Liam Hetherington, recent On-the-Go Gourmand U GO! Award winner, made one of the best New Year’s resolutions we’ve heard: go around the world in 80 meals, without leaving his hometown. Even better? He’s kept it. The best news? He’s reviewing every meal, we’re 10 in, and there are 70 to go! We hope he makes his goal—we’re really invested now.
It all begins in St. Petersburg (of Manchester’s Sackville St., not Russia), which is where our traveler and friends throw down the gauntlet:
"Would it be possible to spend a year patronising separate establishments representing as many different countries as possible, all without leaving one’s hometown? Would it be possible to go Around the World in 80 Meals?
The more we started to think about it, the more it seemed like an interesting proposition. If the credit crunch and an abysmal exchange rate prohibited foreign holidays, why not try to broaden our knowledge of foreign cuisines at the same time as we broadened our knowledge of what Manchester had to offer. Of course, it would be an uphill struggle. Manchester is no London or New York, cities in which I dare say we could complete the challenge without breaking a sweat. This would be a challenging New Year’s resolution…but then aren’t all the best ones challenging…?"
You should see where he’s been since. He’s found dumplings that “seemed to be the missing link between Russian pierogi and Chinese won tons;” experienced “relief at the size of [a] portion [that] soon gave way to sorrow;” and tried a meat that tested "the limits of what [he] was prepared to eat.”
This journal is a wonderful homage to countries Liam Hetherington has visited before, and a preview of those he might like to see, credit-crunch-style.