How important is food to you?
Replies: 56 - Last Post: Oct 3, 2013 5:53 AM Last Post By: ansh_jain_97
Sep 29, 2013 2:29 AM
15I would not let my destination be determined by food. I basically will eat anything, although eating dogs, like they do in some eastern countries, is something I would avoid. For me breakfast is important. It is at home and it is when I travel. Fortunately most hotels nowadays serve breakfast buffet-style, so I can chose what and how much I want.
I like some types of streetfood, such as the herring and the "kibbeling" in the Netherlands as well as fish and chips in the UK. I still have fond memories of the "bifburger" we used to eat in Tyboron in Denmark, after we arrived from sailing across the German Bight.
Sep 29, 2013 2:43 AM
16Food is not a decisive factor in deciding where I go (or where I don't go). I experiment by variable lengths depending on the place and circumstances but never too much. All of us are born vegetarians which definitely hinders flexibility (it's difficult to switch). While I, to some degree, enjoy trying new stuff, food is a functional thing for me and definitely not a consideration on deciding where to go.
Sep 29, 2013 2:52 AM
17Food is very important for me (while writing this, i am eating and watching Planet Food). When me and my girlfriend where travelling Italy last summer, we had a list of dishes we wnated to try, that was just as important as the sights we wanted to see. However food is usualy not the main factor when chosing were to go, it's only a close second.
I always try to eat the local food when i am travelling, to eat seafood when i am by the sea and eat where the locals do. The only exceptions was Bolivia, were we where happy to find an Indian (english) restaurant in La Paz, to avoid the boring meat with dry rice and chips.
Sep 29, 2013 5:58 AM
Sep 29, 2013 6:25 AM
19Food is part of the travel, I have never travelled FOR food.
But this is my position and it isn't a common one, because I am Italian, and sadly most Italians are spoilt about food, tend to be choosy and not to experience dishes they don't know, so that they end up starving and dreaming of pasta and coffee like at home, or to go to resorts where they are sure they can find familiar fare, thus restricting further their experiences, etc. Moreover, they put stress on how badly they have been eating abroad, how barbarious the food habits are (dinner at five pm! Breakfast with food that is not sweet! Horrible coffee, and so expensive! Even the bread was terrible, I survived on croissants...).
I have eaten very well everywhere, including Britain, the Baltics and Germany (yes, I agree with Luca). I have never set foot in an Italian restaurant abroad. Moreover, I have taught my children to stay on local food and to appreciate it. My daughter was in Kenya for a month last summer on an exchange, and the food provided wasn't for tourists - when she came back she said yes, I am quite tired of bananas and potatoes, but mandazi were nice and chapati too - can we make them at home?
Sep 29, 2013 6:35 AM
20Yes,the typical Italian is just as you describe.....that is why so many Italian 'travellers' go to a resort where they can eat italian food and be surrounded by other italians.
I must say though,I like many kinds of food.....not only while travelling,where eating the local food with the local people is a very important part of understanding their habits,lifestyle and 'culture'......but also here in Sicily (i often cook Indian,Japanese,malaysian food etc)...but when I go somewhere new i always have a pizza at least once.
Just to see what it is like in that country...
I very rarely eat pasta (at least,Italian style pasta) or other 'Italian' food abroad.....I do remember once trying lasagne in Brazil..it was quite a shocking experience ;-)
Sep 29, 2013 8:42 AM
21The Italians are no different than the Spanish - my girlfriend is very unadventurous when it comes to food. If she does not know it, she will not eat it. I finally got her hooked on Thai food, but only because we went to Thailand last year and she had no choice but to sample it ! There are lots of other eating habits that are fixed for her - no bread to accompany a meal is not done, no way she will eat fruit salad in the morning for breakfast, no way she will eat paella for supper (it seems like lunch thing only), etc. i could go on for ages.
I have no explanation for the Italian/Spanish/Portuguese thing. My initial response would be it is because the own cuisine is already very tasty, but so do the French, Belgians etc and they do not mind trying out different things. Maybe up north we have a longer tradition of immigrants who bring with them their own cuisine ? Any opinions ?
Sep 29, 2013 9:02 AM
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Sep 29, 2013 9:53 AM
Italy is still a rather 'traditional' society for which most novelties are seen as dangerous, especially in that stalwart that is food. In all its diversity, for I live in Lombardy and what we normally eat here is closer to some German or Austrian dishes than to usual fare in Sicily, for example.
Ethnic food is a very recent thing and thus regarded with the utmost suspicion. Among my friends and colleagues I am the only one to appreciate a kebab or to go regularly to Chinese, Japanese and Indian restaurants, the few that can be found here. When we are abroad, especially in large cities, looking for restaurants from different food cultures is part of the fun.
Sep 29, 2013 11:51 AM
Sep 29, 2013 3:11 PM
26lol@roman. The picture did not gross me out though - it made me hungry :-) The Belgians, French and the Dutch (though their mayonnaise is sweeter) have a thing with mayonnaise. Ketchup is fine but not tasty enough. It´s a cultural thing clearly.
I did ask the right crowd though - i agree with your package tourist assesment, but I consider myself a bit more adventurous. Yet, in Morocco, I really did not like the local food, and it was a bit of a struggle to find a restaurant which had things I like. (yes, I am difficult). In the end, we had a great trip, but the food did influence a bit my opinion about the country. That is what my question was about. Not if food determines your choice of destination, but if in the end it does influence how you feel afterwards about it. For me, it does.
Sep 29, 2013 5:12 PM
27There's a food branch, GS, on this forum.
I'm a foodie so food is important and one the main features on my trips. There're some memorable moments about food and local food culture that I remember. Some countries are challenging, some are a joy in terms of food. South/Central America that OP mentioned are uneven. I love ceviche in Peru and Ecuador, good beef and parillas in Argentina, Paraguay or eastern Bolivia. But, I can't say anything good about Colombia. Arepas? No wine. Fruit galore and fresh juices are impressive though.
China, Thailand, or India are great countries to visit. Good food in rich variety is such a bonus when you travel there.
Peejee, I understand you're in Spain. That's one of my favourite countries in Europe for food, but not only. I like the Spanish unpretentiousness, casual style. And add the wines too.
Some other countries like Georgia have great food culture that's part of their cultural heritage. Read about supra if you'd like to learn more about it.
Sep 29, 2013 10:01 PM
28Georgia. Well this is a surprise. Never heard of a food culture over there - putting it on my to-do list,thanks.
I would like to point out that countries with a rich food culture, such as Thailand, also start to bore me after a few weeks Sure the food is great, but the variety is missing. Those last days in Thailand I really got tired of rice for example. Belgium is a tiny country, so we have lots of restaurants from all over the world - French, German, English, Spanish, Indian, other Asian countries. I am used to switch a lot. And find it difficult to eat the same kind of food for weeks.
Living in Spain for example, I only eat Spanish food when Belgian friends come over. And I am not alone - I usually go out for dinner with my international colleagues to Indian, Thai etc restaurants.
PS you got me hungry mentioning Ceviche. yummmmm. Peru is one of those countries I always go back to.
Sep 29, 2013 10:36 PM
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