“Where are we going to eat?”
This question is oftened heard in developed world, those richest 50 countries, which have a surplus of choices for restaurants and cuisines. The best restaurants for Mexican or Indian food are seldom in the countries of origin. The 50 overdeveloped countries are spinning, and evolving. The competition is fierce.
The leisure-style eating of the USA is in many ways a tourist attraction. Trying something new, that new restaurant that just opened, and then discussing the merits is the American way. But those customs backfire on ignorant American travelers.
Diarrhea, food poisoning and paranoia spoil many vacations. And it is normal to hear travelers blaming a restaurant for becoming sick. Instead, take responsibility for your health and follow the rules.
Non-Negotiable Travel Rules for Restaurant
1. Uncooked food causes food-borne illness.
2. Dishes are washed in water that we are not supposed to drink.
3. Know how to cure food poisoning.
4. The bigger the menu, the more dangerous the food is to eat. There are menus that are books, but if you stop and look around, you will realize it is not possible to have that much fresh food ready to cook in their stockpiles of food. Simple menus are manageable, and the food turnover is fast.
5. Saying which restaurant made you sick is an educated guess at best.
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In the The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, science fiction satirist Douglas Adams wrote:
â??The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question How can we eat? the second by the question Why do we eat? and the third by the question Where shall we have lunch?â??
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