Travel guides to treat yourself: Journey Weekly


Arnie weissmann

Pair of difficult years. No matter where in the travel ecosystem you sit, whether it’s in the C-suite of a major cruise line or in your restaurant office, you have issues to overcome. Important challenges.

And you are still below.

It’s time to reward yourself. Hopefully somewhere in the next few weeks you get maybe some well-earned downtime. In anticipation of this, while you search for other people, keep an eye out for a little something that you will like.

If you need any unsolicited recommendations, I have a few – a handful of posts that landed on my desk (or rather, my dining table at home) in 2021.

First, from the people who introduced us to the wonderful “Atlas Obscura” (Workman Publishing, 2016) comes “Gastro Obscura” by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras (Workman Publishing, 2021).

Its predecessor brought to light a myriad of less recognized points of interest in the world. For example, the Museum of Counterfeit Goods in Bangkok, which features 400 fake watches, handbags, perfumes and many more. The Atlas, too, for the occasion, shows visitors where in Florence to locate Galileo’s preserved central finger, artfully displayed in an obvious goblet.

“Gastro Obscura” requires a related technique, but with an emphasis on unique epicurean offerings. There are, of course, meal festivals highlighted: I realized that the citizens of St. George, SC, who report consuming more oatmeal for every inhabitant than anywhere else, rejoice in this accomplishment every year in, among other problems, jumping into a 3,000 pound tub of corn porridge.

It turns out that Clamato wasn’t, in fact, the first tomato drink infused with clam juice.

There are usually no recipes on reserve, but plenty of descriptive clues to encourage you and help surprise your friends on vacation. If you’re smart enough to whip up some stinky insect tacos (dip them in lime and wrap them in a tortilla) for the occasion, the reserve will show you where in Taxco, Mexico, you can go. discover the bugs. Their taste, it is true, is reminiscent of cinnamon and mint, but with a tangy taste.

Did I mention that tacos should be eaten while the bugs are still alive?

Like the Atlas, the ebook is structured around destinations so no worries …


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