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Zedeff Jun 20, 2008 09:55 AM

First, this is my first post on Chowhound... long-time reader, first time poster. Great site.

Anyways, Montreal has bagels. Philly has pretzels. San Marzano, Italy, has tomatoes. Chicago's got pizza.

What is your neck of the woods famous for? And while we're at it, why don't you tell us where we can get the absolute best of the best: your favourite bagel, pretzel, or pizza haunt.

For myself, I'm from the prairies of Canada, probably the wheat growing capital of the world. Numerous times I've been watching cooking programs only to hear chefs - often British - point out that they're using "good Canadian flour." Since I'm from here, I suppose I've never used standard or "bad" flour... we've just always bought Canadian flour and never thought twice about it, but apparently it's something special to some people.

What's famous in your region?

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    kati_spears Jun 20, 2008 10:02 AM

    BBQ, Smokers,and don't forget the pride. (HAHAHA)

    I think one of the better BBQ place would be a place called Rudy's or right in the back yard.

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      CamtheBarjack Jul 2, 2008 01:10 PM

      Oh I know what you mean, Can't really beat ruby's the only ones better then it are the mom and pop bbq pit places you find with hand paint signs and the Signet Ranch over in the middle of nowhere thats 50 dollars a plate.

    2. mrbozo Jun 20, 2008 10:29 AM

      Québec:

      Artisanal, including raw milk, cheeses.
      Seafood.
      Butter.
      Tourtière
      Poutine
      Patates frites.
      Maple sugar pie.
      Cretons.
      Foie gras.

      Montrréal:

      Smoked meat.
      Bagels.
      Stimmés (hot dogs).
      Montreal-style pizza.
      Shish taouk.
      Rotisserie chicken.
      French cuisine (haute and casse-croute).
      Microbrew beer (especially Belgian style).

      I'm sure I missed some, but I'm also sure help is on the way.

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        mrbozo Jun 20, 2008 03:05 PM

        How could I forget breads (baguettes, etc) and patisserie (croissants, etc)?

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          Passadumkeg Jun 20, 2008 04:37 PM

          You forgot the boudain and ployes too. And hockey pucks!

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            kpzoo Jun 20, 2008 05:47 PM

            Uh.... Montrealer here.

            Ployes? I think that's an Acadian thing more commonly found in certain parts of the Maritimes, not Québec.

            And what are hockey pucks? (Is there an edible kind?)

            And I might also disagree with "boudin" (which is what I assume you meant to say)? I'm not so sure that's a Quebec thing, it's more of a "French from France" and Cajun thing. But I on that I could be wrong, I'm not much of a meat-eater.

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              Passadumkeg Jun 20, 2008 05:59 PM

              The ployes and boudin are rural Quebecois. Very popular on both sides of the Quebec-Maine border and with the Franco-American community within Maine. Tthe boudin is a blood sausage, not at all like the pale gray Cajun boudin. The hockey pucks were a reference to my favorite hockey team, the Canadiens and in memory of my own very early hockey practices and getting a puck shot to the mouth, ie. eating a puck for breakfast.

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                kpzoo Jun 20, 2008 06:12 PM

                Thanks for the clarifications. :-)

                Interesting about the ployes, I've never seen one either in Montreal or anywhere else in Quebec, but I obviously haven't been looking in the right places. I always thought of it as an Acadian (particularly New Brunswick) thing. I would like to try one one day.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ploye

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                  KevinB Jun 20, 2008 09:01 PM

                  Um, people of a certain age from the Prairies remember that hockey pucks were, er, created whenever a horse lifted its tail. If a goalie was shot in the mouth (they didn't have masks then), the game was called for ten minutes so he could go brush his teeth.

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                    Catskillgirl Jun 22, 2008 09:46 AM

                    TMI!

                    Just kidding - that's interesting. Really. Revolting but interesting!

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                      mrbozo Jun 22, 2008 12:42 PM

                      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia...

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                CoteGal Jul 13, 2008 07:43 PM

                WHO mentioned PLOYES??? My heritage is French American and my grandparents are from the Madawaska, Maine area. I love ploye! Boudain or Boudin as they made it in Maine was also known as blood sausage and used pig's blood as well as liver and other parts to make a sausage. The Louisiana Acadians use rice although it is called boudain blanc or boudin blanc.

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                  Passadumkeg Jul 24, 2008 05:42 PM

                  C'est moi! Premixed bags of ployes batter are available any supermarket here in Northern Maine. I'll find the brand and address, if you wish.

          2. Sam Fujisaka Jun 20, 2008 11:45 AM

            Arepas, bandeja Paisa, sancocho, pan de bono, and a constant desire to go to selected other countries to eat.

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              Sean Jun 20, 2008 12:12 PM

              Clam cakes and Chowda
              Coffee milk
              Del's frozen lemonade
              Hot wieners
              bakery pizza strips

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                kpzoo Jun 20, 2008 03:27 PM

                Sean, where might these goodies be found?

                I think I just read about "coffee milk" in a food magazine, but I can't recall which one or where it was a specialty. Could you tell me more about it?

