I've been meaning to do a mini round-up of all the (gastronomic) places that are spiking my wanderlust meter this year, so I'm relieved that I've finally been able to get around to listing and sharing them with you.
- Chicago, Illinois, USA: Now while I am no stranger to Chi-Town, it is one of those cities that I'll never tire of -- I've been there so many times since I was ten years old, that I've lost count on my fingers. Marcus and I went a couple months ago, and we're already planning for another short trip next spring. My favorite haunts include: the Art Institute of Chicago (including the relatively new Modern Wing as well as impressionist Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte), Millenium Park (the Cloud Gate, aka the Bean, is one fascinating piece of sculpture), drinks at the Signature Room at the John Hancock Building on the 95th floor, Chicago Architecture Foundation architectural river cruise, Bob Chinn's Crab House (about 40 minutes north of the city), and Chicago hot dogs. I'm already plotting a list of the places we didn't have a chance to check out this past visit (including Next, L2O, Hot Doug's, and Doughnut Vault), so I'll be happy to report those when the time comes!
(via Flickr, PJ Cane)
- Washington, District of Columbia, USA: While I've been to D.C. a few times already, I haven't really had a chance to really feel out the culinary aspects of our country's capital. One place that is particularly sparking my interest is Chef José Andrés' minibar, an intimate study in avant-garde cooking. Other possibilities include Ben's Chili Bowl, Citronelle, Ray's Hell Burger, and Good Stuff Eatery.
(via Flickr, Devon Christopher Adams)
- Provincetown (Cape Cod), Massachusetts, USA: I want to be able to cross going to the Cape for a long weekend off of my bucket list, mostly to see what the hyped fuss is all about. The unlimited possibilities in seafood fare and maritime attractions should be enough. Look how gorgeous it is!
(via Flickr, Kevin Tadge)
- Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: You haven't experienced the grandeur of fine, ostentatious dining until you can say you've been to Vegas. I still have yet to do that. The nightlife, the casinos, the shows, and the haute cuisine is alluring enough just from the neon-laden streets of this desert city. The Picasso restaurant at the Bellagio particularly strikes my fancy because being a huge fan of modern art, how can I pass up fine dining amongst his masterpieces?!
(via Flickr, Douglas Carter Cole)
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada: I read this article from Gourmet Live, and I was immediately enamored. Anna Watson Carl notes that "during the summer months, you can sample oysters, mussels, scallops, lobster, or tuna just hours out of the water." Would I be down for this?! Um, hells yes! And to experience the Prince Edward Island Shellfish Festival in September -- a gathering of shellfish fanatics in the flesh to pig out on all kinds of bivalves and shellfish?! Please sign me up!
(via Gourmet, Ma'ayan Rosenzweig)