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16 Dishes. Best Food Day Ever.

by Team Fathom
Yom Photo by Daniel Schwartz.

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The world is chock-full of culinary delights. If you had an endless appetite and plane ticket around the world, your best food day ever would look something like this.

Arthurs Nosh Bar. Photo by Daniel Schwartz.


Russian pancakes served in a pool of real maple syrup.
Arthurs Nosh Bar, Montreal, Canada

Elaborate Japanese bento box breakfast.
Aman Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Famed brioche toast with house-made ricotta and seasonal jam.
Sqirl, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Bento box. Photo courtesy of Aman Tokyo.


Clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, eaten dockside.
Tognazzini, San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.A.

Noodles, pork, and local greens in the regional dish cao làu.
Miss Ly Cafe (22 Nguyen Hue St.; +84-235-3861-603), Hoi An, Vietnam

A divine porchetta (pork) sandwich served on chewy ciriola bread.
Er Buchetto (Via del Viminale, 2F;+ 39-329-965-2175), Rome, Italy

Spaghetti vongole macchiato. Photo by Pavia Rosati.


Oven-roasted oysters.
Cochon, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

12-ingredient, chocolate-free (gasp!) mole poblano.
Augurio, Puebla, Mexico

Spaghetti vongole macchiato.
Lo Scoglio da Tommaso, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Finger-lickin’ jerk chicken and pork with house sauce.
Scotchies (Falmouth Rd.; +1-876-953-8041), Montego Bay, Jamaica


Tart and perfect lemongrass soufflé in a lemon half.
Cafe Grey Deluxe, Hong Kong

Airy cheese soufflé, followed by chocolate soufflé.
L’Auberge Bressane, Paris, France

The spread at São Lourenço do Barrocal. Photo courtesy of São Lourenço do Barrocal.

Snacks for Anytime

Dan tat, the most classic egg custard tart.
Tai Cheong Bakery, Hong Kong

Better-than-gran’s Scotch eggs.
The Hind’s Head, Bray, England

Cheese-stuffed hibiscus flowers (or apricots, or peppers, the list goes on).
Yom Tov Delicatessen (Levinsky 43; +972-54-682-2020), Tel Aviv, Israel

Fresh-from-the-garden tomato and asparagus sandwich.
São Lourenço do Barrocal, Portugal

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Edited excerpt taken from Travel Anywhere (and Avoid Being a Tourist), by Jeralyn Gerba and Pavia Rosati, founders of travel website Fathom, published by Hardie Grant Books, April 2019.

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