Practice English Speaking&Listening with: American Food The Rest of the World Finds Weird

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When you were a kid, did you ever have that one friend in school who liked to experiment

by mixing different foods together during lunch?

That friend who mixed catchup with mustard in the same dish with hot sauce, baked beans

and sloppy joes simply because he found it funny?

If you did, you probably dared him to eat it afterwards, right?

In all likelihood, he probably just stuck his tongue out at you and refused unless you

offered him five bucks to go through with it.

Different combinations of foods that dont make sense when put together often seem weird

or gross to us.

And what is construed as being gross differs across societies and around the world.

What we think is delicious or disgusting is often subjective and depends largely on our

culture along with where and how we grew up.

Every culture has their fair share of idiosyncrasies.

This is especially true when it comes to food.

Some examples of delicacies around the world include frog legs and escargot in France,

which consists of snails on a platter.

In Japan, you can enjoy some delicious wasp crackers and fish eyeballs.

In Scotland, you can have your try at a popular dish known as haggis, which is basically a

sheeps heart, liver and lungs mixed with onions, oatmeal, and suet cooked inside the

animals stomach.

You can eat kangaroo if you visit Australia.

People in Thailand eat grasshoppers seasoned with salt and peppertastes like popcorn!

And lets not forget about China where you can eat anything from ducks feet, scorpion,

star fish, to even dog or cat.

There are many more examples of unique foods around the world, but you get the idea.

Most of what we have listed would be considered weird for most Americans.

But what about American foods that gross out the rest of the world?

Believe it or not, bread is one of the items that Americans eat, which gross out the rest

of the world.

Whether you buy a loaf of bread for sandwiches or buy buns for hamburgers and hot dogs.

Many other cultures dont often turn to this item as a first choice.

Yet, Americans, love their bread.

In the southeastern United States, theres a breakfast food known as biscuits and gravy,

which is basically that, biscuits covered in gravy.

Here with the Infographics show, weve employed many people from all over the world, including

the southern United States.

One of our fun, eccentric writers on the team, who once came up with an outlandish idea for

a flavored pillow case, is from the State of South Carolina and swears by this meal,

explaining that theres nothing she loves more than going to Waffle House and ordering

herself some biscuits and gravy.

Shell even eat it for dinner on occasion.

She says the gravy makes the biscuits soft and moist, which makes it good to eat.

She even adds butter to her biscuits despite the gravy already being on it.

This combination perplexes a lot of people throughout the rest of the country and around

the world.

Gravy, for most people, is probably best served as a dinner topping, not a breakfast one.

Another peculiar southern dish mixing a typical dinner item with a breakfast one includes

chicken and waffles.

Our South Carolinian says that if you visit the south and dont order this, youre

missing out.

Its considered almost like a rite of passage for every true southerner.

Sure, it may sound gross at first,” she says, “but once you try it, yall will

wonder why you never thought of it before.

If you like chicken and you like waffles, eating them together just makes sense.

It satisfies your craving for both dinner and breakfast on a single platter, which is

just bliss.”

She claims that shes not the only one and pretty much everyone she knows in her region

loves the stuff.

The main problem with this dish, however, is having to make the choice of whether to

use gravy or syrup as your topping.

Either one is a possibility, but its probably safe to assume that most people around the

world and even in other parts of the United States prefer keeping these two meals separate.

Next, corn dogs.

If youve ever been to a state fair in the United States, odds are youve purchased

one or two of these.

For observers in most other countries, the concept of a deep-fried hot dog on a stick

would sound pretty weird and perhaps even gross.

We can admit that saying what it is out loud does sound a little disgusting.

Yet, many Americans go crazy for a good corn dog.

A food that confounds a lot of people is grits.

Even the name doesnt sound all that appetizing.

If you dont know what grits are, youre not alone.

It is essentially a corn-based porridge made from coarse cornmeal.

Once again, this is mainly a southern dish, so we consulted our favorite southern writer

who says that she has grown up eating this stuff.

She claims that if you live in the south and have never tried grits, people look at you

with surprise on their faces.

She loves to eat grits as a side with her breakfast and a popular dish in her area includes

shrimp and grits.

She says, “its not as gross as it sounds but it may be an acquired taste for those

who just arent used to it.”

Given her affinity for these foods, one cant help but wonder how she manages to avoid obesity.

Nevertheless, people from other places around the world would probably think the texture

of grits is too odd for consumption.

Okay, we think weve picked on our southern dweller enough for now, so well redirect

our attention to a dish served on the opposite end of the country in the southwestern side

of the United States.

That is, the southern fried rattlesnake.

Yeah, you heard that right.

It is said to taste like frog legs.

The meat is often boiled off the bones before being dipped in egg yolk, covered in salt,

flour and breadcrumbs.

Its a deep-fried meal that grosses out a lot of people who arent used to it.

A more widespread delicacy around the United States is the Hersheys chocolate bar.

To many Americans, Hersheys chocolate tastes incredible and, odds are that if you have

a girlfriend, she has probably sent you out on an errand or two to pick some up for her

at some point.

People from outside the United States, however, surprisingly report the brand as pretty poor

excuse for chocolate.

They complain that it has a tangy flavor and that it is too sweet.

Nevertheless, many Americans continue to love it and we dont think this will change anytime

soon.

Our next dish on this list is meatloaf.

This may seem unsurprising for those of us who were forced to eat it as kids whenever

we paid a visit to grandmas house.

Like grits, the name in and of itself doesnt sound too appealing.

You may have a friend or family member who manages to make a delicious version of the

stuff, but for many of us, the three words, “eat your meatloaf,” grinds our ears.

A popular sandwich in America that is considered really weird across other countries is that

of peanut butter and jelly.

Many people across the United States grew up eating this as children and some of us

still enjoy consuming it as adults, especially when we dont feel like cooking.

Its a very simple meal.

You just take two slices of bread, slap some peanut butter on one and jelly on the other,

then crush the two pieces together into a delicious sandwich.

For people in other countries however, the combination of peanut butter and jelly seems

nasty.

They complain that the flavors should not mix together, and many are even more unimpressed

with the choice of white bread that most Americans choose.

Yet, it continues to be a common, childhood favorite.

So, what else is common in America but weird everywhere else?

Believe it or not, pop-tarts make the list.

Its another one of those quick meals that many Americans love.

All you have to do is take it out of the package, pop it in the toaster and its ready to

eat.

People in other countries, however, view this popular snack as being so sweet that it is

sickening.

The crust tastes almost like cardboard to them and the sugar and frosting go way overboard

for their taste buds to handle.

Well go ahead and wrap up our list with root beer and sweet potato casserole.

Other people around the world complain that root beer tastes too much like a bizarre combination

of licorice and wintergreen, though its actually made from the bark of the sassafras

tree.

Also perplexing to people around the world is that many Americans enjoy root beer floats,

a combination of the drink with vanilla ice cream.

For those who enjoy sweet potato casserole, you may be interested to learn that other

cultures think its revolting.

People in other countries point out that sweet potatoes already taste sweet so why add more

sugar to them and cover them with marshmallows?

Needless to say, it sounds pretty gross to those who are unfamiliar with it.

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Did we miss anything?

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