Eating all the foods: USA edition
Welcome to what we at Student Flights HQ we hope will become a regular blog ‘Eating All the Foods’ – in which we document all of the foods that touch our lips during travel. For our first food-filled blog I get to showcase everything that ended up in my belly on my recent trip to the United States. From Disneyland fun in LA to adventures on a Contiki Western Highlights tour (more on that soon) and shopping in New York, I managed to cover a lot of ground and consume a lot of food. Here it all is in image form #noregrets
What: A hefty slice of pizza at Universal Studios
Thoughts: I knew American servings were big, but I didn't realise they'd be this big, and greasy and blergh.
What: Dippin' dots at Universal Studios, LA
Thoughts: These were weird yet delicious! Like tiny little balls of ice cream that were sticky cold at first then melted in your mouth. Very refreshing on a hot day.
What: Room service club sandwich, warm double chocolate pecan brownie and steak from Sheraton Universal, LA
Thoughts: Best steak I've ever had. Best brownie I'd like to have more of.
What: Salmon, cream cheese and avocado sushi with edamame from Santa Monica, LA
Thoughts: I've read LA does really good sushi. This plate did not disappoint.
What: Mixed box of salads from salad bar at Wholefoods in LA
Thoughts: Why does Australia not have Wholefoods! Life is so cruel sometimes. For those who have never experienced it, Wholefoods is the best supermarket/deli that you will ever go to. Where salads come in ever colour of the rainbow and just looking at the cakes will make you weak at the knees.
What: Pasta with bolognese sauce and a 'side' salad from a restaurant in Coronado, San Deigo
Thoughts: The servings were so big I couldn't even finish the 'side' salad let alone the pasta. Plus it was pretty average.
What: Frozen Margarita from Fred's Mexican Cantina in San Deigo
Thoughts: The food here was good. The drinks though were so strong and big. Maybe too strong and big - as is the case with most bars in the States. If you've going to go for a cocktail, make it a frozen one. It'll go down smoother.
What: Sad pancakes from a hotel in San Diego
Thoughts: Serving pancakes without ice cream should be illegal.
What: Sweet cream cheese filled pretzel from Seaworld, San Deigo
Thoughts: Goey and sickly sweet on the inside but savoury and doughy on the outside. Probably super unhealthy but I enjoyed it.
What: $7 jugs of cider at Kristys Sports Bar in San Diego
Thoughts: Cheap cider is always the best cider
What: McDonalds from Wallmart on our way to Phoenix
Thoughts: Pretty much the same as it is in Australia (creepy much?) but with larger portions. That drink on the left there is a 'small.'
Verdict: I liked the chips so 1/5
What: Free cherry cotton candy from the Saddle Ranch Chop House in Phoenix
Thoughts: The perfect pick-me-up before attempting a mechanical bull ride.
What: Breakfast quiche, chocolate croissant, apple, cheese and champagne after a Hot Air Balloon Adventure in Phoenix
Thoughts: It was all about the chocolate croissant nom nom nom!
What: Fellow Contiki friend Katie holding a scarily large pizza at the Grand Canyon Lodge
Thoughts: Americans are crazy
What: Buffalo wings with a side of celery at the Grand Canyon Lodge
Thoughts: Why are they called Buffalo wings? And why are they served with celery?
What: IN-N-OUT Cheeseburger and fries served 'animal style', Kingman
Thoughts: I felt dirty afterwards...
What: Giant vodka cokes served in novelty shaped glasses in Old Las Vegas
Thoughts: Strong and deadly.
What: Hangover buffet breakfast at Harrah's, Las Vegas
Thoughts: Don't judge me.
What: Hangover Haagen-Daz icecream from New York New York, Las Vegas
Thoughts: I said don't judge me!
What: Pork and pineapple tacos from La Sandia, Washington
Thoughts: Mexican food in the States is so much better than Australia. Tears.
What: Granola and fresh fruit and yoghurt from Fairway Market in New York
Thoughts: It was so good I had it for breakfast every morning that I spent in NYC.
What: Margherita pizza pie from Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, New York
Thoughts: Cooked in a coal over and served with creamy buffalo mozzarella. No pizza will every compare to this pizza.
What: Pistachio home made pumoni from L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn, New York
Thoughts: Spumoni is a type of ice cream that is made with actual cream. It was pretty great.
What: Hipster organic chicken salad baguette from Smile to Go in New York
Thoughts: Mmmmm hipster...
What: Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake from Peanut Butter & Co. New York
Thoughts: Gooey and thick with a strong peanut butter flavour and tiny clumps of jelly. If you love peanut butter like me then don't miss Peanut Butter & Co.
What: Chicken 'n waffles, Mac and Cheese, Philly Cheese steak and other cool dishes from Stanton Social, New York
Thoughts: Located on the Lower East Side, this place was great to try some really interesting dishes as well as posh takes on all American favourites. I loved the Mac and Cheese.
Thoughts: Best doughnuts in the city! Highly recommend!
What: Bison Roadhouse Burger from Bare Burger, New York
Thoughts: Yes Bison! They even had ostrich and wild boar on the menu too. I was a little scared but it was just like a normal meat patty.
What: Motown and Hummingbird cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, New York
Thoughts: Because you can't go to New York without hitting up Magnolia Bakery. And yes they do live up to the hype. And I'm not even a cupcake person.
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