Nerd ham award - still occasional culture shock
Thursday January 21st, 2010
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still occasional culture shock
At lunch today there were hot dogs, baked potatoes, and chili. There was a table with lots of different toppings on. I had a little panic because I didn't know which toppings were meant to go with which item, so I didn't get any. (Though I managed to put some mustard on my hot dog).

In hindsight I could have just combined the foods however I liked, but never mind.

I'm a bit put off because I had a filling this morning and my mouth feels funny.

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graphxgrrl
<06:36 pm on Thursday January 21st, 2010
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You need a handy pocket guide for American condiment pairings? :)
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treacle_well
<07:00 pm on Thursday January 21st, 2010
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In hindsight I could have just combined the foods however I liked, but never mind.

Yeah but... when someone made fun of your weird combos you'd feel ignorant and humiliated.

I think I'd have a similar bit of panic in a similar situation and I don't know how bold I'd be with just putting things together however I liked. Because internally it does make a difference to me whether I'm making an unusual food-combo and know it's unusual (like how I like to add bacon on top of a bagel with cream cheese), or doing something unusual with food because I don't know any better.


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goose_entity
<07:16 pm on Thursday January 21st, 2010
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I always go with the "put on whatever I fancy and laugh off any comments" plan.

It helps that I have an established reputation as a foodie, so people tend to follow what I do ;)
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ekatarina
<08:54 pm on Thursday January 21st, 2010
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I vote for putting on what you want. Asking "what do I put on" could start a long loooong and tedious debate. Some people are adamant about these things.

Ekatarina, green relish, ketchup, and onions
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keletkezes
<09:30 am on Friday January 22nd, 2010
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Sounds like crumpets: other than butter, what else? I've been known to combine cheese, jam and tuna-mayo on the same plate (not the same crumpet) but I know people who'll only eat sweet and those who'll only eat savoury. I suppose making a 'cultural faux-pas' in your own country is easier, though!
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