Yesterday my future father in law invited me to one of his seminars on olive oil tasting. I didn't know, but bitter, spicy (as in hot) and fruity are the three only "desired" tastes of olive oil. The smell of pickled olives was supposed to be bad, just as obvious things such as musty, sour and rancid. I usually have 2-3 olive oils on hand as I love to cook so it was really interesting.
My future hubbie's father is also into wine (he owns a small wine cellar), which is quite normal in many countries. On the whole, however, it seems that it it is very different for each country which food/drink we concentrate on or even obsess over. In Germany people have tons of different kinds of bread and beer. I've heard a few people in the US recite all 100 or something flavors of the big ice cream companies. I also realized that I've got no clue which things are popular in countries that are a bit further off the beaten track. Asia? Middle East? Africa? Can you contribute any experience when it comes to other countries?