Food Choices

After traveling in the USA for the last 2 weeks, and having the taste buds of a meat connoisseur, seeing as we produce grass-fed beef and lamb, I was expecting the food would be much the same as in Australia. Especially as I was traveling to New York City & Orlando Florida, we all know NYC through sex & the city and any American sitcom. The TV & film characters sit in restaurants and eat what appears to be fantastic food. I was fooled, I was expecting lots of steak, lamb cutlets and quality meals like you get served in Australia.

It didn’t take me long to work out that Americans prepare and serve food for the masses and those masses appear to be the cheap, convenient and ready-made fast food as is the catch cry when talking about America. We had a lovely first night meal at T.G.I Friday’s in their biggest restaurant in New York City on 7th Avenue, I chose the pork BBQ ribs, they were beautifully prepared and mouth-watering, this led me into a false sense of security as it was large and delicious. I only ordered half a serve and this was big enough. There is one of these restaurants in Australia, in fact in my home town at Marion Shopping Centre and they are in other states as well

Americans call them appetizers, we call them Main Meals they are the size of mains and they give you pickles before dinner. You only have to eat these once to reject them every other time :-). I ordered the ribs as I didn’t see steak or lamb of any sort on the menu, lots of hamburgers with cheese. I chose the ribs as they have a less fat content and knowing the size of meals this was a smaller option after having traveling for over 24hrs to get to NYC.

I found a recipe for the ribs which I may try over the weekend, I shall take pictures and post them Written on July 16, 2010 at 5:00 am , by for

BBQ ribs

2 slabs baby back ribs, 3-4 lbs total or 2 kilo

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup chili sauce

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup dark rum

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1.  Wrap each slab in double thickness of aluminum foil and place on a large pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.  Unwrap and drain drippings.

2.  Return ribs to pan.  Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over ribs, coating each one well.  Marinate at room temperature for 1-2 hours; or cool, cover, and marinate overnight in refrigerator.

3.  When ready to grill, lay ribs above medium-hot coals.  Grill for 30 minutes, turning and basting with sauce about every 10 minutes


4 thoughts on “Food Choices

  1. shellakers

    I’m from Missouri, USA. I’m sorry you had bad dining experiences while you were here 😦 Please don’t judge our food on the chain restaurants that you mentioned. It’s hard to find a good steak at TGIF’s. I guess you just have to know where to go but like you said, restaurants that feed the masses don’t typically care about quality. Their food is barely passable. I’ve yet to travel to NYC but I have been to Orlando and you’re right, it was hard to find good food there. I’ll bet there really are good restaurants in Orlando but in the two weeks we were there, we didn’t happen upon a good one. Have you been to Texas? I’ve had some of the best steaks in Texas 😉 The ribs are best in Memphis Tennessee. Happy traveling!

    1. bullysbeef&othermeats Post author

      Hi Michelle
      There are good restaurants in NYC, I am going to write about them as well, this is just a food travel diary and I did enjoy the ribs in TGIF. Thank you for your comment I appreciate your feedback

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