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Classifying Food and the 7 Continents...


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Classifying Food and the 7 Continents...

Wallace & Gromit | | Apr 1, 2006 10:18 AM

Sorry, I couldn't come up with a better title.

For awhile now, I have been pondering over something. - When we try to put food into a category, how come we tend to identify some only by the continent and others only by the country. (Well, not ALL of us, but in general)

For instance, I was looking at a restaurant finder where you can search by category. On the same list you can search for "Asian" or "Indian"

Somehow we got it in our brains that Asian means Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai ... How many people recommend a good Indian restaurant when someone is looking for a good inexpensive Asian restaurant? Why should India have its own category? And who thinks Chinese food is the same as Vietnamese? Why do we lump some countries together but not others. We shouldn't do this - especially when it comes to food!!

I decided to post this thread after I read a post where someone was looking for a good African restaurant. Then someone told him to be more specific.
In some people's minds "African" may mean Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria ... to others the word "Africa" means Morocco etc.

I am having such a hard time expressing myself! I hope what I am writing makes a little sense.