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Peter Martin
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Posted: 30 June 2022 at 11:58pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Thought it might be fun to talk about some foods that are peculiar to where you come from or where you live. Feel free to name up to five food or drinks that represent your town, area or country -- and what you think of them!

[Don't worry if someone else has already mentioned what you wanted to talk about... Multiple entries tell us something.]

I spent the first thirty-something years of my life in England, which doesn't have a particularly unique cuisine. I come from the south coast, near the border of Dorset and Hampshire... so I'm going to have to say for my first dish:

1. Fish and chips, which is not peculiar to where I come from, but is as close to a national dish as England has and is naturally very popular on the coast. The fish has to be fried cod. The chips fat as you like. All drenched in malt vinegar.

2. Local brew: Ringwood best bitter

3. I now live in Nova Scotia. A really rather odd food here is Fundy Dulse, an extremely salty, dried seaweed.

4. Canada's national cocktail: the Caesar. Like a Bloody Mary, but with Clamato instead of tomato juice. They go crazy for it here...

5. This isn't my thing, but I mention it for science: the Donair. It's like a doner kebab, but made with beef instead of pork/lamb and with a sweet sauce made from condensed milk, vinegar, sugar and garlic.

Tell us about the foods that come from your neck of the woods!
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I live in Shanghai, China. Peculiar foods are the norm here. 

Some things I have tried and seen:

1. Stomach and appendix soup
2. Fried pig anus
3. Duck tongue
4. Boiled goat's head
5. Deep fried frog on a stick

Have a lot more examples but will stick with five. Lots of food in China is...unique. 
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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 01 July 2022 at 3:47am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

How does fried pig anus compare to fried calamari rings?  Similar?
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Nope. The picture looked interesting and I thought it must be the usual Chinglish you see everywhere but it really was fried pig anus. Very rubbery and chewy. Not something I ever ordered again. 
I will usually try things once over here because sometimes you are pleasantly surprised but usually you regret trying it after the first taste. 
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One item in the last decade or so that has become very popular in the US is
Deep Fried Pickle Chips. Everyone seems to love them, but, I cannot fathom
why…..not for me.
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Fried pig anus sounds like a specialty dish. After all, there’s only one per pig!
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One of my great-aunts helped develop Thousand Islands Dressing up here in the Thousand Islands region of New York. So, yes, it's named for an 'actual place'.

(At least, that's one version of how it came about. Some attribute actress May Irwin with coming up with it, but my great aunt was a cook at a local eatery that fed fishermen coming in from the daily catch on a daily basis, so many locals tend to go with that version)

I can't stand the shit >blech< Gimme regular Italian dressing any day.
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Trevor Smith
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Posted: 01 July 2022 at 2:10pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

As already mentioned by Peter, the classic Nova Scotia
donair and ditto dulse. I also think of fiddleheads as
being particular to Nova Scotia, but I'm sure they grow
elsewhere. Maybe Digby scallops as well? I'm trying to
think of a beverage to round out the list, but I can't
really come up with anything truly Nova Scotian.
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Connecticut (USA) is apparently the home of the steamed cheeseburger. I grew up a couple towns from where it was invented, but didn't know about it until I was an adult.

It's a tasty, albeit extremely moist and gooey cheeseburger. They cook 'em in little drawers in a steam cabinet. Beef in one side, globs of melted cheddar in the other. Plop one of each on a bun and you're ready to party.
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Plenty of ferns in the New Forest where I grew up, but I'd never across fiddleheads as a food before I came to NS. Looking it up online, it seems they are eaten in various places around the world, so not unique to Atlantic Canada, but certainly plays a part of the gastronomic character of the Maritimes.

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I live in southwest Ohio so...Cincinnati style chili! It's
funny to me that it's so polarizing and so specifically
regional. If you travel more than about 40 miles from
Cincinnati it seems completely unheard of and foreign.
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I’m from the Bay Area, so our avocado egg rolls are about as crazy as it gets, but my town has several farmers and ranchers, and there was a restaurant downtown serving bull testicles not too long ago. They’re off the menu now. 
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