Jess Kapadia associate Editor, id put Alsace high on the list of places Id like to travel this year. Having wandered around France pretty extensively, i never made it up to the teeny province between France, switzerland and Germany, three of my favorite food countries in the world. From what i understand, the portions are very un-Parisian. I think fusion is most successful when its between two or three cuisines with fundamentals in common — in this case, cooking with lots of butter, cheese, white wine, cabbage and pork. I got super-into the intricacies of housemade sauerkraut on last years trip to germany, and nothing would make me happier than to dig into a huge platter of choucroute garni with a half-dozen cuts of pig, sausage, potatoes and a cold bottle of Gewürztraminer, mountains. Maybe The sound Of Music soundtrack happening in my headphones. Matt Rodbard contributing Editor south Korea. I just finished writing a guidebook that explores the top Korean restaurants in nyc.
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That counts as r d, right? From there, hitting Oxford for some food from. John Currence would be great. The end game is of course new Orleans, which seems to finally be rebounding after the devastation Hurricane katrina caused. Particular homework points of interest include willie maes Scotch house, cochon and Bellocq. With every stop, soaking up southern history is also a draw. Laura neilson Writer, its been a while since ive been somewhere and felt like a total foreigner. Id love to go to hong Kong. A good friend moved there recently, and I hear weather its the eating capital of the world. Everything from street food to dim sum to a new wave of fine dining spots opening in some of the finer hotels. Also, the fashion lover in me loves menswear-inspired suits, and I hear the custom tailor shops over there are amazing.
Every day, a local farmer or cheesemaker from beirut or the nearby best villages creates Tawlets dinner menu using the markets best produce. Its a killer concept, and an amazing way to sample some of the best manaeesh in the middle east. Joshua lurie writer and editor. Food gps, as much as Id like to travel to Spain and feast on Mediterranean seafood in Barcelona and jamón ibérico in Jabugo, im going with a southern swing through four states. My idea for a couple years is to start in Little rock, eat at spots like does Eat Place for Porterhouse and hot tamales, detour to McClards in Hot Springs and spend a couple days in Memphis. Ive always wanted to eat barbecue at paynes, cozy corner and leonards. Guss has always been a high priority, and has taken on added importance now that Im co-producing the Fried Chicken Fest.
The food in that city does not suck. Emily saladino writer, getting myself to beirut, one of the coolest cities on the planet, is a paper fantasy and a priority. The place has rock star nightlife, a great wine scene and one of the worlds most incredible culinary traditions. Heres the thing: Lebanon is to the middle east what Italy writings is to much of Europe. Its the ethnic cuisine served in the most popular restaurants, and Lebanese standards like tabbouleh and loubieh are regional crowd-pleasers, just like pan-fried scamorza or bucatini allAmatriciana. Beiruts best cooking is said to take place in homes, where many family matriarchs perfected their skills during years of unrest outdoors. In the absence of a lebanese nonna to call my own, Id hit. Tawlet, the restaurant offshoot of beiruts first farmers market, souk el tayeb.
I also got really good at drinking wine and looking cool while i was there, so i think i need to go back so i dont get rusty. At the very top of that restaurant list is vivant Table, a small restaurant in the 10th from pierre jancou, who is known for his successful Paris restaurants that came before vivant, and for his passion for natural wines and sourcing the best ingredients on the. Next to the restaurant is vivants tiny wine bar from which I did some of that wine drinking. We walked in on the night after Christmas to have a drink (thank god it was open and it just so happened that the only person in the place was pierre himself, behind the bar. After a few bottles and a few hours of chatting with him, i might make the trip over a weekend just to eat in the restaurant itself. The guy is more passionate about quality food and wine than anyone ive ever met. Hes also a total badass. Other Paris restaurants I couldnt get to that keep me up at night: le dauphin, roseval and Septime.
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Have you seen that movie? Its easily the best of the franchise. I want to english pretend Im the kid from. American Gothic who grows up to be a bad boy drag racer. I want to fall in love with a japanese-australian girl.
