I arrived the other night in the Twin Cities for a client meeting, and stayed in an ultra-swank hotel in downtown Minneapolis. The kind of place you walk into and, thanks to the genius lighting scheme, sculptural elements, music and overall vibe, you feel way cooler than you have any business being.
A few weeks ago I found myself in Seattle for a quick weekday trip. When I travel, solo or otherwise, I tend to plan my trips around one very important thing: food. In my opinion, discovering a city through its culinary delights is truly one of the best ways to get to know a place, and the Seattle food scene did not disappoint.
Depends on the culture. In this answer I will focus on modern French, modern European, and one of a number of American "passes". How and when food is served in which order is as much a function of the season as it is the chef's idea of what to serve when and the diner's decision how to have it presented.