Lonely Planet Writer

Get stuffed

cannoli1For a forum all about foodie goodness, you'll find a surprisingly broad range of topics discussed on the Thorn Tree's Get Stuffed branch. Recent chatter includes the ridiculously high-priced produce in Japan, the size of your matzoh balls, the cult of instant noodle nirvana, how camp cooking differs from country to country, how technology impacts your cooking and navigating nutritionism.

While the topic of the best food in the world comes up frequently, the current bone of contention is which country has the absolute worst cuisine?

Food talk isn't restricted to Get Stuffed, you'll find it peppered throughout the community, from member videos about homecooking in Granada on Lonely Planet TV to member restaurant reviews on our Destination pages.

Find your favourite (or least favourite) place to get stuffed and tell us about it. Disagree with our Lonely Planet author review? Tell us why we got it wrong.

One foodie topic we're interested in hearing from you about is underground dining. This phenomenon - where strangers are glamorously summoned (via SMS, email or carrier pidgeon) to gather at mysterious, often intimate, locations (such as someone's home) to share a meal - has been around for a while, but seems to be enjoying a resurgence in many destinations, perhaps piggybacking on the locavore movement?

Some foodies and travellers adore it, arguing disintermediation - cutting out the middle man for a greater gastronomic good. Others wonder if it threatens 'legitimate' restaurants and the experience they provide. And of course, if it gets too popular, it risks redundancy.

So what do you think? Have you dined underground (or hosted a guerilla culinary event)? Any tips, hotspots, or stories to share? Should it be a part of a travel experience (in the spirit of homestays), or is it more fruitful to patronise local businesses?

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