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5 American Foods I Loved When I Lived in the US for 4 Months – And 2 Things I Wouldn’t Eat or Drink Again

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Mikhaila during a visit to New York in December 2016, left, and Pumpkin Pie, right.Mikhaïla Friel/Insider, Smith Collection/Getty Images

  • In 2016, I left my home in Scotland to spend a semester abroad at a university in Pennsylvania.

  • There I got to try many American dishes for the first time, like pumpkin pie.

  • However, there are some that I had a hard time getting used to.

In 2016, I spent four months living in Pennsylvania.

5 American Foods I Loved When I Lived in the US for 4 Months – And 2 Things I Wouldn’t Eat or Drink Again

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Mikhaila in the United States.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

In August 2016, I left my home in Scotland, UK to spend a semester abroad at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. There were many things that surprised me about living in the United States, and one of the most important things was the food.

Whether it was at the university dining hall or on a trip to the east coast of the United States, there were plenty of opportunities to try new dishes. Here are some of my favorites.

Pumpkin pie.

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Pumpkin pie.bhofack2/Getty Images

Since we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, pumpkin pie isn’t something we eat. I had never seen or tasted pumpkin pie before going to the US, but I had heard about it from watching TV shows and movies.

Tried it several times during my semester abroad, as the college dining hall served it throughout Thanksgiving week. I loved it, and when I returned to the UK I found a recipe online and made it for my family.

Posh Pie.

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Shoofly Pie is something I had never heard of until I came to the States. The pie, which has a filling of brown sugar and spices, is most commonly associated with Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.

It was sweeter than any pie I had ever had before. We don’t have a huge variety of sweet pies in the UK so this was a nice change.

Breakfast pizza.

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Breakfast pizza.Christian K. Lee/The Washington Post via Getty Images

While pizza is a popular dish in the UK, I’ve found Americans to be much more creative when it comes to their toppings. One thing I enjoyed about the college dining hall was the “breakfast pizza”, which was served every Sunday with various breakfast-themed toppings.

My favorite was the apple and cinnamon breakfast pizza, which I had never tried in the UK.

Everything from Panda Express.

I visited Panda Express for the first time during a weekend in New York.

The Chinese-American cuisine that Panda Express serves is similar to the Chinese restaurants we have in the UK, but with one important difference.

I liked that Panda Express allowed their customers to sample a few different items before ordering their meal. This is something I had never experienced in takeaway restaurants in the UK.

S’mores.

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Smores.Kelly van Dellen/Shutterstock

I first tried s’mores while on a weekend trip to my friend’s parents in New Jersey. My friend, who was born in the United States, hosted about 12 of us – all international students – just a few weeks into the semester.

She wanted to show us some basic American food. As I bit into the delicious combination of marshmallow and chocolate by the campfire in my friend’s backyard, I felt like I was living in an American movie.

There are things I was not a fan of. American bacon was one of them.

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Bacon.Erin McDowell/Insider

Before living in the US, I had no idea that bacon would be completely different from the bacon served in the UK.

My American friends were confused when I tried to eat my bacon with a knife and fork for the first time. I had no idea most people ate it with their hands as it was much crispier and served in thinner strips than the bacon served in the UK.

In the US, bacon comes from the pork belly, while in the UK, bacon is cut from the loin and is therefore leaner.

Tea in the US was also hard to get used to.

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Lipton tea.Jerry Redfern/LightRocket via Getty Images

I knew tea wasn’t as popular in the US as it was in the UK, but I didn’t know how much.

When I asked for English breakfast tea in restaurants, many places didn’t serve it at all. If they served it, the tea usually came with cream instead of milk, which I wasn’t used to.

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