Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6446 times:
Quoting TransIsland (Reply 4): it was usually not in the drinks & sodas aisle, but in the "ethnic" section.
Yes same in Finland. Marshmallow and peanut butter are a bit more common, but still 'foreign specialties'. It's a lot easier to find Greek or Thai food, I think it's mostly about where people travel for their holidays.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6368 times:
Quoting TransIsland (Reply 4): However, it was usually not in the drinks & sodas aisle, but in the "ethnic" section.
That's right. Here in Germany you can get root beer in some "premium supermarkets" like Kaiser's or Rewe (at least here in my hometown). My local gas station also sells A&W Root Beer among other American sodas like Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew (but the German version of Mountain Dew sucks big time, it tastes completely different compared to the American version).
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7598 posts, RR: 40 Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6331 times:
When the Centro shopping center in Oberhausen opened up in 1996, I remember they had this small American shop in that little bazzar area before you walk into the food court. They had various US food products such as A&W Root Beer, Dr.Pepper, Duncan Hines cake mixes, Pop Tarts all at nice and high prices. Needless to say, the store lasted maybe a year. I also got my friends there to try root beer to see if they liked it, most just thought it was gross and said it tasted like what you get at the dentist ..... LOL!
The MiniMal (don't even know if they even exist anymore) supermarket chain would have "American Weeks" everyonce in a while where they'd sell the usual stuff like peanut butter, marshmallows, Doritios, root beer, Dr.Pepper, Pop Tarts, etc. Other wise most grocery stores like Rewe or Real do sell some products like peanut butter, but not American peanut butter.
Ceaser dressing is another thing that is damn near impossible to find in Germany. Real carried it for a while, but then it sadly disappeared. Hard to have pasta with out ceaser salad
WalMart carried Kraft Mac & Cheese, but at €2.50 a box, it was a luxury ..... LOL!
Fortunatly, I lived a fairly short distance away from the Dutch border, and they've always carried more variety of US brands and foods. So a bag full of comfort groceries was never more than a short drive away
Aeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 594 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6242 times:
There are several different brands of Root Beer. they do not all taste alike. Root Beer is one soda that should not be served with ice, but rather should b e served very very cold in a glass. I love Root Beer. When I lived in San Francisco, there were 2 downtown, one where the carls jr is now located on Cyril Magnin st and Market (near Powell) and the other on Sutter St between powell and stockton. They are long gone . Here in Hawaii, only one I can think of in Mililani. Smack in the middle of the island. None in Honolulu.
A&W restaurants take me way back to my childhood with the mama burger, papa burgers, baby burgers etc. and the iced mug. (off topic I know.. Im reminiscing).
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 7754 posts, RR: 26 Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6215 times:
Because, we have much better taste tha Americans and don't have to drink that crap.
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 8):
That's right. Here in Germany you can get root beer in some "premium supermarkets" like Kaiser's or Rewe (at least here in my hometown). My local gas station also sells A&W Root Beer among other American so
Tengelmann Group, who owns Kaisers, also owns A&W in the US and usually sells their no name products under A&W.
Root beer reminds me back to a Sunday in a steak house in SC when I ordered a beer with my steak and the waitress said that there is no alc on Sundays. I said, fine with me, give me a non alcoholic beer, sorry she said,m there is some alcohol in that so it's prohibited on Sundays as well and offered root beer.
I settled for mineral water instead and will never ever eat out on Sundays in a dry state again. Even Saudi Arabia sells non alc beer and you rather drown before you get drunk on that.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6167 times:
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 11): Tengelmann Group, who owns Kaisers, also owns A&W in the US and usually sells their no name products under A&W.
You confused A&W with A&P. Kaiser's sells their no-name products under A&P.
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 11): Root beer reminds me back to a Sunday in a steak house in SC when I ordered a beer with my steak and the waitress said that there is no alc on Sundays.
