How to upset an entire nation: Why Chileans Think We SUCK!

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Last Updated on May 6, 2014 by Dani

The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and the way to upset an entire nation, at least the nation of Chile, is to criticize its cuisine.

I know this, because a post we wrote called Here’s Why Chilean Food Sucks which caused a massive stir. On our own site it went relatively unnoticed, but after it was picked up in South American food blog called Comosur it then gained traction, began spreading on social media and has now gone fairly viral.

comosur article

Of course, I never, ever meant to offend the great people of Chile. Even the ones who have told me now to drink bleach, eat shit and die and never come back to the country because we are fat, gringa, lesbian sluts (note: possible future band name?).  Below we have listed some of the comments, just a sprinkling of the hundreds of mixed results – some in support of us, some entirely outraged. Below these, you will find the Lessons I have Learned from this experience with infamy.

First, a few words to the thousands of Chileans visiting our site:

To the people of Chile, I would like to emphasize a few things:

1. We adore Chile – please see the list of posts below. There are LOT of positive posts about Chile on this website.
2. I know that you are a country, not a condiment, and it was simply a (very, very bad) play on words – the Chile vs Chili comment.
3. This is a website for all travelers, not just Chileans, and while I thank you for inviting us to come to your home to eat the homemade Chilean food, what we find out in restaurants throughout the country is very different.
4. Why does food have to be expensive to be good? Many people have argued that we were eating ‘inexpensive’ food and that a decent meal comes at certain price. We agree with you. But therein lies one of our key frustrations. When you travel full time, as we do, you can not eat expensive meals all the time. And unlike so many other countries around the world, when you go under $10 a plate, the food in Chile becomes…less desirable, when in other countries around the world, even simple meals can be seriously delicious. It is an issue of value for money.
5. Dani is German, so please stop calling her a fat American.
6. Let me as the big, stupid American take the fall. I understand what it is like to have people constantly beat up on your country. I lived abroad during all 8 of the Bush years and faced extreme hatred day in and day out. It is very easy to call us stupid Americans and that we know nothing.
7. You eat pizza, Chile. For all the people that got so down on me for writing about the pizza – it is everywhere in your country. It may not make the list of your ‘national foods’ but like the Chorillana and pasta pesto, it is on menus all around the country. Therefore, whether you like it or not, it is one of the foods that people come across when visiting your country.
8. We are vegetarian, so please stop telling us that we left out the meat dishes and seafood dishes. We know. And the people who read our site more than just for this one article, they all know that.
9. While I admit that I shouldn’t have used the word ‘sucks’, we are never going to love your food. Sorry.
10. We did not only eat in fast food places. In 100 days it would have been impossible to list all the places we ate. But as a tourist, without a home or a grandmother to cook you Chilean food, you often eat on the go. And even the local places that you claim we did not eat in (which we very often did) have the kinds of food we mention in the article.
11. You’ll see in the comments that Chileans agree with the point we were making.
12. We actually did eat in almost all the restaurants that have been recommended to us, we shopped every week at the La Vega Mercado during our time in Santiago. It is a lovely market. For tourists reading this, you really should go there.
13. We love your produce. It’s amazing. It’s fresh, better than so many other places.
14. We did not travel Chile with a ‘guide’. We had at least 20+guides on the various tours we did, we used Foursquare where local Chileans recommend restaurants in each town, we use travel blogs, local blogs, guidebooks, forums, talk to locals and get recommendations. So, there is no ‘guide’ you can blame for not showing us the best Chile has to offer.
15. When people travel, they often make comparisons. To compare the empanadas of various countries is natural, just as comparing public transportation systems, quality of roads, the beautiful landscapes (all of which Chile would arguably win compared to any other South American country).

how to upset chileans-1Now, on to some of the comments: 

Fran told us to get the sand out of our vaginas. 

Julio, Rita and Jules insinuate that we are alcoholics who only go out at night and eat when we are wasted. I do not drink alcohol and Dani does only very rarely.

Valerii encourages us (for those who read Spanish) to watch the movie The Breakfast Club to get a real sense of what a shitty culture we Americans come from, using this as evidence as to why we should never, ever come back to Chile as we have humiliated the entire country.

Alejandra says:
I’ve heard from travel writers that you have to write about the positive things you find while traveling. But I do understand your frustration regarding food in Chile. I have been living in Chile for 3 years and I truly remember finding everything terribly tasteless for 8 months (more than 100 days.) After that time, I was eating pasta with a friend (who had just arrived) and I happened to comment how nice was the food and she laughed and said really? You have lost your sense of taste.

No offense Chileans, but your food (and I DON’T EVER eat street vendor’s food) is tasteless and overpriced. Although I have looked over and over again for cheese I have not found a good Chilean cheese. I (trust me) bought almost every cheese and they are flavorless.
I support your article 100% I live there and I think that Chilean cuisine is far from being world-class or even nice. I think that Chilean’s lack the ability to see what’s not working so well within their borders and that, also applies to food.

The Alejandra followed up with:
I also have to say that it is a SHAME that Chileans think that you have spend a lot of money to eat properly. This is just a reflection of their classicist culture “only the ones with money are allowed to eat nicely, live comfortably and be well educated”.
Normally around the world (and this applies in my country, which is not as “rich” as Chile is) street food is the best.  

Diego – and hundreds of others – have told us not to come back anymore:
Girls, you really don’t taste THE REAL Chilean food!…REALLY? and even after that, you made a bad opinion about the food! All the food that you mentioned in this blog, here in Chile is almost like a snacks…you come to Chile to eat pizza? really?…is like if i go to Italy to eat Ceviche, it’s ridiculous isn’t? And if you don’t like the sea food, (maybe the principal culinary attraction in Chile), don’t come back anymore

Gerardo would like to rock us in the bedroom:
Seems that your loco guides were not the best ( and of course you did not try aji cacho de cabra, they say that is double spicy, when you eat it and when you are in the bathroom, lol. Did you even tried sex at least? We do rock in bed babe not in the kitchen.
Luv ya. 

A few people said things like:
Fuck you Gringoo!!! #eatshitfromChilewithlove

Robert says:
I think the main mistake you are doing here is not to recognize that your blog post is offensive to Chileans with that excessively harsh title. You can’t ask for respect when you are offending people on their pride and for free. So yeah… people will be violent on the comments. 

