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11. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 10y

I have limited Spanish and during a trip to Jerez read a spanish menu and was rather disturbed by the "pero calor" (dog hot), was not till i then realized it was just a sasauge in a long roll!

Still on food, when greated at the airport by my translator in China a few years back, he asked if i were hungry (I was breathing therefore I was) and asked wht kind of food i liked. I said i loved chinese food, he replied that in China they just called it "food".

12. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Quoting dwalker66

I said i loved chinese food, he replied that in China they just called it "food".

That's hilarious!
It's the same thing with Swedish massage, though. Nobody in Sweden have ever heard of a Swedish massage, not unless they have been to Bangkok or something...

//Susanna

13. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y

I had been about 10 days in Goa and my tummy was getting ever so slightly angry at all the spicy food. So, I was rather pleased when we went to breakfast and saw egg and hash browns on the menu. After about an hour, they came out with a plate of dry fried potato curry and a cut up hard boiled egg Might have guessed...!

14. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

when i we were eating out in Bali at an alfresco type resturaunt there were gekos cralling all over the roof and walls and even our table... it was very interesting

15. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I had dinner at a restaurant on the water in Fiji once, and the waiter yelled for us all to stand on our chairs. The reason was that about 3 or 4 snakes had entered and they were crawling around.

Don't know what type they were but they had yellow rings on them. Oh, and they scared the crap out of me

True story.

16. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

I remembered another one. My friend ordered a pizza when we were in Spain and asked to have chilli pepper on it. She was expecting to get ground chilli pepper, but got two whole peppers as a garnish on the side...

17. Posted by J-wal (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Ya there are companies here in America that put peppers on the side without asking. People eat 'em whole. It's normal. I myself am partial to jalapenos, eat them on pizza all the time. They are very good on hamburgers.

18. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

In Barcelona we went to a restaurant one evening and the menu was in Spanish and the staff spoke no engish so we endeavoured to make the best of it hand signals etc. I could not understand a think on the menu except summat that looked like the word steak. It was steak tartare - minced raw steak with an egg on top!!

I will give anything ago and to be honest it wasnt the actual taste that put me off (l like my steak rare) but the texture of the raw mince - nope just couldnt eat it!

19. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

This one's a bit the other way 'round...

On Friday, my sister and I took our parents out to a little Italian restaurant we absolutely love. It's right in Little Italy, and the chefs are from the old country. A truly wonderful authntic place. So two couples come in and sat at the table next to us, and my Dad (being my Dad) strikes up a conversation with them. Turns out they're from South Carolina and are here for a Kiwani meeting (I assume that's like the Lions...?). Anyhow, the waiter explains the entire three-course menu to them, as it's all written in French and Italian. When he's done, there's a long, long pause - and one of the men says, cautiously, "Um, can I just get, like, chicken-fried pork chops?"

I guess they needed to start slowly.

20. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Quoting grasshoppa

when i we were eating out in Bali at an alfresco type resturaunt there were gekos cralling all over the roof and walls and even our table... it was very interesting

That's part of Bali's charm.
We generally stay in a hotel way down in Tuban close to the airport and feel cheated if we don't have at least 10 geckos on the balcony and 3 hanging off the ceiling/walls of the bedroom.

Went to Kuta on the south coast of Lombok for a few days back in 1998? and got a room with mozzie nets plus breakfast for 2 for $10 australian.
Eating in the establishment's restaurant that night watching a movie (one of those old massive CD discs) and I happened to look up and see a huge rat in the rafters checking out the cuisine on offer.
I didn't mention this to my wife till we were on the bus back to Mataram 2 days later.
Part of the richness of travelling.