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                  coastie Jun 20, 2008 03:46 PM

                  I could be wrong but bets are Sean is from Rhode Island.
                  Coffee milk - a common drink - I think the state drink( its that or dells) Made from a sweet coffee concentrate mixed into milk - served in place of chocolate milk in schools. Autocrat or Eclipse are the 2 most common brands I think.
                  I would clarify new york system weiners and saugies...in the hot wieners category

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                    Bob W Jun 23, 2008 02:05 PM

                    Coffee milk got the nod for State Drink. Del's got a consolation prize: State Summer Beverage or something like that

                    I have a great Del's story. About 20 years ago I was working in Baltimore. One really really really hot summer day, I was trudging along downtown, wearing a suit and drenched with sweat. Suddenly out of nowhere, a Del's truck appeared! In downtown Baltimore! A cup of Del's never tasted so good.

                    But, I never saw that truck again.. was it a mirage??

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                      coastie Jun 23, 2008 04:21 PM

                      No way - I have dreams about Dells - my feet are burning - standing in line at the beach, the best icey cold and those bits of peel.
                      I have some of the Dells mix from relative visit...its not Dells off the truck but pretty close, good as a mixer.

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                    Sean Jun 23, 2008 07:36 AM

                    Rhode Island

                    It is a sweetened coffe syrup that you add to milk, much like chocolate syrup and chocolate milk.

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                Undercover Jun 20, 2008 02:59 PM

                Lawrence, KS (aka "The Midwest Oasis")

                Amazing beer from FreeState Brewery Company
                Iwig Dairy milk (including--depending on season--chocolate, peach, strawberry, pumpkin, eggnog...)
                Artisan bread from Wheatfields
                and local buffalo, elk, honey, & sweets @ the Downtown Farmers' Market

                1. coastie Jun 20, 2008 04:00 PM

                  AK,usa - we are known for raw product instead of a cooking style.
                  Salmon, halibut, king crab -

                  1. Passadumkeg Jun 20, 2008 04:43 PM

                    Downeast Maine (Which used to be part of Quebec.) Lobster, chowders, fried clams & steamers, lobster, crab, clam and shrimp rolls, bean hole beans and blueberries(and a lot of tourists too.) The salt water fish are gone. :(

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                      mpalmer6c Jun 20, 2008 05:25 PM

                      Sonoma County. Seafood, especially Dungeness crab, sourdough bread, artisan cheeses and, of course, wine.

                      1. steve h. Jun 20, 2008 06:12 PM

                        connecticut has really good oysters, very good pizza, decent burgers and decent hot dogs.

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                          Donna52479 Jul 25, 2008 02:33 PM

                          What are in n out burgers

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                          CA Scotch Chick Jun 20, 2008 06:23 PM

                          Great topic choice for a first post.

                          In n Out Burger – SoCal (actually all of California and parts of Nevada now too).

                          CA Scotch Chick
                          www.scotchchix.com

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                            mrbozo Jun 20, 2008 06:31 PM

                            Sounds vaguely obscene. What is it?

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                              CA Scotch Chick Jun 20, 2008 06:53 PM

                              In n Out Burger is a family owned business that has only hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, and shakes on its menu. However, an entire subculture with a secret menu exists. It is the best fast food burger you will ever have. And, it can be vaguely obscene if you get it 4X4 animal style.

                              If you are asking about the Scotch Chix, we are strictly g rated - we just a lot of innuendo. Our byline is "Sophisticated Musings on Single Malt and the Sensuous Life." All the entries integrate scotch in some way, but we basically comment on single malt whiskys, drinking establishments, restaurants, books, what is going on in the world - anything having to do with living a sensous life. We're having a lot of fun.

                              CA Scotch Chick
                              www.scotchchix.com

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                                laliz Jun 23, 2008 10:19 AM

                                In n Out is famous for not having anything frozen. No freezers or microwaves. Everything is fresh and the lines of cars wating to go through drive thru on a Friday or Saturday night attest to that fact.

                                Order fries well done, animal style. DS taught me this, he learned it at Berkeley.

                            2. re: CA Scotch Chick
                              steve h. Jun 20, 2008 06:33 PM

                              scotch is good. i hope you take advantage of the selection at keens steakhouse in manhattan. maybe the best in all of nyc.

                              upon further review, you probably already have.

                              cheers.

                              --steve

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                                CA Scotch Chick Jun 20, 2008 06:58 PM

                                I appreciate the any tip, Steve. Although NY is no longer my region, I assert it should be famous for its Whisky Bars: Keens, St. Andrews, the Brandy Library, D.B.A., Hole in One, Club Macanudo, Lexington Bar and Books, Hudson Bar and Books, and those are just the ones I know about.

                                CA Scotch Chick
                                www.scotchchix.com

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                                  steve h. Jun 20, 2008 07:16 PM

                                  next time your in town: drop in on keens, say howdy to the young lady over the bar and answer the three questions posted on the left. it's a proper place.

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                                    CA Scotch Chick Jun 20, 2008 08:32 PM

                                    Proper place is good description. Got a picture of that lovely lady on my site. Here's the link to my last experience at Keens. We should meet for a Tasting Flight next time I'm in town.

                                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/531115

                                    CA Scotch Chick
                                    www.scotchchix.com

                                    1. re: CA Scotch Chick
                                      steve h. Jun 21, 2008 10:48 AM

                                      excellent site, cogent write-up.
                                      --steve

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                                        CA Scotch Chick Jun 21, 2008 09:33 PM

                                        Thanks. That means a lot.

                                        CA Scotch Chick
                                        www.scotchchix.com

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                                          dcscotchchick Jun 22, 2008 09:41 AM

                                          Thanks Steve!!

