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Seattle and James Bear Award Winners; Air Pollution and 8 Travel Destinations

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Seattle Scores Big in James Beard Award Winners 2018: The Best Restaurants in the U.S.

Courtesy Nina Kokotas Hahn

Seattle, the South, and New York women dominated last week’s awards in Chicago

Space Needle and the Seattle skyline
Photo by Deb Roskamp

Turns out that Seattle is now the place to go for amazing Southern food at a restaurant run by a French-trained chef. Edourado Jordan scored the most coveted loot at last night’s James Beard Awards — the so-called Oscars of the food world—taking home Best New Restaurant for Seattle’s buzzy JuneBaby and Best Chef: Northwest for Salare. Jordan’s first restaurant, the French-Italian Salare, was followed by JuneBaby, which Jordan says tells the story of Southern food in America.

“I’m able to tell that story 3,000 miles away from where it first landed on American soil, and people are hearing me and understanding what I’m trying to do,” Jordan told us. “It’s an amazing feeling to be in the Pacific Northwest and have a Southern restaurant that people are listening to. I think with Salare and JuneBaby, we’re waking up the country that Seattle is a force to be reckoned with from a food standpoint.”

Other big James Beard Award winners of the night were Gabrielle Hamilton of New York’s Prune for Outstanding Chef, Camille Cogswell of Philadelphia’s Isreali-themed Zahav for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Birmingham’s Highlands Bar & Grill for Outstanding Restaurant. Dolester Miles of the Alabama restaurant, who made it to stage with tears of joy, also took home the Outstanding Pastry Chef award.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

2018 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Best New Restaurant JuneBaby, Seattle
Outstanding Chef Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune, NYC
Outstanding Baker Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie, San Francisco
Outstanding Bar Program Cure, New Orleans
Outstanding Pastry Chef Dolester Miles, Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL
Outstanding Restaurant Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL
Outstanding Restaurateur Caroline Styne, The Lucques Group (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern, and others), Los Angeles
Outstanding Service Zuni Café, San Francisco
Outstanding Wine Program FIG, Charleston, SC
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Miljenko Grgich, Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford, CA
Rising Star Chef of the Year Camille Cogswell, Zahav, Philadelphia
Best Chef: Great Lakes Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice, Chicago
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic Jeremiah Langhorne, The Dabney, Washington, D.C.
Best Chef: Midwest Gavin Kaysen, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis
Best Chef: New York City Missy Robbins, Lilia, Brooklyn, NY
Best Chef: Northeast Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston
Best Chef: Northwest Edouardo Jordan, Salare, Seattle
Best Chef: South Nina Compton, Compère Lapin, New Orleans
Best Chef: Southeast Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Charleston, SC
Best Chef: Southwest Alex Seidel, Mercantile Dining & Provision, Denver
Best Chef: West Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Restaurant Design Award for 75 Seats and Under The MP Shift (Amy Morris, Anna Polonsky, and Julie Nerenberg) for De Maria, NYC
Restaurant Design Award for 76 Seats and Over Aidlin Darling Design with a l m project (Joshua Aidlin, David Darling, Adam Rouse, and Andrea Lenardin Madden) for In Situ, San Francisco
Design Icon The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri

8 Popular Destinations Where Air Pollution Could Ruin Your Trip

Air pollution does a lot more than cause canceled or postponed vacations — it kills millions of people worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization. Some of the worst places for air pollution are also home to bucket-list-worthy sights. But missing them might be the least of your problems if smog ramps up during your visit: Symptoms of air pollution sickness include nausea, coughing, headache, itchy eyes — and air pollution can cause long-term breathing problems.

Here are some of the worst destinations for smog, especially if you already suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems.

India

smog over Agra, India

The Taj Mahal attracts thousands of travelers every day, but the city it’s in is one of the worst in the world for air pollution. Smog in Agra can cut visibility so dramatically that you can’t see much more than an outline of the giant tomb, and visitors who don’t cancel their trip during a period of heavy smog can be seen wearing face masks to visit.

Agra, however, isn’t the worst place in India for smog: Delhi, Mumbai, and Calcutta are known to have some of the worst air quality in the world. Even lesser-known India destinations are affected by smog: the city of Jodhpur, which attracts tourists to its colorful and quaint “blue city,” has also been known to suffer from poor air quality.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

smog over Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hoping to spot historic forts and towering skyscrapers that draw travelers to Saudi Arabia’s financial hub? Harmful emissions paired with dust storms can create near-unbreathable air conditions that might keep you from visiting. Riyadh is a manufacturing hub rife with cars that, when sand kicks up around the Saudi capital, can see thick smog that greatly blurs visibility and irritates lungs.

Los Angeles, California

the Los Angeles smog

It’s not just developing countries that suffer from poor air quality. Los Angeles is the worst place in the U.S. for ozone pollution, according to the American Lung Association, and the state of California is home to many of the other worst-ranked cities for air quality. Thanks to a combination of cars, the Golden State’s weather and topography, and added smog from less rainfall and more frequent wildfires in recent years, the air quality index is often over 100, which is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires skyline and smog

The third-largest city in South America, Buenos Aires can get thick with smog on hot summer days thanks to the fact that many cars in the city run on diesel fuel, which burns particularly dense emissions. The city ranks slightly worse than Los Angeles for air quality, according to data from the World Health Organization, and slightly better than Paris and Rome.

Beijing, China

smog over Beijing

Crowded China has a reputation for smog, so most travelers to Beijing might know what to expect: crowds in gauzy face masks and buildings with heavy grade air filtration systems. Why? The air quality index here can get as high as the 400s — and have even surpassed the maximum grade of 500 before.

Paris, France

Paris air pollution

Paris, which has gone so far as to ban old-model cars (pre-1997) in an effort to go green, is still striving to fight car emissions that contribute to its poor air quality. Paris public transit is free to passengers on days with high smog, a move meant to encourage residents and visitors to ditch their vehicles and instead use the sprawling Metro system to get around. Recently, legislators have even proposed making free public transit permanent to improve air quality.

Bangkok, Thailand

air pollution at Bangkok

Thailand is a popular bucket-list vacation for its awe-inspiring natural wonders and religious sites, but flying into Bangkok brings a heavy dose of urban air pollution. Air quality in the Thai capital can hit dangerous levels that cause residents – especially children — to stay inside until the smog lifts, and make masks commonplace.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria skyline

The largest metropolis on the continent of Africa is in the country ranked worst in the world for air pollution. Lagos, Nigeria is infamous for traffic and home to an unreliable electrical grid that means many residents rely on diesel generators instead. The intense sunlight near the equator only worsens the air quality index, making for thick smog and health problems for many of its residents. Lagos’s resort-addled Victoria Island is no exception.

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