Stuart Yaniger wrote:I have been (6-7 times a year to France/Italy/Austria/Belgium, on average), eaten and drunk extensively while there, and Bill is, with all due respect, full of it. Pacific Rim/California Fusion cuisine, Northwest, barbeque, deli, Tex Mex, Santa Fe, Cajun, Creole, simple Midwest, New England (seafood)... there's no end to great American food.
Stuart, you either failed to read what I said or are indulging in the time honoured dialectic ploy of not addressing what I actually said, but of setting up something else (usually easier to address or refute) that sort of looks like what I said and then tearing it
Go back and reread a bit more carefully, (or if you were indulging yourself - gottcha!). Of course
there is a lot of great cusine in North America - some of the regional stuff is fascinating. I never said otherwise.
But compare any sample of, say, 10 people in an American or Canadian city and ask them what they ate for lunch. Now do it in France or Italy. Don't pick and choose professional people, get some secretaries, taxi drivers, mechanics, road workers... and I can almost guarantee you that the sample from Europe will not only have eaten better, but that they will also show much greater interest in what they ate and usually took much more time over it.
For us, on average, food just isn't the priority that it is over there. Do you disagree with that statement? If you can honestly say yes, I think you've been hanging out in the wrong places!
PS - if you ever get up to Vancouver, do investigate our foodie scene - some of the best on this continent and much more reasonably priced than in many American cities.