Mapped: The National Dish of America, India, and 315 Others

What does apple pie have in common with hot dogs, hamburgers, turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy? While there’s no official national dish of America, most attribute these popular foods as such.

Aside from a country claiming a national food, a dish may be considered as such because it’s a staple food, contains local ingredient(s), or is served as a festive culinary tradition that forms part of a cultural heritage or as part of a religious practice.

The U.S. isn’t the only country that lacks an official national food. There’s also no national dish of India, though it was rumored that the government planned to designate khichdi, a plate of rice and lentils, as a national dish—though it was later denied by the government.

Tavë kosi and Pastel de Belem

Still, 315 countries have official national foods. Among many seemingly different ones like Albania’s Tavë kosi lamb dish or Pastel de Belem in Portugal are commonalities. Meat dishes, along with desserts, are among the most common. Additionally, many countries boast multiple national dishes (Russia has 14!) as the map below shows.

View National Dish of America, India, and 315 Others in a full screen map

National Meat Dishes of Argentina & Others

Argentinian asado

Three meat-based national foods come from Argentina: asado, empanada, and matambre. Asado, much like a barbecue, usually consists of various grilled meat, often beef, pork, and chicken. On the other hand, empanadas, which translates to “enbreaded,” are a baked or fried turnover containing fillings such as meat. Meanwhile, a thin cut of beef known as matambre or fly shaker is the muscle a steer twitches to repel flies.

Additionally, both of Guam’s national dishes are meat-based: Spam and Kelaguen, as are Taiwan’s beef noodle soup and minced pork rice. At the same time, Australia and New Zealand are each home to the same two meat-based national foods: meat pie and roast lamb. France is also home to two popular meat dishes, among six others, including desserts.

French & Canadian Desserts as National Foods

France’s crème caramel

Sweets make up two of France’s eight national foods. The first, a crêpe, originated in the country and is now popular around the world. There are both sweet and savory types. The second popular dessert in France is a custard with clear caramel sauce, called crème caramel.

It should be no surprise that Canada, with 22% French speakers, has an equal number of national desserts. Butter tarts are baked pastry shells filled with butter, sugar, syrup, and egg. Another sweet treat is the Nanaimo bar, named for Nanaimo, British Columbia. This no-bake dessert has three layers: a base (made of wafers, nuts, and coconut), custard icing; and chocolate ganache.

Among national meat and desserts are soups, stews, and noodle dishes (including a Kraft macaroni dinner in Canada), among many others. However, Canada isn’t the only country with multiple national foods of very different varieties: two desserts and one noodle dish.

Russia’s Multiple National Foods

As you’ve seen with Argentina, France, Canada, and many others, countries struggle to choose just one national dish. Whether it’s due to diverse populations or other reasons, a single country is often represented by multiple dishes (up to 14!): some meat, grain, or dessert—others national dishes of the same variety.

  • Russia – 14 national foods
  • France – 8
  • China – 8
  • Greece – 7
  • Germany – 7
  • Switzerland – 6
  • Indonesia – 6
  • South Korea – 5
  • Serbia – 5
  • Portugal – 5
  • Philippines – 5
  • Japan – 5

While a single Russian national drink is easier to pinpoint (vodka), the country has 14 foods that represent it. Four are types of bread: baranki, bublik, karavai, and pirozhki. Baranki and bublik are similar to bagels in their shape; the rings are boiled in water and then baked.

Bublik, baranka, sushka

Meanwhile, karavai is a traditional bread most often eaten at weddings and pirozhki are Russian boat-shaped buns full of a variety of fillings sold by street merchants.

Soups made of vegetables like beetroots, cabbage, and pickled cucumbers are also popular in Russia: borscht is a sour, bright red soup made of beetroots. Meanwhile, shchi is a soup made of cabbage and rassolnik comes from pickled cucumbers, among other ingredients. Russian national foods also include two types of dumplings, though it doesn’t end there. The map contains information about Russia’s other five national dishes.

You already know four of France’s eight national foods: two types of meat and two desserts. Check out the rest on the map, along with the other countries with quite a few national dishes.

