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Food In America

The most recent question I’ve had, came to me from Russia:
You can write to me that you usually like to eat. Or what do Americans usually eat? I was curious to know. What do you usually eat? What do Americans eat?

Dear friend,

This is a very difficult question and every person you ask , will have a different answer. It is also a subject many books are written about. So I will not be able to give more than an idea. Besides, I am a vegetarian and my meals are consist of very different foods from what a usual American diet consists of. Complicating matters further, I did not grow up in this country, making my food different.

My meals consist of a lot of green vegetables, grains, breads and rice. Because of my Indian background I cook with a lot of spices and herbs. Now, having lived in the United States, other cultures seem accessible to me and I have picked up recipes and ingredients from there. For instance I make quesadillas and Enchiladas from Mexico, Tikal Gomez from Ethiopia and Red curry from Thailand.

Indian meal- Thali
Indian- Dessert
India- spices and hotsauce

Since America is a wonderful melting pot of cultures, I get to eat food from almost every country. Recently my husband went out for dinner to a Ukranian restaurant in Manhattan. He had a large bowl of Borscht, (which may be familiar to you) with vegetable stock. He said it was the best Ukrainian/ Russian food he had had!

ukrainain restaurant- Tara’s Bulba

I was very concerned about what I would eat when I first moved to this country. But over the last few years, vegan food restaurants are every where. People are really growing aware of the food here.

In my opinion, there are a few foods that are synonymous with American. Pizza is a staple, especially with Pepperoni. I always here people saying that if they are going out for a fancy, indulgent dinner, they often eat steak. Lunch is usually a salad or a sandwich. And if you go to the beach, hot dogs are a given. Food in the south is again different. They cook with a lot of butter and have specialities like corn bread, fried Okra and Pecan pie. In general pies are a very popular dessert.

Pepperoni pizza
Pie for Thanksgiving

For breakfast/brunch we enjoy pancakes, omelets, scrambled egg, waffles, toast and fruit. Donuts are not just for breakfast. They have gotten so decadent these days that one can have them for dessert.

Every few years some ‘new’ food takes the restaurant scene by storm. Right now fast food served as ‘bowls’ is popular. It is basically a bowl, served with some salad, carbohydrate (like rice), some proteins ( lentils, chick peas or cheese), some vegetables and a sauce. Of course meat eaters, have some meat in their bowls as well. Now a days, every block has poké bars popping up. This is the current trend.

Pokè bowl
Lunch Bowl

I asked around to be able to give you the best answer, which is what took me a while.

Hope this gave you a glimpse into the food I eat and the popular American foods.

To other reader– as you read this, if you have things to add, I would love to know.

A few of the photos in this post are not mine.
I have used photos from the internet that were labeled for reuse.
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6 thoughts on “Food In America

    1. Jo- aren’t you sweet!
      I was so unsure about all the American food when it came to foods I don’t eat.
      I do hope I was able to answer the question and give Natalie (name altered) a basic idea came though! ☺️
      Thanks for leaving me a note. 💕

      1. While reading the post, I was thinking what “American food” I eat when I go out (as I cook mostly Indian at home). As you said, since America is a melting pot, you get all kinds of cuisines here. You covered everything I could think of – different varieties of salads, burgers, french fries, steaks, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sandwiches, waffles, quesadillas, fajitas, pastas, enchilladas, soups, crab cakes, s’mores, buffalo wings, pizza, nachos, pizza, hotdogs.. 🙂

        1. Awww.. Thanks Jo.
          I didn’t cover super bowl special– chicken wings. Nor s’mores.
          Thanks for adding those little bits. 😊

    1. Thanks Maxx!
      It was a reply to a question someone asked me, hence the brevity of the piece.
      In today’s social media world, photos are everywhere and it’s what draws the reader. 🙂

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