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                                            steve h. Jun 22, 2008 12:21 PM

                                            you chix are off to a good start. now you have to keep it up.

                                            best regards,

                                            --steve

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                              seahag Jun 20, 2008 07:38 PM

                              Pronto pups
                              Lutefisk
                              "Hot Dish"
                              Wild Rice

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                                mrbozo Jun 20, 2008 08:01 PM

                                Minnesota?

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                                  seahag Jun 20, 2008 08:11 PM

                                  yep. youbetcha.

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                                    mrbozo Jun 22, 2008 12:44 PM

                                    What? No smorgasbord! No smoked fisk (not Carlton)? No perogies (OK, maybe stretching it a bit there)! But surely rich dairy products ...

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                                      seahag Jun 22, 2008 07:38 PM

                                      Duh!
                                      Although I have only been to smorgasbords where I grew up in Seattle.
                                      Good perogies are sold in the catholic churches in NE Mpls.
                                      and I should add Walleye to the list, I can't believe I forgot that.

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                                        soupkitten Jun 23, 2008 11:40 AM

                                        i just attended my first smorgasbord ever, at a thinly attended swedish midsummer celebration in msp. fish roe and cheese from a toothpaste tube. interesting. pretty good actually. i think lutefisk only comes around once a year, mostly at church suppers. could be wrong on that. also had to google pronto pups to figure out they were corn dogs-- guess i am a bad minnesotan.

                                        i would add bison, grass-fed beef & dairy, cheese & butter, more csas per capita than the rest of the country, turkey (wild & domestic), u of m apples (notably honeycrisp), maple syrup, bundt cakes, betty crocker, gold medal flour (mill city), crystal sugar, gedney pickles (esp state fair pickles), malt-o-meal, freshwater trout, single-source honey, north shore lunch, hmong heirloom vegetables at the farmer's markets, surly beer, food co-ops, vietnamese/se asian food, east african food, square-cut pizza, coffeehouses, bakeries, doughnuts/fritters, "jucy lucys," ice cream, ___ on a stick at the state fair.

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                                          seahag Jun 23, 2008 01:34 PM

                                          Pronto pups have a flour based coating, corn dogs have a cornmeal based coating. I hate them both.

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                                            mrbozo Jun 23, 2008 03:27 PM

                                            OK, I'll bite. Surly beer? North shore lunch?

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                                              soupkitten Jun 23, 2008 04:52 PM

                                              surly is a much touted 2 year old microbrewery. surly furious & surly darkness are probably the most famous brews. best brewery in u.s.a. according to beer advocate. not generally available outside msp, so lots of beer lovers gotta come here for it or get the stuff smuggled out in cans. here are some of surly's ratings on beer advocate:

                                              http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

                                              north shore= the mn/canada shore of lake superior/boundary waters; shore lunch= freshwater fisherman's lunch, prepared over a campfire on the lake beach, generally fresh-killed freshwater fish catch, potatoes, seasonal veg/foraged mushrooms, etc. all enjoyed in exquisite natural surroundings. unbelievably delicious and still a tradition for many families. some small lodges/restaurants in the fishing resort areas still offer to prepare & cook your own fresh catch as part of a shore lunch in season (& if you didn't catch anything they have a few fresh local fish options for you to choose from), though this is starting to die out. a really cool thing though.

                                    2. re: seahag
                                      Das Ubergeek Jun 21, 2008 06:34 AM

                                      Let's not forget Canadian bacon, pineapple and sauerkraut pizza... mmmmmm.

                                      I live in Orange County -- we are famous for Vietnamese food here, and there are so many places in Little Saigon for Vietnamese food... Pho Thanh Lich, Vien Dong, Com Tam Thuan Kieu, Xanh, Pagolac, Banh Mi & Che Cali, Banh Mi Cho Cu, Pho 79, Favori, Brodard, Quan Minh Ky...

                                      I grew up in central New Jersey -- Woodbridge Township is absolutely chockablock in fantastic Italian and Indian eateries. Just the average corner pizza place (Angelo's, for example, or San Remo) is so much better than pizza just about anywhere else that it's spoiled me for pizza forever... and not a mile and a half from my mother's house is Little India, with more chaat houses and Gujarati and Punjabi restaurants than you can imagine.

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                                        steve h. Jun 22, 2008 12:37 PM

                                        you people from california are way too modest. "california cuisine" is maybe open-ended from a definition standpoint but it's absolutely predicated on fresh, local produce. you guys started an american food revolution. be proud.

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                                      KevinB Jun 20, 2008 09:03 PM

                                      I'm from Toronto.

                                      Apple fritters and double-doubles.

                                      Everything else is/was imported.

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                                        tatamagouche Jun 21, 2008 11:25 AM

                                        What are double-doubles?

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                                          kpzoo Jun 21, 2008 12:29 PM

                                          KevinB could be referring to what we (Canadians) often call a filter coffee with two milks (or creams) & two sugars. A Timmy Ho-Ho's classic. ;-) (Tim Horton's coffee chain)

                                          see: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2004/06/...