Chilean Chef says:
You are so wrong. Dis you ever tried CAZUELA or MOTE con HUESILLO?. So you don’t even started with te chilean food. Take care with your comments, be sincerely. By th way, The USA food is the worst food that i ever tried , you put bbq sauce y everything, and that is disgusting.

Rigo has taken this post and everything we have ever written to mean that we find Latin Americans to be inferior. Nothing could of course be further from the truth. For those who read Spanish:
Cabros, ¿Saben cuál es el problema de fondo?: los gringos piensan que somos una mierda. Nos miran en menos, muy mal, como si fuéramos unos trogloditas. Vienen casi a hacer turismo antropológico acá. Lo mismo varios europeos. No se pueden sacar de la cabeza el tema de desarrollo/subdesarrollo. No debemos olvidar nunca la relación de poder que media entre nuestras culturas. Viva América Latina!

An expat living in Chile named Ori confirmed our opinion:
Thank you for this post. As a foreign living in Chile, the food has been by far the most traumatic and shocking thing i’ve had to live with. I remember that I had a few weeks in here, and was craving for some pancakes with bacon. Poor me, it’s been 4 years since I’ve arrived and I’ve never seen that kind of breakfast here. Nevermind the haters. Chileans tend to believe that they are the best of the better of the best (I’m not intending to sound redundant). They like things heavily salted, flavorless and most of all oily, fatty and simple. They charge you 7000 CLP for a salad that they don´t even bother to stir it up!! 

Karen’s comment was refreshing:
First of all, if you are some stupid lesbians who tried to eat vegetarian food its going to end bad. You have no power here to say our food is terrible because you don’t even eat meat!!
So fuck yourselves with a soybean-burger and freeze to death in the USA with your junk food!!

Locals like J. were nice and agreed to disagree with us on some things:

It is true that good food in Chile is really hard to find. We pride ourselves of having great meals, but most of them you can only eat them at home, ’cause the cheap places that you can afford while backpacking it’s truly disappointing. If you compare our food to Peruvian or Argentinian it gets even worst. We barely consider vegetarian an option, much less vegan. And the meat we eat is just bad and tasteless.

This person says that she agrees, that unlike neighboring countries, Chilean cuisine isn’t all that (In Spanish only).

Puta qué cierto! Yo le envidio a los peruanos y bolivianos lo orgullosos que están de sus tradiciones, de su comida, de sus raíces indígenas. Acá siempre estamos diciendo ‘si es chileno, es bueno’ y saltamos con agresiones a quienes critican a nuestro país, pero en el fondo, en el fondo, nosotros no lo valoramos ni lo respetamos ni lo aplaudimos. Yours if probably one of the few constructive comments. 
Sadly, my fellow countrymen can be absolute assholes and neanderthals. I do agree with some that your comments are hurtful to our pride, but that does not entitle them to attack you galls like most of them are doing. please remember the Chileans you met while traveling, not the morons who are treating you like shit just ‘cus you said what many actually actually think.

One really friendly poster gave us this reference:

I invite you to look into what the people at Ñam ( are doing for our cuisine, it’s really great. Even though they don’t make it very public, they treat international chefs to the wonders and variety of our country and they usually leave loving Chile and talking about it back home. Even the Roca’s, from the world known El Celler de Can Rocca, have been here and loved what we had to offer.

I really think you got cheated, food-wise, when you came here, and like I said on my comment down below, being vegetarian made things worst, since this is a country that eats mostly meat and seafood.

Next time you come to Santiago feel free to contact me and my girlfriend and I’ll try and show how good Chilean food can be. You have my e-mail 😉
Oh and once again, sorry for the assholes commenting here.

Three years in Chile said, in Spanish, that we were totally right, the food is plain and boring, be realistic. Whoever thinks that Chile is the ultimate in food should travel the world to understand what great food is out there (in a nutshell).

Estas niñas tienen toda la razón la comida en Chile es plana y aburrida , se debe ser realista. Y quienes creen que Chile es la ultima panacea en comida , los invito a viajar por el mundo y comer cosas ricas de verdad, con deliciosos condimentos, combinaciones y sabor. Y por ultimo Chilenos dejen de ser crecidos y acepten que la comida y atención en su país es muy mala.

The Lessons Learned

There have been many lessons learned from this post; about the outrage, Chilean pride, our place within the world of the internet, and the debate between journalism and blogging.

Lesson #1: Chileans are a very proud people

The truth is, when I wrote the article, I didn’t exactly have the Chilean people in mind. I was venting about our ordeal, our struggles, and those of several travelers we also met on the road. I admit that the title was entirely insensitive. But WOW! Chileans are very proud of their food and insulting is like directly insulting their grandmother’s cooking and then directly their culture and their country. I did not mean that in any way as we love Chile (please see lesson #2 below).

Lesson #2: Negativity spreads like wildfire. 
Negativity spreads like wildfire and compliments hardly stick. For over a year we have done nothing more than compliment Chile. The only post that has ever gone viral was the ONE negative one we wrote. I list for you here all the articles where we talk about how incredible we think Chile is:

33 Things We Love About Santiago
Go Beyond Central Santiago
Sculptures of Santiago: A Photo Essay
GlobetrotterGirls Quick Guide to Santiago
Live and in Technicolor: Valparaiso is Chile’s Colorful Cultural Capital
A Blind Date with Chile’s Romantic Chiloe Island
Hotel Tip: Hosteria Yendegaia in Porvenir, Chile
Valparaiso’s Essence Can Be Found Among Its Dissidents
Hotel Tip: Casa Kreyenberg, Valparaiso, Chile
Struck by a Wave of Charm in Valdivia
Quirky Chile: Coffee with Legs
Home Sweet Home in Southern Chile: Following the Trail of German Immigrants
Pisco, Papaya and the Playa:  La Serena and the Elqui Valley
How much does it cost to travel in Chile
Our Top Five Places to Visit in Chile
The Otherworldly Scenery of the Atacama Desert 
Celebrating Spring at the Beach
San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the desert
From Pucon to Ushuaia: Our Trip through Patagonia
The Day We Hitchhiked to the End of the World
Flamingo in Chile’s Salt FlatsHotel Tip: Puerto Varas, Chile 
An Homage to the Wind in Puerto Natalaes
Thank Goodness for Silver Linings…Rained Out in Pucon
Hotel Tip of the Week: Bosque Nativo Eco-Hostel, Valdivia, Chile
Polaroid of the Week: Sea Lion Attack in Valdivia Chile
Warming up to the Iquique Coastline in Northern Chile
Torres del Paine: Patagonia’s Essence in a Day

And yet this one post is the only post that has ever gone viral on the site.

