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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Lil Nas X and Wrangler’s “Old Town Road” clothing line inspires country music fan backlash
“Old Town Road” star Lil Nas X’s latest move is into fashion, courtesy of a collaboration with Wrangler, the legacy denim and apparel brand that’s become a signature element of the Western aesthetic.
The chart-topping rapper has partnered with the company to launch a capsule clothing collection inspired by his hit song and featuring graphic T-shirts, jeans, and other denim apparel. The collaboration is essentially an extension of one of the most memorable lyrics in “Old Town Road,” which shouts out Wrangler by name: “Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty.”
Wrangler describes the capsule collection, which launched May 20, as “fresh remixes of classic Wrangler styles for the kind of modern cowboy that can’t be put in a box.”
That’s a cheeky reference to “Old Town Road” itself, which sparked an intense debate over whether the song counts as country music when it debuted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in March, and was subsequently removed. Despite its references to established Western themes and imagery — the song’s lyrics revolve around a lone cowboy riding his horse into the sunset, after all — Billboard said the song “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Some country music fans and industry observers agreed, arguing that “Old Town Road” qualifies more as hip-hop than country. Others criticized Billboard for feeding rigid ideas about who or what qualifies as country enough, and suggested that Lil Nas X’s race played a part in the song’s reclassification; the fact that Lil Nas X is a black teenager from Atlanta and country is a predominantly white genre did not go unnoticed.
The song quickly became the catalyst for an industry-wide discussion about the definition of country music and racially tinged gatekeeping within the genre. It also became the top song in the country, and has now been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks straight.
Just like the song itself riled some country music fans amid an outpouring of support for Lil Nas X from his own expansive fanbase, the rapper’s collaboration with Wrangler has met with a polarized response.
The Lil Nas X capsule collection is clearly intended to celebrate and capitalize on the success of “Old Town Road.” Although many Lil Nas X fans have expressed interest in buying the collection, Wrangler is also facing criticism from some consumers, many of whom are threatening to boycott.
Much of the backlash is playing out on social media, where Wrangler has received thousands of comments from customers expressing anger and “disappointment.” (It is unclear if customers have also been contacting the company via other, less public methods; Vox has reached out to Wrangler for comment.) And much of the current conversation revolves around how Wrangler seems to be promoting inclusivity by branching out from its reputation as a brand worn by cowboys and farmers.
Two recent Instagram posts from Wrangler showcasing items from its Lil Nas X collection have received more than 1,000 comments each. While plenty of people have commented on how awesome it looks or asking questions about where to buy, several have declared that the “Old Town Road” items are “ruining the cowboy name that y’all have.”
“Wranglers are to be worn by cowboys and farmers not rappers this is very disappointing,” reads one representative Instagram comment.
Some commenters have more explicitly mentioned race — or called out others’ racism.
“This is the dumbest thing i have seen all day,” one user wrote. “Wtf @wrangler? Why is it about diversity and equality ? There jeans. Quit playin politics.”
WRANGLER JUST PARTNERED WITH LIL NAS X AND THE RACIST ARE MAD GO BUY UP ALL THE WRANGLER LIL NAS X COLLAB JEANS YOU CAN PEOPLE SUPPORT DIVERSITY pic.twitter.com/gwH2G7dULj
— tyler (@tylerujhazy) May 21, 2019
Lil Nas X, for his part, seemed mildly surprised by the response.
i mean honestly white people act like they are the only ones who are cowboys. come to my town in louisiana, we pull up to mcdonalds on horses and have rodeos every weekend.
— Blair Waldorf (@teonnyspears) May 21, 2019
These comments are in the same vein as those used by some country music fans to describe “Old Town Road” when the song made its chart debut, arguing that rappers have no place in the genre (often while neglecting to acknowledge modern country’s own hip-hop influences). Lingering over this debate is race, which many Instagram users have called out in the comments on Wrangler’s posts. Country music is perceived as an insular, predominantly white genre, while Lil Nas X is a black rapper who draws influences from black artists and musical styles.
But Wrangler’s continued support of Lil Nas X is clear; the brand has been actively responding to its detractors on social media, simply repeating on that is devoted to creating high-quality products for all of its customers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the drama over the Lil Nas X collection has only served to draw more attention to it. Some pieces have already sold out, like a pair of shorts that say “Wrangler” on the booty, in keeping with the lyrics of “Old Town Road.” Considering that items in the collection cost between $39 for a graphic T-shirt and $129 for a pair of jeans, the outcry, at least from Wrangler’s perspective, seems to have paid off.
20 Times People Snapped Something Truly Exceptional and Shared the Pics With the World
We are living in the world that is full of surprises where every single day is a new chance to see something so unusual that it makes you doubt your own vision. A treble clef in a bag of fries, a cat whose fur went gray only on his ears, or a person with 6 fingers — these are just a few extraordinary sights that made people reach for their phones and take a pic.
Here at Bright Side we can’t wait to share our list with you of pics showing the standout things people snapped on their ordinary days.
20. Someone found a treble clef in their fries.
19. The pattern on this dog’s chest resembles a cat’s silhouette.
18. Someone saw a landscape on the bottom of their coffee mug.
17. This stone looks like a pile of mini chocolate bars.
16. This cloud looks like a shark.
15. “This stick I found looks like a burning torch, flame included!”
14. “My sweater sort of matches my pillowcase.”
13. “This truck is carrying nothing but a toy dump truck.”
12. “My empanadas have the filling stamped into them.”
11. “I randomly found the tiniest snail I’ve ever seen! (standard bobby pin for scale)”
10. “My cat has double fangs on both sides.”
9. “This tree near my school track has absorbed a fence and shows the pattern on its bark.”
8. “This is an X-ray of my hedgehog.”
7. “My 12-year-old sister made this perfect cake on her first ever try making one.”
6. “I won every single prize on this lottery ticket.”
5. “I made a giant cardboard statue of my face.”
4. “My cousin’s wedding dress from last night has its own pockets.”
3. This is one million dollars in $10 bills.
2. “A customer came in and let me take a picture of her hands that had 6 fingers on each.”
1. “My aunt’s cat’s ears grayed to here a couple years ago and haven’t changed since.”
Have you ever spotted something truly rare? Did you manage to take a picture of the unusual sight?
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