The other night I used one of my precious cans of Campbell’s soup to make a chicken recipe. It was broccoli cheese soup and I made ‘chicken divan’ from the back of the label. I didn’t add any salt, nor use the ‘suggested’ cheddar cheese because (ironically) here in the land of cheese cheddar is somewhat of an abomination. Anyhow- the dinner was delicious- albeit the saltiest thing we’ve eaten in ages. We all felt rather gross after dinner, and that got us talking about the horrible foods back home I can’t wait to eat in a few weeks.
We aren’t super healthy eaters. We don’t eat out hardly ever and there’s a very, very rare opportunity to have fast food since they aren’t on every corner like mailboxes. It’s just not convenient. Imagine that- take away the convenience factor and people stop eating fast food. We eat normal stuff: chicken, meat, bread, fruits and vegetables. I think the big difference is that nothing is processed and there aren’t a gazillion additives. As a food lover it’s ok. I mean, it’s not like we’re in Germany or anything (ahem, sauerkraut!) where I’d eat until I popped. I love ya, Netherlands but um, your constant fresh ingredients and lack of preservatives is a little bland.
Ok, so for the first time in almost 2 years I am going to be in the US soon. I fly in on a Friday and back out on a Monday night- so in that time I need to hit all of my guilty faves (and I do mean GUILTY) as well as see my family and attend the reunion. Since I glean a tremendous amount of pleasure from food- I thought I’d list out all of the things I want to indulge in over the weekend.
Greasy spoon breakfast
They just don’t have greasy spoon restaurants here. I miss going out for a fat Greek omelette, lots of crispy bacon and a huge cup of orange juice. Who doesn’t love being stuffed to the gills during their morning meal? Thankfully there’s Leo’s Coney Island in Brighton.
Wendy’s Jr. hamburger with everything. Look, I said this is a list of horrible food. I’m not looking to impress anyone. I’d actually love a Five Guys burger too, but I don’t think they’re in Michigan where I’m going. I’ll have to wait until November for one of those in SC.
Taco Bell tacos. I know. Just, I know.
Firehouse Subs Italian. I would drive out of my way just to get my hands on one of these. I used to be a Jimmy John’s girl, but once Firehouse came along I traded up for the firemen. I love this sub so much that whenever I go I am tempted to try something else- but I can’t. I LOVE the Italian too much to stray.
Olga’s: Cheese Snackers and their version of a gyro. Swiss almond cheese? YES.
Take out/ sort of sit down
Gus’s Carry Out. My sister has promised me that we will be having this for dinner my first night. Their ribs are my all time favorite- as well as their insane Greek salad and the BREADSTICKS. Oh these are all so bad but they taste SO GOOD. This is my hometown restaurant if there every was one. I grew up loving Gus’s. Additionally I went to high school with a girl whose family ran the business. I like that.
Mr. Kabob Sunoco Gas Station, Berkley. I don’t think I will make it this trip- but in November when I head up to Berkley and pay my favorite landlady a visit I WILL be stopping here. Sure you might give gas station food the side-eye (I do) but NOT this stuff. Mr. Kabob is the BEST. I lived on their tabbouleh and gyros from 2002-2006.
*And the #1 stop I am making en route from the airport to my sister’s house: Big Boy’s Slim Jim sandwich dipped in their garlic and oil dressing. Sure it has ‘special sauce’, but I HAVE to dip it in this salad dressing. I mean, I am in love with this sandwich. They didn’t have Big Boy in South Carolina, so whenever we went up north we made a stop. Sometimes I would eat it every day while there. Man, I love this thing. El Grande Chico is my man.
So what’s your favorite hometown food? If you moved away from the US (or wherever ‘home’ is) what would you miss most? And it has to be ‘horrible’.