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                                            vvvindaloo Jun 29, 2008 07:46 PM

                                            That's funny. Here in NYC, a double-double would probably be taken to mean a double cheeseburger :)

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                                              Passadumkeg Jun 29, 2008 11:57 PM

                                              We had a chocolate frappe (milk shake ) at Fat Boy's Drive In in Brunswick, Me. yesterday and I was telling my Yankee wife that as a kid in NJ we called a chocolate milk shake w/ chocolate milk & chocolate ice cream w/ double the amount of chocolate syrup was........ a double double. Yum.

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                                                Will Owen Jul 25, 2008 10:45 AM

                                                ...and here in sunny SoCal a double-double is yet another In-N-Out burger - a full pound of beefy goodness that you should NOT eat while driving! I celebrated my 60th birthday by getting one of these, my first visit to an In-N-Out, and I shoulda known enough to get out of the car before attacking it. Especially since the car was a stick-shift...

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                                                  Passadumkeg Jul 25, 2008 03:54 PM

                                                  My bro lives in Henderson, Nv. In-N-Outs are a good chain burger, but come in a distant second to New Mexico's Blake's Lotta Burger, with double green chile, please.

                                      2. jfood Jun 21, 2008 05:54 AM

                                        jfood her - 40 in NJ; 12 in CT

                                        NJ:
                                        Sloppy Joes (not the manwich crap); bagels; hot dogs, pizza, pastrami, corn beef, kishka, novey, sable, sturgeon, white castle, sub sandwiches
                                        CT:
                                        Pizza, hot dogs, fried clams, wedges
                                        Totally missing in CT (FFD County) - bagels, pastrami, corn beef, kishka, novey, sable, sturgeon, white castle

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                                          Passadumkeg Jun 21, 2008 10:17 AM

                                          Passadumkeag him- 18 in NJ (got out fast) over 40 around the world.
                                          Central and S. Jersey, Taylor Pork Roll, pizza, kolbasi, and a buttered roll, that is a crispy Kaiser roll w/ butter for breakfast. Blue crabs too.

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                                            Donna52479 Jul 25, 2008 02:35 PM

                                            I love those Manwich sloppy Joes!

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                                              jfood Jul 26, 2008 05:04 AM

                                              You are a better man than jfood, my dear.

                                              This is a picture of a "real" NJ Sloppy Joe.

                                              http://www.seriouseats.com/required_e...

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                                            Cachetes Jun 21, 2008 06:21 AM

                                            Apples
                                            Apple Pies
                                            Apple cider
                                            Cider donuts
                                            Oh, did I forget to mention apples?

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                                              kpzoo Jun 21, 2008 06:27 AM

                                              Lemme guess - Washington State? It would be cool if people included the region they're talking about in their post. :-)

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                                                Cachetes Jun 21, 2008 06:35 AM

                                                Actually, upstate NY. Proves your point that I should have included my region!
                                                Sorry!

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                                                  Leslie Jun 21, 2008 10:40 AM

                                                  I like reading the food specialities and guessing where they are from! Luckily the OP's are also quickly answering that question.

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                                                    James Cristinian Jul 26, 2008 05:18 PM

                                                    See if you can guess this one? Tex-Mex.

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                                                Lucia Jun 21, 2008 06:35 AM

                                                Also check out these threads:
                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/464253
                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/299690
                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/302017
                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/506498

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                                                  ldkelley Jun 21, 2008 07:59 AM

                                                  South Florida:

                                                  Cuban Food
                                                  Florida Shrimp and Grouper
                                                  Caribbean and "Floribbean" cuisine
                                                  Conch and Key Lime Pie

                                                  1. Vetter Jun 21, 2008 10:04 AM

                                                    NW Washington: Reefnetted salmon, oysters, clams, raspberries. If you're interested in the seafood stuff, check out: www.lummiislandwild.com and www.taylorshellfishfarms.com. We are really spoiled.

                                                    Western WA: add coffee!

                                                    1. tatamagouche Jun 21, 2008 11:25 AM

                                                      Denver: green chile, green chile, green chile.

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                                                        kpzoo Jun 21, 2008 12:31 PM

                                                        Can you expand? :-) What's dis exactly?

                                                      2. thew Jun 21, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                        new york city:

                                                        pizza
                                                        bagels
                                                        jewish/deli food
                                                        egg creams
                                                        malomars

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                                                          vvvindaloo Jun 29, 2008 07:54 PM

                                                          can we add hot dogs, italian/italian deli, and old fashioned euro-style coffee?

                                                        2. SweetPhyl Jun 21, 2008 12:30 PM

                                                          Outer Banks, NC

                                                          Fresh Tuna, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Rockfish, soft shell crabs, oysters, Shrimp, scallops
                                                          Pig Pickin's, strawberries, Hatterass Chowder, collards, melons, Silver Queen Corn and all kinds of Southern eats.

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                                                            Will Owen Jul 25, 2008 10:48 AM

                                                            My first taste of mahi-mahi was at a family-run restaurant on Ocracoke - this was back when you could still drive there, so it's been about thirty years. Still remember that marvelous fish, along with fresh-dug potatoes, fresh-picked green beans.

                                                          2. purple goddess Jun 21, 2008 09:48 PM

                                                            football
                                                            meatpies
                                                            kangaroos
                                                            and
                                                            Holden cars.

