Ms. Adventures in Italy, patron saint of Italiaphile foodies everywhere, recently wrote a comprehensive ebook of 101 American Foods to Try for her Italian friends. You can read it online (don’t worry, it’s in English) or download it at her blog post about it. I recently used this list as inspiration for my own list of foods that I must eat when I’m back in the States for a month soon. So, without further ado, feast your eyes and wear your eatin’ pants – here’s what I hope to have over the course of my trip.
I’ll be breaking mine down by meal times (although many of these meals will be the only thing I eat all day due to the insanity that is American portions):
1. An IHOP breakfast that, if I remember correctly, includes chicken fried steak, eggs and pancakes.
2. Jersey diner breakfast.
4. Ess-A-Bagel with whitefish salad. There are many other bagel/topping combinations, but this one is the most important.
5. A fried egg sandwich made by my mother. No one makes them like her.
6. Rye toast with butter.
1. Voltaco’s cheesesteak with fried onions.
2. Crab cakes.
3. Roast beef and cheese on pumpernickel with mayo and horseradish.
4. Thanksgiving sandwich. I’m aware it’s not the season, but I’m counting on 24/7/365 America to come through for me.
5. Honey-roasted, thick-cut ham sandwich, my mom’s potato salad, and my aunt’s macaroni salad. Bring out the Helmann’s, y’all.
6. Peanut butter and grape jelly on white bread.
7. Patty melt or Reuben.
1. My mom’s gravy and meatballs.
2. My grandfather’s sauteed crabs with Benny’s Bread.
3. My father’s pasta with mixed seafood.
4. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach.
5. Anything from Smitty’s Clam Shack or similar bare-bones, serve-it-to-me-in-Styrofoam seafood joint.
6. Whatever Katie (New York foodie and best friend) has selected for me.
7. Serious barbecue (ribs or pulled pork).
1. Breyer’s peach ice cream.
2. Chocolate peanut butter ice cream sundae with peanut butter sauce instead of hot fudge.
3. Pie. A piece of any kind of pie.
4. Entenmann’s and/or Tasty Kakes.
5. A really excellent cupcake. I’ve heard these have become a trend, and I’m intrigued.
1. Cream soda.
2. Wine that is not from Italy or France.
3. Gin & tonic served to me with both ingredients in the same glass. With ice.
4. Black & White shake.