10 Can't-Miss Culinary Adventures
What’s the best place you’ve traveled for food—and where are you hungry to go next? That’s what Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine asked our favorite chefs and travel experts, who shared their best finds and the spots still on their bucket lists. From a foraging camp in Sweden to a road trip through the American South, here’s inspiration for your next journey.
Rosio Sanchez: Hija de Sanchez, Copenhagen
As René Redzepi’s former pastry chef, Sanchez clearly learned about navigating the Nordic landscape from her mentor, the world’s preeminent foraging evangelist.
Prince Edward Island
Amanda Cohen: Dirt Candy, New York City
“I’m obsessed with Anne of Green Gables, so I’m dying to visit Michael Smith’s restaurant in the Inn at Bay Fortune. They create a new menu daily and cook in a 25-foot-long wood-burning oven. The restaurant is no-tipping; Anne would approve.”
Ashley Christensen: Poole's Diner, Raleigh, North Carolina
“I’m dying to get to Monteverde in Chicago. Chef Sarah Grueneberg and I met at an event and hit it off. She has such a clear, inspired way of handling ingredients; I learn something new every time we hang out. I’d love to eat on her home turf!”
Andrew Zimmern: Chef, TV personality and F&W contributor
“I would love to spend a day eating and peeking around the kitchen at Alex Atala’s restaurant D.O.M. in São Paulo. I love Brazil, but I’ve never tasted the cooking of one of its best chefs!”
Yotam Ottolenghi: Rovi and Nopi, London
“Two good friends who are originally from Malaysia took me on a trip there; before that, I had no real ideas about Malaysian food apart from beef rendang and a vague recollection of some noodle dishes. The world that opened up to me in Kuala Lumpur and Penang made me look at food differently. From hot acar pickles, which are now my condiment of choice, to otak-otak (fish cakes steamed in banana leaves), to nasi lemak (the national dish—coconut rice cooked with pandan leaf and served with a bunch of condiments), to asam laksa (a fishy laksa with tamarind and a choice of delicious toppings), to roti canai (those heavenly flaky flatbreads), to tau foo fah (velvety soy milk pudding topped with sugar syrup)—I love the complexity of the cuisine and its gutsiness, which come from the fascinating mash-up of Malay, Indian, and Chinese cultures.”
Daniel Boulud: Daniel, Bar Boulud, and DB Bistro, worldwide
“I’m still haunted by the flavors of the Pays Basque region of France where I went for a summer job when I was 16 years old. It’s perfectly positioned between the sea and the mountains, and chefs use Spanish spices to accentuate their dishes. Our very first Voyage menu at Café Boulud was themed around the Pays Basque, and in fact it came back this year as part of the restaurant’s 20th anniversary celebrations.”
Anita Lo: F&W Best New Chef 2001
“Lisbon is next on my list. I’m leading a trip there with a company called Tour de Forks, and I’m super excited. When I was young, my family and I visited some former Portuguese colonies in Asia and had some spectacular food there. As a child, I also spent a good amount of time on Cape Cod, which has a large Portuguese community, so my expectations are high! Everyone raves about the local seafood in Lisbon; the fine-dining scene is said to be pretty robust as well. I think João Rodrigues’ Feitoria is one of the first restaurants we’ll head to.”
Eric Ripert: Le Bernardin, New York City
“I’ve visited many countries across Asia, but Thailand has always eluded me. I love the power of the flavors combined with the purity and simplicity of the food. To me, it’s a very inspiring culture.”
Louis Tikaram: E.P. & L.P., Los Angeles
“My family is from Fiji, and I always tell anyone who hasn’t been to the island that it’s one of the most fascinating food destinations in the world. Fijian cuisine has a lot of Chinese and Indian influences, but traditional Fijian is the most unique. For this, I recommend a restaurant called Sweet Laisa’s Kitchen on the main island, Viti Levu. The flavors remind me of my grandmother’s cooking, and the fish is always fresh.”
The American South
Helen Mirren: Actress
What happens when Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren takes a road trip through the American South? Find out here.