Top-5 Records presents: World’s Worst pizza, street food, drink

The Titanic Awards, celebrating the worst of travel, by Doug Lansky, described as an accomplished travel writer currently residing in Sweden and past columnist of The Vagabond, a Chicago Tribune humorous adventure travel column.

World’s Worst Pizza
"Many contenders but the pub in Nimbin, northern New South Wales, Australia wins. How could the Australian centre for dope smoking, hippy free living produce something so bloody awful?"
Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet founder

World’s Worst Menu Item In An Actual Restaurant
"Boiled Fermented Cow’s Nose, Denpasar, Bali. (There is a note on this item, in English: "The flavor may not agree with some Westerners." True, that.)"
Tim Cahill, adventure travel writer, humorist, and author of many books, including Lost in My Own Backyard

World’s Worst Train Station Menu
"A restaurant in Greece offered "vagina" as one of the chef’s specialties. I declined to try it."
Martin Dunford, publisher of the Rough Guides series World’s Worst Food

World’s Worst Street Food
"Random pig organs reheated atop a sheet of corrugated metal. No idea which organs they were. Protein is hard to come by in some parts of the Andes."
Thomas Kohnstamm, author of more than a dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks and Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?

World’s Worst Military Food
"French MREs [Meals, ready-to-eat]. You’d think they’d have this gourmet stuff, but they had two dozen flavors of greasy southern French crap that even the peasants wouldn’t touch."
Robert Young Pelton, filmmaker, speaker, and author of several books, including The World’s Most Dangerous Places

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A former professor of food safety and the publisher of, Powell is passionate about food, has five daughters, and is an OK goaltender in pickup hockey. Download Doug’s CV here. Dr. Douglas Powell editor, retired professor, food safety 3/289 Annerley Rd Annerley, Queensland 4103 61478222221 I am based in Brisbane, Australia, 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time