Regional Favorite Foods

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
July 24, 2009 4:54pm CST
It's pretty much a given that any area we live in or visit has a food that is considered a specialty of the region. What would that specialty for your area be? I know that when I lived in Tennessee many years ago the area was famous for barbecue, hush puppies, Moon Pies(I haven't had one in decades), and something known as the chuckwagon steak. When I talk with my ex-husband, who still lives there, we often discuss food. The specialties of the area in which I now live are somewhat less defined, I think due to the influence of dishes from so many different cultures. I've found that people around here eat a lot of cheese steaks, chicken wings, pizza, and barbecue. There is a confection that I've heard a lot about, but never had the opportunity to taste called Buckeyes. My grandchildren have told me that they are very good.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
In Philly,the city where I was born,it was cheesesteaks. I moved to Northern Virginia when I was8. Here we are close enough to Maryland crabs.I found a shop who makes cheesestaeks Just like in Philly.It is called The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory.They are so authentic that I don't have the urge to travel to Philly.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Aug 09
The Philly cheesesteak is scrumptious, sarah! I only wish that I could have them as often as I would like. The best places for cheesesteaks around here are Penn Station and a local place, The Submarine House. They will set you back a pretty penny, but one of them will last for two meals.
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• United States
6 Aug 09
Yum.Let's Go!
• United States
6 Aug 09
Do you know what I have when I can't get a real cheesesteak? I buy Stouffer's Philly Cheesesteak Paninni.They are a good substitute.
• United States
26 Jul 09
where i grew up in nebraska, we had a large influence of german and scandinavian types of food, as those were the people that settled there. Beef and corn were also a primary food source, as we raised both of these right in the state, so they were much cheaper there than in other places. I now live in maine, and maines primary agricultural resorces include potatos, apples, blueberries, and of course, Lobster. Everywhere you go to eat, they have a lobster dinner, or lobster dish of some sort, and always an abundance of desserts featuring blueberries. Seafood is also very much availiable, as we have a very large fishing industry, being right on the ocean. There are also many regional dishes that i had never heard of, let alone had the opportunity to try growing up in the midwest. People out here love their shepherds pie, new england boiled dinners, and clam chowder. They also eat fiddlehead greens in season. The confection known as the Whoopee pie was originated here, and it has been featured on oprah and attained national following. Maine is also the home of a soda brand called Moxie, which many people love, but i have tried and find to be repulsive. To me it tastes a lot like carbonated cough syrup. There are many things i miss from my home back in nebraska, and i always make sure to fill up on my regional favorites when i go back and visit family. things such as Dorothy Lynch salad dressing, food from the resturaunt Runza, Ruby Red Squirt Soda (not availiable out here), Cherry bing candy bars (made in Sioux City Iowa)and many others which i cannot think of right now. Oh, of course sweet corn. We grow corn here in maine as well, but no corn i have ever had ANYWHERE beats the wonderful flavor of fresh nebraska sweet corn in the late summer.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Aug 09
So you're a Cornhusker, fruitcakeliz, that's great. You mentioned several dishes that I've never even heard of such as fiddlehead greens? Whoopee Pie? I'd like to know more about them. You can't help but associate the lobster with Maine.
• United States
6 Aug 09
Fiddleheads are actually the unfurled fronds of a young fern. Basicly when a fern is growing, the leaves start out tightly coiled up, resembling the decorative scrolled top of a fiddle or violin (this is where they get their name) They are harvested in the early spring only, as they can only be eaten when they are in a young stage, and otherwise can become poisonus. Generally they are steamed or done in a stirfry and have a very woddy, almost nutty flavor. They grow wild all over new england and many people like to go out hunting for them, as buying them in a store can be very expensive because they arent really bountiful. As for whoopie pies..after a little research, i found out that whoopie pies also stem from the amish. The easiest way for me to describe them would be to say they are like a home-made devil dog type snack cake. Traditionally they are a small, round, dense chocolate cake that is sliced in half through the middle and filled with a wonderful rish frosting or marshmallow type filling. Though they have evolved over the years to include many differnt flavors, i love them with peanut butter frosting in them...but there are also ones made with chocolate chip cake, pumpkin cake with creme cheese frosting filling etc. here is a link for a recipe to make them yourself..(i chose a link that had a variety of flavored recipes, the first is the original whoopie pie) http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art3563.asp
@celticeagle (124391)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Jul 09
Pizza, barbeque and wings are big ones around here too. Idaho is the home of Famous Potatoes. Even a band by that name. Or used to be. We have boston shakes here. No one seemed to know what they were when I started a discussion about them. We have haystacks here too that are good. Cheese steaks? Oh, and at the fair they make a sundae shaped like a baked potatoe. YUM!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Aug 09
It's hard to think of Idaho without associating the state with the potato, celticeagle!I would venture to guess that the potato is probably one of the most highly consumed foods in the world. Neither have I heard of Boston shakes, or haystacks.
