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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
Wawsanham in General Topics

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
Wawsanham in Home Cooking

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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Restaurants are inappropriately using flour tortillas instead of corn? :(

Come to think of it, these tortillas were as sides to all kinds of dishes--sort of like dinner roles, I guess.
I do remember enchiladas always seeming to be with flour tortillas, though. Perhaps the San Diego of the 70s was largely influenced by the most adjacent part of Mexico.

Jun 25, 2014
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Who Stole the Kieshka?

It might also be sold under the name "Kaszanka" (translates as "Kasha sausage")--that's the same: barley groats with blood sausage matter (pig snout, etc...). Wonderful stuff!

Jun 25, 2014
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What does "eating healthy" mean anymore?

Yes, besides, millions of people have (or had) diets high in wheat, and many of them made it to a ripe old age. Perhaps, the element in the Western (or American) diet that gave her problems wasn't the wheat but rather all the snickers bars and pringles potato chips. ;)

Jun 25, 2014
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What does "eating healthy" mean anymore?

Without reading any other posts, I'd say eating "sensibly" (sorry, whatever that means)--in moderation. Then, at some point, get a physical including blood work (cholesterol, triglicerides, etc...) and see how it's working for you. If you have a clean bill of health, feel good and look good, then, I guess you are healthy.

Jun 25, 2014
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what do Germans eat?

I don't think it's too regional as I tried to be pretty non-specific. In Hamburg, my region of specialty, there might be more fish (hering or even eel dishes), but I'd say the overall look should be similar--even going beyond Germany to Poland (which I know very well) or some other Central European countries, it should be quite similar with the differences just in the specialty dishes (more of this and less of that so to speak). In the Rhine-Main region where you're going they're famous for wines, and also apple wine. They probably eat a few more dumpling type dishes, too.

Jun 25, 2014
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Favorite dessert by nationality?

Supposedly the lucuma stuff is Chilean--but who knows, considering the rivalry between Chile and Peru over pisco sour. However, I do believe that the lucuma plant is native to Chile not Peru (but, I could be talking out of my ear).

Jun 20, 2014
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Are there any American Restaurants in Europe?

Corn on pizza seems to be popular just about everywhere outside of the US and Italy. Right now in Chile, Telepizza (an awful cardboard pizza chain from Spain) is offering various special pizzas with corn and other ingredients in celebration of the Soccer World Cup and Brazil with names like "Copacabana" and "Carioca" for the pizzas--the ad's on TV a lot.

Jun 20, 2014
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Are there any American Restaurants in Europe?

Imbiss means "snack" not necessarily fast food. A snack stand might be "eine Imbissbude"

Jun 20, 2014
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Restaurants are inappropriately using flour tortillas instead of corn? :(

Growing up in Southern California in the 60s and 70s (until 1981), I remember both flour and corn tortillas being common--and often you were offered a choice of either one. I absolutely DO NOT remember corn tortillas dominating; it was half and half.

Jun 20, 2014
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