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When it comes to all things culinary, America has always had a way with food. Even when the rest of the world has established a specific term for a delicious dish, when they’re in the States they might need to dig deeper to find the right words to order what they really want to eat. From Great Britain to Australia, there are many food items that differ from those in the USA.

At Bright Side we gathered the main things from America’s menus that have really confused the rest of the world and we’ll present them to you right away to save you from having a food panic attack during your next trip around the world.

1. Pudding

One of the main differences between the USA and the UK desserts is what each culture is referring to when they say pudding. Basically, this is because in the UK the term “pudding” is used for any dessert, while there are also specific sweets that contain the word “pudding” in their name. For Americans though, pudding is a creamy dessert served in a bowl or a glass, eaten with a spoon.

2. Eggs

If you live in America and have visited Europe or vice versa, you’ve probably noticed that the eggs in supermarkets in the US are refrigerated, but in Europe, all eggs are kept outside the fridge. This is because according to the law, Americans should sanitize and clean the eggs before being sold. Eggs that are sold in European supermarkets are illegal in America.

3. Milky Way bars

If you are a Milky Way lover, you need to know that in the UK the famous chocolate bars are all chocolate and nougat, while in the USA there is also caramel somewhere in between which makes a Milky Way from the US look more like a Mars bar. Despite their differences, both are really tasty.

4. Pancakes

You might be surprised, but pancakes are not the same everywhere. If you are in Russia and you order “pancakes” you get a delicious dessert that looks and tastes more or less like French crepes. Be sure to specify that you want classic American pancakes if you want to taste the famous fluffy breakfast food.

5. Breadsticks

Even though a lot of Italians are living and cooking in the USA, traditional “grissini,” or breadstick, took a wrong turn apparently. In the USA, if you ask for breadsticks you’ll get those soft bready sticks with lots of garlic for dipping in several sauces.

However, in Italy, breadsticks are crunchy baked sticks of bread that are usually used as a side for wine or salad, or just eaten as snacks.

6. Toast

When it comes to toast, Americans and French are far apart from each other. In America, a traditional toast is just a slice of grilled bread that is usually served as an accompaniment to other dishes. In France though, if you order a toast you’ll get a tasteful sweet delight which is made with bread soaked in beaten eggs, with sugar, milk, cinnamon and vanilla.

7. Bacon

We must admit that both cooking styles are equally delicious; we’re talking about bacon after all. However, there is a huge difference between USA bacon, which is crunchy and greasy and the English style bacon which is softer and chewier. The British love to use it with bread slices for their popular bacon sandwiches.

8. Ketchup

You’d be surprised if you go to Australia and ask for ketchup in your burger. The famous American sauce for burgers and fries is not commonly known in Australia by the same name. Australians call it tomato sauce, which in the USA is used for cooking several other tasty recipes.

9. Chips

If you are in the UK and you order “fish and chips,” you’ll get what you see in the photo to the right. For Americans, it would definitely come as a surprise to get French fries when they ordered chips. However, that is just one of the many food differences between the 2 countries. Chips, one of the most famous snacks in the USA, are called crisps in the UK.

10. Jelly

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which are really popular in the US, are actually made of what the rest of the world calls “jam.” In China, for example, if you want to buy some “jelly” this is what you’ll get: a small sweet gelatin dessert, or what Americans call Jell-O.

11. Flapjacks

Flapjacks is actually another word that Americans use for their classic fluffy pancakes. In Britain however, flapjacks are energy bars made with oats, sugar or syrup, fruit, and maybe chocolate bits. It’s more like a snack in the UK rather than the breakfast or brunch delicacy that it is in the USA.

12. Gravy

Gravy is a really popular dish in the US. It consists of soft biscuits with meat gravy sauce made of chopped cooked pork sausage, milk, white flour, and pepper. In Europe, gravy is pretty popular too, but as a sauce for pouring it on top of beef or other cooked meat dishes. It is made of meat sauce, flour, onions, and pepper and it has no sausage in it.

