Traveling in the US we haven’t hit as many unfamiliar foods as we would traveling further from home, but we’ve still seen a few “new” things.
- Bulkies: seems to be a large roll or bun in Massachusetts. Can any natives comment?
- Scrod: a fish we’ve seen on menus around New England but Neil hasn’t tried yet; scrod seems to be either very young cod or “catch of the day,” depending on who you ask.
- Scrapple: a savory mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and flour, sometimes buckwheat flour. You know anytime you get “savoury” and “mush” juxtaposed you are in for a gourmet treat.
We haven’t just chickened out on new foods!
We have also tried some regional specialties that were special in a good way, and we’re tracking down recipes for those to share with you, like Cheddar Ale Soup from Vermont.
In the meantime, we have a couple of questions for you:
- What is the wierdest food you’ve ever eaten while traveling? Share your horror stories!
- Over at BearShapedSphere, one of my favourite travel blogs, Eileen writes about the new (to her) potato chip flavours in Chile, and asks her readers about the wierdest chip (or crips) flavours in their countries. The wildest I’ve seen were hedgehog (in the UK) and all the seafood-flavoured chips in Japan. If you have come across some strange flavours where you live, head on over and tell Eileen about your potato chips.
- What kind of unique US regional specialties can you recommend that we try? We’ve been known to make detours just to taste really wierd stuff.
If we can find your weird food recommendations (and if they fit my restricted diet), we’ll do our best to try them out as we travel and report back.
And if can’t eat them, I guess that means the duty falls to Neil!