Travel, Culture and the Taste of Food

Man preparing pizzaDid you notice how a country-specific cuisine tasted differently in said country and abroad? Chinese food tastes differently in Germany than it does in China. Italian pizza you have at your local Italian restaurant is rarely the same as the one you have in Italy. Basically because foods and drinks are tailored to meet the specific preferences of each country. Just make a simple experiment on your next trip, try the Coca Cola drink in your country and the one they sell in the country you visit. You most likely will notice the difference!

Same with large fast-food chains! I love McDonald’s salads in Romania, I hated them in the US. I hated Burger King in Turkey, loved it in other countries. I used to go to Pizza Hut once a month, I went once in Toronto and I still regret it.

What does this have to do with travel? It’s simple, when you’re traveling, just because you know and like a brand in your home country, it really does not mean you will like it in another country you are visiting. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s wise to go there prepared, cause nothing makes a trip worse than a disappointment that could have easily been prevented!

5 Comment to “Travel, Culture and the Taste of Food”

  1. Totosh says:

    When I travel I like to try plates specific to the country I’m visiting. I try fast-food chains only if they have things that I cannot find in other countries like McTurk in Turkish McDonald’s.

  2. I try to plunge into everything local when I’m traveling. And you are right about the local-influenced additions to traditional chain menu! Most of the times they are really good!

  3. Lori says:

    You may as well have pleasant surprises – when trying a brand you know and love in different countries ;).

    Regarding specific dishes of a country I’d like to add an advice: check what you eat before you order. You might think you want to try some dishes – to taste something local – but if you don’t check the ingredients you may end up being disappointed.

  4. Lori, you are right! But in most countries the ingredients are either listed or you can always ask the waiter. But yes, double check to make sure you’re safe.

    or you could do a little research on local cuisine before actually going there 🙂

  5. I love trying a different brand of foods in different countries, does anyone know the fast food chain of Jollibee? when I tried it in Hong Kong the taste of chicken is different :p when I tried eating at McDonald’s the taste of their burger meal is different too. but I never get disappoint because knowing that different countries has always a different taste 🙂

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