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Letters | September 2010

Second Helpings

Ever the foodie, I ate my way through Vietnam this past January, so Peter Jon Lindberg’s “Ultimate Food Guide to Vietnam” [July] was a treat. It brought back so many scenes from my trip—the waitress at Park Hyatt who proffered fresh sa-pô-chê (sapodilla) every morning; the French couple who looked on jealously as I tucked into my sweet jellies at Ho Chi Minh City’s Quan An Ngon; the savory caramel pork I still dream of. Thank you, T+L, for bringing back such delicious memories. —Pamela Barsky, Los Angeles, Calif.

I’ll Have What He’s Having

As a writer, I really appreciated Bruno Maddox’s wit and style in taking us through the marketing scheme behind menus, along with the change of adjective usage over the years. I’m definitely going to examine restaurant offerings more closely from now on! —Renee Gray-Wilburn, Colorado Springs, Colo.

For more on menu psychology, see Nina Fedrizzi’s blog post, “Menu Mind Games,” at TravelandLeisure.com/blogs.

A Local Responds

My wife and I very much enjoyed reading “Culinary Tour of Vancouver’s Cowichan Valley” [July, by Peter Jon Lindberg]. We live in the Cowichan Bay area of British Columbia and feel we are in Mecca. All the restaurants mentioned are wonderful, but you missed the best: Amusé Bistro (dinner for two $94) serves French cuisine made largely using produce grown within a 10-mile radius. This is also an established wine country, and both Averill Creek and Cherry Point vineyards are not to be missed. Peter should come back and stay longer. —Paul Donahue, Cherry Point, B.C.

Hungry For Something (Else)

Reading T+L’s special food issue, I would think there were no praiseworthy vegetarian restaurants in New York, San Francisco, or anywhere else in the world. But having traveled the globe, I know that’s not the case. Not all foodies want to eat foie gras and veal. Please remember your vegetarian readers, too! —Elaine Sloan, New York, N.Y.

Sonoma Special

It was with great anticipation that I received the July issue of T+L, as I was traveling to both Sonoma and San Francisco the following week. Your article “Sonoma and the New Face of California Wine Country” [July, by Luke Barr] was spot-on. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly—so much so that T+L has become my bible. —Patricia Franklin, Cincinnati, Ohio

Hot Topic: America’s Favorite Cities

Joshua Pramis’s online story, “America’s Best Cities for Summer Travel,” prompted a battle of the burgs.

Feel the Heat

You have got to be kidding about Phoenix, Orlando, and Vegas. In summer, the most accurate name for all is OVEN. —TravelandLeisure.com member atlnative

I Recommend...

Tucson, Arizona. Hike Saguaro National Park or cool off on Mount Lemmon’s 9,157-foot peak. God, let me die in Tucson! —TravelandLeisure.com member Zervas

Thumbs Way Up

Glad to see everyone’s hometown pride. From my Portland, Oregon, office I can see two snow-topped volcanoes, a spectacular skyline, and some of the most beautiful forest you can imagine. Happy the city’s number one! —TravelandLeisure.com member LauraJulieLiz

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