QuoteOriginally posted by: PaulQuoteOriginally posted by: Traden4Alpha QuoteOriginally posted by: daveangelQuoteOriginally posted by: Traden4AlphaOn cuisine, I'd have to rate all high-GDP countries as equally happy because all of them (at least in the larger cities) offer all cuisines. And as much as I love French, Italian, or Spanish cuisine I couldn't be happy in a place where one of those cuisines dominated. Thus, I'd actually rank Singapore higher because the place offers a much richer range of cuisines. The only culinary failing of Singapore is in the deserts department but I think this is because the Chinese lack the sweet-tooth sensibilities of the Europeans (genetics????). I think variety is not the whole answerFor some people (like me), it's a huge % of the answer. I, for one, would be seriously unhappy if I were forced to pick a single country's cuisine.QuoteOriginally posted by: daveangelQuote On music, the world is practically uniform. Given access to iTunes or a similar library, anyone anywhere can listen to anything.You wouldnt think that if you watched the Eurovision on Saturday nightAnd that's the flipside of access to every kind of music. One does not have to listen to Eurovision unless one wants to.There are three different sorts of cuisine in any country:a) What has been historically available, the natural cuisine so to speakb) What is available, thanks to immigration or globalization or whatever...although maybe this only applies to big citiesc) What the natives eat in their homesThe UK has always been good with (a). It used to be awful with (b) but now beats most places. But (c)...I shudder at the thought of what you still might get in a typical UK home. The rest of Europe ties with the UK on (a). Loses on (b) but wins bigtime on (c).The Far East is ok on (a), pretty poor on (b), but rather good on (c). (Except for desserts, indeed!)The US is ok on (a), assuming a lot was from the UK, good on (b) and good on (c).That's my Grand Unified Foodie Theory or GUFT (which is also the sound I make when offered another helping of spotted dick).PA great categorizationItaly's cuisine is built on c) even the celebrated Michelin star restaurants highlight "home made pasta". It is often the simplest and IMO one of the best. "Le Calande" my prototypepointedly said, Aistria and Germany need to rely on b) maybe Benelux as wel?lScandinavia as the UK takes the power from a) The "Noma", "Faeviken Magasinet" .... even created a new style and worldwide benchmarkSouth East Asia from c) ... Thai cousine probably the best on c) worldwide?Japan a) dominated and China? Food constructors since and forever? Most of the food hunters travel and search in far and south east...However, "The Yorke Arms" (1 star) would have 3 stars in Paris and some 3 star restaurants of Paris would have 1 star in Yorkshire.My favorite French restaurant is in London, and the chef is Australian Still myths around.But the best cook books: Escoffier and Ducasse.The best evidence of wordwide ciusine and top restaurants: "the Culinary Chronicle'", unfortunately completely sold out.All IMO.
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