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Just like the items and behaviors that are easily defined as "American," there are some activities and mindsets that are distinctly "European."

From castles to coffee culture, to an overall dismissal of "hustle culture," this combination of characteristics will leave zero doubts in a person's mind that they have entered a European country.

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Many cultures and countries are associated with a specific food or dish.

Most people won't visit England without having fish and chips at least once, while others dream of having authentic Spanish paella.

This leaves one to question, does the United States have a food synonymous with their culture?

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and french fries tend to come to mind.

Foods that interestingly have their origins, or at least their inspirations, from elsewhere.

Thus begging the question: what is the food which defines America in one bite?

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It's easy for Americans who haven't traveled outside the country to assume citizens in other parts of the world have access to the same amenities offered in the US.

But people who were not born in the States know very well how what a world of difference life in North America is compared to where they've come from.

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While people try their best to be pleasant, sometimes we are so wrapped up in our own worlds that we don't realize some of our behaviors or actions aren't appreciated by everyone.

Things like talking on the phone in a public place or listening to music without headphones have become so normal that people don't always realize others may be irritated by this behavior.

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Different parts of the world are characterized by diversity and culture.

It's what makes us all unique.

But sometimes, it's those differences that can seem perplexing to those who don't have an open mind.

And instead of trying to be enlightened by foreign customs that are "normal", they can be perceived as "strange" or "weird" by outsiders.

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