13. Pigs in blankets

Pigs in a blanket is a famous dish worldwide. However, there are several recipes on how to make it, 2 of the basic ones are: the American way and the British way. The first one is to roll sausages in pastry dough and bake them and the second one uses bacon as a ‘blanket’ over sausages before baking them. Both are really delicious choices for appetizers at parties and especially during Christmas in the UK.

14. Cookies

In the USA every thin, sweet, crispy or soft, small cake that is made with flour is called a cookie. The word comes from the Dutch koekje and means exactly that, small cake. However, in the UK there is a big difference because the word cookie is only used to refer to chocolate chip cookies.

On the contrary, in the States, a cookie can include any ingredients the baker wants to put inside.

15. Pie

When it comes to pie, Americans are talking about a baked dish made of pastry dough, that has a filling inside, and is open on top. The most famous American pies are apple pie and cherry pie. However, in Greece where pies are a traditional dish in almost every region of the country, pies are almost always savory and fully covered with handmade dough.

Pies in the USA look more like what European countries call a tart.

16. Popsicle

This summer delight only has the name popsicle in the US. While in Britain and the rest of the world the frozen fruit juice treat is called an “ice lolly.”

All that food talk really worked up our appetite! Have you tasted any of the dishes above? What about your region, do you have anything that is cooked differently than it is in the rest of the world? Share your culinary experiences in the comments. We’d love to hear about them!

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How Self-Hatred Can Insensibly Poison Our Lives

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American woman Shelli Wilder Netko wrote a post about what worries all the women in the world — self-hatred, inevitable aging, and the race against time that will definitely be lost. But instead of worrying about these things, we should just focus on loving the people around us. Her post was so moving that we feel for her from the bottom of our hearts.

Here at Bright Side, this post has moved us a step closer to the most sincere love for ourselves. We hope it will do the same for you.

I have never really liked my hands. I have short, calloused fingers, wide palms, and messed up nail beds from a nail-biting stint when I was in grade school. Add to it the effect of knuckle-popping, which I became obsessed with after I saw the cool kid on the block do it in second grade. But nonetheless, I’ve always referred to my hands as looking like “dog paws,” versus the long, graceful hands that my sister has and that I’ve always wanted. I’ve always thought I was in the wrong line when God sprinkled “beautiful hand fairy dust” on the babies.

To add to my hand shame, since my 20s I’ve had the biggest, juiciest veins in my hands and forearms that have always been a phlebotomist’s dream come true, causing my hands to look a bit masculine and old if you ask me. When my kids were young they liked to sit by me during church and “play” with my veins to make the time pass more quickly. They would sometimes ask why my hands were “like that.” The standard mom answer applied here, “They just are, Hun.” But I always liked it — having one of them holding and touching my hands, no matter where or when or why.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve done my part to win the anti-aging race with my body and face. Eating healthy, exercising, and spending far too much money taking care of my skin. And yet, when I look down at my keyboard countless times a day, I still see these hands that look much older than my heart feels, and appear as if they could use a nice rest.

When the photographer stopped me to pose for this photo at my wedding in March to capture my sash and ring on the lace pattern of my dress, I automatically blurted out, “Can you edit the picture? I don’t like my hands.” Everyone has something they don’t fully embrace about themselves, don’t they?

But when the wedding photos came back I saw my hands in a whole new light. This picture is so beautiful, it captures everything. I saw the hands that had baked about 200 Birthday cakes, a truckload of cookies, changed thousands of diapers, wiped away a million crocodile tears, and clapped till they were raw cheering my kids on through every sport.

I saw this picture and I saw a gift. These hands may not be the smoothest, most graceful, longest, most feminine hands, but they are perfectly suited for the work that was laid out for me. These hands have been blessed with holding my newborn babies and grandbabies and holding the father of my children as he took his last breath.

I will find a beautiful frame for this picture to remind myself constantly of the love and purpose and duty I have in this life, and to remind myself that I have my mother’s hands — her gift to me.

