Bourdain's 'Grandma Rule' for travelers

"I often talk about the "Grandma rule" for travellers. You may not like Grandma's Thanksgiving turkey. It may be overcooked and dry - and her stuffing salty and studded with rubbery pellets of giblets you find unpalatable in the extreme. You may not even like turkey at all. But it is 'Grandma's Turkey'. And you are in Grandma's house. So shut the eff up and eat it. And afterwards say, "Thank you, Grandma, why, yes, yes of course I'd love seconds" Anthony Bourdain, Medium Raw.

I too have a problem with those who crib about the food when they visit a new land. When they talk longingly about the food back home while on a holiday. Or the food in another country being much better. When they scowl and pout through what is placed before them. Wishing they were some place else.

The truth is you are a guest when you are in a foreign land. If you love a place it will love you back. If you don't then there is always McDonalds. Or packets of Khakra.

Note: Bourdain does make an exception to cultural sensibilities. 'Hindus' and their religious restrictions in particular.


Sharmila said…
How true. And ever noticed these complainers would be cribbing after eating to their full and still picking their teeth. ;-)
deseng said…
Whats the use of visiting a new country when you dont even try to imbibe all its flavours and that includes the food.

Some things may be a tad difficult to swallow and some things may offend our sensibilities but there always something new to try and appreciate.
Kalyan Karmakar said…
I agree Sharmila, Deseng. Culture and religious sensibilities apart there is no reason to scorn the customs of your host