- Aug 17, 2018
One of the things I love about travel is enjoying the food in those places I visit. These days we have access to a global menu at home and there are restaurants of every description but with a few rare exceptions it never seems to be quite the same. For example Tex-Mex food here isn't like Tex-Mex food in Texas, Anglo-Indian food (as splendid as it is) isn't like the food you get in the sub-continent, what we call Chinese food here isn't what you eat in China (unless you go upscale) etc etc. And it isn't just a British thing, when travelling I'm often taken to eat in restaurants of many flavours and it seems to be a universal truism that global food is heavily coloured by local tastes and preferences. I bite my tongue in the Netherlands now for example because Dutch-Indonesian food is like Anglo-Indian food - very nice but not Indonesian. America put it's own stamp on a whole world of food, for example American-Italian food is American-Italian, not Italian. Given the awful experience of air travel these days the opportunity to enjoy food when away from home is a big compensation.