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#16 Sneakeater

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 04:01 AM

Actually, the way I eat in Montreal, I really might die there.


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Posted 27 September 2019 - 12:51 PM

Do we need more controversy? Dining is an important factor but not my highest priority when i travel. So there.

Actually I really am curious. Do Most MFers choose destinations by food? Or something else?
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Posted 27 September 2019 - 02:36 PM

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 07:37 PM

Do we need more controversy? Dining is an important factor but not my highest priority when i travel. So there.

Actually I really am curious. Do Most MFers choose destinations by food? Or something else?

Food is always high on my (our) list; it may not be the reason we choose to go somewhere, but it's important



#20 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 08:45 PM

I am unlikely to go somewhere I expect to eat poorly, but that's not the same thing as travelling to eat.

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 09:19 PM

to stay one step ahead of the authorities and various Intelligence departments throughout the world ..



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Posted 27 September 2019 - 09:25 PM

I am unlikely to go somewhere I expect to eat poorly, but that's not the same thing as travelling to eat.

 

I guess the traditional group tour genre guarantees that you expect to eat poorly everywhere.


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Posted 27 September 2019 - 10:46 PM

to get to the other side


Then that happened.

 

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 11:07 PM

Although there are probably exceptions, it’s hard to think of places I’m likely to go where I would have to eat poorly. I can think of places where you can eat monotonously, but not poorly. Marrakesh, for example, or some German cities where pork and sauerkraut seem inescapable.

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 11:15 PM

.... I can think of places where you can eat monotonously, but not poorly. Marrakesh, for example, or some German cities where pork and sauerkraut seem inescapable.

Sometimes you get what you ask for.    Months after tourism was resumed, in the depths of winter, we spent a week in Prague.   Tourism and restaurant service were foreign concepts to them at this time, but people are people regardless of politics.    At that time, I was eating veg.   In a town and country where sausage and goulash reign, I got across that I ate no meat, but that I would happily enjoy anything else.    We became regulars at a small restaurant where the chef sent out plate after plate of joyously prepared winter vegetables.    I clapped my hands, and the next night he would turn higher somersaults.    Food memories that surpass any Michelin meals because of the love that went into them.


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Posted 27 September 2019 - 11:20 PM

That’s a lovely story. Of course you can’t move for tourists now, and I did notice there were some vegan restaurants. Meat and dumplings could get monotonous, but I have a fairly high tolerance.

But I wouldn’t send anyone to Prague for the food. The beer, yes.

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 11:21 PM

(Is there anywhere outside the U.S. I haven’t enjoyed eating? Okay, outside the Midwest.)

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 03:47 PM

For let's say 20 years after the first time I went to Peru, I'd always say that no one would go there the food.

 

C'est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell.


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Posted 30 September 2019 - 03:31 AM

the only place i go to happily where good food is not guaranteed--and in parts of which is not at all easy to find--is scotland. but there are other compensations there.

 

actually, on skye, on the west coast and on islay, there was very good fish/shellfish which made up for kitchen limitations. but the speyside, the northern highlands and orkney were more depressing.


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#30 Wilfrid

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Posted 30 September 2019 - 04:56 AM

I can believe it, but I’ve had great food there too; the Stornaway black pudding, Arbroath smokies, great fresh fish in city restaurants. And of course “chips” with yellow curry sauce. But I have stayed close to urban centers.