Unless you stumble into a raw food restaurant in LA you’re unlikely to go hungry in America. Portions are massive and you’re never far from a fast-food joint. If you’re going to indulge, do it on the local specialities. Maybe make your own documentary while you’re at it.



Vegetarians are alien in Texas where steak houses are 10 to the dozen, no one needs an excuse to fire up the barbie and mountain oysters (calf testicles) are a delicacy.


Have them for breakfast, with bacon and maple syrup.


In Louisiana the mixture of French, African and American cultures has simmered into a hearty, distinctive cuisine with gumbo and jambalaya the signature dishes.


Think Mexican with more melted cheese.


The north-east coast is a haven for shellfish fans, try lobster, clam chowder, oysters and crabs.


In a city that never sleeps it goes without saying that New Yorkers relish their snacks. Try hotdogs with fried onions, pillow-sized pretzels and bagels smothered in cream cheese.


Where to start? Apple pie, fruit cobbler, New York cheesecake, Mississippi mud pie, Key lime pie, Ben&Jerrys ice cream. That’s where.


America is a giant sweet shop so be a big kid and try peanut butter M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Oreos and Hershey’s Kisses.




In New York pronounce it “coiffee”. In LA order it with 50 adjectives.


Sip a Cosmo a la Carrie or slurp a White Russia like the Dude. The list of cocktails invented in the US is as long as the Prohibition probably felt.


Jack Daniels in Tennessee. Bourbon in Kentucky.


The amount of wine produced in California alone is double that made in Australia.


See how many teaspoons of sugar are really in a can at Atlanta’s World of Coca-cola.


Best drunk in a diner, sitting on a tall stool at a chrome bar. In 1950.



The tap-water in the USA is completely safe to drink, however in Florida is does taste a bit strange due to the high mineral content.