Last week’s French Fridays with Dorie hamburger recipe got me discussing expat cravings with a few of my fellow american expats. Though tastes and even regional foods in the US are different, our general list of top foods we miss from home was remarkably similar.
- Mexican food – This is probably the one I hear most often from my fellow american expats. Paris based blogger & expat David Lebovitz recently did a post about how good Mexican food is slowly becoming available in Paris. One can only hope that the rest of Europe follows suit. As it stands now, even the ingredients to make Mexican food at home are difficult to come by.
- Breakfast – I actually really enjoy German breakfast foods and would similarly miss them if I moved back to the states. But there are quite a few typical american breakfast dishes which are difficult (if not impossible) to find here: eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, heuvos rancheros, french toast, and bacon (who would have thought!). Pancakes would probably also be on this list except that I make them myself at home about once a month, and smother them with Vermont maple syrup which I periodically smuggle back in my suitcase.
- A good hamburger or patty melt – and no, I’m not talking about McDonalds here, but it shouldn’t be too fancy either. Just thick, juicy, and fresh!