I made a similar experience in California back in June of 1999. I arrived in San Francisco at 3:30AM after a 24 hour flight odyssey from DUS via BRU and ATL. All I wanted was an ice cold beer but the guy in the liquor store told me that he is not allowed to sell alcoholic drinks after 3:00AM. I asked if he wants to kid me but he said that he was death serious. Fortunately I had two cans of German beer in my backpack, so I sat on the parking lot in front of my motel room at 4:00AM and drunk German Kronen Pils.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 7754 posts, RR: 26 Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6144 times:
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 12): You confused A&W with A&P. Kaiser's sells their no-name products under A&P.
you'r right. That comes from shopping at REWE recently because our local Tengelmann is just awful.
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 12): o I sat on the parking lot in front of my motel room at 4:00AM and drunk German Kronen Pils. Big grin
...and you're lucky that no cop saw you doing that....
My first experience when i moved to NY and got settled in my Kew Gardens appartment, I went out on Sunday morning to the corner store and put a 6pack on the cashier belt, she put it down without saying anything, I put it on back and then she told me _No beer on Sunday mornings.
At least, in liberal NY, I could shop for beer in the afternoon.
The German version of this episode doesn't have the Mountain Dew joke. In the German version the guy says: "Wasser oder Krabbensaft". I don't know why they replaced Mountain Dew with water in the German episode. It lasted a few years until I got the joke when I saw this episode in the USA.
the most bizarre is Lynchburg TN where they destill Jack Daniels, otherwise Lynchburg is a dry city/ county and the Lynchburg Lemonade they serve there after the tour does not contain any JD. It's like going to a brothel and you're not allowed to touch the ladies.
Just like in Canada. For example, you can't bring your kids (under 19) to a pub despite pubs being pretty much just restaraunts. There are some pubs who have patio's outside, the one is a regular patio and if you go down two steps you go onto another patio where kids are allowed BUT you cannot order alcohol .... If I go to a restaurant, I can only order alcohol if I order food. Last call is at 100am. You can't buy beer/wine in supermarkets. More or less, everything related to alcohol (i.e.: having a beer at the beach or wine at a picnic) is illegal and frowned upon. Very depressing
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 11):
Because, we have much better taste tha Americans and don't have to drink that crap.
I would normally agree with you, but there are some things (very few though) that actually do taste better here then back home in Germany ... Root Beer being one of them
Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 10):
There are several different brands of Root Beer. they do not all taste alike
Not including no name brands - Barqs, Mug and A&W come to mind. I haven't seen Hires for years, but for us Canadians, Zellers is selling The Pop Shoppe pops again Personally, I can't stand Barqs, not sweet or creamy like Root Beer shooud be.
Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 10): Root Beer is one soda that should not be served with ice, but rather should b e served very very cold in a glass.
The frosted mugs at A&W are the best. The ONLY thing that should ever be put into Root Beer is a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream ....
I have to say, I love proper root beer. For years, I had to make do with wintergreen Lifesavers, hoarded from my US visits. Then I discovered a fantastic Chinese supermarket near me selling root beer the way it's supposed to taste.
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6041 times:
Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 17): Just like in Canada. For example, you can't bring your kids (under 19) to a pub despite pubs being pretty much just restaraunts. There are some pubs who have patio's outside, the one is a regular patio and if you go down two steps you go onto another patio where kids are allowed BUT you cannot order alcohol .... Confused If I go to a restaurant, I can only order alcohol if I order food. Last call is at 100am. You can't buy beer/wine in supermarkets. More or less, everything related to alcohol (i.e.: having a beer at the beach or wine at a picnic) is illegal and frowned upon. Very depressing Sad
Wow sounds worse than here in Finland, it's more relaxed with alcohol dowadays here, less rules. At the same time Finns drink more than ever, we just past the Danes. On the other hand, drugs are less popular here than in most of Europe.
Mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 9175 posts, RR: 14 Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6015 times:
IBC root beer, here in the states is very good.
