When speaking with non-American’s about American food, you get two very different reactions.
- I love the food!
- The food sucks!
And we, too, had a love/hate relationship with American food while traveling though America. Firstly, there is absolutely LOADS of choice. America is like the Willy Wonka of food – if you think of it, it exists somewhere.
Another thing you cant get away from in America is portion size. Probably due to the fact that America is completely capable of farming nearly all of the country’s land! Compared to Australia, America is the ‘promised land’ in agriculture. There’s large portions of arable land right around the country.
America is also very good at “Hollywood” Dining – meaning – there’s a lot of theme restaurants that are ‘experiences’ to dine at – Two places were went to were the Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex. Every 30 minutes at the T-Rex, there’s a meteor shower and all the animatronics freak out for a bit.
It is absolutely amazing to see – the experience is incredible, but the food is crap! It’s american – it’s produced on a very large scale and there’s every type of dip known to man to dunk your french-fry in!
We found much healthier (and cheaper) options at the supermarket. They have giant salad bars where you choose what you want and they charge you by the pound. There’s a lot of healthy options here.
And here’s a hint to save money at the salad bar – pick all the lettuces and light vegetables – try not to pick anything with too much water – and also buy your own dressing separate. You’ll save a heap and will be able to add more if you want!
An Aussie girl gone walkabout in the great big world!