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Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:33 PM

Here's How Typical American Foods Compare In Different Countries.

If you're an American or if you've lived in America long enough, then you absolutely know what stereotypical American cuisine might look like. We do have a bit of a reputation, if you know what I mean.

But to non-Americans, certain food staples of ours can seem absolutely WILD. Here's how certain dishes are similar in other countries but also how very, very different they can be.




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Lady Freedom Returns Jun 15 OP
ProudLib72 Jun 16 #1
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 16 #2
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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:19 AM

1. I remember a German man asking me why Americans put so much ice in our drinks

He just shook his head and asserted that it couldn't be good for your stomach.

I don't know if there is any scientific basis for this, but it did make me think twice.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:44 AM

2. Somehow I doubt that cold drinks,

drinks cooled with lots of ice, are even remotely harmful.

Me, I like my drinks cold and to stay cold while I'm drinking them. Recently I've been in brew pubs that don't do ice, and it makes me a bit crazy to drink warm water. No, I don't put ice in my beer, but I really want my water to have ice and be cold.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 08:55 AM

3. It was never traditional to do that here in Germany

I remember my wife being amazed at getting ice in drinks served to her without her asking. She always asked, what did that they do that for? I didn't ask for that!

Besides the fact that Germany tends to be colder than much of the USA in the spring, summer and fall, space was always at a premium here, and electricity was always more expensive than in the States. This means that most people have smaller kitchens, and small (as in half the size of what you usually have in the States) freezers. Making and maintaining lots of ice uses up energy and space. So keeping lots of ice around to put in everything was never something that was done here habitually.

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