Can’t speak for anybody else, but I expect to be amazing “elsewhere” but some people say things like, “The Indian food in LA stinks! Why isn’t good Indian food readily available like it is in London, especially when you have such amazing ethnic eateries and a relatively large Indian population? Geez, even in the frozen Indian food at Trader Joe’s [which I don’t particularly like, BTW] is better. I’m not even looking for GREAT Indian food; I’m just looking for good.”
On CH, this topic came up w/ enough frequency that it stuck in my head. And it gives the impression that the Indian food “elsewhere” is exponentially better.
The “problem” for me is that I actually find Indian food in LA pretty tasty (at least, the places I frequent. I was forced for a work lunch to go to an Indian place in Westwood, and it truly was awful).
And since I find the food here to be good, and since it follows from what others say that Indian food “elsewhere” is THAT much better I expect Indian food elsewhere to be verging on orgasmic. And… it wasn’t. It was like a half step better (IMHO).
I guess an apt analogy is a plain croissant from Chaumont vs. a Sara Lee croissant (the latter is what I grew up w/). I was expecting the difference in London vs. LA Indian food to be that big.