Richmond for Foodies – Passport Magazine

Author: , September 8th, 2017

Richmond for Foodies

The camera eats first!” insisted the alpha-teen at the table next to me when a waitress arrived and lifted the lid from a bamboo basket of steaming shrimp dumplings, confettied with fragrant green snippets of chive.

Forty fiercely painted fingernails reluctantly reversed direction and withdrew as their queen bee moved her iPhone to catch just the right angle, sliding water glasses and cutlery out of view to frame the impend- ing tastiness just-so. “Come on,” com- plained one of her gaggle, “I’m hungry!”

Richmond, British Columbia, on Lulu Island, is the only place in the world where the visitors’ bureau has officially adapted “The camera eats first” as a tourism slogan, urging locals and out-of-towners alike to flood blogs and social media with mouthwatering imagery.

Success was pretty much guaranteed from the get-go. With the largest Asian population in North America and over 800 restaurants, Richmond provides easy access to a world of alluring, sometimes unfamiliar foods for American travelers without the time, budget, or adventurous- ness to manage trans-pacific travel.

Many gay travelers have been to Richmond without even knowing it. If you’ve ever flown into Vancouver, one of Canada’s most popular LGBT destinations, you actually landed in Richmond, where the “Vancouver” International Airport is located. Just a 30-minute car or public train ride from central Vancouver, its a must-do on any Vancity vacation. And if you’re a culinary adventurer, Richmond easily merits a dedicated long weekend trip of its own. Richmond is ready for its close-up, Mr. Delicious.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport

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Gay Geneva, a Foodie Paris – Gay Star News

Author: , August 18th, 2017

Gay Geneva

Looking out on Lake Geneva on a clear, sunny day is to be instantly charmed. By its magical, 50-shades-of-blue water, and by the elegant 150m-tall Jet d’Eau fountain therein. It’s truly an ‘inland ocean’; the largest lake in Europe, and shared between Switzerland and France. Best of all, perched on the shores of its most southwesterly tip is the French-speaking city of Geneva.

It may be Switzerland’s second most-populated city after Zurich, but Geneva, located at the mouth of the River Rhone, is surprisingly tiny. Its population is just 197,376. This makes it comparable in size to Bournemouth in the UK.

But for a small place, it boasts massive selling points. It’s immensely walkable. It boasts tourist-friendly weather all year round, because of the neutralizing effects of the lake and the nearby Mont Saleve. And of course, the majestic Alps are within day trip distance. But for me, it’s the destination’s cultural and culinary chops that really sell it.

By Lewis Peters – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Visit Italy’s Reggio Emilia – Gay Star News

Author: , August 16th, 2017

Reggio Emilia

Situated in Northern Italy, in the Po Valley – about a one-hour drive from Bologna – the town of Reggio Emilia has an ancient history.

In the 11th century, Reggio Emilia was at the heart of the vast territory controlled by Matilda of Tuscany – la Gran Contessa – a powerful feudal ruler and one of the few medieval women to be remembered for her military accomplishments. The castle of Canossa, in the Apennines south of Reggio, was Matilda’s main power-base.

Across the subsequent centuries, Reggio Emilia is a town that has continued to play an important role in the political and cultural life of this part of the world. More recently, it has been referred to as the Tricolour town, because it was here that the future Italian flag was adopted for the first time in 1797.
What to do

The best time to visit this region is during the spring, but at any time of year there’s plenty to explore. Some of the key highlights that you might want to include in your itinerary are:
The Sala del Tricolore (Tricolour Hall) and its Museum, which goes over the historical events with Napoleonic memorabilia and relics of the Risorgimento. Piazza Grande – surrounded by the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Town Hall

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Foodie Fun in Gothenburg, West Sweden

Author: , September 16th, 2016

Gothenburg for Foodies

The beautiful West Sweden, with Gothenburg as its gateway, is emerging as a hotspot for all things food. It’s gaining an international culinary reputation as the foodie capital of Scandinavia because of its passionate local producers, imaginative chefs and bounty of organic, natural produce.

The west coast’s shellfish, in particular its lobster and oysters, are among the best in the world. Visitors can partake in hands-on trips to learn about the West Coast’s seafood, joining local fishermen for unforgettable catch-and-cook experiences.

Further inland, the forests also provide a variety of game. Other districts are known for producing fine cheeses. Meanwhile, the fertile agricultural land is ideal for growing fresh produce and raising animals in the best organic tradition.

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Foodie Heaven in the Brecon Beacons, Wales

Author: , May 6th, 2015

Daniele Guido Gessa in WalesStaring at a door at the Llanerch Vineyard, restaurant, I found myself confused. ‘What’s behind that door? Why do they sell tobacco in a restaurant?’ Finally, after a moment’s deliberation I had the opportunity to ask one of their waiters and discovered that ‘Ty Bach’ was the toilet.

This was my first taste of Wales, being confused and trying to make sense of the intriguing language which is spoken by the friendly locals. Luckily, my Welsh leek and cheese rarebit spoke to me in a way I immediately understood – and I began to see that Wales is a country of great food and incredibly fruity wine.

The charming Llanerch Vineyard in the Vale of Glamorgan [above], is just half an hour’s drive from the capital city of Cardiff. Originally a farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, the first vineyards were planted in 1986 and they now produce the award-winning Cariad Wine.

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Columbus, Ohio – Paradise for Foodies?

