Alright, so the title of this article is a bit inflammatory, I know. And I suppose this is something of a rant, but I felt my food anger boiling up in me, and I had to release it in the form of literary steam. Of course, there is plenty of great food all over the US, from upscale, haute-cuisine restaurants in San Fransisco and New York, to street food in Chicago. And in parts of the country, trends are changing: people are seeking out high-quality, fresh ingredients. Finally, food shows like Bizarre Foods and Without Reservations indicate that there are enough people interested in good food to keep them on TV. But I still believe that, as a people, Americans just do not like good, fresh, properly-prepared, varied food.
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When most people think of China, they think of crowded streets, a loud, colorful culture, and an enormous variety of foods. Some of the more well-known Chinese foods could be considered distasteful to the Western palate, but once you make yourself try them, you open your mind to an all-new culinary world of delight. One such delicacy is bird nest soup.
China has always had three basic problems with trying to vitalize its wine industry and appeal to an international audience. First, Chinese wine has traditionally been very sweet, too sweet for most Western palates. Second, Chinese wine producers seem to be more eager to produce and sell wine, than to be patient and careful in winemaking techniques to produce excellent wine. Third, wine has not traditionally been very popular with Chinese consumers: they tend to prefer beer, or their own baijiu (liquor distilled from sorghum).
*The following article is written by guest writer Charles Babineaux, based in Houston, Texas, USA. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay, first things first. Here are my credentials. I’m not a sniffer. I’m not a swisher. And I’m not a spitter. I am a man who has tasted enough wine between to 2007 and 2012 to equal to about a bottle a day for 365 days times 5 years.