That is because "Americans", may care more about what they like, than what others think about their lack of taste or sophistication.
Hiding your identity and ketchup
From tube amps to ketchup. Truly, the HUG has something for everyone.
Originally Posted by Drdennis
Seriously, though, I would not like to see a "U.S. vs. Them" dialogue develop. Hi Fi Dave did not say all Americans ask for ketchup in fine restaurants, and I would also venture to say that some Americans do want to be considered sophisticated. (It's fine to like what you like, but some understanding of local culture is good too, as well as being good manners.)
As evidence of the latter proposition, I offer the fact that are numerous blogs and posts on the Internet - most apparently American in origin - on how to avoid looking too much like an American tourist in Europe. Here's one, which offers some practical advice on the ketchup issue among other things (scroll down to the heading "Food"):
Americans in Paris
One of my favorite scenes in a film is from European Vacation. For their visit to Paris, Chevy Chase bought berets for his family so they would not look like American tourists.
Ketchup - the vital element?
Sorry, didn't mean to cause offence with the 'ketchup' remark and I have altered it to 'some'.
Don't get me wrong, I love America and American food, especially the steaks but it does amuse me to see some diners in high quality restaurants, dousing their food in ketchup.
Stick to audio?
There are a million opportunities to post ridiculous opinions and boorish generalizations on other websites. On this community board, can we please stick to audio?