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if you had to choose...?

if you could only pick 2 regional cuisines to eat for the rest of your life, which two would you choose? ok, two is nearly impossible, pick 3!

I start off with Thai, Middle Eastern and Mexican.... but then 'Italian' pokes it's busted up nose in... and then I think BBQ and biscuits... then butter chicken and mutter paneer

your turn

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  1. Thai and Mexican for me too...totally different and loads of choices in each.
    As long as I can throw a little cinnamon in every chocolate dessert I love and call it Mexican ;)

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    1. re: 16crab

      deal! I am impressed that you were able to make up your mind so quickly. it makes me wonder what you'd pick had I said no to the creative dessert tweaking! hahaha

      1. re: Bex714

        Well then wherever they eat the most chocolate would be the regional cuisine of choice!!!

        1. re: 16crab

          Any and all of the northern European countries for chocolate consumption.

    2. Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern. With Thai and American Southern being a very close 4th and 5th.

      1. If you're forced to carve up the US into sub regions (Southern etc), then you should also not be able to just say "Mexican"... but it's your game, so I'll play ; )

        Chinese. With so many regions you get everything. Including BBQ.
        Italian. Again, so many different areas so much variety.
        French. Haute and Country... it's got it all.

        1. Italian (pasta!!) and French

          1. Italian and Mexican.
            Tie for 3rd: American South and France.

            1. Mexican and Indian. Thai would take the place of Indian, but I don't think I could live without parathas and ghee laden spinach, and hot, juicy botis, and makhani anything, and kulfi, and good samosas...

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              1. re: gordeaux

                Mexican and Indian for me, too. It's not even a contest.

              2. Indian, and Chinese! Hard to pick a third, as Thai and Middle Eastern come in at a tie.

                1. Mexican, Thai and Italian.

                  1. Assuming the OP intends that we can't pick our own region........

                    ........Eastern Mediterranean and Italian

                    1. California Cuisine

                      1. Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern for me. The great thing about Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines is that they cover a lot of regional dishes which offers great variety of flavours...as for Italian, their fresh produce is second to none and I definetely couldn't live without pasta and pizza!

                        1. I used to play this game as a kid! This can be so depressing. But it's really comforting to know that we aren't limited to just 2 or 3 in real life.

                          Western American -- some people may consider that cheating, but I don't. That way, I'll get my burgers, Mexican food, Asian food, seafood and the wonderful Californian produce

                          French -- have a weakness for French desserts; Paris has some really good Middle Eastern food -- does that count? If not, I'd be happy eating everything from duck confit to some freakin' molecular gastronomic masterpiece from Pierre Gagnaire.

                          Chinese -- because it's so damn large there's tons of variety; dim sum, mabo tofu, xiao long bao, zi ran chao yang rou jia mo -- it's all good


                          Indian -- also a huge country with tons of variety; may be leaning towards Indian because California and Vancouver (which is in my Western America category) does have Chinese cuisine

                          If my Western America with all of the international influences answer is considered a cop-out, then my 3 choices would be:


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                          1. re: Miss Needle

                            Oooh, tricky. I am going with your Western American category too, plus Indian.

                            If that doesn't fly, then:


                          2. I would like to have one of my choices be "Asian" which would cover so many of the cuisines that I love: Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese. But in fairness to the game, here are my three choices:


                            Isn't it great that we don't have to limit ourselves? So many great foods, so little time...

                              1. <1> Italian
                                <2> Middle Eastern
                                <3> Gullah

                                1. Asian ( which covers Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese), American for simply grilled meats and Greek for the grilled octopus and simply prepared fish...YUM!

                                  1. Japanese

                                    But if I can cheat like taboo and say Asian as one of the choices, then I'll add to that Italian and Mexican.

                                      1. Japanese
                                        Middle Eastern

                                        1. Oh this is such a hard choice but here goes:

                                          Indian, Thai, Italian.

                                          But then there is something to be said for:

                                          German, Mexican, and Polish

                                          And: Greek, American, and Middle Eastern.

                                          And then everything else Asian rears it's head and hollers "Pick Me, you love me!!"

                                          Oh heck, I can't choose.

                                          1. Mexican, American South, and Italian.

                                            I just won't do without mom's lasange, macaroni and cheese, or taco trucks.

                                            1. Is it cheating to choose "American Fusion"?

                                                1. Chinese
                                                  Southern/Soul Food (very specific)

                                                  1. Asian, European and Latin

                                                    1. I refuse. To choose.

                                                      Not fair.

                                                      Taking my pots and spices and going home.

                                                      1. Asian, Mediteranean and French

                                                        1. Mesopotamian cuisine


                                                          And if I had to choose 3 then japanese as well.

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                                                          1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                            I have to ask. What exactly is Mesopotamian Cuisine??

                                                            1. re: KristieB

                                                              Mesopotamia was pretty much what we'd call modern day Iraq.

                                                            1. So many great combinations! Poor traditional British cuisine didn't stand a chance, which is hilarious because I'm craving fish & chips today! :)

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                                                              1. re: Bex714

                                                                I'd sort of assumed that you'd intended we not include our "home region" but if we can, then I'll certainly add British (whether traditional or modern) to my above two. Although perhaps not fish and chips - as it's rarely done well.

                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                  of course you could! if your region is what you love, why deny yourself?

                                                                  1. re: Bex714

                                                                    Ta very much. I'll have it then.

                                                                    Probably the second best regional European cuisine for use of seasonal produce (after Italy).

                                                              2. Eurasian, Pan-American and Afro-Oceanic.

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                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                  That pretty much covers all the bases! Good job!

                                                                    1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                      I guess given their handle, SnackHappy would have included that somewhere in the Eurasian category. :-) or maybe it's Pan-Oceanic cuisine, afterall, Cupcake Island is out there somewhere!

                                                                2. Asian (Korean, Japanese, Thai, etc.)
                                                                  Mediterranean (Italian, Greek, Spanish, etc.)

                                                                  MIL is Mexican, and I've had my fill of that.

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                                                                  1. re: Michelly

                                                                    Aw, heck, but I'd still want a REALLY GOOD cheeseburger once in a while!

                                                                  2. This is a toughie! I read this right before bed and literally lay awake thinking about my answer. Now I have to post it despite the late hour:


                                                                    Indian (north and south Indian)

                                                                    Chinese (this is sort of cheating since I'm including Korean Chinese like jia jiang mian and kimchi... which I'm counting as Chinese since my mama used to make it; Japanese Chinese like futomaki and omusubi, especially popular in Taiwan; Portuguese Chinese like dan tat; Thai Chinese like curry beef puffs; Uighur Chinese gyro-like meat from a spit on naan)

                                                                    Runners up would be Turkish, Mexican (especially coastal cuisine) and maybe southern U.S.

                                                                    1. I couldn't do it, but....
                                                                      Middle Eastern
                                                                      Americana (a big steak dinner comes to mind-I think BBQ could be in that catagory as well, along with burgers and grilled cheese. And Buffalo wings. And BLT's. And...you get the drift.)

                                                                      1. Definitely Vietnamese and Jamaican