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Poll: When you travel to a foreign country, do you always try the "typical dish"?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "When you travel to a foreign country, do you always try the "typical dish"?".

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Wil Hardman  Identity Verified
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Yes definately Sep 9, 2009

As long as I'm reasonably happy with the freshness and there is no possibility of death, I would happily eat anything- quite a turn around from being a childhood vegetarian.

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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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Always! Sep 9, 2009

I love cooking and foods, so I always try the local food.
Though, I must admit I never had to try something I'd find really disgusting.


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Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
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So far, so good! Sep 9, 2009

I too am always anxious to try new things when I travel (and even when I don't!). So far, I've never been disappointed!

The only thing that's disappointing is that, even with the same ingredients, I never seem to be able to really recreate the taste of a 'local' dish enjoyed elsewhere. It can be delicious, but never as good as when enjoyed in the original context. Luckily for us, the same is not true for translation!

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Jocelyne


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Sandra Petch
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No Sep 9, 2009

Unless it's vegan, which it rarely is!

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I usually enjoy it too! Sep 9, 2009

I have occasionally had dishes that I will probably not try again, but after a fairly protected childhood in India followed by seven years of 'you must eat a little of everything and finish what is on your plate' at an English boarding school... I can swallow most things.

Alcohol makes me sick! It's a family thing, and those of us who have this trait also think it tastes disgusting, and are happy to keep sober so we can legally drive the others home after a party.

But on the whole I enjoy new flavours. There was one exception on holiday with a group in Poland. We had enjoyed a variety of soups for lunch on previous days. The real thing, home-made stock like my mother used to boil up, fresh vegetables and a touch of herbs, never seen a cube or MSG... served with good new-baked bread.

There always seemed to be something called 'flaki' on the menu, and one day we were a little late - everything else was sold out. So we decided to try it...

Along came delicious-looking bowls of soup, redolent of tomato, sage and onion, but with mysterious strips of terry-towelling floating about in them. We tried desperately to chew them, but they were tough and slimy at the same time. There are very few things I really dislike, but that was one!!!

The soup itself was good as ever, but the strips of cow's stomach were just over the limit.

I forgot to mention that I like a good haggis, having spent my teens in a village whose butcher was famous for them... But that is completely different!
And we need not discuss the merits (or otherwise) of Danish black pudding served with syrup as opposed to the Northumbrian variety served with neeps and tatties...

Time for some good ryebread, and then I had better get back to work!
PS You probably can't get black pudding easily in Denmark these days - but they have lots of more appetising dishes!



[Edited at 2009-09-09 11:29 GMT]


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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
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It depends Sep 9, 2009

on whether the dish is vegetarian or not, which it usually isn't.

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Cristina Munari  Identity Verified
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Yes! Sep 9, 2009

I am open to new flavors and dishes, I always eat local food when I go abroad and it's usually delicious!
Obviously, as long as the "typical dish" is not dog soup.
I am not a fan of haggis either.
But how can we experience a different culture if we don't try their food?


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Carla Catolino
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I love eating new things.... Sep 9, 2009

I am a person who likes travelling a lot. I have two small children and like them to try new things when we travel.
My one daughter (who will be 9) says that she loves trying new foods and she is always telling her friends about the foods that she has had around the world. I think she might be one of the few kids who begs me for sushi on a weekly basis!

We laugh at the tourists we find at the McDonald's on the Rialto bridge (we live near Venice and take weekly trips to Venice).....McDonald's can be found everywhere....try something truly venetian!!!


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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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As long as it's vegetarian ... Sep 9, 2009

... and doesn't have fennel in it, I'm happy to try anything.

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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anything except tripe Sep 9, 2009

I'm not fond of fish either, and like Christine I usually keep off the alcohol (except a nice cool beer !!)

I usually try the various types of sausage, that's usually representative of the country's taste.

I believe there's another Macdonald's in Venice, round the back of St Mark's - we went there once when my daughter was young and picky, the queue was right out the door. Never again...

Those who have not tried haggis yet don't know what they're missing .... try it with neeps and champit tatties. (ask a true Scot what that means)


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Sabine Deutsch  Identity Verified
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Asolutely Sep 9, 2009

The most daring for me so far was haggis and I brought back home the recipe (but never tried to prepare it myself ... ) !

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Noni Gilbert
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I can say "that's delicious" in quite a range of languages Sep 9, 2009

Although I'm sure that if I had travelled to more exotic places I might have found a few more challenges, so far I've been enjoying my food adventures. That said, I like to experiment if at all possible in people's homes, or at least in proper local restaurants, rather than the watered down versions in the tourist traps.

Greatest challenges so far, for this reasonably omnivorous eater, have probably been over texture - abalone sushi, or "zarajos" in Cuenca in Spain, which are a bit too intestinal for my liking. Mind you I'm off home now to eat "mollejas" which are sweetbreads... ¡Qué rico!

Delicious poll by the way John!

[Edited at 2009-09-09 15:39 GMT]


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Squeamish Sep 9, 2009

I'll try new things, but I'm squeamish about certain animal foods. If the dish involves organ meats or blood, raw fish, undercooked chicken or duck, grubs or insects, I politely decline. I also don't drink alcoholic beverages. But I'll try any kind of vegetable, grain or fruit.

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Marcus Malabad  Identity Verified
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no Sep 9, 2009

No, if there's animal blood, fried insects and grubs, guts and some such corcnucopia

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