American food addendum

After my post yesterday my sister sent me this link to point out that there are good American foods. And yes, there are plenty of good American food stuffs.

The list of the 50 best (in their opinion) American foods features such things as Mac n Cheese.

Of course there are all sorts of delicious food that I love and actually do make. Key lime pie, (sadly relegated to #50 on this list), hamburgers, popcorn and potato chips, meatloaf, muffuletta sandwiches and pot roast.

And, God yes, apple pie.

Chicago style pizza, yes, please.

Nachos, ooh mama. Totally.

There are also some less than pride-inducing things like Twinkies, Frito-pie. Twinkies, which by the way, clock in at like #34. We’ve got beef jerky, tater tots, GORP and fortune cookies. While I would eat most of the things on the list I would not challenge some Portuguese guy with a peanut butter sandwich against a pastel de nata. Or a banana split vs crêpe suzettes. I mean would you challenge an Italian holding a plate of pasta (take your pick) with a hot dog?!?

Good luck with that.

American food

Last year I went to a store that sold only American food when I was looking for crackers and I was horrified at the realization that people think American food is all junk only to further realize when I tried to think of some American food that was not junk, that “American food” is precisely junk (aside from crackers and potato chips).

This year we were on a search for anchovies (I know, I know) in KaDeWe (Kah Day Vay) the super upscale department store that I love which has an amazing food court/store/department with a freaking awesome international food area and whilst prancing through it I happened upon this horror. Guess which country is responsible for this mess? I was so ashamed.

And we didn’t even find anchovies.


How did this take me by surprise?!?! The American food store on the main shopping street of Berlin.

Now that I think about it I suppose I can see it but before I entered it I was thinking, ooh, Triscuits, maybe. This place is called American Food 4 You. It is an absolute hell of Twinkies, HoHos, candy, cookies, and every kind of terrible prepared crap food you can imagine. The only “normal” American thing in the place was Tabasco sauce that cost 12 € for a small bottle. In the US it costs $3. The only boxed cake, not that I’m a huge fan of those either, was “cherry chip.” Do we even have that? Think Kwik Trip but without those wiener roller dealios.

Pop-tarts, Cheese Whiz, Shake n Bake, Marshmallow Fluff, Oreos . . . fer chrissake, this is American food. I cannot think of any other country’s equivalent. If you went into an Italian food store, French, English food even, you could not find this disgusting dreck. I was so ashamed.

And no Triscuits, not even a box of Ritz.