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Calling All Bloggers: Things to Eat Before You Die?

From places to visit to films to see to books to read, lists of things to do 'before you die' are certainly nothing new. One that I stumbled upon for the first time recently, however, was a list of the '50 things to eat before you die', compiled via a poll of BBC viewers and aired as a television show back in 2004 (which somehow I missed at the time). I was prepared for some oddities and questionable inclusions, but I wasn't quite prepared for how flabbergasted I would actually be at the things chosen by the British public as the gastronomic highlights of their life: the list's contents range from the absurdly general (fresh fish) to unflinchingly specific (Moreton Bay Bugs), and seem to contain several items for no other reason than to satisfy a need for something weird, e.g. guinea pig, alligator and reindeer. Vagueness seems to be its most pervasive flaw, with Chinese food, curry, pasta and sandwiches all having made the top twenty! And in case I were still looking for things to criticize, I could point out how culturally unbalanced the whole thing is, but it probably isn't worth the effort (and in fact I doubt there are many of these lists that aren't).

It did get me thinking, however. Realizing that I have so far managed 44 of these 50 (can you guess what I haven't eaten? answers are at the bottom!), I then started to imagine what would be on my list, if I were to make one based on my experience, and from there it was only natural to start wondering what would be on other food-minded people's lists. And as the curiosity grew, an idea took shape. What if I tried to actually compile a list, a bigger, better list, and one that is far more trustworthy and relevant for those of us who spend inordinate amounts of our time pondering, planning, preparing, reading about and traveling in search of food; a list as long as it needs to be, and as diverse in terms of geography and cultural preference as possible? And more importantly, where could I find enough passionate, well-traveled foodies to flesh out this list with their infallible good taste and culinary expertise? Why, in the food blogosphere, of course!

I am therefore announcing the creation of a 'joint project' (I know memes have gotten a little tiresome to many bloggers - yes, including me! - which is why I'm not calling it one ;) to create a list of food bloggers' top picks for things you've eaten and think that everyone should eat at least once before they die. Think of it as kind of a global food guide, which can enrich and inform our travels and perhaps even clue us into things closer to home that we've somehow overlooked. And although it will probably be too long for any one person to dream of completing, I hope it will give us all some small inkling of how many more edible treasures there still are out there, and how much there still is to experience.

Here are my general guidelines. I'm restricting contributions to five items per blogger, which is hard, I know! But this will keep the list semi-manageable in length and will force you to really think hard about what your absolute top picks would be. You're welcome to be as general or as pin-sharp as you like, referring to specific dishes, restaurants, ingredients, products or preparations (although I think entire cuisines are a bit too general...), but they should definitely be things you know and love and couldn't imagine not having tasted. A sentence or two about your history with this food and why it means so much to you would also be great, and an item or two that is local to you, your cuisine or a place you have lived will help maintain a nice geographical diversity. Oh, and although I really welcome contributions from bloggers all over the world, I'm asking for all contributions to be in English to keep the list coherent. I'm envisioning the contribution process to be passed along like a normal meme, which is why I'm tagging five people to start, but feel free to participate even if you haven't yet been tagged. And if you want to participate but don't feel like devoting an entire post to it, you're welcome to do that too - just whatever you do, drop me an email (my address is in the 'about' section in the sidebar) or a comment on this post with your five foods or your permalink and I'll add your choices to a (hopefully) ever-growing list as they come in. I've also added a link to this post in the top right-hand corner, so you can easily come back and check on new additions!

To get you started, here are some food-for-thought questions. What are some of your most treasured food memories? Where have you had a dish or a meal beyond compare? Where have you traveled and been bowled over by the cuisine? What foods could you absolutely not live without?

I hope you'll participate!

p.s. The things on the BBC list I haven't tried are: Moreton Bay Bugs, alligator, guinea pig (though I had the chance in Peru... but chickened out!), shark, Australian meat pie and durian. What about you?

p.p.s. Jeanne just reminded me of another, slightly more, um, sophisticated list published by the Guardian last year. I'll bet not many score as highly on this list!

So who to tag first? This was hard, but I finally decided to pass the baton to this list of geographically diverse and very talented bloggers, all of whom I know to have exceptionally good taste...
1. Matt in Los Angeles
2. Ximena in Madrid
3. Helen in Sydney
4. Chubby Hubby and his wife S. in Singapore (and I'm kind of cheating here, because I want them both to post their top five!)
5. Fanny in France

 

The List

Make sure to click through to each contributor's post to see full descriptions, photos, etc!

From yours truly: 
1. Real jerk barbecue, preferably from a roadside jerk hut in Jamaica itself, smoky, tender and spicy enough to make you cry
If you don't yet know about my love affair with jerk, just read here. Really one of the greatest (and most painful, but somehow that only added to it) culinary experiences of my life.
2. Berthillon's salted caramel ice cream in Paris
I have tasted a lot of great ice cream in my day, but I don't think any has made me stop eating halfway through because I couldn't bear the thought of finishing it and having none left! Luckily I got over it and licked the cup clean, but I'd probably sell my soul if that meant I could have it regularly.
3. A Louisiana crawfish boil
To the uninitiated it's a smelly massacre. To the converted, those stubby pink tails are good enough to balance out a significant number of life's unpleasantries, and certainly worth the fatty, fishy mess and sore fingers that result from peeling so many of them.
4. Zachary's pizza in Berkeley, California
I like thin-crust pizza as much as anyone, but when push comes to shove, my heart will always belong to Zachary's. This thick, stuffed 'Chicago-style' pizza, the pride and joy of my original hometown, has an unusually crisp, flaky bottom crust, a pillow of cheeses and other fillings sitting below a trademark second crust, and a layer of thick, chunky tomato sauce on top of that perfumed with just the right amount of garlic and herbs. I haven't had one in years, but I can still taste them like I ate one for breakfast.
5. A ripe fig, straight off the tree
I've always liked figs and been fascinated with their color, shape and texture, but I never really got what all the fuss was about eating them raw until I tasted one, bursting with ripeness, straight off the tree. It was the sweetest fruit I have ever eaten, dripping with thick juice that tasted almost like pure honey. Luscious may be one of the world's most hackneyed descriptors, but it's the only word I could possibly use here.

From Chubby Hubby:
6. Macarons from Pierre Hermé
7. Sakura ebi
8. A really proper frito misto in Venice, Italy
9. Corner Bistro's bistro burger
10. Sushi at the crack of dawn in Tsukiji fish market

From Katharine:
11. (tie) I know it's cheating a bit, but I honestly couldn't decide between butter and garlic
12. Cheese
13. Sushi
14. Truffles
15. (tie) Foie gras and escargot

From Catherine: 
16. The chef's tasting menu at Manresa
17. A cup of grapefruit sorbetto and yogurt gelato from Gelato Milano
18. Macaroni and cheese
19. A Krispy Kreme donut, hot off the presses
20. A really good tomato sandwich

From Matt:
21. Texas Barbeque from any reputable place in the Hill Country
22. Chicken Fried Steak
23. Barbacoa
24. Dry Jack Cheese
25. Bugey Cerdon

From Christine:
26. Brie de Meaux
27. Baklava
28. A Philippine mango
29. Feijoada
30. Fig's fritter with Gorgonzola cheese served with serrano ham from The Green Tangerine in Hanoi

From Mac:
31. A sun-ripened heirloom tomato that you have just picked out of your garden
32. Fresh, unpasteurized French cheese, like Epoisses
33. Nutella crepe from a street stand
34. Basil gelato from Capogiro in Philadelphia
35. A real Philadelphia cheesesteak

From Melissa:
36. Deep-fried alligator
37. Unagi nigiri
38. Shiner bock ice cream
39. Sausage & swiss kloboznik from the little czech bakery in west, texas
40. Smoked sirloin from schoepf's barbecue in belton, texas

From Margaret:
41. The babka at the Hotel Europejski in Warsaw
42. Gyros from one of those ubiquitous street stands in Turkey
43. anything
with cinnamon or lemon
44. The #4 Enchilada Plate at The Shed in Santa Fe
45. Blueberries picked and eaten directly from the bush

From Ana:
46. Carne Asada Fries at a Mexican take-out somewhere in Orange County
47. Salmon Sashimi
48. Foie Gras
49. Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake
50. Bonuan Bangus (Milkfish)

From Ximena:
51. First quality Ibérico de bellota
52. Angulas (baby eels)
53. Dim-sum, from wheeled carts
54. A full-on English cream tea
55. Pipas (toasted salted sunflower seeds)

From Jeanne:
56. Try foie gras
57. Karoo lamb, eaten in the Karoo, hot off the fire
58. Visit one of Pierre Herme's shops and have some macaroons
59. Order fresh wild Cape coastal oysters at The Knysna Oyster Company
60. Eat Jamon Iberico de bellota from Jabugo

From Julia:
61. Ganache truffles
62. Laduree’s "Club Champs-Elysées"
63. Kruidnootjes (Dutch ginger nuts)
64. My family recipe for oliebollen (doughnut balls)
65. The Liquid Lounge’s "Honey and Chili Prawn Skewer" in Puerto Banus, Spain

From Jen:
66. Coal Oven Pizza from Lombardis in Manhattan
67. Chiles en Nogada in Puebla
68. Lobsters on the Coast of Maine
69. Macarons at Laudree in Paris
70. Dim Sum in Hong Kong

From Husband:
71. North Carolina Barbeque (Eastern style)
72. Cincinnati Chili
73.
Dim Sum
74. Graeter’s Ice Cream
75.
Praline Pecans from A Southern Season

From Kevin (five sandwiches to eat before you die):
76. BLT (bacon, lettuce & tomato)
77. Reuben
78. Muffaletta from Central Grocery in New Orleans
79. Cuban
80. Grilled cheese

From Abby:
81. A ripe yellow watermelon (the whole thing)
82. Green tea ice cream
83. Venison
84. Blackberry creme brulee
85. Fried okra/squash/eggplant

From Neil:
86. Wild barramundi
87. Spanish tapas
88. Fresh porcini
89. A piece of cheese
90. Wild salmon

From Kat (five countries/cities to eat in before you die):
91. Italy
92. France
93. Spain
94. New Zealand/Australia
95. San Francisco

From Mary:
96. Spicy Angel Wings at Marnee Thai Restaurant, Sunset District, San Francisco
97. Coffee Crunch Cake Eastern Bakery, Chinatown, San Francisco
98. Super Carnitas Burrito (with extra hot sauce) Gordo’s Taqueria, San Francisco
99. Dad’s Fried Chicken
100. Anything and Everything at the French Laundry, Yountville, California

From ASMO:
101. Dungeness Crab in San Francisco
102. Oysters from Etang de Tau in the South of France
103. Fresh raspberries, straight from the bush, still warm from the sunshine
104. Danish Fjord Shrimp
105. BBQ'ed langouste from the Indian Ocean

From Deccanheffalump:
106. Mussels/Tisri Masala
107.
"Adele Pidou's Soup" as described by Marcel Rouff
108.
Dinner at El Bulli , Girona, Spain
109.
Huzarensla/ Hussar Salad the way my mother made it
110.
Bater/Quail at the Moti Mahal In Delhi

From aer:
111. A Pierre Herme macaron
112. Breakfast at the Four Season’s Sayan, Bali
113. Fresh truffles on scrambled eggs in truffle season
114. Tasting menu at Cordeillan Bages, Pauillac, France
115. Tasting menu at French Laundry, Yountville, California

From Nicola:
116. Fig bruschetta from Donna Hay
117. Fresh mussels in white wine, shallots, cream, garlic, and stilton
118. Linguine with tomatoes and basil
119. Any fruit that comes right off the tree
120. The ahi tuna sandwich at Lola’s in Playa Avellana, Costa Rica

From Deb:
121. Mom's matzoh brei
122. Really good lox and Temptee whipped cream cheese on a Brooklyn bagel
123. Peas in their pods right off the vine
124. Freshly made chocolate mousse
125. A multi-course meal at Millennium in San Francisco

From Bea:
126. Bouillabaisse
127. Wild Strawberries
128. Black Cod from Roy’s restaurant in Chicago
129. A gourmet picnic at the top of a mountain, after hours hiking
130. Tartiflette with a big bowl of mâche

From Lola:
131. Fois gras with apple jelly from La Cushara de San Telmo in San Sebastian, Spain
132. Caramel fleur de sel macaron from Pierre Herme
133. Home-made ice-cream
134. Fish that you have caught and prepared all on your own
135. A chocolate milk shake from the dairy booth at the MN state fair

From Alison:
136. Barbacoa Tacos at Taqueria Y Tortilleria El Campion, San Juan Capistrano, CA
137.
Olallieberry Pie at Polly's Bakery Cafe in Fullerton, CA
138.
Fried Oysters at Seafare Inn in Whittier, CA
139. My
Grandmother's Rigatoni with Italian Sausage and Tomato Sauce
140.
Stir-Fried Morel Mushrooms

From Helene:
141. Morrocan Couscous
142. Vacherin
143. Cassoulet
144. Flamekuche
145. Calissons d' Aix

From Homesicktexan:
146. Refried beans from Las Manitas, Austin, TX
147. Ninfa's green sauce, at the original Ninfa's on Navigation, Houston, TX
148. Tapas at Cal Pep, Barcelona
149. Fresh oysters in October, Le Baron Rouge, Paris
150. My grandma's chocolate pie, McKinney, TX

