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Video

Irish People Try American Cakes For The First Time [WATCH]

People trying foods they’re not familiar with for the first time is always fascinating to watch. Facts., the YouTube channel that features Irish people reacting to various foods and experiences they’ve never had before, recently made a video of our European brethren trying popular American cakes.

These cakes include Boston Creme Pies, Brown Derby Grapefruit Cakes, Whoopie Pies, Coca-Cola Cakes and Kansas Dirt Cakes. Each cake is most popular within a different region of the country.

Check out the video for their reactions to these American-made desserts. This segment seriously needs to come with a glass of milk.

Photo + Video: Facts.

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Video

Watch Irish People Try American BBQ For The First Time

Earlier this year, a video was posted showing Korean girls trying American BBQ for the first time. Now, the folks over at Facts. posted a video showing Irish people trying American BBQ for the first time.

When we say try American BBQ, we mean the entire experience. The video shows them trying more than just smoked meats. There’s biscuits and gravy, burnt-end beans and pretty other foods associated with American BBQ culture.

You may best know the channel for filming reactions of Irish people as they try American foods, snacks and beverages for the very first time.

Check out the video while we go track down some ribs.

Photo: Fact.

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Features

15 Foods That Define America, According To The Rest Of The World

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to American food. A few weeks ago, we shared a video showing Korean girls trying American barbecue for the first time and what their initial impressions were.

What we spent most of our lives eating in the US is a completely different experience for those living on the other side of the world.

A question was recently posed on Reddit asking what non-Americans would consider American food. Growing up in the US, there are a TON of answers that immediately popped into our heads.

Pretty cool to see what folks from other countries consider the symbol of American food.

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Corn Dogs

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Meatloaf

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Sloppy Joe’s

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Fried Chicken and Waffles

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Cornbread

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New England Clam Chowder

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Buffalo Wings

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Dr. Pepper

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Peanut Butter

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Hot Dogs

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Pop-Tarts

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Burger and Fries

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Philly Cheesesteak

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Delivery Pizza

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Barbecue

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Fast Food

BK Debuts Whopper with Four Cheeses, That’s Like Three More

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Because every fast food place is trying to reinvent their menus these days, Burger King has introduced a new variation of their famous Whopper. This one, however, comes with four cheeses.

The burger features a quarter-pound beef patty, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. To live up to its name, the new Whopper is stacked with a slice of melted American cheese, a cheddar sauce and a creamy three-cheese blend. Though we’re kind of feeling like that three-cheese blend is a bit of a cheat. As long as it’s cheesy, we guess.

It should also be noted that the quarter-pound patty is weighed before the cooking process. So expect less.

At 850 calories, the Four Cheese Whopper will be available for a limited time at participating Burger King locations.

H/T Grub Grade

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Hit-Or-Miss

Professional Cheese Babysitter Is a Real and Magical Job

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If you have a job where all you do is sit, and eat and rate cheese, you’ve made it. A professional cheese grader from a Cabot Creamery in Vermont believes that he is a “cheese babysitter” because that’s pretty much what his job entails.

Senior cheese grader Craig Gile defines cheddar profiles on a daily basis, reports WCAX. This means he’s determining what’s mild and what’s sharp by eating lots and lots of cheese. His daily tasks include testing sharpness of cheese (the more resistance the sharper), as well as detecting notes of fruitiness or yeast. Gile also looks out for discolorations or abnormalities in the cheese. Sir, you have the best job ever.

“Sometimes you do have stubborn cheeses. I usually refer to my job as babysitting cheese. I do really think of them as having their own personalities,” Gile tells WCAX. He describes his job as an amalgam of cheese babysitter and cheese shrink, thanks to his degree in psychology.

Apparently you don’t even need a world-class palate to become a cheese babysitter. You just have to know what you’re looking for and love cheese.

That’s practically this entire office.

H/T Consumerist

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Japan ‘American Vintage’ Menu Debuts January 2014

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McDonalds Japan is bringing customers back to the good ol’ days with their new “American Vintage” menu items. Similar to McDonalds France’s “Breads & America” promotion Japan has created burgers that supposedly sums up American culture.

The American Vintage menu features “1950’s diner fare, 1970’s soul food and 1980’s pop culture cuisine”. The three menus will make their debut throughout January and February. The 1950’s American Diner will kick off the promotion with menu items available starting January 7 and lasting until about the end of the month.

