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Old 12-10-2012, 12:40 AM   #61
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Default Re: Which Continent Has The Best Food

I'll go with:

1. Asia… FAAAAAR too many delicious cuisines. A great mixture of complex and street foods. Foods that have tons of flavor and spices, never bland. Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, etc.etc. all crazy.

2. Mediterranean…. again, great spices and strong flavors. Italian food is considered mediterranean as well.

3. Mexican…. I know it aint a continent, but they carry the entire N.American continent like some have mentioned. If this was a best 'country' cuisine, Mexico takes it. Tons of strong flavors mixed with complex technical cuisines.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:40 AM   #62
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I'll go with:

1. Asia… FAAAAAR too many delicious cuisines. A great mixture of complex and street foods. Foods that have tons of flavor and spices, never bland. Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, etc.etc. all crazy.

2. Mediterranean…. again, great spices and strong flavors. Italian food is considered mediterranean as well.

3. Mexican…. I know it aint a continent, but they carry the entire N.American continent like some have mentioned. If this was a best 'country' cuisine, Mexico takes it. Tons of strong flavors mixed with complex technical cuisines.

Good call, agreed!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:56 AM   #63
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Default Re: Which Continent Has The Best Food

South American... because of Peru

the most diverse cuisine ever.

Pasta, Fish, Meat. Vegetables, Potatoes, Soups, shits I can't even explain....


second Europe because of Italy.
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South American... because of Peru

the most diverse cuisine ever.

Pasta, Fish, Meat. Vegetables, Potatoes, Soups, shits I can't even explain....


second Europe because of Italy.
Kinda unfair of me, but I've tried Peruvian food on two occasions and I wasn't wowed. Naturally, I'm not wowed by Mexican food found here on the states either (and I'm from L.A.). A Peruvian co-worker recommended a restaurant which she said was good, and it was just okay. I have heard good things about Peruvian cuisine's diversity, I'll have to investigate more, perhaps visit Peru to taste authentic Peruvian cuisine.

On that note, I've tried various French plates (don't ask me any names). I tried a few here in L.A. but wasn't really impressed (actually disappointed) considering how highly French cuisine is usually hailed (it is usually hailed as THE best in the world). I went to Old Quebec in my honeymoon, I figured they'd have something closer to authentic French food (or as authentic as one can get) and while good, still not worth the hype. I'm sure the technical skills and complexity is crazy, but at the end of the day what matter is 'taste'. I guess I need more spices and some heat. I want my taste buds to go in all directions and to be challenged, I want them to be blown up by all of the different flavors.

Instead it was just solid.

Perhaps my palette isn't refined to appreciate the texture, the technique, etc.etc. But I get blown away by other foods instantly. Was blown away by a simple Korean dish my mom brought from a downtown L.A. cart vendor. Was blown away by a simple Indian wrap I had in a small INdian restaurant located in a Byward Street market in Ottawa.
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On that note, I've tried various French plates (don't ask me any names). I tried a few here in L.A. but wasn't really impressed (actually disappointed) considering how highly French cuisine is usually hailed (it is usually hailed as THE best in the world). I went to Old Quebec in my honeymoon, I figured they'd have something closer to authentic French food (or as authentic as one can get) and while good, still not worth the hype. I'm sure the technical skills and complexity is crazy, but at the end of the day what matter is 'taste'. I guess I need more spices and some heat. I want my taste buds to go in all directions and to be challenged, I want them to be blown up by all of the different flavors.

I honestly can't give high enough praise for French food. I don't know what you had or who was cooking it, but when you get that one dish that is perfect you will see. One of my parents friends is Austrian but he is a French trained chef, and my god, the food he makes is out of this world. I've told my parents "whenever he invites you over for dinner you are taking me with you." When I was in Paris it was much the same, I think part of the reason the quality is so good is because of the level of competition in the city (but that isn't just for French food, the best Italian I've ever had was also in Paris). But like any other food isn't immune to being cooked poorly.

Off the top of my head I would have to say I haven't encountered any spicy dishes and I will give you that (and sometimes you just need that kick). But overall quality French food trumps everything for me.
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