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Old 01-21-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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I believe that in general, Canadians are more open/ adventurous to eating ethnic or unusal food than Americans. The mainstream grocery stores in Canada tend to stock a wide range of "international" products...and it is surprising to me having visited some of the outlying or smaller or middle-of-knowhere places (like Calgary or Halifax), that people of all groups seemed very open to eating Vietnamese or Moroccan food (more likely than the US counterpart city)

Outside of NE and CA big cities, Americans to me are generally truly conservative in eating choices..of course you can find sashimi or pho across the country, but if they think that they're embracing "ethnic foods"- well the immersion (outside NYC/ LA/ SF/ DC) is generally not as great as in Canada or the UK or likely Australia

oh and I dont think Canadians complain the same way Americans do, when they visit international countries and "cant find the food they're used to"
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Canada
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The reason why there are so many international foods available in Canada is because it's in demand by so many Canadians from so many more different ethnic origins than what there are in America and of course international trade caters to the demand. This affords greater opportunities for all Canadians of all ethnicities to be as adventurous as they wish to avail themselves of all ethnic foods from all over the world.

By Canadian standards, certainly at least in the larger cities and towns, there are no unusual foods in Canada, it is all common fare. That may be the reason why, when Canadians are travelling, they would have no reason to complain about not being able to find food that they're accustomed to because they are already familiar with just about everything that would be common fare in other countries.

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Old 01-21-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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Mayonnaise...on EVERYTHING.

j/k. I've been to Toronto and the Thai and Curry is on par with anything I get in NYC.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I believe that in general, Canadians are more open/ adventurous to eating ethnic or unusal food than Americans. The mainstream grocery stores in Canada tend to stock a wide range of "international" products...and it is surprising to me having visited some of the outlying or smaller or middle-of-knowhere places (like Calgary or Halifax), that people of all groups seemed very open to eating Vietnamese or Moroccan food (more likely than the US counterpart city)

Outside of NE and CA big cities, Americans to me are generally truly conservative in eating choices..of course you can find sashimi or pho across the country, but if they think that they're embracing "ethnic foods"- well the immersion (outside NYC/ LA/ SF/ DC) is generally not as great as in Canada or the UK or likely Australia

oh and I dont think Canadians complain the same way Americans do, when they visit international countries and "cant find the food they're used to"
It's really just exposure and familiarity to a larger % of people. We have more foreign born. More immigrant communities settle in the large cities, and large cities and their surrounding areas make up a bigger percentage of our total population. The US is just a lot bigger obviously and there are more cities that the population is spread over.

Even Canadians in smaller or mid-sized cities are often familiar with or have been to the larger cities where there are many of the immigrant groups.

Calgary a middle-of-nowhere place? Calgary does have a fair share of diverse foreign-born, especially recently.

Another thing is, Canadians from the larger cities are more familiar with the cuisine/culture of places like Asia (including Chinese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani etc.) and the Middle East on average, than the US, but less familiar with Mexican/Latin American cuisine/culture.

In the composition of the immigrant groups in this way I think it's more like Australia, or the UK.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Oh yeah, another thing is, there are Chinese restaurants in small towns in Canada (even in towns with a population of thousands or even hundreds of people). All across the prairies too.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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I like how someone posits a theory with NO basis in fact and it becomes the starting point for a "...those insular Americans..." thread.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:04 AM
 
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I like how someone posits a theory with NO basis in fact and it becomes the starting point for a "...those insular Americans..." thread.

Yeah. It's almost as annoying as people who think all Canadians are narrow-minded hosers eh? https://www.city-data.com/forum/22401665-post312.html
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA/London, UK
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The reason why there are so many international foods available in Canada is because it's in demand by so many Canadians from so many more different ethnic origins than what there are in America and of course international trade caters to the demand. This affords greater opportunities for all Canadians of all ethnicities to be as adventurous as they wish to avail themselves of all ethnic foods from all over the world.

By Canadian standards, certainly at least in the larger cities and towns, there are no unusual foods in Canada, it is all common fare. That may be the reason why, when Canadians are travelling, they would have no reason to complain about not being able to find food that they're accustomed to because they are already familiar with just about everything that would be common fare in other countries.

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Just out of curiosity, could you name a type of International/Ethnic Food that is readily available in Canada that would be hard to take advantage of in the US? Off the top of my head I can't think of one type of food I could eat when I lived in Toronto that I have not found in a mid sized-large US City.

On the other hand I can think of certain foods I can eat where I live now that I could not find in Toronto. For example Cape Verdean, Dominican, Haitian and Puerto Rican. This may not be the case for where you live in BC, so if I am wrong please let me know.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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but if they think that they're embracing "ethnic foods"
Well, personally I think that anyone pompous enough to use that expression should be hit on the head with a frying pan, but maybe it's just me.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Honestly, I think this is mostly only true of Canadians that live in cities, although to be fair that includes even small cities. I've found Canadians from small towns and rural areas to be really white bread in their food choices. Indeed, I've even known several Ontarians from the 905 who were meat and potatoes and proud of not eating that "weird ethnic stuff". Growing up in a city though, I found everyone I knew ate non-European cuisine multiple times a week.
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