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@celticeagle (124391)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Aug 09
Oh, HON! You are missing out big time. You need to make the trip and check it all out. YUM. Is the word. And potatoes are so nutritious too.
@Bradpete (822)
• Philippines
25 Jul 09
In Philippines they love Sinigang, Paksiw, Lechon, Adobo, Sisig and more. Korea Kimchi, Bibimpap, Jjampong, Bulgoki and more. People who loves spicy are Mexican, Korean and Bicolanos (Filipinos) Philippines.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Aug 09
I've never had any food from the Philippines, Bradpete, but I've heard that spicy dishes are a favorite there.
@defcon505 (921)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I love Hawaiian foods. The number Hawaiian food would be pork laulau or poi.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Aug 09
I've not had much experience with Hawaiian foods(except pineapple), defcon, but I hear that they have some great fish and Spam dishes.
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Hey worldwise! I don't really know what the area I live in is famous for! I live in a large city outside of New York City. We don't really have anything in particular that we are known for! We have great pizza, Chinese Food, Bagels, Hot Dogs, Italian Food, but, nothing in particular that I would say we are famous for! There are tons of restaurants here with great food! So there are lots of places to eat at with all different price ranges! The city up from where I live has great fast food restaurants and that's usually where I go to eat! They have the best pizza places ever!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Aug 09
Given its multi-cultural background, Opal, New York probably has the best choice of foods from all cultures. Two famous ones I've heard of are the New York style pizza and the New York style cheesecake.
@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
24 Jul 09
In my town it would be Angel's Diner. They have the best home cooked hamburgers around. They make some sort of special reish to go on it. It is served with french fries and hashbrowns. They opened in the early 1900's and they are still open here in Florida.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Aug 09
From time to time they air a show on PBS called Sandwiches, Shaun, and it features the famous local places in different cities, and the sandwiches that made them famous. I love to watch it each time it comes on. It's really hard to find a decent hamburger anymore.
• Philippines
11 Aug 09
In my country-the Philippines varying dishes are favorites by people depending on the region where they belong. My father is a Tagalog from Nueva Ecija in Luzon provinces and he grow up with this sumptous and delicious dishes. They like Sinigang na baboy, Nilagang baka, Adobo-my favorites, Lechon baboy or roasted pig, Also from Luzon region, the Ilocanos like vegetable dishes they called it Pinakbet with bagoong or fermented shrimp or fish, and the Kapangpangan or pampangos and Bulakenos were the best in cooking diferent culinary dishes, like pancit, relleno, menudo, afritada, morjon, mechado and caldereta... The dishes if you taste like heaven, enough to stuff your stomach and fill it with tangy taste, delicious, aromatic and nutritious food. Then, my mother from the Bisayas from Visayas region are fond of cooking and eating food made from barbecued called Inasal, Binakol or chicken with coconut water, then the famous batchoy and lomi from Ilo-ilo of Ilonggos..then the Bicolanos like spicy food and they called it the Bicol express with coconut milk dishes, and kinilaw from fish or meat fermented with vinegar. Then the mindanao region where comprises of various ethnic groups were more focus on cooking and eating food from Tuna from General Santos city-the home town of boxer Manny Pacquiao, then the davaones love Humba or similar to Adobo and Inihaw, then The Maguindanaon from mindanao lover roasted cow, curry food, fish and a lot of dishes with coconut milk..And the kids love to visit the famous fast food chain in my country..they loved the Chicken Joy from Jollibee..]
• United States
7 Aug 09
Good discussion, there are so many foods I could discuss that might fit my region, however I am going to pick an unusual one. It is called Low Country Boil. I had it for the first time at my neighbor's house on July 4th. We certainly live in the low country and the lower or southern states, so this Low Country Boil fits. It is made by boiling in a big pot on a grill outside or whatever the following yummy ingredients: corn on the cob, sausage, onions, and shrimp. You gotta try it! Steve
• United States
7 Aug 09
Good discussion, there are so many foods I could discuss that might fit my region, however I am going to pick an unusual one. It is called Low Country Boil. I had it for the first time at my neighbor's house on July 4th. We certainly live in the low country and the lower or southern states, so this Low Country Boil fits. It is made by boiling in a big pot on a grill outside or whatever the following yummy ingredients: corn on the cob, sausage, onions, and shrimp. You gotta try it! Steve