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Global Chowzter Awards 2014


My main reason for visiting London last week was to attend Chowzter’s Tastiest Fast Feasts on Earth Awards.

As you may recall, I’ve been working with Chowzter since the end of last year and previously attended their North American Awards. This was a much bigger scale, trying to find the tastiest fast feasts in the world. It was an extremely fun event and I got to meet bloggers from all over the globe.

Chowzter is a new company, whose goal is to provide you with a friend in every city. Just like you would ask your foodie friend where to dine at if you were visiting their city, Chowzter has recruited food bloggers in cities all over the world to provide the best local fast feasts recommendations. Fast feasts is that middle ground between fast food and fine dining. I don’t know about you, but I love visiting a city where I already have a friend, saving me hours of research and keeping me from getting stuck in tourist traps that aren’t worth my time.

The awards took place at the not-yet-opened L’Anima Cafe. It was a delicious night of trying some of what the restaurant had to offer as well as finding out the winners.

San Diego received one nomination: The Pork Belly App from Carnitas’ Snack Shack was nominated for the North America Regional Award, but sadly it lost out to Chicago’s Banh Mi at Franks ‘n’ Dawgs. There were many categories and the full list of winners can be found here.

It was exciting to learn about all these dishes I haven’t tried before and there are many cities I want to visit now, just so I can try the winning dish. For each of the winners, there was a short video explaining the dish and why it won.

Some of the highlights for me were:

Tastiest Seafood: Alaskan King Crab 5 Ways at Dynasty in Vancouver

Tastiest Rice Dish: Hainanese Chicken Rice at Tian Tian in Singapore

Tastiest Pastry: The fried Jam Croissant at the Albion in London

Asia’s Tastiest Feast: The Stuffed Lechón at Pepita’s Kitchen in Manila

And the World’s Tastiest dish overall: Ceviche at Chez Wong in Lima

I hadn’t tried any of the winning dishes before, but I really wanted to after the awards. Luckily for us though, we did get a taste of the World’s Tastiest Pastry since the winner was in London. And after taking a bite, I think it was definitely worthy of the win. I had actually wanted to check it out before the awards when I saw it had been nominated for tastiest pastry, but since we would soon be leaving for Paris, I didn’t think a croissant in London could  match up. But of course, I was very very wrong, and totally kicking myself for not visiting it first.

This isn’t your ordinary croissant. It’s a deep fried croissant, with a jam filling. And it was as outrageously good as it sounds. Expect this to be on my 2014 Best Sweets list. I tried desperately to visit the bakery the next morning so I could get some full sized versions, but alas, they didn’t open until 8am and we had to leave before that. Stupid, stupid Kirbie. I really should have paid Albion a visit–especially since it was only a 10 minute walk from my hotel! I won’t make the mistake again.

Once again, full list of winners can be found here.

 

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6 comments on “Global Chowzter Awards 2014”

  1. What a cool event and a great idea for a company. Whenever we travel we use a combination of Lonely Planet guides / local Yelp / Trip Advisor / asking locals to find out good places to eat and its very hit or miss since guides can be outdated, Yelp is not popular in many other countries and locals sometimes think its easier to just send you somewhere ‘safe’ with tourist-y food. Will definitely check out the other winners and make note of this next time I travel!

    • You can check out the Chowzter website to get the full list of recs from each city. I found the lists and nominees helpful on my trip, and after meeting and eating with many of the bloggers, I was happy to find that most of them shared a similar palate as me. i also like that it’s a set of definitive recommendations, so you’re not culling through thousands of reviews like on Yelp and Trip Advisor.

  2. I’ll have to check out the Chowzter site…I’m curious to see the recs for other countries. What a great opportunity this was for you. That last photo of the deep fried croissant…gosh, I want one now, haha!

    I agree that it helps knowing someone (a local) for each city if you’re traveling. It also helps if they have similar tastes instead of directing you to ‘safe/boring/tourist traps’.

    • Definitely check out the site! They are constantly trying to find ways to improve. And yeah, the croissant was amazing!

  3. I love your page on San Diego Kirbie!! Why didn’t I have this two years ago when I was studying abroad in Europe D: I hope they expand the Athens page soon because I am planning a trip to Greece. I can’t wait to try out the suggestions.

    • They are constantly getting more bloggers and also getting the bloggers to check out more places, so I’m sure it will be expanded soon. I actually have a few new updates that I recently submitted to the SD page which hopefully will be updated soon!

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