Lesson #3: I need to listen to my heart as a writer

The third is that I had been listening to too many other people’s opinions about the site without listening to my own heart. Many fans and friends have been saying we need to cover more nitty gritty details, the negative sides of travel. That’s probably true. And every time we meet readers or online friends in real life, they always tell me that I need to try to be funnier, write in a less serious way. The takeaway: I can show the more nitty gritty details about travel without being offensive. I can (try) to be funny without taking the easy joke, like the one about Chile and Chili.

Lesson #4 The Ever-Raging Blogger vs Journalist Debate

Lastly, I have learned that the conflict between what makes a blogger versus a journalist is still raging. I consider us GlobetrotterGirls to clearly be travel experts (contrary to the list of awful comments here on this website now), and bloggers, travelers and nomads. I’ve never thought of this as a journalistic space.

As bloggers we are lending a different kind of thread to the fabric of the internet. It is a running thread – where we share our personal story, our personal experience, our feelings, our hopes and our lives out in the open for everyone to see.

A journalist covers specific stories in a very different way. That is why when I write a post that I don’t like Chilean food, it is part of an ongoing series of nearly 800 articles that our audience can read to understand the story of our lives and our travels. That doesn’t mean we don’t research. Anyone who knows us knows the copious notes and intense research we put in to the destinations we choose to visit. Even though I never intended for the infamous Chilean food post to be more than a quick frustration release, we researched Chilean food before arriving in Chile, during our time there and afterward to write each and every article on the country.

However, many of the reactions have been how unprofessional we are, how we are terrible journalists, and how lazy we are for writing this news. For us, this was just an opinion piece – hence the many lame jokes that really didn’t land.

While I want this website to be a reflection of us as people, the lesson that this blogger is taking away is that every single piece is a stand alone item that, when taken out of context, can be taken as news by others.

LUN articleA note to our Loyal Readers

To our readers, the loyal ones from the past four years and the new ones who have left really great supportive comments here today, thank you. Thank you for sticking with us and being a part of this journey with us. We have dedicated ourselves to covering destinations around the world with passion, careful research and a love of discovering the world.

Rather than get bogged down in this negativity, and I admit to casting the first stone, I can’t help but think of Ellen Degeneres. While other comedians use cheap jokes and make fun of others to get a laugh, she has dedicated her life to spreading love and compassion through her comedy. Until recently, we had hardly said a bad word about anyone or anything on this website, focusing on the things we love, the hotels we recommend, the great experiences recommend rather than the crap hotels and things we didn’t like about certain places.

The passion for travel and experiencing the world is what drives me every single day to keep writing, and I will do this through positivity, keeping all people and the pride of entire nations in mind.

The biggest lesson of all, of course, is that, apparently,  you should really try the seafood in Chile! 

Now, what do you think?

Was the title too harsh? Should we change the title to Why Chilean Food Sucks For Vegetarians? Even if we know that so many people agree?

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  1. WOW! What a response. I am stunned by some of these comments. Is this You Tube?!

    First off, you can disregard the hate comments because anyone worth listening to can clearly see that these idiots are just looking for a fight (there’s a reason they don’t serve alcohol at soccer matches).

    Secondly, you don’t need to apologize for not liking Chilean food. It’s your opinion and it’s your blog. I find it ironic that the majority of hate comments say things like “don’t come back”. They should do the same. If they don’t like what you have to say, there are about 5 million other websites they can troll… like You Tube! It’s funny how tough these people get hiding behind their laptop screen. It’s like road rage for the bored and uninspired…

    Finally, you’re opinion of Chilean food is not wrong. We spent a month there and were very disappointed. Sure, there are some good restaurants, but overall it was quite boring. It’s funny how many responses referenced American food as sucking, like American food sucking is going to make Chilean food taste better? What kind of an argument is that?

    Isn’t the internet fun!?

    1. Totally agree with you. People don’t even know what to say anymore. They need to learn on how to respect others opinions.
      As I said in my last comment, chilean food totally disappointed my whole family (even my dog, not kidding!) so I’m a little bit upset about it. I love my food (brazilian one) and mexican food is almost flawless. But whatever, this is the internet. Dorky comments will always be there, waiting for us! What a shame.

      1. bueno saber que en otras partes del mundo comen pura basura …. y que la comida no tenia sabor a pico, por eso no les gusto a las gringas ……

    2. I think, is not appropriate your expression for others, that word “idiots” , you know can be anyone. About soccer commentary, no comments, i’m just smiling…not laughing yet 😉 later…i do 😛

      Nobody is trolling the blog of this ladies, i think it’s called proud, and i’m agree with you about certain commentarys that were out of tone.

      Don’t polarize you, extend your mind a little and think that the internet and social media was made for the free opinion for everyone.

      And lastly, for the record…i’m not hiding behind my PC (i dont have a laptop ) but kindly i left my email address and let me recommend you the better places for food here in Chile.

  2. They don’t serve alcohol at football games in a lot of countries. Doesn’t prove or say anything specific about chileans.

    If you don’t like the food, thats fine, that how you are. We are entitled to our opinion. I have found most americans are surprised about the food, and don’t like the food because its not the same as what they have in there own home comforts.

    I learned a lot about chilean culture living here and understand why they are annoyed at the comments. No one likes to hear anything bad about their own country, whether its true or false.

    What was said was ignorant and thoughtless. Vegetarians are restricted no matter where they go.