                                                            1. hangrygirl Jun 22, 2008 02:37 AM

                                                              Stavanger, Norway:

                                                              Salmon

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                                                                Passadumkeg Jun 29, 2008 06:59 PM

                                                                Stavanger, Norway: et rekker fest at den Rod Sorhus ( a shrimp party at the Red Sea House), a polser(hot dog) with shrimp salad opposite the old cinema, pan fried torsk(cod) tongues at the train station, shrimp at the open air market, lapskaus (stew) at the Lantern, and reindeer meat in the autumn at the butcher shops, cod, whale meat, geit ost, romme, and the oldest herring shop in all of Europe!!!
                                                                Glad St Hans Aften!
                                                                Normark the Red
                                                                ps red currant saft(juice Concentrate) and cloud berries.

                                                              2. jeni1002 Jun 22, 2008 04:12 AM

                                                                Bucovina, Romania: fir-tree syrup, naturally-carbonated water, sour cream, heavy cream, milk, cream cheese, and a dangerous number of yellow cheeses.

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                                                                  beth1 Jun 22, 2008 04:22 PM

                                                                  I grew up in the American Southeast, so we had fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, grits, sweet tea, and banana pudding. I now live in San Deigo, so it's Mexican, seafood, Asian, and some really great burgers.

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                                                                    Thefoodczar Jun 23, 2008 08:46 AM

                                                                    From the Lone Star State:

                                                                    ---BBQ---The best is in Central Texas. Coopers, Louis Muellers, or the Lockhart/Luling joints.

                                                                    ---Mexican---There's plenty of great places all over Texas. You can find Classic Tex-Mex, Corporate Mex (some of which is excellent), and true Mexican Mex. Places I like in DFW include Tupinamba, Angelinas, Cantina Laredo. Luckily, there are hundreds of hole-in-the-wall places too, far too many to list here.

                                                                    ---Chicken-fried-steak--- Babe's Chicken Dinner House and The Mecca.

                                                                    ----Steak--Again, lots of places. Al Biernats, III Forks, Steve Fields, and Randys are all outstanding.

                                                                    ----Burgers--Chips and JG's are two of the best.

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                                                                      kpzoo Jun 23, 2008 09:09 AM

                                                                      I have to know: what's Corporate Mex?

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                                                                        Thefoodczar Jun 23, 2008 10:34 AM

                                                                        Basically, Corporate Mex is what the chains serve, which can range from excellent to not-so-good. You will always find quesadillas and fajitas and nachos, some Tex-Mex standards, and sometimes fare like carnitas. Each chain does it a little different.

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                                                                    laliz Jun 23, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                                    I live in Southern California and enjoyed reading this thread. Dishes that were invented in California include the Cobb Salad and the Ceasar Salad; and that is what I think of when I think California ~~ salads. Fresh produce available year round.

                                                                    However, we have two dishes commonly found these days that I am not at all sure have become widespread in other areas (1) is salad pizza and (2) are fish tacos

                                                                    Both are wonderful.

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                                                                      Sean Jun 23, 2008 11:20 AM

                                                                      Salad pizza has been spotted in the Ocean State at a few pizza joints. Fish taco's also.

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                                                                        laliz Jun 23, 2008 01:17 PM

                                                                        Good. On another board where I mentioned salad pizza it was met with great disgust and resistance. Its coming. As goes California, so goes. . . .

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                                                                          thew Jun 23, 2008 01:27 PM

                                                                          fish tacos are great

                                                                          salad pizza - an abomination

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                                                                            soupkitten Jun 23, 2008 01:33 PM

                                                                            i think Laliz is referring to not just any fish tacos, but specifically san diego style fish tacos, with the breaded fried fish, the white sauce and the cabbage.

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                                                                              laliz Jun 23, 2008 01:54 PM

                                                                              yes. Baja fish tacos. What other kind of fish tacos are there?

                                                                              1. re: soupkitten
                                                                                Catskillgirl Jun 29, 2008 10:14 AM

                                                                                Breaded fried fish? My ears just perked up - I never liked the sound of fish tacos, but those sound very appealing! What kind of white sauce? Shredded cabbage, I assume?

                                                                                1. re: Catskillgirl
                                                                                  vvvindaloo Jun 29, 2008 07:48 PM

                                                                                  if you like tacos, then you haven't lived 'til you try a baja-style fish taco. i am from NY, and just found this out last year.

                                                                                  1. re: Catskillgirl
                                                                                    Will Owen Jul 25, 2008 10:56 AM

                                                                                    Shredded cabbage, yes. My version of the sauce is a cup of Mexican crema (and if you can't get that, make crème fraiche by combining one part plain yogurt with three parts heavy cream, set in a warm spot for a few hours), the juice of one lime, and a good dash (or three) of habañero hot sauce, the screaming green stuff. I keep it in a plastic squirt bottle.

                                                                              2. re: laliz
                                                                                kpzoo Jun 23, 2008 01:27 PM

                                                                                Can you describe salad pizza? Pizza bits mixed into a salad bowl or salad mix poured over a pizza base, or something else? ;-) Thanks.

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                                                                                  laliz Jun 23, 2008 01:52 PM

                                                                                  Salad as a topping for pizza. Think a nice salad accompanied with hot bread or bread sticks ~~ only now the salad is on top of the hot crust. Its not a big jump.

                                                                                  From California Pizza Kitchen Pizza Menu
                                                                                  Pear & Gorgonzola Pizza
                                                                                  Caramelized pears, Gorgonzola, Fontina and Mozzarella chesses, caramelized sweet onions and chopped hazelnuts. Topped with field greens tossed in our Gorgonzola ranch dressing.