From Genie:
151. A chili half-smoke with the works from Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, DC
152. My Grammy’s mac and cheese, made my way
153. The roast chicken at Casa Mingo in Madrid
154. Belizean Rice and Beans with a healthy dash or three of Marie Sharp’s Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce
155. Caprese salad made with a tomato and basil you grew yourself

From Austin:
156. Khao Soi (as prepared in northern Thailand)
157. Beer from Oregon
158. Orecchiette com Cime di Rapa
159. Real Bread
160. Anything green prepared phat fai daeng

From Luisa:
161. Sun-warmed Tomatoes, Sliced, Sprinkled with Flaky Salt and Drizzled with Olive Oil
162. 5 for $1 Pork-and-Chive Dumplings at Dumpling House on Eldridge Street, NYC
163. Batter-fried Zucchini Flowers Stuffed with Anchovies and Mozzarella
164. Basler Leckerli
165. Pizza al Taglio

From Lindy:
166. Fried zucchini blossoms
167. Real strawberries
168. Vosges Barcelona Bar - smoked almonds, gray sea salt, deep milk chocolate
169. Skate with brown butter and capers
170. Crusty potatoes roasted in goose fat

From Haalo:
171. Umbrian White Truffles
172. Foie Gras
173. Fresh Italian Buffalo Bocconcini
174. Canadian Scallops
175. 100 year old Seppelt Para Liqueur Vintage Tawny

From coffeepot:
176. Baked Alaska
177. Beignets and chicory coffee from Cafe De Monde, New Orleans
178. Any breakfast spread at any one of the Palace resorts in Cancun, Mexico
179. An all the way pizza from Mama Lazardos in Floyd, VA
180. Frog legs gigged on a hot summers night from our own fish ponds

From Helen:
181. A raw oyster, just opened and slurped in shell
182.
Fish and chips by the beach
183.
A bowl of noodles eaten whilst standing at a Tokyo railway station
184.
A mystery meal eaten in pitch darkness with only touch, smell, sound and taste to guide you
185.
A freshly baked pasteis de nata from Lisbon, Portugal

From Serge:
186. Cassoulet in Castelnaudary
187. Seafood Paella in Barcelona, Spain
188. Vegetarian Couscous in Cordoba, Spain
189. Grilled Sardines served on toasted bread with a mustard spread
190. Galettes de Ble Noir dipped in Lait Caille (curdled milk) in Brittany

From Michelle:
191. Baby Crawford peaches fresh off the tree at Andy's Orchard, Morgan Hill, CA
192. Strawberries from Swanton Berry Farm, Davenport, CA
193. Pears & black walnuts foraged in the Czech Republic
194. Fields of wild blueberries around Sackville, New Brunswick
195. Fresh mulberries anywhere you can get them

From Julie:
196. Steamed blue crabs
197. Mussels
198. Corn on the Cob
199. Artichoke
200. Fresh Caught Trout Cooked Over a Fire

From Rebecca:
201. Fresh cherry pie, home-made with sour cherries
202. Ice cream made by ag students and sold at the University Creamery on the campus of Penn State University in State College, PA
203. Real Philadelphia sticky buns, preferably with pecans
204. Real Philadelphia cheese steaks, on good, crispy rolls, with the Cheez Whiz topping
205. The Pennsylvania Dutch cheese fritters that my grandmother used to make

From Jessica:
206. Traditional bulgogi from a good Korean restaurant with a side of kimchi
207. A fresh pressed fig, goatchease, and prosciutto panini
208. Real pizza from Naples
209. Fresh squeezed orange juice from Malaga
210. Blueberry thumbprint cookies (best from Newboston Bakery)

From Pengrin:
211. Salt & Pepper Dungress crab from Yummy Yummy, San Francisco
212. Ginger Cake with Pumpkin Gelato from Park Chow, San Francisco
213. Pandanus cake from New Sweet Heart Bakery, San Francisco
214. Chocolate soufflé from Miss Williamsburg, New York City
215. Fluffy and Light pancakes from Tygers Cafe, San Francisco

From Lindsey:
216. 'Squeaky' Wisconsin Cheese Curds from a little rural cheese shop or the Madison farmer's market
217. Fresh Figs
218. Gogosi
219. Freshly picked berries swimming in vaniljesaus in Norway
220. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

From NS:
221. Fresh White Truffle from Alba
222.
Vanilla Bean
223.
Seared Foie Gras with Brioche, Peach Jus, Tahitian Vanilla Butter at The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
224.
Agnolotti of Summer White Corn at The French Laundry, Yountville, CA
225.
Early Girl Tomatoes from Dirty Girl Farms, Santa Cruz, CA

From Heather:
226. Green chile in New Mexico
227. Turnip cakes from the top Chinese dim sum restaurant in New York
228. Peking duck from the top Chinese dim sum restaurant in Chicago
229. Curried hearts of palm from the top Jamaican restaraunt in Gainesville, FL
230. Fried chicken from that place in Savannah near Tybee Island

From Kathryn:
231. Poronkäristys
232. Southern Pecan Pie
233. Toasted Ravioli
234. Chicken and Chips with Garlic Mayonnaise from Houssain's Kebab Van on St Giles in Oxford, England
235. A cheeseburger from Otto's BBQ on Memorial Dr in Houston, Texas

From Anna:
236. Brachetto d’Acqui
237. Alici/Boquerones
(depends whether you're Italian or Spanish)
238. Donna Hay’s Triple Chocolate Brownies
239. Coriander Potatoes
240. Parmigiano Reggiano

From Jen:
241. Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey
242.
Arnott’s Tim Tams
243.
Kangaroo Meat
244.
Perigord Truffles
245.
Quandongs

From Leland:
246. The bacon-blue cheeseburger from Tessaro’s in Pittsburgh, PA
247. My mom’s Alice Waters biscotti
248. Brioche from the Brioche place in Tours, France
249. Nakládaný hermelín
250. Wine from the Mas Gourdou

From Mae:
251. Haianese Chicken Rice
252. Laksa Lemak
253. Jersey Milk and Cream
254. Jersey Prime Beef
255. Foie Gras

From Monkeygland:
256. Something you have grown yourself
257. Something you have killed
258. The Roast Marrow Bone and Parsley Salad at St Johns, London
259. Food made by people you have watched grow up
260. Scrambled eggs with freshly shaved truffle on your own

and one more I'll let you read on his site! 

From Andrew:
261. Picking the bits off a chicken carcass
262. Fruit straight from a tree
263. Blackberry and Apple Pie
264. Mr Whippy Ice-cream
265. Any meal with friends

From Rebecca:
266. Kangaroo Island Marron
267. Mussel Boys Restaurant in Havelock, Marlborough Sound, South Island, New Zealand
268. New potatoes and cloudberries on midsummer weekend in Helsinki
269. Têtes de Violin as they come into season in Montreal
270. Risotto di Gamberi at the balcony restaurant at the Hotel Danielli, overlooking the Venetian Lagoon

From Ilva:
271. Mussels from Læsø in Denmark
272. Pizza Margherita
273. White truffles
274. Champagne
275. Dajm candy from Sweden

From Marie:
276. Every single flavour of frozen delights from passionflower, gelatissimo and gelatomassi
277. Yoshii's green tea brulee
278. The truffle pasta at Buon Ricordo (Surry Hills - Sydney)
279. Sushi and sashimi at Daiwa sushi (Tsukiji fishmarket)

280. (tie) A selection of deserts from Pierre Herme and the dessert section at a Japanese depaato and a feast at a sicilian/sardinian farmhouse

From Sher:
281. Seafood Filé Gumbo
282.
Oysters and Pearls at The French Laundry, Yountville, California
283.
Huckleberry Cobbler, made with real huckleberries
284.
Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie at Mustard's Grill, Napa, California
285.
Tomato Sandwiches made with vine ripened tomatoes

From Anthony:
286. A real S.F. burrito from a real S.F. taqueria
287. Pizza from a truck in Marseilles eaten on a bench in the Old Port with a good bottle of red wine
288. Fresh (and I do mean fresh) oysters on the half-shell from a reputable source of your choice, served in generous quantities
289. Real dim sum served from carts
290. A runny, perfectly ripe raw milk cheese (like a St. Marcellin or a St. Felicien) with some good apples, some good pears, some nice grapes, and a crisp white wine of your choice

From Anne:
291. Hotdog on any corner of NYC
292. Pineapple Dole Whip from Disneyland
293. Dad's Ribs
294. Croque Madame from Bouchon
295. Apple Cider

From David:
296. The Salad Judy Rodgers Made For Me
297.
The Corned Beef Sandwich From the Second Avenue Deli
298.
Porcelana Chocolate from Amadei
299.
Château d'Yquem
300.
Glace Caramel at Berthillon

From Lady Lunchalot:
301. A crusty baguette straight from the oven smeared with chunks of butter
302. Freshly baked chocolate cake with a thick layer of chocolate icing downed with a glass of cold milk
303. Pavlova
304. A really juicy roast chicken with tarragon and butter cooked on a rotisserie
305. A particularly deep-flavoured washed rind cheese

From Anne:
306. Chicken Korma Kashmiri from The Curry Leaf in "Curry Hill"
307. Tonkatsu with Bulldog Sauce
308. Hungarian Pancakes from Little Poland in the East Village
309. Sauteed Pea Shoots from New York Noodle Town in Chinatown
310. Coca-Cola from a 10 oz. green glass bottle poured over crushed ice

From Megs:
311. Brunch
312. My dad's Thanksgiving dinner
313. My mom's lamb roast, with asparagus & 12 grain bread
314. Mom's tuna burgers
315. A really good tomato sandwich - with Jersey tomatoes, mayo & fresh-soft bread

From County Clerk:
316. Greg Seay's Venison Sausage
317. Argyle Club's "Pepper Bomb" Steak in San Antonio
318. Topo Gigio's Conchiglie alla Sarda in Chicago
319. Old Guard House Inn Wienerschnitzel in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania

320. Chicken Pot-au-Fau

From Bonnie:
321. Rare breed British Pork
322.
Reindeer
323.
Prosciutto
324.
Creme brulee
325.
Mangoes

From Christine:
326. Lobster Roll from the N.E. Atlantic coast
327. Crabcakes from the Carolinas
328. Foie gras before it is outlawed in California
329. Real French bread
330. Fresh mangosteens

From Matt:
331. Kiwi hot dogs
332. Feijoa
333. Freshly Shucked Natural Oysters
334. Lamb roast with all the trimmings
335. H?ngi

From Mila:
336. Humboldt Fog goat cheese paired with a tart pear and fresh walnut bread
337. Joseph Schmidt chocolate truffles
338. White peaches in the height of their season, slightly chilled
339. Bagoong with green mangoes
340. A plate of fennel and green onion stuffed Beijing dumplings, eaten in a tiny hole in the wall Beijing restaurant

From Lisa:
341. Raw Oysters
342. Funnnel Cake
343. Fried Zucchini
344. Lobster tail from Silvestro's Depot Restaurant in Painesville, Ohio
345. Chicken Dinner, Family Style, from the Bavarian Inn at Frankenmuth, Michigan

From Mademoiselle Differentielle:
346. Rösti
347. St.Galler Olmabratwurst
348. A slice of "Zopf" covered with butter and honey
349. An apple, fresh off the tree
350. My grandma's caramel cream

From gagatka:
351. Whole wheat crepe with yoghurt and strawberries
352. Pizza Margherita in Naples
353. Russian pierogi anywhere in Poland
354. Chocolate gelato
355. Oven hot ciabatta with pesto and tomato

From SusanV:
356. Tapenade
357. Ethiopian food
358. Mussamun curry
359. Pesto
360. Pralines

From Dan:
361. Idli Sambar
362. Lucy's Saigon Sandwich
363. In-N-Out Burger
364. Dry aged steak
365. Fresh Pesto Sauce

From Emma:
366. The difference between factory farmed and organically reared meat
367.
Something you have sown and grown then eaten at the peak of its existence
368.
Butter so fresh because you have made it yourself
369. The perfect potato topped mince pie
370.
New Zealand sauvignon blanc

From Gattina:
371. Trattoria/ristorante-style pizza from Italy
372. German-style roast pork knuckle
373. Chicken masala-North Indian style
374. Deep-fried soft-shell crab with beer batter
375. Hawaii Pineapple

From Joey:
376. Foie Gras
377. Lapid's Freshly Popped Chicharon with "laman"
378. Philippine Mangoes
379. Belgian Frites from the streets
380. Sushi and Steak Tartare

From Aria:
381. Sea Urchin
382. Mango
383. Coconut Jellies
384. Fresh Croissant
385. Tamarind restaurant in Atlanta

From Yulinka:
386. Blini
387. Manti (steamed Uzbek lamb dumplings)
388. Fresh fruit in season
389. My mom's Napoleon cake
390. Chocolate frozen custard from Kopp's

From Melanie:
391. Fromage blanc drizzled with thin cream and sprinkled with fine caster sugar
392. A fresh, sun-warmed juicy mango
393. Tarte flambee with cream, garlic, onions and bacon
394. Tarte aux framboises
395. Nice thick steak cooked on the BBQ served with a wholegrain mustard

From Greg Kuzia-Carmel:
396. Oysters and Pearls at either Per Se or The French Laundry
397. Any good open air aged cheese, somewhere relatively close to where it was aged
398. A good 10+ year old red wine
399. Some kind of meat roasted over an open flame
400. Fresh Morels, Ramps and Asparagus

