The top cities to eat, via Weather.com according to ShermansTravel.com, are as follows along with my two cents:
Barcelona: Centered on a Mediterranean diet of olive oil and fresh seafood, the distinctive traditional Catalan cuisine is what truly sets this Spanish city apart, with hearty dishes showcasing an interesting mélange of locally produced, seasonal ingredients. –> I have never been to Barcelona but I did travel through Spain from Madrid south to the Sun Coast then west to Sevilla and then over to Lisbon in Portugal. I can honestly say that the food that I ate in while traveling through Spain was phenomenal. From black ink squid to simple jamon sliced right off the leg of the pig to the manchego cheese it was all phenomenal. Obviously before I became a vegetarian, but it was delicious.
- Brussels: With their cuisine influenced by France this city has possibly surpassed France as the being a capital of gastronomic proportion. They specialize in dishes such a Belgian Waffles and Belgian Chocolates, but also mussels and fries (or frites…..) –> Never having been to Brussels I cannot speak to this choice, but I do know that when you sink your teeth into a Belgian Waffle here in the states there is nothing like it. It is soft and crunchy at the same time. It is sweet and is just a perfect breakfast food or add nut butter and jelly and make a sandwich out of them.
- Hanoi: If you like noodles, then Hanoi is the place for you. You can eat them wet or dry, for breakfast , lunch or dinner and infused with the greatest herbs, spices, vegetables, fish or meat. –> Since becoming a vegetarian I have noticed that my cooking tends to lean towards Mexican and Asian cuisine. There is nothing better or easier than stir fry vegetables with tofu or tempeh.
- Las Vegas: The best bets to indulge in these days belong to Bellagio’s Picasso (Spanish-inflected New French) and Mandalay Bay’s Aureole (with new American fare.) –> Having visited Las Vegas last December I can scratch my head and say huh? I know there are tons of restaurants there and I didn’t visit them all but I can say that this is not a place to travel for eats. I had dinner at Otto one night and while good I can get that same fare in New York. The place I found myself most often while in Vegas: IHOP.
- Lyon: France and great food go hand in hand, but according to this report nowhere is it better found than in the 3rd Largest French city of Lyon. –> Never have set food in France but I know of the gastronomical contributions to restaurants all over the world so I will have to take this report at its face value. If you have been to France, or better Lyon, can you recommend a place to go?
New York: this is a 24-7 foodie paradise. A city that never sleeps and has served as a melting pot for every culture under the sun, showcases every cuisine imaginable and adds in unexpected fusions that can only come from New Yorkers. –> As you know I am a New Yorker and there is no better place in the world to eat. From the best pizza coming out of the most unlikely of places to the street pretzels to restaurants owned and operated by the world’s best chefs this is a city that you go on a food only vacation.
- Rome: Dining in Rome is an experience that’s arguably just as pleasurable as seeing the awe-inspiring ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for the first time, and thankfully eating and drinking here is also a piece of cake (or should we say pie – pizza pie, that is. –> Now I have not been to Rome but I know good Italian when I eat or make it. I love Italian food and to me there is no better cuisine on the planet. Pasta done right (al dente) is just unbelievable.
San Francisco: The Gold Rush gave San Fran its start, but today people keep going back because of their top-noth menus showcasing multicultural cuisines, fresh California produce and world-renowned chefs. –> While in San Francisco back in October of 2010 I remarked that it was a perfect place to live and eat because the ocean provided great seafood, the mountains provided great produce and the land was abundant for livestock. Let’s not forget the proximity to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
- Tokyo: This cuisine provides a Zen-like eating experience. Sushi, Sashimi, Yakitori and Yaki-Udon or French influence and you get the picture. –> As mentioned earlier in regards to Hanoi for me Asian cuisine is ideal for the vegan/vegetarian. Back in the day a plate of sushi never stood a chance with me so getting it from the original location would only be the way to go.
- Vancouver: With a variety of international cuisines and unique Pacific Northwest cooking, Vancouver has become one of the world’s top dining cities. –>I would have thought that Toronto would have been the choice for a Canadian city as I have dined there quite a bit and always walked away with a smile on my face. Now it seems that I need to book a flight to Vancouver to sample in that cities culinary expertise.
What do you think of these cities as choices for the Top 10 Cities to eat in? Have you visited any of them and if so where would you recommend people dine?