                                                                                  Applewood smoked bacon, grilled chicken and Mozzarella cheese, hearth baked then topped with Roma tomatoes, chilled chopped lettuce tossed in mayonnaise and fresh sliced avocado


                                                                                  If you like a BLT sandwich, you'll love this! Applewood smoked bacon and Mozzarella cheese, hearth baked, then topped with fresh sliced Roma tomatoes and chilled chopped lettuce tossed in mayonnaise. Recommended on honey-wheat dough.


                                                                                  Caramelized Parmesan pizza crust topped with chilled arugula, baby red leaf lettuce, radicchio, diced tomatoes and shaved Parmesan cheese with our homemade Dijon balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Also available with grilled rosemary chicken breast, sautéed salmon, or grilled shrimp.

                                                                                  1. re: laliz
                                                                                    kpzoo Jun 23, 2008 02:06 PM

                                                                                    Ah, thanks for the info! These concoctions have definitely not reached my neck of the woods yet. While I can see the potential for deliciousness, never having had one, I have to ask:

                                                                                    - doesn't the dressing make the crust soggy?
                                                                                    - don't the greens get soggy/mushy from the heat rising off the crust & cooked fillings?

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                                                                                      laliz Jun 23, 2008 02:15 PM

                                                                                      Not if you eat it when it is freshly prepared. I would not recommend for (a) delivery and/or (b) leftovers ~~ although I am sure both are done. I love leftover cold pizza.

                                                                                      No, it is the combination of the hot and cold that adds to the overall success.

                                                                                      Think of a tostada or a crispy taco, eventually the shell will get soggy.

                                                                              3. re: Sean
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                                                                                CoteGal Jul 13, 2008 08:24 PM

                                                                                Best fish taco's I ever had were in Baja and San Diego.

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                                                                                  jodymaryk Jul 20, 2008 06:00 PM

                                                                                  Zihua Mexico....My wife loves these!

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                                                                              Janet from Richmond Jun 23, 2008 11:45 AM

                                                                              Smithfield ham, peanuts, peanut pie, peanut soup, spoonbread.

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                                                                                lrostron Jun 23, 2008 02:17 PM

                                                                                Salinas, California: the Salad Bowl of the Nation. Strawberries and stretching it a bit, to Castroville, Marilyn Monroe and artichokes!

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                                                                                  Bob W Jun 23, 2008 02:38 PM

                                                                                  and of course Gilroy for Garlic!

                                                                                  And all of these too: http://www.epodunk.com/slogans/agricu...

                                                                                  1. re: Bob W
                                                                                    lrostron Jun 23, 2008 02:42 PM

                                                                                    How could I forget Gilroy, I drive through it every morning!

                                                                              2. Bob W Jun 23, 2008 02:09 PM

                                                                                How about the various distinct types of barbecue: Eastern NC vs. Western NC vs SC vs Memphis vs Texas vs Owensboro KY vs KC.....all are famous and beloved.

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                                                                                  rockfish42 Jun 23, 2008 05:01 PM

                                                                                  San Francisco:
                                                                                  Sourdough
                                                                                  Seafood, particularly Cioppino, Sand Dabs, Dungeness Crab, Crab Louis *though there is some debate about Seattle being the birthplace*
                                                                                  Green Goddess Dressing
                                                                                  Turkey Tetrazzini
                                                                                  Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista
                                                                                  San Francisco style Burrito
                                                                                  Hangtown Fry
                                                                                  Celery Victor
                                                                                  It's Its
                                                                                  Crab Rangoon, Mai-tai at Trader Vic's
                                                                                  Joe's Special

                                                                                  A couple of those are from various places in the bay outside of SF.

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                                                                                  1. re: rockfish42
                                                                                    AlaskaChick Jul 1, 2008 11:31 AM

                                                                                    MMMM - irish coffee at the Buena Vista - a classic that I have been unable to replicate or obtain elsewhere. Always a stop when I get to SF

                                                                                  2. lisavf Jun 23, 2008 06:16 PM

                                                                                    Northeast PA: pierogi, halupki, halushki, kielbasi, potato cakes... potato cakes... potato cakes... hungry now... gotta find me a church bazaar this weekend.

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                                                                                    1. re: lisavf
                                                                                      Passadumkeg Jun 29, 2008 07:05 PM

                                                                                      Hazelton, Pa: Pitz (Pizz?) a kind of cold pizza on thick crust, eaten cold, cho chow, apple butter, kapusta and Yuengling, cheap not yuppie coal miners' beer!

                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                        lisavf Jun 30, 2008 10:56 AM

                                                                                        Okay, are you a Hazleton guy? I just replied to your post re: chow chow from Tamaqua. Yes, Senape's, the original tavern PITZA, or a piece of pitz from Berlitz's (way back when).

                                                                                        1. re: lisavf
                                                                                          Passadumkeg Jun 30, 2008 04:52 PM

                                                                                          McAdoo, McAdoo, McAdoo, Whatchyado! My Grand Pap died in the mines.
                                                                                          The owner of the Wild Grouse Farm is a relative. But PITZA goes all over the world.
                                                                                          'Berg Grad

                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                            lisavf Jul 1, 2008 10:59 AM

                                                                                            No way. I grew up in McAdoo. Small world.

