American Food

The question has often been asked, “What is American food?”: American referring to the United States. It isn’t an easy question to answer, and I’m not going to try to even touch the various considerations.

After 2 and 1/2 years living abroad, my husband and I returned to the USA for a short visit. 

What “American” foods did we enjoy?

This list does not include the stuff we prepared at home.

New York:

Warm Chestnuts

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

is a song that my Colombian ESL students can’t really appreciate;

in the land of eternal Spring Jack Frost doesn’t nip at your nose.

Cheeseburger Sliders and Tortilla Soup

T.G.I.Friday’s and  Hard Rock Cafe

have made their way to Bogota,

but “there’s no place like the neighborhood Applebee’s”.


Don’t be fooled.

The birthplace of your gourmet coffees

doesn’t keep much to herself.

Starbucks probably has the good stuff in the USA.

JFK Airport:

Wendy's Chili from JFK airport

Even though Dave Thomas is no longer around,

you can still get a good bowl of chili at Wendy’s,

a fast food joint that was born in the same city as I was.

Columbus, Ohio:

Buckeyes from Anthony-Thomas chocolate factory

The Reese’s brand is spreading the love

of the peanut butter-chocolate combination across the world,

but Ohio will guard it’s claim on Buckeyes.

Burger King dining room in Clintonville

It was worth the brisk morning walk

to the local Burger King for their “2 for $3” special

on breakfast sandwiches.

Sausage, Mushroom & Pepperoni for Dad, Pepperoni & Onion for Joel

A visit to Ohio isn’t complete

without pepperoni from Donatos.

Unfortunately, this time the pizza

didn’t seem to have as many pepperonis as in the past.

Battered & Fried Whiting, Sweet Potato Fries, Coleslaw, Jalapeno-Tartar Sauce, and Mango Ketchup

Before we married,

my husband worked in the kitchen at the Polaris Grill.

Wednesday, we went to the dining room for lunch.

The North Market Between The Short North and The Arena District

Thursday, my artist brother paid for lunch at the North Market.

The place deserves a post to itself. Stay tuned.

Second Trip to the Buffet Lines

To celebrate Joel’s 37th birthday,

my parents treated us to an oriental buffet,

Hong Kong Grill.

Atlanta, Georgia:

Merideth's Spanakopita

Let the residents choose the location.

We planned an extended layover on our way back to Bogota

in order to visit a friend from high school.

She introduced us to the Landmark Diner.

If it had been up to my husband we probably would have gone to McDonald’s.

Joffrey's Coffee Shop

Next door is Joffrey’s Coffee Shop

where Joel managed to drink

a United States sized mug

after already downing 3 inferior coffees at the diner.

I had Indian Chai and Mert ordered soy milk.

Food Court at the Atlanta Airport

Atlanta’s airport has space

where both travelers as well as people without tickets can spend time.

The three of us had Wendy’s fries for the last 30 minutes or so of our visit.

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