My Trip to California:
Discovering American Flavours
I remember so many great things about America, but the first that comes to mind? THE FOOD. Drawn in by those fat, succulent American delicacies, my friend and I were forever eating. I remember corn dogs, churros, burritos, macaroni and cheese, not to mention American pizza! Don’t get me wrong, but I definitely fell in love: that mountain of stringy mozzarella made this dish even more sensational.
As soon as we stepped on the plane, already in the “American style” mood, we started to taste everything we had never tasted before. I remember that on the very evening of our arrival, tired and exhausted, we went to one of those big American supermarkets, where you can also find a sort of built-in self-service. Bewitched by those inviting smells, we began to pick up plates upon plates of everything, and people looked at us strangely. It was the first time I tasted macaroni and cheese and I was thrilled. I don’t know why I still haven’t made it at home.
In the mornings, when we had a little more time before class, we would have a quick trip to IHOP, a famous American bar where they make the best pancakes in the world. Dozens of variations, each one better than the last. It was fun to watch the locals sitting next to us and their tables of food: pancakes of all kinds, fried eggs with bacon and huge cups of coffee dominated the table.
But how could they eat it all? I still haven’t found an answer to my question. In any case, there were two sins of gluttony that I was most delighted with: banana and strawberry pancakes for breakfast, with their super softness, and a burrito with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, avocado and cheddar for a snack, a wonderful reinterpretation of the typical Mexican dish. Once we visited an outlet near the campus, although calling it an outlet is a bit of a misnomer. It was a world of discovery, as big as a holiday village.
But it was not only the shops that were huge, but also the bars, restaurants and above all the food. To make sure we had everything we needed, we bought an ice cream that looked great: it was massive, I had never seen an ice cream like that. Basically it represented an entire lunch, and maybe even a dinner; you could even find drips inside it!!! Fortunately, the college where we were studying in the morning was quite far from the campus, so we got plenty of exercise, otherwise who would have managed to get back on the plane!