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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

I am visiting Culinary capitals, which I think is over rated. I was meat eating travellers when I hit Penang and Melaka, but I think vegetarians won't miss a lot. Now I am not eating meat and some places are very challenging for vegetarians.

Now I am in a city that seem to have meat in everything or they simply dont have VEGETABLES and shrimps (my best friend) in the menu. If they had Cheese and Tomato sauce, I'd be in HEAVEN.

I ended up in Mc.donalds and had my first few orders of Fillet-o-fish.

I ate at the muslim restaurant and I said in the local language, the only phrase I know, "NO MEAT". But my noodles came with meat. I complain, but I know they will just pick out all the meat. I thought, atleast dont make me see a piece, and boy, I picked 6 pieces of fat and flesh. It aint a religious thing, so I finished the noodle. But I told the people at the restaurant, that what I made them eat pork. They apologize profusely, even if the only word they must have recognized was PORK, and so I didn't have to pay. I insisted on paying, after the pasta dish was fantastic. But they kept apologizing. So I didn't paid, what was going to be a MAJOR ripped off anyway for a noodle dish.

The only place that would make me eat meat is Xinjiang, China, if I manage to get that far. I am a big fan of the Kebab, but I would never eat it again, unless I am in places really EXOTIC.

2. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

I always make an effort to learn at least a smattering of the language of the countries I propose to visit. You'll get a lot more respect from the people you come into contact with even if you stumble a bit at first.

I never quite understand why Westerners, Englishmen especially, don't even bother to buy a phrase book to help them communicate.

It shouldn't be that difficult to find a typical menu online so that you can understand it when you visit a restaurant.

The onus is on you to make life easier for yourself by learning about their culture instead of expecting others to adjust to you. ;)

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I'd say Calgary. And anywhere in Texas.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Hamburg

5. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Hamburg

Very subtle...I like that one.

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Buenos Aires (all that yummy steak ;))

7. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

That must be Bagiuo in the Philippines (Ph. in general...).
In Bagiuo you'll see fresh vegetables all over the city, but nine out of ten restaurants are fast food joints...

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

German menues are quite hard to order from if you are vegetarian. I am muslim and thus I avoid pork, which is tough to do in pork-loving Germany. Even if you order potatoes and veggies the veggies are likely to come with a sprinkling of fried bacon cubes. But cooks are usually accomodating if you communicate your desires - in German, of course.

9. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Yvekes

That must be Bagiuo in the Philippines (Ph. in general...).
In Bagiuo you'll see fresh vegetables all over the city, but nine out of ten restaurants are fast food joints...

ALL PHILIPPINE VEGGIE DISHES CONTAINS MEAT.... and Baguio is the vegetable capital of the archipelago. Paradoxically, you'll end up in a fast food. That is why, I've never been there.

10. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

German menues are quite hard to order from if you are vegetarian. I am muslim and thus I avoid pork, which is tough to do in pork-loving Germany. Even if you order potatoes and veggies the veggies are likely to come with a sprinkling of fried bacon cubes. But cooks are usually accomodating if you communicate your desires - in German, of course.

Germans love pork... I noticed that my German friends always go for pork.