Yesterday morning I got my weekly grocery ad for a store called “Lidl” here in Bydgoszcz. Now for those that live in Europe it is a chain that has been in almost every country that we have visit. It is a no frill chain much like “Aldi” in the states, which is actually a European chain.
I remember before moving here, in Holland the Lidl’s there would have these “American Food” sales too but they did not have quite the selection. So the girls and I went for a walk and headed to the store to see what they had. Well here is what is “American” in their eyes.
So here is the scoop how they taste…
1. The peanut butter is just like ours but the everyday Polish peanut butter is not so this wins!
2. The mustard taste just the Heinz version.
3. The ranch is just a bit runnier than Hidden Valley but taste the same or even better according to my 15 year old. They don’t sell ranch here normally so we will be stocking up on this!
4. The honey mustard tastes like vinegar so that is going to disappear.
5. The American ketchup is actually curry ketchup. I LOVE curry ketchup(living in Holland that is the main ketchup so I am hooked) but it is defiantly not Heinz 57.
6. The BBQ is BBQ and we haven’t found that over here either so we will be getting some more of that too!
7. The sandwich spread is just the sandwich spread you get in jar back in the states. I grew up with it so I love this!!
8. Pancake mix we have made yet but it will be dinner tonight , so I will let you know. I am hoping it is because we can only get crepe mix here.
Now according the kids this food is the best part!
1. The jelly beans are jelly beans, go figure! You can get them here everyday so this was nothing new.
2. The Brownies tasted just like my box mix that I made last week. Yes, I moved here with some, a girl can’t live without her chocolate!
3. Oreo’s where OK. They have real Oreo’s here and I think we will be sticking to those.
4. The marshmallow’s are marshmallow’s, we normally can’t get just plain one’s here as they have flavored one’s as a candy here. So we will be going back to get some more of these too for a few recipes.
5. The caramel popcorn is GREAT!! That is something that is not here either so this was a treat.
6. The pretzel bites were interesting. I have never heard of sour cream and habanero before , so we had to try them. They were actually good. The funny thing about all of this is that this was the only product made in the U.S.A. the rest was made in the U.K. or mostly Germany.
7. The muffin mix we haven’t tried yet is on the list for my oldest to cook this week.
1. They have chicken strips here everyday so I wasn’t sure what the draw to these one were but they were great! These had a flavoring to them and my little’s ate the whole box themselves.
2. The popcorn prawns were really good to according to my oldest. I am not a shrimp person so I will just take her word on it. I have not seen these here either so she wants me to stock up on these too.
3. The rib burger we didn’t try that as that will wait until the hubby gets back from his trip. He liked the McDonald’s McRib when they came out so we will have to see if these are just as good.
4. The spare ribs – the same story!
5. The fajitas just sounded really good. I had 1 of the chicken versions last night and it was OK. Nothing to write home about but good enough for a blog though! As for the sour cream and vegetable one we have to wait and see on that one.
6. The ice cream sundaes. Ice cream is ice cream in my eyes but now if you as the girls these were the best! I think it was the neat cups and the cute swirl of syrup that the girls liked.
So it was great to try what others think is American but I think I will stick to some of my old American food staples instead.
So what one American food could you not live without if you moved out the the USA or if you already are living out of the USA what one American food do you miss the most? For me Reese’s peanut butter cups!!