  3. I am sorry for all the hate you two had to go through. There are mean people everywhere! But I must agree with my fellow chileans here, the title was maybe a little too harsh for us. If we offended Dani’s food maybe, maybe you’d understand us. An advice: Next time you’re going to critique a dish, try to do it more objectively.
    Also, I must quote you here,”I didn’t exactly have the Chilean people in mind.” Seriously? You had to, if you were going to criticize something that’s part of our culture and traditions. It’s like when you try to tell your little sister that her favourite pet died, you have to think about how she’s going to feel, and you try to pick the words that will hurt less, don’t you? Same thing happens here.
    Now, quoting your fourth point, about “where to eat”: while it is completely okay to follow some people’s advice, you should always ask for a second opinion. Pick from different places: try on a “fancy” restaurant then on a much cheaper one. The cheapest restaurants usually have the most delicious food!
    Guess I made my point here. I wish you the best.

  4. I’m chilean and found out about this on the news, in mega specifically, and felt bad for them for talking about some people experience and make it a news while there are tons of other things to talk about that could be more important.
    I obviously disagree with the “sucks” part but I find it stupid to make all of this a big deal from some people of my country, it’s ridiculous, you two just didn’t like our food and you wrote about it, isn’t the same when people talk about idk some musician that they don’t like their music, their concert or whatever, just an opinion, good or bad at one point there will be people saying bad/negative things sadly, but I respect you two for doing this and feel sorry for the people who disrespect you with bad words, when you can have an opinion without throwing $%&# to others.
    Come back whenever you want 😀 x
    and sorry for my bad english but I hope you get my point

  5. Que Pena que no Sepan de la cultura culinaria de nuestro pais. Para comenzar la pizza no es chilena las sopaipillas no se comen con mayonesa Los completes son mucho mejor que un pan con una vianesa y aderesos hablan que la comida da asco y en estados unidos lo unico que existe es el mc Donald’s por que lo demas son puro restaurant extranjeros. si en Mexico le dicen chile al Aji es por la forma del paise no por comer a diario picante, si les gusta chile deberian leer mas y aprender de un pais lindo donde sus comidas tipicas sus mariscos y diversas Frutas y verduras son una delicias que en su pais se las pelean no como en su pais donde mas de la Mitad de sus habitantes son obesos gracias a la comida chatara que adoran

    1. Que lindo comentario Beto…….. eso es ser CHILENO de Corazón, como somos varios…….
      Blogueras… no vengan mas a nuestro lindo país…..

  6. There is a big difference between saying “I personally do not like Chilean food for these reasons” to say “Chilean food sucks or chilean food is a shit” Was it very difficult for you to make an objective and respectful critique about the culinary culture?.What you did was throw shit for free on a blog that many people read. i


  7. I’m a 17 yrs old brazilian girl and I’ve been in Chile for 5 years now. I talked a couple of times to a few foreigners and we all agree that chilean food is just tasteless and so not impressive. Like, when you go to Mexico (my mom’s mexican) you see so many different types of foods, including spicy, sweet and salty ones. Now, Chile has… nothing surprisingly different. Okay, the Mote con Huesillo is different, but it could’ve been better. The Completo is nothing but a common hot dog. Nothing new, nothing attractive. The Empanadas are sometimes awful (sorry if this offends anyone) and I really don’t fancy eating them so often. I’ve traveled to many countries in Latin America, and I also compare to previous experiences. And let me tell you, chilean people is very kind, but the food is not interesting at all. Still, a beautiful country. I totally share the same opinion. So yeah, you guys have a new supporter here! xo


  8. Vivi muchos años en su pais y solo sus cultura culinaria se basa en hambuerguezas, asi que de comidas ustedes no deberia ni opinar, mas respeto deberia tener al dar sus opiniones, el respeto es parte de la educacion, omiten comentarios si algo no es de su agrado, y vaya al Mc Donals donde si encontrar al Topico de su
    Pais y podran seguir disfrutando del hermoso paisaje chileno. Ahhh y recuerden que no por llamarse Chile mi pais comemos picantes, y ademas si te gusta la comida picante es que Debes de pasar comiendo comida mexicana y Las humitas jamas se Han parecido a Los tamales ya que estos estan hecho de masa y rellenos con algun tipo de carne picante, y aqui no es asi.

  9. Having disliked 95% of the food I ate in Chile, I understand. I also understand about comments on negative blogs. I think your first ‘mistake’ and I use that word lightly is to use the word sucks. So many people hate that word. I would use it to make a point, and I find humor in it, but so many think of it as bad as a curse word. I read your original post and I thought it was more humor than anything else. So, perhaps the Chileans lack a sense of humor. Perhaps they will find my blog and complain to me.

    My main memory of Chilean food was mayonnaise, on absolutely everything! And, you reminded me of the bad instant coffee. The white wine was good. But, I was so sick of the food at the end of the trip that I went to McDonald’s and ordered a cheeseburger, ensuring in Spanish that it had no mayo on it. The guy looked at me like I was crazy for asking, but I did not want to risk it. I was served more mayo in my two weeks in country than I have probably eaten in my entire life.

    I think this post is one of the funnier ones I have read recently, and kudos to you for growing the thick skin! I will try to send you my old, old travel blog on the food of Chile. I am sure you will like it 😉

    I think you need to be honest on your blog, both the good and the bad. If you only write the positive how can your readers manage expectations when they travel there. The problem is that the Chilean food scene has a lot to be desired. I can’t remember much good about it, and I actually eat meat! Truth hurts some times. My suggestion, next time use the word stinks instead of sucks.

  10. say it sucks food from a country that welcomed them for several days by a mass medium that everyone can see seems to me a lack of respect, plus it is not, the Chilean food is very good and healthy, empanadas, pastel de choclo, mote con huesillo etc.. It’s all based on corn, meat, vegetables … sorry if it is not as processed and greasy as what they eat in their respective countries, where too obese and there if they know not to eat. Before the headline agena food sucks, better check what you eat.

  11. Mmmmmm, polite, very polite. Double standard as Americans are. Anyway, you gave (published) you personal opinion about your experience, which is totally valid, and the over 400 posts (read here: people), gave their oppinion too. Good, bad, rude or polite are their opinions.