For more national statistics, be sure not to miss our maps of the national animals or national sports of every country.

Share Your Construction Trade Business Locations

Construction trades are essential for day-to-day life. Maybe you run a window replacement company. Or perhaps you dabble in any number of construction trades like water damage restoration, landscaping, pier foundation repair, mold remediation, inspection, removal, or roofing, among many others. Either way, you can attract more potential customers in need of your services with an informational map of your locations just like the one below.

View Water Damage Business locations in a full screen map

We’ll show you how to copy and paste your business locations onto a custom Google Map to inform and direct more visitors to your business website.

List Your Locations in a Spreadsheet

To get on your way to mapping your construction trade business (or any business with multiple locations), you’ll first need a spreadsheet. You’ll use this to gather the information you’ll later copy and paste into a mapping tool.

Whether you already use Excel, Google Sheets, or Numbers to keep track of your business locations or you want to create a new spreadsheet with just a few key data points, here are some tips on organizing your business information in preparation for mapping.

In the spreadsheet tool of your choice, you’ll want to add separate columns headers for your business’s geographical data like:

  • Name (if not the same for all locations)
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • Zip

After you fill in your information, you can include additional useful data columns specific to your business such as phone numbers or even images that become clickable pop-ups on your map, which we’ll cover next.

Copy and Paste Your Locations into a Mapping Tool

With your spreadsheet containing all the information you’d want potential customers to know, it’s time to move on to the next step: mapping.

There are multiple ways of mapping for free on the web, as mentioned in our Introduction to Map Making on the Web post. These include desktop GIS software, the Google Maps API, or web-based tools that create a no-code solution that uses Google’s API. With that last option, making a custom Google Map like the one below is as easy as copy-paste.

View Water Damage Business locations in a full screen map

Here’s how to do it yourself using our free tool:

  1. Open your spreadsheet of business locations
  2. Select (Ctrl+A or Cmd+A) and copy (Ctrl+C or Cmd+C) your data
  3. Navigate to in your web browser
  4. Click on the location data box with the example data in it, then paste (Ctrl+V or Cmd+V) your own data
  5. Check to ensure you have the proper location data columns available by clicking “Validate and Set Options”
  6. Select the proper location column from each drop-down
  7. Click “Make Map” and watch as the geocoder performs its process

More than the basics of information on your map, you can also add your website URL to the map, further promoting your services.

Direct More Visitors to Your Website

So far, you’ve successfully copied and pasted your spreadsheet of business locations and shared that information with potential customers visually. Take it one step further by pointing interested users who are already viewing your map to your site.

To add a link to your website in your map, right-click your map and select “Edit Map”. Add the following HTML <p class="has-line-data" data-line-start="0" data-line-end="1"><a href="YOUR WEBSITE LINK HERE">DESCRIPTION OF LINK</a></p> into the Description and then Save your map.

You can also seamlessly embed your map on your website and share it on social media.

Washington Landmarks Mapped

Washington is the second most populous state on the West Coast of the United States—and one of the richest. More than that, The Evergreen State is rich in history. The 42nd state to be admitted to the Union on November 11th, 1889, the state is home to 54 official Washington state landmarks. In celebration of its birthday, we’re highlighting all of the landmarks in Washington: parks, memorials, and national monuments in Washington state on the map below.

View Washington Landmarks in a full screen map

Washington Landmarks’ Types

The 54 Washington state landmarks can be separated into eight categories (“Type” on the map). Let’s go over them now.

  • Current National Historic Landmarks (24)
  • National Natural Landmarks (18)
  • National Historical Parks (4)
  • National Monuments (3)
  • National Historic Sites (2)
  • National Memorials (1)
  • National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. National Park System (1)
  • Former National Historic Landmarks (1)

Twenty-four Washington landmarks are currently designated as nationally historical, in addition to one former national historic landmark that moved out of state. Structures, districts, objects, and similar resources nationwide are deemed as such if they meet the criteria of national significance, which includes locations with:

  • a significant impact on American history overall
  • an association with a nationally significant figure in American history
  • a broad theme or trend in American history overall
  • an architectural style or significant development in engineering
  • a group of resources that together form a historic district
  • nationally significant archeological information

The map also includes national natural landmarks, historical parks and sites, monuments, and memorials. With that in mind, let’s go over where most of these landmarks are located in The Evergreen State.