Author: , March 28th, 2014

Ohio mapThink of Columbus, and most likely the words “exciting” or “foodie” do not immediately come to mind. Nowadays, though, this Midwestern city is quietly developing a surprisingly sophisticated foodie scene to rival that of the coastal metropolises – and, this being the Midwest, eating out is far more affordable than on the coasts, and doesn’t require putting your name on a waiting list for a table.

Long-established places such as The Refectory and Rigsby’s Kitchen are solid choices for classic French and Italian cuisine, but tend to be priced on the higher end ($16 to $35 for an entree).

For dining that is more affordable (and arguably has more character) head out to Bethel Road, which is home to a surprising number of hidden Asian restaurants and businesses. The Korean grocery and cafe, Arirang (1526 Bethel Road) serves an excellent Dolsot Bibimbap (a mixed rice, vegetable, and meat dish served in a hot stone bowl), accompanied by traditional banchan, a selection of small dishes that change every day, and hot barley tea for less than $10.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Sedona’s Foodie Scene

Author: , April 20th, 2013

Red RocksHeading to Sedona for a little red-rock-relaxation? Anne Roderique-Jones at Sherman’s Travel has the details on the city’s gourmet scene:

Sedona may not come to mind when you think of great food cities. It’s not Paris, New Orleans, or New York City, but there are the beginnings of a food scene here and enough great dining options to fill your vacation. Here are three of my favorites:

Elote Cafe: Ask anyone where to eat in Sedona and they’ll tell you hightail it to Elote Cafe – Chef Jeff Smedstad’s award-winning Mexican cuisine warrants the sometimes multiple-hour waits. I arrived early on a Monday evening and was kindly told that it would only be two hours. Luckily, there’s a tiny window serving fresh margarita and gratis spicy popcorn to keep guests satiated. Two (or was it three?) ginger margs later, the chef’s innovative Mexican cuisine beckoned. My vote? The Elote appetizer is incredible and Lamb Adobo pairs perfectly with a local beer. You can pick up the Elote Cafe cookbook as a souvenir – beats the pants off a dream catcher any ol’ day.

To see the rest of Anne’s favorites, hit the link above.

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Foodie Heaven in Benidorm, Spain

Author: , March 4th, 2013

Benidorm GastronomyLooking for some fun in the son, along with some great cuisine? Check out Pink News’ new review of Benidorm, Spain, a culinary paradise:

Look past the inevitable pizzas and fastfood you find in every resort, and you will see the rich gastronomic variety of the Valencia region, renowned as one of the finest in Spain and it’s easy to see why. There are so many historic influences on the traditional cuisine from the invading Moors and the seafaring spice merchants to the fishing and agricultural heritage of the area. Paella was born here, in all it’s many forms, and the excellent range of local rice dishes form the basis of a number of speciality paellas to tempt the taste buds.

They also have the skinny on a bunch of upcoming culinary events:

The first event in March is a week-long local event promoting the ‘cuchara’ or food you literally eat on spoons, such as soups, stews and rice dishes. Several restaurants in the resort will create special keenly priced menus to showcase regional dishes. This is closely followed in mid April by the Tapas & Pinchos competition which encourages local restaurants and some of the region’s best chefs to create the most imaginative dishes to present to a panel of exacting judges and ends with a festival celebrating the rice dishes of the region in October.

Check out the full article here.

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US Virgin Islands: St. Croix for Foodies

Author: , March 29th, 2012

US Virgin IslandsAs tour guides are apt to tell you, St. Croix has been owned by no less than seven different countries since Europeans first landed on its sandy shores. This historical diversity – combined with a melting pot of incoming jobseekers, first at the sugar cane plantations and later the island’s oil refinery – manifests itself in many aspects of Cruzan culture, and food is no exception. From international fine dining to traditional dishes to a burgeoning health food scene, St. Croix is a foodie’s paradise.

Fine Dining:

Those expecting generic resort restaurants might be surprised by the multitude of delightful fine dining options on the island. Tutto Bene’s gut-busting portions of southern Italian fare are just what you need after a day spent paddle-boarding or snorkeling at Buck Island. You can’t go wrong with the pastas, from traditional spaghetti Bolognese to seafood with capellini in a white wine herb broth to fresh veggies and penne with pesto cream sauce.

The husband-and-wife team behind Blue Water Terrace started with just a small deli, but opened their hugely popular restaurant in late 2009. Surf and turf entrees like cioppino (fish stew) and hearty steaks are sure to wow; ask for the fried chicken even if it’s not on the menu (locals say it’s the best on the island) and leave room for dessert.

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Indulge Your Culinary Desires in Belgium

Author: , March 28th, 2012

Belgian ChocolateThere are adventure vacations where you climb a mountain or sail the sea. There are restful getaways where you burrow into a white sand beach with a good book, only to come up for air when the sun has set and it’s time to go to bed.

Then there are those rare expeditions that elevate your senses beyond what you thought possible. You taste something simultaneously savory and sweet. You stumble upon a town divided for centuries then united by a microbrewery. You dizzyingly dine through 17 courses in a single day – and just when you think you’re about to burst, you take a bite of Napoleon ice cream with ground cherries and you think, “I may be dead because it’s not possible that anything this decadent could be anywhere but heaven.”

You are not in heaven. You are in Belgium.

With a population of approximately 11 million people, Belgium is a melange of Dutch and French speakers and a cultural mish mash of Flemish and Walloon. The differences and uneven economic development of the country has been a source of contention for decades.

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