't care for it. I'm trying to remember if I ever had popcorn growing up in NL. I don't really think so but I don't know if that had anything to due with availability or it just was something we never got. It just isn't a "staple" like it is here. I knew what popcorn was though so maybe I did have it somewhere.

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  • Tex Mex, good BBQ and Dr Pepper!! There used to be ONE store in the whole city that sold Dr. pepper but they closed down several months ago. The next closest place is 40 minutes on motorbike, but they're canned in Europe and taste a little different
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    image dorothyinAus:
    image NCV2:

    Free ketchup not an issue in the UK, although they don't always give you enough.  I do recall this being a huge issue in Aus though.

    The Aussies seem to have a big problem with giving anything for free -- ketchup, rolls & butter, chips at the "Mexican" restaurants, but refills are something I miss all the time -- and glasses that hold more than 180 ml.  I'd kill for a Big Gulp or Route 44 size drink.

    Seriously, the ketchup situation is my least favorite thing about Australia.  First world problems, y'all!

    From the top picture in the article: There's a cereal called Brownie Crunch?  JFC no wonder obesity is what it is.  I was recently horrified to learn there is a chocolate chip cookie dough flavor of Pop Tarts also.

    Again: JFC.

    I will add a disclaimer to cover my ass from flames: I know that many countries have crazy unhealthy processed foods but those 2 items - for breakfast! - stick out to me as especially horrendous. 

    I recently read somewhere that the American FDA approves roughly 1,500 new food products every year. These are food products, not food. Nobody is inventing new vegetables, fruit or meat - it's just a huge number of new processed and chemical ridden food products. That really shocked me.

    How about a list of food that expat Canucks miss dearly?

    Slurpees, poutine, maple syrup, A&W Rootbeer, Boston Pizza, Wunderbars, Chip dip, seasoning salt, perogies, marble cheese...

    Yummers. 

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    I agree with most of them.

    I found that if we go the Hard Rock Cafe here in Barcelona the burgers are pretty close to home.  Other than that...the burgers here suck.

    I miss my root beer...especially now preggo and can't have caffeine I would love to have one.

    I like the pizza here at a local italian place, but I still miss Chicago style pizza!

    I would kill for some rice chex or cherrios right now.  They have honey cherrios here, but not a big fan. 

    Ice...since I look American I am always asked if I want ice. I also miss my fridge with ice/water dispenser!!!

     

     

    Two words:
    Foster's Hollywood.

    As for chocolate chips, look in the baking section, they're in small yellow bags. Maple syrup (DON'T YOU DARE TELL ME YOU GUYS MISS THE FAKE STUFF, OR I'LL HAVE TO GO NEW ENGLAND ON SOMEONE Smile) can be found in bigger supermarkets, especially if you have big Eroskis there. 

     

     

    I don't really agree with much on that list. I really miss: bagels, peanut butter cups, fresh scallops, fresh lobster, chicken salad subs from the local sub shop, etc. From Canada, I miss garlic fingers, poutine, and Pumphouse Brewery and Rickards beer.

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    I agree with most of them.

    I found that if we go the Hard Rock Cafe here in Barcelona the burgers are pretty close to home.  Other than that...the burgers here suck.

    I miss my root beer...especially now preggo and can't have caffeine I would love to have one.

    I like the pizza here at a local italian place, but I still miss Chicago style pizza!

    I would kill for some rice chex or cherrios right now.  They have honey cherrios here, but not a big fan. 

    Ice...since I look American I am always asked if I want ice. I also miss my fridge with ice/water dispenser!!!

     

     

    Two words:
    Foster's Hollywood.

    As for chocolate chips, look in the baking section, they're in small yellow bags. Maple syrup (DON'T YOU DARE TELL ME YOU GUYS MISS THE FAKE STUFF, OR I'LL HAVE TO GO NEW ENGLAND ON SOMEONE Smile) can be found in bigger supermarkets, especially if you have big Eroskis there. 

     

     

    I don't really agree with much on that list. I really miss: bagels, peanut butter cups, fresh scallops, fresh lobster, chicken salad subs from the local sub shop, etc. From Canada, I miss garlic fingers, poutine, and Pumphouse Brewery and Rickards beer.

    Garlic fingers? 

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    Garlic fingers? 

     

    You're not from the Maritimes then, are you? :)

    Here you go: http://chowtown.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/east-coast-garlic-fingers-recipe/ They're great with donair sauce (also included in the previous recipe).

     

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  • I miss cranberries.  I was one of the odd people that likes raw cranberries and you just can't get them outside of the US.

     

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    I miss cranberries.  I was one of the odd people that likes raw cranberries and you just can't get them outside of the US.

    My great-grandmother made a Christmas candy by dropping whole cranberries on top of pools of melted white chocolate and let them set.  I think the idea was that you were supposed to bite the candies so you got some chocolate and some cranberry in each bite, but I preferred to pick the cranberries out and eat them by themselves, then eat the chocolate.  It was the only way I would eat fresh cranberries -- I am sure the chocolate was not hot enough to cook them.

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    I agree with most of them.

    I found that if we go the Hard Rock Cafe here in Barcelona the burgers are pretty close to home.  Other than that...the burgers here suck.

    I miss my root beer...especially now preggo and can't have caffeine I would love to have one.

    I like the pizza here at a local italian place, but I still miss Chicago style pizza!

    I would kill for some rice chex or cherrios right now.  They have honey cherrios here, but not a big fan. 

    Ice...since I look American I am always asked if I want ice. I also miss my fridge with ice/water dispenser!!!

     

     

    Two words:
    Foster's Hollywood.

    As for chocolate chips, look in the baking section, they're in small yellow bags. Maple syrup (DON'T YOU DARE TELL ME YOU GUYS MISS THE FAKE STUFF, OR I'LL HAVE TO GO NEW ENGLAND ON SOMEONE Smile) can be found in bigger supermarkets, especially if you have big Eroskis there. 

     

     

    I don't really agree with much on that list. I really miss: bagels, peanut butter cups, fresh scallops, fresh lobster, chicken salad subs from the local sub shop, etc. From Canada, I miss garlic fingers, poutine, and Pumphouse Brewery and Rickards beer.

    I haven't been to Fosters Hollywood yet, but DH has.  He did say they were pretty good...which is good since the mall is 2 blocks away and it has a Fosters.

    I DO like the fake stuff.  DH likes the pure maple syrup, which I can find here.  I imported a microwavable bottle of the fake stuff when I was home in Februrary...love it.

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    Are there really globalised places that don't have popcorn?

    Movie theatre popcorn is a big one for me. You can't get it with salt and butter like you can in N. America anywhere else that I've been, and I really miss it. 

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