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Old 06-11-2009, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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culinary tourism

i'm going to salt lake city utah next week to meet up with a friend. i figure while i'm there, i can hit one, maybe two of the places seen on [I]diners, drive-ins and dives[I]. whenever i travel, i always look to see if there is a cool restaurant to go to.

there are some restaurants i want to actually travel to just to eat at them, and someday i will drive just to eat at:

the french laundry - california, thomas keller
bouchon - california, thomas keller
salumi - seattle - mario battali's parents
wd 50 - nyc, wylie dufresne

there are more, i just can't remember them right now.

two questions:

1: what restaurant do you want to travel to?
2: anyone wanna go with me? (no, seriously, wanna road trip?)
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Skogafoss and I do this pretty regularly.

We vacation and go to specific places for food and groceries.

We've done a pizza tour of Chicago going to Lou Malnati's, Pizzaria Uno, Geno's East, Giordano's. We've also gone to Chicago to go to the ethnic markets.

We've gone to Gatlinburg, TN to eat BBQ ribs.

We think nothing of hopping in the car to drive to Philadelphia for philly cheesesteaks from Pat's King of Steaks, we're not partial to Geno's at all.

We've driven to Baltimore to eat Maryland crabs at Jefferson Market.

Madrid, Spain, we ate at Botin, the oldest restaurant in the world dating back to 1725 and the building it is in is from 1590. Hemingway wrote about it in "The Sun Also Rises".

We're going to Barcelona in September so I'm starting to scout medieval markets and restaurants to go visit.

One of our favorite restaurants here in NYC is Delmonico's which is the original and where many foods were invented like eggs benedict, baked alaskan, delmonico cut steak. Abe Lincoln and Andrew Jackson ate there.

We live near WD50, for some reason just haven't had the desire to eat there. I'm not sure why.

As far as road tripping, we're game to go for food any time. Really, the crab trip we were eating mediocre crabs at 12:30PM and by 4PM we were in the car heading to Annapolis.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My life is largely about food... it's an occupational hazard. As a result, when I am travelling, it's often about food.

Your list of restaurants is impressive. I'm a big Keller fan. I was supposed to meet him the last time he was in town but that fell through. Expensive restaurants are great and somewhere like Chez Panisse or French Laundry are fantastic (or so I hear) but I am also a big fan of street food. If you know where to go in Asia there are people who have been making the same dish for decades and they have perfected it.

Bak Kut Teh
Roti Prata
Char Kway Teow
Chilie Crab
Ice Kachang
Kway Chap
Char Siew

I could go on...
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My life is largely about food... it's an occupational hazard. As a result, when I am travelling, it's often about food.

Your list of restaurants is impressive. I'm a big Keller fan. I was supposed to meet him the last time he was in town but that fell through. Expensive restaurants are great and somewhere like Chez Panisse or French Laundry are fantastic (or so I hear) but I am also a big fan of street food. If you know where to go in Asia there are people who have been making the same dish for decades and they have perfected it.

Bak Kut Teh
Roti Prata
Char Kway Teow
Chilie Crab
Ice Kachang
Kway Chap
Char Siew

I could go on...
i agree, there is some amazing street food out there. wherever i've been, i've eaten off the street when i could. i had some crazy good shawarmas in the mid east and i ate some of the most amazing street food in thailand, vietnam, and korea.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'll go anywhere for real BBQ. Anytime I go to the States I try to find a nearby pit.

It's just not fully appreciated in Canada but luckily there's a traveling Ribfest here next week.

My wife and I are planning a family road-trip down the Eastern Seaboard and you can bet unique roadside dining and seafood will be a part of it!
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Most of the culinary tourism experiences I desire are not trips to specific restaurants, but rather to particular places where I'd like to eat my way through their culture. I'd love to go to Japan and just spend a couple of weeks--maybe more--eating.

I'd really like to go to Bangkok. I hear the street food there is excellent.

And France. I could definitely eat my way through France.

New York City, of course, and the Napa Valley.

I love food.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd love to eat at all of the places from the OPs list, plus I want to eat at:

Mario Batali's Babbo in NYC (Read the book Heat by Bill Buford, great coming-to-chef story)
Les Halles (Just because I'd read so much about it)

My partner in cooking is Mama Leones' grandchild and his mother owns a Italian restaurant in NYC that I want to go too. He talks about traditional dishes there that he grew up on that makes my mouth water. I forget the damn name of it tho.

