Bernd 04/20/2017 (Thu) 16:36:41 No. 5615 del
>Aren't you guys one homogeneous melting pot at this point?
Am not sure. Of course foreign stuff become more available in the past three decades but the actual impact doesn't really show. For now at least.
I have no idea that an average family how many times buys French wine, German sausage or Italian cheese or other typical national products per month. Hmm that's probably depends on that product. In the case of the three examples in two a Hungarian most of the time will prefer the Hungarian wine and sausage, the cheese will depend on the food he/she's planning to prepare. Most of the time my family buys Hungarian trappista (Port Salut) just like every other families but sometimes we buy Mozzarella or Parmesan for some dishes (also almost every other cheese we chose - like smoked or goat cheese - is Hungarian, sometimes even home made).
But stuff like sweets... Milka chocolate for example became available after the regime change of '89-90 but chocolate in itself usually doesn't contains much national characteristics.

I think the first melting compound was Christianity and the Christian universalism in the Middle Ages. This was the first and a biggest step in the blurring of cultural differences. Now putting spaghetti into our cooking repertoire isn't that huge change. Especially that every Italian moms would cry if they knew what we are calling spaghetti (Knorr or Maggi base with trappista cheese ftw).