American & other food in Rome??

Aug 5th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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As a picky eater, I hate it when someone tells me I shouldn't visit a particular country or place because I don't like the food. I find that to be utterly absurd. Some people place a lot more emphasis on food than others. I like a good meal as much as anyone else, but I certainly don't travel because of it and if I have a great meal I consider it a bonus. I'm going to Japan in October. I hate seafood. Am I worried about the food situation? Yes, a little, but I'm sure I will have a fantastic time even if I find the food not to my liking. I would never dream of not going because of my distaste in their cuisine.

I just don't believe that Julie should have to justify her tastes just because some people on this board can't understand that there are those of us who travel for reasons outside of food. Her post was just to ask for suggestions on where to eat non-Italan food.

Julie, good luck and I hope you find some truly wonderful food in Rome!

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Aug 5th, 2007, 10:14 AM
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dutyfree- you are right. It is for "only a short time", but you have to be able to EAT when you travel. And eat what you want, at that. I go to India all the time, and I don't care for Indian food too much (made the regular Indian way- too spicy for me and it doesn't always agree with my stomach). In the US, I eat Indian food all the time. Most places cater to the fact that the eater- in this case Americans may not be used to the spicy types of seasonings typical in Indian food. And I do try it and eat it in India until my stomach tells me otherwise!

Would it stop me from going? HECK NO. It makes the trip more enjoyable if you are FULL and HAPPY though. Just my $.02...
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Aug 5th, 2007, 10:20 AM
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Freeman-I agree with you about really ethic food countries(India being spicy;seafood options and strangeness in Asia,etc.) but I quess I was thinking that Italy is pretty mainstream for having everything from pasta to meat that one could find something to enjoy even if there are pickyeater problems;stomach upsets,etc.
My son is living in Northen India for 6 months right now doing an internship and my family is going to visit him in November hopefully. I have major allergies to onions so I am already dreading this trip so I do understand!
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Aug 5th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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If you go to Piazza Vitorio you will find the section of Rome where the Chinese immigrants have settled. I have no idea if you would enjoy their restaurants but at least it is an alternative to Italian food.
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Aug 5th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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dutyfree- I asked some of my Indian friends and they told me this is how you say I am allergic to onions in Hindi: mujhe pyaj se allergic hai

And make sure you bring Immodium and Pepto Bismol with you on your trip (JUST IN CASE). I consider myself as having an "iron stomach", but things happen. That's when *I* myself have to go to Pizza Hut and McDonalds (gasp, I know) in India. Runner's up there are Chinese food, Japanese food and/or lots of rice. *sigh*
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Aug 5th, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Posts: 746 do/eat whatever you want!! It IS YOUR vacation afterall.
I wonder how many of these folks don't like black pudding/white pudding in Ireland, or won't eat it everyday...I would never tell them not to go to Ireland because of it.
Have a wonderful trip to Italy!!

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