Food for Thought

Mar 4, 2024

For me, eating well is paramount. That’s why when I’m away from home I’m so happy when I find that my hotel has a good restaurant where I can eat delicious meals and this, without even having to go out 😊!


The very first establishments that were easily recognizable as restaurants popped up around 1100 A.D. in China, when cities like Kaifeng and Hangzhou boasted densely packed urban populations of more than 1 million inhabitants each. These restaurants were in lively entertainment districts that catered to business travelers, complete with hotels, bars and brothels. According to Chinese documents from the era, the variety of restaurant options in the 1120s resembled a downtown tourist district in a 21st century city.

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