I’m sure growing up in Hawaii in the 60’s/70’s and being a pre/early teen had a lot to do with this, but what are some “exotic” foods you ate growing up? My brother and sisters who are much older than me knew about pizza and tacos so they must have been around in the University scene, but for me they were exotic treats.
Ham not from a can. I don’t remember ever seeing a real whole or half ham growing up. I thought the canned ham was somehow cut out of the whole ham intact and stuffed into the can.
Fresh orange juice in a bottle. Orange juice was always frozen. We did have the wonderful Exchange orangeade that came in a tomato paste sized can that you mixed with water. There was also grape and passion-orange. AFAIK, Exchange was available only in Hawaii and California and disappeared in the late 70’s,/ early 80’s.
Pizza. There were only three ways to get pizza. Delivery from Magoo’s that catered to the University crowd. Woolworth’s and Chef Boyardee pizza in a box. Parmesan cheese came in a green cardboard bottle.
Tacos. Tako was octopus. Tacos were were that thing you bought with meat in the shell that had to be deep fried (usually burnt before the meat was heated through). Cheese American slices and the sauce was tabasco. Salsa? That was a dance!
Nigiri sushi. The sushi most people are familiar with, a rectangle of sushi rice with a piece of (typically raw) seafood on top. Sushi was maki (rolled) sushi and sashimi was a separate dish.
Asparagus and cranberries (as a sauce) were only available in a can. It wasn’t until chunky cranberry sauce came out that I realized that cranberries weren’t squeezed for the juice like oranges.