Foreigners Share Their Absolute Favorite U.S. Foods
Being in the U.S., us Americans tend to take our food for granted. You can get cheeseburgers and hot dogs left and right here, but they aren't quite the same when you go outside the states. Here are some of the best American foods, chosen by people foreign to the United States.
u/Two_Cigarettes asked: Non US Redditors, what is your favorite US food?
Waffle House is the restaurant for the gods.
I went to the US for a course once, and then after we closed for the day we went drinking, and after we were rather happy we ended up at a 24/7 place called Waffle House.
It is my spiritual home. When I die and go to heaven, that is where you will find me.
I'm stoked about peanut butter, and I'm American.Giphy
Idk if it's American, but peanut butter.
I brought peanut butter to my host family in Argentina and they were STOKED.
The correct answer.
Barbecue, proper low'n slow brisket, beef ribs etc etc. Fried chicken and waffles close second!
Canada has some good stuff too.
Anything that Canada doesn't have. Walking into a grocery store in the US gives me so much happiness lol.
American here, can you give some examples of things we have in grocery stores that you don't? I'm curious.
A lot of health food surprisingly, you can't get in Canada. My wife does keto and when we just go shopping at like Target or Walmart, there are tons of specifically keto foods, where in Canada you have to either go to a specialty store at a higher price, get a limited selection, or buy online.
In general though, it's mostly variety. Like you guys will have a ton of pop flavours, chip flavours, or cereals that we don't get. Energy drinks too, we mostly only get Monster and Rockstar here, I haven't seen Bawls or Jolt cola in years.
Not a grocery thing, but fast food is vastly different as well, even for chains we do have. I would say though, that sometimes ours is better, or at least just as good but just different. KFC is probably the biggest example, it tastes vastly different, and there are so many sides available in the States. It actually blew my mind when I realized most KFCs I've been to in the States don't even have fries, it's like biscuits or maybe potato wedges (we don't get either).
And then the variety of fast food restaurants in general. We get all the major ones, but there are some other franchises we don't have like Shake Shack, Carl's Jr/Hardees, any Taco franchise except Taco Bell and Chipotle, and there's no such thing as a cheap BBQ joint up here, we have some, but they're always considered like on the same level as craft breweries.
Denny's is the best.Giphy
When I went on a family holiday to San Francisco (we stayed with some friends of my dad in Oakland), we went to Denny's for every breakfast for 2 weeks.
Every morning I would have American pancakes stacked up, bacon and sausages, all covered in like a gallon of syrup.
I put on a stone in those 14 days.
Edit: Lol quite a response! It was my first ever trip to the US from the UK. I'm 30 now and it was 15 years ago. We went to Denny's every morning because it was just round the corner from our motel. I don't remember where we ate for lunch and dinner but Denny's was only for breakfast and I ate a lot! Just to clarify, the Denny's breakfast was not the sole contributor to me gaining a pound everyday lol, at lunch and dinner I ate loads too.
But you'll be pleased to know that since then, I have been back to the Bay Area 3 times where I stayed in Berkeley and never had a breakfast in Denny's again or a big chain diner.
With great power comes great bacon.
A Wendy's baconator I believe it's called...that's a powerful burger.
Anything that sounds like it's gonna travel through time to save the world's beef must be a hell of a burger.
Honey Buns. Good lord! They're so sweet, but PERFECT. I like them slightly squished. But, I'm not sure if that's because they've always come out of a suitcase, squeezed between clothes. I could eat 6 with a coffee.
Microwave it for like 7 seconds.
Really!!! I just had to take a second and steady myself, what have you done? Lol
Meatloaf can be amazing.Giphy
Hamburgers, no doubt. There's tons of foods that I consider even more American that we just don't have where I live, like meatloaf and corndogs. I'm really curious about those.
Me too, tbh.
Not really a food bit I have a mighty Reese cups habit.
Have you ever had the Big Cup? It is like a bigger Reese's Cup but with a higher peanut butter to chocolate ratio.
My favorite food!
Learned how to properly do one last year and - Oooweee!
Deep fried Oreos are the BEST.Giphy
Corn dogs, or fair food, last time I was in the US I tried a deep fried Oreo, holy crap I was skeptical but totally worth it.
Reeses, no joke. love those buggers.
I was in the US when I was 17 and honestly, microwaved pizza is gross, why do you have that? But REESES, God help me, Reeses make me weak.
Gotta love Shake Shack.
A Shake Shack burger for sure, the are so good.
