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Aug 1 2014, 5:50pm

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Regional Food Favorites! Can't Post

Every place has one or more foods or dishes that are especially popular or peculiar to its region. I grew up in western New York, almost smack-dab between Buffalo and Rochester. From Rochester, I know of white hots (all-pork hot dogs); much of the world is by now familiar with Buffalo-style chicken wings. However, long before anyone ever thought to sauce-up a chicken wing, Buffalo had another regional favorite to which I am partial; that is the beef on 'weck sandwich.

The beef on 'weck consists of finely sliced roast beef slow-roasted in its own juices on a kimmelweck (also kummelweck) roll (a hard roll topped with baker's salt and caraway seeds), usually served with horseradish on it. Heretic that I am, I'm not fond of horseradish but I have been known to slip a slice of American cheese on my sandwich. Heaven!

Easy preparation includes placing thin-sliced roast beef with canned beef broth or au juis in a slow-cooker. Substitute Kaiser rolls or any other hard roll if desired.

What are your favorites?

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Aug 1 2014, 6:06pm

Post #2 of 62 (1617 views)
We Estonians can't function properly without black rye bread [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a must-have on every Estonian's table.

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Aug 1 2014, 6:44pm

Post #3 of 62 (1608 views)
Maine Lobstah. [In reply to] Can't Post

Boil it (preferably in seawater), crack it open, and go to heaven. What could be simpler?

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. -Psalm 107

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Aug 1 2014, 8:05pm

Post #4 of 62 (1607 views)
Whitebait fritters. [In reply to] Can't Post

Turning these little guys into these.

The little fish are becoming less numerous and more holy-heck-that's-expensive, but they're worth it.

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Aug 1 2014, 9:00pm

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Canada - Poutine... [In reply to] Can't Post

Seems to be making a bit of break-out in the States recently...saw a Poutine shop in Chicago last weekend. Buuuuut poutine has been a Canadian gem for years and years....I'm not a fan myself but it is huge here....a plate of french fries smothered in gravy and cheese. Cheese has to be cheese curds or it is not real poutine.

Ottawa (Capital City) also has beaver tails.....it is a flat deep-fried pastry about the size of a dinner plate normally. Originally the most common was flavoured with cinnamon and sugar, served warm...but nowadays there is all kinds of flavours....I like mine smothered in chocolate myself. Ottawa is still the best spot to get them....especially on the Rideau Canal in the dead of winter......I had one at the Toronto Zoo last summer.....was hard, crusty and way too thin. So was the wife's...and the wee girl's beaver tail...

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Aug 1 2014, 10:48pm

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well... [In reply to] Can't Post

We make jokes in Minnesota that we like things on a stick, esp. at the state fair: Many foods at the fair are deep fried or come on a stick; from the classic corn dog to alligator-on-a-stick, lobster-on-a-stick, deep fried candy bar on a stick, and even "beer-on-a-stick". New to the fair in 2006 was hotdish on a stick, a variant of a classic staple of Minnesotan cuisine. In 2007 the new food was spaghetti on a stick.
more food on a sitck

Also a fair favorite - deep fried cheese curds. They are yummy for about 3 and half minutes till the oil cools. Then they are revealed for what they truly are: big balls of fat. In fact, I figure most state fair food is just different favors of fat: cheese flavored fat. donut flavored fat. etc.

The above referenced another affectionately known Minnesota Food: Hot Dish. This is what Minnesotans call a casserole so it's not one dish. The Tater Tot Hot Dish might be the most famous.

The state has a strong Scandinavian influence so Lutefisk is another dish we talk up: dried fish reconstituted with lye. (lye = lute ; fish = fisk)
Scandinavians’ Strange Holiday Lutefisk Tradition: People in the Old Country won’t touch the stuff, but immigrants to the American Midwest have celebrated it for generations
Logan tries lutefisk
Lutefisk (Bizare Foods with Andrew Zimmern)

Also from Scandinavia: a Norwegian flat bread, Lefse.

