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My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby FDiH » Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:48 pm

I have been working and living in Peru since January 2015. Been pretty busy so have not yet been back to my home country, The Netherlands. But recently I started to develop a few cravings for typical Dutch things. Food mostly. I live in Huanuco and we have a lot less choice than Lima. I know you can pretty much order anything on the internet and have it delivered but I haven't done that (yet).
I was wondering if other people have cravings as well.

I am from: Holland
I am living in: Huanuco

Top 5 Cravings:
1. Espresso. Even though we have top-notch coffee in Huanuco, I really miss espresso's.
2. Stroopwafels (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroopwafel). A typical Dutch treat. Yumm
3. Drop, Dutch Liquorice. The Dutch eat about 2.5 kg of drop per year. 2% of the population eats 1 kg per week (me included, till Peru)
4. Steak. you cannot get a decent steak in Huanuco. Restaurants in huanuco always overcook steaks (even when you instruct them not to). And shops/supermarkets do not sell decent beef.
5. Dutch cheese (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dutch_cheeses). Not the fake Dutch plastic stuff you get in the Peruvian supermarker. Real Dutch cheese. Nothing beats it. Beemster is my fav: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beemster_cheese


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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby caliguy » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:06 pm

haha! you're really missing out on some good espresso in Lima.
i really have a craving for chili burgers with golden crispy french fries (Tommy's Burgers), and authentic Mexican food (i'm from southern California). those are pretty much my 2.
every place has it's own spirit. you just need to tune into it.
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby woodchuck » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:40 pm

Being from the north east of the US, I miss Coney Bergers - not from Coney Island tho.
It is a beef patty stewed in Spanish onions for 12 hours; then add a special chili sauce - WOW!
Also i really enjoy PA Dutch food; although I am not that close to that area.
Miss this one area of NYC where you can get sumptuous pork; they have the heads in the window!
Also = soft pretzels.

Enjoy. Thanks. :lol:
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby jhand8pp4 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:06 pm

I am from Texas so you know that I miss authentic Mexican food.
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby bigdaddy » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:16 pm

I miss roast beef.
Anybody know where I can buy it?
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby Polaron » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:31 pm

I miss Mexican food, roast beef, cheese steak sandwiches, hamburgers from either Five Guys or In-N-Out, and really good Chinese food like you get in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hawaii, or Mexicali Mexico. And this is just the beginning. :-)
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby ironchefchris » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:34 am

Authentic NY thin crust pizza from John's or Ray's.

Soft pretzel with accompanying mustard bar - must be from the Philly area.

Thai food - I have some favorite places, but at this point I'm not picky as long as it's good.

Mexican food - Same as above. With all the mentions of missing Mexican food, you'd think Mexico was the home country to many of us. New expat friends who moved here from Veracruz, MX have had us over for a meal a few times. Better than the local restaurants and taco stands.

More variety in live music - jazz clubs, music festivals, etc..
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby Andywalters » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:50 pm

From the UK
Bacon, Sausages, Wifi that works all the time, queueing properly and proper pool tables
and that really is about it!! (family and friends aside obviously)
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby adrian Thorne » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:39 pm

Andywalters wrote:From the UK
Bacon, Sausages, Wifi that works all the time, queueing properly and proper pool tables
and that really is about it!! (family and friends aside obviously)


Marmite, Bisto, OXO.
Fresh Cob Loaf of bread plus a good sliced loaf.
Parsnips
Birds Custard
Real Ice Cream
PG Tips
Suet Pudding

Pubs and of course Good old Pub Grub.

The list goes on and on.
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby MarcoPE » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:12 am

NY Style chinese food
Tex-Mex
Occasionally, a Wendy's Baconator
Real breakfast
Grinders
....and now I'm getting hungry.... :(
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby Andywalters » Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:32 am

Marmite, Bisto, OXO.
Fresh Cob Loaf of bread plus a good sliced loaf.
Parsnips
Birds Custard
Real Ice Cream
PG Tips
Suet Pudding

Pubs and of course Good old Pub Grub.

The list goes on and on.


I forgot pubs, definitely pubs, getting politely drunk in the sun with your mates on a Saturday afternoon while watching the football results come in and watching your accumulator fail yet again....and yes tea, pg tips tea, i wouldn`t be English if I didn`t miss tea :D
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby mtwilson » Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:55 pm

I'll second good quality Mex, Tex-Mex
Good quality cheddar cheese (sharp and medium) and affordable pickels.
Quality tools of any kind!
Quality spices in large variety.
Quality service of any kind.
Basically good quality stuff in general! ;)
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby SilverbackPeru » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:51 am

Andywalters wrote:
Marmite, Bisto, OXO.
Fresh Cob Loaf of bread plus a good sliced loaf.
Parsnips
Birds Custard
Real Ice Cream
PG Tips
Suet Pudding

Pubs and of course Good old Pub Grub.

The list goes on and on.


