Read the text.
Let’s talk about food. Everyone knows the importance of food. And it is also important what food to expect when you go abroad.
In the USA, there is food that is considered typically American. For example, barbecues in nice weather. It means that people eat outside, and the meal is grilled. At the traditional barbecue, there are hamburgers and hot dogs, although nowadays there are steaks, chicken, and fish. There is also corn, potato salad, and Cole slaw (cabbage salad). And let’s not forget beer and other drinks.
If people go to a barbecue in summer, what do they eat during winter or if the weather is not nice? Well, for breakfast, cereal with milk is popular. Some enjoy a heavier breakfast with eggs, bacon, and toast. Lunch is generally a light meal, like a sandwich, and dinner is the main meal. In the USA, a lot of chicken is eaten, as well as all kinds of meat and fish. Eating out is very common, especially in large cities where everyone is always in a hurry. There are many restaurants that offer take-out food, so you can eat at home.
If you are still hungry there are many kinds of desserts. Apple pie is the most traditional and typical dessert. That’s why there is the expression: “ As American as apple pie.”
What else? Americans love fast food. It’s food that you can get quickly at restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, and others like that. The man or woman at the register can ask you, “For here or to go?” Which means “Would you like to eat in this restaurant, or would you like to take the food home?”
So, you know something about food in the USA. Welcome to America!
Read the dialogues in pairs and reproduce them.
Two Friends in the Cafeteria
- What are you having for lunch?
- Barbecue beef on a roll, a bag of chips, cake and coffee.
- Would you be willing to share any of your sandwiches?
- No, it’s all for me.
- What kind of attitude is that?
- A selfish attitude!
-What are you doing?
- I’m studying.
- Studying what? Math or English?
- Neither. I’m sick of Math and English. I’m studying nutrition because I’m always hungry!
Too Late for the Lunch
- I’ve been waiting for two hours!
- You have?
- So, I’ve decided to leave.
- You wouldn’t dare!
- That’s just what I’m going to do. Bye!
- Do you think food in this country is expensive?
- Not really.
- I think it is expensive.
- That’s because you eat in restaurants.
- Where do you eat?
- At home.
- Can you cook?
- Well, actually I can’t cook.
I eat bread and coke.
- You are crazy!
Read this dialogue.
(The customer doesn’t hear very well, and the waiter is impatient.)
Customer: What can I have to start with?
Waiter: Soup or salad.
Customer: What’s Super Salad?
Waiter: What do you mean “Super Salad”?
Customer: You’ve just said you have a Super Salad, haven’t you?
Waiter: No, we don’t have anything like that. Just plain green salad and tomato soup.
Customer: Oh, OK. Well, what do you have for dessert?
Waiter: We have pie and apples.
Customer: I don’t care about pineapples.
Waiter: Are you making jokes or what? We have pie and apples.
Customer: OK, OK. Just give me the soup and a piece of apple pie.
Waiter: Sorry, the only pie we have is berry.
Customer: Very what?
Customer: You said the pie was very something. Very good?
Waiter: Mmmmm... I said the pie was berry. And if you wait just a minute, I’m going to get another waiter to serve you. OK?
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