- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
While driving into work this morning, i was remembering a comment I read about “canadian bacon”.. a girl commented afterwards FROM cananda laughing “that one gets me every time.” it made me think.. how many odd things are named for countries, that aren’t what they seem, or just sound silly. So i made this list.
I want you ladies and gents, especially those from foreign countries to tell me what these products are called in your countries (if they even exist at all!).. we americans are silly sometimes. 😉
I’ll start with an example:
American Cheese (processed, sometimes sold in individually wrapped slices) We DO call this American cheese in the USA. Is it available outside the USA? in france? or austraila? what do you call it there?
#2: English Muffin: Ladies in England … what do you call this there? and what do you consider a “krumpet”? they sell both here.. and look the same!
#3 Canadian Bacon: To us Americans, this is a round disk, tastes like ham!
#4 French Fries : My assumption is that they are just called “Fries” in france? or Potatoes? Or fried potatoes? and they are just called “chips” in Australia right?
#5 French Toast: Similar situation? Is this how you guys in france make “toast”? what is regular american looking toasted bread called? (bread, dipped in a batter of eggs and milkd and then put on a griddle)
#6: French Dressing: In the USA it’s an oil and vinegar based dressing, with Ketchup and sugar, Worcestershire sauce and paprika. Usually bright orange, or a lighter orange if it has mayonaise in it. What do you French women call this in france??
#7: Italian Dressing: Poured over salads. In the USA it’s made with water, vinegar or lemon juice, vegetable oil, chopped bell peppers, sugar, herbs and spices including oregano, garlic, fennel, dill and salt. As far as i know, in italy, it’s oil vinegar and salt? Does this other version even exist over there?
#8: Russian Dressing (also called Thousand-island dressing): Meant for sandwiches and salads. In the USA its made with mayonnaise and ketchup and sometimes horseradish, pimentos, or chives. What is the “dressing” in russia? does this exist?
#9 Irish Coffee: In America, it’s usually served after dinner, and is made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and topped with thick cream. Some bars will add creme-de-menthe on top. Does this exist in Ireland? What is it called there? just a coffee?
#10 Swiss Cheese: What is this hole-ridden cheese called in Switzerland? Does it even exist?
#11 English Breakfast Tea: In america… this is a just a simple black tea.. very much like our everyday tea. In England, is this a blend just for Breakfast? or is that a weird thing us Americans just liked to call it? is there a tea blend for the afternoon? or even dinner?
FEEL FREE TO ADD YOUR OWN! I’d LOVE to hear about ones from other countries that are called Amercian-somethings, or US-something. 🙂 I’d be happy to explai things to you too!