What do Americans love most?
America land of fast food?
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When we booked our first trip to America we thought, like so many people about food in the US, immediately about burgers, fries, donuts, hot dogs and heavyweight people. America is known for a wide range of fast food chains with pizzas, Chinese fast food, sandwiches and much more. There you can eat often 24 hours a day, quite reasonably priced and usually very tasty at large portions.
Dinner is the main meal of the day in the US and you try, if possible, to share it with your family. When we arrived at our family in Los Angeles we were treated to a very tasty welcome dinner with the whole family consisting of starter, main course and dessert.
There was a delicious pepper steak in brandy sauce with baked potatoes, Caesar's salad with onion rings and pasta salad. Chocolate brownies with ice cream for dessert were the perfect way to end this very elaborate dinner.
Typical American breakfast!
The next morning there was a copious American breakfast consisting of savory and sweet foods. Eggs with bacon, small sausages with rolls and brown bread, croissants, jam and pancakes with syrup. To drink orange juice, coffee and for me Swiss Miss Marshmallow Lovers.
I love this cocoa with the little marshmallows and donuts with pudding filling. Meanwhile, I am a regular customer at Star Donuts, the shop very close to my family. There is a varied offer and that 24 hours a day. Always gives me the nice service a few small cakes for free.
Every time before the flight home, I pick up a last one there, which I then also eat the way to the airport. You can not compare the donuts in Germany at all.
The American lunch!
At noon, the Americans are content with a smaller meal, mostly because they only have a short lunch break and the children are at school. You bring a little something to work with, or join the line in front of a fast-food restaurant and get there hamburgers, fries or a sandwich.
We usually prefer a food court that has several fast food chains such as Panda Express , Starbucks Coffee or Subway. There is also plenty of seating for a little break.
The dinner was then again a cozy get-together with spaghetti, pizza, macaroni and cheese and a good bottle of red wine. At the weekend there was a barbecue with friends, which is a very popular leisure time in the USA. Various types of marinated steaks, spare ribs, hamburgers, sausages and poultry are grilled. The invited guests bring salads, side dishes and drinks with them.
Other countries other manners!
What had already struck me about my daughter-in-law during her visit to Germany and I considered her to be a habit made everyone here. Many Americans cut their food first, then lay the knife aside and then eat the pieces with a fork. The free hand then usually remains under the table on the lap.
Restaurant visits are very popular in the USA!
Of course we like to visit restaurants during our stays in the USA. Our favorite restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, Buca di Beppo and the Outback Steakhouse.
Wait until you are led to the table!
In the US, it is not common to look for your own places, but one waits for the sign "Please wait to be seated". If there are waiting times, you will be asked if you want to take a drink at the bar or you get a time and come back later. If a table has been cleared, cleaned and freshly set, you will be accompanied by the staff to the table and you get the same menu.
Refills , drink as much as you want!
Something that I really like in the US is the refills. You order a drink and the glass is empty when it is empty, but you only pay once. This applies to all non-alcoholic drinks such as lemonades, soft drinks or coffee. If you drink, as I usually only water, that is of course always replenished but it costs nothing. Water is brought in almost all restaurants anyway free to the respective, ordered drink.
Since the portions in most restaurants can be quite large, it is common in the US to take the rest home with you. You just ask for one Box or Doggy bag and packs his own food in it. The name does not mean that the remains are intended for the dog at home, which is probably in most cases so.
Tipping in the US!
In America, it is not common, as with us, to sit longer at the table, but one leaves quickly after paying the table. Otherwise you block the table for new guests and would thus reduce the turnover of the operation. Waiters usually work for a very low base salary and depend on a good tip .
I hope I was able to tell you a lot about the topic of what Americans love to eat and that the mistake would be to clear only fast food out of the way.
Have a good appetite and have fun during your stay!