Best and worst food culture in Europe?

Old Jun 6th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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Worst I've had has been in Ireland and UK. Scotland wasn't so hot, either.

Ah, time to change the oil in my car.

BTW, when I last looked, Scotland had not seceded from the United Kingdom.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:04 PM
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I think this counts as Europe, but I love Georgian food, all paprika and coriander and bread baked with cheese in the middle and shashliki and stews and mmmmmmmm.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:14 PM
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> no one has ever told them that stewed apple and stewed rhubarb ar not vegetables!<

Rhubarb is not a vegetable?
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:16 PM
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Rhubarb is a vegetable with a unique taste that makes it a favorite in many pies and desserts. It originated in Asia over 2,000 years ago.

http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/rhubarb-background.html
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:21 PM
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I just love the standard German rhubarb with strawberry yoghurt. Lot's of rhubarb and a few strawberries. You must try it
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:31 PM
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Italy was the worst food I come across, time after time on a tour of the country. Even the pizza I had there was nowhere as good as a cheap pizza from a freezer shop back home.

For me, Britain still has the best food. People run it down but little beats fish and chips (with potato, not fast food starch sticks), meats puddings, pies, pasties and such along with a number of great puddings for afterwards (sultana pudding, jam roll, apple tart, etc).
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:36 PM
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While I think of it, I don't like the "Continental Breakfast", the rolls/croissant and coffee. Give me a good British breakfast anytime with real bacon.

How is it you can't buy decent bacon in America but are stuck with "streaky" bacon which is the cheap stuff? It doesn't compare with "back" bacon.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:36 PM
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Italian by far

Russian is not the best to my taste,and I am Russian. There are many excellent restaurants in Moscow. However some dishes are quite excellent even with the "smetena", which is sour cream, used in many other national dishes.

I wwould like to see where English and Irish cooking is rated. I usually bring sandwiches.

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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:39 PM
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>bacon
Bacon for breakfast is just a repulsive idea! You could have a beer at 7am as well!
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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Kaneda feels that Italian is the worst -----pizza not as good as frozen on back home!!!!!!

I do not know where to start with a response,-- so I will remain silent.

My vocal chords have frozen.

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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:53 PM
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@ hetismij
Belgian cuisine (both in Flanders and in Wallonia) is derived from French cuisine and has nothing to do with Dutch food which, as you say yourself, is amongst the worst in the world.

I like our own Belgian food a lot, Italian being in the second place.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 12:57 PM
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I know food is subjective, but to say Italian is the worst and the best is British !!!!!!!!!

I live in the UK, and have eaten out well, at reasonable prices - but all too often this is the exception. There seems to be no end of expensive mediocre restaurants (Expensive in terms of value for money - I cannot comment of "celebrity chef" places).

I have eaten out in Italy many times, in many different regions. It is far easier to remember the bad meals there than the good. Almost invariably the meals I have eaten in Italy have been simple, but excellent and made from the freshest ingredients.

My limited experience of Spanish cooking has been very favourable.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 01:42 PM
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I won't try to get into it with Kaneda about his dislike of Italian food and adoration of that in the UK, but his statement below really hits me where I live.

"How is it you can't buy decent bacon in America but are stuck with "streaky" bacon which is the cheap stuff? It doesn't compare with "back" bacon."

I simply love crispy bacon for breakfast, or in a BLT sandwich. Nothing better, IMHO.

The "back bacon" he talks about (we call it "Canadian Bacon" here) is all right, but resembles nothing more than thinly sliced rounds of processed ham, to me. It lays limply on the plate at an English B&B; surrounded with grease beside the stone cold toast.

Yuck!




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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 05:49 PM
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I've been attempting to stay mute because it seem that every time I become involved in a discussion my comment is the last and the thread mysteriously disappears but being the food fan that I am it's necessary to comment. (Sorry about ending the thread) Anyway--I've only traveled in The Netherlands once so my experience is limited but that delicate fried dessert covered whith powered sugar holds a special place in my culinary heart. Good fish and chips--yum, and nobody has great prochuto(sp) like the Italians--add a little ripe melon and I'm in heaven. Cheers, BMK
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 05:54 PM
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Well - everyone is entitlled to their own opinion.

But traditional Brisih food (not newer cuisine - but the awful old-fashioned stuf filled with lard and fat, and vegies boiled to death) is possibly the most ghastly thing on the face of the earth. And the fact that someone would prefer a frozen pizza-like object to the real thing - only demonstrates that their taste buds have been permanently damaged.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 06:09 PM
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No particular favorite country for their cuisine, I just didn't want the thread to end with bobbymckaye. No need to thank me bobby lest you want to end the thread.

I must say though that I do love crepes
in France even from the fast food places.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 06:21 PM
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nona1 gets the prize for Best Answer.

And to summarize this thread, for those who don't have time to read the whole thing:
Best food is the food I like.
Worst food is the food I don't like.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 06:35 PM
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I've only been to the UK, France, Russia and the Baltics, and all the food was wonderful. I didn't find any fault with the Russian food. But I did find something very strange about the beef and poultry in England; it all tasted fishy to me. I asked a local and he told me that fish products were often fed to the animals in the UK and therefore the fishy flavor. Considering that in Florida much of our livestock is fed citrus pulp, I didn't have any reason to doubt his word. So mostly I ate fish, which oddly enough didn't have an odd fishy taste, but was absolutely wonderful.
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 11:36 PM
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Lucie - thanks. Thinking about some of those meals 20 years later can still make me shudder.

But today I've changed my mind and think my favourite food is Greek. I guess it just depends what mood you are in. What I would give for some lovely Greek yoghurt and honey for breakfast right now!
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Old Jun 7th, 2007, 12:49 AM
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I can't imagine that the person eating fishy beef can have had the good quality product.
Prime British beef is excellent for the very fact that it is fed on grass.
It certainly isn't cheap though.
If you have a steak in Britain which is the same sort of price as one you get in the US, it may not come from a beef breed,
It's different with dairy cattle which are used for cheap beef products.
That was the cause of BSE.
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