We're often confronted with the superior Mediterranean diet.
I have to travel to that area, mostly Greece but a couple of times Spain, Portugal, not Italy though) regularly and I'll let you in on a little secret.
This is how the standard Greek diet looks like.
No breakfast. Or a couple of sweet cookies at work.
No meal at 12 o'clock either.
Around 15.00 they start to get a bit peckish and perhaps they'll eat a light meal like a small piza or something.
Finally, around 18.00 but it might be as late as 20.00 or even 22.00 they get their first full meal. Which consist mainly of porc and french fries.
You heard that right, porc and french fries.
This is my experience after about a dozen visits to that area. So it's not a one time thing.
But what about the fish? Don't they eat a lot of fish?
Nope, fish is considered food for the poor. Fish is cheap but frequently not even available at restaurants.
And I'm sure the switch to french fries is rather recent (last couple of decades probably). But this is what the average mediterranean guy eats.
The panic on the face of the waiter when you correct him on his "french fries of course..." is simply priceless. But also sad in some way. Again, frequently they're simply not able to serve anything else but french fries and have to resort to white bread.
So now I'm wondering, all these pictures of really old but still active people over there. Perhaps they're not that really that old, but just look old?
Just thought I'ld share this with you. Spent a full 6 days in Greece last week and I managed to get a total of 3 meals on 3 days but only 2 on the others.
I had to threaten the staff in 1 hotel to get breakfast. The other hotel was more compliant but the third was simply unable to provide any breakfast at all.
Convinced one customer to get me something to eat around 14.00 but the others simply woudln't budge.
I'm at the mercy of my collegues over there and I warned them I wouldn't return to help them out if they didn't feed me at least 3 times a day. This was their final warning.
The e-mail to HQ is sent.
I'm wondering. I'm sure a few people on this list have to travel sometimes for business or whatever. What do you eat when you're on the road?