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Friday, August 19, 2005

Fish Fish in USA (Pt 13)

Well, I'm not going to talk much about my "business trip". Unluckily, I don't have much time for visiting the towns I went. Anyway... here are some of the foods I've tried in US during the routine.

FOOD... FOOD... FOOD...!!!



In one of the airport, I saw a shop selling peanut butter. I'm a big fan of peanut butter... and I have read in guide book that peanut butter sandwich is common snack food in USA.

So, I lined up... and bought this blackberry jam with smooth peanut butter sour dough sandwich. It was my first time to experience sour dough. Hmmm... indeed it was sour. COLD and HARD! It would taste nice if the sandwich is being toasted first. One of this for US$3.70.

The guy in front of me, was buying a same price sandwich with a credit card!! -_-" I was very surprised... as usually for such a small amount of money, you won't see people using credit card as payment in Japan.

When I told my friend back in Japan, she scolded me for not using credit card. According to her... US is a society use their cards more than cash... In fact, Americans prefer the payment by credit card... as they will have way to trait back their customers.

Hmmm... interesting fact. But I wonder how true it is. Any of you kind enough to confirm this? ^_^



Tee hee hee... brand Bluebird for a can of drink... Bluebird sound more like a sport car name for fish fish. I broke my rule... usually I don't take canned drink, but I drank quite a few of canned drinks in US just to see what the different is.



One of my dinner, I had salad bar... Errr... the vege were not that fresh. But anyway, just wanna try the taste. It was quite amused to notice how broccoli and cauliflower are eaten raw in America. I tried... actually taste better than raw cabbage. I hate raw cabbage.



I usually like onion soup in Japan. Just to have a comparison, I ordered this. Hmm... taste so so. The bread inside this onion soup too much. And there were too much cheese as topping. I get satiated after I finished 1/5 of it.



Pretzel... another thing introduced in the guide book. Seem like another type of American snack. I spotted one. So, I bought to try it.

You can't see the exact size from here... but I can tell you it is HUGE!! Triple size the one in Japan. This one was a cheese pretzel. It actually smell quite good. But after a few bites... I decided it was too much for me then.

*sigh* Why can't they just make all the food size 3 or 4 times smaller?? It is a hard choice for a greedy fish like me who like to try many things... but at the same time hate to waste unfinish food.



Noticing how all the foods served in BIG portion... I decided to get a pick-and-pack lunch for one of the day in a supermarket.

Hohoho... I was jumping happily like a kid. This was so much fun... can just get only a small scoop of rice, one piece of tofu, a small cut of egg plant... etc...

Some of them I have no idea what they are... I just wanna try. Like the palm-like vege. Yummy!! And the long grain black rice? Unique... cold and sweet.

Ah~ such a nice meal.



It ended better with this choice of fruits from fish fish. I love the bing cherry. So big and sweet!! Lucky people in USA... can get nice and large amount of fruit with cheap prize. In Japan? Forget about it... fruit are expensive things!!



Oh~ I past by one lovely looking cake house in a late afternoon. Hmm... my chocoholic spirit was attacking me.

Oops... I bought this lovely chocolate mousse. Hmm... the nice tempering gave a very good shiny surface to the chocolate coating...

Inside it... the mousse what sinfully good. Ah~ I admit I was kind of having an... eh hem... from it. :P



The supermarket in US are cute. I especially like the layout of the colourful veggies on the rack. Ai yar~ really wanna to buy them... but I couldn't. *sigh*



A dinner at a "family restaurant" was kind of a shock for me.

I didn't realise the mistake I've done until the food came.

I ordered an egg-plant pasta as above...



... and a plate of onion rings.

Man~ super regret... The portion is enough for 3 people to eat full full...

Once again... stupid fish had to waste her food. -_-" The pasta actually quite nice taste... but the eggplant was terrible... BITTER!

The onion ring was not bad too... but the outer batter kind of too oily... if I'm gonna chomp all of this down... I know I am going to suffer for the night.



My final visit to a laboratory. I decided to have a simple lunch there. How glad I was to see a "normal" size food to choose...

Well, French fry... of course I wouldn't miss a try on it before I left US.

Woohoo!!!! I LOVE IT!!! Surprisingly... this plate of French fry was really yummy. The outer crunchy part was so crispy yet not oily... and the inner layer was very soft. I finish this in a very quick speed. Not even a single of them left.



Also, after days by days of rich pasta and creamy cheesy stuff... I need something "milder". Delighted to see this soup pasta in the canteen too. I had a small bowl of it. Yum yum~~~ so much like the chicken soup noodle back home.

I could even sense my stomach was happily enjoying the meal...

Next post... my final dinner in USA. ;)

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At 7:37 AM, Blogger Primrose said...

Yummy yum yum! And I'm reading this at 1035pm with dinner well digested, with no supper. *sobs* I drool over the pasta. Love cheese! Yum!

And the vegetables in the supermarket, wow! So well stacked. Eh, fish fish didn't try take one out from the bottom meh? Heh, heh!

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous milgwimper said...

Oh, you had one of the super pretzels. I usually just like the plain ones and then put mustard on top. Yummy. Too bad the eggplant was bitter, since it did look pretty good. Yeah the portion size here in the U.S. is pretty large. The fried looked really yummy, not to mention the onion rings. Too bad the rings were greasy, since that can make or break onion rings. I am so hungry!!!!

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger Acrix said...

