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emglow101 Jul 26, 2012 09:41 PM

I am just sitting here dreaming. I loved the espresso in Rome, the food of Tuscany. Germany for the weiners and beer. Austria for cakes and everything. Hawai, with the fantastic seafood. These are places I have had a chance to visit. If you could go anywhere for the food, where would you go ?

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  1. iL Divo Jul 26, 2012 11:25 PM

    think I'll hop off to Amsterdam for fries and mayo.
    then off to the Highlands in Scotland for scones.

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      DougRisk Jul 27, 2012 08:54 AM

      "off to the Highlands in Scotland for scones."

      And Butteries (i.e. Rowies).

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        chefathome Jul 27, 2012 03:32 PM

        I will never, ever forget scones in Scotland, especially at Scone, Perth.

    2. Duppie Jul 26, 2012 11:33 PM

      Singapore for chicken rice,KL for fish head curry,Hong Kong for roast goose,Brittany for oysters and Port of Spain for goat roti.

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        AdamD Jul 27, 2012 12:01 AM

        sapporo Japan for Izakaya cuisine

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          Tripeler Jul 27, 2012 12:04 AM

          Hokkaido from late fall for superb sushi.

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            AdamD Jul 27, 2012 03:20 PM

            Ive had some killer food in Sapporo, even the simple things like a local baked potato with Hokkaido butter

            second only to sushi breakfast at tsukiji
            touristy I know, but omakase and sake at 8am is a wonderful thing!

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          John Francis Jul 27, 2012 05:36 AM

          New York. But wait, I already live here. :-)

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            iluvcookies Jul 27, 2012 07:55 AM

            Yep.... just a subway ride away from Katz's, Zabar's, Russ and Daughters, Chinatown. I'm happy staying where I am!

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              AdamD Jul 27, 2012 03:22 PM

              Agreed. The city has almost everything you want except for those local institutions of similar caliber in other places around the world.
              And forget about deli, its just not as good anywhere else.

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                MonMauler Jul 30, 2012 07:23 AM

                I agree with those calling for NYC. In all my travels I have yet to eat better, on average, than I do in the Big Apple. I am fortunate enough to visit relatively often, and every time I do the trip ends up being a food extravaganza that ranges from the ultra-upscale with innovative dishes from the best at their craft to the equally well-executed, but humble, slice of pizza.

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            jhopp217 Jul 27, 2012 06:58 AM

            My travel has been so limited and I have never been over seas, but from the various cooking shows, I would have to say either Spain's Basque country or somewhere in Greece would be my choice. Although Cambodia and Vietnam look pretty interesting. As for the U.S. I am craving a trip back to New Orleans.

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              DougRisk Jul 27, 2012 08:32 AM

              JHopp, I am curious, what is it about Greece that you would choose it over Italy or (non-Basque) Spain?

              I ask, because it is only recently that I have started to learn more about Greek food.

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                jhopp217 Jul 27, 2012 09:28 PM

                I grew up with a Greek best friend. Then I moved. My best friend at the new location? Greek. That coupled with my love of all seafood, lamb and so many other Greek staples (oddly I just got into olives in the past five years), is part of the reason. Then add the beauty of Greece and it's people and it's on my bucket list.

                Please do not come back at me with "american Italian isn't Italian. I'm well aware. I just have tired of Italian cuisine. I just know some people who are Italian who went to Spain and liked the food better. I also know quite a few, I know surprisingly, who went to Italy and were less than blown away by the food. I know nobody who has gone and said it was the best thing they've ever had....not even best Italian.

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                  emglow101 Jul 27, 2012 09:44 PM

                  I'm putting the Greek islands on my bucket list. I'll have to figure out which one. Slow and slower is best for me. Some small village with great food and wine sounds very relaxing.

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                    DougRisk Jul 30, 2012 06:05 AM

                    No, no, I was not looking to attack anything.

                    I was asking because, as of late, I have become much more interested in Greece and Greek food (I still know only a little).

                    However, it seems that when people start going on about Mediterranean this and that, Spain and Italy are mentioned time and again. So, when someone mentioned Greece, I was curious to know why.

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                latindancer Jul 27, 2012 07:13 AM

                Grilled Mahi Mahi/room service in a bungalow suite @ The Four Seasons in Bora Bora.

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                  beevod Jul 27, 2012 07:36 AM

                  The perfect poutine and local beer at a little out-of-the-way place in Quebec. Gotta love that health food.

                  1. Perilagu Khan Jul 27, 2012 07:39 AM

                    If we're talking about travel JUST for food, my answer would probably be Guntur, India. It is the chile capital of perhaps the most chile-mad nation on earth.

