America Week at a Berlin Grocery Store

29 January, 2014 08:17  Erin Erin

America Week Lidl Uh-oh. I saw the advertisement as soon as I entered the Berlin grocery store. Red, white & blue. A woman dressed like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz? Promises of Super Flips, Amerikanos and Rib must be


A weird conglomeration of what Germans think Americans eat, this is a bizarre collection of cross-cultural food.

MCENNEDY is a private brand well-known to Americans in Germany and much of Europe. Their vaguely wrong American-esque name and products give you hope of finding those US goodies you miss before destroying all moderate expectations. Instead of the BBQ sauce, popcorn and Mexican food you crave, they sell things that are just weird. Mallow Cakes? Carmel popcorn yogurt? Again I say - Super Flips? Serves us right for trusting anything with a Statue of Liberty brandished on every package.

Here is my verdict on "edible or not" from a selection of goods at my Lidl's America Week:



What's in My Fridge? Berlin Edition

14 November, 2013 08:20  Erin Erin

Peter Menzel Germany photoI was intrigued by Peter Menzel 's book, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. His project depicts a week of groceries for families around the globe. When I posed the question to our expats,

"What's in Your Fridge?"

Several expats shared their stories and pictures of eating abroad. From France to South Korea to Slovakia, expats shared their favorite foods and things they miss.



International Food on Wheels

13 June, 2012 14:05  Erin Erin

Does it seem like I write about food a lot? I do write about food a lot. A girls's gotta eat right? And an American expat in Germany comes across a lot of crazy food.

Seattle taco truck

A recent news story from the New York Times caught my attention.

Food Trucks in Paris? U.S. Cuisine Finds Open Minds, and Mouths

"In France, there is still a widespread belief that the daily diet in the United States consists of grossly large servings of fast food. But in Paris, American food is suddenly being seen as more than just restauration rapide. Among young Parisians, there is currently no greater praise for cuisine than “très Brooklyn,” a term that signifies a particularly cool combination of informality, creativity and quality.



American Snacks Gone Global

11 May, 2012 15:04  Erin Erin

It's funny that no matter how far you go, some things never leave you. The taste of your first oreo. Your mom fixing a bowl of your favorite cereal before school. Lazy football Sundays with overflowing bowls of potato chips. American classics. So what is the rest of the world doing to our favorite treats?

ABC 7 news reports on "American snacks with a twist take off Abroad"

"Russians prefer their Lay's potato chips dusted in caviar and crab flavors. The Chinese like their Oreos stuffed with mango and orange cream. And in Spain, Kellogg's All-Bran cereal is served floating in hot coffee instead of cold milk."