Culinary travel has definitely been on the rise in recent years—according to research compiled by the website Booking.com, 51% of U.S. travelers select a destination for its culinary offerings and 25% plan to take a dedicated culinary trip this year, many to New York, the top pick for a food destination. So it made sense for the site to join forces with chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster Harlem among others, and star of the current PBS series “No Passport Required” currently airing on PBS stations and streaming on Eater.com to launch a culinary recommendations section called “A Taste of Travel.” Samuelsson will list his restaurant picks for four cities: New York, New Orleans, Myrtle Beach and San Francisco.
For the series, Samuelsson traveled to six U.S. cities on a discovery tour but the restaurants weren’t necessarily the focus; he was after the immigrant culture expressed through their food scene. In New York, he explored the Indo-Guyanese community in the borough of Queens, in Miami, the Haitian community, in New Orleans, Vietnamese, in the Detroit area, the Arab community, the Mexican community in Chicago and in Washington D.C., the culture of the country of his birth, Ethiopia.
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