                                                                                            The reason I wrote "PITZA" is because of the unusual way they spell it. It fits, though, because it is so unique. Anybody who's had it always wants more, and often it's the first thing visitors ask for, whether they grew up here or not. (Not that I'm telling you anything you don't know.) It's a pizza that's meant to be eaten cold. It's not like eating cold pizza, though. I wonder if anybody else has a local pizza like this?

                                                                                            1. re: lisavf
                                                                                              Passadumkeg Jul 1, 2008 07:31 PM

                                                                                              My cousin takes PITZA on the plane back to the San Francisco area. My aunt lives on Cleveland, will be back on the 20th. I also bring back Taylor Pork Roll, kolbasi, pilmieni and scrapple. Too bad Posties sodas are gone.
                                                                                              I still hike the Hallow and pick berries at Treskow water fall. I miss all the church bells on Sunday morning and the smell of coal smoke in the winter air. My wife and I do a bar crawl when we visit.

                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                                lisavf Jul 2, 2008 08:27 AM

                                                                                                I miss Postie's, too. Best cream soda, and don't forget Cherry Smash. I loved when I was allowed to pick the assortment, but it always had to include a bottle of orange soda for Uncle Spike. My grandfather walked the woods almost daily until a year or so before he passed, picking blueberries and searching for the ever-elusive ram's heads.

                                                                                                You'll miss the church bells even more, as four churches are being consolidated into one, leaving only St. Kunegunda's. If you're interested, maybe we can meet up when you're in town, perhaps at Senape's.

                                                                                    2. livetocook Jun 23, 2008 08:49 PM

                                                                                      Beef. Alberta beef.

                                                                                      I have yet to find a better steak in this city than the one my hubby cooks on the BBQ :)

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                                                                                        Cindee5 Jun 24, 2008 01:41 AM

                                                                                        Apricots, deliciously ripe right now. Almonds, walnuts, grapes, strawberries. Artisanal cheeses. Wine.
                                                                                        this is in central Calif, the valley.

                                                                                        Cindee5

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                                                                                          laliz Jun 24, 2008 08:37 AM

                                                                                          Balboa Island ~~ Chocolate covered frozen bananas
                                                                                          Los Angeles ~~ French Dipped Sandwich (Phillippes Original)

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                                                                                          1. re: laliz
                                                                                            LaLa Jun 27, 2008 04:26 PM

                                                                                            kentucky
                                                                                            Bourbon bourbon Bourbon!!!
                                                                                            Spoonbread
                                                                                            country ham anf beaten biscuits
                                                                                            beer cheese
                                                                                            burgoo
                                                                                            Benedictine
                                                                                            stack cakes
                                                                                            mint julep
                                                                                            Derby Pie
                                                                                            and the best creation EVER ...the hot brown!

                                                                                          2. amethiste Jun 29, 2008 07:59 PM

                                                                                            18 years in Hampton, VA = steamed crabs, crab cakes, fried fish every Friday (even though we weren't Catholic and had never heard of Lent), hush puppies, she-crab soup, minced pork barbecue with hot sauce and coleslaw on a bun, pecans, peanuts

                                                                                            College in RI - "grindas", coffeemilk, Dells lemonade, "buns" were dinner rolls, not pastry, "cabinets", "bubblas"

                                                                                            Now in Baltimore - Crab cakes, steamed crabs (like Hampton), lake trout, pit beef

                                                                                            1. Chew on That Jun 30, 2008 02:52 PM

                                                                                              I'm from Chicago...and yes you've already covered it but I think it deserves a little more explanation.

                                                                                              We're famous for our deep dish pizza, our Chicago-style hot dogs, our baby back ribs, and Eli's cheesecake! Mmmm.. :)

                                                                                              1. Anonimo Jun 30, 2008 05:59 PM

                                                                                                Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, México:
                                                                                                Birria, barbacoa, mole de pollo, enchiladas de pollo placeras, pozole, carnitas. Atole, tamales, corundas; non-sweet atole de grano. There's more, but I can't think of them all now. Yes, and Gaspachos Morelianos, a huge cup of chopped tropical fruit with cheese and chile powder seasoning. Found largely in Morelia, but examples in Pátzcuaro also.

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                                                                                                1. re: Anonimo
                                                                                                  grayelf Jun 30, 2008 11:59 PM

                                                                                                  Anonimo, I haven't been to your beautiful lago for many moons but I seem to recall a small white fish on offer in many restaurants there that was native to the lake. Please tell me my memory is right and that it is not gone due to overfishing or pollution or other equally unpalatable reasons.

                                                                                                  1. re: grayelf
                                                                                                    Anonimo Jul 21, 2008 06:34 AM

                                                                                                    From what I understand, the small, white fish (pescado blanco) is indeed endangered for the reasons you mentioned.

                                                                                                    Most now comes from the cleaner Lake Zirahúen, about 15 miles southwest of Lake Pátzcuaro.
                                                                                                    I myself do not like pescado blanco, as I find it bland and the preparation is often rather oily.

                                                                                                2. AlaskaChick Jul 1, 2008 11:43 AM

                                                                                                  Southeast Alaska (its a big state with different regions that all have their own thing)
                                                                                                  Common to most of us - Salmon of all varieties. But here in SE, we've got shellfish -crab, shrimp, clams - and we have halibut too. So I guess you'd say we are famous for seafood.

