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Pollo & gallina?

In Chile, the meat would always be called "pollo" (chicken in English). The animal running around alive would be "un pollo" (a chicken). The female: gallina (hen), the male: gallo (rooster, cock). The same as English really.
Calling some meat on a plate "gallina" would be the same as calling a plate of chicken "a hen"--it would probably cause some laughing. Some other countries might do things differently, though.

Feb 28, 2015
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Bettrave, ever heard of it? Described to me as a "weed" and used for seasoning

Sounds incredibly like the Chilean Spanish word for beet: Betarraga (regular Spanish is...I forget).

Feb 28, 2015
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Whatever happened to Mon Cheri hazelnut chocolates?

I only knew the chocolate-covered cherry liqueur version.

Feb 28, 2015
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How long will you stand in line for food?

If given a choice (since line standing might have to be tolerated due to no options), only a couple minutes tops.

Feb 28, 2015
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Do you use your stove for storage ?

Until about three months ago I kept pots and pans in the oven. They'd be removed and put on the stove when using the oven--this all due to having a small kitchen. Then, three months ago, I got the washing machine moved into a bathroom hooking it up there where a tub was taken out (now it's a "laundry room" with a toilet-sink-washing machine combo). The washing machine space was replaced with a cupboard, and voilá I have an oven that's just an oven.

Feb 28, 2015
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I eat it my way

Yes, I forgot about those names. Being half-German and living in Chile, I am used to the names "Alsterwasser" or "Radler" or "Fan-schop".

Feb 08, 2015
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When did noodles become pasta?

I also grew up saying things lie "spaghetti noodles", "lasagna noodles", etc... I don't ever remember anyone reacting strangely to it until 1991 when I was a waiter and I was ordered to say "pasta" not "noodles". Honestly, when people are rude that way, you (I at least) start to question things--internally at least. Yes, that lady was pretty rude. Suggest she keep her opinions to herself.

Feb 05, 2015
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I eat it my way

I like mixing beer with coke, fanta, 7-Up--i.e. soda, though I drink it without mixing it, too.
I also usually eat pizza with a knife and fork--although it's normal where I live.
I tend to like egg dishes (scrambled eggs, omelettes, etc...) for dinner not for breakfast. This, too, would only get looks depending where you go as it's common in some places (such as Germany) to see those as dinner foods.

How do you like your tacos...crunchy or soft?

Yes, the Spanish will depend a bit on what country it comes frmo. In most of the hispanophone world saying "tortilla" will basically get you an omlette. Not to mention the Mexican use of "torta" for sandwich is quite different from everywhere else where that word means cake/tort.

Feb 04, 2015
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Foods Without Enemies

I agree that as Perilagu Khan posted, in the US chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, lasagna, pizza, and French fries are without enemies. However, my mom was a, maybe bizarre, statistical outlier in that she really didn't like (even hated) pizza, all noodles/pastas including Lasagna, and chocolate! So...
In Chile, everyone seems to love: manjar (milk caramel or dulce de leche), mashed potatoes, French fries, rice, white bread, and Bilz soda. I believe, Chile has the highest per capita bread consumption in the world.

Jan 14, 2015
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Salty Cuisines: Your thought?

Well, I don't know if Chilean cuisine is particularly salty per se, but Chileans do put tons of salt on their food at the table,and a lot is added during cooking--as salt is the main seasoning. A doctor told me that the average Chilean consumes over 12 times the recommended daily intake of salt/sodium (recommended by the WHO), and hypertension is through the roof.
I don't know if this is indicative of Latin America in general, though. Although, I suspect it may be from what I've experienced in Argentina and Brazil.

Jan 14, 2015
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Fried apples?

It's a variation on cooking apples--quite common in some parts. For instance, apples fried together with blood sausage and onions is great, as is apples and liver fried together.

Dec 29, 2014
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Anyone else sick of people using the term "proteins"?

However, I don't imagine most restaurants have that many options. Probably they have 3-5. It's not that hard to say: beef, chicken, pork or tofu. It takes about all of 4 seconds to say. Or, are they in such a huge rush that 4 seconds is to much to say a few words?

Dec 29, 2014
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Guacamole variations

I learned to make noodles in avocado from an Italian friend. Just chop up the avocado and throw on the still hot noodles after straining off water; the avocado pieces sort of melt and coat the noodles. Then add some lemon juice and salt.

Dec 29, 2014
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Anyone else sick of people using the term "proteins"?

Yes, to call a protein-high food a "protein" in a culinary context would be off-puting and unappetizing to me. It's fine to call protein protein in other contexts: nutrition, genetics, chemistry, biology, etc...--in fact super 100% great, but not in a restaurant. Perhaps food should then just be called "edibles" and eating "alimentary intake."

