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Is this food a bread or a loaf?

"Dough" is what we call the raw, prepared bread mixture before it is cooked. A "loaf" is what we call a whole, cooked leavened bread, made with yeast so that it rises. This is the kind normally ...
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Word that includes "food, alcoholic drinks, and non-alcoholic drinks"?

Fare as described at dictonary.com (and english.se) is a slightly older word, but you will still find it at many restaurants. Note that fare is a singular, collective noun. The phrase would read: ...
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English equivalent of "garam" (warming) food?

Western cuisine does not have a direct equivalent to garam, as there is no philosophical division of foods as there is in Ayurvedic or traditional Chinese medicine. When the concept is translated, ...
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Besides "Chicken TV" does this type of food have any other names?

That food isn't called "Chicken TV". It's called 'roast chicken', or sometimes 'rotisserie chicken'. What you saw is a 'rotisserie oven' or 'rotary oven' used for roasting chickens for sale ...
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What to call light food served at cocktail parties, that can be eaten on the thumb?

Finger food comes to mind. You were close with your thumb! They are also conventionally called appetizers or hors d'oeuvres, even though according to the strict definitions appetizers or hors d'...
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The US/UK word for Turkish sandwich filled with meat, salad and sauce

Generally speaking, I'd simply call that a kebab. Perhaps more specifically, I might call it a doner kebab. At least in the UK, the main focus is usually the filling (meat and sauces) rather than ...
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Word that includes "food, alcoholic drinks, and non-alcoholic drinks"?

The words comestibles, victuals, provisions and foodstuffs are occasionally used in a generic sense to mean "things providing nourishment", including both food and drink. They certainly aren't common ...
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What is this food called in English?

They are generally considered to be vegetables rather than fruit, regardless of how they have been classified by the botanical community. As for the name, in the UK they are most commonly called ...
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Difference between "fast food" and "junk food"

Fast food is served at a fast food restaurant, such as Mcdonalds, &c; while junk food a specific type of food such as chips, pop, &c. Obviously, junk food could be served as fast food. ...
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English equivalent of "garam" (warming) food?

This is my take; I'm an Ayurvedic physician! Literally, गरम (pronounced - ga ra m) in Hindi is 'hot' in English - loud and clear. But, in India, what we mean by गरम is producing body heat after the ...
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"got any eggs" vs. "got any egg"

"Eggs" is countable and means those oval things that are laid by birds. "Egg" isn't countable. It normally wouldn't make sense to say "egg" as eggs themselves are countable, but you could say "have ...
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Word that includes "food, alcoholic drinks, and non-alcoholic drinks"?

There isn't really a single word in regular usage that covers food and drink combined. Food and beverages is probably the most common term in the hotel trade, however outside the trade the expression ...
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Things you have (eat or drink) while drinking alcohol

I'm not sure we have a direct analog, for food we only consume with alcohol, but the word Snacks would apply. They mean small food items to be consumed, not as a meal. Chips, cucumbers, and olives ...
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What is this food called in English?

These are commonly called bell peppers in American English, and are often referred to simply by their color (red/yellow/green peppers). Paprika is a ground spice that's made from dried peppers, ...
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What to call light food served at cocktail parties, that can be eaten on the thumb?

The term canapé is often used. Technically, a canapé is just one kind of hors d'oeuvre – specifically, the kind with a small piece of bread or toast, or something similar, as a base – but ...
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Word that includes "food, alcoholic drinks, and non-alcoholic drinks"?

Offerings is a commercial term occasionally seen in marketing verbiage. Dictionary.com defines offerings as "something presented for inspection or sale." The offerings were top quality, just like ...
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English equivalent of "garam" (warming) food?

Garam is simply not translatable to American English. This dichotomy does not exist in American understanding of foods. If you asked an American the difference between lemonade and almonds, they ...
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Articles with food

On Sundays he makes pizza. This could be he makes pizzas (count noun) or he makes pizza (mass noun) - both are in use. He makes a pizza is possible, but would imply that he only ever makes one pizza. ...
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Word that includes "food, alcoholic drinks, and non-alcoholic drinks"?

If the food and drink isn't the primary reason for being where they are served, you could say refreshments.
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The meal / food is ready or is prepared?

Technically it seems like they should be used interchangeably but in common usage you wouldn't normally hear "prepared" to mean "ready". In fact, in British English we use the word "preparation" more ...
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The US/UK word for Turkish sandwich filled with meat, salad and sauce

There's the word gyro, which, according to NOAD, is: a sandwich made with slices of spiced meat cooked on a spit, served with salad in pita bread. Your picture doesn't look like a gyro, though, ...
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Is this food a bread or a loaf?

It is called chapati (plural chapatis). It originated in the Indian subcontinent and is a common staple food there. It is also known as roti, safati, shabaati, phulka, or roshi. It is an unleavened ...
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Difference between "fast food" and "junk food"

Fast food refers to the assembly process. Usually, fast food is obtained at a restaurant, where the entire restaurant is designed to get customers their food in matter of a few minutes. The classic ...
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What is the difference between "to cook something" and "to make something"?

"Cook" focuses more narrowly on the act of applying heat and the transformation that the food undergoes because of the heat. Commenters on the question have properly noted that the more specific "...
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The US/UK word for Turkish sandwich filled with meat, salad and sauce

In the US, that type of sandwich is usually referred to as a gyro if it has middle eastern style fillings, although it might also be called a pita. Pita refers to the flat, round bread used to make ...
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Is this food a bread or a loaf?

Question: What do we call the food seen in the picture? Is it bread, loaf, or dough? Answer: none of those. Those are flatbreads, a generic term. There are many kinds of flatbreads around the world. ...
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English equivalent of "garam" (warming) food?

As others have said, the concept simply does not exist in English/American culture. The only people who would have even the foggiest idea of what you're talking about are those who have some ...
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Difference between "fast food" and "junk food"

They may refer to the same thing, but I think the distinction is that fast food refers to the way the food is prepared/served, whereas junk food refers to the kind of food. Fast food was introduced ...
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Is this food a bread or a loaf?

Specifically, that's chapati (as a transliteration there are various spellings, that's the usual one I've seen and what Google thinks is 'right', presumably based on usage in its index). As we ...
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Things you have (eat or drink) while drinking alcohol

In the U.S. (and Canada), appetizers, referring to anything served before a meal, is the most common term for hors d'oeuvres. Light snacks served outside of the context of a meal are called hors d'...
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