Mark McCormack (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 06:16:08 -0700 (PDT)
Back to the little theme of perceptions that was started last month and in
this case it is food, something we all hold dear to our hearts. Food does
vary from place to place as well as the customs and what is known in one
country as A but in another it is B.
I'll start with McDonalds and Burger King etc, basically this Franchise is
the same the world over but may have some small variations depending the
country. Such as getting a coffee at a McDonalds in France is different to
most other places I have been to.
The big difference I noticed the most is meat, especially the quantity you
get and the price you pay. In Europe meat is generally expensive so buying
it in forms of a steak hurts the pocket but a person can buy meat in various
different forms. For example what type of wurst (sausage) would you like to
day. I also found that I could get chiccken at a reasonable price as well.
In some of the scandinavian countries they sell burgers by the amount of
meat that is in them. In the US I found a lot of meat patties or mince meat
in some guise or another. I also had some fish in the US but it is nothing
compared with te fish you can get here in Australia at a reasonable price.
Food is a little cheaper in Las Vegas so it was up to having some roast
beef, something I shouldn't of done, it was really obvious it was grained
fed and I have an aversion to grain fed beef. The beef in South Africa is
great and cheap, you can go to a restaurant and get a huge peice of steak
and (regretfully) not much else. Here in Australia meat is not expensive
and neither is it cheap, but it is plentiful. There is variety in the
supermarkets, as well as other countries but I did not go into a supermarket
in the US so I do not know.
Vegetables and salads. I found found finding a meal with vegetables in the
US very frustrating, I am a bloke who like his vegies but this was a
difficult situation until a found an asain type resturant in Boulder
Colorado where I got a heap of vegies which was really great. Here in
Australia and in Europe it is normal to get vegetable with your meal, but I
found this was not the case in the US, instead it was salad. The salad was
lettuce, a slice of tomato,croutons maybe, and your choice of a large
variety of salad dressings. Where are all the other things which are
associated with a salad such as beetroot, pineapple, bean salad, raddish,
potato salad, and a couple of more which I can't think of. The other thing
which I found amusing was that you were given your salad first, and then
after you have eaten the salad you will get your peace of meat. I also found
that quite often I was receiving quantity and quality. I did not find the
food cheaper than hear in Australia, but clothing generally was but that is
I think I really did like in the US was turkey drum sticks. I only had one
and that was at Disney Land Magic Kingdom in Florida. The flavour and
everything about it was great. I also had some Creole food at the Gumbo
shop in New Orleans, it was moorish and really nice, but I shouldn't of had
the dessert because it was a really sweet chocolate thing and killed off
the previous 3 courses that I had.
This is all I hae to say on food for the moment.