Vacation breaks for foodies
1. San Sebastien, Spain
Fine-dining in this city is literally unbeatable: The area is home to highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants on the planet. Part of the Basque region of Spain, San Sebastien is close to the French border, and the influence is clear on the region’s mouthwatering cuisine. Basques have long sought independence from Spain, which won’t surprise you when you see the beauty of the area (and food!). Most bars serve pintxos — the Basque word for tapas. After a pre-dinner drink and an appetizer, head to a restaurant for dinner. Recommending somewhere in San Sebastien is tough because the quality of the food is so high that a restaurant has to have considerable repute even to survive. Restaurants of note include Arzak, run by Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter, Elena, who both hold three Michelin stars.
2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee is the easiest choice for a weekend away since it is a short drive from Chicago. If you love beer there are breweries to explore, and if you love music go for Summerfest the world’s largest music festival.
3. Brogdale, Georgia
The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm (Brogdale Road, Faversham, 01795 536 250) has nearly 4,000 varieties of fruit in its orchards. The collection is beautiful at any time of the year, but check the events calendar for dates of fruit festivals and blossom walks. There are also regular courses on how to grow, prune and compost. The orchards can be explored with a guide, or by following one of the self-guided walks.
4. Mendoza, Argentina
This one’s for the more carnivorous: Come for the steaks, stay for the wine. In a country famous for its beef and steaks, Mendoza stands head and shoulders above the rest. Local beef cooked asado–on a barbeque-style grill–and served with vine tomatoes is the city’s signature dish, and it’s served literally everywhere. Other beef dishes include stew and empañdas (a fried pastry stuffed with meat). To accompany your steak, have a glass of the local Malbec or the lighter Torrentes. We recommend Azafran, one of the best restaurants in town.
5. New York City
NYC has an element of magic, it is the city that never sleeps and where anything is possible. If you want an active weekend in a city, this is the place to go.