                                                                                                  However, if you're in Juneau or if you can find it locally, try our beer - Alaskan. Brewed just up the street from my house - I can smell them roasting the grain. Amber and Pale are the most common but they do seasonal beers and "rough drafts" that are awesome.

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                                                                                                    almccasland Jul 1, 2008 05:27 PM

                                                                                                    Great recommendation on the beer! I was in Seattle last fall and had the great pleasure of trying the smoked porter for the first time. It was one of the best porters I've ever had!

                                                                                                  2. ktmoomau Jul 2, 2008 05:57 PM

                                                                                                    Maryland is for crabs.

                                                                                                    But everyone knows that!

                                                                                                    I grew up in Western MD near Fairmont, WV known for the invention of the pepperoni roll.

                                                                                                    MD is also known for the Smith Island Cake our new state dessert, even though the cake has been around for ages, mmmmm. And berger cookies and Baltimore Peach cake, that's us.

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                                                                                                      foodiesnorth Jul 3, 2008 01:05 PM

                                                                                                      Northern guy in the south so:

                                                                                                      1. Nunavut: Arctic Char, Davis Strait shrimp, Musk ox and caribou....the best of which is either from around Naujaat (Repulse Bay) or Southhampton Island.

                                                                                                      2. Alberta: well beef of course and not that crummy corn fed kind either (read the Omnivore's Dilemma to understand that comment) and, I daresay, aspargus...and Wild Boar.

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                                                                                                        CoteGal Jul 13, 2008 07:50 PM

                                                                                                        Where I grew up:

                                                                                                        Grinders
                                                                                                        Quahogs
                                                                                                        Chad Roe
                                                                                                        Awful Awfuls or Fribbles
                                                                                                        Cabinets
                                                                                                        Black and Whites
                                                                                                        Packies

                                                                                                        Guess where?

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                                                                                                        1. re: CoteGal
                                                                                                          Richard 16 Jul 19, 2008 10:33 PM

                                                                                                          Southern N.E. - specifically the R.I. to Fall Riv area, but the Fribbles suggest also elsewhere in the area - I assume!

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                                                                                                          ldkelley Jul 13, 2008 08:29 PM

                                                                                                          Wow. I just wish I could trade goodies with everyone on this thread! The diversity is amazing and there is so much I haven't ever had out of my own country, let alone all the international folks posting here!

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                                                                                                            duck833 Jul 13, 2008 08:42 PM

                                                                                                            Oregon

                                                                                                            Pinot Noir
                                                                                                            Morrels
                                                                                                            Hazelnuts
                                                                                                            Crater Lake Rogue Blue Cheese
                                                                                                            Microbrews

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                                                                                                              AndyP Jul 21, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                                                                              Also from Oregon, (Portland is my home)

                                                                                                              More microbrews
                                                                                                              Marionberries
                                                                                                              Tillamook cheeses
                                                                                                              A few more microbrews
                                                                                                              Organic, sustainable profitable farmers
                                                                                                              Salmon
                                                                                                              Willapia Bay oysters
                                                                                                              Oregon white truffles
                                                                                                              More microbrews not mentioned before
                                                                                                              Organic, sustainable restaurants
                                                                                                              Berries, berries, and more berries (We're not just about Marion, after all)
                                                                                                              Hair of the Dog Brewery - so much more than a mere microbrewery
                                                                                                              James Beard

                                                                                                              Yoroshiku,
                                                                                                              Andy

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                                                                                                              MattInNJ Jul 22, 2008 11:03 AM

                                                                                                              NJ

                                                                                                              The NJ sloppy joe! (best sandwich ever, IMO)
                                                                                                              Pork Roll
                                                                                                              Italian Subs
                                                                                                              Diners baby!

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                                                                                                                bobfxd Jul 26, 2008 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                You forgot Italian hot dogs,a true Jersey food.

                                                                                                              2. Bunnyfood Jul 25, 2008 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                Maine:
                                                                                                                The obvious:
                                                                                                                lobster(and other seafood: mussels scallops, brook trout, clams, etc)
                                                                                                                blueberry Pie,
                                                                                                                whoopie pies,
                                                                                                                maple syrup

                                                                                                                Not so obv:
                                                                                                                molasses doughnuts,
                                                                                                                ployes(prev mentioned),
                                                                                                                poutine(fries with gravy and farmer's cheese),
                                                                                                                Italian sandwiches- rally just a su, but we call them Itailians for some reason!
                                                                                                                Local meats,dairy, grain, and produce- Maine is super big on local and sustainable!

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                                                                                                                1. re: Bunnyfood
                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg Jul 25, 2008 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                  Old time Maine favorites: (separates the locals from them folks from away and the "summer people".) salt fish and potatoes w/ pork scraps, fish cakes & beans; bean hole beans w/ biscuits, cole slaw and coffee; and scallops with creamed lobster sauce. Hard core: chowder made with fish, spuds, salt pork, onions, and biscuits and NO milk or cream. Pickled periwinkles, AKA as pickled winkles.
                                                                                                                  Don't forget yore turnips, dearie.

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                                                                                                                    drucie Jul 27, 2008 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                    Temecula, CA - we are east of OC and south of Riverside, just north of the SD County cities of Fallbrook & Escondido. Our area is known for its little wine country - South Coast just won a "best of" medal in a big wine competition so we are becoming more known all the time. Also our area is where most US-grown avocados come from.

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