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food??? Are you eff'ing kidding me?! Yeah sure, it's terrific, if you go to a place like SF where the food is diverse because of the immigrant population and fresh CA ingredients and you don't mind paying a fortune for a 100% organic breakfast. But SF does not represent most the country! And I loved the Mexican food when I lived in Santa Cruz, but mostly the stuff made by actual Mexicans or Cal-Mex styles that were unique to the area... I hate visiting my parents in the DC suburbs, the food is generally wretched chain restaurants.

 

Also, that list wasn't funny. Bring back funny stuff. :)

 

EDIT: Ok the porn entry is semi-funny. But I'm pretty sure Japan beats the U.S. in that.

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EDIT: Ok the porn entry is semi-funny. But I'm pretty sure Japan beats the U.S. in that.

 

Okay I assume you havent been to Portland.

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1. Jazz and Blues - Agree!

2. Food - this must be a joke

3. Friendliness - although I found amusing that Americans would start a conversation with me in a train, an American once told me that Americans don't make friends, they network

4. Guitars - Agree!!!

5. Corn - no opinion

6. Pride in our culture - I would say the Greeks

7. Porn - Agree!

8. Junk Food - Agree! Also this goes against #2

9. Free Speech - errr...try to say the f word on TV

10. Cereal - no opinion

11. Entertainment - Agree!

12. Beef - Argentina

13. Higher education - if you can afford it

14. The military - Agree, although it is more of quantity

15. Muscle cars - Agree. Keep them.

16. Being cool - ouch, that depends a lot on where you go.

17. Diversity - Agree

18. The states - Agree

19. Hope - Agree. The rest of the world is more pragmatic and sad.

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2. Food - this must be a joke

 

It depends where of course, but in major US cities the variety and quality of food is unbeatable basically anywhere in the world. If you're suggesting it's better in any European city, except maybe London, you're very, very wrong.

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Each state has its own specialties as well. In South Carolina, it is barbecued shredded pork, fried chicken, country fried steak, fried okra, collard greens, heart attack mac and cheese, sweet Edisto shrimp, just to name a few.

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But that's true of European food too. Paella is great in Valencia for example. But the difference is the variety of food. How's the Indonesian food in Valencia? Hell, how's even the Chinese food there? I'll bet it's pretty shit.

 

Go to San Francisco, LA, New York, Chicago etc etc and I guarantee you'll find at least one place where it's really excellent. Americans are much more willing to try different things, coupled with the fact that people come from much more diverse backgrounds compared to Europe which ends up making the food loads, loads better.

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It depends where of course, but in major US cities the variety and quality of food is unbeatable basically anywhere in the world. If you're suggesting it's better in any European city, except maybe London, you're very, very wrong.

 

So your definition of good food is good restaurants? Do people eat in restaurants everyday?

 

Defining good food is tasting what people cook at home.

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But that's true of European food too. Paella is great in Valencia for example. But the difference is the variety of food. How's the Indonesian food in Valencia? Hell, how's even the Chinese food there? I'll bet it's pretty shit.

 

Go to San Francisco, LA, New York, Chicago etc etc and I guarantee you'll find at least one place where it's really excellent. Americans are much more willing to try different things, coupled with the fact that people come from much more diverse backgrounds compared to Europe which ends up making the food loads, loads better.

 

1. I would not consider Valencia a good comparison. Try Madrid, Paris, or Amsterdam and we'll start talking. Also, most cuisines are *only* decent when you find immigrant-run places. I cringe when I see what passes as "Chinese food" in the majority of the U.S. I'm positive it's as bad as that in Valencia. [Actually, that reminds me, I did find a half-decent place in the suburbs of Bilbao (where my husband's family is from) - but I had to ask for what I wanted in Chinese, and I asked for specific things based on where the family was from (somewhere in Anhui province) because Chinese food is extremely diverse.]

