Do you have a favorite regional food?

United States
August 10, 2009 10:08pm CST
I am sure we all have something that we like to eat or drink that we just cannot seem to find anywhere else. For me that would be coffee syrup. I remember mixing it in my milk when I lived in Rhode Island. What would you have, if you could get it?
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@yelrihs (301)
• Australia
11 Aug 09
i have tried before this thing called ox tail soup. very nice, gotta give it a try people!!
@GardenGerty (99349)
• United States
11 Aug 09
My mom used to make tht in the winter. It is very nourishing. I miss that as well.
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@drannhh (15226)
• United States
11 Aug 09
Oh, I love that soup too. I put the ox tails in the pressure cooker with 7 whole cloves and a few bay leaves and cook them until the meat starts to fall off the bones, but not so long that the bones disintegrate. The broth from ox tail soup is just heavenly.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
The broth from oxtail soup also makes a great starter for gravy. I remember having it as a child. Very good.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
11 Aug 09
HI, I love the homegrown veggies we have here in the summer time but come winter they are gone till next summer. The ones in the grocery can't compare w/what is grown right here.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
I must agree with you about homegrown vegetables. Is there anything in this world that is better than fresh peas right out of the pod? I don't think so.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
20 Aug 09
I agree, not much that comes out of a garden that i don't like. Have a good day .
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hello finlander, my favourite regional food isn't really a food but it is my constant necessity, Greek coffee. I'm totally addicted to the stuff, strong and black and so thick that if you drink too far down in the tiny cup you end up with a mouthful of sludge, but there's always a glass of iced water on the side to help the sludge down. I could not imagine it with syrup in at all as like my coffee to be on the bitter side.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
If you were to ask my Mom, she would have said that I hardly use any sweetener in my coffee. What you describe sounds, to me, like espresso. Is it?
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
20 Aug 09
Hi finlander, well Greek and Turkish coffee are not really like expresso as the latter doesn't really have the mud stuff at the bottom. Size wise it is about the same. We don't really get expressos here but one of my friends does have an expresso machine and the coffee was very good. Now a little off topic here but we came out of the sea on Monday afternoon and took over a couple of sun beds being vacated in front a restaurant. This was a novelty for me as it's usually beach mat on the sand. Anyway the man came from the restaurant to see if I wanted a drink so ordered as usual. Black Greek coffee, plain, no froth, which was duly brought. When he returned I ordered another as outside the house they are little more than a mouthful. He said they'd run out of coffee. How can anyplace run out of Greek coffee. The whole country would grind to a standstill, there would be national strikes everyday. My man was ok as he's not as addicted as me and happily settled for an iced tea whilst I sent my son off to a nearby taverna in search of the real stuff.
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@drannhh (15226)
• United States
11 Aug 09
Fresh sun ripened figs. I've been eating them from a local tree and now I want to plant a couple of suckers from that tree in my own back yard because these figs are just so good. I don't know what variety they are, but I've never tasted any so good.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
I wonder if they would survive in Kansas. I would try if I thought they would. What do you think?
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@drannhh (15226)
• United States
20 Aug 09
If you have a barn or shed (or even an enclosed porch) they can be overwintered there, or you can use one of the outdoor protection systems described in this excellent article: http://lawrencefruittreeproject.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/article-growing-figs-in-kansas.pdf I've also heard of people keeping them in big pots and simply bringing them in as houseplants over the winter. You can also make them into bonsai figs, as shown in this imaginative couple's link: http://hutchinsinbrazil.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/dsc055281.jpg?w=510&h=382
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@GardenGerty (99349)
• United States
11 Aug 09
I do not think there is really anything I miss except my grandma's home cooking, but that does not count. That and the white gravy my mom served with chicken. I would say I find the regional dairy store that we have in town to be the best. I like the milk and meat there. They are only in five states, and control all the process of their foods. They even have special methods for some things. The store is called Braum's and I would miss it if I moved out of its five state region.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hello Gertie, I just saw this discussion for coffee syrup and thought of your post last night. Off topic I know but is Finlander your hubby?
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• United States
17 Aug 15
@thea09 Yes, GardenGerty is my wife.
@sblossom (2170)
11 Aug 09
My favourite local food here is black pudding. To many British people it’s not so delicious. Maybe they don’t like the taste of pork blood. I like to have it when I do Sunday English breakfast. It usually includes black pudding, mushroom, tomato, soybean etc. I use my pan to cook them. You also can have black pudding when it’s cold.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
I think I could pass on having black pudding.
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@rahulda (94)
• India
11 Aug 09
My favorite food is semiya payasam. Its made by cooking basmati rice in milk and adding lots of sugar. Its easier to recognize as sweet noodles in milk. Dont just imagine the taste. This one's good.
• United States
20 Aug 09
I am not really interested in trying very sweet food, and I don't eat noodles. Thank you for your response.
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@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
11 Aug 09
I am an Indian........I have many favourite regional dishes.. And some of them are Chicken Tandoori,Aloo Posta and Mutton Kosa....I also like to have Biriyani.But all these stuffs are very spicy.. And some of my favourite dessert are Rasogolla and Kheer Chamcham( both of these are dairy products). These dishes are prepared in some foreign lands but I don't think they taste that good. Happy Mylotting!!
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• United States
20 Aug 09
I really like some spicy food, but not too hot. Thank you for your response.
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@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
14 Mar 10
You know, I don't think we have any specifically regional foods here in San Diego. I do love most types of foods. Since I'm Italian I'm absolutely mad for pasta and because I'm so close to the Tijuana border here I love Mexican food. Tamales in particular. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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• United States
3 Sep 12
How about FRIED CLAMS? We went to San Diego several years ago and we had them right by the ocean. They were good.
@hsofyan (3448)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
11 Aug 09
I lived in Indonesia. Here, many typical local food that I like, such as 'gado-gado', 'pecel', 'soto', 'rawon', etc.. While the typical local drinks, such as 'cendol' ,'bajigur', 'sekoteng', etc.. Another time I will share more details about the food / drink it.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
Thank you. I can hardly wait to hear about food from other countries.
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