Been in SE Asia the last three weeks, and food has been uniformly good EXCEPT when on tours or at some hotels that think whities are too scared to eat the local food. This irritates me in a significant way, and I gotta rant.
Are people really so unadventurous? Doesn't bad food diminish anyone else's holiday? Is a continental breakfast anyone's idea of a satisfying start to the day? The hotel who was out of chicken and subbed duck in my morning noodle soup gets an A+, while the places that claim 'breakfast included' but offer an airy white roll (might as well be wonder, but with a crisp crust) and your choice of AN egg, OR jam, OR 16 grams of processed cheese are really starting to p!ss me off. That's not breakfast!
People seem so amazed that I'd rather go to the market and get plate of pork or chicken and rice than enjoy their free prison breakfast, or that I can eat with chopsticks, or that I want the chilies and lime that come with the dish (unless you look foreign, then you have to ask).
To me, eating the local food is such a significant part of travel. Sure, on occasion I want something familiar, but for the other 20 meals a week I want something interesting and authentic. Who are the people giving travelers a bad culinary name and how can I knock some sense in to them? Are people really so scared of getting sick, or is it fear of the unknown, or fear that there might be something 'weird' like fish sauce or cilantro or innards? I've been sick, it wasn't pleasant, and it did put me off street food for a bit, but in the end, that is not too high a price to pay every few years for all of the wonderful dishes and snacks to be found.
You people who eat only pizza and hamburgers and make the rest of the world think we are all like you - STOP RUINING IT FOR THE REST OF US!!!!