On a visit to London a few years ago, a friend gave me a copy of the London Coffee Guide. Obviously he knew I was quite the coffee aficionado and I made a point of visiting as many of these local coffee houses as I could as I went about exploring the city.
A few years later I noticed in my home town local craft brewers banded together to offer a craft beer passport. For a small initial fee, craft beer enthusiasts can sample a myriad of local brews at locations all around the city for $2 a pint. Many cities now have markets or exhibitions showcasing and selling locally manufactured goods (such as ‘one of a kind’ shows) and of course there’s always new and exciting restaurants opening in local culinary scenes.