From Little m:
401. Big M’s bbq on the Weber
402. Mum’s roast ham with scolloped potatoes and carrots
403. Fondue with secret sauce (half mayo half tomato sauce)
404. Lamb chops
405. Lindt dark chocolate

From Big M:
406. Bacon butty with HP sauce, pot of Yorkshire tea
407. Fish and chips with mushy peas, Fullers ESB
408. Italian wood fired oven pizza
409. Pork goulash with dumplings, Pilsner Urquell
410. Beef in stout with dumplings, Guinness extra stout

From Trullake:
411. Estonian spelt bread
412. Almost anything from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco (but especially bread pudding and the pecorino and almond pressed sandwich and the chocolate souffle cake)
413. Pesto -- in Genoa
414. Clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
415. Kristall Kümmel

From scubagolfer (five Japanese foods):
416. Raw Hokkaido female Bafun Uni (Sea Urchin eggsac) over sushi rice
417. Robatayaki-grilled Hokkaido (over-night) air-dried Hokke Fish (Greenling)
418. Raw Season's first catch of Katsuo Fish (Skipjack) with Ponzu sauce
419. An Omi or Yonezawa beef steak
420. A full Tora Fugu (Puffer fish) dinner course

From Bron:
421. The best snatched straight from the source, be it tree, vine or soil
422. A fluffy West Coast, New Zealand Whitebait Omelette
423. Blue Cod fillets fresh from off the boats in Riverton
424. My Auntie Dorothy’s Apple shortcake
425. My Mum’s profiteroles

From Laura:
426. The clam chowder in a sourdough French bread loaf, preferably eaten sitting on an outdoor bench on Pier 39 in San Francisco
427. Cajun boil
428. Roast rabbit
429. BBQ Chicken Pizza
430. Classic New York cheesecake with my Raspberry Wizbang Syrup

From Siu Mai:
431. Long lunch at Louis XVI at Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco
432. Durian
433. Impromptu picnic in France after exploring the local market
434. Beef Carpaccio or Steak Tartar
435.
A bowl of noodles from the local stand in Asia

From Robyn:
436. Pizza from the Cheeseboard in Berkeley, California
437. Manti at the source
438. Sweet corn in season, anywhere in the USA
439. Noodles sauced with lard
440. Liver pate at Sean's Panorama, Bondi Beach, Sydney area

From Ann:
441. Christmas Borscht at Veselka in NYC
442. Steamer clams
443.
Salt Potatoes
444. Pretzels from the Amish ladies at the Reading Terminal market in Philadelphia
445.
The Recession Special at Gray’s Papaya in NYC

From Tanna:
446. My mother’s fried chicken
447. My daddy’s doughnuts
448. My aunt Dort’s German chocolate cake
449. Heirloom tomatoes
450. Fresh wild salmon eaten by a campfire under the stars

From Colin:
451. Argentine beef
452. Maine lobster
453. Sturgeon caviar
454. Brie de Meaux
455. Ridiculously hot peppers

From Kalyn:
456. Spicy Tuna Roll from Tsunami Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Salt Lake City
457. Red Curry from Thai Siam in Salt Lake City
458. Thai Chicken Salad from East Street Cafe in Washington D.C.
459. Greek Salad at Cafe Med in Salt Lake City
460. Bacon and tomato sandwiches

From Catherine:
461. Red Lentil Rice Patties with Cilantro Sauce
462. Humboldt Fog Cheese
463. Squash Blossoms
464. An English cream tea complete with scones with butter, jam, and cream, and cucumber sandwiches
465. Gooseberry fool

From Sam:
466. Gnaw on a lamb rack or chop, cooked medium rare
467. Eat Cornish clotted cream in Cornwall, England
468. Ferment your own soda and drink it
469. Eat a fish you caught yourself
470. Eat your favourite results of a taste test

From Phil (five Cambodian foods):
471. Prahok
472. Samlor Machou Yuon
473. Kampot Pepper
474. Fish Amok
475. Cambodian Beer

From Kim:
476. Cream Tea in London
477. An authentic salt bagel with a thin layer of cream cheese, thin slices of perfectly ripe tomato and fresh basil leaves
478. Macaroni and cheese made from the recipe in New Basics, topped with Penzey's India Special Extra Bold black pepper
479. Lobster, outdoors, in Maine
480. The best hamburger, medium-rare and topped with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese, with perfectly crispy fries and Heinz ketchup

From Pamela:
481. Swiss Raclette cheese hot and gooey and served over boiled new potatoes with pickled onions and gerkins
482. Mussels, especially good cooked with chilli and garlic from anywhere in Thailand
483. Steak Pie
484. Grilled Lorne Sausage (Scottish square sausage) & Champ Potatoes
485. Any meal in the darkness at Blinde Kuh (Blind Cow)

From Honeybee:
486. Very fresh buffalo mozzarella
487. Chocolate fondant
488. Pirikara (inside out sushi rolls with spicy tuna)
489. Cream tea
490. Truffles

From Cindy:
491. Peaches fresh off the tree at Little Tree Orchard Newfield, New York
492. Striped Bass fresh from my son’s latest fishing trip to Lake Cumberland, Kentucky
493. Smoothies at Banana Joe’s in Kauai
494. Hot chocolate for breakfast in Paris
495. Warm Sopaipillas and fresh Tamales on Christmas Eve anywhere in New Mexico

From Nat:
496. Tuna sushi looking at the sea at les Villas du Lagon, Reunion Island
497. Algerian couscous cooked by my mother
498. Some figs and 'plaquemines' (persimmons)
499. A glass of 'Orenga de Gaffori' Corsican red wine
500. A complete typical Corsican Menu with traditional soup, Corsican Lamb 'à l'étroite' and Fiadone for dessert

From Gridskipper:
501. Lobster Roll from Mary's Fish Camp
502.
Burger from Corner Bistro
503.
Pizza from Grimaldis
504.
Truffled Egg Toast from 'ino
505.
Grilled Corn from Cafe Habana

From Tea:
506. My Japanese homestay mother’s sukiyaki, Takayama, Japan
507. The Burrito Especial at Cactus Café in Mill Valley, California
508. Thai pumpkin curry with chicken and basil on Ko Tao
509. A garden fresh Italian meal in the Chianti
510. Artichoke soup and olallieberry pie from Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero, California

From Lara:
511. A bowl of freshly picked berries off of your own bushes
512. Tuna Sashimi - straight off of the fish while you are still on the boat
513. Barbecued octopus whilst sitting out on a patio in Athens, Greece
514. Real Neapolitan Pizza
515. The Ferroni family recipe for butter tarts

From Foodie (five Indian foods):
516. Pani puri from any street corner
517. Kebabs from Delhi
518. Dum biryani from Hyderabad
519. Prawns/crab xacuti from Goa
520. Rasgullas from Calcutta

From Jane:
521. Fish and chips (and mushy peas of course) from Rick Stein's fish and chip shop in Padstow
522. Sausage and mash on a cold day
523. Chicken wings and ribs after a day snowboarding
524. Teriyaki salmon
525. Does chocolate count as food? If so, Montezuma's giant buttons

From Amanda:
526. A warm jam donut from the Mock Turtle Teashop in Brighton
527. Curry chip from the Moyola chippy on the Shore Road in Belfast
528. Macaroni and cheese from my mother's kitchen
529. Broiled crab cakes from Legends Restaurant in Delaware Park in Wilmington, Delaware
530. A Reuben from a Jewish deli

From Becke:
531. Good chocolate
532. Insalata Caprese
533. Black truffle cheese
534. Lescure butter
535. An authentic Philly cheesesteak

From Faith:
536. An apple picked straight off a tree in Ohio
537. Fresh bread that you have baked yourself, warm, with lots of butter
538. Melon gelato from a street corner gelateria in Italy
539. South Indian breakfast that includes a masala dosa, plenty of coconut chutney and lime pickle, and a mango lassi
540. Krofi, from my mother's family's recipe

From Papa Squirrel:
541. A pound of middling from a smoked whole hog
542. A real fried green tomato
543. Indian food in London
544. Sassafras tea
545. Snow cream

From Christine:
546. Cassoulet, preferably in Toulouse in southwest France
547. Seared Foie Gras appetizer at the Corner Table Restaurant in Minneapolis
548. Dungeness Crab Cakes, preferably mine
549. Roast Leg of Locally Raised Lamb
550. Salade aux Gesiers de Canard

From Natalia:
551. Bread you made yourself
552. Really good, high-quality butter
553. Almond Croissant from Trompeau Bakery in Denver
554. Mozzarella from A16 in San Francisco
555. Cake Batter Milk Shake

From Carolyn:
556. Milk from a cow
557.
Custard apple with blue cheese
558.
An ice cream cone at Maple View Farms in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
559.
Jiao.zi
560.
Your grandmother’s cookies, made by you

From Erin:
561. Fresh-caught fish
562. Fruit you picked
563. Sadza
564. Duck in any and all its forms
565. Goat cheese with fennel honey

From Gareth:
566. Andouillete
567.
Bara lawr
568.
Germknodel
569.
A sun-ripened apricot, warm from the tree
570.
Tuber magnatum, on anything

From Ed:
571. A single slice of fresh sauteed prepared fois gras
572. A seared scallop, diver caught, fresh out of the sea on the west coast of Scotland
573. Simply poached sewin that’s a Welsh for sea trout, served with hollandaise and rock samphire
574. Summer pudding made with ripe organic fruit
575. A single marron glacé

From Angie:
576. Durians
577. Cheesecake
578. Egg tarts
579. Pasta
580. A good loaf of bread

From Cookiecrumb:
581. Difficult Flavors
582. Difficult Textures
583. Wild food
584. Comfort food
585. A glass of Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

From Jacqueline:
586. Pounds and pounds of Iranian caviar
587. "Mérou" (grouper?), cooked in olive oil and lemon juice
588. Heaps of pancakes flooded in maple syrup
589. Sharing grilled lobsters by the beach in Corsica
590. A tray of "choux chantilly" (pastry puffs filled with whipped cream)

From Precious Moments:
591. Braised mushroom
592. Chwee Kueh
593. Char Siew/Roast Pork
594. Durian
595. Dark Bitter Chocolate

From Fanny:
596. The goat cheese made by Bruno on La ferme des Courmettes
597.
La jonchée, cheese from Poitou-Charentes that is flavoured with almond-oil and eaten with sugar or honey
598. Plaisir Sucré from Pierre Hermé
599.
Le fromage de brebis corse avec la confiture de figue de ma grand-mère (Corsican sheep's milk hard cheese with my grandmother fig's jam)
600.
Les artichaut au barbecue de Peter (Peter's barbecued baby provençal artichokes)

From Dan:
601. Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, either freshly steamed or in crabcake form
602. Sunday Sauce at Lidia's in Pittsburgh
603. Sushi at Chaya, also in Pittsburgh
604. A chocolate malt from Mel's Drive-In in San Francisco
605. Pizza from Regina Margherita Pizzeria in Pittsburgh

From Johanna:
606. Tasting menu at a true "grand table" with accompanying wine
607. Austrian white asparagus (from the Marchfeld)
608. Austrian bread basket (aka "Das Körberl")
609. Fresh ceviche overlooking a secluded bay, preferrably in Huatulco, Mexico
610. White truffles

From Adam:
611. A good Cuban sandwich
612. Pot Au Feau au Trois Viandes with David Lebovitz in Paris
613. Rainbow Cookies
614. The lobster roll at Pearl Oyster Bar
615. Pasta

From Alice (five things around San Diego):
616. Either the chocolate cookie or brownie from Cafe Zinc in Solana Beach or Laguna Beach
617. The Chicken B'stilla or Ahi Poke at Parallel 33 in Mission Hills
618. Local sweet summer corn and heirloom tomatoes from Chino Farms
619. The Mussel Bisque at Dobsons Downtown
620. The shrimp and crab dumplings or korean spare ribs at Roppongi in La Jolla

From Isli:
621. Artichokes
622. Organic tomatoes
623. Home-made bread
624. Stuffed grape leaves (Dolmas)
625. Edible wild greens

From Madame Cupcake:
626. Chocolate
627. Homemade Pierogies
628. Nocciola gelato from Italy
629. Green Tomato Pie at the Holly Hill Inn in Midway, KY
630. A Spalding Bakery Doughnut in Lexington, KY

From Jules:
631. Sushi & Sashimi accompanied by a sake or two at Tsukiji, the Tokyo fish market
632. Salt & Pepper Squid with a bottle of fresh Clare Valley Riesling at the Star of Greece Cafe in Port Willunga just south of Adelaide, South Australia
633. Blue Cheese with Botrytis Semillon
634. Yum cha
635. Real Aussie Lambshank Pie with a big gutsy Barossa Shiraz

From Jared:
636. Food cooked with your Grandmother
637. A classic American breakfast cooked over an open fire
638. Genuine North Carolina barbecue
639. Fried Shrimp at the Dockside in Calabash, NC
640. Collect your own food

From Peabody:
641. A nine course meal with wine pairing from the Herb Farm outside of Seattle, WA
642. My croissant bread pudding
643. My grandmother’s sweet pickles
644. Lobster bisque
645. Pulled pork BBQ sandwich with coleslaw on the bun

