Food Journeys with a side of Covid

Well, covid finally showed up at our house and it hasn’t been great. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I spent 2-3 days in bed with a fever before transitioning into different yuckiness for about 9 full days. I finally tested negative on day 10. Gage joined me in isolation on day 4 and he’s pretty much run the same schedule, but he’s had chest discomfort. He’s on day 9. He’s bummed that he’s missing his last art class today and his last nature class tomorrow, but the doctor said he shouldn’t go even if he tests negative. Jason managed to not get it. Covid has really put the Christmas cheer and shopping in jeopardy this year.

Needless to say, I’m behind on a few reviews, so let’s get to the first one. I LOVED this one.

Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe, second edition, by National Geographic, 320 pages, 2022

Few experiences are as satisfying as a chance to explore the world through food. Compiled from the expert travel writers at National Geographic, Food Journeys of a Lifetime scours the globe for the world’s best dishes, markets, and restaurants that are worth traveling far and wide to savor.
In this fully revised and updated edition, find the best of the best, including:

Tokyo’s famed fish market and its 226 Michelin-starred restaurants–the most of any city in the world
The ultimate Philly cheesesteak from the city of brotherly love
The perfect cup of tea in China
The spice markets of Marrakech
The juiciest cuts of beef in Argentina
The freshest pasta in Italy
And the ultimate Swiss wine route
Featuring more than 60 new bites and destinations, this book is the key to building a foodie traveler’s ultimate bucket list. Within the flavors and tastes of every cuisine, you’ll find unique stories about the places, cultures, climates, and chefs that produce these extraordinary dishes. A wide selection of recipes invite you to try new cooking techniques and obtain flavors from abroad at home; top 10 lists offer side trips from chocolate factories to champagne bars.

Filled with a dazzling array of diverse recommendations, each page of this inspiring book will make your mouth water–and spur your next gourmet vacation. from Goodreads

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the foodie and or traveler in your life, look no further (Amazon can have it delivered to your door by Friday!). It’s a beautiful book to have on your coffee table or in your kitchen. When I was sent the book, I was expecting restaurants in different countries and while it has that, it’s so much more. It’s full of all of the wonderful things you’d expect from National Geographic. Gorgeous photos, exotic locales, and the details to bring the food alive.

It has lots of Top 10 lists, like Top 10 Places to Catch Your Supper and Top 10 Unusual Food and Drink Festivals. If you want to live vicariously there’s even a list for Bank-Breaking Cocktail Bars. Anyone want to join me in Northern Ireland for $105 Singapore Sling at the Merchant Hotel? All of my fellow Clevelanders will be happy to know that Heinan’s downtown made it on the 10 Historic Food Shops list!

The categories range from Great Food Towns to Specialties & Ingredients and you visit so many gorgeous places. We are planning a trip overseas next year and you can be sure that I’ll be using this for the planning. It also has lots of American mentions so I guess I should check it for our next road trip too.

There are so many sections with phot spreads and so many lists. I’m pretty sure we’ll be reading this for months to come. Honestly, this is on of my favorites from National Geographic.

I want to thank TLC Book Tours for sending me the book!

5 thoughts on “Food Journeys with a side of Covid

  1. Bill Rafalski says:

    Hang in there against Covid. Sounds like you and your family got nailed. I had Covid last year in May. It took me 12 days to get the virus out of my system. I kept testing positive although I had no other symptoms . The shots did take off the rougher stuff.
    I will check out the book you reviewed. Take care.

  2. Lesley says:

    Ugh. I’m so sorry you guys got Covid. The “different yuckiness” sounds unpleasant… 😦 I finally got my fall booster and hope that if I do get the virus, it’s not too awful. We’ve been very fortunate to not catch it, but after almost three years, I wonder if our luck is running out. Hope you can enjoy your holidays! Take good care.

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