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28th-Oct-2009 03:53 pm
I have lived in several regions within the United States and each one has a food that I had never heard of until I lived there. Some of these foods have foreign roots, and others are American creations (or so I think). I'm curious about what other foods I would never have heard of because I've never been to that region, so fill me in!

I live in Minnesota, and I have never tried the lutefisk. I WILL NOT TRY THE LUTEFISK!

Poll #1477682 Regional Foods

Which of the following foods have you heard of?

Egg cream
Cuban sandwich

What is a food that is unique to your region (and what region is it)?

Do you believe that the temperature of your urine can tell you if you have a fever?


Runza (Nebraska)

Tater Tot Hotdish (Minnesota)

Egg Cream (New York City/Brooklyn)

Cuban sandwich (Tampa)

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And marionberries are basically blackberries... (Oregon)
28th-Oct-2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
There's a Runza down the street from where I live, but I've only ever had a cheeseburger. May have to try the Runza next time!
28th-Oct-2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
I made the mistake of getting one of their custards, because I'd never had custard, not really. Not like a frozen drink thing. I think that's a Midwest thing, too, maybe, because in Florida, I never saw custard drinks. Anyway, the dairy disagreed with me and I couldn't even eat my teriyaki runza. :( Boo.
29th-Oct-2009 03:22 am (UTC)
I've never had custard! It just sounds gross so I avoid it. :P

Now what was this about "homemade Runzas"? :D
28th-Oct-2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
My friend kellygirlnyc is from Minnesota, and her Australian husband has learned to say "tater tot hotdish" in a Minnesotan accent, and is adorable when he does so. That's really the only reason I'd heard the term before.
28th-Oct-2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Well, you tell kellygirlnyc that sillyliss says uff-dah to her husband. And then adds an oy vey to boot! :P
28th-Oct-2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I come from Norway, and we have the lutefisk, which is dlicious (you should ty it), although it sounds deadly. Hello, this fish has been soaked in lye for a few days, do you want to eat it?

We also have smalahovud, grilled sheep head, I've never had it since I'ma vegetarian, but the eyes are supposed to be the best part..
28th-Oct-2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I am just not a fish person! Then add lye to it. Ha ha.

I HAVE had krumkake, which was good, mmmm. And also lefse with butter and cinnamon and sugar. You can't go wrong there either! :)
28th-Oct-2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
The Egg Cream looks like what I know as a Tom & Jerry.
28th-Oct-2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
When I google Tom & Jerry, it looks like a cocktail or some kind? Is that what it is?

This is chocolate syrup and milk and seltzer. My mom used to make them all the time when I was a kid. And it had to be U-Bet chocolate syrup, which you can only seem to find in New York City!

So...I decided to make egg creams for my coworkers in Minnesota to try. They thought they tasted really gross. They made such faces! I guess egg creams are an acquired taste.
29th-Oct-2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh, they are totally different, then. Here is a Tom & Jerry:


Where I used to live, a few places used to sell the Tom & Jerry mix in a tub (eggs & sugar).
29th-Oct-2009 12:21 am (UTC)
You have to put the U-Bet in first, then the milk, then the seltzer while you tip the glass so it runs down the inside. Stir with a long spoon and enjoy with a pretzel log.
28th-Oct-2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
I have a homemade Runza recipe somewhere. Do you want it?

A lot of the Regional Delights <(tm)> I've grown up with were courtesy of my Norwegian grandmothers: lutefisk, potet klub, lefse, even a blood soup that I refused to touch when I was a kid.
28th-Oct-2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
My MIL makes homemade runzas. Where did you hear about runzas?!?!? You're a MINNESOTAN! :)

Do you make any of the Norwegian fare? Some of those things, like those one cookies that look like ribbons (?) look very complicated to make.
28th-Oct-2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. I think my mom lived in Nebraska for a while growing up. I have a vague memory of eating Runza-like-things that my mom made when I was little.
29th-Oct-2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Bara Brith is a lovely yummy rich fruit cake with sultanas and raisins and the dried fruits (vine fruits) are - I gather, as I haven't tried making it myself - soaked in tea overnight and then drained the next day and added to the cake mixture. The topping is kind of like chipped sugar, slightly crunchy.

Here are a couple of recipes and a photo. Not a greatly appetising looking one as the colour is too pale, and I've never eaten one that's had currants in it, but anyway...

There is also another Welsh dish that you mightor might not like. Some people love it, I loathe it. It's called 'Lavabread' and is made with edible seaweed.
29th-Oct-2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Wow. I'd never heard of any of those!
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29th-Oct-2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm from Uniontown, PA (right outside of Morgantown, WV) and I'm actually really shocked that pepperoni rolls originated in WV. We have them up in Pittsburgh as well, but really only in places like Italian bakeries.
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29th-Oct-2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Pork Roll is the greatest invention known to man, and I thank my fellow man for inventing it on a near-daily basis.

Also I like egg creams but the foam is sharp and it hurts to drink sometimes. What?
29th-Oct-2009 02:21 pm (UTC)

I forgot to add my region to my answer above. ;-: I am from the South, specifically North Carolina. The big thing here is chopped BBQ.

I just recently got back from visiting my boyfriend in Quebec. The thing there is poutine(fries with gravy and cheese curds). They had it everywhere including the fast food restaurants. It was ok but I much prefer American cheese fries. =P
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