Tourist Food

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  1. lizzief79

    lizzief79Active Member

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    I have recently visited Fuerteventura and was very disappointed by the eating experience there. The best thing I can say is that the meals are cheap. However, I was looking forward to sampling some local specialities. Instead, I found that the restaurants were very focused on the UK tourist market and simply served the food you would find in a pub in the UK. Do you prefer to eat the food you know when you travel or is sampling traditional cuisine all part of the expereince for you?
     
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    In lots of resorts like Cyprus, Spain and Greece, these places do the English breakfasts and classic meals because many do like them and also people tend to prefer to eat what they know. It caters to a different type of tourists, especially ones with children and it's easier to give children what they know to eat.

    Lots of expats like these places too, so you have a choice. They know most self-catering holidays are people who are on a budget, so the meal deals work for them as well as happy hours.
     
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    I just tried to picture myself traveling in France and tasting snails for the first time in my life and I couldn't see myself eating that meal. So unless the local specialty is something I've eaten before but [is] cooked in a different way then, I most definitely, wouldn't touch it. I'm adventurous but I've got limits. I'd order "tourist food" any time.
     
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    I know that a great number of Brits are not very adventurous when it comes to foreign food. You often hear of them seeking out restaurants that serve British food while on holiday. I personally prefer a mix, just in case I don't like the local food. In the first instance, I'd want to taste the local cuisine before seeking out what I'm comfortable with. But I guess we're all different.
     
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    There have been some interesting responses to this thread. I would not necessarily have wanted to eat the local cuisine all the time, I just would have liked the option to do so. There was absolutely nothing wrong with any of the food I ate while on holiday. It was all lovely. I just felt that it did not add to my holiday experience. I can see that many people prefer to eat what they know and it makes sense for the restaurants to cater to tourists.
     
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    It was similar situation when I went to Majorca a couple of years ago. There was hardly any "Spanish" food at all. In fact, the majority of the cuisine offered appeared to be German. We took a short ride to the outskirts of the town though and found plenty of traditional local establishments. It's always worth looking just that little bit further afield.
     
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    It's all about business. I have a holiday home in Cyprus and most of the Brit places do well and there are local places on the same street. In Ayia Napa local cuisine would not do so well if that's all they do and as it's seasonal they offer what will bring in the money. Usually a good place would have a combination of both, but a traditional restaurant in a tourist area usually loses money, hence why they open near the locals.
     
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    I definitely want to try local food and find the most authentic places as possible when I travel. What is the point in traveling otherwise? It is to experience everything new, not to eat what you can find at home. However, I can understand if some people are not accustomed to certain types of food, it can be distressing on the body while you are traveling, so it is nice to find the cuisine of your country available to you if you need it.
     
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    I must tell you all that i'm too a very foodie person, I always love to eat food from different places, whenever i explore any of the new place. I love Italian, Chinese, Pakistan and Indian food the most. What about you guys?

    Fuerteventuraid is an popular Island in Atlantic Ocean, I have not been to there, but have seen the images of that place. It does not makes me feel also good that your experience to the place was not nice, I hope that next time you'll have great time there.
     
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