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    Here's What An Average American Vs. Australian Eat For 17 Different Meals And Occasions

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    Hi, we're Angelica and Hameda! We both work here at BuzzFeed, but in different offices across the globe.


    Angelica is located in the US and Hameda is in Australia.

    We thought it'd be fun to compare classic American and Australian dishes for 17 different occasions and, wow, we learned a whole lot! Here's what those look like:

    1. Here's a classic BBQ meal in the US:

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    Nothing says summer like hot dogs, Lays potato chips, and watermelon, tbh.

    And here's a BBQ classic in Australia:

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    We love our steaks, but you'll be hard pressed to find an Aussie that doesn't appreciate the beauty of a snag on piece of sliced, white bread. Top it off with fried onions and tomato sauce and you've got yourself a party. 

    2. Road trip snacks in America:

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    Gas station snacks alllllllll the way. 

    And road trip snacks in Australia:

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    There's nothing like stopping at Macca's on a road trip and picking up a McMuffin and some hash browns. 

    3. A quick weekday dinner in America:

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    Whatever is in the fridge + some pasta = easiest dinner ever.

    And a quick weekday dinner in Australia:


    All you need to grab are these three supermarket icons and you've got yourself the best damn "can't be bothered" meal you've ever had.

    4. This is the go-to mall food in the US:

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    It's basically impossible to go to the mall and not stop for an Auntie Anne's pretzel.

    And this is the go-to mall food in Australia:

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    There's nothing like a refreshing Boost Juice to get your energy levels up for a full day of shopping.

    5. Here's a seasonal favorite food in America:

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    Autumn wouldn't be autumn without everything being pumpkin spice flavored. OK it might be a little basic, but it's good!

    And here's a season favorite food in Australia:

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    You know it's Easter when you can smell the spicy aroma of hot cross buns drifting towards you from your local Bakers Delight.

    6. A classic breakfast in America:

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    This is definitely more of a ~weekend treat~ than an everyday breakfast, but pancakes, eggs, bacon, and hash browns feel like a classic American breakfast for sure.

    And a classic breakfast in Australia:

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    Us Aussies absolutely adore our avocado toast, whether it's for a calm Sunday brunch or picked up from a local cafe on the way to work as a treat.

    7. Here's a typical dessert in America:

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    And a typical dessert in Australia:

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    For something sweet after dinner, you absolutely can't go wrong with these pillowy, chocolatey, coconutty cakes. I'm salivating just thinking of them.

    8. A fast food staple in the US:

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    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say in the American debate of who has the best burger, it’s definitely In-N-Out. Don't roast me, I'm right!

    And a fast food staple in Australia:

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    There's really nothing better to chow down on after a day at the beach than a Bondi burger from Oporto. Plus, their hot chips are easily the best of all fast food hot chips. 

    9. Here's what you'd find at a kid's birthday party in the US:

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    The corner cake pieces of the sheet cake with the extra frosting were always the best. And sometimes if it was a ~fancy party~, there'd be an ice cream cake.

    And here's what you'd find at one in Australia:

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    In the sea of chocolate crackles, honeyjoys and Vegemite sandwiches, the birthday treat that will forever reign supreme is our beloved fairy bread.

    10. A cool treat for a hot day in America:

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    Blue raspberry is the best flavor, and the coca cola-flavored machine is allllways broken for some reason.

    And a cool treat for a hot day in Australia:

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    Nothing hits better than a Golden Gaytime on a hot day. Nothing.

    11. An American comfort food:

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    Basically if a chicken noddle soup and a pie had a baby. Literally what's cozier than that??

    And an Australian comfort food:

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    Is there anything more comforting than taking a bite of buttered toast, spread with yeast extract? Didn't think so.

    12. Here's what you'd eat at a sporting event in America:

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    They look gross, but there’s something about watching a game and eating nachos with a semi-questionable cheese sauce that just feels right.  

    And here's what you'd eat at a sporting event in Australia:

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    If you're going to the footy, you've got to pick yourself up a meat pie. 

    13. Here's an American's favorite condiment:

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    IDK what it is with us Americans and ranch dressing, but we sure have strong opinions about it. And personally, mine is that it belongs on, like, 50% of foods. Long live pizza dipped in ranch!

    And here's an Australian's:


    This isn't sauce — so it shouldn't really count, but chicken salt is so good that it should be put on absolutely everything.

    14. Here's a classic chocolate treat in the US:

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    And here's a chocolate treat in Australia:

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    You haven't really lived if you've never done a Tim Tam Slam — which is when you bite both ends of the biscuit and use it as a makeshift straw for whatever bevvie you're enjoying. This makes the biscuit the perfect amount of soggy then you pop it in your gob and swallow. 

    15. Here's a go-to coffee order in the US:

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    This definitely isn't true for everyone in the US obviously, but out here in California I think an iced oat milk latte is a staple.

    And here's one in Australia:

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    A real flat white (not the stuff served at Starbucks over there) with little to no foam over the top — an absolute classic.

    16. An iconic soft drink in the US:

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    I don't quite know how to explain it, but Dr. Pepper feels aggressively American.

    And an iconic soft drink in Australia:

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    Creaming soda has and always will hold a very special place in my heart.

    17. And finally, here's a classic hangover food in America:

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    The greasier, the better. Bonus points if its a dollar slice.

    And here's one in Australia:

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    Alright, I know this isn't the prettiest thing to look at — but I'd you aren't too pretty when you've got a hangover either. A halal snack pack, or HSP, basically consists of fresh fries doused in chicken salt, topped with kebab meat then an array of sauces ranging from barbecue sauce to garlic sauce. Basically the ultimate hangover treat.