Other cultures that moved here brought food that get showcased during cultural events or in particular locations in the state: Cornish Pasties (watch the pronunciation on this or you refer to a whole different thing), Slovenian Potica, and Belgian (?) Booya.

We have fry bread and wild rice from the Native Americans. Fry bread is so good when it's fresh and hot. And one can get bison meat here.

Jucy Lucys are burgers with cheese inside.

Walleye is a northern fish we have that people love. I'm not a huge fish eater (I got a bone caught in my throat once that required a trip to the emergency room and 5 people to hold me down) so I can't say.

Honeycrisp apples were invented by the University of Minnesota.

For food manufactured here:

Pearson Candy Company. They make Salted Nut Rolls, Bit-o-Honey, Mint Patties, Nut Goodies, and Bun Bars.

1919 Draft Root Beer (I finally found out where the '1919' came from!)

And Minneapolis, especially, has a HUGE indie beer thing going on but there are plenty outstate, as well.

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Aug 2 2014, 12:50am

Post #7 of 62 (1588 views)
I believe you. [In reply to] Can't Post

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We Estonians can't function properly without black rye bread

The Outback restaurant chain gives its customers free black bread and its good; but I'm sure that it is nothing next to the real deal.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Aug 2 2014, 12:52am

Post #8 of 62 (1587 views)
Beaver tails [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, I've seen that fried pastry at more and more fairs, carnivals and street festivals in recent years, among other variations of fried dough.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Aug 2 2014, 12:55am

Post #9 of 62 (1586 views)
Stuff onna stick [In reply to] Can't Post

Yep. I see more and more foods on a stick at Renaissance fairs (although, to be fair, they have always been popular).

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Aug 2 2014, 1:11am

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I just had a beef on weck for dinner tonight [In reply to] Can't Post

Nearby bar is run by an ex-Buffaloite. TVs show Sabres and Bills games, and they serve great wings and beef on weck sandwiches. (Also pierogies and kielbasa, though I associate that more with western PA than western NY.) No horseradish on mine either. Wink

Around here, there's, uh, Virginia ham, I guess. Not much interesting here that I know of.

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Aug 2 2014, 1:14am

Post #11 of 62 (1580 views)
Sounds like a fun place! [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope you enjoyed myself. My youngest sister is living in Texas and knows of a similar bar run by a former Buffalonean.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Aug 2 2014, 3:38am

Post #12 of 62 (1590 views)
The official state food of Oklahoma - yes, there's an official state food - is [In reply to] Can't Post

Chicken fried steak. It's usually served with mashed potatoes and white gravey. The steak doesn't do much for me; I'm not much for meat anyway, and the frying process makes the steak dry and chewy. But lots of people love it. I do like the white gravey though. I could make a meal of my mom's gravey with bread.

Another favorite here is barbeque. Even though I don't usually eat much meat, I looove good barbeque.


Aug 2 2014, 4:30am

Post #13 of 62 (1582 views)
How, precisely [In reply to] Can't Post

does one create spaghetti on a stick? I can't quite wrap my brains around the physics of that. Do they just wrap the noodles around and around the stick, then fry it? I think that's the weirdest stick food concept I've ever heard of. Now that s'more on a stick, that's something I can get behind!

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Aug 2 2014, 4:55am

Post #14 of 62 (1576 views)
I finally found a description [In reply to] Can't Post

A giant meatball with a few bits of spaghetti at the center, it was encased in a batter, deep-fried, and coated with a thick red sauce.

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Aug 2 2014, 5:21am

Post #15 of 62 (1580 views)
I guess there aren't many here from the west coast [In reply to] Can't Post

Since there's no mention of Mexican food yet. I can't think of any California food that isn't Mexican. Well except avocados. We put avocados on everything here. I'm a freak of nature and I don't like them (even though I'm born-and-raised SoCal girl).

California burritos are becoming more and more of a thing, at least in San Diego.


