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Foreigners Explain Which American Restaurants They've Always Wanted To Try

Foreigners Explain Which American Restaurants They've Always Wanted To Try
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As Americans, many of us take a lot of the food we have here for granted––especially the fast food! It's all so easily accessible! And, even better, much of it is pretty damn cheap, too. The marketing for these places is pretty aggressive and successful, too, which is why so many foreigners might want to eat at an Olive Garden (when we all know I wouldn't be caught dead in one).

People from around the world told us where they would like to eat after Redditor CrooklynKnight asked the online community,

"Non-USA Redditors, which American restaurants have you always wanted to try?"

"They kept calling it..."

"I was an exchange student in high school and also hosted multiple. All from Germany.

All of them had an obsession with Wendy's. I drove them after school every day. They also took like 5-pound bags of skittles home from Costco and found the place to be astonishing. They kept calling it the food IKEA."

nortrebyc

Food IKEA, huh? That's actually remarkably accurate. I love Costco more than any of the restaurants listed here.

"I can't wait..."

​"Just any old-fashioned road diner. I can't wait for my trip around the country and the diner stops."

​hornybutdisappointed

There's something about being in a diner that makes me remarkably happy. But be careful, there are tons of bad ones out there, too.

"I'm a big UNC fan..."

"Bojangles.

I'm a big UNC fan from the Philippines. I follow a lot of fans from North Carolina on Twitter, and they always talk about Bojangles."

thegreenbell

"I need to visit..."

"I need to visit a Krispy Kreme donut shop before I die."

Itsnotallaboutyou888

I mean... it's okay. The hubub over them in New York City was so weird to me. Then again, I'm not much of a person for sweets.

"I work as a call center agent..."

"Olive Garden. I work as a call center agent and when I ask U.S. customers security questions like, "What is your favorite restaurant?" everyone says Olive Garden. I've always been intrigued."

One-Laugh-Guy

"I have it on good authority..."

"Popeye's. I have it on good authority that their chicken is awesome."

Snerpahsner

Popeye's is my weakness. I am pretty good about keeping away from fast food generally but if there is an opportunity to get some Popeye's (and even better if someone else is paying), then I will go all out.

"I heard..."

"An American McDonalds. Why? Because they are different than here in the Netherlands. I heard they have different things, bigger portions and they are cheaper."

EvilAlicia

"It was a great day..."

"Five Guys Burgers & Fries.

It was a great day when I first visited the states and ordered my first gigantic burger, fries and soda. It really lived up to my expectations!"

joakims

I used to work across the street from one. It was truly magical. It just seems so much more expensive than other fast food joints! But I suppose the quality makes up for it.

"If there's one thing..."

"If there's one thing that America does very well, it's food. Personally, I've always wanted to try a genuine Philly cheesesteak."

Chapmeisterfunk

"Influenced by all the shows..."

"German here. Influenced by all the shows and movies I would love to go to one of those diners in the middle of nowhere getting some coffee poured, some burgers, or proper breakfast."

iLoveKled

You know what? I think some of our friends from abroad might end up very disappointed by some of these places, sad to say. But you know what? At least no one said Applebee's. Does it get more aggressively mediocre than that?

Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us in the comments below!


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Things People Secretly Love But Would Never Admit To In Public

Reddit user sweet_chick283 asked: 'What do you secretly love that you would never admit to in public?;

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What makes us all unique is our passions and the things we love, whether it's singing in the shower, reading books, or listening to specific music artists.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where we are judged for our various tastes and interests thanks to social media, and it makes us consciously selective about sharing the things we love on the internet.

Curious to hear about people's personal desires under anonymity, Redditor sweet_chick283 asked:

"What do you secretly love that you would never admit to in public?"

These aren't really chores for the following Redditors.

Good Clean Fun

"Mopping, im a janitor and generally hate my work... but damn mopping is so good."

