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What's the weird food you didn't know was weird?

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Today I learned that hush puppies are unknown in the Midwestern US and Scrapple is only a thing in the Mid-Atlantic.

What's the weird food you like that you didn't realize was weird until late in life?
 

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Squid is my favourite thing. Everybody pulls a face when I tell them.

Though I'm vegetarian atm.
 

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Really? People think calamari is weird? Huh, interesting. (I should get some for lunch)

I can't really think of anything that for sure fits into this category though. I feel like I've had a lot of access to a wide variety of different foods from different places just by living in California all my life, so there are probably a lot of things that wouldn't seem weird to me that other people might find strange. Like if someone went to a Japanese restaurant and ordered some octopus and sea urchin, I wouldn't bat an eye, but I can see how it might seem weird to someone with a different background.

Also...avocados. I don't care if it's a California stereotype. I put avocado on everything.
 

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Putting butter/margarine on toast even if I'm adding a spread too. Scott finds this very weird.

This coming from a guy that asked when I first made him a bacon sandwich "Where's the melted cheese?" Like I was supposed to automatically know he wanted it.
 

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Putting butter/margarine on toast even if I'm adding a spread too. Scott finds this very weird.

This coming from a guy that asked when I first made him a bacon sandwich "Where's the melted cheese?" Like I was supposed to automatically know he wanted it.

I am 100% behind Scott on all of this.
 

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While I'll admit that bacon and cheese croissants are one of my favourite things, I think it was more that he just expected the melted cheese to be there. Like bacon and melted cheese come together in every oppotunity, without question. He seemed so disappointed. :lol:
 

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My sons both dip their cheese wedges in their yogurts because they are savages.

Bacon and cheese croissants sound lush.
 

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Bacon and melted cheese only sometimes come together. You gotta ASK for it, dagnabit.

Squid is weird, though I guess I did start eating sushi so is it really THAT weird?
 

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Squid is weird, though I guess I did start eating sushi so is it really THAT weird?

When I was on a ferry on my way to The Netherlands, I went to the buffet for dinner and grabbed a large helping of onion rings.

They were not onion rings. Never been so disappointed or disgusted in my life.
 

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While I'll admit that bacon and cheese croissants are one of my favourite things, I think it was more that he just expected the melted cheese to be there. Like bacon and melted cheese come together in every oppotunity, without question. He seemed so disappointed. :lol:

Americans have bacon and cheese with everything, they also seem to have an affinity for syrup and cream. One of the main reasons I like going there so much. :lol:

My sons both dip their cheese wedges in their yogurts because they are savages.

Saw Ava and Poppy both doing this the other day with multiple foods while I was eating lunch. I shrugged it off as they can like whatever they like, turned around and saw Amys face like... :sick:>_<.
 

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Americans have bacon and cheese with everything, they also seem to have an affinity for syrup and cream. One of the main reasons I like going there so much. :lol:

You've spent too much time with Scotty over the years, clearly. His poison has seeped into your veins.

I do enjoy syrup, however... :shifty:
 

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I've never tried that though I imagine it's heartattack levels of deliciousness.
 

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Putting butter/margarine on toast even if I'm adding a spread too. Scott finds this very weird.

This coming from a guy that asked when I first made him a bacon sandwich "Where's the melted cheese?" Like I was supposed to automatically know he wanted it.

Hate to be stereotypical, but I can only image what kind of melted "cheese" Americans put on their toast.

You can never go wrong with butter/margarine. Nutella sandwich is 2 times better with just a little bit of butter underneath, same with honey toast/bread.

As for the topic, I guess I'm pretty vanilla when it comes to food, mostly because there wasn't a whole lot of variety when I grew up.
 

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Hate to be stereotypical, but I can only image what kind of melted "cheese" Americans put on their toast.
I can't speak for the rest of the country, but my go-to cheeses are usually sharp cheddar, pepper jack, and smoked gouda. American cheese is fine if I'm just getting a burger or something and that's all they have (typically this means I'm hungover and getting fast food :lol:), but I'll typically get something else if it's an option and doesn't cost extra.
What I will say for the rest of the U.S. is that we don't just put cheese on toast. Butter or jelly/jam, sure, but cheese is reserved more for a burger, sandwich, omelette, burrito, stuff like that.
 

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Of course, there's good stuff and crap everywhere, it just feels like America is more used to eat liquid "cheese" out of a jar.
But to each their own, I guess. People these days hate ketchup, but a simple butter and ketchup bread - delicious; add a slice of bologna - delicious; pickle, cheese and mayonnaise black bread - delicious.
And in the grand scheme of things, stuff we eat here, especially foods from the Soviet era, would probably sound gross to the rest of the world. For example:
with some potatoes and horseradish or vinegar or mustard, mmmm...
 

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In some parts of the US, I think you're probably right, but subcultures can vary widely depending on where you are. I think a lot of people in California (though not everyone) might be slightly embarrassed to go to a grocery store and buy a jar or can of "cheez whiz." Restaurants here almost always have healthier options, calorie counts next to menu items, vegetarian/vegan dishes, stuff like that. But the mid-west and the south tend to be much less focused on healthier food options and dietary restrictions. There's still a problem with cheap, fast, and low quality foods throughout the country, but it's more pronounced in those areas. You can see that reflected in the state-by-state obesity rates.

Side note: I hate ketchup so much. Everyone here loves it. Maybe ketchup is different elsewhere (American ketchup contains a lot of sugar), but it's always felt like the condiment that you use to get kids who are picky eaters to actually eat their damn food. I will always maintain that ketchup ruins a good serving of french fries, and ketchup on eggs does severe and permanent damage to my soul.
 
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