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Aug 2 2014, 6:50am

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Mexican food is probably the most popular dine out food around here [In reply to] Can't Post

But it's almost all Tex-Mex. There is no Oklahoma style Mexican food. It's getting easier to find somewhat authentic Mexican here, but Tex-Mex reigns supreme. There are about eight Mexican restaurants in my little suburban town, one of which tries to be California style, one is pretty authentic Mexican, the others are all Tex-Mex.

My favorite variety is New Mexican. I lived in Santa Fe off and on during the ninties and fell in love with their take on Mexican - everything covered with red and/or green chile. Yuuuum!

What I like about dining in California is that you can get all kinds of wonderful food from around the world. Smile

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Aug 2 2014, 10:20am

Post #17 of 62 (1564 views)
Crabs are big here in the [In reply to] Can't Post

Chesapeake Bay Area but I've never really cared for them. I'm not a seafood fan at all but it's popular here. My dad used to have a boat and I did enjoy crabbing but I've never picked a crab in my life. I agree with what someone once said that crabs look like something that should be stepped on not eaten.


Aug 2 2014, 11:13am

Post #18 of 62 (1562 views)
Oh, that's nice! [In reply to] Can't Post

Homemade bread is the best. Especially when it's still warm. Add some butter and voilà! you're in heaven. Smile

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Aug 2 2014, 12:03pm

Post #19 of 62 (1559 views)
Latin American food in the frozen North [In reply to] Can't Post

We have lots of Central and American restaurants in the Twin Cities since we have a lot of immigrants from those countries.

One can find cuisine from Ecuador, San Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, the Andes, Cuba, Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. We have a pupusa restaurant right down the street from us.

But I wouldn't say Minnesota is known for these foods. We have the face of 'Fargo' or "Prairie Home Companion' but the state has a large number of immigrants from all over the world that have settled here.

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Aug 2 2014, 12:07pm

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when we visited an old friend who had moved to Boston [In reply to] Can't Post

he took us to Legal Seafood for the lobster. They served that thing in front of us (my mister and I) and we looked at it... and at each other... and decided there was no way were were dismembering that alien looking thing and eating the insides of it.

I mean, we knew what lobsters were but the reality of it was so different.

So our friend happily took it and ate it.

But we did have some of the best fried clams we'd ever had in Boston. Put it in batter and fry it up. That's how you eat stuff. :-)

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Aug 2 2014, 1:11pm

Post #21 of 62 (1574 views)
The "Bahama Mama" sausage [In reply to] Can't Post

is probably what most people here in Columbus would think of as our hometown 'signature' dish. It comes from Schmidt's restaurant down in German Village (secret spices of course) and was recently voted our "official" city food. And if you're a vegetarian (like me) they also make an amazing giant creme puff. Smile

And, of course, as the home of the OSU Buckeyes, the round chocolate and peanut butter Buckeye candies are immensely popular here, especially during football season. We have a local candy company that keeps us supplied all year round, or you can make them at home. Just please, please do NOT, like my niece from out of state, call them Buckeye Balls. They're just "buckeyes"! Here, deep in the dark heart of crazy OSU Buckeye Football World, where "Go Buckeyes" replaces "good-bye" for 4 months out of every year, the term "buckeye balls" conjures up a completely different set of associations! Thought I would never stop laughing. Laugh

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Aug 2 2014, 2:50pm

Post #22 of 62 (1554 views)
Eastern Ontario, Canada: Bun Cha Gio [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree with Donry that Poutine is Canada's national dish. But as a country of immigrants, in most cities we have access to the world's tastiest cuisine. With so many different foods to choose from, as you might imagine, regional favourites change from time to time.

Right now, were I live (a few hours east of Donry) people are really digging something called Bun Cha Gio. Ostensibly a Vietnamese dish, presently it is offered at my favourite Cambodian and Chinese restaurants as well (under different names). I think what distinguishes the Vietnamese version from the others is that Vietnamese Bun Cha Gio (usually) has fresh peppermint leaves.

