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Polish vs american food


shoebox8402  
19 Jun 2007 /  #1
I am writing a paper for school and am wondering what people think the main differences are between polish and american food. Help?
slwkk 2 | 228  
19 Jun 2007 /  #2
Polish - healthy, American - unhealthy and making you big :D sorry, but that people thinks :)
shewolf 5 | 1,077  
19 Jun 2007 /  #3
What is American food? In America we have food from all over the world just like people.
OP shoebox8402  
19 Jun 2007 /  #4
I mean how do you think native poles define american food? Do they think it is all hamburgers and pizza like sometimes presented in the media? DO they think its unhealthy or extravagant?
shewolf 5 | 1,077  
19 Jun 2007 /  #5
Just by reading what people say it does seem that they think all Americans eat fast food but it's not true. If we all ate like that we would all be dead. We have a wide variety of foods available to us which includes seafood, vegetables and fruits which many of us have daily. Even at the fast food restaurants there are salads and a variety of healthier alternatives which many people prefer. Otherwise, they wouldn't sell that stuff.
OP shoebox8402  
19 Jun 2007 /  #6
Do you think a polish person coming to america for the first time would feel overwhelmed by different foods the way I would probably feel if I went to poland, even though I have eaten some polish food. DO you think we have alot of dishes in the US that they wouldn't eat in Poland?
slwkk 2 | 228  
19 Jun 2007 /  #7
People opinions are based on movies like 'Super Size Me', and yeah... many thinks you eat only fast foods, all_kind_burgers or fish and chips + coca cola is always must :D

oh, and turkey on Thanksgiving Day :D
sledz 23 | 2,250  
19 Jun 2007 /  #8
I havent ate a Mc Donalds in years, with all the good restaurants we have,

you would have to be nuts to eat there
krysia 23 | 3,058  
19 Jun 2007 /  #9
I havent ate a Mc Donalds in years

We're not talking about eating the clown here, right?
shewolf 5 | 1,077  
19 Jun 2007 /  #10
I took a day trip recently and stopped at a McDonald's and their food is actually good now. They've really improved it. I can see why people get addicted.
sledz 23 | 2,250  
19 Jun 2007 /  #11
We're not talking about eating the clown here, right?

Ronald Mc donald or the Hamburgler?

took a day trip recently and stopped at a McDonald's and their food is actually good now

Really??? You have to come here someday and I`ll show you some good

Polish and Italian restaurants
horunPoland - | 109  
20 Jun 2007 /  #12
DO you think we have alot of dishes in the US that they wouldn't eat in Poland?

You won't feel lost in Poland in area of food we have also pizzas hamburgers and other US food.
Original polish food is fresf very often you must cook it many hours (ex. Bigos) americans prefer other style : fast food (not only unhealthy food)

that is main different i suppose
BornInTheUSA 2 | 41  
26 Jun 2007 /  #13
Well, when I was in Krakow a few years ago, I was amazed at how many polish people at at McDonalds, especially when you can have a really decent lunch or dinner for nearly the same price anywhere in the old center! If it wasn't for a whiney dutch person who only ate what he already knew, I'd *never* have stepped in the joint.

That said, yes - I do hear McD's is healthier now. But if I recall there was a great deal of junk food there too - kebab, huge plates of meat and hardly any veggies. Let's not talk about the salads - a fresh salad bar doesn't exist there, at least not like back in Colorado or California. And there were plenty of overweight polish men and women there too, to back-up this up.

The point is, if you're going to only see one segment of the people, and then generalize to support that assumption, you're going to miss out on all the other wonderful variations out there. Let's not generalize, m'kay?

Now - what to eat? There is a great influence on the culture and kitchen based on where you go. The East Coast, for example - go to New York City and you can have VERY good polish, italian, chinese, jewish/kosher and russian restaurants. Jersey City has strong polish and italian connections. Go farther south, and you start entering english, french and the southern cooking. Go west and there's more french/bayou, mexican and tex-mex. Head to the coast and then you get the influence from the pacific rim: japanese, thai, korean, in addition to some spectacular mexican food.

Can LA produce a bagel or pierogie as good as you'll find in NYC? Not a chance. Can Jersey City do sushi as well as San Francisco? I don't think so. Local kitchens and imported talent flavor the States, and picking the right kitchen means learning about the people who emigrated there and discovering the love of food they brought with them.

Where you headed in the US? Maybe that's a start...?
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
26 Jun 2007 /  #14
Good post Born.... You've nailed our reginal food availability.

americans prefer other style : fast food (not only unhealthy food)

An example not having a clue about what Americans eat :) Love it.

Orginal polish food is fresf very often you must cook it many hours (ex. Bigos

We call it Chili :) We also like long cooked dishes or roasts.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
26 Jun 2007 /  #15
aint being funny or nuffink like but must say that i find the food from both countries a little heavy on the stomach...
BornInTheUSA 2 | 41  
26 Jun 2007 /  #16
Thanks Fisz! Hey - you're from Jersey! I was originally born in Jersey City and then lived in Cheesequake and Princeton before moving west. Then really, really east (NL).. :)

Chili - hmmm! I make a great western chili...makes teflon sticky and all that.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
26 Jun 2007 /  #17
I make a great western chili

Nothing beats a good slow cooked chili :) We do have som fantastic Polish food here in NJ....not only mine :) Ha...and I'm not even Polish.

lived in Cheesequake

I've just been to the rest stop on the Parkway :) Nice that way though. I'm showing my sweetie from pL the fantastic food you can get around here and she's loving it so far.

