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#61 of 87 Old 05-13-2008, 07:09 PM
 
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Our town in Japan is known for a couple things:

1. The Sasebo Hamburger. A huge flat hamburger loaded with bacon, a fried egg, tomato, lettuce, and so much mayo it runs out the sides with every bite (they love mayo here).

2. Agodashi Ramen. A soup made from the flying fish. Its delicious.

3. Zenzai: a dessert soup made from sweet adzuki beans. Then they take grilled fresh mochi and use them as "dumplings". I love it, it's wonderful in the wintertime.

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Pecans! :

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Well, let's see.......

We have "Crane's Pie Pantry" which also has a u-pick orchard for cherries, apples, & raspberries. Known for their homemade pies, sandwiches & cider made on the premises.

We have "Fenn Valley Winery".

and.....we have a restaurant called "Journeyman" which received a write up in Gourmet Magazine last year.

And we recently had a company that makes gelato move here from the tourist town a few miles away.......which also is the home of one of the authors of "The Silver Palette Cookbook".

So naturally, with all this gourmet abundance, our busiest place to dine is........Subway & the Tastee Freez.
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oh we are pretty much just known for booze. Any kind of booze. On and Ethel M chocolates.
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Where I am now: pizza and bagels

Where I'm from and will soon be returning: Tex-Mex, Whole Foods (the grocery store chain)
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I live on the Jersey Shore, and I suppose we are best known for our "steamers" which are steamed clams. I used to love them, but ever since I had my DD 3 years ago they make sick.
I lived on the Jersey Shore for awhile years back, I loved "Steamers"!!! I lived near Somers Point, summers were so fun!......My mouth is watering...
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Catnip- hey neighbor! I was trying to think of something for Sacramento but like you said, nothing really specific!

But I grew up in Baltimore, MD. A few things that come to mind:

-Blue crabs, steamed with Old Bay. yum-yum!
-Snow balls. I try to explain these to people and they just don't get it. But it is basically crushed/shaved ice with flavored syrup on top. You can also get marshmallow creme on top. My favorite is old fashioned egg custard flavor with marshmallow creme. Some other flavors are skylite, tutty fruity, bubble gum..ect..
-Berger cookies. Cake like vanilla cookies covered in a fudge frosting. Oh so good!
-Utz crab chips. Potato chips with old bay seasoning.

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Here is a great article on snowballs for those who are interested:

http://www.citypaper.com/bob/story.asp?id=8153


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-Utz crab chips. Potato chips with old bay seasoning.
These are soooooo good. We vacation at the Outer Banks, and they sell these (probably one of the farthest places south they sell them). They are such a vacation treat for us that I look forward to them all year!

I also love snowballs. Someone from "up north" had moved in to my hometown when I was a kid and opened a stand. I still remember how good they were!
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I was back in Baltimore, MD last week for my Grandfather's funeral and I went for a large snowball with marshmallow. I was thinking it was a good thing I can't get them locally because I think I would eat one every day!

I also munched on crab chips and berger cookies. Probably a good thing those aren't a daily occurrence either, lol.

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I live in southwestern Oklahoma, and the next town over is known for their rattlesnake that they serve up at a yearly festival. *shudders and barfs*

I'm from the Albany NY area, and when I think of local food there, it's apples, apple cider, and cider donuts. Mmmmm. There are lots of corn fields, too. Nothing too exciting, but I had no idea there were parts of the country without fresh cider until I moved away!
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I live in Cleveland, Oh where we have a large polish population.

I think pierogi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierogi) is our local dish.

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I'm in Ottawa, and I'd have to say that it's Beaver Tails (Dough, stretched into the shape of a beaver's tail, deep fried, then coated in cinnamon, sugar and lemon). They are delicious!
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deviled crab and cuban sandwiches.

chiffles plantain chips.