I want to drift, baby. Eli sussman, ad Snacking columnist, id like to be sitting on the beach at Koh Phangan in Thailand, spending all day relaxing, eating fresh coconut under a tree. Id nap and swim until nighttime and then take a boat to the full moon Party on haad Rin and dance until the sun comes. Chris Stang co-editor of, immaculate Infatuation. My goal for 2013 is to go back to paris as soon as possible, to eat at the places I couldnt during my recent trip in December (many of the restaurants close for the period between Christmas and New years).
I didnt know what was in it, but I wanted to try. It turned out to be bone marrow soup and ive been thinking about it ever since that day in January a couple years. I want to go back to vietnam just to have that experience again. Jason Kessler Writer, here are five reasons my fantasy travel pick of 2013 is Japan:. I want to dream with Jiro.
I want to know the joy of true japanese nigiri. I want to attempt to order a 911 Fire volcano vegas Crunch Roll* and see what happens. this does not exist). Im late to the ramen game, but damn am I glad Im here. I love me some ramen and I think tokyo is exactly where i need to go to get the real deal. Have you ever had a hitachino nest? Japan and Italy are the leaders of the international craft beer scene and I want a full education in the malty Arts. Grill or be grilled. The, fast the furious: tokyo drift.
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An Irreverent Curiosity: In search of the Churchs Strangest Relic in Italys Oddest Town. Im actually about to go to a place ive always wanted to: Varanasi. Im not necessarily going for the food, though (Im essay going to write a non-food story for a magazine). But marijuana is legal in this northern Indian holy city and — while Im not much of a stoner — im really curious to try the infamous bhang lassi, a curd-based shake infused with Mary jane, that you can get from street vendors. Varanasi is also famous for its open cremation of dead bodies. Im not entirely convinced that pot and death go well together, but Ill find out soon enough. Im just hoping its not all combined with the delhi belly. The last time i was in vietnam I sat down at a makeshift alleyway eatery in saigon, pointed to a large cauldron.
Ice cream on waffles in Copenhagen. Salt oysters, cape may,. Lobster and steamers brought home from anywhere, but lets say. Trenton Bridge lobster pound in Bar Harbor,. Id probably travel sales anywhere air France wanted to take me, if they kept it up with the free champagne and white wine they serve on flights. Oh and the garden Fire green juice with cayenne, bee pollen, sea salt, lemon, celery, and apple cider vinegar at Judahlicious in San Francisco. David Farley writer and author.
of the nearby wines of the rias baixas. Edith Zimmerman Editor of, the hairpin, fish Market in reykjavik for whatever salmon entree theyre offering. Roadside strawberries bought while driving through Wexford, Ireland. Or, at least theyre called Wexford strawberries, but I think you can buy them in many locations? I want to eat sushi from the ridiculous Japanese restaurant featured in the documentary. Jiro Dreams of Sushi, even though its like hundreds of dollars for a silent, 20-minute meal? Whatever, Id. Or just go 30 minutes uptown to sushi yasuda (in nyc) again.
Nils Bernstein Freelance Travel Writer, publicity director at Matador Records. Rural Finland in the late summer/early fall, to pick berries revelation and mushrooms. They have something called everymans right where anyone can pick wild produce no matter who owns the land. Finland is stunning anyway, with great food and people, and spending their long summer days roaming the countryside collecting sea buckthorn berries at their source is my fantasy respite from endless summer in nyc. Chris Chamberlain Writer and author. The southern foodie, ive been lucky to enjoy quite a bit of culinary travel over the past few years researching my book and for food Republics. Year of Barbecue series, but the majority of my ventures have been domestic. Spain has been on my culinary radar for years, since i love their traditions of small plates, the emphasis on fresh seafood and the bold flavors that migrated from neighbors to the south.
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We all. In the shower, at the brunch table with friends, while running on the treadmill. We escape from our day-to-day grind to ponder where we want to travel next. Away from reality and, now more than ever, where wed like to explore the culture of food. We dream of the taco stands in Mexico city and the pizzerias of Naples. The barbecue pits in rural south Carolina and of sipping strong summary drinks near. This week well break from the usual programming a bit to bring you some stories about fantasy travel, with food being at the center of all. To kick it off we asked writers and friends of food Republic to give us the one destination they would like to go if time and money was not a factor.