Fast Foods Gone Global: Asia Pictures

Local cultures influence flavors at American fast food chains throughout Asia, with menu items like McDonald's bulgogi burger in Seoul and Baskin Robbins’ kiwi sorbet in Japan.

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Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires

Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires

As Argentina’s oldest café, this historic hangout has been a gathering spot for artists, politicians and musicians since the late 1800s. You can’t leave without ordering the local favorite -- chocolate con churros, crunchy fried dough dipped into thick hot chocolate. 960 1280

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Café Central, Vienna

Café Central, Vienna

A Viennese institution since 1876, this palatial coffeehouse has been a meeting place for some of the world’s greatest minds, from Sigmund Freud to Leon Trotsky. True to Viennese café culture, you’ll want to linger for hours in this grand café. 960 1280

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Sant'Eustachio il Caffe, Rome

Sant'Eustachio il Caffe, Rome

Founded in 1938, this small stand-up café is a landmark in the heart of Rome, near the city’s iconic Piazza Navona. Drinking espresso standing up is the equivalent of to-go coffee for Italians. No matter how much time you have, order the local favorite "gran caffè speciale,” a shot of sweetened espresso.  960 1280

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La Cafeotheque, Paris

La Cafeotheque, Paris

While many cafes in Paris focus on atmosphere more than the coffee, this spot is one of the exceptions. Coffee aficionados, Parisian hipsters and tourists alike all gather at this café for the best beans from all over the world, which are roasted in-house. 960 1280

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Winkel, Amsterdam

Winkel, Amsterdam

A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this charming corner café is known for its appeltaart (Dutch apple pie). But it’s also a great spot to sip on coffee, especially because of the outdoor seating, with its front-row view of the bustling farmers market nearby.  960 1280

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Toma Café, Madrid

Toma Café, Madrid

To keep up with this high-energy city, you’ll need plenty of caffeine. The locals head to this tiny bustling café to refuel with favorites such as café con leche (espresso with milk) and alfajores (caramel biscuit sweet). 960 1280

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Kaffeine, London

Kaffeine, London

While the caffeinated beverage of choice in London is tea, coffee (good coffee, too) can still be found in this city. Inspired by the cafes in Australia and New Zealand, this independent coffee spot is always packed with those in search of an expertly brewed cup of java.  960 1280

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Caffé Vita, Seattle

Caffé Vita, Seattle

Virtually anywhere you go in Seattle, you’re an arm’s length away from a great cup of coffee. So if you ask a Seattleite where to find the best coffee, be prepared for a lengthy list in response. A local favorite, this café specializes in small-batch coffee roasting and even offers the general public a chance to learn the secret to its artisanal brewing with its Public Brewing School. 960 1280

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Reslau, Auckland

Reslau, Auckland

New Zealand invented and perfected the country’s signature coffee drink -- the flat white, a shot of espresso blended with steamed milk, no froth. This award-winning café is one of the best spots in Auckland to enjoy an expertly crafted flat white topped off with a home-baked treat. 960 1280

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Double Tall, Japan

Double Tall, Japan

While you might think that the Japanese drink green tea all day, coffee is becoming more and more popular in this country, especially with the younger generations. While the iconic vending machine is a popular way to get your caffeine fix to-go, there is a small band of quality coffee shops in Tokyo, with Double Tall leading the pack. Known for its latte art, the coffee’s presentation -- and taste -- will wow you. 960 1280

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Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Head to Chicago for the world’s largest food festival. Now in its 33rd year, the 5-day festival attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. Highlighted foods include Chicago-style pizza, the famed Eli’s Cheesecake, plus various regional foods. The annual event is held in July. 960 1280

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Over 6 weeks, this annual fall festival at Epcot Theme Park showcases food and wine specialties from 25 countries. Explore international kiosks, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes and wine tastings, as well as live musical performances. 960 1280

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Held in September, the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival was founded by 2 of Hawaii’s James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. The 4-day festival also features a lineup of more than 50 leading chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. 960 1280

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Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

August 2012 marks the second-annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. The 4-day event will build on the success of last year’s lineup, which showcased more than 30 different restaurants and 200 vineyards. 960 1280

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New Orleans Wine & Food Festival

New Orleans Wine & Food Festival

In May the New Orleans Wine & Food Festival celebrates its 20th year -- all for a good cause. In its 2 decades, the festival has raised more than $1 million for nonprofit organizations based in New Orleans (like the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans), while attracting an impressive roster of local food and chefs, as well as national and international wines. 960 1280

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Taste of Vail

Taste of Vail

Every spring the annual Taste of Vail attracts more than 30 of the finest local chefs. The festival also attracts owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the country’s top wineries. 960 1280

