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Regional Pecuiarities?

Hue Oct 24, 2013 03:42 PM

Mentioned to a friend about putting sugar on fried green tomatoes and she didn't believe me!!! Anyone else use sugar on fried tomatoes.
Also told her that I knew several people who would put raw eggs in their beer.
She really thinks I am "out there", anyone back my play here???

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    BuildingMyBento Oct 27, 2013 08:21 AM

    The one that plagues me the most is when I order a drink, say a young coconut or another juice, and it is served with added sugar and other rubbish. In other words, why is the "regular" the "special?"

    Happens too frequently in Indonesia.

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    1. re: BuildingMyBento
      NE_Wombat Oct 27, 2013 09:04 AM

      It's a similar phenomenon as "regular" coffee in the Boston area.

      If you say "Coffee,...regular" (actually, Coffee,..regulah) in this area, it means "with (extra) cream and sugar". Think of "regular" to mean "in the manner it's generally expected".

      Of course, if you've been here long enough, "tonic" is the general term for all carbonated beverages. "Spa" is also the local word other places use for "corner store" - leading to phrases like: "Let's go to the spa for a tonic".

      1. re: NE_Wombat
        meatn3 Oct 27, 2013 09:25 AM

        Any idea how "spa" became used like this?

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          bagelman01 Oct 27, 2013 09:55 AM

          spa is also used in southern Connecticut. Growing up I ate breakfast many mornings at the College Spa on College Street in New Haven next to the Shubert Theartre.

          Spa became a name used by places that had a soda fountain to make drinks. In Europe, I went to the spa to take the waters and have a cure. You could walk thru the spa lobby and there would be glasses by the fountain for taking the water. The stainless and chrome display of glasses and the soda fountain was made to sound more elegant by calling it a spa.

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            meatn3 Oct 27, 2013 10:52 AM

            So perhaps from the tradition of bubbly water from resort/medicinal springs it transitioned to the soda fountain. Language is endless fascinating and so much history hides behind everyday usage!

            It has been over 20 years since I visited Hot Springs, Arkansas. At that time the city maintained publicly accessible spigots for people to fill their own jugs with the spring water. There were station wagons with out of state plates there to be filled with gallon after gallon of water.

        2. re: NE_Wombat
          jgg13 Oct 27, 2013 02:11 PM

          You don't really hear tonic, etc anymore. Maybe really old townies but that's about it

      2. meatn3 Oct 26, 2013 10:45 AM

        On visits to Wisconsin it appears popular to mix blue cheese dressing with 1000 island dressing when eating a salad.

        1. Bada Bing Oct 25, 2013 06:15 PM

          I think that ketchup on homemade macaroni and cheese is a northern plains USA and middle Canada phenomenon. Hard to say, though. I started a Chow thread some time ago on that issue. The result was just a bit short of flame wars:


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          1. re: Bada Bing
            miss_belle Oct 26, 2013 11:09 AM

            Growing up we always put ketchup on homemade mac and cheese. Still do. Perfect match.

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              melpy Nov 7, 2013 09:16 AM

              They did stewed tomatoes on mac and cheese in PA when I was in college.

              I wasn't really a fan.

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              salsailsa Oct 25, 2013 02:25 PM

              Not regional to here but while living in France, they put french fries IN the sandwich- if you ordered avec frites, it came grilled in your sandwich or added to your kebab.

              Didn't taste bad but seemed a bit odd.

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              1. re: salsailsa
                Miri1 Oct 25, 2013 03:35 PM

                In Israel, they put fries in the falafel sandwich, right on top. Its so good. Its one of many popular falafel fillings, right there with the sauerkraut and hot peppers. Yum!

                In Mexico they sprinke chili powder and or lime juice on melons and mangoes. Don't care for the chili, but the lime is delicious.

                1. re: salsailsa
                  melpy Oct 25, 2013 03:59 PM

                  In central PA they put fries on salad.

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                    salsailsa Oct 26, 2013 07:45 AM

                    What kind of salad would they use?

                    1. re: salsailsa
                      melpy Nov 7, 2013 09:15 AM

                      Like a green salad. I think it is a Pittsburgh thing but a bunch of the restaurants near me do it.

