So far, on this visit I have enjoyed a 5 Guys burger with hot green peppers and a splendid half-pounder from Black and Orange which included a Jamaican jerk flavoring that made it very spicy.
There's a gourmet burger chain in Britain called Byron which does a very decent burger but somehow on that side of the pond it doesn't feel quite right. Fish 'n chips taste so much better on the British North Sea coast, the best Wiener Schnitzel is found in Vienna and only in France do croissants seem to touch perfection.
I always thought strawberries were at their best in Britain but now I long for the first fresh ones from my garden in Perigord and the first of my own tomatoes and eggs from my own chickens.
Is my palate geographically sensitive or is something about the combination of memory, culture and location that goes beyond the purely physical sensation of taste? But how do we explain that can pizzas be magnificent outside Italy and Peking Duck better outside China?