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Discover the lengths our food-obsessed writers will go for one perfect bite.
In the past few years, the idea of a foodie vacation has gone from niche to mainstream. Trips to New York are arranged around snagging dinner reservations at 11 Madison Park. In Chicago, it’s Alinea, Noma Mexico in Tulum. So we’ve gathered some of our food-obsessed writers to recount their tales of far-flung gastronomy to help you plan your next excursion.
A romantic journey for food in Lebanon’s beautiful capital.
Distance: 9,848 kmTravel Time: 18 hrs, 20 mins
The capital of Peru makes its case for the foodiest city on the planet.
Distance: 8,165 kmTravel Time: 12 hrs, 56 mins
If the Willows Inn were in any metropolitan centre it would be a house-hold name and have a month-long wait list. But chef Blaine Wetzel’s homage to all things regional isn’t in Seattle, it’s on Lummi Island, the neglected stepchild of the San Juans that just happens to be the perfect microcosm for Wetzel to create the most locavore menu you’ll ever have.
Distance: 100 kmTravel Time: 2 hrs, 16 mins
You always remember your first Iced Eddie.
Distance: 3,193 kmTravel Time: 6 hrs, 49 mins (4:22 flight, 2:27 drive)
Truth? You’ll pass easily a half dozen restaurants that are better than Fat Jack’s on your drive to Fat Jack’s, but those temples of urban fanciness get trounced by the setting, the honesty and the sheer surprise of chef Todd Baiden’s take on a roadside diner. The classics are all here—short stack of pancakes, turkey club—but Baiden cut his teeth running the lauded underground restaurant 12b in Vancouver, so everything is four notches better than you’d expect.
Distance: 216 kmTravel Time: 2 hrs, 33 mins
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