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All-American cuisine, food, alimento

American food is as unique as our culture: hot dogs (sorta German), tacos (Mexican), spaghetti (Italian), hamburgers (oddly enough, a U.S. invention, though the name is German), sushi (Japanese), chop suey (also a U.S. invention), etc. We are a nation of immigrants, and those immigrants bring their food as well as their languages into American kitchens.

As proof of this, consider a Korean-operated sandwich cafe in Silver Spring, Maryland. It offers fairly typical American sandwich fare: roast beef, chicken, turkey and ham, on assorted types of bread ranging from whole wheat, multi-grain and rye to “wraps,” where whatever is normally put between slices of bread is instead rolled up into a flour tortilla.

Then there is this:

All-American quesadilla panini

All-American quesadilla panini

What could be more American than a quesadilla panini? In steak or chicken? Unlike a regular quesadilla, however, there is no tortilla.

For that, you may have to wait for the forthcoming quesadilla panini wrap.

Adventures in grocery shopping

In the old days, all shopping was organic. You went to the store and got flour and beans and other dry goods in 25 or 50 pound sacks, got fruits and vegetables in baskets or bushels, and then went home and spent all day washing, soaking, peeling, and otherwise preparing the organic food to be consumed by organic people.

Today, we have prepared foods, designed to reduce the pain and suffering of shopping. Sometimes.

According to legend, I am allergic to nuts. I have no knowledge or memory of this, but allegedly I once consumed three of my favorite nuts, stopped breathing and passed out.

Second important fact: I like brownies. Put these two facts together, and I think Giant Foods is trying to kill me:

Deadly brownies on sale at Giant Foods.

Deadly brownies on sale at Giant Foods. Or possibly nutty signage.

On the other hand, the mislabeled poisonous brownies cost the same as the non-deadly versions.

In other news, I discovered Giant also sells milk from condensed goats. Condensed goats are perfect for an urban area. In scientific terms, I suppose they have a reduced x-height and are more tightly kerned (and possibly churned):

Condensed goats, perfect for urban living

Condensed goats, perfect for urban living. Gourmet, even.

Gourmet taste, no less. And apparently organic, though I’ve never heard of an inorganic goat.

Finally, I found a possible cause for Frank Herbert’s Butlerian Jihad, mentioned in his Dune novels:

Where will you find Erewhon cereal?

This either caused Herbert's Butlerian Jihad in "Dune" or a novel approach to utopia.

Or maybe that was Samuel Butler. In any event, nowhere around here. But organic.

Mad desserts at Mad Fox


Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church, Virginia, is obviously known for their beer. Not being beer drinkers, we looked for other items of interest — and found them.

A group of four of us split three different desserts. Not only did they taste delicious, they also looked delicious.


A chocolate and carmel tart. It has a graham cracker tart shell, and is topped with whipped cream and smoked sea salt.


This was a dessert pizza. Italians will instantly recognize it as something other than a pizza. They’re just jealous.


Don’t remember what this was called but it looks like Twinkies in a cup. This observation was vigorously opposed by the diner who ordered it.