I can remember when I worked at ORD, we would get these large shipments of sasparilla (the flavoring of root beer) tea in. If the shipment had been sitting in the closed cargo cart for any length of time, when you opened the curtains, the smell was almost strong enough to knock you on your butt, however it WAS NOT an unpleasant smell.
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JCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 43 Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5953 times:
Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 23): Anyone ever tried Birch-Beer? I think it may pretty much be a Penna. delicacy. Definitely can't get that over here.
We always used to drink Birch Beer when we would go to my great aunt's farm outside of Scranton, PA. It's also pretty popular in the DC region (enough so that some restaurants serve it at their fountains).
America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
25 MD11Engineer: My mother told me about a homemade drink called "Holundersekt" ("Elderberry champagne") made out of the flowers of Elderberry plants they used to drin
26 Asturias: Root beer is no beer. It's some sort of toothpaste-flavor sugared soda. It is very, very, very bad It is available sporadically in some shops when the
27 Mayor: Then you guys aren't getting the good stuff over there, which doesn't surprise me. There are any number of excellent brands of root beer, available o
28 N1120A: The only root beer that stands up to ice is Barq's. Huh? Root Beer is awesome. No one is comparing it to regular beer, because they are different thi
29 ACDC8: Can't stand Barqs .... not creamy enough for me LOL! I'll drink Root Beer or Dr. Pepper, but if they don't have Dr. Pepper and only have Barq's I'll
30 PanHAM: you can, but that's only for children and pregnant women....
31 ACDC8: Seems we get more restrictions, ahem, I mean "laws" year after year. Oh, of course it is ..... Now, Fanta Orange is yummy, just too bad I can only ge
32 Flyingwaeldar: When I lived in Taiwan there was a soda called Sasparilla, which almost tastes like root berr and we used to mix it with another drink that was calle
33 Columba: I did not notice the difference between the German and American Mountain Dew, but the German Dr.Pepper sucks big time in comparison with the American
34 Sabena332: Methyl alcohol in a drink? Reminds me of some drink in the USA (was it TAB?), the lable on the can said that pregnant women should not drink it becau
35 N1120A: How close are you to the border? Fanta is still available in the States, and they actually put some money behind it a while back. TAB contained cycla
36 N1120A: I wonder why they don't sell US Diet Coke? It is very different from Coke Light and I know a lot of people in Germany who really like it.
37 Sabena332: Interesting. I think I never drunk a Diet Coke in the USA so I always thought that the tastes of Diet Coke and Coke Light are the same. I will check
38 DocLightning: Right. Marmite. Let's talk about things that taste like crap. I've noticed that it seems to be a regional taste. I got my Ozzie friend an A&W when he
39 Ajd1992: I will be honest, I used to love marmite on toast as a little kid, but I haven't had it in years (I sound old - I'm only 17! ) I probably would like
40 JamesJimlb: Judging from the above, it's just a thing in the states... with that said, Root Beer is one of my favorite drinks, a nice IBC root beer when i get bac
41 CurtisMan: Well I am not a fan of this but at some A&W's here in Canada they will sell you Moose Milk. It is not on any menu that I know of but I've been with fr
42 N1120A: Completely different. Its not even close. Ever have a Brown Cow? Coke and Ice Cream.
43 Sabena332: Good to read that. The German Coke Light is simply disgusting in my opinion. When I drink a Coke that it is the Zero version, tastes way better than
44 CurtisMan: As a kid yes - had a few Brown Cows! You should try Moose Milk hehehe
45 ACDC8: About 2.5 hours north of Oroville WA. I haven't seen Fanta Root Beer for years up here, but you can get various fruit flavours still, just not the or
46 Columba: Coke, Diet Coke and Dr.Pepper tastes different in Germany. I was told that has to do that the in the US they use corn syrup but in Germany syrup from
47 KiwiRob: the only thing worse than rout beer is ginger beer.
48 DocLightning: You've never had Vernors, have you? Make sure you inhale REALLY deeply through your nose right over the Vernors, OK?