So many nice foods :P Bet u must have put on some weight~ Pick and pack lunch is kinda like "mixed rice" :) Peanut butter kinda reminded me of the mochi that i got few days ago which tasted awefully sweet~

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Blackwidow said...

Using cards to pay for everything is common here. I don't keep a lot of cash with me, no more then $20 in my purse. Some cards are actually atm card that can be used to purchase items, it's call debit cards, or check card. I don't know if merchants really like credit purchases, but as customers, a lot of credit companies offer points when you use the card. So you'll get some good stuff, like flight tickets. how good is that?

 
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At 8:08 PM, Blogger Julie said...

ehh.. quite some time never bite on onion rings olidi.. the oni place which i can think of now is A&W (for a small portion) n their flour is thinker than the onion here! =p

 
At 5:29 AM, Blogger obachan said...

Gee, when I was in the US, I've never seen a supermarket that displayed veggies like that! (There must have been some compulsive clerks there.)

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger Evil Jonny said...

Fish:

Regarding credit card use, it depends whether the man was paying by credit card or ATM.

For credit card use, purchasing something under $10.00 is very unusual. Usually, the merchant will say "sorry, not credit card if purchase is under $10.00" -- the reason is because of charges that the merchant must pay.

For ATM use, it would not be uncommon to pay for a sandwich with an ATM card.

Usually, the ATM card and the credit card is the same card. You must tell the merchant which charge to make. In the case of ATM, the money comes directly from the person's bank account.

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At 10:25 AM, Blogger Dennis said...

For items $10 and over, I use credit cards all the time. That way I can keep track of my spending. The credit card bill comes in with a list of how much I spent on which date and where. Of course, I don't let the balance build up (don't want to be charged interest), just pay it all off once the bill comes in and no interest is charged.

For our restaurant, we will want to offer credit card payment. Although items paid by credit card is less profitable for us, it offers our customers convenience and results in higher volume of sales.

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger letti said...

ah..there's nothing like a good ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwich

 
At 4:22 PM, Blogger drstel said...

fish fish! hello there, i so enjoy seeing the US from your eyes. yes sadly everyone is used to this supersizing. a lot of waste sometimes.
using credit card for fastfood is kind of new around here...started by McDo. so i guess everyone has to follow.
the palm-heart like vege. is artichoke i think...funny because i use that as substitute for palm heart and banana heart...i love it pickled or plain.
more power to the fish fish!

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, I use credit card from $1 to $X000. 99% of American owned business accept credit cards, especially places like Starbucks, Baskin Robins... targeting customers who makes $8/hr, but gotta have that $3.75 Latte plus the $1 tips every day... , Its profitable to make less profit rather than not havig the business at all. However, business at Chinatown normally require a $15- 20 min purchase...a 貪小失大 busines model.

Do you know American Express cards are not widely accepted in "America"?

 
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At 12:32 AM, Blogger Dennis said...

cooknengr,

Yeah that's because American Express charges way too much for the retailers. Almost twice as much as Visa. That hurts for low profit-margin businesses like restaurants.

 
At 12:45 AM, Blogger fish fish said...

primrose : Geee... what an evil thought. You want fish fish to be put into jail is it? Tee hee hee...

milgwimper : Seriously, the pretzel was a cultural shock to fish fish. -_-"

acrix : I did. That's why I am working to get rid of those extra pounds now.

blackwidow : A flight ticket??? Wow!! Now that is a strong initiative to make one use more of the card then.

julie : Hey moi~ I remember when I was in highschool, the A&W onion ring tasted the best. But the taste have changed into somewhat disappointing when I tried it couple years ago. Did you know that I found a chunk of "sabun" inside the coleslaw that I ordered at that time too. (Not the one in Kuching). Since then... no more A&W for me!!

obachan : The veggies display truely one of the most pretty scene to see for me in US. ^_^

evil jungle prince : Geee... ATM and credit... Now I know the difference. Thank for telling me that. I know very little on cards, i'm more to a cash person. :P

dennis : Yap, I do agree the card payment helps to boost the sales. It is effective to my parents too, though the profit will be less... but somehow it encourages the customers to buy more things.

letti : I wished the one I tried was baked hot.

drstel : I am gonna make sure I know all the veggies name if I'm gonna to be in US in the future. The variety of veggies in Japan is pitifully few. *sigh*

cooknengr : Nope. But I do know my mum hates it when customers use American Express. They charge more interest on the dealer. And a lot more troublesome for the procedure. Ironically, it is imaged as the "branded" card in Malaysia.

dennis : Exactly!!

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger Acrix said...

GOod luck in shedding some pounds :) I;ll gona try reduce the tummy and join some swimming event hopefully :P

 
At 1:48 AM, Blogger Rabbit Sim said...

"business trip"? Gastronomic trip more like, hehe..........

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Big BoK said...

Hey..FF,
All the food you had makes me very hungry..and onion rings are typically oily ..even though if you eat them real hot.
Debit card is widely used here in canada too.. but i have some customers who uses their credit cards for a mere $2.50 movie rentals. But business is business.. and we never refuses any kinda money.
On the other hand.. like what Dennis said is true.. we get charged when customer uses their credit card.. so we really try not to enourage it.. but if the customer insist on paying by credit card.. we try to ask for mastercard instead of visa.. because of the percentage charged by visa is higher.

 
At 5:13 AM, Blogger fish fish said...

acrix : Hey, get the six packs. ;)

rabbit sim : Eating is my part-time. Tee hee hee...

big bok : Business nowadays is not an easy task huh~

 

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