  12. Esta muy mal su titulo y no hay excusa que valga, solo pedir perdón y cambiarlo. Es muy feo decir eso de un país que las acogió muy bien por lo visto durante varios días, ademas encuentro que se equivocan: El pastel de choclo, humitas, ensalada a la chilena, empanadas, pebre, mariscos, pescados, mote con huesillo, chorrillanas, cazuela, arroz con leche, leche asada, bistec a lo pobre, carbonada, carne mechada, Etc. Es comida muy sabrosa, sana, casera, sencilla, basada principalmente en carne, (por lo cual ustedes como vegetarianas no tienen mucho que opinar), granos y verduras.
    O acaso querían los completos como en Estados Unidos donde solo en una gran salchicha grasosa y seca con pan?
    El 2013 estuve en Florida y Munich, en Florida el 90% de la comida que te ofrecen es chatarra, por algo se ve gente tan obesa, y en Munich aparte del cerdo, papas, y strudel…no hay mucha variedad.
    Pregunta, les gustaría leer que la comida Alemana o gringa es una mierda? O prefieren leer una critica objetiva, educada, y respetuosa sobre la comida de sus países?

  13. Hi girls! I’ve just read all the polemics regarding your article and certainly it surprised me how viral an article from a blog can become. Well, we’re talking about one of the crappiest, more sexist and chauvinist newspapers in Chile (not that the rest of the media here is barely worth reading/watching) and it’s summer time so editors have to fill the news with whatever they find, but anyway…

    As a Chilean, vegetarian for 26 years and cooker, what can I say to you:

    1) I totally agree that Chile is far from being a vegetarian paradise. I cannot believe that it’s still common that a vegetarian dish consists in some random undressed salad and that they usually come with some jam, tuna or chicken in there. WTF???? Yet there are some good vegetarian places which others have mentioned here, although most of times I have to manage with some pasta.

    2) Yes, restaurants are not precisely cheap either and after I’ve been to several countries I have to agree that street food is shitty here, so it’s not easy to eat well and vegetarian on a budget. I think the reason for the sad street food here resides in how extremely complicated it is to get a permission from the municipality to install yourself with a little food stand, since burocracy is as high as the hygienic norms requiered. You’d be amazed on how restaurants can be closed so easily here under the excuse of poor hygienics… unless owners have an “agreement” with sanitary inspectors, of course. BTW, most of that awful sopaipilla stands are actually ilegal.

    3) Yes, probably if we eat meat it would be easier for us to find something nice and cheaper. But come on, Chile prides itself for being “in the way of becoming a developed country” (not that I give a shit about the implied superiority a “developed country” is supposed to have) and it’s so hard to find some variety and respect for other ways of living? Not just for vegetarians, I’m also talking about the unnaceptable comments regarding your sexual orientation. Shame of my sexist compatriots!

    4) I think the reason why the food here cannot compare to Peruvian, Brazilian, Colombian or Argentinian food relies on the isolation our country suffered from the colonialist period, when we were so far away from the centres of power and culture (Perú and Colombia) that almost no immigrants, no produces and no news and tendencies from the world arrieved here for a long time. We were historically a very poor country where nobody wanted to came and it remained like that for a long time. But I see a light in the end of the tunnel in the arriving of lots of immigrants and the stable (even still horribly unequal) economy and a flourishing cultural awaken in we the Chilean youth. I’m sure than in 10 years we’ll find that the food is not boring at all anymore and that cookers will have learned to take advantage of our incredible quality products. Hope you come back by then.

    5) Anyway, I think you should change the title of the entry, since you’re talking about a personal experience and not an universal truth. Despite of what I mentioned before, we do have some really great food on a budget, I’m sorry you didn’t have the chance to try it. Or maybe you really won’t like anything from here and that’s OK too, it’s a matter of taste in the end. But again, it’s not an universal truth. And though it’s your blog and you can write what you want, I think it’s good to bear in mind that literally everyone with internet access can read this blog and that most Chilean people won’t remain calmed reading the rest of the entry or more articles in your blog after reading a title like that. Most of people only read a few words in a text before making the whole judgement. And yes, it sounds offensive anyway even if it was not your intention. There are other much less rude forms to say the same thing. So maybe, to avoid more misunderstandings, it would be good to be more specific or more explanatory from the beggining. Not that I, again, could justify any agression you have received after your publication. It really hurts and embarrases me to read such low level comments.

    If you ever come back here, please feel free to write to my email. I could show you some great vegetarian Chilean adaptations I’ve created. And yes, one of the reasons I’ve studied cookery is precisely that: I had to save myself from eating trash my whole life, lol!

  14. I eat meat, seafood etc and still don’t find the food that tasty. Sure they stick loads of salt in everything high enhances what flavour they have. The expensive restaurants are alright, but still lacking. The seafood always seems to come either fried or covered in cheap Parmesan!?

    I wouldn’t worry about Chileans telling you not to come back. My friend got told to “go back to where she came from” by a lovely Chilean man as her child was having a tantrum on the street… Luckily my Chilean husband is lovely and we cook up some good food together, none of it traditionally Chilean…I don’t like sticking a bit if boiled egg, a raisin and an olive in all my dishes! My husband agrees! The meat is usually cooked nicely and that’s what I go for when eating out!

    I won’t only say negative things about Chile. Having lived here for 10 years I do love it, it’s a very beautiful country with some very lovely people (Not all homophobic as would appear to be the case in many of these responses!) and beautiful places to visit. I think the comments referring to education are probably based on bitterness…education is lacking in Chile, it is very expensive and quite often poor. Some Chileans are clearly very hot-headed, homophobic and classist and have decided to comment here. Please name some of the best restaurants for somebody on a standard wage…

    On the flip side, MOST Chileans are more confident and relaxed and will not feel the need to insult you. These are the Chileans you would LOVE to chill out with (take your own veggie options) at a BBQ with a delicious pisco sour and bottle of red!

  15. Wow, I can’t believe this was the reaction to a little bit of critism about food – especially as you have made it very clear in your previous posts that you very much like Chile.

    But then again, I am not sure if some of the commenters actually read the post or just headed straight to the comment section after reading the headline… Just try to ignore them (easier said than done) and keep up the great work!

  16. All of the comments on this post and the original post are the main reason I moderate all comments on my blog. Wow. I would have shut down the comments and just kept going.