I'll travel anywhere for good food, as long as I got the money for it.

Also the sushi place that is in NYC that Anthony Bourdain talks about in his short story book.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:06 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I grew up in SLC, but I left there for college and haven't really been back except for "visits home", so my knowledge of the culinary environment there is still only about what's of interest to a 17-year-old...

That said, Market Street Grill is a winner (also their oyster bar). Lamb's is excellent. I hear good things about the Five Alls.

Coffee-shop-wise, go to the Salt Lake Roasting Company, on 4th South. I spent many many MANY hours there as a teenager. MANY. It's also right across the street from the amazing new public library, which is worth a stroll through.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd love to eat at all of the places from the OPs list, plus I want to eat at:

Mario Batali's Babbo in NYC (Read the book Heat by Bill Buford, great coming-to-chef story)
Les Halles (Just because I'd read so much about it)

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yeah, i'd like to eat at any of batali's restaurants, les halles cause of bourdain, and le bernadin because of eric rippert.

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That said, Market Street Grill is a winner (also their oyster bar). Lamb's is excellent. I hear good things about the Five Alls.

Coffee-shop-wise, go to the Salt Lake Roasting Company, on 4th South. I spent many many MANY hours there as a teenager. MANY. It's also right across the street from the amazing new public library, which is worth a stroll through.

sweet, thanks for the tip. no matter what, i'm going to that coffeeshop.


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I'd love to go to Japan and just spend a couple of weeks--maybe more--eating.

I'd really like to go to Bangkok. I hear the street food there is excellent.
japan has some amazingly good food, nothing, NOTHING beats a good bowl of ramen. NOTHING i say. and their cheapest sushi is better than anything you can get in the states.

the street food in bangkok is 10,000 times better than the food in any chain restaurant here in the states.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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A couple other things we do food wise...

We've done food festivals, the most well known is the Gilroy Garlic Festival, San Jose, CA. We lucked out in Budapest, Hungary a the time we were there there was the Mangalica Festival. Mangalica is an old species of hog, very tasty and very yummy to eat.

We also started going to the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and New York. It's an industry only event, but if you can find a way to go, I recommend it highly. Everyone represents there.

and like snowy, we like to eat the culture, this also means that we tend to not go to the know chefs as much, we tend to like the more home cooked style meals.

Vino E Pasta in Salzburg was one of the greatest finds we'd ever had, and we always want to go back there. Home made tiramisu and freshly made pasta. The people there spoke no English, just Italian and German. Luckily for us we spoke Italian food.

Even when we were in Gurgaon, India, I asked the staff to make particular street foods. The staff was happy to oblige as most people staying there were business travelers not interested in the local foods.

As for Singapore, I cannot wait to go back there again. I've been getting old photos from when I lived there in 89-90 and I miss the food very much. Satu Lagi!

agree with the Bangkok street food, I just didn't like the locusts... they were creepy looking.
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i've been to the gilroy garlic festival. garlic ice cream, yum!

i've also been to the monterey squid fesitval, which was pretty damn cool.

speaking of garlic, if you are ever in san francisco, The Stinking Rose - A Garlic Restaurant Located in San Francisco & Beverly Hills is the place to be.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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We always plan out various restaurants to visit any time we travel. Sometimes a deciding factor on our trip is what restaurant we've been dying to try. Living close to Chicago we have a huge selection, and we try to take advantage of what is around here. We've done all the pizza places (Lou Malnatti's, Uno's, Geno's, Giordano's, etc.), we've done a lot of the steak places (original Morton's, Gibson's, Chophouse, etc.), basically anything we can, up to and including getting THE 'Kitchen Table' at Charlie Trotter's and enjoying a 16 course tasting menu. THAT was a life experience right there.

But in general, we try to hit notable spots anywhere we go. Charlie Gitto's on The Hill in St. Louis. Mama Maria's, Davio's, Legal Seafood, and Durgen's Pub in Boston. Peter Luger's in Brooklyn. Ben's Chili Bowl in DC. All of those are in the last couple of years. We typically try to get some locally famous neighborhood/unique place (like Durgen's or Ben's Chili Bowl) for a cheap lunch. Then we try to do a more expensive/fancy dinner.
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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There's a roadside (dockside?) place next to the Woods Ferry Terminal in Prince Edward Island that serves up mussels that you can eat on a picnic table just outside.

I've driven out of my way to get these. I think its called the Crabby Shack.
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