Patriotism aka JB’s American Diner in Brighton

America eating England expat life

Ah! We have internet! This is the best thing ever! You know, first world awesome happening right here. It’s been 5 and a half weeks of weird tethering with my phone and countless hours at Starbucks. I’m (we are) incredibly thankful just to have this happening again, and to have regained a working connection to the outside world. Cool story, right?

Moving on.

It has been brought to my attention that there is an American Diner in Brighton! It is called……wait for it….. “American Diner”. Creative! Inside it is basically like every other cheesy themed restaurant in America (TGI Friday’s, Applebee’s, Chili’s, etc) -tons of black and white pictures of Elvis, Marilyn, Audrey and James Dean on the walls, red vinyl seats, and a menu full of fat-laden deliciousness. Huge burgers, hot dogs, onion rings, milkshakes…these are all things that are ubiquitous in American food culture, but are actually a bit harder to find all in one place in the UK.  A few friends of Jon’s were heading there last Sunday afternoon for a lazy lunch and we met up with them and pigged out. It was fun and we were stuffed for the rest of the day. And it felt like home for a little while too, whatever that means:)

God bless America.

The funniest part about the whole thing? Everyone sitting around and in between bites discussing how crazy giant all the food was, and all the while I was thinking about how benignly normal it would be to go out for a burger and fries (a too-big burger and too-big fries) in the States. Not to mention all my years of working at Rainbow 7, the epitome of small town diner livin’ and eatin’. My arteries thank me for not eating like that anymore. At least not everyday. Ha. And afterwards we took a long walk back home along the sea front. Pretty dreamy! Now I know where to go when I’m feeling homesick.

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