First off, let me say sorry, Chicago. Thin-crust rocks.
Mike Lintal has it exactly right. The only time I’ve eaten deep-dish pizza in Chicago was when my niece took me there – and the only reason she went there was because she had family in town. And isn’t it telling that while Tasting Table had no trouble coming up with 10 great thin-crust places in New York, its list of the best Chicago pizzas could only scrape up two true deep-dish purveyors, and then stopped altogether after eight places?
Speaking of food, food trucks have taken on a near-fabled gypsy existence that their progenitors could never have imagined. Even a few years ago, it would have been inconceivable that a high-toned publication like Condè Nast Traveler would have devoted even a sniff to any food truck anywhere. Now it’s running a slide deck on the world’s best food-truck cities that’s dead serious and spot-on. Naturally the top cities are primarily American (including Los Angeles; watch for Ashley Soley-Cerro’s piece on L.A. food trucks, coming to this blog very soon), and the spectrum of cuisine is incredible, from cartoony frozen yogurt in Berlin to Taiwanese pork chops in New York to Filipino fusion in San Francisco. No. 1 on my list: Torchy’s incredible tacos, an Austin foodmobile staple that seduces your taste buds while it blows your mind.
From the sublime to the semi-ridiculous: That’s travel for you. And here I hardly know where to start: Is it Syria’s phenomenally misguided attempt to draw tourists to a war zone that’s equal measures chaos, rubble and unspeakable tragedy? Or is it the story of the man who was trapped in a Cathay Pacific restroom for an hour on a flight from Newark to Hong Kong after his finger became trapped in the restroom’s garbage can? My vote (because I’m feeling semi-serious today) goes to the piece from Skift that looks at the latest high-tech travel wearables that may or may not make it into the mainstream. How could you not be charmed by a bracelet that identifies you by your heartbeat and might be able to speed your way through airport security?
Finally, hard as it may be to believe or accept, June is almost done. The year is nearly half-over. Summer is one-third gone. In the face of these hard facts I have to ask: So how many of The New York Times’ “52 Places You Must See In 2014” have you visited? We (and this is a full we, encompassing everyone in our Marketing department) are up to … two. But only because our team-building experience to the Arctic Circle got cancelled. Think we could reschedule for Nashville instead? We promise to buy AirCare.
Hold it; the number two reminds me: Guess how many songs our list of the top 15 traveling songs of all time had in common with CNN Travel’s list and the list of favorites compiled from CNN Travel’s readers? Yes: two. But we preferred different (and better) versions of the two common songs, “Route 66” and “City of New Orleans.” Just goes to show that when it comes to traveling music, everyone’s right. But some of us are more right than others.
That’s it — for real this time. See you Wednesday.