Time for some more USA lovin’ (no, not in that way. Sorry to disappoint.)
I love the KFC Double Down.
Yes, I’m late to the game in trying KFC’s double down. In my defense, it’s not available in Australia (that I am aware of). But… It. Was. Awesome. Even if it looked slightly odd. Very tasty indeed, I’ll be making an effort not to visit KFC too often for risk of heart attack/clogged arteries/KFC inducted comas/etc though. Wasn’t as bad as I thought honestly, I was impressed.
That said, KFC in America is very different to KFC in Australia. I’m amazed at the amount of sides (mac and cheese?! Baked beans?! Rice?!) and that those scone/muffin like things are called ‘biscuits’. What also astounds me every visit is that they sell cake. CAKE. I am also very disappointed you guys don’t have chicken nuggets. Or chips (read: fries). KFC chicken nuggets are fantastic, and our chips come with chicken salt, fantastically tasty. And we have a lot more burger (read: sandwich) options. Our sides are limited to chips, potato and gravy, coleslaw and dinner rolls. But it doesn’t matter because that is more than enough for KFC. Always choose the chips. If you really want to ogle the differences, here’s the American menu, and here’s the Australian one. I hope you’ve noticed by now I love KFC in Australia (I even once said if someone took me to KFC and shouted me a nuggets and chips combo instead of to a restaurant as a date that’d be fine by me.) So it’s American counterpart, which I was very excited to check out, disappointed a little. With the shining (with grease) exception of the double down.
I also love Monster energy drinks. Before I discovered Monster, energy drinks always tasted terrible. They were just hard to drink, and the best of them still didn’t inspire one to keep sipping. I’d heard American friends talk about how good it was, and then one day at the supermarket, I saw it. The glowing green ‘M’ caught my gaze and I practically levitated across the aisle towards it. Ok, not really. But I was still impressed we had it, and even more impressed when I tasted it. So it’s not exclusively American, but we still don’t get all the flavours and it isn’t as widely stocked. Plus you guys made it so I’ll give credit where it is due.
Nectar of the Gods
In the spirit of not talking solely about food and drink (my glutton is showing), I also love that it’s well, USA. This part is hard to explain but every time I see a billboard promoting some celebrity or radio show, I’m reminded that I’m here in the US. This is the place where big companies are, the ‘big cheese’ if you will. All the tv shows, movies, default shipping options on websites… right here. I’ve only been to California and Nevada so far, but to be in such a big and dominant country hits home a lot. It’s USA, and I like it. (Of course there are things I hate, I’ll get to that later) I’m no star struck celebrity follower, but it is kinda cool to think that Hollywood is less than an hour away (depending on traffic, more), downtown LA is too. I almost feel in awe that I’m here. (I’d probably think this about any country but we’ll pretend it’s because it’s USA.) I do love my home country, but I am growing rather fond of USA.
If only because they have food and drink I like. And a few cool people live here too.
Literally a big cheese
See here for Part 1 of ‘Cool things you have and we don’t’.