                      Restaurant Descriptions:

                      Pittsburgh Steak Salad
                      Fresh from Iron City, this salad of mixed greens,
                      [restaurant name] french fries, Monterey Jack and Cheddar
                      cheese and grilled steak is a must for any steak

                      Pittsburgh-style Steak salad
                      Slices of grilled tenderloin, mushrooms, onion and bell pepper served on a bed of lettuce with tomato and cheddar jack and crispy french fries. Served with our house tomato vinaigrette.

                    2. re: melpy
                      BuildingMyBento Oct 27, 2013 08:17 AM

                      My family and I went to a restaurant in Billings, Montana which served all of our salads with Goldfish crackers.

                  2. bagelman01 Oct 25, 2013 02:12 PM

                    I don't eat tomatoes...BUT when I worked in a Greek owned pizza place while in college, the owner would take freshly fried battered eggplant slices right out of the hot oil and sprinkle sugar on them and eat. I tried it and it was absolutely delicious. BUT this requires the eggplant be dipped in batter and fried, NOT bread crumbs.

                    My father told me that while growing up during the depression it was not unusual to be given a snack of bread (home baked) and sugar as butter was too costly.

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                      Nanzi Oct 25, 2013 10:35 AM

                      In Delaware fried oysters are served with chicken salad, an odd combination to me. However I like both. Mostly done at firehall fund raisers. I am told it is a Delmarva Peninsula 'thing', and the dinners are always sold out!! and 'slippery noodles' too.

                      1. jrvedivici Oct 25, 2013 07:28 AM

                        I've never done either of the examples stated, if you don't mind me asking what region are you from? (assuming you are indicating these are the norm in your region)

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                        1. re: jrvedivici
                          Hue Oct 25, 2013 11:40 AM

                          Balt/Wash area...where we also serve sauerkraut and keilbasa as a part of the traditional Thanksgiving day dinner!!

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                          miss_belle Oct 25, 2013 07:25 AM

                          My husband sprinkles salt on watermelon.

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                            pine time Oct 25, 2013 11:45 AM

                            Growing up, we salted watermelon, apples, oranges. But not bananas.

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                              melpy Oct 25, 2013 03:58 PM

                              I salt applesauce. But that is probably just me.

                            2. re: miss_belle
                              mtlcowgirl Oct 26, 2013 07:33 AM

                              I salt my Granny Smiths.

                              1. re: miss_belle
                                DebinIndiana Oct 26, 2013 05:19 PM

                                We always salt melons, too. Salt watermelon. Salt and pepper cataloupes.

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                                  Kelli2006 Oct 26, 2013 09:49 PM

                                  I like in Ohio and putting salt on melons is very common.

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                                Linda VH Oct 25, 2013 07:14 AM

                                Don't know if this is peculiar to the midwest but....when I lived in South Dakota I was introduced to red beer. I dislike beer so they suggested red beer which I like.

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                                1. re: Linda VH
                                  Tripeler Oct 25, 2013 09:04 PM

                                  Linda, by red beer do you mean draft beer mixed with tomato juice, or some type of red ale?

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                                    Linda VH Oct 27, 2013 08:51 AM

                                    mixed with tomato juice - never had even heard of it until went to South Dakota

                                  2. re: Linda VH
                                    salsailsa Oct 26, 2013 07:44 AM

                                    Red eyes are what we call them. Except in Manitoba we make them with Clamato.

                                  3. Motosport Oct 25, 2013 06:53 AM

                                    When I travel down South I always have a hard time getting butter. They put out margarine with the bread or biscuits.

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                                      BuildingMyBento Oct 24, 2013 07:40 PM

                                      Not quite the same, but granulated sugar sprinkled on tomatoes is a common snack at some restaurants in China.

                                      I've had raw egg in a few breakfast drinks before, which oddly enough was also in China.

                                      Or, is it odd...

                                      1. mrbigshotno.1 Oct 24, 2013 04:17 PM

                                        She sounds like someone who just eats Ramens and fast food.

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                                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1
                                          Hue Oct 25, 2013 12:52 PM

                                          Actually she is quite the cook, but not a native to the area hence the reqional question.

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