Items on the 1950’s themed menu includes the Diner Double Beef with Chicago-style steak sauce and mashed potatoes (as seen below). It also looks like McDonalds’ signature round egg also sits atop the retro burger. Other items include the Diner Honey Mustard and Classic Fries with cheese and bacon flavor topping. Seriously McDonalds, if those fries don’t scream America I don’t know what will. How about making those bad boys available on our side of the world?

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The 1970’s Soul Food menu includes items that literally have the word “groovy” in front of them to get them in that 70’s spirit. The sandwiches are “Hot & Groovy” and are available in both chicken and beef. The 1970’s menu will run from the end of January until mid-February when the 1980’s Pop Culture menu will round out the promotion until the start of March. Similar to the laziness of the 1970’s menu the supposed pop culture menu includes American BBQ Chicken, which is a fried chicken patty that looks a bit like a McChicken just sitting on some barbecue sauce. Yes, there’s a beef version of this too, the American BBQ Beef is a McDouble with some bacon on top of a barbecue sauce soaked bun. Yum.

H/T + PicThx RocketNews24

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Recipes

My Mama’s Egg Rolls – A Recipe by MasterChef Christine Ha [RECIPE]

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As you know, Foodbeast was able to get an exclusive with MasterChef season 3 winner, Christine Ha. We were also lucky enough to feature an exquisite recipe from her new book, Recipes From My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food.

These egg rolls were something Christine’s mother used to make for her and something Christine has spent years trying to recreate. And now, thanks to her cookbook deal for winning MasterChef, all you Foodbeasts out there can enjoy her recipe from home.

Chow down, folks! And then hug your moms for me!

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MY MAMA’S EGG ROLLS

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MAKES 50 LARGE OR 100 SMALL EGG ROLLS

Vietnamese egg rolls are one of my absolute favorite things to eat — I could easily eat them every day. Nobody made them better than my own mama, who would set aside a whole day to make them. Because prepping and cooking them was so time consuming, egg rolls were a rare treat in my home. I liked to help my mama mix the filling, breathing in the pungent aromas of garlic and fish sauce. I loved peeling the egg roll skins apart, and eventually, when I proved to be pretty good at it, she let me try my own hand at wrapping. I’ve relied on my olfactory and tactile memories to re-create those rolls here. Serve these with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette (page 178), for dipping, or do as I do and eat them straight.

Ingredients 

  • 4 ounces dried wood ear mushrooms
  • 8 ounces dried bean thread noodles
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 100 (5 x 5-inch) Filipino egg roll wrappers*
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Peanut or canola oil

*Filipino egg roll wrappers are not easy to find. If you can’t find them, use rice paper wrappers instead. See “Skin Deep.”

Directions

Soak the mushrooms and noodles in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender, then finely chop.

In a large bowl, combine the pork, shrimp, onion, carrot, mushrooms, noodles, garlic, shallots, fish sauce, and eggs and season with pepper to taste. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Place a wrapper in front of you with 1 point facing you. Place 1 tablespoon of the filling on the center bottom third of the wrapper, depending on its size.

Fold the bottom corner up over the filling, pinching the skin tightly around the filling to get rid of air pockets. Fold the left corner over the filling, followed by the right. Dab a little beaten egg on the top and roll the egg roll away from you and seal it.

Pour 2 inches of oil into a heavy-bottom saucepan. Heat the oil to 350°F and deep-fry the egg rolls in batches until golden brown and crisp, turning occasionally, making sure not to overcrowd the pan so that they don’t stick together.

SKIN DEEP

When shopping for the egg roll skins, try to buy the Filipino wrappers and not the Chinese ones, which are too thick and will produce a bubbly skin after frying. My grandma made even more traditional egg rolls by using Vietnamese rice paper instead of the Filipino skins; if using rice paper, soak the dehydrated rice paper in very hot water to make it pliable before wrapping. Since the rice paper is already sticky, you won’t need any egg to seal it.

CREDIT: Reprinted from “Recipes from my Home Kitchen” by Christine Ha. Copyright (c) 2013 by Reveille Independent LLC. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.

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Hit-Or-Miss Humor

United Steaks of America

Better snatch these up before it’s too late. If you love meat, steak in particular and you also claim to be an art connoisseur then this is perfect for you. There is not much, food wise, that’s more American than steak. The United Steaks of America is a art series of 5-layer screen-prints on freezer paper, rendered in the shape of a US state. There are only 10 of each state being made, each one being 9″ x 16″ in size. $100 gets you all 50 states, and makes you the owner of one of the coolest art collections known to man. I should just buy a set, and then open a steak house based on that theme with the same name. Don’t take my idea. (Thx Etsy) (Source: Coolmaterial)