                    1. iluvcookies Jul 27, 2012 07:56 AM

                      Philly for a roast pork sandwich from DiNic's
                      Montreal for smoked meat
                      New Jersey for my grandma's Sunday "gravy"

                      1. chefathome Jul 27, 2012 03:31 PM

                        NOMA in Norway

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                          Duppie Jul 27, 2012 06:42 PM

                          Last I checked....Noma was in Copenhagen, Denmark.
                          But we Scandinavians tend to look alike ........

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                            chefathome Jul 28, 2012 07:33 AM

                            Oh, I cannot believe I typed that! I know it is in Denmark. My apologies. I even own the book for crying out loud. :-(

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                              Duppie Jul 28, 2012 09:00 AM

                              It's just as well...... Norwegians are still coming to terms with fresh garlic.

                        2. mrbigshotno.1 Jul 27, 2012 03:32 PM

                          If it was just a one time chance, for me it would be the Vienna coffee houses, No wait Sicily, no wait Guadalajara, No wait Hong Kong............

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                            chefathome Jul 27, 2012 03:59 PM

                            The Vienna coffee houses are worth traveling for! :-) So is Sicily - one of my favourite destinations of all time. The food is so rustic and pure.

                          2. Veggo Jul 27, 2012 04:16 PM

                            France, for the young unpasteurized cheeses that can't be imported to the U.S.

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                              jhopp217 Jul 27, 2012 09:29 PM

                              I think it's quite possible, If I ever get the chance to go to France, all I will eat is cheese and wine.

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                                iluvcookies Jul 28, 2012 08:42 AM

                                No bread or pastry to go with?

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                                  jhopp217 Jul 28, 2012 06:23 PM

                                  I'm not a pastry guy, but I definitely think a nice baguette would do

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                                Delucacheesemonger Jul 28, 2012 06:52 AM

                                Supposedly, as of April 20,2012, you may now bring in whatever you wish, as long as it is not a liquid cheese.

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                                  iluvcookies Jul 28, 2012 08:43 AM

                                  Trying to picture liquid cheese.... is it like very soft brie?

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                                    Delucacheesemonger Jul 28, 2012 10:54 AM

                                    Means the very fresh stuff like creme fraiche texture. Brie in it's gooiest state is now fine.
                                    Actually learned about this on a thread on Chowhound with accompanying government documentation.

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                                      Veggo Jul 28, 2012 11:21 AM

                                      Nice. I hope the Mortons market in Sarasota (and countless others) take full advantage of the relaxed import restrictions which were so puerile to begin with - tit for tat re: wine import duties.

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                                        iluvcookies Jul 28, 2012 05:39 PM

                                        Interesting..... and I like your description "Brie in it's gooiest state". Sounds delicious.

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                                          gingershelley Jul 30, 2012 10:16 AM

                                          Delucacheesemonger, can you link that import thread here, please?

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                                            Delucacheesemonger Jul 30, 2012 10:33 AM

                                            About 3/4 way through the posts in May of 2012, posted by Sunshine 842

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                                              LindaWhit Jul 30, 2012 11:48 AM

                                              Here's the permalink to sunshine842's post:


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                                                Veggo Jul 30, 2012 11:52 AM

                                                It doesn't indicate that there has been a change to commercial import restrictions of unpasteurized cheese younger than 90 days.

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                                                  LindaWhit Jul 30, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                  Agreed. This seems to apply to just the cheese you can pack in your suitcase. Which is then subject to arbitrary TSA search and seizure since I doubt that most TSA agents know of the change (or the grounds crew doing the same thing).

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                                                    Delucacheesemonger Jul 30, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                    You are my new idol.
                                                    How do you get to the exact post ?

                                                    Cheese, or gooey things, is no issue to TSA in any country.

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                                                      LindaWhit Jul 30, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                      LOL! Moi? I'm so *not* idol material, but I'll take fawning over me any way I can get it, Deluca. :-)

                                                      As for getting a permalink - you find the post, and click "permalink" on that particular post. The page will slightly shift so the post is at the top of your monitor window, and the URL will change to include the # sign and the actual post number after the thread's URL. Does that make sense? So for instance, the Permalink to YOUR post to which I'm responding is this: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8605...

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                                                        Delucacheesemonger Jul 30, 2012 12:56 PM

                                                        Just tried it, perfect

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                                                  Duppie Jul 30, 2012 12:45 PM

                                                  Thank you so much. I think what I will do before traveling is to print,copy and perhaps highlight the pertinent point and attach a copy to my cheese in the suitcase so that the custom and agri folks at least have a frame of reference.

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                                                    LindaWhit Jul 30, 2012 12:47 PM

                                                    That's what I think I'd do as well. Hopefully it works.

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                                      Harters Jul 28, 2012 04:57 AM

                                      At nearly 62, there aren't too many countries I want to visit that I havnt already. Away from my own country, I'm perhaps happiest eating a mezze in a village restaurant in Cyprus (although my preferred food choices are those here). .

                                      1. alliegator Jul 28, 2012 06:48 AM

                                        Sichuan province of China, to taste a little of everything!

