Frommer's 500 Places for Food and Wine Lovers
by Holly Hughes
500 Places For Food And Wine Lovers is the first book of its kind to serve as a trusted Frommer's travel guide for those seeking a vacation combined with epicurean adventure.
Coverage is global, including food festivals, farmer's markets, cooking schools, street food, wineries, wine trails, and restaurant wine lists-as well as the world's best restaurants in several price ranges and categories throughout the world, including:
• Vintage Journeys: Part art gallery, part winery, Clos Pegase winery is home to one of Napa Valley's most unique wine tasting experiences. Vina Montes in the Colchagua Valley of Chile is at the forefront of South America's bourgeoning wine tourism industry.
• Open Air Markets: Seattle's Pike Place Market is known for the staff flinging salmon orders through the air at groups of waiting customers. The Khari Baoli market in Old Delhi is India's premier spice market, and a rickshaw ride away from the Red Fort.
• Cooking Schools for Travelers and Cookbook Shops: France's "A Week in Provence" cooking school consisting of farm visits, hands-on instruction, and wine tastings. If you find yourself down under without a cookbook, you can choose from any one of 22,000 volumes on food and wine at the Books for Cooks bookstore in Melbourne, Australia.
• Global Traditions: Hyotei in Kyoto, Japan, provides the ultimate kaiseki experience in a former teahouse for pilgrims visiting the nearby Nanzenji Temple. Archaion Gefsis in Athens, Greece, brings you back to the days of ancient Greece, with a perfect re-creation of the atmosphere, menu, and hospitality you'd find if dining with Zeus.
• Barbecue Heavens and Pizzerias: No trip to the South is complete without a stop at Bob Syke's Bar-B-Q in Alabama, where you can watch your meat being slow-cooked in an open pit over green hickory wood. Head Midwest for a taste of the original Pizzeria Uno & Due and discover what the hype of Chicago deep-dish is all about.
• Breweries and Distilleries: Popping Cork in Cork, Ireland is bringing back Cork stout brewed locally in a 13th- century monastery. Head over to Scotland to indulge in the smooth, peaty taste of a single-malt Scotch whiskey at The Malt Whiskey Trail in Speyside, Scotland.
The book includes contact and Web site information, plus details on accommodations and services to help with trip-planning. Black-and-white photographs bring the places and experiences to life, while geographical and topical indexes make it easy to find information quickly.