Annotated list of websites about food, restaurants, cooking, and eating.
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Des Moines is located in the heart of America, the midst of the world's most fertile soil. No wonder Iowa is such a productive source of corn, soybeans, hogs, cows, ostriches, llamas, and turkeys, just to name a few of the state's products. As the state's capital, Des Moines - as well as its farmers' markets, restaurants, and foodies - benefits from a multitude of local producers. On a Saturday morning in summer, Court Avenue is thronged with locals stocking up on everything from Amish-baked pies, locally produced cider, edible flowers, to jalapeņo peppers. No wonder Better Homes and Gardens
is based there. Read more about Des Moines Food
The economic and tourist powerhouse that is London drives one of the world's top collection of restaurants, cafés, markets, pubs, and culinary schools. From the Borough Market to Billingsgate Market, from the Ivy to local gastropubs, London's food scene is enormous and vibrant. The ongoing celebrity chef phenomenon has been especially apparent, with Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver - among so many others - opening venues across the capital. But London's not just about upmarket cuisine: there's also a rich variety of good-but-inexpensive venues dotting the city. Read more about London Food
The city of Toronto is particularly rich in multi-cultural influcences. Eighty percent of the population is immigrant or first generation immigrant. Best of all, the city boasts a healthy mix of world food, accessible to locals and visitors alike, from fresh dim sum in the heart of Chinatown, to raw milk cheese and summer sausage in St. Lawrence Market, from the Taste of the Danforth annual food fair, which attracts over one million attendees over one weekend, to the restaurants run by talented chefs such as Susur Lee or Oliver Bonacini.
It should come as no surprise then that Toronto attacts foodies, cooks, food writers, and visitors to try its wealth of food offerings. It's hard to find such breadth and quality of internationality anywhere else. Read more about Toronto Food
What Venice lacks in culinary diversity, it makes up for in quality. Chinese and Indian restaurants have a token presence, but really, Venice is a place to go for excellent seafood and good Northern italian cooking. Once the crowded capital of the Adriatic, the city's population has been in decline for centuries. The local food industry is the product of ongoing local efforts, some of which are reviving, but still a minority among the flood of the tourist-driven restaurants. The transient population of Venice numbers in the millions every year, and are to credit for the thriving of the city's best restaurants. Cichetti, the city's traditional tapas-like bar snacks, are regaining in popularity, but many local culinary craftsmen have gone out of business in the past few years, including most of the fresh pasta makers. Read more about Venetian Food