With our upcoming travel to the US, we’ve made a list of our favorite restaurants and bars and a long list of foods we need to eat because either we can’t get them in the UK or they aren’t the same! It’s an ambitious list to take on in a few weeks, but I think I’m up to the challenge. Here’s a brief summary.
I’m not talking “anything on a grill”, the way the term BBQ is used here. I mean ribs and pulled pork and vinegary Carolina sauce and dry rub. I’m talking waking up at 6 am and putting said ribs in the smoker so they roast all day to perfection. Oh and a bit of dirty rice.
We have had success making it ourselves here, but nothing beats the New Haven style thin crust pizza that continually makes the list for best pizza in America. Pizza you have to fold in half to stop the cheese from sliding off, and attempt to resist eating it when it comes out of the brick oven so you don’t burn the top of your mouth off. That’s pizza. (Chicago style is also acceptable).
Mexican Food/Tex Mex
Whether it comes from Chipotle or the tiny authentic taco stand that only serves tacos flavored by cilantro and lime, I’ll eat it all. This is one of the things I miss the most about America, and I can’t wait to eat it as much as possible.
The craft beer movement in the US is much different than the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ales) in the UK. Yes, they both involve microbreweries, but I so miss the hops and carbonation of a good IPA. And pumpkin beer. I cannot wait. With visits to Vermont and New Hampshire during our trip home, I’m sure this won’t be a problem. (I’m looking at you Shipyard Pumpkin!)
Especially iced. I’m attempting to make my own cold brew, but it’s not the same as pulling up to the Dunkin Donuts Drive through and ordering a medium iced coffee to receive a massive cup of cold, bitter goodness. That doesn’t taste like espresso. Americanos just aren’t the same.
What are your favorite American foods? Or if you’re an expat, what do you look forward to eating when going “home”?