Visit London every year. Bar Shu, 28 Frith St., near Leicester Square, is the best Sichuan food I have had. The "Exploded Pork Kidneys" are especially fine, as are the green beans. Also noteworthy is Hot Stuff, 19 Wilcox Rd., a small Pakistani takeaways place which is rapidly gaining global fame.
For the first time in my life, I no longer feel I live in or near the center of the world.