Do You Have Regional Food?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
September 28, 2010 7:39pm CST
The UK is surprisingly diverse in its food, from the pies "oop North" to the Devon/Cornwall cream teas down south..and everything else inbetween! Not forgetting the haggis in Scotland of course. Lancashire Hotpot is something that originates from..er, Lancashire, England and there are regional differences with food such as Scouse on Merseyside..the list goes on. Here in Cumbria there is the Cumberland Sausage..and I must say, it's rather impressive! Can you top that? http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/sep/04/travelfoodanddrink.uk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumberland_sausage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancashire_hotpot
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
29 Sep 10
I'm from the U.S. and I think there are lots of regional foods. Living in New Mexico, we eat a lot of Mexican food with green and red chile. Sure you can find Taco Bells in New York and Florida, but it's not like green enchiladas from southcentral New Mexico. Now, I don't eat grits often, but I think grits are a southern U.S. thing. I don't eat Philly cheese steak often, but I think that's a Pennsylvania thing. So we do have regional foods, and fortunately, you can sometimes get those regional foods even where you live.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
Oh, it's the same here although the foods I mention originated in other areas of the UK. It's just the "copies" aren't the same as the "originals" if that makes sense. My husband ADORES Philly Cheese Steaks, he really does. It's the first thing he buys when he's over in the US although it would be interesting to see how they vary from state to state..Las Vegas is the only place we've visited..would love to explore the rest!!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
29 Sep 10
You're right..."copies" aren't like the "originals". I've had Philly cheese steaks in Philadelphia...and they were great! I have yet to have any anywhere else where they taste as good. But I'll have to say the same for enchiladas from southcentral NM. They're not even as good in Santa Fe, NM, just 260 miles north. I hope you get to visit again soon...and to see some of the rest of the country. Las Vegas is fun, but it's not like the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone or Canyon de Chelley or Mt. Rushmore or...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
@ElicBxn (60047)
• United States
29 Sep 10
I rather suspect that there isn't too much regional in the U.S. I think the only thing I can think is the chicken fried steak don't care for them myself, especially with the "cream gravy" they serve it with...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
What, is that gravy with cream in it? Sounds obvious but just thought I'd ask, to be on the safe side!
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@ElicBxn (60047)
• United States
29 Sep 10
its a white gravy, it may have some milk in it, but I don't know what it has in it...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
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@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Oct 10
Regional food, hm... Nope. Can I have a Cornish pasty?
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
1 Oct 10
If you like! I hate the ones with carrots in but I think those are the more authentic ones. The more basic the better with me I'm afraid!
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@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Oct 10
I'm not picky. The train station ones are OK with me!
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
29 Sep 10
I don't know if I can top it but we do have regional food in the U.S. as well. New England is known for their chowder and lobster rolls. Phildadelphia is known for the Philly Cheese Steak. Chicago is known for pizza. The South is known for fried chicken. The southwest is known for Tex-Mex cuisine. In New Orleans, there is jumbalaya, bengiets (not spelled right I'm sure), and muffalatas. The Pacific Northwest is known for razor clams, salmon and an array of seafood. I'm getting hungry!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
So am I..and it wasn't that long ago I ate!!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
29 Sep 10
i am in canada and besides Canadian bacon, we have this mixture called Poutine. It is a combination of gravey and cheese curds which is put on french fries. i personally dont like it but some do.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
Not surprisingly, with me not being Canadian I'd never heard of Poutine before..and I don't think I'd like it either. Hubby would though!! Thanks for telling us about it, I've learned something new (yet again) on MyLot! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine I must say, the pic made me feel quite ill, if you don't mind me saying so!
29 Sep 10
Do you know I’ve always wondered what the regional delicacy is where I live (Hertfordshire) and I have come to the conclusion that we don’t have one? Actually that’s a bit of a lie as there is a recipe for Hertfordshire Scones which to be frank is no different to normal scones. But Hertfordshire especially the town where I live makes up for it with cuisine from all over the world and on top of the usual restaurants such as Indian, Chinese etc etc we also have an Australian restaurant where they do serve Kangaroo steaks.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
I just couldn't bring myself to eat kangaroo..they're so cute, what with their pouches an' all that.
@derek_a (10903)
29 Sep 10
Hi Janey, It seems that here in Wales we can get food from all over the country. We often enjoy a Cumberland sausage or Cornish pasty Back in the early 70s when I lived in Blackburn, Lancs, I was surprised that I couldn't get food that we ate in Wales. The pies were so different. Down here we get pies that are full of thick gravy and I couldn't get them "oop North". They were meat pies, but without the gravy. I haven't been back to Lancashire in years but I expect that things are a lot different food-wise there now. _Derek
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
Holland's Pies is still there in Accrington. My favourite pie-makers! The Cumberland Sausage you have had may not be authentic as there is a campaign ongoing to keep it so. Many foods are going through this phase. I believe UK cheeses are now better than the French versions and their chefs come over here to see how it's all made. I'm so pleased about this revival and I tried persuading John to buy some Lake District cheese from Morrison's but he declined. He gets this awful Happy Shopper stuff from round the corner instead. Next time we go in I shall gaze longingly at the Lake District cheese, see if it has any effect!!
@webearn99 (1744)
• India
29 Sep 10
With 28 states and 7 union territories India is a country of diverse cultures. When the states were carved into the political administrative structure, it was the languages that were main consideration. Each language is a reflection of a culture and by extension a different cuisine. Each state has several regions, each having a different version of the language spoken and a different pattern of social life and food. Cuisine varies because of the crop pattern, and the spices available in a given area. Areas cultivating chillies (Green pepper), for example have a definitely have a more spicy menu. Added to this we have a very large representation of people who migrated from other parts of the world and are now proud Indians. Iranians, Parsis (Again from Iran), Saudi's, Jews. Their contribution to the food scenario has made Indian food all the more richer. Contribution of the English, French and Portuguese, occupiers and rulers in the recent past has also enriched this diversity. Considering all this, you will find the food changing every 200 KM. I you were to visit India, you would face enough diversity in food and culture to last a hundred lifetimes.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
The thing is, I don't like foreign food. Sad person that I am.
@picjim (3003)
• India
29 Sep 10
Here in India we have a lot of States which comprise the entire country.The States were broadly divided on linguistic basis.Each state the food differs from the other,In the north its more rotis a sort of bread.In the South more rice but even the spices in the food vary from state to state.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
Wow, how interesting! Thanks for that. I knew about the different languages (since joining MyLot actually) so this has just added to the notion that India is extremely diverse. Good for you!
• India
29 Sep 10
well I never thought that UK is diverse in food , well like the above person , I am also a south Indian ..! We east idly and dosas unlike the other Indians who eat roti and naan !
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Sep 10
I've heard of naan bread, that's about it! I'm extremely fussy with my food, I'm afraid, not that adventurous at all.