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Letters | July 2010

T+L Asks: If You Were to Plan an Entire Trip Around Food, Where Would You Go—and What Would You Eat?

Here is a selection of responses posted on our Facebook wall (facebook.com/TravelandLeisure) and tweeted to us (@TravlandLeisure). “Like” T+L on Facebook, or follow us via TravelandLeisure.com.

I would go to Mexico. Especially the Baja peninsula, for fish tacos. —Jennifer Hanley Kerns, Via Facebook

On a trek through the Swiss Alps followed by some healthy Alpine cuisine, plus Swiss cheese and chocolate. —Iolanda Martinez Vilaseca, Via Facebook

India. I can taste the samosas and lassis now. —Jennifer Tobkin, Los Angeles, Calif.

Martha’s Vineyard for fresh seafood, Hawaii for tropical fruit, Japan for sushi, and Italy for everything else! —Lisa Michelle, Chicago, Ill.

I’d do a patisserie tour of Paris. I can’t think of a challenge more enjoyable than seeking out the flakiest croissant or the most uniquely flavored macaroon in a city where dessert is often a work of art. —Erica Goss, Athens, Ga.

The Philippines, to try inihaw na bangus (grilled milkfish) and dinuguuan (pork blood stew)—exotic food at its best. —Ferdinand Idio, Via Facebook

Sometimes you needn’t go farther than your own backyard. I’d opt for a mom-and-pop restaurant tour of the U.S.Ron Magnin, Beverly Hills, Calif.

I want to go on a tapas crawl around Spain—including Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Málaga, Granada, and Seville—to sample aceitunas (olives), croquetas, empanadas, tortilla de patatas (potato omelette), Manchego cheese, and paella. Or, how about Belgium—Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges—to eat chocolate, french fries, and (of course) Belgian waffles? —Charlcye Christa Bryson, Fort Worth, Tex.

The Languedoc region in France, for excellent cassoulet. —Lisa Gerber, Sandpoint, Id.

Duh! Italy. I’d eat everything...and gain 10 pounds. —Terri Lundberg, Via Facebook

Coming next month: If you had your entire summer free, how would you spend it?

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Your Restaurants Hit List

Here, the most clicked-on restaurants on TravelandLeisure.com at press time.

1. Le Chateaubriand, Paris
2. Le Pure Café, Paris
3. Le Comptoir, Paris
4. D.O.M. Restaurante, São Paulo, Brazil
5. Shokudo, Honolulu
6. Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf, New Harbor, Maine
7. Le Voltaire, Paris
8. August, New Orleans
9. Cochon, New Orleans
10. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

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