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Old 08-11-2008, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
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I just came back from Koln, Germany. Eating is now officially outrageous.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Western Mass.
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I just came back from Koln, Germany. Eating is now officially outrageous.
What does that even mean? Expensive? Large portions? Bad food or really good food?

I've always found Koeln to have a mix of options, prices, quality etc. so would be interested to hear your take on things.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
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What does that even mean? Expensive? Large portions? Bad food or really good food?

I've always found Koeln to have a mix of options, prices, quality etc. so would be interested to hear your take on things.
17 bucks for one order of pad thai noodles. Quality fair. Loaded with MSG. Tasted not as good as the pad thai I get in Thailand or the USA.

Mexican dinner for 2, 75 bucks. Reasonable quality.

Pizza Hut, 40 bucks for two.

A roadside gas station rest stop restaurant had some noodle concoction and goulash for about 20 bucks. 75 cents just to take a leak. A 12 ounce Nescafe in a bottle was 5 bucks.

I came back two weeks ago from a one month trip to the NE in the USA and you can get three times the meal and experience for half the price. The Italian family I brought over was just amazed. We took them the Chevys where for a hundred bucks 4 adults and 5 kids ate what Francesco said would cost a MINIMUM of $250 back in Umbria. Not counting the sombrero he got.



I don't know if you have been back to Germany since the Euro Dollar exchange hit 1.6 to 1.

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Old 08-12-2008, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Western Mass.
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17 bucks for one order of pad thai noodles. Quality fair. Loaded with MSG. Tasted not as good as the pad thai I get in Thailand or the USA.

Mexican dinner for 2, 75 bucks. Reasonable quality.

Pizza Hut, 40 bucks for two.

A roadside gas station rest stop restaurant had some noodle concoction and goulash for about 20 bucks. 75 cents just to take a leak. A 12 ounce Nescafe in a bottle was 5 bucks.

I came back two weeks ago from a one month trip to the NE in the USA and you can get three times the meal and experience for half the price. The Italian family I brought over was just amazed. We took them the Chevys where for a hundred bucks 4 adults and 5 kids ate what Francesco said would cost a MINIMUM of $250 back in Umbria. Not counting the sombrero he got.



I don't know if you have been back to Germany since the Euro Dollar exchange hit 1.6 to 1.
Ok - now I get you. To be honest Germany is the last place that I would attempt to get Thai food, or Mexican for that matter. I'm not saying there's not a good Thai or Mexican restaurant hidden away somewhere but overpriced crap is something I'd expect in those types of restaurants.

And what were you doing in Pizza Hut? You live in Italy, don't you? Pizza Hut is overpriced and sub-par the world over. Even if you go to countries in Asia then it still costs an absolute fortune compared to local food. I'll admit that while traveling I have used Pizza Hut in India, Thailand and Malaysia to give my stomach the occasional 'rest' from the richness of the local cuisine but found it a very (comparably) expensive option just to be able to get some bland food!

You also quote the costs incurred at some roadside gas station stop - since when have these been considered measures of what a country has to offer from a cuisine standpoint? Or is there anywhere else on earth that you've encountered that's different?

I'm curious as to why you didn't cite any restaurants that served German food as examples to prove your point? Those would be the most representative for your argument. The other major cuisine available widely in Germany is Turkish food given the level of that population present.

Nothing would be considered "cheap" if someone was visiting from the U.S., but then that's a factor of the dollar's comparative worth - but at least in Germany if someone ate as the locals would most often do - that being at places that do German or Turkish food then at least you'd tend to get excellent quality for your money.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:58 AM
 
Location: on an island
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- but at least in Germany if someone ate as the locals would most often do - that being at places that do German or Turkish food then at least you'd tend to get excellent quality for your money.
Love those curry dogs.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:48 AM
 
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One month later and the $ is getting stronger. Were at .7044 at the time of this post.

No worries about the cost of food.
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