    I haven’t been to South America yet, but I’ll make a mental note not to use the word “sucks” in any future blog posts. 🙂

  17. Well done girls! I´m chilean and also a backpacker travelling around the globe at the moment. After read your posts I´m totally agree with two of your learned lessons
    N1. Wrong title! Like a journalist I learned you can´t post with a joke… It´is always subjective and you will disturb someone .
    N2: yeah! we are very proud people!! Don´t mess with that! but I think you got it now 😉
    So finally I just want to say definitely chilean cuisine is not made for vegetarian and even being flat, you can find the right flavour but you need to stop comparing with other places. Is not bad is just different!
    Cheers girls!!

  18. Shame on you…..I can see that your deleted my previous posts as well, you 2 SUCK, In your new Title please be clear that we think that you 2 SUCK

  19. This are just an “OK” answer.
    But, I really don’t understand why if you’re vegetarians, why you were trying to buy vegetarians meals in common places. I really think, that is lack of information and research, ’cause there many sites in Santiago where to eat vegan, you’re only need to search in google: or for example. I’m vegan too, but I rarely eat in places where I know I don’t gonna find vegan meals.

  20. A nadie le gusta que hablen mal de su país, sobre todo viniendo de una par de yankees. Queda demostrado una vez más que en Estados Unidos hay cero respeto por otras culturas y si pueden pisotear a los demás lo harán de la peor manera posible, sobre todo cuando llegaron a Chile y las trataron bien, no corresponde que se refieran de esa forma tan vulgar y soez a la comida de nuestro país, claro pueden criticar pero con respeto, alguno que ustedes no tienen chicas, aprendan y no lo vuelvan a hacer… ah y no vuelvan a Chile, acá no toleramos a personas como ustedes

    1. Fernando estoy contigo……. que feo hablar mal de un pais que visitas si además tiene tantas cosas positivas…… y hablar de la comida es muy personal.
      Chicas blogueras…. no regresen…….

  21. 9. While I admit that I shouldn’t have used the word ‘sucks’, we are never going to love your food. Sorry.

    … Oh no, my God, I can not sleep … fat lesbians do not love our food

  22. Que se puede esperar de este parcito, si vinieron a chile buscnado comida picante por el nombre del pais, solo demuestran lo que muchos en latinoamerica ya sabemos, la mayoria de los gringos son harto AWEONADOS!!!!!

  23. Well, I haven’t even read your original entry neither this whole response to all the hate, but I found out through the news about the whole thing so I skipped every detail (and hate) to pass by and leave my opinion.

    I do love my country, but when it comes to food we have to accept variety is not our thing. So you said hot dogs aren’t innovative at all? Agreed! They aren’t bad but you can try them almost anywhere, and they will be most likekely the same. I wish there were more ethnic restaurants of something like that. Unfortunately, it’s usually all about the same (meat, sandwiches, french fries, etc) . And sorry to read you’re vegetarians; that means you must have found it difficult to eat something delicious according to your choice. However, I think you should do a little more research next time. I’m pretty sure there must be a good vegetarian restaurant Unless you just wanted to try typical food as it is. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I’m not from Santiago and I don’t know about one, but if you drop by Concepción next time, You should go to Mandrágora, they have good vegetarian food there. I hope you liked the experience, disregarding food and the later hate, of course. Have a safe trip!

  24. “The way to someone’s heart is through there stomach, and the way to upset an entire nation, at least the nation of Chile, is to criticize its cuisine.”

    Not really. I don’t give a shit if you like our food. Actually, I don’t even give a shit if you like our country; as far as I’m concerned, you’re free to leave and good riddance! The problem isn’t that.

    The problem is that your post was written in extremely offensive and derogatory terms. There’s several possible ways you can state your opinion, and you somehow managed to do it EXACTLY the way one would expect from the flaky, airheaded gringa-stereotype (eve though one of you is German… must be contagious).

    Anyway, congratulations. You managed to give Chileans another reason to be wary of gringos and reinforce the idea that (most) Americans are nothing more than loud-mouthed, annoying, arrogant asses.


    “The wise never says everything he thinks, but always thinks everything he says.” Aristotle


  28. Primero q todo escribo en español no soy como los chupa picos chilenos q les escriben en inglés para dárselas de wns snob o peor tratar de ser distintos a los chilenos promedió ese sentido de superioridad de los q escriben acá en inglés y se disculpan por los comentarios ofensivos pico por esto q escribo nadie me disculpa y yo menos. Así q los wns q empiezan con perdón por los comentarios este no.
    1 una nazi y una gringa cuyos países hicieron mierda y hacen mierda durante años vienen a wbiarnos a nosotros q cararrajismo más grande.
    2 son vegetarianas y vienen a un país donde la base de la comida lleva carne pollo y pez , y obvio no prueban nada de una real comida chilena y dicen q es mala donde está lo racional o serio de eso, le creo la opinión si hubiesen probado nuestra comida eso.
    No acepto críticas de minas como esta y su eterno paternalismo a nuestra América latina ellas cuyos países roban petróleo y el otro unos nazis de mierda q mataron a miles y nos vienen a dar lecciones chupenla y con mayo


  30. why not sought vegan restaurants? there are many! some recomendations:

    1.- El Huerto
    2.- El Naturista
    3.- La Chakra
    4.- La Fraternal
    5.- Quinoa

  31. Girls, I understand your frustration. But please listen.

    Just think about it. If you have some blog with thousands of visitors and have some reputation to worry about – assuming you were that noteworthy to begin with, should you make a public post with a title saying a certain country’s something outright sucks? That reads something like the Sun or the Daily Mail would put to attract viewers, and it screams for attention. It’s yellow journalism, nothing else.

    If you wanted to criticize and discuss how the Chilean cuisine – which you happened not to like, but that’s COMPLETELY OK – could be improved, this is not the way to start.

    Again, nothing wrong with your perception, but your delivery was completely messed up.