Those burgers are heavenly.Giphy
In-N-Out burgers for sure.
Also creamy peanut butter. It's not a common food in France!
Chicken makes me cry too.
Fried chicken... idk if it's a US food or not but when I tried KFC for the first time I almost cried.
People Confess How They Really Feel About Open Relationships
*Content warning: suicide*
The concept of an open relationship is nothing new.
It's just that nobody really spoke of it so openly in the past.
Now people are openly discussing whether monogamy suits them in modern times.
Redditor Jakubeu101 was wondering how people really felt about relationships with more than one lover, so they asked:
"What do you think about open relationships?"
It's certainly not for everyone, especially those who have a tendency to get jealous.
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"Tried it for a year. Didn't work. It's perpetual dating which is the worst. Then they get jealous."
"All the hassle of 2 (or more) relationships needs to be something everyone involved needs to be okay with. It can be done correctly by couples that really know how to communicate and are strong in conflict resolution. (Usually this also means starting in an open relationship and not opening up later on) Unfortunately many couples use 'opening up the relationship' as a solution to avoid the need to communicate better. Those are doomed from the beginning."
"My parents have been together for 40 years, married for 36. A couple weeks ago we went and stayed with one of my dad's childhood friends. As the wine got flowing, she regaled the rest of us with various stories of the shenanigans they got up to with their other friends. My mom was having the time of her life hearing all these stories she'd never heard before. (this was northern Wisconsin in the early 80s, lots of teenage drunken shenanigans)."
"Not for me, but I don't care if everyone's a consenting adult and no one is taken advantage of. The issue IMHO is that if you go from monogamous to open it is shifting the relationship in ways that rarely work, but if you come at it from the start there's decent chances of making it work."
All of It
"I think the idea that you've learned everything and there's nothing else new to know about a person is the first problem. I was in a polyamorous relationship for about a year and even to the end of it was constantly learning things about my partners, their SOs etc."
"I'm now monogamous and married, and years down the road I'm still learning things about my partner. They've lived a whole life before me, it will be many many years before I know 'everything' about them."
"I think it’s one of those things where both partners have to be 100% on board with what it means. There can’t be jealousy and you have to be ok with the idea of your partner sleeping with more people than you possibly. I think most people who consider an open relationship don’t really think about it means so it inevitably fails."
It's not for everybody. Emotions in check first.
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"I'm in one. Going strong almost 8 years. Requires a ton of communication. Also, what counts as an open relationship varies wildly and the boundaries/rules are determined by the people within the relationship. There is no one size fits all."
"I met a guy on tinder that was in an open marriage. We went on a few dates, one of which I was surprised to meet his wife and kids."
"They seemed like a happy family, very content with their arrangement. I enjoyed getting to know the guy, but he started to get impatient with how slowly I was moving. I wasn’t comfortable moving forward physically, so we decided to end it. Fast forward a year later, and he ended up committing suicide."
"His wife wasted no time posting online about how awful he was to her. It seems their 20-year open relationship was his game of control. He was a cheater and an abusive husband. I carry some guilt knowing he used me to upset her, and I sat there with a stupid smile on my face."
"Tried it, she screwed some dudes and when I picked up started getting jealous. Most open couples aren't really open. Usually someone wants it (or just wants to cheat without guilt) and someone's getting dragged into, pretending it's okay. Very few true open relationships, it's proven by how many last more than a year."
Doing It All
"My husband and I did it...very enthusiastically... For about 6 years. We made the decision to try it after 24 years of marriage and because neither of us had had any other partners before we met. For us it was a fantastic experience. We never had issues with jealousy but we had a very strong relationship with a high degree of trust. We definitely saw a lot of marriages fail due to those issues."
"Eventually we sort of... faded out of it tho. It is just a lot of work. Finding people with the right chemistry-the on line dating scenes, going to the clubs, the meet up's that don't always work: it's exhausting. But for us it was definitely worth it. And if my hubby came to me tomorrow saying that he'd met someone he'd like to screw, I'd still be cool with it."
"I personally hate them because of an ex. I was pressured to make our relationship open for months, and I really didn't want to. That wasn't the kind of relationship I wanted to have. I later then found out that she was pushing so hard because she was already sleeping with other guys and wanted a 'guilt free' way to cheat on me, and ended up sleeping with three other people that I am aware of."
"Generally I don't mind them if that's what you want and all parties are okay with that situation. I have a friend who does that and he's never been happier in terms of a relationship with someone. But I will refuse to ever do an open relationship with anyone."
