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Lorelai
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PostPosted: 09-Aug-10 4:23  Reply with quote

So, just for fun, tell me what foreign foods you've tried that you find strange. A friend finds potato chips rather peculiar. What else?
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PostPosted: 09-Aug-10 12:02  Reply with quote

The bread. Most of my Czech friends dislike the prepackaged bread sold in American grocery stores. The almost sweet flavor, weird texture and not crunchy crust are just strange to them.
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PostPosted: 09-Aug-10 12:51  Reply with quote

The bread, definitely. And beer and chocolate, too. The Czechs hold their bread, beer and chocolate in extremely high regard and look at other nations' variants with suspicion.

The Czechs are also deeply suspicious of seafood and some even find it revolting. Not surprising, it being a landlocked country and all...
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PostPosted: 09-Aug-10 20:07  Reply with quote

Sure, bread. The "best" bread in London is sold by Poles Smile.

I am looking forward to my September stay in the US, as we plan really low budget, especially for food, grocery stores like Walmart will be our "daily bread". After 3 weeks I will tell you more what I dislike about american food.
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PostPosted: 09-Aug-10 22:36  Reply with quote

The vast majority of the Czechs do not eat:

1) worms and insects including larvae (except unconsciously in fruit, mushrooms, etc.),
2) molluscs (gastropods, cephalopods), even the edible Roman snail plentifully living in our gardens (Helix pomatia) is not eaten but exported to France,
3) reptiles (snakes, lizards) and amphibians (frogs),
4) carnivore mammals (dogs, cats, etc.),
5) rodents except rabbits and hares.

From this list I have tried mussels, octopuses, frog legs and coypus (nutria). Only nutria was eatable, not much different from rabbit.

Surprisingly most Czechs eat crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, etc.).

I don't know what our ancestors ate during the times of famine. They certainly were not too fastidious.
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PostPosted: 10-Aug-10 20:21  Reply with quote

root beer and peanut butter.
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PostPosted: 11-Aug-10 7:42  Reply with quote

Sova wrote:
root beer and peanut butter.


Actually peanut butter tastes like Nugeta.
What is root beer?
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PostPosted: 11-Aug-10 11:35  Reply with quote

root beer is a non-alcoholic carbonated drink - think kofola about ten times sweeter...
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PostPosted: 11-Aug-10 14:52  Reply with quote

GlennInFlorida wrote:
root beer is a non-alcoholic carbonated drink - think kofola about ten times sweeter...


yuck hops beer is best beer
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PostPosted: 11-Aug-10 14:58  Reply with quote

Sova wrote:
root beer and peanut butter.

Most of Czechs would eat it without a blink. It's unusual, but not weird.

GlennInFlorida wrote:
think kofola about ten times sweeter

That must be almost saturated solution. Cool

bibax wrote:
The vast majority of the Czechs do not eat:

1) worms and insects including larvae (except unconsciously in fruit, mushrooms, etc.),
2) molluscs (gastropods, cephalopods), even the edible Roman snail plentifully living in our gardens (Helix pomatia) is not eaten but exported to France,
3) reptiles (snakes, lizards) and amphibians (frogs),
4) carnivore mammals (dogs, cats, etc.),
5) rodents except rabbits and hares.


That list could be much longer, we could include songbirds for instance, but perhaps it would be easier to put it the other way — what’s common in Czech cuisine.

And we should differentiate also the parts of animals. Czechs avoid brains, for instance.

Also the way of preparation could be important. Czechs mostly don’t eat raw-meat dishes, the only common exceptions are steak tartare, but even this dish is a no-no for many Czechs like me, dry-cured hams and some kinds of fish.

bibax wrote:
From this list I have tried mussels, octopuses, frog legs and coypus (nutria). Only nutria was eatable, not much different from rabbit.

I have absolutely no urge to ever eat a mollusc, the same for caviar. Frog is good, but not worth of the fiddly work. I eat rabbits time to time despite I dislike them, so I take you comment on nutria as a recommendation not to try it. I have tried once the oversized jumping rat from Australia (a kangaroo) and was not impressed at all.
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