In spite of being vegetarian/pescatarian, I’m pretty adventurous and adaptable eater. My favorite foods have always come from a diverse spectrum of cultures. I love the main stream ethnic foods like Italian, French, Indian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, etc… as well as some of the less mainstream like Ethiopian and Peruvian.
There is a growing problem however. As much as I love all these foods, when I can find them, back home in the United States, as soon as I have them in their respective home countries I’m ruined forever.
Even the best Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurants don’t compare to what I became accustomed to in China, Thailand and India.
As I eat my third plate of pasta in Italy it occurs to me I may never be able to eat pasta again in the United States.
The sauces here are so good. The pasta is al dente in a way I didn’t even know was possible.