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Living Outside Your Country: What 5 Foods Do You Really Miss?

The French have baguettes. The Italians fresh pasta. The English a curry or fish and chips. And yours?

What Foods Do You Miss If You Live Outside the United States?

Living outside your native country whether as an expat or foreigner can be a rewarding and enriching experience.  Some of the most difficult aspects of being outside your homeland are missing your closest family and friends. AND…missing your favorite foods. Do you agree?  Here are 5 of the foods I miss from America.  What are yours?


Mmmmmmm!  They sell bagels in France, at least at Picard, a frozen food store.  The bagels are sold frozen and one flavor:  plain and boring.  If you have ever eaten a New York City bagel you just cannot buy these plain frozen ones from the store.  It is too sad.


France protects their wine industry. And they should, because the French wine business is suffering, both economically and because of a lack of image appeal.  At French supermarkets you can buy a bottle or two of American wines, but these are table wines and are not high quality. At French caves (specialty wine stores) don’t even ask where the American section is; you won’t get an “It is over there Madame.”

Pau has a KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and it is a popular fast food place.  Amazingly, it is the only fast food place that I know of in France that serves free refills on drinks. Soooo American, but there is nothing like REAL fried chicken.  We haven’t been to KFC in Pau, but will totally enjoy some “nearly” homemade fried chicken in the states.  Not the most healthy food, but like most foods in this category (high animal fat) eating in moderation (or once in a while) can be part of a healthy diet.

Nothing like corn on the cob, especially from New Jersey.  In the summer we buy corn on the cob by the dozens.  Steamed corn with butter and salt?  Better stop typing…cannot wait for this!  Kids adore this food too.  Sometimes corn on cob and salad are the only things we eat for dinner!


No words for this…completely delish delish delish…! Frozen homard (lobster) from Canada can be bought in Pau.  But nothing like fresh lobster, n’est pas?

Writing this article and dreaming about tasting these foods.  What foods are you dreaming of right now?  Better stop here, should be packing because in 2 days we are on American soil and eating and eating.

What are YOUR favorite foods that YOU miss when you are outside YOUR country?  Shout out your thoughts in the comment section. To the English reading this it seems to be a favorite curry or fish and chips. To the Australians?  Canadians? Or maybe it is your mamma’s secret lasagna or dad’s grilled hamburger just cooked to perfection?  In any case food invokes memories of our youth, good times, comfort and sharing life’s pleasures with our closest ‘close’.  La Bella Vita.

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5 Responses to Living Outside Your Country: What 5 Foods Do You Really Miss?

  1. Gordon March 28, 2012 at 00:54 #

    I love this because everyone always talking about the healthy foods you should eat but nobody reflects on the unhealthy foods their missing out eating.

    • mbrighton March 28, 2012 at 00:59 #

      Hi Gordon… Thanks for your comment. Ah, food is so related to memories!

  2. Nina June 23, 2011 at 14:23 #

    When in the US for just a short holiday last year all I really wanted was some Vegemite on toast and PROPER COFFEE!! (just Google ‘Melbourne and coffee’ and you will see what I mean – no Starbucks featuring here!) Do agree with you about the bagels- NYC is the only place to go. The bagels in Australia are rubbish too.

    • mbrighton June 23, 2011 at 14:35 #

      Hi Nina, So true about the coffee! I will admit (head hanging low) that I have never tried vegemite, although local supermarket here in Pau carries it (or is it marmite they have?…. Hmmm, will check). Thanks for your comment. What DOES vegemite taste like & what type of toast do you need to serve it with?


  1. Suzanne Saxe-R, Ed.D - June 23, 2011

    RT @mbrighton66 What 5 Foods Do You Miss When You Live Outside Your Country?: Living outside your native country…

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