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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How a Stone was Gained...

American Food Diary


Only kidding!
Surprisingly I went down a dress size while visiting the states as I walked everywhere, swam when the weather permitted and went to the gym. Admittedly not how most would spend their holiday but when you allow yourself to gorge on utter junk something has to give doesn't it?

American Food Diary
American Food Diary

I've harped on and on about Five Guys and hands down it is the best burger that I have ever tasted and the one place I recommend above all. Gah so yummy! We also tried out A&W Burgers which were a let down, to me they tasted very similar to those microwave burgers you may have indulged on when younger. To put the age old argument to bed the Mcdonald's menu in the states doesn't taste any different to what we have in the UK. Yes Orlando has the biggest Mcdonald's in the world which offers pizza, curry etc but the burgers and fries aren't any more generous in size or taste for that matter. 

American Food Diary
American Food Diary
American Food Diary

What I did find different was the pizza, we ordered take out from Pizza Hut one night and I have to say it was disgusting - soggy and despite being the regular pizza we would order if treating ourselves back home it tasted nothing alike. Speaking off pizza I did try Domino's out for the first time ever and have to say that I really don't get all the fuss, again the pizza was soggy and just generally rank. Their potato wedges and blue cheese dip were rather yummy though - swings and roundabouts. While we are on the topic of firsts I did taste Pinkberry frozen yogurt which was a new and sadly unappealing experience for me. I ordered the original flavor with a dollop of Nutella and found it to taste rather sour and not as fresh as it looked. Maybe I was just unlucky? Who knows but I'm in no hurry to rush back. 

American Food Diary
American Food Diary
American Food Diary
American Food Diary
American Food Diary

Places I would highly recommend trying out while stateside have to be Chili's which is a little like TGI Fridays but with much better food and service. The fajita's are to die for and I am told that the burgers which come fully loaded are a treat too. You also can not go wrong with Denny's and I-Hop both tend to be open 24/7 and have something for everyone - burgers, pasta, steak and even quasadilla's which I-Hop do really well. The Dairy Queen unsurprisingly does ice-cream rather well not to mention they make a mean slush puppy but the food is rather dull and basic, if staying on International Drive in Florida you must visit the frozen yogurt shop directly facing the International Palms Hotel - I could eat the cake batter flavor until the cows came home. Next door to that is a good place to grab breakfast (fry-up's etc) and they do some mean Nacho's even if I did find the US liquid cheese a little more than I could handle but do make sure you try out the Pineapple and Grape versions of Fanta as they are delicious and well missed now I'm back home.

American Food Diary
American Food Diary

Looking back on my American food diary does make me feel rather guilty, whoops.
Now excuse me while I lace up my running shoes as my thighs still haven't quite forgiven me!

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26 comments:

  1. My stir fry for tea doesn't look quite as tempting now! Great post, I do love some American junk food! ;) xx

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  2. Oh man that's some serious food porn! xx

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  3. This post should be illegal! Now I want to eat all of that and chuck cleaneating down the drain :D

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  4. I lost 2 and a 1/2 kgs during Ramazan but i have a feel i am going to gain it soon :/ planning a trip with hubby. Also sort of injured my leg during exercise and its been a good twelve days since i worked out .... sighhhhh

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  5. Oooh yum!

    Emma x
    http://beautyandrags.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Aaaaah! I'm actually waiting for my boyfriend to return with 3 pizzas hahaha! We're having a pizza night :D

    X Valérie
    scribblesofvalerie.com
    I'm giving away two custom blogger designs! :)

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  7. Omg those pictures have literally just made my mouth water SO much, looks delish :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  9. I think I gained a stone just looking through this post!

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  10. This is making my mouth water and I am now insanely hungry! It all looks so yummy! :) x

    http://glitterylove.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. So much yumminess! I really want to go to america but I think I'd gain about 2 stone, no way would I be able to resist all that ice cream! I don't think I'd be able to handle that liquid cheese either :/
    Rosalie x
    RosalieJayne

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  12. Can't believe I read this before bed. I'm starving now! I'm sure I put on a few pounds in Florida when I was there but it was worth it haha!

    xxx
    www.maisymeow.com

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  13. The nacho's and the burgers are making me drooooooool!! haha
    xxx

    The Beauty Belle

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  14. I must say that in print, all those foods sound yummy...but seeing them all there laid out like that....it all looks rather gross! Those photos are all that's wrong with the dear old USA. Probably tasted yum tho!

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  15. I'm in Canada and my boy just went through part of the states, Michigan and North Dakota.. he says the prices are so different! You get so much food for so little money in America. It's over $10 CAD for a TEN piece chicken nugget meal at McDonald's here (I think that's about 6 pounds?) but it's like half that in America for the same thing, he says! I actually quite like Pizza Hut in Canada, but I'm also not a fan of Dominos. I don't eat meat so I can't say I'm totally appetized by all these photos, hehe, but I'm glad you got to try new things.

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  16. Don't feel guilty, that food looks bloody delicious!

    One of the main reasons I want to go to Canada and New York is for the food! I love food so much, even though I really need to lay off of it. xD

    http://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

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  17. Gosh! Probably not the best idea to read this at 1:30am, I'm now starving! Everything looks so yummy, I'm hoping to go to the Five Guys in London next week! xx

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  18. I do adore the USA but I am always guilty of eating way too many burgers, steaks etc. unluckily i do gain pounds when i'm there! i'm off to new york on friday so maybe will have to sqeeze a few salads in (or not!)
    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Oh Glorious Burgers, where art thou?? I love Chilli's burgers! They're rather huge & SATIS.FYING!

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  20. I hate KFC in the Uk, but when we were on our holds in Orlando we nipped in and, boy o boy, it was awesome. So different, and i love their 'biscuits', which are like a deep fried scone.
    I was addicted to bbq pulled pork sandwiches and ribs. Food is so much nicer out there.

    Jules x

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  21. When in the US you have to eat junk food, they have so many more fast food places then we do! I'm pretty sure if I lived there I would turn massive :P

    Katie xx | Katies World

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  22. Loved this post! I'm drooling! xxx

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  23. I'm looking forward to my honeymoon in the states next year, post wedding I'll be wanting to pig out! Five Guys in London has had really terrible reviews I hear!

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  24. Practically drooling looking through those photos, i reallyyy want to go to america!x

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  25. i tried the 5 guys burger last month with my husband in covent garden and it was yummy!

    we have most of those fast food places in mexico (i'm from monterrey) so i've tried ihop and it's one of my favourites!

    you should have gone to wendys and carl's jr, they make amazing burgers as well ;)

    xo

    Inspirations Have I None

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  26. Wow these look amazing!

    www.gingerbreadsmiles.blogspot.co.uk

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