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when far from home, what foods do you miss/crave the most?

Just returned from a trip to Europe and realized that the one type of food that I missed the most when I'm away is dim sum. It's not necessarily my favourite food but I guess it is one of those comfort foods that I love more than I care to admit.

What do you crave when you are far from home?

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  1. When i am away from NJ

    - decent pizza
    - pork roll/taylor ham
    - NJ sloppy joes
    - decent delis

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    1. re: MattInNJ

      Atlantic City was my family's vacation spot every summer. The first thing we'd do when we arrived, was to have a Taylor Pork Roll. This was back in the mid fifties and you couldn't buy them anywhere by NJ.

      1. re: amokscience

        My two -exactly Amok!

        I lived in the UK for 6 years and absolutely craved NY pizza and hamburgers.

        I was able to get very good Italian pizza, as I happened to live in an area populated by Italian immigrants - but it still wasnt a NY slice...and nothing compares!

        1. re: NellyNel

          Oh - and since I am back in the states - I crave English/Chinese "Crispy Seaweed"
          Still cannot fathom why this Chinese restaurant menu staple in the UK is not available here.
          It's so delicious, tasty and addictive.

          I also miss sausage rolls and anything dairy!

      2. I think I craved a Big Mac once.

        To tell you the truth, I've had the opposite problem. I still crave the eggs, cheeses, breads, and coffee I had every morning during my stays in Europe. That was two years ago.

        1. I have lived in Europe for twenty years and the only thing I still really (really!) miss from home is tamatillo sauce, pinto beans and fresh corn tortillas. I used to miss bagels, pecans (which you can find here but they are too expensive and never very good) and frozen yogurt - but I easily live without these items now.

          1. When I'm in Europe I'm too busy eating happily to have any cravings. When in Moscow, I find breakfasts to be....challenging. I miss being able to have a simple bacon-eggs-toast brekkie.

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            1. re: SherBel

              What is a typical Moscow breakfast?

              1. re: sweetTooth

                In truth, I don't know what would be considered typical for residents. I always stay in a huge hotel that's geared to Russian business types, and they put on a huge buffet. Beyond huge. It's in an enormous white marble room, the size of a ballroom. Food choices are legion....fish, meats, yummy little meatballs, cereals, puddings, and a pastry display that's wonderful. Gentleman in a white tux playing a white baby grand, (Old standards, "Moon River" and so forth)......but no bacon. No toast. No eggs.

                I'm not complaining, mind you. It's just that it's a bit intimidating sometimes, and a back-home breakfast would be comforting, you know?