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    People Living Abroad Are Sharing The Distinctly "American" Foods They Feel Homesick For When They're Not In The US

    "You've never really lived abroad if you haven't smuggled a whole suitcase of the stuff with you."

    If you've ever lived outside the US (or even if you've traveled abroad for a short period of time), you've probably noticed some culinary differences. So, I browsed the subreddit r/expats and rounded up a bunch of ingredients, foods, and culinary traditions that Americans are seriously homesick for while abroad.

    1. "Tex-Mex cuisine for sure. I live in France, and here Tex-Mex is a crime against the culinary arts."

    A plate of Tex-Mex food including a quesadilla and yellow rice.

    2. "Reuben sandwiches. You can buy something called a Reuben where I live, but nine times out of 10, it'll disappoint you."

    Reuben sandwich with pastrami.

    3. "IHOP, where you can get a good breakfast anytime of day. I live in Australia, and places here might do eggs and toast (and maybe some bacon if you're lucky), but hash browns, pancakes, waffles, and sausage are pretty much unknown here."

    An ihop breakfast

    4. "Good Mexican food with some spice to it. After three years of living in Europe, I've turned into such a baby with spices that even Cholula gets me!"

    A plate of tacos with guacamole.

    5. "Access to a massive variety of excellent food from all around the world (Vietnamese! Thai! Regional Mexican!). I don't have that anymore since leaving the US."

    People eating Korean hot pot.

    6. "Taco Bell. I finally found one in Bangkok, and I almost exploded with joy. Turns out, they don't have refried beans here, which was weird, but I still ordered $40 worth of food."

    A taco bell taco.

    7. "Costco. I live in Paris, and I have been dreaming of going to the one Costco here for over a year now. I can't wait to get my gallon-size anything and those hot dogs!"

    A menu in the Costco food court.

    8. "Girl Scout cookies. Most other treats I can find here in Australia, but I can't get my hands on Thin Mints."

    A box of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies.

    9. "Brunch! There’s no real culture of going out to breakfast or brunch where I live in the Netherlands."

    Cutting poached egg on top of avocado toast with salmon.

    10. "Buffalo chicken everything — and ranch dressing."

    Wings and racnch

    11. "Coffee. Not espresso, cappuccino, or flat white. Just filtered and brewed plain black coffee. Restaurants and cafes don't serve it here. I just miss my regular drip coffee."

    A mug of drip coffee.

    12. "I miss the huge variety in US supermarkets and other shops. It's not that there's no variety here, but it's just nothing like in the US. I took my kids back to the states recently, and they had a blast just walking through a grocery store and seeing all the choices."

    A cereal aisle at a grocery store.

    13. "Right now, I’m craving a breakfast sandwich on an NY bagel."

    A bacon, egg, and cheese bagel

    14. "In-N-Out Burger. The last time I want home to California, I drove straight from the airport to In-N-Out."

    Burgers from in 'n' out

    15. "I moved to England, and I desperately miss Kraft Mac & Cheese. You've never lived abroad if you haven't smuggled a whole suitcase of the stuff home with you."

    A close-up of mac 'n' cheese.

    16. "Burritos. I ordered a beef burrito in South Africa. They used the beef cubes that are meant to make stew with and put them in tomato sauce. World, please learn how to make Mexican food, or at least something that resembles it."

    A close-up of a burrito.

    17. "I moved to London, and what I missed the most was good old greasy, fatty American food. Sure, there are places to get this kind of food in London, but nothing compares to a juicy American burger with a big side of fries smothered in ketchup or BBQ sauce with a giant drink."

    A cheesy patty melt with French fries.

    18. "I'm an American living in Australia, and for some reason, most of the times that I order French fries here, they don't bring ketchup (or any other condiment, for that matter). I'll take vinegar, mayonnaise, ANYTHING, but I can't stand when they're served dry."

    Chicken nuggets and fries with ketchup.

    19. "After a few months of living in China, all I wanted was cheese. Any. Damn. Cheese."

    Cheese and crackers

    20. "BBQ was the thing I craved while living abad. Like a dummy, I'd go to European barbecue joints and leave shaking my head every time. It was my own fault, expecting something good."

    A plate of BBQ with brisket and sides.

    21. "When I was a student abroad, I desperately missed real peanut butter (and nut butters in general). You can probably find Jif in the 'American' section of a market, or a Nutella-like product, but finding straight up ground up peanut butter without all the sugar was a real challenge."

    Creamy peanut butter on toast.

    22. "Americanized Chinese food, and specifically east coast Chinese food. Stuff like General Tso's chicken, egg rolls, egg drop soup, oily, soy-sauce-laden lo mein, beef and broccoli, and fortune cookies. Funny enough, this stuff doesn't exist in Asia. I was so happy to see that an American Chinese restaurant opened in Shanghai, but it closed down."

    Lo mein

    23. "I’m from Connecticut and have been living in England for a couple of years. For me, I really miss classic New England fall foods like apple cider donuts and pumpkin flavored everything."

    An apple cider donut with a bite taken from it.

    24. "This may seem like a silly (and unhealthy) thing to miss, but the instant and frozen meals in the UK leave something to be desired. I miss American frozen aisles, which are stocked with pizza rolls, frozen mac 'n' cheese, and more."

    The frozen food aisle at a grocery store.

    25. "Triscuits. I once spent $60 to ship four boxes of Triscuits to myself abroad, and I would gladly do it again."

    A stack of Triscuit crackers.

    26. "Bagels. I‘ve seen a couple of pre-packed bagels sold in the American section of my grocery store, but I often miss a real, freshly-baked American bagel."

    An everything bagel sandwich.

    27. "Chicken wings. I’ve found some places that make decent wings here in Canada, but generally speaking, even the best chicken wings outside the US are average compared to any of my favorite places to eat them back home."

    A pile of chicken wings.

    28. "Chipotle. I was living in Switzerland and traveled to Paris for a long weekend. As I was walking around, I stumbled upon what I discovered was one of three Chipotles in all of France. So, there I was, in a city known for its world-class restaurants and chefs, eating a freaking burrito bowl and enjoying every bite."

    Preparation of a Chipotle burrito bowl.

    What's an "American" food, ingredient, or culinary concept you can't find or miss when you leave the US? Tell us in the comments.