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Blanca Gonzales
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There is now an internationalization of food.

 

Blanca Gonzales from Venezuela

American restaurant chains have been opening their doors more and more during the last five years. Wherever you go, if you are traveling in your car in Caracas City, you can see McDonalds, Bennigan's, Chili's, Pizza Hut and Burger King.

The influence is so big that now they are opening new fast food restaurants; but instead of selling American food, they are selling traditional Venezuelan food. So they have taken the concept of these famous places, but adapted it to the original country's food. I think that with all these American restaurants in my country, it is natural that we start to change some ingredients in our daily cooking or try to improve the American food when we cook it in our own home.

Japanese sushi rolls
Photo: Maki Sushi - princess_of_llyr
Today you can come to my home and eat a homemade plate or go to a friend's house for dinner and eat some Japanese homemade rolls.

So, if we talk about changing ingredients or improving new kinds of food, I think it is not an American affair. I would say there is now an internationalization of food. Today you can come to my home and eat a homemade plate or go to a friend's house for dinner and eat some Japanese homemade rolls. I think fifteen years ago it was only an "Americanization" affair, but today the influence comes from all over the world.

My opinion of this situation is that it will be positive as long as we still keep our own traditions. Why not learn something about food from other cultures? I think it is good; not everybody has the opportunity to taste international cooking.

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