Has anyone else seen this Map of State foods that's been floating around the internet this week?
I think what I love most about traveling is experiencing the food. I think that's probably what everyone loves most right? Whenever we travel or move somewhere new, the most exciting part is finding new places to eat and trying whatever the "specialty" is in that area. We found living in Chicago last year that we ate so much deep dish pizza and Italian food. And now living in Texas, I don't even know where an Italian restaurant is (we do occasionally order pizza) but we crave more than anything Mexican food because we've found it is the best around here! The BBQ is amazing also, (I loved the beef brisket) but something about the Mexican food has us obsessed.
This map is so fascinating to me because I love food duh, and because it shows so much variety and you can really see the difference in cultures. The north is all about comfort foods. The south is all the best southern classics. The east coast is all lobster rolls and clam chowder. But then there are some foods I have never heard of, like funeral potatoes in Utah? Chislic in South Dakota? Marionberry pie in Oregon? Salmon candy in Alaska? And how funny is the Las Vegas "all you can eat buffet." I love that they don't even have a specific food specialty, just the overall buffet! But it's really so true.
What really got me excited about this map was the "hand held meat pie" for Nebraska. I had never heard of these before we lived there, but they are THE BOMB. We used to go to this drive-thru place called Runza where we would get these all the time. It was actually the "last meal" we had in Omaha the night before me moved. And I've never seen anything like it since then. And the "Michigan Pasty"...well that's really more of a northern Michigan thing, but I have had one before and so good! Maybe I just love meat pies?....or I was just born and raised in the cold north so I'll always lean towards warm comfort foods ;)
After seeing this, my food-by-state wish list would be to try:
1.) Pennsylvania- philly cheese steak.
2.) Alabama- fried green tomatoes.
3.) Maine- lobster roll.
4.) Vermont- cheddar cheese apple pie.
5.) Florida- key lime pie. (been there about 50 times, never had one!)
How about you, any foods you would love to try? Is the food shown for your state true or not? Are you hungry now? Me too..