lucy24 - 1:27 am on Jul 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
we all eat crappy food and drink horrible beer
Well, it's hard to argue with the beer part. EU rules may have changed this, but it used to be that when you bought imported beer in an American liquor store it was likely to be labeled "export quality". This does not mean it was extra-super-good. It meant it could not legally be sold as beer in its country of origin.
For food, as I said, look at any 17th-centry cookbook. They're simply speaking a different culinary language. Rumor has it the English have finally overcome their deadly fear of garlic, but it was a hard battle.
I read a British novel (you could tell it was genuinely British because they committed horrible blunders like using "Californian" as an adjective) where the characters went to an American restaurant. Not a restaurant in America. An "American" restaurant, as you might go to an Italian or Chinese place. They ate
:: digging into memory ::
well, it was something like: clam chowder; fried chicken; peach cobbler.
The next day they went to an Indian restaurant, where they had rasam sambar, tandoori chicken and finally bhapa doi. I made up that part.
What's wrong with Jack cheese? Every country has its generic light cheese. Possibly you're thinking of American cheese. (That is its actual name. It comes in individual plastic-wrapped slices. You eat the plastic and throw away the cheese.)