From Connie:
646. A properly ripened Camembert de Normandie
647. November/December Chef’s Degustation menu from French Laundry with the foie gras and white truffle supplements
648. The full 13 course Chinese wedding or New Year’s banquet
649. Just plucked and still warm garden tomato cultivated with love, sliced and sprinkled with flaky salt
650. Pierre Herme macaron, especially the Ispahan

From Glenna:
651. Sushi
652. A perfectly baked, from scratch white cake with no icing
653. Fried green tomatoes
654. A Mother's cooking for holiday meals
655. A grandmother's cooking

From Melody:
656. Tropical Fruit Salad
657. Guacamole
658. Chipolte-Citrus Black Beans
659. Coconut Milk
660. Vegan Sushi

From Vicki:
661. Potatoes
662. Tomatoes
663. Nuts
664. Citrus
665. Pizza

From Angelika:
666. Marinated vegetables and seafood Venetial-style at Il Tramezzino near Vienna 
667. Chocolate Mousse Torte at the Kurkonditorei Oberlaa in Vienna
668. An authentic meal in an Italian trattoria or osteria, preferably in Piemonte, accompanied by autochthonal wines
669. Austrian bread and Viennese water
670. Marmeladepalatschinken (pancakes filled with home-made jam)

From Patsy:
671. The striated hunk of bacon featured on the summer tasting menu at Gramercy Tavern in NYC
672. A handful of chocolate digestive biscuits and a cup of hot, slightly-too-milky tea
673. The warm, lemony skate salad at Veritas in NYC
674. A thick, winey stew with chunks of roasted root vegetables and wild game
675. My father's curried meatloaf

From Anita:
676. Mutsch - Kashmiri Meatballs
677.
Japanese country food at Domo’s, Denver
678.
Mike’s Lime Margaritas
679.
Bombay Pav-Bhaji:
680.
My mashed potatoes

From Julie:
681. Fresh Figs
682. A Curry on Brick Lane in East London
683. Tapas at Tasca Restaurant in Boston
684. Very fresh, raw oysters
685. Marie Calendar's Chocolate Satin Pie

From Nic:
686. Kona coffee in Kona, Hawaii
687. Breakfast at bills in Sydney, Australia
688. Dinner at the French Laundry
689. Pizza at the Cheeseboard in Berkeley, California
690. Dutch Crunch Bread

From Sheena:
691. Malpeque Oysters with just a little squeeze of lemon
692. A real Argentinian parilla
693. Drunken Prawns on East Beach in Singapore
694. Big bowl of borscht using only beets, potatoes, carrots, beans and dill picked from the garden that same day
695. A perfect creme brulee

From JD:
696. The truffle dinner at Peppercorn's in Hartford, CT
697. Homard L'Orange at Chez Bernard in Montreal
698. White clam pizza at Pepe's in New Haven, CT
699. Turtle soup at Commander's Palace in New Orleans
700. Mom's French-Canadian meat pie

From Trish:
701. Carne cruda
702.
Portillo's all-beef hot dog with everything in Chicago
703.
Rabbit rillette from Bouchon in Napa
704.
My husband's butternut-squash bisque
705.
Kifli

From Avril:
706. A freshly baked Bakewell Tart
707. Tuna and cucumber sandwich on fresh white bread
708. Irish champ with pools of butter
709. Libyan Ramandan soup with lamb and lentils
710. Beef wellington, nice and rare

From Cindy:
711. Macarons from Pierre Herme
712.
Indonesian Layer cake from Amsterdam
713.
Salted-butter Caramel crepes and Blue cheese Saracen
714.
Prosciutto pizza with egg in Etoile, Paris
715. Tea from Mariage Frere

From Karen:
716. The lobster in the topfloor restaurant in Nairobi
717. Clam chowder in Monterey
718. The fries and croquets my grandmother made from scratch
719. The wild mushroom filled ravioli with a delicious basil oil dressing one of our youngest sons had on Lago Maggiore
720. Cheese

From Jennifer:
721. New York pizza
722. Fried pies
723. Tiramisu at Amerigo
724. Really good chocolate
725. Breakfast at Kenwood Inn, Sonoma

From Tana:
726. Raw milk from a pastured cow who was milked that morning
727. Bacon from a pastured pig
728. A truly free-range pastured chicken
729. A variety of heirloom tomatoes: sliced and served as Insalata Caprese
730. Sun-cooked strawberry conserve from Vermont

From Threepwood:
731. Smoked wild trout that you have caught yourself in the bush camping beside a river
732. Slow roasted marinated Greek lamb on the spit cooked under a gum tree
733. Good blue cheese with fig paste on a wafer cracker
734. FRESH Sashimi from Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
735. Peking Duck pancakes from the Flower Drum in Melbourne

From Connie:
736. Bread that you baked yourself
737. Boardwalk french fries with vinegar
738. Good Belgian beer
739. Chocolate with cacao content of 85% or higher
740. Homemade feta with olives

From Paz:
741. Fried plantain
742. New York City hot dog
743. New York City pizza
744. BLT sandwich (Bacon, lettuce, and tomato)
745. Italian gelato

From Ivonne:
746. Olive Ascolane (Ascolane Olives)
747. Ravioli di Castagne (Chestnut Ravioli)
748. Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano
749. Crema Fritta (Fried Cream)
750. Nutella

From Annie:
751. Lobster roll from Red's Eats in Wiscassett, Maine
752. Fresh sweet cherries, picked and eaten while sitting in the tree
753. White Truffle Risotto from Gordon Ramsay in London
754. Giant beer and pretzel with sweet mustard at Oktoberfest in Germany
755. Warm chocolate chip cookie, fresh from the oven, that you made with a child that you love

From Tiny Banquet Committee:
756. Scrambled eggs made the proper French way
757.
Cultured butter
758.
A hamburger from Harry's Drive-In in Colchester, Connecticut
759.
An American Thanksgiving dinner
760.
Spicy chocolate

From Celeste:
761. Cannoli from Brocato's in New Orleans
762. Bananas on the island of St. Lucia in the West Indies
763. The "Hawaiian breakfast" of half a fresh papaya filled with granola and yogurt served by the restaurant Eggs & Things in Waikiki
764. New Orleans roast beef po'boy, smothered in mayo, gravy, and "dressed" with lettuce and tomato
765. Rose mint tea at the New Orleans jazz fest

From Nicole:
766. Original Yumm! from Cafe Yumm! in Eugene, Oregon
767.
Sweet Potato Tempura with Spicy Plum Sauce
768.
Grilled Tri-Tip
769.
Almond Granita with Brioche in Catania, Sicily
770.
Pizza in Sicily

From Kate:
771. Peanut Butter
772. Vanilla Silk Soy Milk
773. Vegan Brownies
774. Pink Lady Apples
775. Tofu

From Erika:
776. Whole lobster, steamed, plucked right out of the ocean in Rockport, Massachusetts
777. True Southern Breakfast
778. Lumpia
779. S'mores
780. Pears and Raspberries

From Edward:
781. Rare roast fillet of beef and roast potatoes
782. Peking Duck
783. Freshly picked ripe figs served with buffalo mozzarella and proscuitto
784. A steaming bowl of rice noodles in broth with fish cake
785. A plate of mixed sashimi

From Cyndi:
786. Chocolate Lava Cake like the kind served at McCormick and Schmick’s
787. Rahmschnitzel, especially that made by the cook at Le Coq D’Or in Carmel, California
788. My mother’s Burnt Sugar Cake
789. Raclette
790. Calves Liver with Pancetta and Onions from James’Beach in Venice, California

From Jillian:
791. An incredible "Peanut Butter Mousse Ball" dessert that I had at Farallon
792. New England Clam Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl
793. Waygu Beef
794. Montmorency Cherries from Door County Wisconsin
795. Freshly made Maple Syrup poured over snow

From Veuve Clicquot:
796. Swiss Fondue at LaDezaley in Zurich
797.
Morcillas (blood sausage) in Brazil/Paraguay/Argentina
798.
Sorbet de cassis in Paris preferrably at Berthillon
799.
Profiteroles
800.
Chinese New Year moon-cakes

From Brendon:
801. Pho (Vietnamese rice noodle soup)
802. A really good fish taco
803. Fresh mochi still warm from the oven
804. Real wasabi
805. Prince Vladimir tea

From tableuvivante:
806. Ice cream on the shores of the Black Sea in Odessa
807. Ripe Hachiya Persimmons
808. Mole
809. A Maryland soft-shelled crab
810. An In-N-Out Burger

From Karina:
811. Roasted green chiles
812. Garlic
813. Extra virgin olive oil
814. Wine
815. Tomatoes

From Angeleyes:
816. Sri Lankan Black Pepper Crabs (Singapore)
817.
Peking Duck (Hong Kong)
818.
Neptune Braised Sharks Fins with Abalone (Hong Kong)
819.
BBQ Baby Pork Ribs (The Rocks, Sydney)
820.
White Nectarines

From Laurelrogers:
821. Perfectly toasted fresh sourdough bread w/quality sweet butter
822. Chili Verde
823. A perfectly cooked french omelet
824. An 'Earl of Sandwich' hamburger
825. My mom-n-law's macaroni salad

From Kitchen Hand:
826. A bowl of onion soup, a loaf of bread and a glass of red wine
827. A piece of cheese, some fresh laid eggs and some good ham
828. Some quickly chargrilled fresh-caught squid
829. A plate of borscht and some vodka

830. Still to be decided...

From Aja:
831. Oysters on the half-shell with lemon
832. Tuna salad made with yellowfin tuna that you have caught that day
833. Uni
834. My mother's Christmas shortbread cookies
835. Black raspberries

From Primaryconsumer:
836. Pesto
837. Garlic
838. Fruit sorbet, preferably grapefruit
839. Fresh from the garden, big, juicy tomatoes
840. Peanut sauce

From Sandy:
841. Mexican food at Margarita’s in Portland, Maine
842. Yeast bread
843. Southern chicken and dumplings
844. Fish and Chips in Maine
845. Barbecue at Beal St Barbeque in South Portland, Maine

From Another Outspoken Female:
846. Trout freshly caught from a New Zealand mountain river, smoked over manuka branches
847. A real boullibasse in the South of France
848. Barbecued swordfish, which had been swimming in the ocean earlier that day, in a coastal town in Crete
849. Crayfish cooked and eaten just as it came, Matapouri, Far North of New Zealand
850. My mothers chocolate mousse

From Crystal:
851. Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava or guavasteen
852. Sugar snap peas picked fresh off the vine
853. Gazpacho (my recipe)
854. Tiramisu
855.  Fresh San Francisco sourdough bread

From Jenn:
856. Cook a fish you've caught yourself
857. Savour something you grew yourself
858. Any food made for you by your child
859. Granny's cookies
860. Crepes

From Graham:
861. Sashimi and shellfish sitting on an ugly, concrete wall by the sea in Korea in the winter
862. Fish n chips freezing your nads off on a park bench on a windy, overcast day at the British seaside
863. Oysters fresh out of the sea on the Atlantic seaboard in France
864. Bun cha here
865. Freshly made papaya salad on the banks of the Mekong river in Laos

From Alanna:
866. Mom's bread
867. Nana's peroghies
868. Gramma's blueberry pancakes
869. My sister's shortbread
870. My Finnish sister's strawberry whipped cream cake

From Megan:
871. A cold Gin & Tonic sitting on the deck of the lake house in Canada
872. Sharing un éclair au chocolat with your sweetie in Paris
873. Bœuf Bourguignon, ideally from Chez René in the 5eme
874. A homemade Italian family-style feast at an agriturismo in Faenza, Italy
875. Sharing a meal of Raclette in the French Alps

From Anna Maria:
876. Ripe, luscious, sticky figs
877. Caciocavallo cheese from Puglia
878. Bread from the town of San Giovanni Rotondo in Puglia
879. Pane e pomodoro
880. Candied chestnuts or marron glaces

From Linda:
881. Oysters
882. Marrow, spread on toast with fleur de sel
883. Foie gras
884. Milan's Tomato, sprinkled with fleur de sel
885. Copper River Salmon

From LizzyAnne:
886. Lombardi's pepperoni, sausage, and meatball pizza, NYC
887. Inboden's Meat Market bratwurst, DeKalb, IL
888. Funnel Cake
889. 50's Primetime Cafe Fried Chicken Dinner
890. Banana Pudding

From beaualalouche:
891. Deok Gook (Korean Rice cake soup)
892. Tomme de chevre with fig bread
893. Cheesecake in New York
894. Frog's thighs
895. Raspberries

From Passionate Eater:
896. Regional Foods from their Authentic Locations
897. A Dish with Black and White Truffles (Together)
898. A Dinner Hand-Prepared By a Celebrity Chef
899. Nachos Similar to Those I Had at the Phoenix Suns Game Back in 1996
900. As Many Meals I Can with My Family

From elmomonster:
901. Soto Ayam - Indonesian Chicken Soup
902. Aged Steak
903. Nigiri Sushi
904. Durian
905. Sate Gule Kambing - Indonesian Goat Satay and Goat Curry

From Collin:
906. Whole Fried Catfish
907.
Stone Ground Grits
908.
Blue Crab 'You' Caught Yourself
909.
Fresh Hogfish Snapper
910.
Tik-in-Chick

