Weird (American?) Food

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Lee2010

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 21:16
I quite often look at people's food diaries, and it seems like a lot of people eat a lot of processed things, and most of the time I have no idea what they are! Can someone please tell me what the following things actually are?

- Cheese string
- Lunchable
- Reeses Cups
- Curly fries
- Coffee creamer

Okay, those are all that I can think of at the moment. In NZ we don't have any of them (that I know of!)
Canajun

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 21:20
Cheese strings are sticks of cheese that sort of pull apart into strings when you pick at them. Just stringy cheese basically.

Lunchables are terrible little boxes that contain a lunch, like some cold cuts, crackers and cheese, or hot dogs or pizzas that you assemble and eat cold. They're usually for kids.

Reeses cups are disks of peanut butter encased by chocolate. Yum.

Curly fries are just spiral cut fries, often more heavily seasoned.

Coffee creamer is like cream for your coffee but it's fakey stuff made from oil, often with flavors added.


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keithd112

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 21:25


Reeses cups are disks of peanut butter encased by chocolate. Yum.



I second that with a double YUM!
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Lee2010

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 21:34
Yeah, Reeses cups sound good. The other stuff sounds pretty unappealing. I think if I were to go grocery shopping at an American supermarket I would be completely lost, lol
k8yk

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 21:48
Curly fries are pretty good in a greasy salty kind of way Smile
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ferlengheti

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 21:48
You can get Reece's in NZ!!! The cups and the bars. And I think string cheese can be found at supermarkets in the Sh1tty Food For Kids section of the fridge. And there are restaurants that make curly fries - The Hog's Breath in Wgtn has them, anyways. They're SINFUL. I get confused by some of the stuff on people's food diaries here, too, especially if there's a brand name being used to name generic stuff. Like us calling clingfilm "Gladwrap" when Glad is only one company that makes it.
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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 21:53
I don't really like reeses anymore. The peanut butter is SO full of sugar. I really wish they just used regular unsweetened PB instead of that super sweet stuff. I used to love them, but had one recently and it made my teeth hurt. Weird.

Do you know what Laughing Cow is? What things do you have in NZ that we might not know about in the US?
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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 21:56
@k8 - hubby bought store brand peanut butter cups at Safeway... the peanut butter was AWESOME... moist and smooth not the dry stuff in Reeses.
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Sisu

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 22:03
Hangi's probably the thing that comes to mind that is very NZish. It's food cooked in the earth - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangi
The taste is very unique!
But I miss Georgie Pie lol
Hoser

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 22:04
Not everybody in the US eats that stuff. If you were shopping in a US grocery store you would do just fine if you stayed at the outside edge of the store. That's where we generally keep fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs and dairy, and breads.

You would probably recognize most of the things in my food diary. Agave nectar is a sweetener that's a bit like honey, except that it's thinner and easier to work with. It's made from a succulent plant that's grown in Mexico.
ferlengheti

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 22:07
I fricken LOVE Laughing Cow cheese. Which is Generic for any triangle cheese. =)

I think mostly there are different terms for veges... Like sweet potato is kumara, and yams are... well, they're YAMS! They look like larvae but they're so good roasted. Cilantro is coriander. We don't tend to buy pumpkin in cans, and we never get half-and-half. I don't even think it's available...

We have heaps of UK-type stuff like Weetbix and Special K and crumpets. Vegemite and Marmite are prolly the ones that come to mind immediately - dark brown salty yeast spread, which I assure you is better than it sounds... Milo, which is a malted barley drink that has heaps of vitamins in it and tastes chocolatey. Lots of sugar, though. Can't think of anything else off the top of my head. It's interesting seeing the differences, though!
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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 22:10
Sisu wrote:
But I miss Georgie Pie lol


Bro! Me too! Although it was the beginning of the end for me, living in a Uni hostel, having a car, and Georgie Pie doing $1 and $2 pies 24 hours... I may actually still be 25% pie...
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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 22:58
I enjoy hearing what other countries have in their grocery stores Smile.
Do they try to sell you things like Flavor Blasted Cool Ranch Doritos? (Extremely over-flavored corn chips)
How about Little Debbie Swiss Rolls? (chocolate cake rolled up with sugary cream coated with chocolate)

No half and half?? What would I put in my coffee.. Surely not non-dairy creamer! Wink
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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 23:02
My favorite when I was in the Quadrant hotel in NZ when I asked for coffee, I got more of a latte. If I wanted to have brewed (or for the most part, instant) coffee, then I asked for it flat and white (with milk). The coffee, BTW, was amazingly tasty! And when I came back, I couldn't find a latte to fit the bill.
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whaea7

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 23:05
@Sisu - I went to a hangi when I was in NZ and the food was absolutely amazing. So very tasty! Can not wait for my next one.

And here is what I am completely missing -- I want to get my hands on some Wrigley Articburst Mints (blue packs) as well as some Nice Mints. It is the hardest thing to get NZ/Australian candy in the US. They don't want to ship it here! If anyone would like to assist in my addiction, I mean help me get some, you can PM me. LOL!
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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 23:06
Doritos, oddly, have noly come into NZ shops over the last year, if that. They've replaced CC's, which used to be our own version of Extremely over-flavored corn chips. =) The swiss roll things, no, and we have no twinkies or hostess cakes. The closest you can get is by shopping at a Korean supermarket and getting Fudo. And I put Milk in my coffee. =P But it has no cream in it. We'd have to mix our own to get the same effect. And it would be weird.
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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 23:11
My stepdad is an Aussie & I'd love to try Vegemite if I could get passed the smell! Lol. Too many failed attemps thus far Razz When I have the opportunity I'll have to try again!

I do love the different names & equivalents. Something I found fascinating growing up w/ my stepdad Very Happy
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Lee2010

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 23:12
Yeah, we only just got Doritos, and now there's loads of American ads on TV for them. I am pretty sure we have Laughing Cow cheese, I don't really eat cheese but I think I have seen a triangle cheese with a cow on it in the supermarket.

Hangi is more of a Maori way of cooking, but it gets pulled out for all the tourists, lol. There's real weird stuff here that people don't generally eat too, like huhu grubs (actual bugs).

It would be extremely odd to put cream in my coffee.... it would be too rich I think. Here we have a flat white, which is like a 'normal' style coffee, which is what I drink.
Lee2010

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 23:14
Oh, do you have pavlova in America? I tried to put it in my food diary the other day and there was no entry for it... I loooove pavlova. Also we have lamingtons, mince pies, fish & chips, anzac biscuits, lolly cake, "boil up" (which is gross, btw).
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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 23:17
Nope, not a clue what pavlova is Smile
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