When I asked Zack what he wanted to do for this food-oriented blog, he replied with an immediate, “No cooking.” I’m not sure I believe him when he says he can’t cook, but I know me. I for sure can’t cook, so I was happy when he mentioned going out to eat. After explaining the difference between American food (burgers and shakes) and Southern food (anything buttery and fried), we decided on the traditional Southern cuisine of barbeque. Before we knew it, we landed ourselves in Moe’s Barbecue.
I Don’t Moe if He’ll Like It
The entire experience was incredible. I talked him through the menu and had to explain coleslaw, macaroni and cheese and baked beans. I think the thought of baked beans disturbed him because he’d never eaten beans before, but it’s hard to describe foods I’d eaten for all of my life. “Beans in a sweet sauce that is a perfect side dish to any meal. My mom makes the best baked beans because she uses ketchup, mustard and molasses.” His eyes grew wider with each word, so I decided to quit while I was ahead and let him decide. He chose a classic shrimp po’boy with chips and banana pudding on the side. You can’t go wrong with a good po’boy.
Overall, Zack ranked his Moe’s experience as a 6/10. He said that, though he loves shrimp, he prefers traditional Chinese food to Southern. I had to convince him to try pizza again after assuring him that Little Italy’s pizza wasn’t the best pizza in town. No word on whether or not he’s tried it again.
What Do You Call A Fake Noodle? An Impasta
The best part of lunch was getting to talk to Zack about his food preferences. Through plenty of discussion in between bites, we both realized our favorite type of food is seafood. He said he hadn’t found any amazing seafood restaurants here but he enjoys getting the Michael Jackson roll at Rock ‘N Roll Sushi. We also both love noodles and oysters and agree that noodles are the best food group because they’re easy to make and fun to slurp.
I was pleased to hear that China is like the United States in the sense that each province has its own “stylized” cuisine. In his province, for instance, spicy food is the staple. I, however, don’t think I’ll be visiting there anytime soon. My eyes tear up chewing Big Red gum so there’s no way I’d last two minutes there. One drop of Tabasco will have me begging for a new mouth. Read this article for more information on the Chinese provinces and their certain tastes here!
Is that the Pot Calling the Kettle Black?
The coastal cities in China are like our own, full of delicious seafood fresh out of the water. Zack calls his favorite food from back home “Hot Pot.” This meal is like a Louisiana gumbo of sorts where all types of
meats, noodles and vegetables are added to a giant, steaming pot of spicy stew. I feel like Zack would enjoy a nice boat ride through the bayou, as well as the spicy food over there. Check out this cool recipe on how to make “Hot Pot” the proper way:
Zack and I laughed over our friends who force us to try new things. Whenever we are both eating at a restaurant, our friends scold us for not trying something new. Honestly, that’s what we love about our friends. They push us to get outside of our comfort zone and experiment.
Raisin the Roof
Food is very much a social thing in both of our countries. We eat to spend time with friends, families and significant others. Some of my best memories and laughs come from meals with the people I love. My friends and I recently closed down Live Oaks laughing about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Zack couldn’t agree more and thanks his friends for allowing him to branch out. It’s satisfying to know that some customs stay the same no matter what country you’re in.
Like the usual meals with our friends, Zack and I bonded over our love of food and couldn’t stop talking about it. Though, what I like to call “The Moe’s Experiment,” didn’t end up as tasty for Zack as I’d hoped, we laughed our way through his dipping of chips in the banana pudding and me explaining the evils of spicy foods. Even eating informal meals like this one somehow connects two people from completely different worlds. Wooden Chopsticks was Zack’s suggestion for authentic Chinese food. Maybe next time we’ll go there, and I won’t torture him with some of “Mama’s comfort food.”