Seattle, Washington Landmarks

While Washington’s capital is Olympia, it’s home to few landmarks. However, another nearby city boasts multiple. Many travel to The Evergreen State to visit its largest city: Seattle. So let’s view some of the many Seattle, Washington landmarks.

  • ADVENTURESS (Schooner)
  • Duwamish (Fireboat)
  • Lightship No. 83 “SWIFTSURE”
  • Panama Hotel
  • Pioneer Building, Pergola, and Totem Pole
  • Seattle Electric Company Georgetown Steam Plant
  • Virginia V (Steamboat)
  • W.T. Preston (Snagboat)
  • USCGC Fir
  • Klondike Gold Rush

The 11 landmarks above are (or were) all located around the Seattle area. One of the newest to be designated a national historic landmark (2006), the Panama Hotel was built in 1910 and holds the last remaining Japanese bathhouse (sento) in the U.S.

Another Seattle-based landmark is the Klondike Gold Rush. While most often associated with Alaska, Seattle’s Pioneer Square holds a park that tells the city’s history as a boomtown when prospectors passed through and bought their provisions.

Seven more of the Seattle, Washington landmarks are varying types of boats, six of which currently reside in the Emerald City: Duwamish and W.T. Preston in Salmon Bay, ADVENTURESS, ARTHUR FOSS, and SWIFTSURE in Lake Union, along with Virginia V in Elliott Bay.

Photo of USCGC Fir from the U.S. Coast Guard

Former Washington landmark USCGC Fir was the last working lighthouse tender to resupply lighthouses and lightships and service buoys. Its homeport was Seattle, Washington for 50 years until it was moved to California in 2002. Moving on, we’ll look at the age of these landmarks.

Oldest Landmarks in Washington State

Washington may have been established as a state on November 11th, 1889. But The Evergreen State’s oldest landmark was designated in 1936 (Whitman Mission) and the most recent addition was in 2015 (Medicine Creek Treaty signing site). Let’s take a look at the ten oldest and most recent Washington state landmarks on the table below.

Landmark Year designated
Whitman Mission 1936
Fort Vancouver 1948
Lewis and Clark 1958
American and English Camps, San Juan Island 1961
Chinook Point 1961
Marmes Rockshelter 1964
Ginkgo Petrified Forest 1965
Grand Coulee 1965
Steptoe and Kamiak Buttes 1965
Nez Perce 1965

The table shows Washington state’s ten oldest designated landmarks, including the 138.53-acre Whitman Mission. In 1847, members of the Native American Cayuse tribe killed the Whitman family and 11 other settlers of the Oregon Trail. As a result, the U.S. annexed the land as the Oregon Territory, beginning the Cayuse War. The Whitman Mission National Historic Site was designated in 1936 to commemorate the challenges encountered when two cultures meet, the Whitmans, and their role in establishing the Oregon Trail.

Photo of the Whitman Mission by Jmarkp1

The Whitman Mission is a part of the Oregon National Historic Trail, along with Fort Vancouver. The 206.72-acre reconstructed fort shows life in the Columbia District, where the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) had its northwest headquarters, operating the fur trade and overseeing vast territory from 1824 to 1845. The fort is joined by the house of HBC superintendent John McLoughlin in Oregon City, Oregon to form the entire landmark.

Nez Perce also has a foot in both Washington and Oregon (among many other sites). The National Historical Park has two sites in Washington to commemorate the history of the Nez Perce people (the Burial Site of Chief Joseph the Younger and Nez Perce Campsites at Nespelem).

To see all of the landmarks Washington shares with other states like Alaska, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Oregon, sort the map by that desired group. Similarly, you can view the ten newest landmarks in The Evergreen State when you group by “Year designated” and opt for the “2015 – 2008” and “2006 – 1992” ranges.

You can also prepare for another state’s August birthday with a map of Hawaii’s landmarks. Or, for more general attractions, check out the World’s Largest Map of the World’s Largest Roadside Attractions.