As you travel, every place has what you should eat, specials, how much (buffet or per item), and of course at what price. Never, never, order and start eating without knowing what the end results will might be, for if you don't the cost will always be a lot higher than what you expected. That is not being cheap, just frugal and not embarrassed.
The tourist traveler should have a say in the matter of what you eat, how it is prepared and the costs. It is your money and you will be needing it tomorrow. Also the condiments and etc .should not be against your religion, health, diet, or out of your price range.
Quickly writing the introduction here my mind went quickly to a travel story in Athens, Greece. I believe in my statement above but sometimes in ones travels he gets tricked and falls in the middle of a mess. Being a sole traveler, you have to be especially carefully, but you don't have to worry about impressing anyone.
Now the story. Arriving in Athens from the airport by bus, a gentleman saw me lugging my bags and he helped me up the hill. On the way up he asked me where I was staying and I had no place at that time, he said "Why don't you come to my hotel just at the top of the hill. I said well lets go and see. It was an average but nice place in city center where all the old building and stuff are located.
That evening he said, "Let me take you to a real Greek restaurant for a great meal. So far so good and I said okay knowing locals knew the best places that were not tourist traps. We walked from the hotel down a couple of alleys and into a court yard off the alley and there were locals eating their meal. So I had a great Greek meal.
The next morning I took off to see Athens like all tourists do. When I arrived back to the hotel, the owner said he knew of a place I would like. So far so good. A taxi was called and we were off. He even paid the taxi fare.
On arrival I noticed the place had a Play Boy Bunny figure painted on the sign of the business. I thought that was strange and my mind was put into a "careful Larry mode". As I was ordering with my friend, he said that he saw some friends in the back and he wanted to see and he would see me a little later. Soon a nice pretty lady , who spoke beautiful English arrived at my table and asked if we could visit. A red flag went up. We talked and she was very intelligent and very nice to have as a guest to just visit. Later she asked if I would buy as some Champaign to drink. Not broke yet and was enjoying the visit. So what, the Champaign, in a small container, arrived and I ordered a beer. The meal had not been delivered and she asked if she could have another bottle. Wow!, said my mind. One bottle is okay, two is questionable. Then my thesis of my article comes into being, How much is the Champaign and the beer? The waiter said $25.00 a bottle for the Champaign and $5.00 for each beer. That was in 1994, so at today's prices the bottle would be about $45.00 and the beer about $9.00. I being a hard headed German said to myself, "I am not going this way for long." So I excused the lady, called the head man and said the costs are way out of sight and I am not going to pay that much for that small bottle of Champaign. Of course an argument started and to my fortune the head man who was about 5'6" tall and weighed about 150 pounds. I was wearing a English hunting jacket with a winter insulation zipped in and stood 6'2" tall and weighed about 270 pounds. there was not any pushing or shoving but a lot of talking. I asked for the menu stating the lady's drink was $25.00. None were produced but he took me to the back of the restaurant and sowed me on a 8" by 10" sheet of paper stuck on the wall in small print that one bottle of Champaign was $25.00 (1994 price). Case closed, No. Again, I said that isn't good enough warning and I was not going to pay that much for her drink. He said he was going to call the police. I said, "Call them." That subject dropped. I told him that I would pay a fair and reasonable price and then handed him a sum that should have made him happy. I then turned and walked out of the restaurant. From somewhere the hotel owner showed up and escorted me onto the curb and hailed a taxi and paid the taxi fare and I went back to the hotel without the hotel owner with me. Moral of the story, Larry be more careful and know first it is their country and you pay by their rules. But is also nice to be a big guy without any aspects of a violent temper be "hard nosed" on prices and has a loud voice, basically because I have a deaf in the right ear. The evening was interesting but I did not get my meal. I hope my luck will be better with asking more questions early.
So my recipe for this story is a vitality drink for a long life:
|10 oz.||organic apple juice or 1/2 water 1/2 unsweetened soy, rice or almond milk.|
1 organic banana and organic strawberries. Finding organic is the challenge.
1 scoop of protein
1 tbs of flax seed oil
Bend with Yogurt, or liquid vitamins, or brewer's yeast, or Amino fuel, or even kefir.
You can also have some optional ingredients like organic fermented soy, whey, rice, vegetable, hemp or pea protein powders. This drink was obtained when I was vacationing in Melbourne, Florida.
Also, eliminate all sweet drinks and stimulants and drink 8 to 12 glasses of water per day.
Minimize all sugars and grains. Replace with raw or steamed greens.
Minimize pasteurized dairy products. replace with goat/sheep and probiotic products
Minimize heat in preparing foods. Be healthy and don't argue about prices. Know the prices first.
PS. Last year in UAE at a hotel in the capital a mixed drink was $20.00 and a glass of beer was $8.00. One slow drinking of drink and I was gone.
Have a Happy