Bun Cha Gio leaves me feeling good after eating, rather than heavy or on the road to indigestion; It has just the right balance of flavours and textures -- truly a wonderful dish.

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Aug 2 2014, 5:00pm

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I love any kind of pasta and risotto [In reply to] Can't Post

I really could not survive without cooking and eating them for a long while...

But also a good tiramisu.Tongue

Or a wicked plate of lasagne to celebrate holidays or festivities...Smile

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Aug 2 2014, 6:33pm

Post #24 of 62 (1549 views)
Lancashire treats. [In reply to] Can't Post


Next Saturday the Clitheroe Food Festival takes place and I can't wait to sample all the delicious food and drink.

Also, the Stonyhurst College Food Festival is being held between August 23-25 and I'd love to go to that, too.There is a 5 mile J.R.R Tolkein trail nearby and I'd really enjoy that if the weather stayed fine Smile


Aug 2 2014, 9:39pm

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Waffle cones and Bloomin Onions [In reply to] Can't Post

there's a local legend that the waffle cone was invented here in the Capital District, specifically Troy, NY, which is of course also the home of the real life Uncle Sam. There's a big statue of him in the central plaza in downtown Troy: "Uncle Sam" Wilson, 1767-1855", with his long white beard and whiskers, dressed in his signature frock coat and tophat. The waffle cone came along in Troy somewhat later, around the turn of the 19th century. According to the legend someone in a popular pub asked for an ice cream cone and, having run out of cones, in desperation the propieter looked around, took a waffle from the oven, cooled it under a fan, wrapped it and scooped ice cream into it. The rest is history.

They're probably not a local dish, but a popular snack at fairs is the Bloomin Onion. It's a large onion cored and sliced so that it looks like an opened cabbage with all its leaves spread out like flower petals, then deep-fried and then breaded with a coating of spices, and served on a platter with a large dollop of ranch or tartar sauce in the center, the middle of the "bloom." It's HUGE--two people could finish it and be full. I don't know of any one person who's ever managed to finish one! Like someone said above, it's good until about 15 mins later and the grease settles. Ask for extra napkins b/c the grease, ugh--and the cholesterolTongue

Historically our area was settled by the Dutch and there's some great Dutch-themed bakeries here, but in recent years we've had a huge immigrant inflow, so we have dozens and dozens of cuisines, almost anything you can think of. But the Chinese, Guyanese (esp the ethnically Indian Guyanese) and Middle Eastern/Pakistani stand out. We have sit-down Chinese resturaunts featuring chefs from China (something hard to find nowadays) offering real authentic mainland Chinese dishes, not just the Chinese-American knockoffs that are the basis for most Chinese cuisine in the US today. You might be surprised to find that all the familiar dishes you love, even General Tso's chicken, are descended from the hasty things thrown together for '49'ers in Gold Rush "Frisco when the correct Chinese ingredient were not available. (One of life's great mysteries: Just who was General Tso?) So the opportunity to sample dishes like honey-glazed duck or beef in black bean sauce, or watercress and ginger and smoked fish soup, is great. You can also tell the regional differences in Chinese cuisine, the cold and arid North of China with its breads and noodles, as opposed to the more rice and vegetable-oriented Cantonese cuisine. As for the Indian food, don't get me started.... We have a sizeable Russian community here, and I swear you can get some of the best borscht in the Northeast at a resturaunt in Albany, not far from the governor's mansion. And yeah, I hear everyone on the black bread; holy #$&$. Nobody does it like they do in that region of the world.

There's even an Jamaican resturuant that just opened down the street from me where you can sample authentic goat stew, spicy or mild as you like it, but you get the vibe from the staff that nobody eats it the wimpy Yanqui way; only *real* people like a bit of fire. :) Ya, whatever, mon. But me, I'm such a wimp in that regard. Peace.

(This post was edited by Sunflower on Aug 2 2014, 9:48pm)

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