Some food, some wine and some travel make up my bucket list. I have accomplished a few, a few come from other people’s suggestions but they are all things near and dear to my heart.
1. Dine at the French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York City. Both are owned by Thomas Keller and are considered two of the best restaurants in the world. Although quite expensive, these multiple course meals make for a very special evening.
2. Visit all of the top BBQ spots in the U.S. as each has its own regional differences, including Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and South Carolina. This distinct style carries over to the side dishes, drinks, and desserts so go hungry.
3. Spend some time in the Napa Valley of Northern California touring wineries. Make a plan before you go, as there are over 2,500 registered wineries in California. Wine country has some of the best restaurants in the U.S. and exceptional art galleries as well.
4. Enjoy warm beignets with powdered sugar and Cafe Au Lait chicory coffee at Café Du Monde in New Orleans, the original French market coffee stand. While in New Orleans don’t miss having a fried oyster poor boy sandwich, seafood gumbo, BBQ shrimp and bananas Foster.
5. Grow my own vegetable garden and eat fresh tomatoes, corn, lettuce, cucumbers and melons, just to name a few.
6. Eat every kind of ethnic food new to me within driving distance of where I live. In other words, I need to try more vegan restaurants, more Korean, Afghan, Filipino, Jamaican, Malaysian and Nepalese.
7. Take the Bateaux-Mouches dinner boat cruise down the River Seine in Paris and experience the City of Light at its finest. While in Paris, enjoy hand-made multi-flavored colorful macaroons from Ladurée. And seek out a soufflé at a restaurant and a crepe from a street vender, which can be either savory or sweet.
8. A Bordeaux wine adventure, which includes visits to Chateau Margaux, Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Petrus, Chateau l'Evangile, Chateau Montrose, Chateau Pavie and Chateau Haut Brion. I can imagine no better place to taste exceptional wines.
9. Hunt for French black (or white) truffles with pigs or dogs in the heart of Gascony in southwest France.
10. Attend the Slow Food Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy. This is the world's largest food and wine fair, an event like none other. The 8th event was held in October, 2010, and brings together farmers and artists, teachers and chefs, wine enthusiasts and foodies to help blend the lines of separation and promote togetherness and friendship.
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