Regional delicacy are they over rated?

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Regional delicacy are they over rated?
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: 06-16-1998
Mon, 09-19-2011 - 3:22pm

We tried them once in North Carolina, somebody was selling them on the side of the road so we stopped and bought a small bag. They were okay.

I do like to try the regional dishes when traveling, its interesting to see how something by a certain name is prepared differently depending on where you are. For instance here Pozole is a soup with hominy, pork or chicken, and usually chiles. When I ordered it in New Mexico it was just a bowl of hominy with a bit of the cooking liquid which was like a broth, and not spicy at all. Fortunately I like hominy!

Elle, I guess you are the only member here in the South? Nobody has mentioned grits, nor hush puppies. No pulled pork served on white bread. No greens. What else is traditional Southern fare?

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Mon, 09-19-2011 - 3:26pm
The stadiums charge more for water than they do for beer now don't they?
We paid $8 for water!!
Then they take the top off the bottle so if it goes over OOOOOps more money.... They don't really have seats big enough on the stadium benches for everyone to sit at the same time so you can't put the water down without someone kicking it over
You are right different stadiums have different treats.

I like soft pretzels from the phillies games... Down here they are not soft! We must be missing the PA/north east bakers!
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 10:57pm

Another New Englander here! Love seafood and clam chowder too. It's "wicked good"! You mentioned RI clam mom grew up in RI and we had to make a special trip down every summer so she could have her clam cakes! They were ok but you're right not very healthy.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 8:48am

Poutine is one dish that I gag when I think of it. Horrible stuff!

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Tue, 09-27-2011 - 1:24pm
Hi tea drinker,
Haha guess I misread your comment After having the poutine I had I believe I agree with your description!
Totally overrated ;)
I would think that salmon must be out of this world in your neck of the woods. Do you have chefs who cook moose, you ever had moose meat?

Had to edit the thing to think...I got auto corrected while dreaming of salmon!
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Tue, 09-27-2011 - 1:48pm
Hi Cathy,
I do not believe too many delicacies claim to fame is their healthy choices!
I am learning loads here....
Never knew about Chicago beef sandwiches, sport peppers, and now clam cakes! Only have had crab cakes. When I was in Providence they served us stuffs???sausage stuffing with clams on a shell is what i remember Ever had them?
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Registered: 08-06-2009
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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Registered: 04-16-2009
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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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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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.....