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"I'm genuinely not a fan, i prefer monogamy as I feel a much closer bond can be created between two people rather than a group. however that is not how it is for everyone."
You do you.
Just be honest and really communicate how you're feeling and the boundaries you feel comfortable with.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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Things People Will Never Understand No Matter How Many Times Someone Explains Them
We can have some things explained something over and over and over, and the details may never stick.
It doesn't mean we're dumb, not everything is meant to click.
Maybe you're more inclined to English and history, so science and math elude you. Or vice versa.
Redditor CodeBlackGoonit wanted to know what aspects of life will probably forever drive us crazy, so they asked:
"What's something you still don't understand even after many different people explain it to you?"
Math, science, love. I give up trying to figure it out.
"How to properly fold a fitted sheet."
"It’s pretty straight forward. Pretend to fold it up for 20 minutes, then just shove it somewhere."
"Think about describing something's location. 3d world is X, Y, and Z. So you could say 'My keys are on the table, 10 ft in from the front door, 5 ft to the left, and 3ft off the ground.'"
"But you go look, and they're not there. So, add a 4th dimension to your description, when were they there? Things move about in space over a period of time; time is that fourth dimension."
"The Krebs Cycle."
"In 8 years of higher education, I had to regurgitate and draw the Kreb's cycle on tests probably 15 times or so. I had to temporarily re-learn it every time. I still couldn't draw it today. You need to understand the concept, but the individual steps of the process are something most people will never need to remember."
"Math. Just anything more than the basics and my brain turns to mash."
"If it's a problem for you, look into getting tested for dyscalculia. I was diagnosed with it a few years ago and it was such a relief finding out that I'm not less intelligent, I'm not stupid or slow. That there's actually a reason. I wish they were aware of it all the years I was struggling in school. But I'm happy for the kids growing up now that they might have better access to proper help in those classes."
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"There's nothing to understand. They're just another Ponzi scheme, but this time each token has a URL attached to it. They are made of hype."
These NFTs. Who thought this was a good idea?
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"The stock market."
"Owning very small slices of a company. As the company's value goes up or down, so does the value of the individual slices. Some slices also pay out a share of the profits to the 'owners' (dividends)."
"The Monty Hall Problem."
"Do this experiment with a friend. Have them shuffle a full deck of cards, and then have you draw one face down."
"Then, have them look through every single card in the deck for the ace of spades. If they find the ace of spades, select it and place it face down. If they don’t find the ace of spades, instead select a random card and put it face down. Put the rest of the deck aside."
"Now, one of you has the ace of spades. Who is more likely to have it: you, who picked blindly from the full deck, or your friend, who got to see every single card in the deck except yours? I think after a few trials, you will very quickly see why the odds are not 50/50."
"The greater than/less than signs, <>. I can't read them and am always confused as to which is what. Honestly don't care anymore, I made it this far this long without understanding them so I don't want to know now. But a lot of people still try to explain it to me, the alligator mouth really confuses me even more."
"How a dvd works. Or how a record player works, for that matter. Like how does it transfer the little grooves to make… sound and light? Black magic."
"DVDs are pits and hills, and it's all 1s and 0s. So it's just reading a file off of the disc, which is usually a video format, similar to an MP4."
"Vinyls have the sound waveform melted into them, the needle vibrates to recreate the sound. That's the gist of it. One complication is that highs are over emphasized and lows are deemphasized, and the turntable runs the sound through an RIAA filter to get the correct sound."
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"It was supposed to be an educational tool about how capitalism and private property ownership funnel wealth into the hands of a wealthy few, at the expense of the working class. Then a corporation copied it, rebranded that as a good thing and sold it as entertainment."
"People who don't make a lot who blow all of their money on stupid things that make it look like they have money, rather than actually getting themselves ahead."
"Can explain. Grew up poor. When the basics are (barely) covered, anything else left is seen as extra or feel good money so it is spent accordingly."
I will never get Monopoly. And I no longer care to.
Do you have anything to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.
People Explain Which Things Scream 'I'm A Bad Parent'
It's hard to imagine for someone who didn't live it, but not everyone grew up with a kind and loving childhood home.
So much so, Redditors were able to fill a whole Reddit thread with examples of bad parenting, some of which are startling.
Redditor FiForYourAttention asked:
"What screams 'I'm a bad parent'?"
"I don't know if this really screams it, but I absolutely hate when adults tell other adults their children’s shameful secrets for no reason. Even strangers! It tells me those children probably don’t feel like they can trust their parents."