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Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Every March, the Charleston Wine & Food Festival attracts nearly 20,000 food and wine aficionados from around the country. The 4-day event most recently featured the best in wine, barbecue and tacos, using Lowcountry ingredients. 960 1280

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Heading into its 12th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival benefits Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. In 2012, more than 60,000 guests attended the event, raising approximately $2 million for the university. The festival is next slated for February 2013. 960 1280

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Key West Food & Wine Festival

Key West Food & Wine Festival

This annual 4-day festival, held in January, turns up the heat in Key West. Celebrate Key West’s rich food and drink heritage with walk-around tastings at sunset, along with education wine and food seminars led by local talent. 960 1280

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Portland Eat Mobile Festival

Portland Eat Mobile Festival

Portland has more than 400 food carts, making it a top destination for mobile eats. Every April the city’s best street food takes center stage at the Portland Eat Mobile Festival. Attendees also enjoy food demonstrations and discussions on ways to incorporate green-friendly practices into their daily lives. 960 1280

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NYC Wine & Food Festival

NYC Wine & Food Festival

Eat, drink, end hunger -- that’s the mission of the NYC Wine & Food Festival. In the past, this annual fall festival has attracted more than 50,000 attendees and 200 celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. In all, 100% of the festivals net proceeds benefit the NYC Food Bank and Share Our Strength, a nonprofit committed to end child hunger. 960 1280

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Austin Food & Wine Festival

Austin Food & Wine Festival

Every April the "live music capital of the world” plays host to the 2-day Austin Food & Wine Festival. Among the highlights: 35 cooking demos, plus wine and cocktail seminars. In between, grab a complimentary drink at the VIP Lounge. Then sample the best in local and regional restaurants at the H-E-B Grand Tasting Pavilion. 960 1280

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Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Aspen Food & Wine Classic

In June the Aspen Food & Wine Classic celebrates its 30th anniversary as one of America's top culinary events. The 3-day event showcases cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel talks by leading wine and culinary experts. 960 1280

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Cinnamon and lots of icing make these sticky cinnamon buns a treat morning, noon or night. 960 1280

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The original buns -- freshly-baked hot cross buns served hot with raisins baked inside. 960 1280

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Moving away from sticky and into the classics stuck between buns, we first start with Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe. First opened in 1922 in Naugatuck, CT, by 3 Italian brothers, Nardelli's serves authentic Italian meat sandwiches. 960 1280

  

One more classic from Nardelli's -- a meatball sub. Mmm. 960 1280

  

The Vortex in Atlanta, GA, opened its doors in 1992. Each burger is a work of art. One specialty burger, called the Elvis Burger, is served with peanut butter, bacon and banana. 960 1280

  

The Super Fat Daddy sandwich at Munchie's in Sarasota, FL, is loaded with 6 cheeseburgers, french fries, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, a pound of Philly steak, mushrooms, peppers and several slices of cheese. Not your average sandwich, but we'll take the goodies stuck in the middle anyway. 960 1280

  

Juicy cuts of pastrami meat for the best sandwiches can't be purchased just anywhere. Next time you're in New York City, stop on over at Katz's Delicatessen and 2nd Ave Deli for some of the best. 960 1280

  

New Englanders are proud of their lobster rolls and 2 restaurants in Kennebunkport, ME, claim to be the best -- The Clam Shack and Alisson's Restaurant. Next time you're in Maine, taste them both and see for yourself. 960 1280

  

Open 24 hours a day, the 75-year-old Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh, PA, serves 20 different sandwiches. All their sandwiches are prepared on Italian bread with their special addition -- french fries. 960 1280

  

Do you know who created the first Coney Island hot dog? Perhaps the winner of this war will never be determined, but the hot dogs at American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI, are delicious. 960 1280

  

In St. Louis, MO, the Iron Barley's Monte Cristo hot dog is served with 2 filleted Chicago-red hot dogs grilled with strawberry jam and melted cheese. 960 1280

  

GCS Ballpark in Sauget, IL, has a burger that surpasses all the others and is dubbed Baseball's Best Burger. A burger topped with bacon and cheddar cheese, served between 2 Krispy Kreme doughnut halves -- What's not to love? 960 1280

  

John Ascuaga's Nugget and The (Little) Nugget in Reno, NV, both claim to have the best Awful, Awful Burger. You be the judge. 960 1280

  

We think Anthony Bourdain said it best when he visited Chicago's Silver Palm restaurant and devoured a sandwich called 3 Little Pigs, topped with smoked ham, breaded pork cutlet, 2 strips of bacon and 2 fried eggs -- "A work of genius, in an evil way." 960 1280

  

The Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO, gives its customers the choice of 21 different delicious patties. If their selection doesn't suit you, simply build your own, like this triple-decker cheeseburger. Delicious! 960 1280

  

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