                                        1. RUK Jul 28, 2012 07:11 AM

                                          I am still dreaming about eating the best Seafood ever as experienced last Summer in Iceland and Greenland. And Thueringer "Rohe Kloesse" with Goulash to be eaten around Erfurt/ Germany is always high on my list. ( but I can make the latter myself, if needed).

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                                            HillJ Jul 28, 2012 10:38 AM

                                            I was just drooling over the brochure for Hotel Chocolat in Saint Lucia http://www.thehotelchocolat.com/enquire.html
                                            as much for the spa resort and Boucan restaurant as the cocoa tours! http://www.thehotelchocolat.com/enqui...

                                            Doesn't this look magnificent for an exotic holiday? Sign me up!

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                                              HillJ Jul 28, 2012 10:40 AM

                                              My hubby and I enjoyed the Ice Hotel and Ice Bar a few years ago.
                                              Highly recommend the experience for any CHOW adveturer!

                                              1. Pata_Negra Jul 29, 2012 05:03 AM

                                                Portugal for grilled sardinhas, Portugal or Spain for percebes (barnacles) and porco preto/pata negra (ham), Spitsbergen for seal, Argentina for steak.

                                                but... wherever i go Germany remains my favourite. btw, where would one go (mostly to eat) given the choices: Mauritius, Sri Lanka (visa hassle, tourist prices etc), Colombia.

                                                (greetings from Bergen, Norway.)

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                                                  cresyd Jul 29, 2012 05:35 AM

                                                  As far as "food tourism" dreams go, I've always wanted to go to Singapore just to eat.

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                                                    DaisyM Jul 30, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                    Israel and France

                                                    I still dream about the food in Israel. Even at tiny little holes in the wall, the hummus, fresh warm pita and array of salads were incredible. Also, the Israeli breakfast buffet is like no other buffet I've experienced. It would be worth it just to go back to have breakfast at the Inbal.

                                                    Baguettes and cheese in France. Also, the most beautiful and delicious pastries displayed like jewelry.

                                                  2. NellyNel Jul 30, 2012 10:26 AM

                                                    Some of my favorites -

                                                    Belgium for beer and chocolate
                                                    Spain for tapas and sangria
                                                    Turkey for meze (Can't remember the beverage of choice in Turkey...)

                                                    And though I havent been yet - I am going to Krakow with dreams of Keilbasa, pierogies, pork knuckle and grass vodka in mind!

                                                    1. babette feasts Jul 30, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                      Vietnam. Everything is delicious.

                                                      1. Paprikaboy Jul 30, 2012 12:05 PM

                                                        The one place I want to go back to is the a little ramen place in Hataguya Tokyo where I had my first food in Tokyo my first & my first ever ramen.

                                                        1. chefathome Jul 30, 2012 01:37 PM

                                                          Croatia. Especially Istria. It is fresh and brilliant. Their olive oils are the best I've had anywhere and their truffles? Oh, my. Sublime does not begin to cover it.

                                                          1. ocshooter Jul 30, 2012 01:48 PM

                                                            For the food, Spain or Vietnam.

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                                                              1. Caroline1 Aug 5, 2012 09:33 PM

                                                                Back to Greece and Turkey. I would rent a car and drive from village to village trying out small local restaurants. If you aren't fluent in their language, they take you into the kitchen and ask you to point at what you would like to eat. Incredible eats in those little villages! I'd drive along the coasts of Greece for fresh seafood. The "octopodi" are fantastic! In Greece there are wonderful pork kebabs, especially good from street vendors, and delicious to eat as you stroll along window shopping. In Turkey, the lamb kebabs are the best on this or any other ten planets in the universe! And eggplant to die for in both countries. The mezes in both countries are outstanding, and I like both raki and ouzo, so I'll enjoy things wherever I am. And I would go back and visit the places I used to live in both counties. And don't even think the food might not be as good as I remember. I'm absolutely certain it will be! So where is my free ticket?????? I'm waiting!!! But it's probably not a good idea to hold my breath... '-)

                                                                1. CindyJ Aug 6, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                                  For starters -- Liguria for trofie pasta with pesto. Devonshire, for Devon cream tea. Almost anywhere in Italy for gelato. Provence for Cavaillon melons. NYC's LES for pastrami on rye. Germany in May for white asparagus.

                                                                  1. Ruthie789 Aug 6, 2012 03:45 PM

                                                                    Somwhere that food is not full of additives and is made from simple ingredients, with fresh fish readily available. A Mediterranean location probably.

                                                                    1. Ruthie789 Aug 6, 2012 05:27 PM

                                                                      Had a bit more time to think about this. I like a cooking show with Annabel Langbein from New Zealand, love the fact that the food is from fresh sources, is simple and she cooks fish quite often. Would love to be a dinner guest at one of her parties.

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