So I was trying to think of what this week’s theme should be, when I thought, wouldn’t it be nicer to be somewhere on the other side of the world instead? Around the world… Hey! Around the World in 80 Days! For those of you who aren’t familiar with what I’m referring to, Around the World in 80 Days is a classic adventure novel written by Jules Verne, and published back in 1873. In the story, a gentleman named Phileas Fogg, and his French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (roughly £1.6 million today, or just over $2.5 US million) set by Fogg’s friends at his club. It is one of Verne’s most acclaimed works, and has been made into numerous movies.
In their travels Fogg and Passepartout touch down in 7 cities, and begin and end their travels in London, England. I thought, since I can’t join them physically, why not gastronomically? Starting in London, they travel to Suez, Egypt; Calcutta and Bombay, India; Victoria, Hong Kong; Yokohama, Japan; San Francisco and New York, USA and then end again in London.
So each day this week (and a bit into next) I will bring you a dish from those cities that F & P (we’re close, they don’t mind if I call them that) visited in their whirl-wind tour. So pack your bags, and your stomach, as we hit some of the great cities of the late 19th Century. I’m sure F& P (and Jules) won’t mind us tagging along!