Jennifer eating stinky tofu in Taipei’s Shilin Night Market.
Picture this: you are in a foreign land far far away, with a totally different culture, with people speaking a language that sounds very Greek (or Japanese, or Chinese, whatever) to you, and if you’re really lucky, maybe even with food you don’t recognize at all.
Not to worry, my friends, for I am here to guide you on what NOT to do to avoid committing some gaffes when it’s chow time.
Frankfurter? Wiener? Vienna sausage? No, they're Bavarian sausages, Münchner Weißwurst!
Try to order a frankfurter in Frankfurt, and you’d most likely get a blank stare. But ask for a wiener or a Vienna sausage, and the Frankfurters — the residents, not the sausages — would know what you’re talking about.
Meanwhile, do the same in Vienna — ask for a Vienna sausage, instead of a frankfurter and you’d probably hear “was is das?” (what is that?). Yes, it happened to me.
Confused yet? Bear with me, as I confuse you even more.