From Laura:
911. Salt Fish and Ackee
912.
Raw Vidalia Onions
913.
Pork Ribs....Done Right
914.
French Fries in a Cone aka Vlammes Frittes
915.
Good Chile Verde

From Claire:
916. Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich with HOMEGROWN tomatoes
917. Homemade Raspberry Preserves
918. My Daddy's Homemade Pizza
919. Sharpe Cookies
920. Vegetable Dinner

From funwithyourfood:
921. Mango and sticky rice
922. Dark Chocolate from Europe
923. Thai curry
924. Home grown tomatoes
925. Vegetarian Burritos

From Chris:
926. Trader Joe's organic dark chocolate
927. A big, crispy authentic masala dosa
928. Sweet & Sour Vegetarian Meatballs from Ming Dynasty in Charlottesville, VA
929. Vegan Apple Uglies
930. Artichokes

From Eggy:
931. Baba Ganoush at Naguib Mahfouz Cafe in Cairo
932. Cheok Kee Braised Duck Rice
933. Thai street noodles
934. Oysters
935. Cocoa Nibs

From Paco:
936. Menu degustation at French Laundry
937. Oysters in Vancouver
938. "Menu degustation" at Jobi and Bracarense (Rio de Janeiro best tapas bars)
939. Calçotada in Catalunya
940. Beef, rice, black beans, egg and french fries. (popular Brazilian dish)

From Marcus (five things in Montreal):
941. Carré aux pommes from Première Moisson on Avenue Mont-Royal
942. Chocolat noir (84-99%)
943. Caffè ArtJava's Macchiato
944. Alati-Caserta lemon ice
945. Tim Hortons Snack Pack of 10 Sour Cream Glazed Timbits

From Shelley:
946. Clam Chowder at Dooger's, in Cannon Beach, Oregon
947. Bavette Cacio e Pepe at Lupa, in New York City
948. Soothing Chicken Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang's
949. Lobster Roll at Jasper White's Summer Shack in Boston
950. French Onion Soup at Bar Americain in New York City

From Elizabeth:
951. My mother’s roast turkey dressing
952. Srikund
953. Ripe figs
954. Foie gras
955. My mother’s dark fruitcake

From Jay:
956. Fried Clams at Woodman’s, Essex, MA
957. Meatloaf w/ Creole Sauce at Your Mama’s Good Food, Little Rock, AR
958. My Granny’s Biscuits & Gravy
959. Calf’s Liver & Onions at Trattoria ai Cugnai, Venice, Italy
960. Tasmanian Oysters at Prosser’s on the Beach, Hobart, Australia

From Christine:
961. Toro
962. Duck confit
963. Crawfish
964. Okanagan peaches
965. Chablis Epoisses

From Curt:
966. Vincent's Pizza, Pittsburgh, PA
967. A pastrami sandwich at Carnegie Deli, New York City, NY
968. Smoked salmon and french fries at Mon Ami Gabi, Paris Casino, Las Vegas, NV
969. Homemade apple pie, with or without ice cream
970. Smoked brisket, any good backyard barbecue pit

From Stefano:
971. A serious Pecorino cheese
972. Jamon/lomo/chorizo de Iberico de bellota
973. Andouillette (french sausage made of pork tripes)
974. A great Italian olive oil right out of the press
975. Domori chocolate

From Saffron:
976. Pizza Napoletana (the original one)
977. Risotto allo Zafferano
978. Fiori di Zucca Fritti (fried zucchini flowers)
979. Chocolate Fudge Cake or Devil Cake
980. Roasted Chestnuts

From Jasmine:
981. Cocoa beans, fresh from the pod
982. Ice Wine
983. Montréal bagels
984. Peppercorns, green and straight from the plant
985. Real, organic milk

From Michelle:
986. Something That You’ve Grown Yourself
987.
A Meal at Pacific Way Cafe, Gearhart, OR
988.
A Roast Chicken Dinner
989.
The PokPok/Pix Combo: A Roasted Game Hen from PokPok, followed by a Rosemary Pear Tart from Pix Patisserie, SE Division St, Portland, OR
990.
Seared Ahi Tuna (Rare)

From Piperita:
991. Cannolo, freshly made
992. Salade périgourdine, in Périgord, France
993. Foie gras
994. Macaron au caramel au beurre salé, chez Ladurée, Paris
995. Quesadillas with fresh courgette flowers at the tables outside Mitla’s temple, Mexico

From Fer:
996. Diced Fresh Fruit with Lime Juice and Red Pepper
997. Freshly Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Tall Glass of Cold Milk
998. Coffee in Everyway Imaginable
999. Roasted Marshmallows from a Campfire
1000. Fresh Fruit Sorbets, Portofino, Italy

From Estelle:
1001. Choucroute alsacienne
1002. Steak tartare
1003. "Bouchon" cuisine
1004. Oysters from Marenne-Oléron
1005. Cantaloupe from Provence

From Dilip:
1006. A meal from my favorite restaurant, Millenium in San Francisco, CA
1007. Browned sauteed tempeh
1008. The dishes at our annual vegan Thanksgiving at Café Parizäde
1009. A good rava masala dosa
1010. my Mom's kachori

From Rachel:
1011. Steamed Crabs in Baltimore
1012. Rheb's dark chocolate covered caramel
1013. Homemade chocolate chip cookies
1014. Homegrown tomatoes
1015. A meal you cooked yourself

From Breadchick:
1016. Planked Lake Superior Whitefish from Audies in Mackinaw City, MI
1017. Smoked Salmon Quiche on the Prix Fixe from La Reserve de Quasimodo in Paris
1018. Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas from The Tea Clipper pub in Knightsbridge, London
1019. Nantucket Bay Scallop Roll in October on Nantucket
1020. Braised Beef Short Ribs from Oleana in Cambridge, MA

From Kickpleat:
1021. Chicken & Waffles from Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles in Long Beach, CA
1022. Biscuits and Gravy at the Dish Cafe in Seattle
1023. Lamb Popsicles at Vij's in Vancouver
1024. The Hedge House Salad served at the Hedge House Pub in Portland, OR
1025. A tart, crisp, fresh, bright green Granny Smith apple

From Gub Gub:
1026. A truffle omelette
1027.
Bread and cheese
1028.
Pasta and garlic
1029.
Foie Gras on toast
1030.
Andouillette

From Carter:
1031. Omakase ("putting your trust in the chef") at Naomi Sushi in Menlo Park with sake pairing by Chef Iwa-san
1032. Thanksgiving Dinner
1033. Lunch at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco
1034. Weekday breakfast at Buck's of Woodside
1035. Enjoying The Classic with Misti

From Pascal:
1036. Bouillabaisse
1037. Fois Gras
1038. Ratatouille
1039. Soupe de Pistou
1040. Omelette de la Mere Poulard

From Sara:
1041. Chocolate from Bernard Callebaut
1042. Dinner at The King and I Thai Restaurant
1043. Wild Boar Pate from Valbella Foods
1044. A big bowl of soup from Route 40 Soup Company
1045. A piece of my world famous homemade carrot cake

From Stacey:
1046. Latvian Pancakes
1047. Warm Tree-Plucked Peach seconds after it is pulled from the tree
1048. Fresh Norwegian Shrimp caught that morning
1049. Arabic Coffee from a street vendor in Beirut
1050. Something you have grown yourself

From Sylvie:
1051. Fried Chicken with a cripsy crust
1052. Southern Greens (mustards and collards)
1053. Raw Oysters on the halfshell with hotsauce and lemon plus a dab of horseradish
1054. White chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookies
1055. BLT Sandwich

From Cristy:
1056. Sourdough bread from Silo or Bourke Street Bakery
1057. Coffee at Cafe Mint
1058. Yum cha at Bodhi in Park
1059. Salt & Pepper Tofu at Longrain
1060. Mango and lime frappe from the Fruitshake shop in Vientiane, Laos

From Denise:
1061. Margherita pizza from Toscana in Budapest
1062. Hot chocolate from 4 Seasons in Budapest
1063. Mother-in-law's oxtail stew with butter beans
1064. Sadza (maize porridge) with tonato and onion gravy from Zimbabwe
1065. British hard fudge/tablet

From Mellie:
1066. Black Sapote
1067. Smoked Meat (aka. pastrami) on Rye from Schwartz's Charcuterie Hebraique (Montreal, Canada)
1068. White Alba Truffles, shaved onto Vue de Monde Risotto Aux Truffes (Melbourne, Australia)
1069. Solly's Cinnamon Bun - Sollys, (Vancouver, Canada)
1070. Artisan Cheeses

From Emily:
1071. Un moelleux au chocolat
1072. Brioche
1073. My mother's spicy szechuan chicken
1074. Good dim sum
1075. Tuna tartare

From Annie:
1076. Pizza
1077. Dark chocolate
1078. Italian antipasto
1079. Fresh crusty bread
1080. Cookies

From Tijen:
1081. Olives and freshly squeezed juice of 'em
1082. Grapes and wine
1083. Tomatoes
1084. (Turkish) breakfast
1085. Fruits

From Nicky (five selected from many...):
1086. A juicy Apple Strudel with a large dollup of freshly whipped cream
1087. Golden-brown Wiener Schnitzel
1088. Dampfnudeln with lots of hot vanilla sauce
1089. Nürnberger Bratwürsteln at the snowy Christmas market
1090. Käskrainer at Würschtl Toni in Regensburg

From Ruth:
1091. Garlic & Basil festival in the town of Tours, France
1092. The C Restaurant in Vancouver
1093. Montreal as a food destination
1094. Chiado's in Toronto
1095. A cruise on the Paul Gaugin to Tahiti, Bora Bora and Morea

From Heather:
1096. Lobster Suppers in Prince Edward Island, Canada
1097. Dim Sum
1098. Dulse
1099. Jane's On The Common in Halifax, Canada
1100. Restaurants in Wineries

From J:
1101. Thanh Long Roasted Crab in San Francisco
1102. Dinner at Laperouse in Paris
1103. Raspberries that never make it into the pail
1104. Salmon that you caught that day, brought home and grilled, along with fresh broccoli from your own garden
1105. A really good glass of wine or champagne

From The Survival Gourmet:
1106. Samoan Oka
1107. Louisiana Boudain
1108. Donut Bread Pudding w/ Rum Glaze
1109. Fried Alligator
1110. Saltado de Pollo with Aji Sauce

From Dan:
1111. Clam Chowder from Wally's Chowder House in Des Moines, WA
1112. Portabella Mushroom Burger
1113. Truffles from Just Truffles in St. Paul MN
1114. Veggie Sub from Subway
1115. Frankenstien French Toast

From Elena:
1116. Durian (At a Durian plantation in Malaysia)
1117. Barbecued Sting Ray (Singapore)
1118. Crab cooked with Black Bean Sauce (Shark Fin House, Melbourne)
1119. Kopi and French Toast (Tong Ah Coffee Shop, Keong Saik St Singapore)
1120. Claypot Chicken Rice (Singapore)

From Lucette:
1121. Pizza in Italy
1122. My mother's torte
1123. Warm bread you've made yourself
1124. Pierogi
1125. A BLT, with homegrown tomatoes and lettuce

From Blue Plate:
1126. Tree-ripe Peach
1127. Fresh-pressed Apple Cider
1128. Hainanese Chicken Rice
1129. Steamed Maryland Blue Crab
1130. Mangosteen

From Rosie:
1131. Homemade Peach Ice Cream
1132. Fresh Sweet Corn right out of the field
1133. Sugar Waffles
1134. A really good made-from-scratch cake
1135. A hot school lunch

From Mickey:
1136. Properly Roasted Chicken
1137. Mom's Tomato Cocktail
1138. MFK Fisher's Peas
1139. Coulibiac of Salmon
1140. Buerre Blanc

From Betty:
1141. French sheep's milk cheese other than Roquefort
1142. Potimarron soup
1143. Aligot
1144. Real Swiss Raclette
1145. The "Gargouillou de jeunes légumes" at the Michel Bras restaurant

From The General:
1146. An authentic Lobster bake
1147. Alaska's Copper River Salmon
1148. Beef brisket BBQ
1149. Cuban sandwich
1150. Bread pudding with Bourbon sauce

From Harmonia:
1151. Quinoa
1152. Hummum
1153. Avocado
1154. Tea
1155. Garlic

From doodles:
1156. Cioppino in San Francisco
1157. White pizza in Italy
1158. Beer in Munich
1159. Chinese food in Toronto
1160. Lobster in Maine and Mexican food in Topolabumpo

From Petra:
1161. Pane Vallemaggia
1162. Panettone
1163. Miele di Castagne
1164. Capretto
1165. Bresaola ticinese

From Sarah Lou:
1166. Poutine
1167. Ragout de pattes de cochon
1168. Octopus
1169. Fresh cheese curd
1170. Quebec or Vermont maple syrup

From Rasa Malaysia (five Malaysian foods):
1171. Nasi Lemak
1172. Roti Canai
1173. Penang Assam Laksa
1174. Malaysian Satay
1175. Grilled Stingray wrapped in banana leaves

From Emily:
1176. Seared Ahi Tuna
1177. Chocolate Milkshake
1178. Sushi Nigiri
1179. Roasted Red Bell Peppers
1180. Gorgonzola Cheese

From Ana:
1181. A real 'Rijstafel' in Amsterdam
1182. Chorizo con sidra in Northern Spain
1183. Black Forest gateau, anywhere in Germany
1184. Fresh mango slices sprinkled with lime juice
1185. Churros con chocolate for breakfast in Spain after staying up all night at clubs

