What is the farthest you have gone for a good meal?

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  1. b1513
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    While I have never gone out of the country just for a good meal, I definitely would do that. I will go hours out of my way to return to a restaurant I liked. So how far have you gone just to eat something you like?
     
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    New York from south Alabama to take my wife to dinner. We did take in a show as well but the trip was for a birthday meal.
     
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    Last year's "Wine Do" - flew SFO to JFK, went to hotel, checked in, took taxi to Manhattan, ate, took taxi back to hotel, slept, got up, returned to JFK, flew home. I think that was the farthest "just for a meal."
     
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    Funny, I've done the opposite and gone to SFO pretty much just for a meal a couple of times. Never gone crossed the Atlantic just for a meal, but it's only a matter of time.
     
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    [quote="Misplaced Texan, post: Never gone crossed the Atlantic just for a meal, but it's only a matter of time.[/quote]

    It's as good an excuse as any.
     
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    I flew to BCN for dinner at El Bulli.

    I flew back from Asia via the Atlantic to do a LHR stopover and have lunch at The Fat Duck.

    I'm just back from an Asia trip, and decided to stopover in SIN just for a few meals. I was going to go to Thailand anyway, so it's not much of a detour, and it was for several meals and not just one (trip report in progress, meals included Waku Ghin - Tetsuya's new place at the Marina Bay Sands - and Iggy's as well as some food stalls).

    I need to get around to doing a BBQ tour.
     
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    I went about as far as gleff, but I never managed to snag a reservation at El Bulli so did not do that. I did develop an interest in Troisgros in Roanne after becoming well acquainted with Claude Troisgros in Rio de Janeiro through Olympe. My spouse and I flew from GIG to CDG then drove to Roanne, ate and stayed at Troisgros and returned. The trip was entirely justified.

    I have made a few other trips but none so far or so satisfying as this one.
     
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    Drove from Prague to Garda, Italy for a dinner once...
     
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    I had a friend who - 30 years ago - used to fly to Europe for lunch.
    That seemed the height of luxury, but then she was a PAA employee
    at the time. How things change: in the last few years, I've done that
    probably 20 times, mostly on my own dime. And a lot of these weren't
    special meals, either, though the Ciragan Palace was pretty fine.

    Five years ago, I flew 9500 miles for dinner and back shortly thereafter.

    tttt, the meal wasn't the main purpose of most of the trips.
     
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    I once met a friend for lunch in Brussels. I took the train in from Paris and he took the train from Amsterdam.
     
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    Flew to NAP for a few hours just for a real pizza.
     
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    Well I'll fly to LHR soon for a steak. Does that count?
     
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    Gleff (you ridiculously fortunate dog you)

    Have you ever done a dining review of either EB or TFD? If so, please share a link.... [salivating smiley]
     
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    Not quite.

    I needed some miles at the end of the year and was flying to MUC to accomplish that. I was chatting with mrsdiver90 about it and said, "Hey would you like to go? We can have dinner somewhere nice." And so it goes.
     
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    You were flying to MUC for dinner? From ATL? :eek: Did you join the FT Stammtisch?
     
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    I was flying to MUC for a MR. Mrsdiver90 was a last minute add-on (well about two weeks out). It was quite a while ago, so no FT Stammtisch.
     
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    Nice. Sounds like fun. It is so much fun flying other places just for a dinner or a lunch. Its something special normal people would never do. Thats why its so awesome. :p
     
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    Hmmm... Not exactly what you wanto to hear, but mrs vbroucek is such a good cook that I always run back to her home cooking. Last time CDG-FRA-SIN-MEL-HBA :D

    On a more serious note, I have a friend (German by origin) who was working for several years in Saudi Arabia. He was regularly flying to Germany just to get anything containing pork. Once we attended conference in Prague together and he did not eat anything but pork for all five days.
     
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    I always find myself living vicariously through gleff. El Bulli and The Fat Duck are definitely great restaurants to have experienced.

    I do have some friends who are serious BBQ lovers (I love BBQ too, but not like some of them). If you would want to do the Virginia/Carolinas area tour (there are several places here in Richmond or very nearby that have made memorable appearances on Food Network and Travel Channel for great BBQ), let me know. You're welcome any time Gary.
     
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    The east coast of the US to Tokyo for sushi is pretty far, but oh so worth it [​IMG]
     
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    when i was based in LHR, I've flown to LIS for a few meals at a friend's restrautant/kitchen. But i did some other stuff as well.
    In return, he also went to fifteen in london.(But we also did some other stuff too...)
     
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    oh btw, i suppose LIS-LHR vv is much closer than the HokkaiDO! where I met fellow FTMPers Chris_Li, fumi"porno"tani, KIX(kani)man, Simon and the infamous JALPak. to him that would be pretty far from LAX. for us (Chris and I) are 5 hrs direct away (we went via tokyo).

    we did all that for a .... crab (kani).. and a lot of other food throughout the weekend where you can find in foodporn!

    Also we are sure JALPak also went all the way for a photo in the ANA Crowne Plaza, but not the food.
     
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    I went there for onsen and grocery shopping. I don't even like seafood. :eek:
     
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    You dont like seafood. but i met you in a seafood resturant. more importantly you went there for a picture in ANA CP!

    oh you dont like flying as well... :eek:?
     
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    Nope as I said I went there for onsen and grocery shopping.
     

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