  32. Firt at all I really feel ashamed about some Chilean comments. What a lack of taste!. As the same time, I have to admit the title: “why Chilean food sucks” was very rude, but a “smart way to get attention”. I will never look at this blog, because I never read about subjective travelers opinions. Also, you gals are not culinary experts, and the food that you talk about was just street food. You are way faraway of Anthony Bourdain , you are just a couple of wannabe travelers trying to get some attention. And gosh.. You got it !.
    Chilean food doesn’t suck, is just different. If you are looking for spicy food … Wrong place. And don’t even mention you never tried seafood… The marvelous seafood!.
    You should agree that your title wasn’t very wisdom as you guys never ask to expert chef like Chris Carpentier or go to Culinary Institute (all countries has one) for advise to where taste Chilean food.
    I’m a Chilean-American and I’ve been living in San Francisco for 15 years, and I’m tired of Mexican spicy food. I wish more “South American” food and warm people where present in this area…
    As advise, after critized a whole country, read a little bit about the culture the place that you are visiting, is not too hard go to wiki…

    Good luck if you visit Chile again…

  33. I’m shock. Food taste, like and dislikes are such personal matters… As chilean i love -love- almost every plate you describes in your post, wich i manage to cook myself … You thinks it sucks… That’s perfectly ok… Several years ago i spent some time in new orleans. My guide told me about jambalaya.. And even i know thounsands of people would disagree with me, i still feel nauseous when i remember it… thats why eat is such a lovely experience.
    About your review, evidently was took Out of context…
    Sucks in spanish sounds a little harsh but is clear to me you two love Chile in many different aspects. For those who reads your post and take your comments as reference probably was clear too.

  34. There’s a typo in the first line of your “Reflection”:

    The way to someone’s heart is through ***there*** stomach, and the way to upset an entire nation, at least the nation of Chile, is to criticize its cuisine.

    Also, you say “When you travel full time, as we do, you can not eat expensive meals all the time”, yet you praised the pizza from Tiramisú (NOT a cheap place) to high heavens?

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed that the LUN story was poorly translated, and most people posting hate comments are actually reacting to that article and not your blog entry.

  35. There is no need to apologize for not liking the food, but let be sincere: vegetarians reviewing food it’s like asking my grandma to review an Iron Maiden album. You have your opinion, but you are not fit to extrapolate it to a fact. Chilean food does not suck… sucks for you. And there is a tremendous amount of arrogance in your writing to think that your opinion is a fact. Have you ever thought that maybe you are the ignorants in the subject? That maybe your vegetarian palates aren’t sophisticated enough? I’m a food lover and knowing chilean cuisine I can tell you that you are ignorants because you missed the best of it by being sugar-free salt-low vegetarians. Vegetarians didn’t like the food of a country where almost every dish has meat on it. Shocking!
    It’s not a Chilean food problem, it’s your problem. Maybe your article should have been called “why vegetarian food in Chile sucks”, because that was your real experience. Lesson #5: Learn to be accurate.
    Closed minds, arrogance, ignorance and sloppy writing are the only things that apparently suck in this article.

  36. Hi girls! First of all, sorry for the stupid comments of some Chilean people in here. I’m sure that most of them did not even read your post and if they tried they misunderstood most of it (you know most people here don’t know English even though they say the do).
    You gave your opinion on the food you try and let me tell you that being vegan here is like a “disease”, people don’t understand that someone doesn’t eat meat, they even try to force you to eat it, offering you meat, chicken, or fish…
    I’m not vegan nor vegetarian but i try to eat healthy food and it’s very disappointing. Salads are so expensive and tasteless, sandwiches are worse (i saw the picture of a sandwich in the other post and it has white cheese you can find at the supermarket and it’s not the best one, let’s say but it’s low cost for the restaurant :/ ).
    Anyway I think people overreacted wasn’t insulting at all… not to me at least, and I’m Chilean.

  37. you didn’t really angered an entire nation, 90% of people doesn’t’ know English. the vast majority doesn’t care about this and doesn’t care if some say they don’t like something here
    what happens is that our press sucks, love scandals and just want to make money, so they take any story and turn it into a big deal, even if it’s irrelevant. (like the blog of two girl from I don’t know where)

    so enjoy all the fame(or trolls) in a few days no one will remember this. A_A

  38. Well, you definitely did not eat the Chilean food that we all love, but I think comparing our pizza with the REAL pizza is a little pointless just because we don’t know how to do it right.
    About the cheese, did you try with the cheese from the south of the country? (I heard is kinda good, I don’t like cheese, so I can’t give you my opinion).
    What I’m trying to say is, you have to eat the REAL CHILEAN DISHES, not the “wanna be” dishes from another countries, that are definitely not the same as the originals.

    Take car you girls 🙂

  39. Hi. I do think the title is offensive and kinda stupid (I mean this with all the respect in the world). On the other hand I think you have every right in the world to think and like o dislike whatever you want. Thing is THE COMPARISON.
    When you compare aspects of a particular culture, it would always, ALWAYS spread, because culture is a global concept, not “brakeable to analisis”.

    Thing is: Why should our cheese, the one that we consume, be good or tasteful or even suitable for the american/german palad? Why should our empanadas have blue cheese, something that isn’t even localy made?
    Should our food be oriented to tourist or to what we actualy like as chileans that live, and work, and breath here all our lifes?

    This is kind of a political matter. Is cocky, to say the least, to expect that your needs will be met in every country or in every other culture you happen to know, and even more to accuse them of sucking if otherwise (specialy with the fame that de US has worlwide, seriously, not a ver bright move there…)

    The same can be applied to other countries. I’m sure you must have suffered of other bad things in other places, like undrinkible water in Mexico (just examples, I’ve never been to Mexico) or something like that. But have you ever posted other bad aspect of an especific country saying “this sucks”?

    I was once in the states, Boise, Idaho specificaly. I went there as a teen and didn’t know much about how people actualy were there. I was (i don’t know why) in front of the YMCA, and i saw this beautiful dog outside by his own so I peted him… Next thing I know, the dog’s owner, alerted by a random gringo, got outside, and yelled at me to leave the dog alone, that it was his dog, and basically to go eat tacos elsewhere as he notice I was hispanic, and probably wanted to steal his dog and exchange it for cocaine.