– MrDDog06

"When you have a great rhythm going it is something special. I get the same feeling while I vacuum, but won’t let my wife know I enjoy it."

– Bogus_34

Act Of Unwrinkling

"Ironing clothes. A dozen of them. Can’t explain how it relaxes me. I told one person and they looked at me like I’m crazy."

– eerie_white_glow

"My mum misses the days when dad would be out on a Friday night, my brother out with friends and me upstairs quietly playing PS1. She would pour herself a Bacardi & Coke and do the ironing while watching her TV shows."

"I'm sure she doesn't really miss it now that we've moved out and they've retired but it was her wind-down after a busy working week so I can see how people can find it relaxing."

– xdq

Our solo actions can spark joy.

Big Brother Is Watching

"pretending to be on the Truman show and whenever im in my house i act all inconspicuous so they dont know that i know that they’re watching me."

– Bec_121

"C’mon man, you’re not supposed to let him know. You signed a contract when signing up for live views. I’m reporting you."

– doeswaspsmakehoney

The Multi-Tasker

"Playing video games naked at home while eating cheese."

– thickening_agent

Releasing The Kraken

"I love the feeling when you've eaten good fibre and let out a solid long train log in the toilet. That feeling is heavenly."

– therapoootic

"Even better when it’s a clean wipe and not a poo crayon."

– TheWarmestHugz

Ultimate Comfort

"My (male 41) weekend routine is coming home from work, make hot chocolate, start a fire, dress in a ugly pink nightgown made for old ladies and watch forensic files."

– crazyloomis

Some people are obsessed with collecting things.

So Kawai

"Sanrio stationery stores. All those different multicolor pens, a thousand kinds of erasers, spiral bound notebooks galore... my kids sadly have absolutely no appreciation for this wonderland..."

– HavingNotAttained

It's A Staple

"Office supplies have a weird, special place in my heart ever since I was a kid. They don't even have to be 'cute' necessarily."

"Japan's legendary stationery stores is unironically a reason I want to go."

– _CozyLavender_

Not Caring Anymore

"The older I get the shorter that list gets. Not because I love less things, but because I don't care about hiding it."

– Bi-Beast

"YES!! I'm 53 now. I'm working my first job in public since 2006. Today is Halloween and we're allowed to dress up so I am sitting here waiting to go to work dressed as a VERY bad Wednesday Addams. My bf said I'd 'look stupid' because no one else will probably dress up and I'm like, 'WHO CARES!' My makeup looks horrible and not like I practiced, but I DO NOT CARE! I'm having fun with it anyhow and I don't care if my coworkers dress up or not. I'm bein' ME! :)"

– deanie1970

Honorable mentions start here.

The Savior

"Picking up worms from the street and sidewalks when it rains and moving them into the dirt so they don’t burn in the sun, every time it rains I do this."

– sky_kitten89

Hero Of The Moment

"Yoooo I scoot SO many snails and worms. I work as a tech/mechanic at an automotive shop, I had a peoject car towed to my house the other day and it was covered in snails. I saw them when the tow guy/coworker was unloading and I was like, 'oh! It comes with free snails!' and began moving them. He laughed then realized and said, '... Oh, you're serious. Uh... Okay.'"

"I don't care who knows it. These little things barely can look out for themselves, why shouldn't we if we can take a moment to help? I don't care what happens next, it probably doesn't matter overall but I can help this moment."

– chris14020

Why should some of the hidden desires mentioned above have to be secret?

Redditors opening up about some of these would make them a hit at parties–no shaming.

As a matter of fact, I'll totally be down for a Forensic Files viewing party where we all make hot chocolate, light the fireplace, and cozy up together in our respective pink ugly nightgowns for old ladies.

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We've probably all heard some variation of the saying "Truth is stranger than fiction."

Real life isn't just strange, it can also be downright ridiculous.

History is riddled with moments of absurdity.

So ridiculous that people have a hard time believing real life is, well, really real.

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