 

2. I am not sure I would agree with such a generalization about people willing to try things. Perhaps that is true in a large city, as it also was the case when I lived in Beijing - many diverse cuisine options from all around the world and many people willing to pay top dollar to go to the best and most authentic restaurants. I guarantee you my relatives in Pennsylvania would much rather eat their scrapple (a PA-Dutch specialty that I personally find repulsive) or top ring bologna (blech) than try something new. But then, what passes as "Chinese food" where they live is likewise repulsive. They mostly eat at Applebee's and Olive Garden (barf) on special occasions. Also, FWIW, PA Dutch cuisine is a uniquely regional "American" food.

 

Anyways, can we start posting funny things again? I'm going to have a look around and try to find something...

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Defining good food is tasting what people cook at home.

 

I would imagine the ability to get a variety of good food, regardless of whether that means restaurants or ingredients to cook yourself, would be most people's definition of whether the food is good in a place. The US wins on this more than any other country.

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EDIT: Ok the porn entry is semi-funny. But I'm pretty sure Japan beats the U.S. in that.

They would hands down if it wasn't all pixelated

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I would imagine the ability to get a variety of good food, regardless of whether that means restaurants or ingredients to cook yourself, would be most people's definition of whether the food is good in a place. The US wins on this more than any other country.

 

We really come from very different countries. Your anglo-saxon culture says good ingredients come from big cities.

 

In my country, when we want to eat exceptionally well, we drive 100 Km, to farm lands and eat locally grown vegetables, fruits and meat, in restaurants or in friends houses.

For fish, we go to small towns near the sea, where the fish jumps from the sea to the pan in a couple of hours.

 

And can you substantiate on why the US has (supposedly) better ingredients?

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I can't speak for the whole country, but in the SF Bay Area we have amazing farmers' markets, daily. Here in CA we grow most of the nation's produce, so yeah, it's probably the freshest here. And yes, we have an amazing variety of restaurants [and ingredients at supermarkets], cuisines from all over the globe.

 

That said, I loved Portuguese and Spanish food during my childhood, and while I used to think Italy has the best food on the planet, I now vote Spain, having returned a few times as an adult.

 

As for home cooking, my 9 year old claims mine is better than any restaurant. B)

 

Why is our porn so good? I'm no expert on those matters. :rolleyes:

 

edit for ff: I'm eating collard greens right now! But I made them all fancy-like with pancetta, so there, heh.

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I can't speak for the whole country, but in the SF Bay Area we have amazing farmers' markets, daily. Here in CA we grow most of the nation's produce, so yeah, it's probably the freshest here.

 

Yes, I had a very good fish meal in Monterey and some other good meals in the area. Still it was on expensive restaurants, I don't know what people cook at home.

 

 

That said, I loved Portuguese and Spanish food during my childhood, and while I used to think Italy has the best food on the planet, I now vote Spain, having returned a few times as an adult.

Fun fact, Spaniards that live near the border come to eat in Portugal on weekends. The opposite is not true. :)

 

I don't claim Portugal has the best food on the planet but I seriously doubt that America has. The best countries to eat are, IMO, without specific order, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France. The worst were the Netherlands, Belgium, UK.

 

My knowledge is limited to Europe, a small part of US, Brazil and north of Africa.

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@MikeMelga - I think the point is that in the US, you can get all of that. Where I'm at, I can get truly excellent Portuguese, Italian, and Greek food, both at restaurants and in people's homes, should I be so lucky. The ingredients may also come from the nearby ocean and farms.

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Oh, surely you meant, "Hope there aren't any members here who identify with the term 'Dixie' sincerely holding their breath waiting for an apology from a direct descendant of blacks enslaved in the American South." If any Dixie present take offense to aspersions cast upon the legacy of their "heyday" they may feel free to eat my ass with a spork.

 

You're just mad because we got Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston and all ya'all got is Gore Vidal and Jay McInnerny.

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I was referring to local American specialties.

 

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Yeah, like pasties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Thank goodness for those tin miners who brought them to the U.P. from Cornwall.

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