Sunday, May 3, 2009

France/Italy or Japan/China

I've recently been totally obsessing over where I want to spend my future vacation this fall. I've been saving lots and lots of vacation hours and will likely plan on cashing 1/2 of them to fund my 2 week romp through one place or the other. Of course living on the West Coast, it would be much easier to fly to Japan/China, but it seems a lot cheaper to fly to Europe most of the time.

How do I decide between the romanticism of French and Italian cuisines over the diversity and uniqueness of Japanese and Chinese cuisines? To me, doing a gastronomic tour in France would be a pilgrimmage of sorts into one of birthplaces of Western cusine. Going to Japan would be an eye-opening experience of the culture, craftsmanship and precision.

I have no clue, but I should decide soon...

Here's an idea of what I'm thinking:


-Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Monte Carlo, Geneva, Cinque Terre, Florence, Montalcino, Rome, Sicily

That trip is probably impossible in two weeks, Paris, Lyon, Cinque Terre, Florence, Tuscany, & Rome would probably make a lot more sense.


-Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Shanghai, Guandong province, Hong Kong

Stay tuned for some sort of decision at some point and Hot Food Porn will start planning on heading across the world at one point or another soon.


  1. Don't forget Taiwan, street food galore.

    I've done both trip you mentioned, and for hard-core deviant food porn awesomeness, it's hard to beat Japan/China (extra points if Southeast Asia is tossed in)

  2. well if it helps any i've had extremely great french food in japan.