Passport, Luggage, Money… List of Foods to Eat

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):

Breakfast

1. An IHOP breakfast that, if I remember correctly, includes chicken fried steak, eggs and pancakes.

2. Jersey diner breakfast.

3. Cheerios.

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.

Lunch

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.

Dinner

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).

Dessert

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.

Drinks

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.

18 thoughts on “Passport, Luggage, Money… List of Foods to Eat

  1. I love the east coast slant you have!🙂 Next time I go I think I’ll have to take your list and see how many I can check off. Have a GREAT time, make sure you bring EMPTY suitcases on the way over so you can fill them to the brim on the way back…..

  2. Yum! I got a second vote last night for the Lexington Market crabcakes (Faidleys I think.) I haven’t tried them myself, but from how I’ve heard them described it’s the real deal.

  3. I loved that food list. It makes it clear to me that, having lived for years in the US, I am not an American. There’s almost nothing on your list I’d put on mine if I made one up to use when coming back to the US from overseas. Crab cakes, yes, and the sea food. And a really good Rueben sandwhich and gourmet salads.

    Of course, since I didn’t grow up in the US, I don’t have the “comfort food” thingie going for the cuisine. My comfort food hails from Holland, and we all know what stellar reputation traditional Dutch cuisine has around the world😉

    Enjoy your food!

    http://www.lifeintheexpatlane.blogspot.com

  4. Breyer’s peach ice cream! Entenmann’s! Tasty Kakes!
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  5. And I’d add to that:

    * a big hoagie, with sharp Provolone
    * clams casino
    * three cuts of white with broccoli and garlic from Arcaro & Genell if I could just get to Old Forge, Pa.
    * cola Italian ice from one of those carts
    * Reuben at the Carnegie.

  6. Give my cousin Joe at Voltacos a hug and ask about his grandbaby. I made a similar list when we went in June and distributed it in advance to everyone. It really helped me make sure we got almost everything and stayed out of Italian restaurants and pizza places that everyone wanted to take us to because they are just ‘so good.’ I would add Krispy Kreme doughtnus, CHEETOS (of course), Jersey corn and blueberries if they are still around. Oh and Chai tea and Thai. Anything Thai.

  7. Aren’t you forgetting the Jersey Tomato Sandwich? On Friday’s at the new Uncle Bill’s on 40th street, they have thanksgiving dinner on Thursday’s from 5-8pm. Then on Friday (same time) they use their leftovers for the BEST thanksgiving sandwiches ever! Grilled turkey, stuffing, cfranberry sauce, and pepperjack cheese!!! OMG! If you are here on a Friday before I go back to school…I’ll make it my treat !!!! Maybe Friday the 28th?

  8. So many of these really have to be East Coast foods, because I can hardly imagine half of these in California. I always crave good Mexican food when I get back from Europe. I usually want it as I’m leaving the airport.

    Our version of Hellman’s is called “Best Foods” mayonaise. Why? I just don’t get it.

  9. I love the east coast slant you have!🙂 Next time I go I think I'll have to take your list and see how many I can check off. Have a GREAT time, make sure you bring EMPTY suitcases on the way over so you can fill them to the brim on the way back…..; I love the east coast slant you have!🙂 Next time I go I think I'll have to take your list and see how many I can check off. Have a GREAT time, make sure you bring EMPTY suitcases on the way over so you can fill them to the brim on the way back…..;;

  10. Okay… there is nothing on your list (save fried egg sandwich and cupcakes) that I would come back from France/Italy for. Heh. But if you’re going to drink non french/spanish/italian wine, then please find some from Sonoma Co, CA. I promise you won’t be disapointed! It’s NOT all about Napa Co. (Napa is very pretentious and Sonoma Co peeps are real, fun loving people who know how to make wine!).

    If you find some, let me know how you liked it. If you want specifics, email me!

  11. To be fair, Jody, George or Adam at the Vert Anglais would be more than happy to service you a gin and tonic with ice in the same glass.

  12. When I came to the US on vacations from Italy I had meals that didn’t have pasta as a part of them.
    Smoked salmon on bagels is good too.

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