(I'm in Tampa, FL)
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chinook salmon
pine mushrooms


I am in NW British Columbia...
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Well, living in Bavaria, near Munich, I am in some kind if culinary eldorado for foreigners

We have bratwurst, real(!) pretzles, white Radi (radish), Weißwurst, yummy sweet mustard, delicious confections of pastry like Kaiserschmarrn, Pfannkuchen, crullers, Kaesespaetzle , .... Man, am I hungry now!!
And -how can I dare to forget!- BEER! What would Bavaria be without all its monastaries that founded the tradition to brew beer. *yum* I am going to drink a delicious ice cold beer for dinner tonight

VikingKvinna - this is culinary eldorado, isn't it?! :

EDIT to add - how *dare* I forget the world famous OKTOBERFEST that happens every year in Munich!!? Munich is just 30mins by car from me, my family+friends live there so it's like 'round the corner for me to pay it a visit
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Hot wieners, coffee milk, Del's lemonade, Sam Adam's, and this isn't a "food" but it sure is a staple- my FAVORITE burger joint evah' is Haven Brother's

http://www.boston.com/travel/explore..._it_a_hot_dog/

http://www.quahog.org/attractions/index.php?id=5

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baked beans, Kelly's Roast Beef (I live down the road from the original), lobster rolls, fried clams and Sam Adams:
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I was just reading about food festivals and I thought it would be fun to share what our cities or regions are famous (or infamous, or not so famous!) for.

My hometown is the buckwheat capital, and back in the 80s they made the world's largest pancake. They have the skillet propped up outside the old mill to this day.

Now I live in Rochester, home of the garbage plate.

We also have a lot of wineries in the Finger Lakes, to the south of us (I've worked at two of them -- fun jobs! ).

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the garbage plate really sounds awful!
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I'm from Maine. On an island. We're, of course, known for lobsters and blue berries and maple syrup oh, and this island has an absolute ridiculous love for red hotdogs, truly disgusting. We're a pretty strict vegetarian family so I could careless about the lobster/seafood love! But bring on the berries and syrup! Oh, and maine in known for potatoes... to heck w/ Idaho!
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Wine, mandarin oranges, apples. But I'm in N. California, so if you extend the radius out a bit from my house, add in every imaginable temperate-climate food.

There is no secret ingredient.
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Hot wieners, coffee milk, Del's lemonade, Sam Adam's, and this isn't a "food" but it sure is a staple- my FAVORITE burger joint evah' is Haven Brother's

http://www.boston.com/travel/explore..._it_a_hot_dog/

http://www.quahog.org/attractions/index.php?id=5
okay, are you really from boston? You forgot chowder and baked beans!!!!
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okay, are you really from boston? You forgot chowder and baked beans!!!!
Chowdah! I forgot the chowdah in my post too!
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Clam Chowder here. Duh I cant think of anything else. Monterey, CA

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okay, are you really from boston? You forgot chowder and baked beans!!!!

Nope, Providence. Oh duh, and clam cakes!!

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I'm from West-Central Illinois, and we are famous (like Iowa) for pork tenderloin sandwiches, the Maid-Rite, Horseshoe sandwiches, and my town is purported to be the home of the lattice fry.
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King Crab (I never knew this was an expensive delicacy in most places till I saw it on a menu!!)
King Salmon
Halibut (halibut tacos are quite good!)
Moose jerky (actually you can have it made into anything- pepperoni, sausage, etc etc)

Drinks? Alaska has quite a few breweries.. Alaskan Ale.. Alaskan Amber..

We also have a lot of birch syrup family run companies.. Alaska wildberry chocolates.. (Alaskan wildberries differ from berries pretty much anywhere else, we have high bush and low bush)

World's LARGEST vegetables!

We used to have a state owned dairy, but it closed last year- I don't think there were too many of those around anymore.

But if you are talking about our FOOD festivals- we have it all! We just went to the Summer Japanese Festival, the Greek Festival is coming up, Filipino festivals are held different parts of the year, Alaska Federation of Natives has quite a food turnout of Native foods, Juneteenth has Cajun and Soul food, Samoan festivals have TONS of barbeque food (my dh always begs to go to those) you name it we have a festival for it.. I suppose it is because we live in a VERY diverse state and we have a very short "outdoor fun" season..

I think the most interesting traditional food I ever tried was from Southeast Alaska. When the fish start trying to spawn, the water is saturated with eggs. People through pine trees (yes, the whole tree) in the ocean. When eggs stick on the needles, they eat them, needle and all. I forgot what it was called, it is a Tlingit dish, although I think Haida eat them that way too. The pine needle was pretty strongly PINE, and the eggs had an interesting texture. I will leave it at that.
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