After a recent trip to the USA, I realised American food & diet can get a bad rap. Yes they have huge obesity, portion sizes are enormous and fresh healthy food can be hard to find. But on the other hand there is so much choice and you can eat well if you want.
I love the fact you can easily eat whatever cuisine you like in most places – there’s always Mexican, fresh burgers in most places, Italian pizza & pasta, good delis which make whatever sandwich you want (cheese – Jack, Swiss, provolone), lots of pies (pumpkin, pecan, apple, berry), great Japanese sushi. Plus most bars will have standard fare for a reasonable price. Friendly staff also make a difference – I know they rely on tips but it does mean you get helpful, quick service.
Top Places to Eat
My favourite meals last trip were elk burger in Midtown Eats in Reno, sushi in Bellevue, tacos in Azul Latin Kitchen in South Lake Tahoe. Thanksgiving turkey & pumpkin pie were great too in Rosie’s Café, Tahoe City. The variety of produce amazes at times: go to Seattle and the fish menu could have 10 types of salmon (Alaskan, Atlantic, Pacific, sockeye, pink, king, etc.). Same for cheese, crab, coffee flavours, breads. I also discovered new things like Edamame beans.
What I Don’t Like
The lack of fresh bread at breakfast (bread, bagels and pastries are so stodgy with preservatives), huge portion sizes (32oz coffee anybody?), difficulty in finding fresh fruit or snacks, sugar/glucose loaded into almost everything as well as lack of real cutlery, plates or cups (why is everything throw away? Even the cutlery wasn’t steel in many places).
So what do you think? If you’re American, what’s your favourite food? If you’re a visitor, what do you crave in the US and what makes you go “ewww”?