In a departure from my recent navel-gazing, I’m writing about something I’ve pondered in the past, which was originally brought to mind years ago by my interest in eating and fashion. (Note I said an interest in eating, not an interest in cooking or baking!)
There are foods that are often associated with a particular country, as well as fashions. Beer and lederhosen are likely to make someone think of Germany. Sushi and kimonos for Japan, curry and the sari for India, etc.
As an American, living in a nation comprised largely of the descendants of immigrants and slaves originating from a staggering variety of places around the globe, where the cuisine and fashion of many different nations can be eaten/seen on a daily basis in the major metros, what food and fashion would make people think of the US?
The answer I arrived at was burgers and blue jeans. As I personally love both burgers and blue jeans, I’m okay with this answer. I feel like with these, we’ve actually made a positive contribution to the world (which is more than can be said for us in many other areas).
Blue jeans certainly aren’t the most beautiful or visually interesting fashion by any stretch of the imagination – but they are very durable, practical, and versatile. (They can also make a person’s ass look great.)
Burgers are also incredibly versatile, and can be modified with an incredible variety of sauces and toppings to get a very different experience from one burger to the next. (Less likely to make a person’s ass look great, though.)
I wonder if people would generally agree with my assessment of burgers & blue jeans as the most American food/fashion.