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

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


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. — 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! — 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! — member LauraJulieLiz

Reader’s Find: An Inn By The Sea

On a recent trip to the Canary Islands, I stumbled upon an unexpectedly lovely surprise: Agaete, a fishing village on Grand Canary’s northwestern coast. It has a harbor flanked by whitewashed houses, pebbled beaches, natural swimming pools amid volcanic rocks, and delicious local produce. This year an Italian firm opened the streamlined Hotel Roca Negra (doubles from $130, including breakfast), on a rocky cove where each room has a view of the Atlantic. I admit, I’m in love—and just bought a house in Agaete. —Kristina Goncalves, New York, N.Y.

T+L Asks: If You Were to Win a Shopping Spree Anywhere in the World, Where Would You Go—And What Would You Buy?

These are just a few of the responses posted on our Facebook wall ( and tweeted to us (@TravlandLeisure). “Like” T+L on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Paris! And what wouldn’t I buy? Shoes, linens, chandeliers... —Sarah Mann, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Jakarta, Indonesia. I recently saw photos of a friend’s wedding and the dresses were to die for! I decided then and there it would be the site of my next shopping spree. —Renee Florsheim

Teak-furniture shopping in Denmark. —Michael Leister, Bonita Springs, Fla.

New York for Broadway shows! —Lois Palumbo, Orlando, Fla.

I’d go to Scotland and/or Ireland for local handmade crafts. And I’d get my lucky husband a round of golf at St. Andrews. —Dale Underwood Bremner, Irvine, Calif.

Cuzco, Peru. I would buy wool hats! —Martina Steen

Where would I go? Milan. What would I buy? Shoes, jewelry, shoes, bags, shoes, art, shoes! —Terri Lundberg

Jaipur, India, for textiles and furniture. —Natalie Rivera

I’d “spree” on great travel to China, the South Pacific, and Australia. —Kathleen Turner

I would go to Osaka, Japan, to shop at Doguyasuji for kitchen stuff: exquisite cupcake papers, napkins, and tiny ceramic bowls. —Linda Dionesotes, Palatine, Ill.

French Polynesia for fabulous Tahitian pearls! —Suzanne Restuch, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

A cross-country U.S. road trip for snow globes and local music. —Kelly Mullaly, Harrisville, R.I.

Italy. Dinner. —Alex Nanfara

Coming Next Month: If you could travel with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be—and where would you go?

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Amusé Bistro

French cuisine made largely using produce grown within a 10-mile radius.

Hotel Roca Negra