Please tell what your nationality is first; then, be specific on your answer with details. Give examples (provide at least one dish or one type of food).
I would introduce them to an all you can eat buffet. As crazy as it sounds, it would show the diversity of our country. Steaks, carved meats, tacos, pizza, pasta, Chinese food, seafood, and every side dish you can imagine. To me, that's America, the best of everything.
Most people think of hot dogs and hamburgers when they think of America. I am not sure you would call that cuisine. Americans have our own spin on different ethnic foods, such as Chinese, Italian and Mexican. Our foods don't usually resemble what you'd find in the country much.
In the United States there is some of the best cuisine in the world!
- Let's go to New Orleans where "on mange bien!" [One eats well] and visit Chef Paul's. The Cajun and Creole food is fantastic just about anywhere in N.O. Blackened redfish, anyone? mmmm.
- Then, we'll go by Dreamland in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where many, many famous people have literally chartered planes to come to the home of the University of Alabama and the best barbequed ribs in the country.
- Next, we'll go to Chicago for the pizza at Uno's or Duo's where the original Chicago-style pizza was created. Also, Portillo's has the best Italian beef sandwich bar none. People also fly intentionally to Portillo's.
- We must make a trip to Maine for lobster, as well.
- Then, we'll fly to New York City and Delmonico's and Baked Alaska.
- How about some elk from Wyoming?
- And some moose from Alaska?
- Finally, we'll have the Tex-Mex cuisine in the Southwest.
Who is paying for all this?
As an American I would have to go with something either fried or barbecued. These are my two favorites and when I think of American foods they are what come to mind.
I, too, am American. So, what hasn't been said by the other Americans? What about the excess of American cuisine. There are several places that take American food to the excess. What about the 76(?) ounce steak they offer at one Texas steakhouse. What about fried things--Twinkies, Oreos, Snickers? What about county fair food-funnel cake, corndogs, and etc.?
I have to admit that I am now really, really hungry.
I would also include some of the southern fare that bullgatortail mentioned because thats where I grew up and it seems to be a relatively established American type cuisine. But it is also tempting to include kalbi having lived in Korea and fallen in love with it.
Part of me would also say that I would be adamant about introducing them to it but cautioning them not to eat it very often, particularly the best parts, because it is so unhealthy!
I'm American, but I'm an American who has been exposed to many less-mainstream places and cultures. So I would want to expose a tourist to the kinds of foods from the parts of America where I've lived.
For example, then, I would like a visitor to have a big bowl of saimin, which is sort of the "national soup" of Hawaii. It's an Asian noodle soup that can have all sorts of different things put in it.
Then I would want to do a Hawaiian plate lunch, maybe with Korean kalbi beef ribs.
For dessert, I would move to where I live now and bring out a Mexican dish. I think I would go with Dulce de Leche cake.
By showing a tourist this sort of thing, I would be showing them some of the diversity that makes American food so good.
To introduce America's predominant national cuisine to a tourist, I would definitely start with a charbroiled steak or, better yet, prime rib! Potatoes and an American version of salad (far different from other nation's ideas of salad!), and steamed vegetables would accompany the meal. A barbecue with steaks, hot dogs, and hamburgers sizzling over an open flame graced by chili beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, and sliced fresh vegetables and fruits would be my next offering. Dessert must be ice cream! in as many flavors as could be scooped! Lunch, anyone?
As an American, I would explain that most foods of the United States are a mish-mash of various cultures, much like the nation's peoples themselves. I live in Florida, so I would probably introduce my foreign visitor to Southern cuisine. Breakfast would not be complete without a sampling of grits, which are truly native to Southern culture. Sausage patties and eggs would be rounded out with a glass of fresh orange or grapefruit juice. For lunch, I would harden my visitor's arteries further with some Southern fried chicken that would include a sampling of livers and gizzards. Sweet potatoes, collard greens and cornbread would complete the feast. For dinner, no trip to Florida would be complete without a tasting some 'Gator, probably deep fried as an appetizer. Fresh shrimp, black-eyed peas and perhaps some swamp cabbage would be a proper treat, followed by some Key Lime pie for dessert. And, no, I haven't forgotten the sweet iced tea. I'm sure my visitor would have stories to tell about Floridian food upon his return.