From Bazu:
1186. Sour cherries
1187. Powdered sour grapes
1188. Zereshk a.k.a. barberries
1189. Sour orange
1190. Angelica

From V dawg:
1191. Khao Soi/Chiang Mai noodles with an avocado shake
1192. Dim Sum in SF Chinatown
1193. Bhanganbaratha (Indian eggplant dish)
1194. Fish tacos from Senior Fish in Alhambra, CA
1195. Manny Ramirez burger at Bartley's Burger Cottage in Harvard Square

From Anthony (five foods from North-East India):
1196. Turumbai (fermented soya and pork)
1197. Chagem Pomba (fermented soya and fish)
1198. Pork and Bamboo Shoot
1199. Venison Meat
1200.
Ootti (peas cooked with baking powder)

From Riana:
1201. A baguette in Paris at 6am, fresh from the oven
1202. In Portugal, roasted piglet in the Bairrada region
1203. Rose Petal Sheeps milk Ice cream from Bosc farms in France
1204. Fish tacos from Rubio's in San Diego
1205. Cheese Fondue in France or Switzerland

From Lauren:
1206. Mole negro de Oaxaca
1207. Fish tacos from Baja
1208. Pizza in Chicago
1209. Moroccan b'stilla
1210. Ventresca (tuna belly fillet preserved in olive oil)

From Zorra:
1211. Chorizo
1212.
Turrón
1213.
Raclette
1214.
Zuger Kirschtorte
1215.
Pollo arrosto con due limoni, a recipe of Marcella Hazan

From ML:
1216. Sushi
1217. Lobster bisque from Nero's restaurant in Caesar's Las Vegas
1218. Bratwurst from Seattle
1219. The mushroom appetizer at the Steak Pit in Snowbird, Utah
1220. Fresh, ripe, sweet pineapple

From FoodFreak:
1221. hotategai nigiri (nigiri sushi with coquilles St. Jacques on top)
1222. flan al caramello
1223. Greek wild thyme honey
1224. queso blanco, the fresh goat cheese from the Canary Islands
1225. Kona coffee

From Katie:
1226. Pan-seared Foie Gras
1227. Roast Suckling Lamb at El Asador de Aranda, Barcelona
1228. Jamon Iberico de Bellota de Jabugo
1229. Tru Irish Smoked Salmon
1230. Risotto, the creamy, velvety Italian kind

From Magalie:
1231. Heirloom tomatoes
1232.
A real, whole lamb mechoui
1233.
White nectarine
1234.
My dad's bread
1235.
New Zealand delicacies: fish n' chips, Melt pizza, Tip Top Ice Cream, kumara sweet potatoes

From Loulou:
1236. Huckleberries
1237. New Orleans BBQ shrimp
1238. Young chèvre drizzled with acacia honey
1239. Oaxacan mole
1240. Peanut M & M's

From Anita:
1241. Street food in Thailand
1242. Heritage pork in Britain
1243. Tacos from a taco truck
1244. A meal made entirely from peak-season farmer’s market finds
1245. The tasting menu at The French Laundry

From Estelle:
1246. Des pancakes au lait ribot - Buttermilk pancakes
1247. Une tomate de variété ancienne - An heirloom tomato
1248. De la glace à l'avocat - Avocado ice cream
1249. Un hamburger preparé par Jonathan - A hamburger made by Jonathan
1250. Une tartine au restaurant l'Epicerie à Strasbourg (France) - A tartine at a great place called l'Epicerie in Strasbourg (France)

From Mandira:
1251. Bhapa Ilish
1252. Thin crust Pizza at Emma's in Cambridge, MA
1253. Spicy Tuna Roll (Sushi)
1254. Tomato Rasam and Potato Bhaji
1255. Bengali Sweets

From Barbara:
1256. Iberico jamon
1257. Blue Manna Crabs
1258. Black Iranian Caviar
1259. Foie Gras
1260. My 87th Birthday Cake

From Sean:
1261. Supplì
1262. A crunchy, fragrant baguette, a nice, stinky unpasteurized-milk soft cheese and a lovely glass of Sancerre
1263. Pulled pork BBQ sandwich on a soft bun with sweet and tangy coleslaw on
1264. Piquillo peppers stuffed with baccalà
1265. Maine lobster roll

From Riana:
1266. Kepiting Saos Padang (Crab in Padang Sauce)
1267. Durian
1268. Klappertaart
1269. Sambal Roa (Roa Chili)
1270. Opor Ayam (Chicken in Coconut Milk Stew), Sumatera version and Ayam Panggang Bumbu Rujak (Roasted Chicken with Rujak Spices)

From Bruno:
1271. Marron Glace
1272. Raclette
1273. A Paper Towel and an Apple Core
1274. A Cup of Hot Chocolate w/ a Big Hunk of Fresh Bread
1275. My Mom's Homemade Pizza

From Meeta:
1276. Real NY Cheesecake
1277. Fresh Lobster - Thermidor Style
1278. Bouillabaisse from Marseille
1279. Oysters
1280. Sushi Nigri

From Rosemary Parkinson:
1281. Roger's Grandmother's Land Crab Backs from Grenada
1282. Miss Esme's Tobago Curried Crab and Dumpling
1283. Miss Harriett's Saltfish and CouCou from Barbados
1284. Stewed Manicou from The Commonwealth of Dominica
1285. Tie: Janga Soup with crayfish and Chicken Jerk Sausage from Boston in Jamaica

From Shauna (five foods from Seattle):
1286. The "oh my god" peaches at Sosio's produce stand in Pike Place Market
1287. Washington-grown asparagus, available in May and June
1288. Dungeness king crab legs, cooked, then chilled, and eaten with drawn butter
1289. Salmon, in season, done any number of ways
1290. Blackberries, warmed by the sun, right off the vine

From Eliza:
1291. Croissants
1292. Avocado shake
1293. Sweet pork satay
1294. Rambutan
1295. Lamb chop

From Vaishali (five foods from Pune, India):
1296. Mango Ice-cream at Buva Ice-cream wale
1297. Bedekar Misal
1298. Shrewsbury Biscuits by Kayani Bakery
1299. Kajukand
1300. Tea made by my husband

From Ulrike:
1301. Zuckerei from my granny
1302.
Hot Dog in Stege/Danmark
1303. The world's best French Fries red and white at the ferry terminal in Bagenkop
1304. Nanaimo bars in Vancouver
1305. Kartoffelpuffer from the best mother-in-law

From Liz:
1306. Chocolate mousse made solely from egg whites whipped to perfection, egg yolks, and dark chocolate
1307. Wild blueberry pie with a flakey buttery crust, served warm with sweetened whipped cream
1308. Potatoes fresh from the earth
1309. Homemade tortillas
1310. Blue claw crabs that you caught yourself

From Brys:
1311. Wild blueberry cobbler at base camp after 1 month of trekking through the Alaskan wilderness
1312. Buttery corn pones
1313. Apalachicola oysters at Highlands Bar & Grill, in Birmingham
1314. Mortadella and zucchini pizza from the Campo Dei Fiori
1315. The ros bif, tomato and mozzarella sandwich from the original Cosi on the Rue de Seine, in Paris

From Chip:
1316. A Green Gage plum
1317. Boiled peanuts in the parking lot of Bryant-Denny Stadium
1318. Zurek at U Stasi, in Krakow
1319. Lunch at Cal Pep, dinner at Passadis del Pep in Barcelona (same day)
1320. Cheese you've made at home

From Brys&Chip:
1321. Lunch at Hide Sushi, in West L.A.
1322. Foie gras at L'Ami Louis, Paris
1323. A ham, egg and cheese crepe from the stand near the Saint Michel metro station at 4am
1324. Grilled squid at a beachside cafe on Naxos
1325. Gnudi at Spotted Pig, then chicken livers on toast for dessert

From Michael Ruhlman:
1326. Oysters and Pearls at The French Laundry
1327. One whole roasted foie, eaten with friends
1328. The tomato out of my mom and dad's garden behind the garage in Cleveland, circa 1970
1329. Deep-fried pork belly confit
1330. Home-cured bacon from an Amish hog

From Grace Cameron:
1331. Jamaican stewed peas and rice
1332. Pralines and cream ice cream
1333. Jerk chicken
1334. Blue Mountain coffee
1335. Pumpkin soup

From Kate:
1336. A perfect slice of key lime pie
1337. Seawater-fresh, plump, sweet oysters on the halfshell
1338. The warm goat cheese salad at Gnocco in New York
1339. Lobster hot from the pot and served with salty clarified butter
1340. Warm, flaky croissants with homemade blackcurrant jam and butter-straight-from-the-churn

From Ritha (five Indonesian foods):
1341. Ayam Taliwang (Spicy Grilled Chicken, one of specialties of Lombok)
1342. Nasi Padang (A complete dish from Padang, West Sumatra)
1343. Soto Ayam (Javanese Spicy Chicken Soup, one of specialties of Java)
1344. Empek-empek Palembang (Specialty of Palembang)
1345. Ikan Bakar Sambal Dabu-dabu (Spicy Grilled Fish, one of specialties of Manado, North Sulawesi)

From Dhona:
1346. Chili crab
1347. Green tea ice cream
1348. Satay padang
1349. My mom's chicken feet dim sum
1350. My mom's rice dumplings

From Jazzpearl:
1351. Ayam Tangkap (crispy fried spicy chicken with alot of temuruy/curry leaves)
1352. Naniura (marinated raw fish)
1353. Gulai Itiak Samba Lado Hijau (Duck Curry cooked with green chillies paste)
1354. Babi Guling (Balinese roast suckling pig)
1355. Paniki (Manado authentic cuisine made from bats)

From Kaltmamsell:
1356. Churros con chocolate
1357. Cured and smoked ox tongue in leek sauce made by my mother
1358. Brambles straight from the bush and warmed by the late summer sun
1359. The best pizza possible
1360. Ramen, the Japanese noodle soup

From Asha:
1361. Sauteed Urad dal-fennel seed stuffed big golden Kachoris from Shanbhag Bakery in Belgaum, India
1362. Bhatura With Chole from Monsoon Restaurant in Bangalore, India
1363. Tamilian food in Ooty, India
1364. A cup of coffee and a dessert at the Matterhorn, Switzerland
1365.
Chicory blend coffee and sugared sweet Beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans

From Tchoerda:
1366. Jambalaya
1367. White truffles
1368. Fried green tomatoes
1369. Austrian farmhouse bread
1370. Insects

From Payal:
1371. Lobster from Maine
1372. Jambalaya from New Orleans
1373. Flan de Courgettes from the South of France
1374. Macaroon w/ rose ice cream at Le Cinq in Paris
1375. Paella from Spain

From Tyler and Amanda:
1376. My family’s cheasapeake bay blue crab cakes
1377. Any well made, real indian curry
1378. Lebanese fried cheese with fresh pitas
1379. A spicy duck and sausage gumbo
1380. A fresh frenched rack of lamb

From Pepy:
1381. Indonesian Style Crab Curry
1382. Grilled Rock Lobster
1383. Kepiting Saus Padang (Crab in Padang Sauce)
1384. Ikan Sale Ubi Tumbuk (Smoked Catfish with Smashed Cassava Leaves)
1385. Bebek Goreng Surabaya (Surabaya Style Fried Duck)

From Rachael:
1386. Truffled French Fries
1387. A Cheese Blintz
1388. A Slice of Pizza from Fieros Pizza in East Hampton, NY
1389. An Authentic Fish Taco
1390. Wedding Cake

From Aayi:
1391. Bread fruit
1392. Ragi -mudde
1393. Pani puri
1394. Samarkand Afghan restaurant in Bangalore
1395. Mexican cuisine

From William:
1396. Cook a giant meal for those you love
1397. Go whole hog
1398. Check out your butt in a mirror
1399. Go to the Old Lahaina Luau on a perfect Maui night
1400. Go to a wine tasting at the Altesino Winery, Montalcino, Italy

From Ellie:
1401. Chicken and corn broth
1402. My mother’s kimchi
1403. A freshly picked sugar watermelon whilst sitting in the sun
1404. Pork ribs from Chaeju Island in Korea
1405. ‘King’ mandu (Korean dumplings) from a street dumpling house in Korea

From Ginny:
1406. Black Pepper Crabs
1407.
Fresh Figs
1408.
Kobe or Wagyu beef
1409.
Kangaroo Meat
1410.
Eclair au chocolat

From Secretnatasha:
1411. Tom Yum Goong (Thai)
1412.
Injera (Ethiopian)
1413.
Neopolitan Pizza (Italian)
1414.
Guacamole (Aztec/Mexican)
1415.
Uttapam (South Indian)

From Prema:
1416. Shree Mithai’s Boondhi ladoo
1417. My Mom's chicken curry
1418. Sugarcane juice and grilled corn in marina beach
1419. Chicken lettuce wraps
1420. Cheese cakes

From Nina:
1421. A whole lobster
1422. A Double-Choko-Chip-Muffin in NYC
1423. Friesentorte on the beautiful island Föhr
1424. Roast venison slow cooked with beer and honey on christmas with the hole family

1425. Baguette in Paris

From Pille:
1426. Go and pick wild berries
1427. Go and forage wild mushrooms
1428. A bowl of thick and creamy Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit and honey, and a cup of strong frappe
1429. Haggis, neeps & tatties
1430. Estonian sourdough rye bread

