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Jan 8, 2007 09:09 AM


After twenty years in Publishing, I have finally decided to take a career break and am going to be spending at least a year from June 07 travelling around the world, going everywhere and eating everything

I will be taking up offers from wherevever they come to sample the best the planet has to offer and so far have some amazing invitations from Elk Hunting in Finland to picking grapes in The Barossa valley

I would love to hear any other thoughts,suggestions or ideas of what is out there that I must not miss

If you want to read along as I progress, you can check out

I appreciate all the help in advance



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  1. Simon, Simon, Simon... too easy my friend. But if you come to Chicago we can hook you up to: true deep dish pizza; italian beef; amazing thai food; two, count 'em two china towns, with a little viet thrown in for good measure and a futon right here if you don't mind a snoggle w/ a sweet little boy cat named Webster.

    1. Thanks, Bryan

      Chicago is definitely high up on my list. One of my favourite places in the USA is there ( or was last time I visited ) on East Roscoe (?) a place called El Tinajon. But, I am definitely up for a few days trying all there is.

      Can I mail you? Or, you can contact me via the site



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      1. re: Simon Majumdar

        I sent you my e-mail via your site. Good luck. This looks very exciting.

      2. I've lived and worked in Asia, South Amrica, and Africa since 1974. I've only visited the US since then, and always plan my road food adventures there.

        If you've lived all this time in the US, my recommendation would have to get out for your year. Then a first priority would be to include street and market foods in Asia. I would definitely include Pakistan, India, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia.

        I see that you're already developing plans for Europe.

        Mexico is probably the only "must" in the Americas. I say this even though I've lived in Colombia for the past 13 years. I still travel too much, with food being one of the biggest compensations. Still, if the rest of the world is open to you, I would place most of the Americas except Mexico on the back burner (same with sub-Saharan Africa if you only have a year).

        While in Italy, cross the Mediterranean just for the night food market in Fez, a World Heritage site.

        My remaining unmet food goal is the Middle East. Perhaps you'll have some advice concerning the region as your adventure develops.

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Within Sam's recs for Mexico I would definitely recommend a focus on Mexico City with maybe some day trips. Honestly you have a very ambicious plan for just one year, you could take an entire year just to eat your way through this city (15,000 eateries in the tourist & business districts alone... not including any street food or any of the interesting specialties around the fringes of the sprawl). Excluding all types of foreign & fusion food... there are probably a couple hundred different "genres" of Mexican food to explore.

          If you go there I will definitely point you in the right direction.

          1. re: Eat_Nopal

            If you're making a trip to Mexico, don't to forget to eat at the beachside stands in San Felipe, birthplace of the fish taco.

            1. re: Bostonbob3

              Sorry, I wasn't impressed by fish tacos in San Felipe. We just randomly walked into the restaurant row places along the ocean front and didn't find one single good version. I think Ensenada's are much, much, much better.

              The best meals I had in San Felipe were steaks oddly enough. Filet in Gorgonzola suace at Red Lobster the Italian restaurant in a colonial building. And a bacon wrapped filet served with Guacamole at an old school Mexican place a few blocks off the main drag.

              As far as San Felipe being the birthplace of the fish taco... hardly. Fish tacos have been eaten for eons... at the very least we know Moctezuma had fish tacos among the 300 or so dishes that were regularly prepared for him. Among the tourist beach towns... fish tacos were commonly found in Acapulco before anyone had even heard of San Felipe.

              1. re: Eat_Nopal

                First of all, if you're eating San Felipe fish tacos in a restaurant, that's mistake number 1. The best, freshest, most authetic are sold out of little stands near the beach. As for your contention that SF isn't the birthplace of fish tacos, well, that has been under dispute by every burg down the Peninsula. Butr leave it to publicity-craving Acapulco to take credit for it.

                1. re: Bostonbob3

                  Actually I have never even heard of anyone in Acapulco taking credit for fish tacos. Fish tacos are just such a part of family & casual eating over the ages that no one thinks of them as some novel creation that needs to be claimed.

                  Granted I am not saying that the fish tacos are the same. For example in Acapulco... the fish is usually poached in a cooked salsa, shredded put into a folded corn tortilla & deep fried.

                  If you go to Nayarit... it is fish that has been smoked over a grill for a couple of hours, then chopped up & served on a tortilla with a squeeze of lime and very spicy salsa (Chile Piquin or Chiltepin).

                  Etc., etc.,... the Baja style fish tacos (beer battered, shredded cabbage, cream sauce etc.,) are certainly a regional variation that developed in Baja exclusively.

                  But to say that San Felipe invented fish tacos (whose fish tacos almost certainly date to the last 100 years) is to ignore Mexico's variety of fish tacos & the country's long culinary history.

                2. re: Eat_Nopal

                  Also San Felipe is a relatively recent town. Not much history there. Never had a fish taco there that came close to the best I've had in Ensenada.

                  Best steaks (and quail) that I have had in San Felipe were at El Nido, a steak house down at the southern end of the main drag, not far from the Cortez Hotel. Of course, it has been 3 years or so since I was last there, but I have eaten there a half dozen times over the years and usually had a good time and eaten good, if not great, food.


            2. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Sam, just curious why you feel that the Americas should be left on the back burner?

              1. re: bolivianita

                Well, I hesitated in saying so, but did include sub-Saharan Africa as well for the back burner. The reason is that Simon only has a year. I've lived and worked all over, and think that the Asian countries mentioned plus selected European countries, plus parts of the US and Mexico, and maybe the Middle East (the area I don't know) will be more than enough.

                In the Americas, I've lots of relatives in Peru and Brazil, have worked all over, and have lived long periods in Bolivia and Colombia--and simply would place the other areas as a higher priority for now. Obviously, nothing to do with any prejudice against the Americas. I think trying to go everywhere while really enjoying and learning about different foods would be self defeating.

                I would probably plan something like the folowing: a) two months US and Mexico (Simon has already given himself at least two months in the US), b) three months Europe, c) one month Middle East and north Africa, d) 1.5 months south Asia, e) two months SE Asia, f) 1.5 months China, and g) one month Japan and Korea. Europe is "heavy" given already developing plans.

            3. Simon, do you need a servant?

              1. If you are in the US and in the Philadelphia area, feel free to contact me for tips on good cheesesteaks, Amish food, taylor pork roll, soft pretzels & scrapple. If you would like a place to stay or dining companions, my husband and I would be honored!