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if you had to choose...?

Bex714 Oct 6, 2009 11:05 AM

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

  1. Johnresa Oct 22, 2009 01:10 PM

    Definitely Vietnamese and Jamaican

    1. s
      schrutefarms Oct 20, 2009 03:26 AM

      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. c
        cimui Oct 19, 2009 11:51 PM

        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. Michelly Oct 18, 2009 12:57 PM

          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
            Michelly Nov 2, 2009 05:29 PM

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

          2. SnackHappy Oct 13, 2009 07:37 AM

            Eurasian, Pan-American and Afro-Oceanic.

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            1. re: SnackHappy
              cuccubear Oct 13, 2009 08:20 AM

              That pretty much covers all the bases! Good job!

              1. re: cuccubear
                Paulustrious Oct 14, 2009 07:25 AM

                Not quite...


                1. re: Paulustrious
                  cuccubear Oct 14, 2009 09:32 AM

                  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. b
              Bex714 Oct 13, 2009 06:53 AM

              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
                Harters Oct 13, 2009 08:07 AM

                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
                  Bex714 Oct 15, 2009 01:42 PM

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

                  1. re: Bex714
                    Harters Oct 15, 2009 02:23 PM

                    Ta very much. I'll have it then.

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

              2. rockandroller1 Oct 12, 2009 05:32 AM

                Greek, Italian and French

                1. BamiaWruz Oct 12, 2009 03:49 AM

                  Mesopotamian cuisine


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

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                  1. re: BamiaWruz
                    KristieB Oct 19, 2009 08:12 PM

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

                    1. re: KristieB
                      Harters Oct 20, 2009 04:52 AM

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

                  2. jnk Oct 12, 2009 01:27 AM

                    Asian, Mediteranean and French

                    1. nomadchowwoman Oct 11, 2009 05:21 PM

                      I refuse. To choose.

                      Not fair.

                      Taking my pots and spices and going home.

                      1. jfood Oct 11, 2009 04:08 PM

                        Asian, European and Latin

                        1. hotteacher1976 Oct 11, 2009 04:02 PM

                          Southern/Soul Food (very specific)

                          1. EWSflash Oct 9, 2009 07:29 PM

                            Mexico and Japanese

                            1. s
                              sedimental Oct 9, 2009 04:11 PM

                              Is it cheating to choose "American Fusion"?

                              1. Popkin Oct 9, 2009 03:51 PM

                                Mexican, American South, and Italian.

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

                                1. k
                                  KristieB Oct 7, 2009 05:04 PM

                                  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. j
                                    Jacey Oct 7, 2009 03:41 PM

                                    Middle Eastern

                                    1. Paulustrious Oct 7, 2009 03:34 PM

                                      Asian and European.

                                      1. Dio Seijuro Oct 7, 2009 01:19 PM


                                        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. t
                                          taboo Oct 7, 2009 12:45 PM

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

                                          1. cuccubear Oct 7, 2009 12:13 PM

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

                                            1. Sam Fujisaka Oct 7, 2009 10:54 AM

                                              Lao, Mexican, Japanese

                                              1. s
                                                schmoopy Oct 7, 2009 10:44 AM

                                                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. Miss Needle Oct 7, 2009 10:10 AM

                                                  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
                                                    tcamp Oct 7, 2009 10:49 AM

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

                                                    If that doesn't fly, then:


                                                  2. Paula76 Oct 7, 2009 09:47 AM

                                                    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. l
                                                      laliz Oct 7, 2009 09:38 AM

                                                      California Cuisine

                                                      1. h
                                                        Harters Oct 7, 2009 08:42 AM

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

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

                                                        1. m
                                                          mojoeater Oct 6, 2009 03:00 PM

                                                          Mexican, Thai and Italian.

                                                          1. c
                                                            CookieWeasel Oct 6, 2009 02:36 PM

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

                                                            1. g
                                                              gordeaux Oct 6, 2009 12:48 PM

                                                              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
                                                                invinotheresverde Oct 7, 2009 12:47 PM

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

                                                              2. bayoucook Oct 6, 2009 12:17 PM

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

                                                                1. JenBoes Oct 6, 2009 12:14 PM

                                                                  Italian (pasta!!) and French

                                                                  1. Jennalynn Oct 6, 2009 11:43 AM

                                                                    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. j
                                                                      Janet from Richmond Oct 6, 2009 11:22 AM

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

                                                                      1. 16crab Oct 6, 2009 11:08 AM

                                                                        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
                                                                          Bex714 Oct 6, 2009 11:21 AM

                                                                          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
                                                                            16crab Oct 7, 2009 11:06 AM

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

                                                                            1. re: 16crab
                                                                              Sam Fujisaka Oct 7, 2009 11:31 AM

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

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