call_copse: A gastronomic tour stateside would blow you away. In addition to ethnic foods such as Mexican, Cajun, English (yes English) and etc., we have great regional foods. There is a major division between the South and the North. Some of that has leveled off. In my youth I could tell whether I was in the South or the North by ordering breakfast sausage. In the South, I would get fried spicy pork patties. In the North I would get links, something like English breakfast sausage, but spicier. That is how I learned that Maryland is in the South. It is not only below the Mason-Dixon line, at the time, they served pork patty sausages at breakfast. The above test no longer works.
Paula Deen (Google her) is the artery clogging, diabetes inducing, wonderful food icon of the South. Julia Childs was the food icon of the North. Perhaps Martha Stewart is now.
Come to Texas for beef barbeque. I recommend Alabama for pork barbeque. I skip the cabrito barbeque but many like it.
This is an English Language discussion, I remind myself. So will not continue.
It is dark at night, but the Sun will come up and then we can see.