Friday, July 9, 2010

Ethnic Favorites Get an American Twist

Once exotic, now ubiquitous, hummus will reportedly be available in flavors as wild as peanut butter by this August, but this dip isn’t the only foreign-born food to get the American treatment recently.

Traditional Japanese sushi has long been popular in America—it's even spawned historical accounts of its rise—but it's also available in more unusual variants, such as candy sushi and dessert sushi. Sold online by Candy Warehouse, Sushi Candy comes in 4-oz. packs for $12.50 each, although you may be disappointed to learn that candy wasabi isn't included. Meanhwile Glamour notes another sugary iteration of the dish: desserts made by Chocolate Sushi. The Belgian and Swiss chocolate treats look notably less fishy than their Candy Warehouse counterparts and come in flavors like fresh raspberry and white chocolate truffle.

Tacos, while originally from Mexico, have become almost as ubiquitous in America as hot dogs and hamburgers. But thanks to Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go's creativity, the Korean taco was born, pairing marinated beef with taco (and burrito) trimmings.

And gyros, a long-time favorite in Greece, have taken an unusual American twist as well. Portofino’s Pizzeria in Evanston, IL have combined the two favorites, serving up their Police Pizza topped with gyro meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pepperoncini, and their special garlic sauce.

Rowe, Elizabeth. 2010. "Ethnic Favorites Get an American Twist". Truth.Travel. Posted: Available online:

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