From Anne:
1431. Warm cloudberries over good quality vanilla ice cream
1432. Swedish Västerbotten Cheese (very sharp!) on crisp rye bread
1433. Swedish-style crawfish
1434. Tomatoes from your own garden
1435. Swedish meatballs with mom's lingonberry jam

From Michelle:
1436. Eat a Palisade peach, from Palisade, Colorado
1437. Go to a bar in Spain and order a plate of jamon iberico
1438. Eat freshly caught halibut, pulled from the icy cold waters off the shores of Alaska only hours earlier
1439. Taste fois gras with a splash of a French Sauternes
1440. Visit Thailand and taste Khao Dome, or coconut sticky rice in banana leaves

From Candice:
1441. Sunday Roast Dinner, at home, Australia
1442. Tea & Toast, taken in bed
1443. Colombian Cuisine, Andres Carne de Res, Bogotá, Colombia
1444. Fish & Chips, any beach in the world
1445. The First Mango of Summer

From Linda:
1446. Blarney Puffballs from the Irish Lion in Bloomington, IN
1447. Maryland blue crabs
1448. Pumpkin pie
1449. A Philly cheesesteak
1450. A tomato sandwich

From Melinda:
1451. A shrimp and oyster po-boy with a side of red beans and rice, with a cold Louisiana beer
1452. Dim sum and plenty of pu-er tea
1453. Sushi fresh from Tsukiji market
1454. Street food eaten standing up at a stall in Florence
1455.
Wagyu, grilled medium rare with a dignified red wine

From Mita:
1456. Kilawin
1457. Ikan Bakar
1458. Muffuletta of Central Grocery in the French Quarter of New Orleans
1459. Burnt Ends or Smoked Turkey from Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue in Kansas City, MO
1460. Ripe Carabao Mangoes from Zambales

From Arfie:
1461. My Mum's fried rice
1462. Creme brulee
1463. Anything what Gordon Ramsay cooks for dessert
1464. Jasmine tea
1465. Chocolate truffles

From Lolita:
1466. Nasi Padang:Sari Bundo Restaurant, Indonesia
1467. Ayam goreng Sukabumi (Located in a little Restaurant in Cipanas, Indonesia)
1468. Kue Jongkong (Indonesian traditional snack)
1469. Sate manado (Manado, Indonesia)
1470. Chinese Waffles

From Manisha:
1471. Hapoos Amba or Alphonso Mango
1472. Idli any-which-way
1473. Garma garam roti or Hot off the Flame Roti
1474. Dinner at Charlie Trotter's, Chicago
1475. Avlyachi Supari or Amla Supari

From Melissa:
1476. Just-caught, pan-fried trout
1477. Jam that you've made all by yourself
1478. Fish and chips wrapped up in newsprint
1479. Dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill
1480. Tea and dark chocolate at the top of a mountain

From Sarah:
1481. French fries
1482. Pain au chocolat
1483. Raclette
1484. Salade au chevre chaud
1485. Fresh-squeezed lemonade

From Tara:
1486. Eat Moroccan food with your hands
1487. Go to a farmers' market in Provence, then have a picnic
1488. Homemade macaroni & cheese
1489. Salt caramel
1490. Slow-cooked pork carnitas

From Virginie:
1491. Cacao/Cocoa
1492. Kakis/Sharon fruit
1493. Sauce satay/Satay sauce
1494. Dattes medjool/Medjool dates
1495. Horchata de chufa/Tiger nut milk

From Ed:
1496. My parent's Chinese chive cakes
1497. Dean's mom's gingersnap cookies
1498. Lychee flavored shaved ice at Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice in Honolulu, HI
1499. Taro flavored gelato at Marco Polo Gelato in San Francisco, CA
1500. White Castle Slyders at 2 am

From Geneve:
1501. Gruyere cheese
1502. Caprese salad
1503. Bircher Muesli
1504. Fresh Maine lobster
1505. My mom's warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream

From Gitit:
1506. My Lebanese grandmother's Sambusak Bjibne
1507. My Lebanese grandmother's Meat filled Kube
1508. My Mom's Argentinian Style Pizza
1509. Filipino/ Pinoy desert Halo Halo
1510. Deep Fried Ice Cream served in "Le Souffle" in Manila, Philippines

From Dan:
1511. Cook-Off
1512. Uni
1513. Mac ‘n Cheese
1514. Pizza
1515. BBQ

From Clark:
1516. Tortilla Soup from El Mirador in San Antonio, Texas
1517. Just About Any Dish from Carmine's On Penn, Denver, Colorado
1518. Vanilla Ice Cream with a Licorice Coating, Sweden
1519. Seafood at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California
1520. Swiss Chocolate

From Jen:
1521. Kentucky Fried Chicken
1522. Escargot from The Prime Rib, Washington, D.C.
1523. Country Style Pork Ribs Baked in a Clay Pot
1524. My mom's Thanksgiving stuffing
1525. To be decided

From Pam:
1526. Buttermilk Biscuits & Cornbread with Home-Grown Tomatoes
1527. Hazelnut Gelato
1528. Fresh Pineapple from Central or South America
1529. Eggs Benedict
1530. Homemade Peach Cobbler

From Zsofi:
1531. Hungarian cakes and pastries – Eszterházy cake
1532. Hungarian goose foie gras –prepared Hungarian style
1533. A proper Hungarian goulash
1534. Pickled cucumbers (kovászos uborka)
1535. Homemade chicken soup cooked with parsley root

From Anupama:
1536. Sweet Suttar Pheni from Chitale Bandhu in Pune
1537. Sanjyachi Poli
1538. Sugarcane juice
1539. Pani Puri at Kalpana Bhel and Panipuri Stall in Pune
1540. Butter Chicken with soft Tandoori Naan

From Nicholas:
1541. Fresh tuna, eaten sashimi style with a the fish in front of you
1542. '84 Petrus
1543. Pan seared foie gras, pear chutney, aged balsamic drizzle paired with Sauternes
1544. Wild mushroom risotto, with shaved white truffle
1545. Olive oil sorbet

From Phil:
1546. Oysters from Marseilette on the Etang de Thau
1547. Quince cheese with Manchego and a glass of Chianti
1548. Limoncello soaked Babas from Amalfi
1549. Jelly coconut from a street vendor in Barbados
1550. Flying fish burger at Shirley Heights in Antigua on Sunday at sunset

From Kitchenmage:
1551. Cookies that you baked with a monstrrr
1552. Something slightly unlikely with someone very special
1553. Way too much of a favorite food
1554. A child's invented dish that makes you go "ick"
1555. Something that stretches your cooking skills

From Gia-Gina:
1556. Dim Sum
1557. Sushi and sashimi
1558. Porcini mushrooms
1559. Pho
1560. Fruits including: fresh lychees, pomegranate, Philippine mango, jackfruit and alpine strawberries

From Melissa:
1561. Vegetable paella from Spain
1562. Poutine
1563. Portobello mushroom bake
1564. Gelato from GG Gelati in Winnipeg's Little Italy district
1565. Tofu

From Cenk:
1566. Seafood and Raki by The Bosphorus
1567. Chicken Claypot at The Slanted Door
1568. A Double-Double Animal Style at In-n-Out Burger
1569. Doner Kebab at Beyti
1570. Haagen Dazs Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream

From Givemesomefood:
1571. An Olallieberry Pie at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero
1572. Cioppino at Sam's Anchor Cafe in Tiburon
1573. A Quesadilla from Taqueria Cancun in The Mission
1574. Mt. Tam cheese from The Cowgirl Creamery
1575. A tomato you grew yourself

From Sherri:
1576. Tuna Tartare Avocado
1577. A medium rare steak at Prime 112 in Miami, Florida
1578. A packed to the rim falafel with chips, hummus, tehina and hot sauce in either Israel, Mivami at Bondi Beach in Sydney, or L'As du Falafel in Paris
1579. A Sushi dinner (including an Aloha and Kamikaze roll) at Mikado in Montreal
1580. A dessert plate with creme brulee, chocolate molten cake, apple crumb pie and key lime pie

From Yeng:
1581. Raw sea urchin
1582. Freshly roasted baboy damo or wild boar
1583. Anteater
1584. Wild honey and honeycomb, straight from the hive
1585. Kesong puti (Philippine cheese made from water buffalo milk

From Pasion:
1586. Fresh raw oysters
1587. (tie) Durian and ripe Philippine mango
1588. Fresh buko (young coconut)
1589. Green tea ice cream
1590. Fresh carabao (water buffalo) milk

From Michael McGarry:
1591. A blood orange sliced, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with sea salt
1592. The "Ludovico" gelato flavor from La Sorbetteria Castiglione in Bologna
1593. A slice of Grotto Pizza (Rehoboth, DE)
1594. Thin-sliced lardo drizzled with honey
1595. A food on a stick from the Minnesota State Fair

From Ning:
1596. Haagen-dazs ice cream macadamia nut flavor
1597. Philippines' sweet banana
1598. Sweet spaghetti, Filipino style
1599. Tamago (egg) sushi
1600. Chocolate

From Lizelle:
1601. Churros con chocolate at Dulcinea in Manila, Philippines
1602. Honeycomb Smash Cheesecake at Prezzo, London
1603. Avocado Ice Cream at Mitchell's, San Francisco
1604. Puto Maya (black sticky rice with mangoes) at Mare Via, Manila
1605. My grandma's Pancit Malabon, La Quinta, CA

From Nuggetmaven:
1606. Any fruit or vegetable you have grown yourself, eaten while still in the garden
1607. Macaroni and cheese
1608. Monte Cristo sandwich
1609. Nutella
1610. A traditional Chinese dim sum brunch/tea

From Mutant:
1611. Kobe beef
1612. What the japanese gangster in the death scene of tampopo described
1613. Real bistecca fiorentina
1614. A home-cooked dish in a truffle-hunter's house
1615. Peking-duck

From Susan:
1616. A thick, warm slice (or hunk) of bread from a loaf you made with your own two hands
1617. Something you grew yourself
1618. Homemade potato chips, preferably made with thin slices of freshly dug, organic red potatoes, fried in homemade lard
1619. A grilled hamburger made from a freshly ground chuck steak, served on a toasted, freshly baked bun & smothered with slices of vine-ripened, organic heirloom tomatoes
1620. A crisp, juicy apple you plucked from the tree

From Kirbie:
1621. El molcajete from the El Fogon restaurant in Alcapulco
1622. Sweet tea from Carey Hilliard's in Georgia
1623. Homemade jerk chicken with rice and corn out of the back of a local's vehicle in the Bahamas
1624. Homemade deer jerky
1625. Pizza from Maurizio's in Mays Landing, New Jersey

From Renee:
1626. Oysters, harvested 10 minutes earlier
1627. A Mortgage Lifter tomato, just picked, still warm from the sun
1628. Pizza from Pepe's in New Haven, CT
1629. Beignets and chicory coffee at Café du Monde in New Orleans
1630. Fresh, homemade cheese

From Cathy:
1631. A big bowl of my mother's Bun Bo Hue
1632. The langoustine risotto I had in Paris at Les Bouquinistes
1633. Sushi
1634. Lengua tacos from El Taco Veloz on Buford Highway
1635. The French Laundry's Oysters and Pearls

From Emily:
1636. Vegetarian Shabu Shabu in Taipei
1637. Aloo Gobi
1638. Calamari and Fresh Bruschetta
1639. Bun Cha Gio
1640. It's a tie for dessert: Self-saucing flourless chocolate cake or an almond croissant

From Beebeejaybee:
1641. Mrs Macs Beef cheese and bacon Pie
1642. Vegiemite LIGHTLY spread on hot toast which is dripping with butter
1643. Damper with golden syrup
1644. Roo steak sandwiches with onion, tomato, lettuce and BBQ sauce
1645. Tandoori roast lamb

From A Lau:
1646. Fresh sugar cane
1647. Steak tartare
1648. Raw shellfish (oysters, mussels, scallops) in Nice, France
1649. Preserved duck egg and pork congee
1650. Khachapuri

From Myamii:
1651. Green Mango with Salt
1652. Shorty's Original BBQ Sauce
1653. Trudy's Mexican Martini
1654. Wild Strawberries
1655. Nems (Vietnamese Springrolls)

From Mark McLellan:
1656. Peking Duck
1657. Vegetable Samosa
1658. Chicken Satay
1659. Cambazola
1660. Creme Brulee

From Belinda:
1661. Peking duck from Quanjude, Beijing, China
1662. Fresh bread, pâté and good cheese
1663. Balti from Birmingham, England
1664. Fresh sashimi and sushi in a Tokyo sushi bar
1665. Family meals

 

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1. Margherita pizza from Toscana in Budapest
2. Hot chocolate from 4 Seasons in Budapest
3. Mother-in-law's oxtail stew with butter beans
4. Sadza (maize porridge) with tonato and onion gravy from Zimbabwe
5. HARD fudge/tablet (British, definitely NOT North American)
September 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
Dammit, I'm breaking the rules. I am greedy, what can I say?
I insist on having more than five items - I will die without
boerewors and rare steak on a southern African braai, chocolate truffles, grilled eggplant and gnocchi on my list.
Even harder than making a list of 5 top foods is thinking about what you'd order as your last meal as a condemned (wo)man.Maybe I'd have to ask the prison chef to make a tasting menu with small portions of my favourite foods. That could delay my fate for quite a while.....
September 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
Hi Melissa, Great post! What fun.