49 J.mo: It is so weird reading this thread. I can go to the local store and buy 4 different types of Fanta, at least 3 different brands of Root Beer, 3 or 4 f
50 Columba: too late my friend, I already have an Ebay supplier for those...
51 Shamrock321: Feck root beer, drink Guinness, if you dont like it the Germans and Czechs have something to suit you!
52 Aeri28: I love the Mountain Dew Code Red flavor. I think it is cherry-ish.
53 N1120A: It is marketed as a cherry flavor, though I see it more as a citrus-cherry-fruit punch. Vernors isn't a Ginger Beer, but a Ginger Ale, last I checked
54 AirPacific747: My family HATES Dr Pepper & Root Beer and I love both Sorry I might get assasinated for saying this, but Guiness tastes like sh*t!!![Edited 2009-11-
55 Sabena332: Coke Light Lemon is not too bad. I drunk it from an ice cold bottle on a really hot summer day and the lemon flavor was really refreshing but I would
56 ThegreatRDU: Trust me Europeans think its disgusting....my friends hated it!!
57 Us330: Not only states, but individual cities and counties, especially in the south. The city of Irving, the home of Texas Stadium (former home of the Dalla
58 N1120A: It really is a Southern thing, though it has gotten more nationwide distribution of late. I personally think it tastes funny. I just prefer squeezing
59 Grozzy: Excuse an ignorant Aussie, but is root beer the same as ginger beer? If so we have some good stuff down here, made by Bundaberg
60 Sabena332: Interesting, I didn't know that before. Indeed, I was searching for it in almost every store in Manhattan but it was impossible to get it there. It t
61 David L: Ginger beer seems to be more popular in Scotland than in England and we're for ever trying to explain to them that it tastes completely different fro
62 Sabena332: Any sort of "Cream-Soda" should never be served with ice cubes! Patrick
63 N1120A: Not the same at all. Crazy. I do like ice water with a couple cucumber slices. Extremely refreshing. LOL. Cute, but Ginger Ale does taste like ginger
64 Sabena332: I don't like cucumber, that's probably the reason why this Pepsi seems rather strange to me. Yes, when it come to ice cubes. They simply don't fit in
65 Mayor: This reply is not mine, although I agree with most of it.
66 N1120A: I think part of that is driven by the relative lack of free refills. Then again, in an ideal world, Germany would be "ohne McDonald's." Well, I am su
67 Sabena332: Some German McDonald's offer free refills now. Maybe they lost customers because Subway and KFC are offering free refills in every of their restauran
68 David L: I'll grant you that there is an element of ginger flavour in ginger ale but it doesn't taste "like ginger". That's probably why ginger beer is in the
69 Sabena332: You're right, when you take the drinks at McD's without ice, there is a small chance that you will taste a bit of Coke, Fanta, or Sprite flavour. Pat
70 ACDC8: In taste but I find the texture, both being much creamier and softer than standard pop (or soda) so I'd personally compare them. Not too mention that
71 Sabena332: They still have it, I drunk an A&W Vanilla Cream Soda a few hours ago. They taste great and somehow I smoke less a day when I have menthol cigs inste
72 ACDC8: Really? LOL - haven't seen it here for quite sometime .... last time I recall it being on the resaurant menu must have been in the 90s I quite liked
73 Mike89406: Has anyone tried this? It is not for the light hearted but man between the higher amount of ginger and some pepper this will clear your sinuses and gi
74 AznMadSci: There's something wrong when WalMart, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and luxury are all in the same sentence! Down here, I can get orange, pineapple, grape, and
75 Sabena332: Good decision! Way too expensive and way too bad for your health! Yummy. I had a Fanta Strawberry in Dubai a few years ago and it tasted awesome (ice