As Americans, we tend not to question our own habits. Because they are so familiar to us, they are "normal." Unless you were allergic, you have probably eaten thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in your lifetime. You poured sugary cereal for breakfast before school, or you made eggs and toast and maybe even bacon. You might not know how your mom made her famous meatloaf, but you happily gobbled it down for dinner whenever she served it because it was a totally classic dish, and pretty delicious too.

But what people eat and how they eat it differs from country to country, region to region. Some of the things that we took for granted as part of our relationship food growing up are totally foreign and strange to other people. Many just do not understand why we eat the things that we do. And you know what? With many of these questions, they have a point.

If you are American, this plate of food won't look strange to you.

Burger, onion rings, fries... Oh man, I am making myself hungry. But that's not the point of this. The point is that some American eating habits are really confusing to people who didn't grow up here.

Peanut butter and jelly

Apparently, peanut butter and jelly isn't really a thing in other places. Who knew? I guess if you think about it, it is a strange combination.

Pizza with pineapple

Oh, honey. You have stumbled into the great debate. Some people do this. I, personally, find it egregious.

Bread and pasta

Um, because it's delicious? Carbs on carbs on carbs! You need something to soak up the extra sauce!

Wings and ribs

It's so fun to eat meat off the bone with your hands, and also the bone gives it so much flavor! Chicken breasts are dry AF.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese

Oh, no no no! It's so good. You clearly just haven't had the right tomato soup. Don't deprive yourself of this wonder!

Chips with sandwiches

If they're talking about potato chips, YUM. Chips with sandwiches provide a much-needed crunch. If they mean chips as in French fries, who needs an excuse to eat French fries?


I agree that meatloaf isn't one of our most attractive foods, but it's a simple, hearty meal that many people like.


I know. These really shouldn't be eaten for breakfast. They're basically bad versions of pastries. But they are also so good.

Chicken and waffles

Hey! Don't knock it 'til you try it. Because it's really really really really delicious.

Eggs and bread

Wait...I'm so confused about this. Do other cultures not eat eggs with toast? It's so yummy! Better yet: a breakfast sandwich!

Corn dogs

OK, we don't really eat corn dogs on a regular basis. Only if you're like, at a fair or something. But they're so good.

Cold pizza

Heck. Yes. For breakfast! Please try cold pizza. Eat a slice while you warm up the rest of the pizza. You won't regret it.

Sweet and savory breakfast

I love doing this because I almost never want an all sweet breakfast or an all savory breakfast. If you haven't dipped bacon in maple syrup, you haven't lived.

Macaroni and cheese

Um, because both macaroni and cheese are delicious? Because it's made up of the two best things: pasta and cheese. I could go on.

Cheese with crackers

What do you eat cheese with? What do you eat crackers with? Cheese and crackers were made for each other!

Bacon every morning

No. That would be too much bacon. That is not good for you. But at a nice weekend brunch? You bet.

Popcorn with melted butter

Some do. I don't go for the extra butter, but I understand the urge. I'm more of a salt gal myself.

Scone things

By scone things do you mean scones? Or biscuits? Either way, the answer is the same: because they are yummy.

Thanksgiving meals

I am not a fan of the sweet potato and marshmallow combination, but I do get it. There's a lot of weird stuff on the Thanksgiving table. I will give you that one.


Girl, I am so with you. Unless that salad has like, a bunch of chicken and cheese and bread in it and is actually a sandwich, it's not a meal.


What do you eat applesauce on? I'm so curious. I'm not a big fan of it. I only eat it on latkes at Chanukah.

Nacho cheese

Here's the thing. We are fully aware that this fake liquid cheese stuff is fake and gross. But it also tastes so good and we would bathe in it if we could.


A lot of TV shows make it look like we're always eating casseroles. This is not true. Casseroles are weird.

Peanut butter

If it doesn't go with chocolate or in cakes, how do you eat peanut butter?!?! In my opinion, peanut butter is best when it's paired with something else.


You know, this was a plot by big cereal to sell cereal to kids and claim it was a balanced breakfast. And we fell for it.

Cookie dough

I'm with this person. Raw cookie dough is gross, even if it's the kind that doesn't have eggs in it so it's OK to eat.


Hamburgers are delicious, but I agree that their name makes no sense. Unless it's like a bacon burger, I guess.


It's a dressing? Made from buttermilk? And herbs? Other than that, I have no idea. And I'm not a huge fan.

Ice cream

Um, because ice cream makes you happy. End of story. Share this with someone to make them smile!