Dec 29, 2014
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Why I hate Christmas

You made someone very happy! Talk about Christmas spirit :)

Dec 23, 2014
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Our loves we will not admit

I admit I like cheetohs and doritos... that is true junk food and has no redeeming nutritional qualities: about as bad as it gets. I just try not to eat them too much.

As for iceberg lettuce, thousand island dressing, mayonnaise, jello--well, for some reason those foods are just so put down and "spat upon" in the US or English-speaking world. Come to Latin America, where most people love them unironically, and they're not just served at "retro parties." They're appreciated for what they are; they have their places in the culinary landscape. Actually what passes as Thousand Island here is called "Salsa Golf" and is just ketchup and mayo mixed (no problems with ketchup here either). It is a very common and typical dip at all kinds of social gatherings. I also like things like Manchego and figs, but that mix might actually get the strange looks here, not the salsa golf.

Dec 23, 2014
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National Fruitcake Day

A well-made fruitcake is really nice. I might not want to eat it everyday, but it definitely has it's place--Especially in the chocolate-obsessed USA, some balance please!
I am eating my pieces of "Pan de Pascua" as they call fruitcake here in Chile every day these days. Chile is also a country that celebrates its fruitcake tradition and does not disparage it.

Dec 23, 2014
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Why I hate Christmas

First, I don't hate Christmas. I just have difficulties getting into the spirit. Why?
I live on Chile, and it is the hight of summer, hot long days. Beach weather, etc... I grew up in California on the coast without snow or sleet, but at least it was the cooler part of the year; you wear a jacket, maybe a scarf, and it gets dark before 5pm--so it was sort of wintery.
In Chile, most of the symbolism and style seems to have been lifted from the Northern Hemisphere and the spirit is highly commercialized: Santa's village at the mall, reindeer figures, snow symbols, and toys toys toys. At least there is fruitcake and cola de mono drink--two traditional things. People eat turkey (sort of US inspired) or grill meats/barbeque--which is done the same on most every other holidays. I love it here, but this holiday is hohum for me here.

Dec 23, 2014
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Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Not at all. German, with some other Central European roots. hering is very popular there. I think the fish thing goes back to Catholic tradition of not eating meat on Christmas Eve. Traditionally in Poland the dishes are also fish on Christmas Eve. Carp is a traditional fish for that celebration, too.

Dec 18, 2014
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German food - undeserved bad reputation

I haven't heard that it was being slammed. People I know tend to really like it even though I realize it doesn't seem to be a favorite of foodies or food pop culture.

Dec 12, 2014
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Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Potato pancakes, hering salad, fruit cake, stollen, perhaps some other fish...

Dec 11, 2014
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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

Come to Chile, or other parts of South America. Mayo on a hot dog is the most normal and traditional thing. Lots of it.

Nov 06, 2014
Wawsanham in Features

Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

I'd say Americans like their food moderately spicy (in general) certainly compared to various parts of the world--Latin America, Europe, Americans are a bit spicier in taste preferences. I can't speak about Asia though. All in all, Americans are probably somewhere in the middle on the scale considering the world. They're certainly not the squeamish anti-spice people they're made out to be.

Oct 01, 2014
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Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Pizza... It combines the basic favorite food groups for a lot of Americans: BREAD, CHEESE, TOMATO-BASED RED STUFF (tomato sauce, ketchup, salsa--all three are all over the US over all kinds of dishes).

Oct 01, 2014
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Let's talk about white bread

Isn't the category "white bread" bigger than just "wonder" or "bimbo" bread? What about all the crusty rolls, sourdough, baguettes, etc...? Lots of white bread all over the place--especially if you think of American, Latin American, French, British, Italian bread traditions.

Jul 14, 2014
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Why boil brats?

Well, I don't know about boiling it in beer--seems a bit gussied up and twee. As for boiling, that's the main way I know them. For me, the grilled version is the exception--grill parties, maybe street food in Germany. My mom and grandmother were German, and at home we ate them about 3-4 times a month (a staple)--ALWAYS boiled.

Jul 14, 2014
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Simple is better than exotic for some foods

I think there's room in the world for both trends. Personally, I tend to like and respect simple quality foods though sometimes some over the top mixed up stuff is great too.

Jul 14, 2014
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What not to do at a farmers market

Well, if they load up at some store and then re-sell it, they very well could have bananas, or even mangos. I guess someone could say "I only buy from these Amish because I'm to lazy to go to the supermarket; I don't care if I'm buying re-sale stuff."

Jul 10, 2014
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Onions. Do you "count" them as a vegetable when planning a meal?

Hi,

Onion technically is a vegetable, just as tomato is technically a fruit, etc... but I digress. Despite this, it is often/usually considered a condiment because of the smallish amount that is consumed. I think that if you increase its serving size to a "regular serving size" (such as you'd do with peas, or green beans, or asparagus, or whatever) it would be a vegetable--at least as far as portions are concerned. The same would be true if you only at a spoonful of peas, carrots, or artichoke: would that count as a vegetable?

Jul 07, 2014
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