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Old 24.08.2011, 13:20
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This indeed is a weird statement. Döner Kebab / Shawarma Kebab is far tastier than any Gyros you may get anywhere. If "not tasty at all" it is NOT a Shawarma (Döner) at all.

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It may have a lousy sauce served with it
It is made not of lamb and beef but of chicken or whatever
It is produced in a lousy way
-- all three things are widespread among those chains
Weird? I won't touch a Swiss "Döner" even with a ten foot pole. Chicago Gyros wins a long way, regarding taste, quality, freshness. But to throw something new in the round: Philly cheese steak, a total winner that is not available here.
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Old 31.08.2011, 21:59
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

I can't understand why I can't find a really good fish and chips place. Some of the döner places have them, but they are not authentic by any means. I have yet to see smaller niches of food here as well. You get broad Asian style places or Italian. I miss things like Cajun food, southern food, tex-Mex, deli style, deep dish pizza, pub style and could we please have a place that serves a great BREAKFAST! I really miss eggs Benedict and a stack of fresh blueberry pancakes. Makes my mouth water just thinking of it. I did find real maple syrup at the Coop however
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I can't understand why I can't find a really good fish and chips place.
You might want to look in an atlas, old chap.
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Old 31.08.2011, 22:06
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

I had one of the best Maine Lobster meals of my life in Chicago Illinois which is a LONG way from any ocean. When I lived in Orlando, I ate weekly at a seafood joint that flew it's clams and oysters in from New England every morning. It can be done.
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It can be done.
Not on this continent, it can't.
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

There's that word again "Authentic". It means little except to food snobs. If you go to a restaurant do you think: "Wow that was a great meal, I have feeling of goodness and fulfillment" or : "that prawn curry didn't have the real taste of Goan red earth with a trace of Tata diesel : so it can't be orfentic!"

Fast food in CH varies from dreadful to dire. But that doesn't mean it is not as satisfying as a swiss-admission.

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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

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I have yet to see smaller niches of food here as well. You get broad Asian style places or Italian. I miss things like Cajun food, southern food, tex-Mex, deli style, deep dish pizza, pub style and could we please have a place that serves a great BREAKFAST! I really miss eggs Benedict and a stack of fresh blueberry pancakes. Makes my mouth water just thinking of it. I did find real maple syrup at the Coop however
Switzerland is just not that big of a market to support so many options; people eat at home more than out, and when they do it is the exception not the rule.

Further, most here would consider it just wasteful and a detriment to the environment to ship seafood from Maine, other exotic foods halfway around the globe instead of eating fresh local foods and produce. I am thankful I only get fruits and vegetables in season, not every variety of fruit flown in from Chile each week.
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Old 01.09.2011, 13:11
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

I think there would be market, if you put the place on a smart place. We have a nice and not so pricey fish and chips place, right across of a british pub, so you can imagine that owner might be making some decent cash. We are also a tourist destination, so his planning was clever. It's still 30fr (very different 7fr kebab that was there before), though, so hopefully, it will exist, it certainly smells divine all year round..We do have a bunch of restos by the lake, anywhere between Ge and Ls, but the perches they sell are frozen, probably shipped from Baltic region. I think it's just a matter of culture not worshiping one's palate so much over other things.
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Old 01.09.2011, 14:03
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Switzerland is just not that big of a market to support so many options; people eat at home more than out, and when they do it is the exception not the rule.

Further, most here would consider it just wasteful and a detriment to the environment to ship seafood from Maine, other exotic foods halfway around the globe instead of eating fresh local foods and produce. I am thankful I only get fruits and vegetables in season, not every variety of fruit flown in from Chile each week.

The other day at Meierhofplatz I saw a few nice bussels of Cherries. When I went in for closer inspection, it said they were from Canada.....????? Very interesting
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Old 02.09.2011, 09:17
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

I love the idea of local grown foods and I will always take the local food instead of the imported of the same food. But for some foods there is no local option. With the world being so interconnected and transport options, why should anyone be deprived of a food that they enjoy simply because of geographical location? I lived in Florida which is the capital of Oranges, so I ate them frequently, but does that mean that someone who lives where oranges aren't native simply should't eat fresh ones? I am all about supporting local producers, but if the item isn't available locally, you should not feel guilty for getting it from where it is available. It also helps build a global economy.
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Old 02.09.2011, 11:20
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I love the idea of local grown foods and I will always take the local food instead of the imported of the same food. But for some foods there is no local option. With the world being so interconnected and transport options, why should anyone be deprived of a food that they enjoy simply because of geographical location? I lived in Florida which is the capital of Oranges, so I ate them frequently, but does that mean that someone who lives where oranges aren't native simply should't eat fresh ones? I am all about supporting local producers, but if the item isn't available locally, you should not feel guilty for getting it from where it is available. It also helps build a global economy.
It really depends.
AFAIK, Switzerland currently cannot supply all of its food by itself - there must be imports or people would be starving, literally.
Also, if we didn't have imported fruits, the only fruits available in winter would be wizened apples and variations of sauerkraut....

The problem with imported food here around is that in most cases, it just isn't ripe. Peaches, pineapples, mangoes - whatever.
It's harvested in a state that allows the easiest, cheapest transport and the longest shelf-life with the least losses.
Taste plays no role in that equation. And as consumers still buy the stuff, retailers have no reason to consider a change in methodology.
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With the world being so interconnected and transport options, why should anyone be deprived of a food that they enjoy simply because of geographical location?
Because it is just plain wasteful. Different ideals/culture here from where you come from I guess. If everyone in the world flew in foods they were 'deprived' of, there wouldn't be any world left to produce them in I'm afraid. Speaking of deprived, I wonder how many billion Chinese and those living on the African continent for example, would share this view, I think food deprivation has a totally different meaning there.
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Old 05.10.2011, 17:11
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

Lots of BKs opening up---wonder when we'll get this gem here :P

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Old 05.10.2011, 17:23
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Lots of BKs opening up---wonder when we'll get this gem here :P

Yeah, but with the price of BK here already, this thing would cost an arm and a leg!
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Old 05.10.2011, 17:36
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Yeah, but with the price of BK here already, this thing would cost an arm and a leg!
That and it would take an hour and about 5CHF worth of 20 rappen catsup packets to get a proper amount onto it and, by then, it'd be cold.

Pizza burger...*chortle* what an absurd product.
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Old 05.10.2011, 17:53
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Yeah, that is *nasty*

I'd still rather eat a Pizza Burger than Fleischkäse, though.
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

Pizza burger
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Old 05.10.2011, 18:40
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Pizza burger
I'd rather have a Burger Pizza than a Pizza Burger.
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If we fancy a bit of fast food- we go to the Chinese in Pontarlier (just over the border)- a huge buffet for E10 - best value ever (Monday to Friday only at that price).
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Old 05.10.2011, 21:01
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

I love Pollo Tropical with moros and maduros...



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(Gosh, I have a killer taste for some Pollo Tropical now!)

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