The Culinary Traveler's Life List - Page 2
7. Catch and cook your own fish
Whether you're in Talkeetna, Alaska, or casting into a local fishing hole, nothing beats cooking a fresh catch over an open fire. It doesn't need to be elaborate; a little butter, garlic, and lemon will usually do the trick. Even better if you time your meal at sunset.
8. Order the "Morimoto Omakase" at the Iron Chef's Philly or NYC restaurant
For devout sushi lovers looking to take the experience to the next level, or for anyone trying Japanese cuisine for the first time, there's no better place to eat than at Morimoto. You may know Masaharu Morimoto as the former executive chef at NYC's famed Nobu, or maybe you've seen him on the Food Network's Iron Chef. Experience his talents for yourself by ordering the Morimoto Omakase (chef's choice) at either his flagship restaurant in Philadelphia or his newly opened NYC digs, both called Morimoto. Tack on the Beverage Omakase to sip carefully paired libations with each course.
9. Eat something you previously considered inedible
Try bug cuisine in the Ubon Ratchathani province of Thailand; red ant larvae, grasshoppers, scorpions, and frogs never tasted so good. Spread beef marrow with oxtail marmalade onto a cracker with some olive tapenade at the Blue Ribbon Manhattan. In London, check out St. John's Bar and Restaurant, where offal, such as lambs' kidneys, draws both crowds and rave reviews. Chow down on grilled iguana on the Honduran island of Roatan, try U.S. regional specialty known as Rocky Mountain oysters (breaded bull's testicles), or sample Argentina's blood sausage or fresh haggis in Scotland... And prepare to be surprised.
10. Go to a beer spa
Take your love of beer to its most logical extreme by soaking in the heady stuff at one of the many beer spas that have cropped up in Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic over the last decade. Beer yeast is said to nurture the skin with vitamins, proteins, and saccharides, lending to softening and regeneration (a mix of active beer yeast and dehydrated crushed herbs make up the bath). Try a dark lager treatment at the Chodovar brewery in the Czech Republic, or take a dip in the Pilsner-filled pool at Starkenberg brewery in Austria, and be sure to have a few pints while you're at it.
11. Eat a hot dog at as many baseball parks as you can in one season
12. Go to a food festival
Whether you go to the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival for the local artisanal cheeses or to the Singapore Food Festival for the fish-head curry, food festivals are a sure-fire way to tap into local cuisine and its colorful culture.
13. Take a culinary cruise
The snooze-fest cruises of yesterday are out, and hip, themed excursions, like culinary cruises, are taking their place. Epicures take note: Holland America has partnered with Food & Wine magazine to create on-board Culinary Arts Centers that resemble the elaborate show kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television. Learn tricks of the trade and collect recipes from top professionals, such as Cat Cora, that join these cruises; taste wines representative of the specific ports-of-call; and tour local markets to discover the cuisine first-hand.
14. Go harvesting
Hunt truffles in France or Italy, gather blueberries in Maine, or pick olives in Greece. Wine lovers, take part in a grape harvest. Closer to home, contact local farmers to see if they sell shares of their farm (known as community supported agriculture), or hop to nearby orchards for an afternoon of apple picking and you'll discover why fresh is always best.
15. Crash a small-town USA BBQ festival
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