Here is my list, focused on the Silicon Valley:

http://www.foodnotebook.com/blog/2006/09/5_things_to_eat_before_you_die.html
September 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCarter
Hi,

I'm new to the food blog community. Can I join in? I'd love to share "the things to eat before you die"!

Gourmet Gal

http://ggadventures.blogspot.com
September 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterGourmet Gal
I've added my five need to eat items before you die. I chose some southern soul food treats along with a couple of items I just love,

http://soulfusionkitchen.blogspot.com/2006/09/five-things-to-eat-before-you-die.html
September 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSylvie
creme brulee - i've had a few different varieties and i haven't met one i've disliked!

earl's caesar salad - i actually have the recipe for their dressing....very yummy and garlic-y!

milestone's spinach & artichoke dip - others have copied it, but it's never as good as the original at milestone's!

pajo's fish & chips - one of the few places that still serves them in newspapers....a very popular place on a nice summer day!

schnitzel semmel - when i was in austria way, way back in may 1998, i ate these sandwiches every day!
September 8, 2006 | Unregistered Commentertracey
What a great list. We'll all have to live an eternity to try everything.

Here's the link to my list: http://onceuponafeast.blogspot.com/2006/09/five-foods-to-eat-before-you-die.html
September 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRuth
Great list! I've seen many things here that I've never heard of, some familiar, and some that are a definite must-try. Despite all the feedback, I'm surprised that dates have not been mentioned. Whether from the Middle East or California, dates are steeped in tradition. Nutritious and exotic, dates are delicious in their own right and can often be the secret ingredient in a fabulous recipe.
September 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDave
Hello there!

Love the concept! I was tagged by Sam from Becks & Posh and finally was able to put this list together.

Cheers!
September 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Hi there!

Great concept! I was tagged by Sam of Becks & Posh. I finally was able to jot down my list of 5 things (9 Sept. posting).

http://theculinarychase.blogspot.com/2006/09/5-things-to-eat-before-you-die.html

Cheers!
September 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I did this one on my website. :)

http://yummywc.blogspot.com/2006/09/5-things-to-eat-before-you-die.html

In short, my 5 things were:
1. Roasted Crab, at Thanh Long in SF.
2. Dinner at Laperouse, in Paris.
3. Raspberries that you just picked yourself.
4. Salmon that you just caught yourself.
5. Really good wine or champagne.

Thanks, this was fun!
September 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJ
This was fun! You can see mine at:
http://www.thesurvivalgourmet.com/archives/110

Thanks for starting this!
September 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterThe Survival Gourmet
1. Clam Chowder from Wally's Chowder House in Seattle WA.

2. Portabella Mushroom Burger

3. Truffles from "Just Truffles" in St. Paul MN.

4. Veggie Sub from Subway.

5. Frankenstien French Toast

Visit http://hotelcoffee.blogspot.com for more information.
September 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDan O'Leary
1. Durian (At a Durian plantation in Malaysia)
2. Barbecued Sting Ray (Singapore)
3. Crab cooked with Black Bean Sauce (Shark Fin House, Melbourne)
4. Kopi and French Toast (Tong Ah Coffee Shop, Keong Saik St Singapore)
5. Claypot Chicken Rice (Singapore)
September 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterElena
I got tagged for this, but pretty late in the game I see! Here is the link to my post on the subject:

http://cuisinequotidienne.blogspot.com/2006/09/five-french-things-to-eat-before-you.html
September 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Carlson
Here is my link...better late than never!

http://www.bbqgeneral.com/archives/2006/09/5_things_to_eat.htm

Wiley
September 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterThe General
Mine is located on my blog as well.
September 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHarmonia
1. a real 'Rijstafel' in Amsterdam (http://www.thingsasian.com/goto_article/article.2590.html)
2. chorizo con sidra in Northern Spain (http://www.karlosnet.com/Karlos/tureceta.php?c=36328)
3. Black Forest gateau, anywhere in Germany
4. fresh mango slices sprinkled with lime juice
5. churros con chocolate for breakfast in Spain after staying up all night at clubs
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterana
Great meme (I know, I know, it's not a meme!) Here is where you can find ours: <a href:"http://www.wherestherevolution.blogspot.com>Where's the Revolution?</a>
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBazu
1. Khao Soi/Chiang Mai noodles with an avocado shake!
2. Dim Sum in SF Chinatown
3. Bhanganbaratha (Indian eggplant dish) with all the naan you can eat
4. Fish tacos from Senior Fish in Alhambra, CA
5. Manny Ramirez burger at Bartley's Burger Cottage in Harvard Square
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterV dawg
I meant to say, "Here is my bit". Sorry for the error. I was commenting from Work :-)
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterTony of Bachelor Cooking
Hi, I did my list here in France... there are some different things on there :) This was fun!!!

http://garlic-breath.blogspot.com/2006/09/top-five-to-eat-before-you-die.html

September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRiana
Here are a few that can't be left off!

1. Mole negro de Oaxaca. One of the most delicious and most complex sauces ever invented! And the only place to taste it is Oaxaca, Mexico, since many of the ingredients are not available anywhere else.
2. Fish tacos from Baja. You can get some good ones in SoCal too, but for the real experience go to Baja, to any seaside town.
3. Pizza in Chicago (REAL Chicago-style!).
4. Moroccan b'stilla (preferably with pigeon). I had this on my first trip to Morocco. AMAZING! Pigeon tastes like a gamier version of chicken.
5. Ventresca (tuna belly fillet preserved in olive oil). This is to canned tuna what prosciutto is to Oscar Mayer bologna!
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Hi, I did the 5 things to eat before you die. Here it is:http://zeesspace.blogspot.com/2006/09/5-things-to-eat-before-you-die.html
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMl
Minghella's icecream (http://www.minghella.co.uk/)
Lemon meringue pie
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommentermAz
Now I'm starving. I keep trying to calculate how quickly I can get to all of this food...
The short list:
1. Pan-seared Foie Gras
2. Roast Suckling Lamb at El Asador de Aranda, Barcelona
3. Jamon Iberico de Bellota de Jabugo
4. Tru Irish Smoked Salmon
5. Risotto, the creamy, velvety Italian kind
The descriptive list on http://thyme2.typepad.com
Great idea and I love the list!
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hello, I've completed this meme and it is up at my site. (If I knew html, I'd put the specific link in here, sorry.)

I wish I had read your post first. I'm more of a chowhound than a foodie, I'm afraid, and these fancy-panted responses are a bit more oh, la la-ish than my own tendencies.I will eat, for example, Spam. Oh well! Gotta be my own person!

So behold the rabble at http://didntthinkidturnoutthisway.com/
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Freshly made sausage by Usinger's in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sausage doesn't get any more delicious than this, still produced in small batches according to old world German tradition!
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJustin
Forgot to add the link to my above post: http://www.usinger.com/
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJustin
Better Late than never:

1. Lamb popsicles from Vij's in Vancouver
2. Sichuan anything from Niu Kee in Montreal, but especially the stewed sichuan beef with tofu flower
3. My Mom's Ukranian christmas eve feast
4. A 6 course tasting menu prepared by Chef Marco Fadiga (specifically the one served at the Montreal High Lights Festival in 2005)
5. Mole Poblano
September 12, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterno3food
1. Mohnbroetchen (poppyseed hard rolls from Germany)
with Nutella.
2. Liverwurst in Germany, (creamy)
3. Tom Kha Gai soup from the local Thai restaurant.
4. Jaegerschnitzel from the Wuppertaler Brauhaus.
5. Baked Potato Soup from Hops Bar and Grill.
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
Please see http://magtravels.blogspot.com/2006/09/5-things-to-eat-before-i-die.html for the list. I'm afraid I may have cheated with #5!
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMagalie L'Abbé
Cabbage rolls
Potato pancakes
Polish Bow Tie cookies
Chicago Polish sausage
Pickled Herring in sour cream
Prierogi
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAndy
Fresh Caribbean lobster from the Big Bambu – Anagada – British West Indies
Beignets from Café Dumonde – New Orleans, LA
Lobster Bisque from Le Dog – Ann Arbor, MI
Moose Drool beer – Bozmon, MT
Spiced Rum – The Bitter End – Virgin Goda, British West Indies
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Bravo
1. Puerto Rican Morcilla Sausage
2. Pig's feet with white Rice and Garbanzo beans
3. Ceviche
4. Gandinga
5. Pernil
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLiteranista
I'm from Savannah - my top five foods would have to be:

1. Fresh blue crabs boiled up and eaten off newspapers in the back yard by the marsh.

2. Hot baking powder biscuits. With butter and homemade peach-fig preserves.

3. Shrimp in cream sauce (prepared with sherry) served on hot grits.

4. Savannah Red Rice.

5. My momma's fried chicken.
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterPam
1. a whole pie from Grimaldi's in Brooklyn
2. Cypress Grove's Humboldt Fog
3. 1200degree bone-in (rare/mid-rare) ribeye
4. "on boat" sashimi of any kind (saltwater)
5. A mn grown honeycrisp apple
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFoureyes
I am Caribbean, the author of Shake Dat Cocktail, Culinaria:The Caribbean,and soon to be published Nyam Jamaica, Jerking Around Jamaica, Jamaican Cookshops & Rumbars and Norma Shirley - A Life of Food. I live in Montego Bay but travel the Caribbean with food being my raison d'etre. Your story on Jamaica prompted me to join this foray....will never understand why visitors do not insist on doing food their own way in all our islands - its the way to go!

This is my list of foods that I just could never do without. There's more but you asked for five. Hard decisions when you are an island girl.

1.Roger's Grandmother's Land Crab Backs from Grenada
2.Miss Esme's Tobago Curried Crab and Dumpling
3.Miss Harriett's Saltfish and CouCou from Barbados
4.Stewed Manicou from The Commonwealth of Dominica
5.Janga Soup with crayfish from the rivers of Jamaica
6.Chicken Jerk Sausage from Boston in Jamaica
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary Parkinson
Sorry! just had to throw in an extra one for good taste!
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary Parkinson
Shoots! One more...how could I forget my most delicious breakfast on earth - Charlie's Black Pudding with Souse on the side from Trinidad.
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary Parkinson
1. Chocolate Truffles- Preferably from a small, locally owned chocolateur, but no matter where, it's quite possibly the most satisfying, make-you-close-your-eyes-and-groan dessert out there.

2. Peanut Butter and Chocolate fudge from Mackinac Island- If you're getting fudge, you have to go to the source. Mackinac has the freshest and richest fudge on the planet. The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is beyond perfect.

3. Cheesecake Factory cheesecake- It's already making my mouth water. Sure, you can feel your hips expand as you eat it, but what the hey! If you're going to eat cheesecake, might as well make it completely sinful.

4. Chocolate covered marshmallow on a stick from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory- They're inexpensive, and an excelent filling treat, perfectly satisfying any chocolate craving. Plus, it's food on a stick- what could be more fun?

5. Pizza from Fricano's Pizza in Grand Haven, Michigan- A family-owned restaurant serving up slices of ultra-thin crust pizza made with the freshest ingredients and loaded in grease. You'll need a couple of napkins per slice, but it's all worth it!
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
1. 'dirty water' hot dog with mustard and onions from NYC vendor.
2. Hot pastrami on rye from Katz's.
3. Tortalini with pancetta and peas from Casa Mia in Scottsdale, Az.
4. "American" chop Suey
5. Arroz con Pollo
September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKevinL.
Despite all the amazing seafood we have in australia washed down with some tasty wine, travelling abroad has exposed me to some fantastic meals as well so here is the five things i think you need to try
1. meat pie or in Adelaide a pie floater (meat pie covered in pea soup with tomato sauce and washed down with an ice coffee)
2. kanagaroo steak - done just right with a berry sauce
3. mussells and chips in antwerp
4. paella down la rambla in barcelona on a sunny day washed down with sangria
5. picnic in southern italy with my family and all there home made delights
September 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDeliah - Australia
Hi Melissa,

Great project! Here's the link to my list:

http://www.zinfullydelicious.com/2006/09/five_things_to_.html

Bruno
September 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBruno
1. Smoked tuna from Chuck's Seafood in Coo's Bay Oregon
2. Battered fried cubes of monkey faced eel
3. A fresh pomegranate
4. Anything on the menu fron Kim Yun's in Newport Oregon
5. Really fresh salsa and corn chips (diced herloom tomatoes and yellow wax peppers, nothing more)
September 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDJS
1. Dresdner Eierschecke
2. Dresdner Stollen
3. Radeberger Pilsener
4. Bautzner Senf
5. Fleischsalat Dr. Doerr
September 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRobert
1. Kona coffee in Kona, Hawaii
2. The awesome Ayurvedic thali from some Indian restaurant in London (they even had millet paratha!!)
3. Nutella on a fresh monbrochen for breakfast among my German family
4. Sweet potato breakfast burrito with a side dragon-breath tabouli and blue corn chips and a Red Zinger iced tea from Manatee café in St. Augustine, Florida
5. Insalata Caprese with fresh from the garden basil, tomatoes and mozzarella with crisp Italian bread and extra virgin olive oil to dip
September 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHippy Nursey
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