A city is larger than a town. New York City, Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles are examples of cities. All state or country capitals are cities; cities usually have some significant political, economic or cultural importance. The word town refers to a smaller population center. And a very small population center - even smaller than a town - is called a village.
To complicate things, the central part of a city (especially the main commercial or business area) is called downtown. If you live downtown, you live right in the middle of the main action of the city - and it's more expensive to live downtown than to live in one of the other neighborhoods.
Anise seeds oil as well as fresh young leaves are used in cooking. The flavor is heightened by dry frying the seeds. Anise is used in savory and sweet dishes to which it imparts sweet aromatic flavor to variety of cuisines. The whole seeds and often times freshly grounded powder added to the recipes at the last moment to limit the evaporation of essential volatile oils in them.