The Most Popular Food Searches by Region

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Food Discussions' started by The Late Night Gourmet, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Detroit, USA
    Statistics are a funny thing. I rely on them for my job (engineering), and I don't dispute the validity of that approach. But, sometimes, the stats tell you things you don't expect.

    I'm thinking of this as I read that Google has released a list of the most-searched-for types of foods, broken down by region (generally, by state) in the US in the past year. Follow that link if you want to read the whole story.

    I've reproduced the list here. Many of the results were expected. In two of my former states of residence, it's no surprise that Maryland residents searched for crab dip recipes, and California residents wanted to know about quinoa.

    But, the one that blew me away was my own state. Take a look at what came up for Michigan...I wonder if I threw off the curve, since that was something I recommended for a past Cook-Along.

    Since no data was released about other countries, I wonder where those of you outside the US might imagine would be the most popular for your region. Would it be something obvious (like Maryland wanting to know about crab), or something completely surprising (like the Michigan result)

    Alabama: Broccoli salad

    Alaska: Halibut

    Arizona: Spanish rice

    Arkansas: Potato soup

    California: Quinoa

    Colorado: Spaghetti squash

    Connecticut: Quiche

    Delaware: Baked salmon

    District of Columbia: Crab cake

    Florida: Ceviche

    Georgia: Squash casserole

    Hawaii: Shoyu chicken

    Idaho: Crepe recipe

    Illinois: Italian beef

    Indiana: Buckeye recipe

    Iowa: Hamburger

    Kansas: Meatball recipe

    Kentucky: Vegetable soup

    Louisiana: Gumbo

    Maine: Apple pie

    Maryland: Crab dip

    Massachusetts: Haddock

    Michigan: Goulash

    Minnesota: Sloppy joe

    Mississippi: Taco soup

    Missouri: Hamburger

    Montana: Chili

    Nebraska: Taco seasoning

    Nevada: Chicken adobo

    New Hampshire: Apple crisps

    New Jersey: Flounder

    New Mexico: Pozole

    New York: Chicken cutlet

    North Carolina: Snow cream

    North Dakota: Hamburger

    Ohio: Sausage gravy

    Oklahoma: Hamburger meat

    Oregon: Teriyaki sauce

    Pennsylvania: Asparagus

    Rhode Island: Chicken parm

    South Carolina: Chicken bog

    South Dakota: Hamburger

    Tennessee: Hashbrown casserole

    Texas: Tortilla soup

    Utah: Zucchini bread

    Vermont: Waffle

    Virginia: Salmon cake

    Washington: Pork chop

    West Virginia: Meatloaf

    Wisconsin: Meatloaf

    Wyoming: Banana bread

    Puerto Rico: Receta de tembleque

    Guam: Fried chicken

    Northern Mariana Islands: Orange chicken

    U.S. Virgin Islands: Johnny cake

    American Samoa: Pizza dough
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I'll bet that is down to your extensive searches for the Cookalong! :laugh: Can't imagine why else...
    Quite fascinating (although testing for my geographical knowledge of the US.). I wish there was a similar thing for the UK, by region.
  3. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    What is that?
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I can't access Food52 anymore (the link you posted to the stats) and nor will anyone else in UK or Europe be able to. Another casualty of data protection. They have told me (a month ago) that they are sorting it out but so far not. Its particularly enraging as I have recipes posted there with photographs including one which was a community pic and which they professionally photographed!!!!
  5. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Detroit, USA

    This makes me think of parts of the world that aren't so open and free as I imagine Britain to be. But, you should be able to go directly to the google "doodle" here:

    Click on the image (the pulsing Play button) to begin.
  6. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    It new European legislation to prevent theft of personal data. All it need (which a lot of websites have implemented) is a simple tick box to say you accept the cookies used.
  7. detroitdad

    detroitdad Senior Member

    Ypsilanti, MI.
    fantastic!!! My wife makes a great spicy goulash dish!!
  8. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    But its not really goulash, it seems: - 'cheesy meaty pasta' - since when has that been a goulash?

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  9. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Detroit, USA
    Chicken Bog is basically rice, chicken, and sausage. I've never made it, but it looks like it would be good:

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  10. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Detroit, USA
    I didn't notice that...I totally agree. I think of goulash as basically a beef stew. I would never have thought of using cheese. I know that some serve it over pasta, but I wouldn't have included that as part of the recipe, either. So, I agree with the meaty part, at least. But, as I start to search, I see all sorts of variations of that theme, including some that have pasta baked in, and include cheese.
  11. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    SE Florida
    Reminds me of Jambalaya! Probably isn't as spicy though.
  12. oddduck

    oddduck Well-Known Member

    Thats my mom's goulash cheesy, meaty, pasta...add tomatoy in there too tho...she is from upstate new york so maybe it comes from there...she had lots of italian shoe making immigrants where she grew up.
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  13. oddduck

    oddduck Well-Known Member

    What is Ceviche? ...maybe i don't know how to pronounce it so that is why i don't recognize it but apparently my fellow floridians are searching for it.

    Never mind...i found a pronounce site and now i know what it is. Weird how that is a popular term for florida...i figured it would be key lime pie or empandas or a dish to figure out out what to do with all the mangos that suddenly come ripe all at one time.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2018
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