Take advantage of summer flight sales to the US -- just forget about your waistline
From skyscraper-filled cities and awe-inspiring national parks to world-class ski resorts and Pacific Ocean beaches, the variety of experiences on offer in the USA never fails to excite. However, the biggest draw for me is the amazing array of delicious, if not always waist-friendly, food. If you have or are thinking about taking advantage of the current air sales to visit America’s top cities, it would be a shame, in fact almost criminal, to miss out on the seriously tasty grub.
Here are some recommendations to get you started:
Miami: For a breakfast your stomach will never forget (and probably take quite some time to digest), visit the Front Porch Café on Ocean Drive. The granola pancakes come with the warning, "not for lightweights", and if you aren’t particularly hungry it is a warning you would do well to heed! Made with whole wheat flour, granola, oatmeal, almonds and honey, these hearty pancakes will certainly set you up for the day. If you have any room later, pay a visit to the 11th Street Diner. Housed in an authentic art deco dining car built in 1948 and transported from Pennsylvania to its current South Beach home, the diner offers jalapeño poppers, milkshakes and a range of burgers.
Las Vegas: Put away your chips for a moment, this city has more to offer than just gambling. Be sure to check out your hotel’s dining facilities rather than just their casinos; you’ll often find reasonably priced and extensive buffets as well as tempting à la carte choices. America Restaurant in the New York-New York hotel features a huge 90x20-foot 3D map of the USA, while the menu takes you on a "culinary journey" from coast to coast.
New York: If you live in London, you have probably noticed a burgeoning street food scene in recent years, with market stalls serving burritos and Vietnamese baguettes. Well it seems we are just catching up with New York, where food trucks have long been popular, so much so that they have an annual awards ceremony, the Vendys, to crown the best street eats. Recent champion Solber Pupusas serves a Central American speciality of corn patties stuffed with meat, cheese and vegetables. If you prefer your restaurants in bricks and mortar form, head over the river to Williamsburg in Brooklyn for award-winning barbeque food and beer by the gallon at Fette Sau.