I forgot pubs, definitely pubs, getting politely drunk in the sun with your mates on a Saturday afternoon while watching the football results come in and watching your accumulator fail yet again....and yes tea, pg tips tea, i wouldn`t be English if I didn`t miss tea :D


I'm back home now, but god how I missed pubs when i was in Peru! Basically Peru has no drinking or pub culture at all! Having a beer in a restaurant just can't compete with watching football on Saturday and Sunday afternoons by a real coal fire or catching up with the midweek games. Other things like pool dart leagues and beer gardens! And the fact that you'll find people out socializing at 11am and onwards compared to Lima where nothing happens until 9pm!

I live in a very rural area with only a couple of towns that have a population of 20,000 at the max, and yet it's amazing how there is way more stuff to do here when it comes to your free time than a city of nearly ten million people! Lima only really has Barranco and Miraflores and come on lets all admit it, neither of them are that brilliant really are they! Don't get me wrong, i love both of the places but they are both very limited!

I'm currently making the most of Marmite on Toast, Cheap affordable food on the go (which is almost impossible to find in Lima) and making up for time lost on not having Indian food!

Is there anything better than the sound of crunching snow under your feet and nice ice cold air in your lungs, way better than hot humid mosquito filled air anyday!
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby ironchefchris » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:32 am

I'm changing one of my cravings to breakfast at a Greek run, NY diner. If I have to give up one of my previous cravings to stay within five it would be the Philly soft pretzels.
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby bigdaddy » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:40 am

adrian Thorne wrote:
Andywalters wrote:From the UK
Bacon, Sausages, Wifi that works all the time, queueing properly and proper pool tables
and that really is about it!! (family and friends aside obviously)


Marmite, Bisto, OXO.
Fresh Cob Loaf of bread plus a good sliced loaf.
Parsnips
Birds Custard
Real Ice Cream
PG Tips
Suet Pudding

Pubs and of course Good old Pub Grub.

The list goes on and on.


Wasn't sure what suet was so I Googled™ it.

Suet is raw fat of beef or mutton, especially the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys. Suet has a melting point of between 45 °C and 50 °C and congelation between 37 °C and 40 °C

That sounds absolutely disgusting.
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby SilverbackPeru » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:01 pm

Yeah suet does sound bad but it's amazing, especially when mixed with floor in English dumplings! Think of it like being a kinda pizza dough texture which you roll into tiny balls and put into stews until they come out all fluffy and soft with a bit of that dough texture to it!

It's a shame English stews aren't nice, altho i do keep thinking what would some of my mother in laws dishes be like if i put dumplings into it instead of having rice!

.......but how do i sell the idea of mutton and beef fat to the inlaws! :P
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby FDiH » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:03 am

SilverbackPeru wrote:Yeah suet does sound bad but it's amazing, especially when mixed with floor in English dumplings!


Everything looks nice execpt those dumplings :lol:
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby Andywalters » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:29 am

SilverbackPeru wrote:
Andywalters wrote:
Marmite, Bisto, OXO.
Fresh Cob Loaf of bread plus a good sliced loaf.
Parsnips
Birds Custard
Real Ice Cream
PG Tips
Suet Pudding

Pubs and of course Good old Pub Grub.

The list goes on and on.


I forgot pubs, definitely pubs, getting politely drunk in the sun with your mates on a Saturday afternoon while watching the football results come in and watching your accumulator fail yet again....and yes tea, pg tips tea, i wouldn`t be English if I didn`t miss tea :D


I'm back home now, but god how I missed pubs when i was in Peru! Basically Peru has no drinking or pub culture at all! Having a beer in a restaurant just can't compete with watching football on Saturday and Sunday afternoons by a real coal fire or catching up with the midweek games. Other things like pool dart leagues and beer gardens! And the fact that you'll find people out socializing at 11am and onwards compared to Lima where nothing happens until 9pm!

I live in a very rural area with only a couple of towns that have a population of 20,000 at the max, and yet it's amazing how there is way more stuff to do here when it comes to your free time than a city of nearly ten million people! Lima only really has Barranco and Miraflores and come on lets all admit it, neither of them are that brilliant really are they! Don't get me wrong, i love both of the places but they are both very limited!

I'm currently making the most of Marmite on Toast, Cheap affordable food on the go (which is almost impossible to find in Lima) and making up for time lost on not having Indian food!

Is there anything better than the sound of crunching snow under your feet and nice ice cold air in your lungs, way better than hot humid mosquito filled air anyday!


Yeah, I deffo miss pubs the most, just came back from Cusco which has a few more bars like you would find in the UK which would make it easier to socialise (you can`t sit in a restaurant here and listen to people talking rubbish and then join in uninvited like in a UK pub!) and I may one day open a bar, import a real pool table and start a league :)...oh and dumplings are amazing in beef stew
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Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Postby woodchuck » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:35 am

I am always willing to try new foods.
SUET seems like a cholesterol "night-mare"; some recent medical studies suggest "c" is actually beneficial - especially in the brain. Most doctor would say otherwise; but the studies were performed according to established medical protocol.
Thanks for sharing. :roll:

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