American Cheese Month on October, 2017: American food and drink?

October, 2017 is American Cheese Month 2017. Hudson Flower, Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. and Murray's Cheese american cheese month 2012

American food and drink?

Being a melting pot as we are, Americans tend to take foods from all over the world and make changes to make them our own. America's farms grow some of the best fruits and vegetables, our rice and wheat are shipped all over the world, and we have some pretty amazing chefs and "just cooks" who might not be famous, but they're favorites in their local community.

Each region and major city in the US is well-known for something, as others have mentioned. As a tourist, no matter who you are or where you are, the same advice applies: ask the locals for advice on where, or what, to eat. Websites such as Yelp.com and urbanspoon.com are excellent resources if you're looking for something specific, and Yelp is available as an app for most phones if you're bringing a smartphone along - but watch for data charges...

I live in the Northeast but I'm originally from the Southeast, and I've been all over the country... so just a few of my favorites:

Breakfast: Try pancakes made with real Vermont maple syrup and apple butter, smoked bacon and fresh farm eggs, or if you prefer something lighter, a real New York bagel with cream cheese.

Lunch: A Philadelphia cheesesteak. Thinly sliced steak, grilled sliced onions and green bell peppers, topped with melted cheese on a submarine sandwich roll.

Dinner: Americans are big on something we call "comfort food," which are classic dishes that we all grew up with. So if you've never had pot roast, or Southern fried chicken (pieces of chicken marinated in buttermilk, dredged in spiced flour and deep-fried, served with macaroni and cheese and yeast biscuits...), then try that. Or be adventurous - try some Japanese food. Or go to a steakhouse and treat yourself to a T-bone or ribeye, cooked medium rare. You can also find some awesome fish if you are partial to seafood: try crab cakes if you're in Maryland, or lobster in Maine, or gumbo in New Orleans.

If you're old enough to drink, we make pretty good beer, our take on whiskey called "bourbon" is sweeter and smoother than Scotch or Irish whiskey, and our California and New York wineries turn out some great vino. We're very into our coffee drinks and Starbucks isn't necessarily the best place to get coffee, just so you know... and if you're a chocoholic, well, you need to find a local shop wherever you are, because our tastes are rather pedestrian in that. We're the ones who came up with chocolate that doesn't melt, after all. Same thing with crisps (here we call 'em "potato chips"). Cape Cod potato chips are my favorites.

Hope you enjoy your stay with us across the pond. Most Americans are friendly and more than happy to offer advice, help, and whatever you might need - just travel safe and smart, ask for directions before you go somewhere, and have fun!

Is it okay for an eight month old to have pieces of regular American Cheese slices?

Is it okay for an eight month old to have pieces of regular American Cheese slices?

Everything you ever wanted to know about feeding cheese to a baby:

The short version is that cheese can be offered to baby between 8-10 months unless you suspect a dairy allergy.

Is American cheese widely available in Turkey?

Is American cheese widely available in Turkey?

Here we go again we did nothing but cover cheeses and creams months ago. It was a rather heated battle at one point too.

I never knew comparing and contrasting cream cheese and che panir could get so touchy.

I think we decied that you can get anything except "Kraft Cream Cheese" in Turkey. But if yo uhave to have it you cab get it in Greece.

I will try and find those old answers and post them.

Watch you may have started your first riot here.

There is more but you get the picture.

Also on this date Sunday, October 1, 2017...