Beej,Not that I disagree with you or anything. Thing is that while certain specific customs may be in fact particular to an area, others frankly aren't.No that doesn't mean that EVERYONE partakes in them but I'd say that by far a vast majority does.Here are a few examples:1. Drinking sweet drinks with one's meal - at least when eating out. Please do point me to a state where that's as non-prevalent as it is non prevalent for instance in Italy.... actually that's it... I don't think it's even necessary to go further with that...heck you could say that I was generalizing if I said that Italians eat pasta all the time. I'm pretty sure you'd be able to find a lot of Italians who don't... but they'd be statistically insignificant.If you think that there aren't habits that are typicaly Italian, typically French, and yes, typically American then I'm fairly confident you're making a conscious effort not to see them.AlessandroSweet? 'Fattening fluids'? You've been hanging out with the wrong folks.I don't want to sound like a pain in the ass, but please do show me a state, region, county or what have you in America where you can't find at least 15 different types of very fatty salad dressings in a grocery store.Then do the same experiment anywhere of your choosing in Italy.Then maybe find me a state in the U.S. with less "ALL YOU CAN EAT" restaurants than all of Italy... I lived there for years, traveled all over, lived in the south, in the center and in the north, in large cities, and small towns, and I've NEVER SEEN A SINGLE "ALL YOU CAN EAT" restaurant.
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