What do you think of this story? Is there something about your appearance that you don’t like? Tell us in the comment section below.

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A Daughter Wanted to Brag About Her Gorgeous Mom on Twitter and Accidentally Started a Beauty Contest

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We’re totally used to social media sites that turn out to be an unpredictable phenomenon today and any post has the potential to go viral. This is what happened to a girl whose screen name is Your boyfriend’s best friend who posted a photo of her 43-year-old mom on Twitter and accidentally started a beauty contest. And even though it was just moms who took part in this sudden marathon, it was a dad who won!

Bright Side couldn’t stand aside and has decided to show you some women who know about the secret of eternal youth. And the winner, of course.

In just one day, a daughter made her mom popular: her post got 23,000 likes and caused a lot of hype in the comments. Twitter users were really interested in her beauty secrets, because this 43-year-old woman looks really magnificent. So some people asked for her cosmetologist’s contact details and others tried to find out the woman’s phone number, promoting themselves as potential suitors.

Some people also wanted to show off their beautiful moms, so they started posting their photos in the comments. As a result, the post turned into a real beauty contest.

The more women who have managed to stop time there were, the more they were suspected in using magic.

Some users even doubted that they were relatives with their moms at all. Let’s agree: when a mother looks better than her daughter, the suspicions about whether they have common genes or not are pretty relevant.

Undoubtedly, all these women are extremely popular with men, even the younger ones.

It’s hard to believe that these hot beauties have 3, 4, or even 5 kids.

The finalists were women who were older than 60. When you look at them, you realize that age is just a number.

But the winner was a dad. Apparently, a user who calls themselves Taste Booster wanted to dilute this beauty flow with a touch of masculinity. All in all, the photo of a man lying down among all the fish he caught, a cat, and a dog hit the jackpot: the picture got 1,700 likes and became more successful than any of the other photos in the comments. The only exception was the photo of the person who started this beauty contest.

Undoubtedly, all the moms who participated in this viral post deserve admiration, but the picture “Dad and some bream” is an amazing sensation. Which one do you like the most?

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Costs of raising pets and changing pet market consumer trends

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In the past couple of decades, it’s become far more common in Korea to own a pet.
Owning a pet, of course, usually costs some money.
In this report, our Hong Yoo looks at how much that might be and how the petcare market is changing.
More than 10 million people living in South Korea have a pet.
That’s one pet for every four households.
According to a pet report by KB Financial Group, raising a dog costs an average of 85 U.S. dollars a month and raising a cat requires an average of 64 dollars a month.
Most of that money goes on food and treats.
The rest of the money is used for medical care and grooming.
But people are happy to treat their pets because these days pet owners think of their pets as a member of their family.
In Korea, these people are called “PetFam”.
The pet food market alone has seen an average of 19 percent annual growth on the back of this trend.
And because people think of their pets as part of their family, they want to take their pets along with them on trips.
So tour companies have started creating “pet tours”.
“Because there are people who want this kind of tour, we saw the potential of such a product in the market and so we came up with our Jeju pet tour. Pets can accompany their family all the time during the tour to Jeju Island including at the restaurant, tour spots, and the hotel because this tour is pet-centered.”
There are even home spa products for pets such as skin moisturizers, scaling products and grooming mists labeled as premium products because they are organic, eco-friendly, and pet-friendly. They can cost up to 40 dollars.
“Before, people used to think about pets as a living thing that you can buy just like a toy. But because people think of their pets as a part of the family, the pet market has become similar to the baby market. So now, owners are turning to premium products for their pets.”
And there are also luxury pet shops which sell premium products that can cost up to a thousand dollars.
That is the cost of a pet bed made out of oak in the style of the bed of King Louis the 16th.
And at this luxury department store, the most popular dog food costs more than 50 dollars for just 1-and-a-half kilograms.
These changing consumer trends in the pet market show how owners are willing to spend a lot on the best quality products for their pets now that they are seen as part of the family.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.

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