Regional delicacy are they over rated?

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Regional delicacy are they over rated?
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 8:10am
We were talking at work yesterday about where we grew up and what folks missed. Do you think some of the traditional foods are all that?
What regional delicacy do you feel should not be missed... Which one is easy to by pass?

Any chicago pizza fans or does ny pizza win out?

Florida orange juice or California?

Have you had poi?

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Tue, 10-04-2011 - 12:24pm

I don't think it is reserved to Chicago. Many other cities on this side of the pond

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Tue, 10-04-2011 - 10:56am

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Healthier and not as fat. Sorry, you asked the question.

So true :)

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Mon, 10-03-2011 - 11:18pm
Hi scout nut,
You know I would have guessed cafeterias were southern! Learn something new everyday! I love and eat at cafeterias.
Do anyone else... Love how they have desserts right next to salads and breads last! I love getting veggie plates and sweet tea ;)

Doesn't Philly have TastyCakes .... Twinkies fall behind them!
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Mon, 10-03-2011 - 11:10pm
Hi Sharon,
My husband is headed to Tuscon for a sales meeting. I will have to tell him about your recommendations. My brother lives in New Mexico and while visiting him one summer we had green Corn tamales. Are the ones you like filled with green chiles and Cheese too?
Pool party slushies are a winner... Here most have rum... Must be the Caribbean influence
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Sun, 10-02-2011 - 11:58pm

My favorite local treat is an It's It Icecream sandwich http://www.itsiticecream.com/
I don't know if you can buy them outside of this area. My husband used to work with a guy whose wife's family owned the company. She always kept their work freezer stocked with treats!
My 2 favorites from "home" (Tucson) are green corn tamales and Eegees http://www.eegees.com/ I know Eegees are a Tucson only thing. They have the best sandwiches and slushes. We used to get a party pack of the slushes, add vodka to it and it was an excellent summer pool party treat. I've never seen the green corn tamales any place besides Tucson.

One local thing I wish I liked more is wine. We are so close to Napa Valley and all the great wineries. I like the idea of drinking wine and going wine tasting, but when it comes right down to it I just don't like the taste. Whenever we have comapny that wants to go wine tasting I volunteer to be the designated driver!

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Sun, 10-02-2011 - 10:34am

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Healthier and not as fat.

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Sat, 10-01-2011 - 9:29pm
Schlafly here in St Louis is awfully good - after the AB/In-Bev 'merger', no AB products for us, and the local microbreweries like Schlafly are much better anyway.

I do miss Marshall Fields cheddar soup.....
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Sat, 10-01-2011 - 6:13pm

If you are talking about Chicago foods, it used to be that the fish was the best. Nothing better than fresh Lake Trout, Salmon, or Smelt. Heck, when the smelt were running the lakefront was THE place to be. Folks lined up for miles. Now, few go smelting for the fish as the influx of zebra mussles and other species have dropped their numbers significantly. Contamination from pollution has made eating fish from Lake Michigan an iffy proposition.

Chicago, with it's Italian heritage, has given us great Italian beef, pizza, and Italian Ice.

Chicago hot dogs are good, but personally, I prefer a polish.

While Milwaukee, and St Louis are known for their beer (if you care to call it that) Chicago has a great micro-brewery in Goose Island where you can get beer that does not taste like watered down rice with a hop cone waved over it.

Chicago also has a great history with food. Where would the world be today without malts, Twinkies, Jay's Potato Chips, brownies, and even cafeterias!

 

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Tue, 09-27-2011 - 6:47pm

Well, we are about 1000 miles from the Atlantic and even further from the Pacific.. so salmon has to be shipped in.

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Tue, 09-27-2011 - 2:09pm
Hi elc,
I love stopping at roadside chefs and the outdoor eating around the truck food snacker has really been fun here. Do they do that much in your neighborhood? Found the chile rellenos in new Mexico super spicy to what they serve here.

Yes southern delicacies like the whole deep fried food group ;)
Fried okra mmmmm
Then there is the RC and moon pie treat.
We pour peanuts in a cola to make it so you can drink it faster to cooler off!
My mom has a book called GRITS girls raised in the south! I love shrimp and grits for breakfast!

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