How do you like living in the Netherlands?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
26 Jun 2007 /  #18
well... as we chat i am being cooked crepes with blue cheese and spinich sauce oh yes indeedy... washed down with at least one bottle of exceeding fine red... from australia... imported especially... via the uk... then strawberries for those who have room... and then the gentlemen will retire to the smoking room whilst the women busy themselves with the washing up...

... splendid...
BornInTheUSA 2 | 41  
26 Jun 2007 /  #19
I returned to Cheesequake back in 2002 - it's so completely different now. Al the farms have been replaced with strip malls and developments. Glad I got out when I did...

How do you like living in the Netherlands?

It's pretty good - nice way of life, perhaps the best place I've ever seen to raise kids. A bit overpopulated (17M in an area roughly three times the size of Jersey) but it's taught me patience. Americans need a dose occasionally. ;) The women though - meh. Dated a few over the years, came close to marrying one, but somewhat selfish and untrustworthy.

But that's for another forum... ;)

well... as we chat i am being cooked crepes with blue cheese and spinich sauce oh yes indeedy... washed down with at least one bottle of exceeding fine red... from australia...

Hm - I've made a stir fry and am washing it down with an Old Speckled Hen ale, imported from England. :)

Hey - could have been worse. Could have been Heineken.
shewolf 5 | 1,077  
26 Jun 2007 /  #20
Well, when I was in Krakow a few years ago, I was amazed at how many polish people at at McDonalds, especially when you can have a really decent lunch or dinner for nearly the same price anywhere in the old center!

Could it be that the food is served faster at McDonald's and they're in a hurry? That's one thing that makes McDonald's and other fast food places so popular in the US. When you go to a restaurant you have to wait forever for your food.

We're fortunate to have fast food places here that offer healthy alternatives like Yoshinoya that serves rice, vegetables and seafood, or Pollo Loco that serves grilled chicken and vegetables, and Subway Sandwiches that has vegetarian sandwiches.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
26 Jun 2007 /  #21
Old Speckled Hen ale

Pretty tasty ale. We like it here too.

You should read some of these posts about Amrican beer. You'll laugh. Being from NJ you know the amt of micro brews we have and the fact that e can get anything.

I hear the McDonalds tastes better in EU. I didn't bother eating fast food in PL, so I don't know.

Yoshinoya

s that fast Japanese? LOL wow. I saw fast Italian in Florida. They served wine too.
BornInTheUSA 2 | 41  
26 Jun 2007 /  #22
Pollo Loco that serves grilled chicken and vegetables

Heh - we have a place called Poco Loco in Amsterdam that claims to have authentic mexican food. They are ill-informed.

and Subway Sandwiches that has vegetarian sandwiches

And we just got one of those too! Even though I come from the part of the US with real submarine sandwiches, I welcome the coming of our new turkey-based sammich leaders.
sledz 23 | 2,250  
26 Jun 2007 /  #23
Could it be that the food is served faster at McDonald's and they're in a hurry? That's one thing that makes McDonald's and other fast food places so popular in the US.

Please dont tell me you go to Jack in the box...bla

They closed down the ones in Chicago years ago for serving Horse meat.

I know there still out there on the West coast.
beckski 12 | 1,617  
26 Jun 2007 /  #24
They closed down the ones in Chicago years ago for serving Horse meat.

You mean they were feeding the public Mr. Ed? That's disgusting!

Unfortunately, Jack-in-the-Box grease pits are still located throughout Southern Cali.
sledz 23 | 2,250  
26 Jun 2007 /  #25
When I was a kid they were everywhere here, then they closed them all down

pretty sick huh?.... I`m sure they keep a eye on them out there.

I like In and out Burger... too bad there not in the midwest
Goonie 8 | 242  
26 Jun 2007 /  #26
how bout superdawg sledz :)

or portillos... Mmmmmm I'm gettin hungry just thinkin bout it
sledz 23 | 2,250  
26 Jun 2007 /  #27
Yeah Superdawg is just down the street from me
I went there about a week ago :)

Portillos has the best Double Cheeseburgers ever!
Moon - | 44  
26 Jun 2007 /  #28
vegetarian sandwiches.

These have become my favorite type of sandwich! I like them because they are lighter. There is a great local chain [Erbert & Gerberts] that makes the best one of it's kind--or on the way there. It's special because it has a great avocodo spread... oohh I think this might be the wrong thread for me to be in now... I'm getting hungry now.
BornInTheUSA 2 | 41  
27 Jun 2007 /  #29
There is a great local chain [Erbert & Gerberts] that makes the best one of it's kind--or on the way there

I guess that's local to Chicago. *sigh!* What I wouldn't do for a decent deli sandwich.

If you're in Berlin (it can happen) behind the Alexanderplatz is Dolores Burritos, the closest thing I'll find to a decent californian-style wrap here in europe. I'm thinking of a trip to Katowice in the coming month or two, and maybe I'll make it a stopover just to grab a burrito...

Desperate times, desperate measures...

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