Food is a global phenomenon. It builds bridges and fills gaps between cultures but in some bizarre cases it even leads to wars. History has lived through many wars where food has been the bone of contention. It may sound stupid but it’s true.
The famous ‘Pig War’ of 1859 between the British and American forces stationed at the San Juan islands is a befitting example. It might have been this very reason why Neil Gaiman gave the famous quote in Good Omens, “Civilisation is two meals and 24-hours away from barbarism.” Whatever be the history revolving around food, a piping hot bowl of the humble soup will always be comforting to the soul.
In terms of cuisine and savoury dishes there are many places to discover and devour around the world.
The top three cities of the world to experience food are Paris, Singapore and London. Here’s why:
Paris, the City of Lights is the enchanting capital of France. The history of the French cuisine is rooted in medieval times. From the onset of the French revolution to the time when the aristocrats fled France, the culinary arena of France grew from the peasant way of living to fine dining.
It was Auguste Escoffier who gave French haute cuisine its definite structure and flavour. Much like the intricacies of an English theatre there were different parts associated to French fine dining and each part was played by a Chef. Cold dishes were handled by a Garde manger, the Entremettier took care of the sauces and veggies, a Rotisseur overlooked the preparation of roasts and grills and a Patissier handled the pastries and deserts.
With such a detailed history of cuisine and food, it won’t be wrong to term France as the culinary capital of the world. There’s no dearth of good places to eat in Paris. The crispy notes of a freshly baked bread or baguette hums straight on the heartstrings. The best place to nibble off on the French baguette is the Gilles Levaslot, Le Grenier a Pain or Au Levain d’Antan in Res des Abbesses. Dig into the succulent pieces of flavoursome Duck Confit at La Fontaine de Mars at Saint Dominique or Le Petit Canard at Henry Monnier.