Is New Jersey the Taiwan of the US? Ha. What? I don’t get it.
In your travels, what parts of the United States appear most often in name? New York something is pandemic, be it a restaurant, a tailor, a hotel, apartment complex, or license plate. Hollywood (no, not you Florida) has theaters, tanning salons and discotheques. “Las Vegas” anything can’t be intended for children. There’s a Hawaii spa in Shenzhen. Let’s not forget about Tennessee Fried Chicken either.
Those are the likely suspects. In honor of the rest of the country – Kansas, Maine and American Samoa included – I bring to you the “New Jersey Snack Bar Caffe” in downtown Tirana, Albania. Is it a restaurant? No, it’s a snack bar. But they serve food, right? That’s what they want you to think.
I know that Paterson, NJ (not to mention, the Bronch, NY) has a growing Albanian-American population, but when was this place opened? Is calling the café BRONX too menacing? I’ll give the owners a point for being ambitious, but then, for another point, the word “diner” should be squished in there.
Do you encounter similar homesick storefronts in your wanderings? Or are Canadian provinces all the rage now?