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Thipu1

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Regional Misunderstandings
« on: September 30, 2012, 11:10:57 AM »
SIL and her DH were staying with us.  He could live on pizza and wanted 'real New York pizza'.  Mr. Thipu also loves pizza so it seemed like a good match. 

However, there was a problem because they had different ideas about what New York pizza is.  To us, it has a thin crust and no more than three toppings.  Any more toppings  will make the pie too moist and ruin the crispness of the crust.  The pizza we enjoy when we visit them is very close to what we get at home. 

To our guest, a New York pizza was a slice with enough stuff piled on it to compromise the structural integrity of the dish.  It would be delicious but hard to find around here. 

We compromised and called in some really tasty ribs.  A good time was had by all.

Have you ever encountered a situation in which a guest's perception of something in your area was at variance with reality?


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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2012, 01:47:04 PM »
I am also from NYC and while visiting a friend in Daytona, FL i went to a beach snack stand to get hot dogs.  It wasn't busy and the guy asked where I was from.  I said NYC and we chatted.  When my hotdogs arrived they had cole slaw on them.  I balked and asked for new ones, that I didn't order them with cole slaw on them.  He insisted this is how REAL NEW YORKERS eat their hot dogs.  I assured him he was incorrect and we debated it for a few minutes until he made me 2 new hot dogs, plain.  I put ketchup and (yuck) yellow mustard on them.  I didn't want to risk asking for sauerkraut or onions, who knew where that might lead to.

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2012, 02:05:19 PM »
Most people who live in the south already know there's regional variation in what we call "barbecue," but there are definitely times that visitors come down from the other side of the Mason-Dixon line and say "I had some really great barbecue once, let's do that again!" and don't take into account they visited Texas (or Tennessee or North Carolina) before and Alabama now.  And then they're shocked that barbecue here is completely different than what they expected.

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2012, 09:48:44 PM »
Yes!  With Cuban cuisine.  People expect it to be spicy and I always have to tell them that Cuban food isn't spicy.  Cue shocked looks and questions like but most spanish foods are spicy.  I always have to correct them that Mexican/South American cuisine is a far cry from Cuban cuisine which is island influenced food from Spain. 


It's similar to what Slartibast says about barbeque.  It's influenced by the area and can be completely different.  I actually prefer the vinegar based bbq.  People are often shocked that such a thing exists.






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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2012, 11:07:13 PM »
Not food-related, but how could I forget the exchange students in high school?  We did a program with a French school where some of their students came to visit us, then some of us got to visit them.  Word must have gotten around among some of the French boys that "American girls are easy" and "Americans love French accents" - so some of them came expecting free scrabble favors from every female they ran across.

Sorry, guys - usually American girls love French accents from good-looking French men.  Not scrawny barely-pubescent males, especially those who think they're God's gift to women.  Those particular boys ended up getting a talking-to from their teacher halfway through their month here because they were behaving in ways that made the girls here uncomfortable and were bothering their host families (e.g. propositioning girls left and right and actually expecting the answer to be "yes.")

We were lucky - we had a fantastic girl come stay with us.  She's since come back three or four times, I've visited with her, and my parents are actually going to France next summer to see her and meet her parents and her new baby  ;D

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012, 12:05:46 PM »
One of my favorites is that Texas has actual trees.  During a flight from the east coast, my seat mate was gobsmacked as we broke through the clouds landing at Houston's large airport.  The area is heavily wooded.  He's expectation was Texas was all dessert and scrub brush like you see in the westerns and from the movie "Giant". I've had other visitors suprised about how green Houston looks from the air, but he was the first to try and convince me the entire National Forest we were circling above was planted. 

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2012, 09:05:14 AM »
We have that sort of thing with NYC, too.

Visitors are amazed to find that the entire city doesn't look like Midtown. 

Yes, in the outer boroughs it's perfectly possible to see the sky without getting the roof of your mouth sunburned.  We also have trees--lots and lots of great, big trees.

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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2012, 09:12:07 AM »
We have that sort of thing with NYC, too.

Visitors are amazed to find that the entire city doesn't look like Midtown. 

Yes, in the outer boroughs it's perfectly possible to see the sky without getting the roof of your mouth sunburned.  We also have trees--lots and lots of great, big trees.

What does this phrase mean?

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2012, 01:41:49 PM »
We have that sort of thing with NYC, too.

Visitors are amazed to find that the entire city doesn't look like Midtown. 

Yes, in the outer boroughs it's perfectly possible to see the sky without getting the roof of your mouth sunburned.  We also have trees--lots and lots of great, big trees.

What does this phrase mean?

I'm assuming it's referring to the parts of the city with huge skyscrapers, so if you want to see the sky you have to look straight up (and most people open their mouths a bit when they do this).

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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2012, 06:14:39 PM »
We have that sort of thing with NYC, too.

Visitors are amazed to find that the entire city doesn't look like Midtown. 

Yes, in the outer boroughs it's perfectly possible to see the sky without getting the roof of your mouth sunburned.  We also have trees--lots and lots of great, big trees.

What does this phrase mean?

It's an old joke.

  In Mid-Town Manhattan the buildings are so tall you can't see the top of them unless you throw your head way back.  When you do that, you tend to open your mouth and that's how the roof of your mouth gets sunburned. 

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« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2012, 04:13:56 AM »
Thank you :)

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2012, 09:32:52 AM »
We have that sort of thing with NYC, too.

Visitors are amazed to find that the entire city doesn't look like Midtown. 

Yes, in the outer boroughs it's perfectly possible to see the sky without getting the roof of your mouth sunburned.  We also have trees--lots and lots of great, big trees.

What does this phrase mean?

It was an expression my father used to use.  The buildings in Midtown are so tall that you have crane your head backwards to see the tops. When you do that you often involuntarily open your mouth.  That's how the 'roof of your mouth gets sun burned'.   :D

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2012, 11:05:56 AM »
Yes!  With Cuban cuisine.  People expect it to be spicy and I always have to tell them that Cuban food isn't spicy.  Cue shocked looks and questions like but most spanish foods are spicy.  I always have to correct them that Mexican/South American cuisine is a far cry from Cuban cuisine which is island influenced food from Spain. 


It's similar to what Slartibast says about barbeque.  It's influenced by the area and can be completely different.  I actually prefer the vinegar based bbq.  People are often shocked that such a thing exists.

And a lot of South American food isn't spicy either.

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2012, 10:39:58 AM »
We had the Mexican/Spanish misunderstanding with MIL. 
Near her home, there's a Mexican place she really seems to enjoy. Last time we visited, she invited a friend out for 'Spanish' food.  The lady was familiar with neither cuisine.

The Mexican meal was delicious but we tried to explain the differences between Mexican and Spanish food.

'But the language is the same'.

The written language is but a native of Malaga might have a problem being properly understood in Acapulco and vice versa. 

The problem with our explanation was that we developed a real desire for some Veal Estramadura or a good paella.  Some of those wonderful Spanish fried potatoes would also be welcome. 

 

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Re: Regional Misunderstandings
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2012, 09:48:06 AM »
I grew up in a small town surrounded by Amish.  We went on a school trip once, through Ohio, where there are still a lot of Amish.  Apparently, one of my classmates didn't know that there were Amish outside of our county.   ::)  She continued to insist that they were just traveling like we were.  When I pointed out a very obviously Amish farm, she turned her head the other way and pretended like she didn't hear me.
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