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3star Jun 27, 2008 09:44 AM

What are the cities, within America and international, with the best foodie destinations?

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    swsidejim Jun 27, 2008 09:48 AM

    For my tastes in no particular order:

    Hong Kong
    New York
    San Francisco
    Chicago
    New Orleans
    Mexico City

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      Lucia Jun 27, 2008 10:56 AM

      Best Food Cities of NA:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/361397

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        tlegray Jun 27, 2008 12:41 PM

        New Orleans is what turned me into a foodie. So it's my best food city but it's no my only food city

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          lgphil Jun 27, 2008 12:49 PM

          I will vote for:

          NYC
          Vancouver
          Hong Kong
          New Orleans (Not sure about post Katrina. Haven't been)
          Paris

          1. Sam Fujisaka Jun 27, 2008 06:15 PM

            Udon Thani
            Puebla
            Lahore
            Savannakhet
            Cuttack
            Canh tho
            Hainan Island
            Mandalay
            NYC
            Fresno

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            1. re: Sam Fujisaka
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              Sal Vanilla Jun 29, 2008 02:32 PM

              Fresno Sam? Love some of your other choices. Was intrigued by Hainan Island as a choice. Anything in particular there? Must have spent some real time in SEA to be giving a shout out to such an eclectic group. I love it!

              1. re: Sal Vanilla
                Sam Fujisaka Jun 29, 2008 03:30 PM

                Sal, my list is a bit of the best alternatives to the well known, oft-cited places.

                The Central Valley of California drew immigrants from all over the globe to work in agriculture--Basque, Armenians, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Germans, Swedish, followed by Vietnamese, Lao, Thai, Khmer, Hmong, and Sikhs. All brought their foods and increasing food awareness to Fresno from the turn of the last century on. Obviously, there are Mexican, Guatemalans, Hondurenos, and so on... but I consider California to be originally Mexican.

                Of course, in the almost 40 years since I left, the chains and fast foods have taken their toll--but not completely.

                Hainan has had a lot of influences over time and is both SE Asian and fully Chinese--very, very good.

                I lived in SE Asia and worked all over S and SE Asia and E Africa for 14 years. Have lived in S America for a total of about 20 years (before and after Asia).

            2. always_eating Jun 27, 2008 07:27 PM

              For me:

              NYC
              San Francisco & Los Angeles (California in general)
              Las Vegas
              Chicago
              Philadelphia
              Toronto
              Vancouver
              Montreal
              London
              Paris
              Lyon
              San Sebastian
              Tokyo (Japan in general)
              Hong Kong
              Beijing

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                bulavinaka Jun 27, 2008 07:42 PM

                Singapore. The national pastimes are going out to eat and shopping, in that order. Singapore is a city-state populated by defacto chowhounds.

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                  pengcast Jun 28, 2008 09:11 PM

                  The answer is undoubtedly Paris. The last time I went to Paris, I stayed in a small hotel in a residential neiighbourhood. On the way to the Metro (subway) each day I passed by little shops serving amazing bread, cheese, pate and pastries. There was a farmers' market 3 times a week too. Even without all the great dinners we had on the Left Bank, it was a remarkable ten days.

                  The prix fixe dinners (fixed menu dinner with 3 or 4 courses) were almost always amazing value and often the house wines were a bargain too. I have never eaten so well for so little on a holiday.

                  I loved San Francisco too. But its hard to beat fresh pain au chocolat with French press coffee along Seine.

                  1. greedygirl Jun 29, 2008 04:22 AM

                    Too many!

                    London
                    Bangkok
                    Paris
                    Umbria (and Italy in general)
                    San Francisco
                    New Orleans
                    New York
                    Barcelona
                    HCMC (Saigon)
                    Hong Kong

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: greedygirl
                      vvvindaloo Jun 29, 2008 06:46 PM

                      hi greedygirl,
                      i'd love to hear about your experience with food in Umbria. i am planning to spend some time there (both work and pleasure) before the year is up.
                      thanks!

                      1. re: greedygirl
                        vvvindaloo Jun 29, 2008 06:59 PM

                        This is tough.

                        NYC
                        Rome
                        Palermo
                        Tokyo
                        NO
                        Lyon
                        SF/SJ
                        Beirut
                        Guanajuato

                        Honorable Mention:
                        Paris
                        Las Vegas
                        Montreal
                        Seattle
                        Barcelona

                        I still need to get to Mumbai, Delhi, Beijing and Hong Kong (among many other places), and when I do, I am sure they will move right onto the list!
                        Great US food cities I have never been to, and look forward to trying: Chicago, Miami, Kansas City, Memphis.

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                        dtud Jun 29, 2008 01:50 PM

                        bangkok
                        paris
                        los angeles
                        new orleans
                        new york
                        san francisco

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                          Sal Vanilla Jun 29, 2008 02:36 PM

                          Restaurants or foraging for interesting finds in the markets? Each presents a chance for a new taste.

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                            Potomac Bob Jun 29, 2008 02:38 PM

                            In order:
                            New Orleans
                            New York City
                            San Francisco
                            Chicago
                            Taipei
                            Hong Kong
                            Lyon
                            Asheville, North Carolina (enough for a cupla days)

                            1. lanersg Jun 29, 2008 06:53 PM

                              Paris
                              San Francisco
                              New York
                              Rome
                              Mexico City

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