Woolburr wrote in post #5553702
On Coney Island...they call hot dogs coneys...most everywhere else it is still a hot dog. How did you make a BV and ginger if you didn't have ginger? Still a fairly popular drink....if you are going to try ginger ale, at least get the good stuff, Canada Dry or Schwepps.
Depending on where you go...there are still a few folks that think the Civil War never ended. Most good rednecks have a 'Federate flag on their truck somewhere. Southerners think you can talk ill of anyone as long as you include the phrase "Bless his/her heart". If you ever overhear someone saying "Sari is a bit special, bless her heart", you just got dumped on big time.
Real southern cooking contains at least 3 parts grease/lard to any other ingredient. Don't expect to find good Italian or seafood restaurants west of I-95. People seem to think iced tea should have sugar in it. They don't have rolls...everything is served on a biscuit...and if you want decent baked goods...head for Philly, NY or DC....you aren't apt to find any outside the cities.
ginger ale isn't served on the west coast i'd heard of it on television shows but, I thought it was something obscure that's not really made anymore and now it's like every other soft drink.
So, far i've seen the confederate flag on atleast half a dozen trucks, on a purse, as an emblem on a jacket and quite a few houses.. I understand that it doesn't have the same emphasis out here as it does back home, In Idaho that particular flag is a symbol of the KKK and other weirdos that reside at the very tip of the state, anybody hear of Ruby Ridge?... (creepy stuff).. and not something that's shown in public often, if at all.
The sweet tea thing is a little strange but I had a couple of Great uncles from Georgia so I actually know how to make it. The fried food thing is throwing me a little bit. But it's not a huge stretch it's just much more extreme out here... Fried Twinkies???..
It does feel different and i'm constantly having a location, store, brand etc. explained to me. The strangest and probably hardest for folks to relate to is the differences in restaurant lingo that i'm experiencing... "entree" are now "a mains".. 'selling' is now a 'push' thank god '86' and 'fire' still exists. Drink recipes and names are turned around. It is entertaining but i'm starting to get impatient with myself..