Regional food terms that non-locals don't understand

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  1. KevinF

    KevinF Gathermeister-New England Team Gathermeister

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    Ok, we've had regional food that you both "get" and "don't get"... What about regional food terms?

    For example, in New England we have:
    • Grinders are subs. Subway sandwich shop would do much better in New England if they renamed it "grinders".
    • Bulkies are sandwiches on a big hamburger roll type thing
    • Jimmies are the chocolate sprinkles you put on ice cream
    • Frappes are what the rest of the known universe calls a milkshake.

    Those three really threw me for a loop when I first moved to the Boston area from the mid-Atlantic.

    First time I went to a local ice-cream place... the attendant had made my ice cream cone and asked "Do you want jimmies?". I'm thinking "why would I want Jimmy's ice cream?" so I thought the question was a bit weird but politely said "no thanks, but can you put chocolate sprinkles on please?" to which I received a snarky reply of "then why did you say 'no' to jimmies???".

    I left that transaction very confused...
     
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    Soda vs. Pop.
    Pork Roll or Taylor ham
     
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  4. surfsnowgirl

    surfsnowgirl Instructor Skier

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    Large scamotz is what my dad would say when he was ordering a pizza. I grew up in southwestern CT.

    Birch beer

    Package stores

    Those are my new England ones at the moment.

    Pop when I lived in Minnesota.

    Spent 15 years in Socal so will have to put that had on.
     
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    KD is Kraft Dinner.. Effectively boxed mac and cheese.
    Street meat is street vendor sausage.
     


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    SBrown Steve Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    vs. Coke
     
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    What kind of coke do you want?
    I’ll have an orange coke.
     
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    Timbits...
     
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    KevinF Gathermeister-New England Team Gathermeister

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    Yep. I grew up with “coke” being a generic term. Telling a waitress you wanted a coke was like asking for beer; they’re supposed to answer with the varieties they offer (Pepsi, sprite, etc)

    When I moved here I discovered that asking for coke got you a coke. Very confusing. :rolleyes:
     
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    Wait...what...are you eating?? Peelers?!? :huh::roflmao:
     
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  12. scott43

    scott43 Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Ohh..I thought you meant the Canadian Ballet..
     
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    I expected you to mention that 'dressing' = "turkey fixin's"
     
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    Is that another term for a peeler bar?
     
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    Ummm. I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may tend to incriminate me. :roflmao:
     
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    True!
     
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    Pittsburgh:
    Jumbo = bologna
    Chipped ham = shaved/chopped ham
    Hoagie = sub
    Pigs in a blanket = stuffed cabbage

    DC:
    The only one i can think of here is "half- smoke", which is a local smoked sausage served like a hotdog
     
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    Another New England one that seems to be dying out ... the corner store is a spa.
    It is pop in Ohio too.
     
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    When I first came to Boston I ordered a milkshake and that's what I got --- milk, a squirt of chocolate syrup, put a lid on and shake it, pour it in a glass.:huh:

    For awhile there was a Swensen's in Faneuil Hall -- that is a California ice cream parlor chain. So we had the reverse problem, when customers wondered why they didn't sell frappes.
     
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