10. French comes in at number 10 on my list for a couple reasons. First of all, I really think that there is an overwhelming butter content. There's nothing I really think of that I love from the French realm of food except for croissants, baguettes, and French Onion soup. But, that's just me.
9. I'm going back to my roots for number nine and picking the American South. My maternal grandparents are both form North Carolina, so growing up, the influence was pretty strong. Fried chicken, collards, mac and cheese, and sweet potatoes were plentiful in our households. Though the food is crazily greasy and unhealthy, it brings me back to early memories.
8. Pennsylvania Dutch food probably sounds a little strange to you, but you probably eat it all the time especially if you regularly visit Shrewsbury's Amish Market. The food is characterized by rustic traits and usually contains a meat and potato. Desserts are wonderfully delicious, and there's usually a lot of family tradition that goes along with a meal.
7. Numero siete es la comida de México. In other words, Mexican food is next. Quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, guacamole, and nachos have all become Americanized over time, but if you go to an authentic restaurant run by a family from Mexico, the food is so good. I personally would suggest Guadalajara on Market Street in York, PA.
6. Americana is my number six because it's literally all around us. Burgers and steak are just a few parts of our country's food. Even though we're basically a mosh pit of cultures, we've gained a meaty identity in the culinary world. Of course, hot dogs do make me want to puke, but things like apple pie and really good French fries (which are way more American than French) are lovely.
5. Chinese food is next for many reasons. First of all, egg drop soup makes me feel instantly better whenever I'm sick. Second, beef and broccoli brings me more more joy than most people, and third, fortune cookies (yes, I know that are American originated) are my jam. Basically, Chinese food makes me extremely happy, so that's why it starts the homestretch of this countdown.
4. Jewish food comes in a number four because Pastrami sandwiches may be one of the best foods to grace the human world. Specifically, Katz's Deli in NYC has one of the best sandwiches in the world. Also, things like potato pancakes and Challah bread are just plain awesome.
3. The New England region of the U.S. is next. When I went to Maine at age ten, we basically only consumed the amazing seafood that defines the region. Clam chowder, various types of fish, shrimp, and lobster were just some of the foods we came in contact with. I can't even describe how amazing the lobster was. That was over six years ago, and I still remember how good it was.
2. Italian food is my next pick because it is the umbrella over many of my favorite food. Caesar salads, pizza, pasta, and other dishes are some of the best in the entire world. Plus, Italian desserts and pastries are my favorite in the dessert category. Who in this world can resist a cannoli? That person is not and will never be me.
1. My number one cuisine is Japanese. Not only do I have an intense love for sushi, but I also really enjoy traditional Japanese dishes like Yakisoba and Teriyaki. But, back to sushi: it's my favorite food by far, so I had to credit the overall cuisine in this countdown. Not only can sushi be fairly healthy, but it's also delicious.
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