The other day, Mr. Boomer and I were talking and I noted that even though business travel is not as enjoyable as it once there is one aspect that I enjoy. I know it’s not good for my waistline, but trying new or regional foods is fun and interesting.
It’s hard to narrow down some of the regional specialties I’ve sampled but here are ten of my favorites.
10. Five Way Chili – Customer’s in Cincinnati insisted on taking me to Skyline Chili to try it 5 way. I must admit I’m not a big fan but it was definitely different having chili over spaghetti noodles. The chili sauce has a unique taste as well.
9. Cheesesteak – The city of brotherly love gives us cheesesteaks. Unfortunately, I can’t remember if I had Geno’s or Pat’s although I know locals definitely have strong preferences. How could you not like a sandwich with chopped meat, cheese and onions?
8. Beer Cheese Soup – I don’t like beer but combine it with cheese and it’s great! This Wisconsin soup is even better when paired with a grilled brat.
7. Kalua Pork– Nope, this is not pork roasted with liqueur. It’s Hawaiian-style pork cooked in ground slowly and is undescribably delicious. Yes, we have business trips to Hawaii. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!
6. Cheesecake – New York is home to many gastronomic treats. There’s the famous delis with their enormous portions. Pizza is associated with New York. But my favorite is the cheesecake. Chocolate and pumpkin are too of my favorite flavors.
5. Shrimp Po-boys– It’s hard to pick one favorite from New Orleans but if truth be told I’m a sucker for fried shrimp so this dish wins out. Other contenders from the Big Easy include jambalaya, gumbo and beignets.
4. Ropa Vieja – This is my all time favorite Cuban dish and the city to find it is Miami. A plate of ropa vieja, black beans, rice and fried plaintains is the perfect meal. Add a fruity sangria to wash it down.
3. Crab Cakes – Maryland crab cakes are what’s for dinner whenever I’m near the Chesapeake Bay. I first had these lump crab meat patties on a trip to Baltimore over a decade ago and they’re still a favorite.
2. Lobster – Americans may think Maine is the place for lobsters, but Canadians know it’s New Brunswick, Canada. A client had me to her home for the best lobster meal of my life.
1. Fish tacos – I didn’t have to travel anywhere else to find the best fish tacos. This is a local specialty that’s even sold at the baseball park. This isn’t my favorite food, but there’s no place like home.
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