"I had a pretty horrible thing happen to me during my senior year of high school. I called my mom sobbing, and the next day I found out she told her two best friends and multiple teacher friends of hers. I also found out she and my older sister were laughing about it with each other."
"I never tell her anything anymore. At least anything important."
"Zero interest in the kid. Doesn’t care what they do or what happens to them as long as they don’t inconvenience them."
Lack of Accountability
"Never saying sorry to the kid when the parents make a mistake."
Break into Teams
"Triangulation. After the divorce, one of our parents immediately weaponized our relationship against the other. I’m 32 and still unweaving all of the details in my brain."
"My mother used to get up in my face and yell at me for trivial things. She would also spit on me while yelling."
"Yelling at a kid is traumatic for the kid. Don’t do it. There are better ways to communicate than yelling."
"I volunteer at and have had student placements at a children’s hospital and we’ve had patients with serious brain injuries due to abuse (shaking, attempted drowning, etc.). So yeah I’d say those parents are pretty bad."
"Your own children being afraid of you, no child should be afraid of the person that looks after them nearly 24/7."
"I really don't think it clicks till adolescence either when you look back and realize that you really were terrified of your father 24/7 as a child."
"Or it's weird when you realize that not all children hate their fathers."
The Blame Game
"Blaming your own mistakes and regrets on your kids."
"Or living vicariously through your children because of your own mistakes and regrets."
"Saying the same things over and over again like, 'You're such a disappointment' and 'I wish I had a daughter instead' and 'You ruined my and you're mother's sex life.' This is stuff I heard for years."
Disregarding Mental Health
"Saying 'You're too young to be depressed' and ignoring red flags from mental illnesses."
"Invalidating your child's feelings, struggles, and/or mental illness in favor of 'you don't know what struggling really is' or some form of 'back in my day' or 'you kids are so weak.'"
"You have just robbed your child of support, told them their feelings do not matter and informed them that you are not a safe person to confide in."
Punishing Adult Children
"Punishing adult children when they don't do everything you say by silent treatment or nasty texts... and days later acting like nothing happened and saying , 'You never let go of things.'"
Never Going Home Again
"Your kids never visiting once they move out or go to college."
"Ironically, never thinking you're a bad parent."
These examples will bring back dark memories for some.
Hopefully there will be another Reddit post where people describe what positive parenting looks like.
As much as we think we can get along with everyone, that's not always the case.
There are certain types of people you gravitate toward and making a connection with them is easy. But there are also those with specific personality traits you know very well to steer clear from.
Try as we might, we can't be friends with everyone. The best we can do is be the best version of ourselves and stay within a community of people who you vibe with.
Curious to hear from the types of people strangers online prefer keeping a distance from, Redditor KnownNormie asked:
"What type of person could you never be friends with?"
Some people like in the following examples should be put in their place.
Too Many Theatrics
"Someone who constantly makes everything dramatic."
"Someone who obviously doesn't care about anyone's boundaries."
Embracing The Dark
"Those who think its cool and edgy to be negative about everything."
How can people who think the world revolves around them expect to maintain or gain friendships?
All About Me
"Self centered people."
"Yeah, that gets old really fast. I am a reformed one upper. I would also interrupt people. I was hard to take when I was younger. I didn’t learn to STFU until I was forced to take a sales job and discovered just how crap I was socially. The last twenty years I’ve gotten a lot better and now enjoy listening to other people’s stories more than telling my own."
Not My Problem
"The one who always blame others."
We could all benefit from personal growth.
They Wait For Life To Happen
"Someone who doesn’t want to learn more about life and its intricacies. I only want friends who think deeply about things and can have varied conversations on religion, politics, the world, and all of life. This life is too vast and insane not to seek depth in it.
Don't Take Life Too Seriously
"Someone who is always serious and can't take a joke. As well as someone who gets offended on the behalf of others."
These are hard "no's."
You Can Bet Your Life On It
"a serial killer."
All Creatures Great And Small
"Someone who doesn't like animals."
It's complicated to categorize exactly the kind of person I would prefer to not to be friends with, but I know that one of my biggest pet peeves that can jeopardize how much effort I put into all kinds of relationships is a person's lack of punctuality.
It says a lot about an individual who is perpetually late outside of an acceptable window between 5 and 15 mins–with a heads up about their tardiness.
If they're always punctual in regards to work obligations and business meetings but very late to meeting up with you for a coffee date, you're clearly not important enough for them to make an effort to avoid keeping you waiting.
And I got no time for that.