    That SUCKED. Was it the only racist thing i experienced? No.
    Do I think this people were wrong, oh my god yes (i would have changed that dog for some weed)…. But all in all, I’am aware that the one being “weird” in that context was probably me. Maybe people don’t pet each others dogs near the Y’, or maybe i wasn’t as apologetic as this guy expected… My point is, the situation was different, and I went there for different in the first place, so as unconfortable as it was, I wouldn’t categorise the entire state of Idaho as northern red necks with no soul, or sucky people…again, it wasn’t the only situation like that…I was very questioned about not eating fruit with my chicken during a dinner I was inveted to… Everybody was just rockng raspberry chesse chicken, i wanted a different plate for the fruit, it just wasn’t my thing… BUT I DON’T THINK IT SUCKED! I WAS THE WEIRD ONE, you see?

    Thinking otherwise woould be rude, and cocky and as like we say in Chile LEVANTADO DE RAJA (google it).

    As a chilean, there are a lot of local foods that I dislike (i don’t like seafood, my family hates me!) But i’ll never say ON THE INTERNET that it sucks… as I wouldn’t insult or accuse a particular american atitude just because it didn’t pleased me. Again, why would that guy had to take that a strange brownish guy would pet his dog while he was waterdancing in the YMCA?

    In your place, i would have just said somthing like “food here wasn’t as notable to us as it was Thai food in Thailand beacause of… (opinions such as “we missed some bbq sauce with our soy pizza, and some blue cheese in our vegan tacobell [jk])…etc.
    And maybe, if you spend long enough time here, trying to understand what chilean people saw in these weird dishes that lacked of flavor compared to others would’ve being fair to chilean people, you know? making this alien dishes understandable is something that people that have luck of traveling for a leaving must see as a responsability…otherwise, what makes you diferent from a person that came once, hated the food a went his way? You could have been more open to understanding… like learning how to drink beer, you don’t get, until you just do.

    Thats all. Sorry for the nationalistic crap on the other chilean comments, you’re right, in that way we can be proud, but you started =/ (the one with sandy vaginas was funny though).

    Chao…Not hate, but just some awkwardness from Chile ! 😉

    1. Hey SomeChileanGuy 🙂 I see where you are coming from, of course. And of course it makes sense. But what’s missing with this argument is the simple fact that when you travel, no matter if it is your first vacation or you have been traveling for years – comparison is immediately part of the deal. You compare everything. It’s just what happens. So when you first start to travel, you compare everything to how things are ‘back home’. Then, when you have a few or a lot of destinations under your belt, then you start to compare things with other places in the world.

      Of course we could have stayed in Chile for months or years in order to understand the food. I have lived abroad in four countries in my life and completely understand that moment when you didn’t understand something and then boom! you finally get it, like your beer example.

      The point is that visitors to Chile, tourists, people who don’t have time to spend figuring out your cuisine = that is the perspective from which I wrote this piece. You can’t expect travelers to just come in and stay. That’s why the comments about Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmerman are equally silly, in my eyes, because they have a team of dedicated professionals both with their show and Chileans in Chile scouting out the absolute BEST restaurants, food stands, events, and dishes because it is all made for TV. Our trip was about as real life as it gets – and we had a much longer time in the country than most.

      Does that make sense? That was what was so weird about the Chilean reaction – I can’t eat at your grandma’s house. I’m not stopping at some place on the highway on Ruta 5 because I am either in a bus or on a plane. We are travelers, tourists, so we can’t take the time to get to know your food. Thanks for being civil at least, I respect your response and thanks for stopping by!

  40. Hey Girls! I’m from Chile, I read your blog, and I must say I totally agree with you. Our national food is so BORING, and chilean people don’t notice it because they don’t TRAVEL. So keep on doing on what you do: TRAVEL, and blog for TRAVELERS. Your blog is awesome, by the way.

      1. I didin’t say that people don’t travel because they don’t want to, I just sayd people don’t travel(no matter why). And the fact of that is people don’t get that you can find much better food just across the mountains, and we get shitty food in overpriced places cause people think it’s good, why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T TRAVEL.
        And all the disrespectful posts all over this blog are just a proof of what I’m saying. Well travelled people would notice that our food is shitty and boring, that this two girls have felt nothing but good about Chile(as they said in many other posts in this blog), and would never make reference to the sexuality of this two girls.
        Girls, once again, your blog is awesome, keep on it, and I’m very ashamed and sorry about all the stupid things other chilean people have posted.

  41. Estas lesbianas sólo publican mensajes a su favor, todos los demás los censuran y simplemente no los publican; queda demostrado (que tal como en su país) todo aquel que piense distinto a ellas no los respetan y los pisotean, tal y como lo hicieron con Chile: Pregunta: ¿Quién hace de macho?

  42. What do u expect when u write such an inflammatory title? I mean saying something sucks is obviously inflammatory. The title should have read something like “Chilean food: vegetarian back packers beware”. … Really stupid to make such an over-arching (negative) proclamation w/o prefacing it w/ some basic facts— that u ladies only ate out, had a very tight budget, dont eat meat, have no journalistic or culinary training, etc etc. just my two cents.

  43. As a blogger, i like to express my mind. If i feel something is wrong, will i just shut up and forget? No, i will express myself and wait for your opinion and feedback. I don’t think you should change that title as that what you felt while eating their foods. Keep the title.

  44. Todos tienen derecho a opinar, el problema es ofender gratuitamente, hoy en día tenemos
    miles de seudo escritores que desbordan sus Blog con opiniones que son meramente propias
    que muchas veces no tienen la más mínima valides
    Los Blog que nada aportan más que una visión personal, para conocer un lugar hay que vivir
    en él, conocer sus costumbres, cultura y gastronomía, antes de decir algo es malo, debemos
    tener el suficiente conocimiento y preparación para decir que algo es malo, llamar MIERDA a
    algo es algo muy propios de quienes nada hacen o pueden hacer
    Lamento que quienes escriben estos blog, se crean con derecho a ofender y no acepten que el ofendido devuelva la ofensa

    Everyone has a say, the problem is offense free, today we
    thousands of pseudo Blog writers spilling their opinions that are merely own
    they often do not have the slightest validity
    The Blog that contribute nothing more than a personal vision for a place to live there
    in it, learn their customs, culture and cuisine, previously say something is wrong, we
    have sufficient knowledge and preparation to say that something is wrong, call SUCK to
    something is very typical of those who do nothing or can do
    I regret that those who write these blog, are created with the right to offend and do not accept the return offended offense

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