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March 11, 2004
Best Thing You've Ever Eaten?

I've eaten at a lot of fine restaurants. I've had foams, froths, and brulee's and I've drunk Dom Perignon, 100 year old port, and 40 year old scotch.

But the best thing I've ever had was from a street cart vendor in New York City. It was one of the first times I'd been in the city on my own (I think it was the Saturday after a week of work there). I hadn't really seen New York, so I walked half the length of the island and back on Broadway, taking in the atmosphere. It was Spring, the day was sunny, and by the time I hit Houston street, I was ravenous.

I bought a souvlaki from an elaborate cart run by a slight Middle-Eastern man who had very little hair and a goatee. I was a little concerned by the appearance of the cart, and wondered just how sanitary it was to cook all day outside on a city street.

The scent from the skewers were amazing, and my hunger quickly overcame my better judgment. I'm glad it did, because when I bit into the spiced smoky meat I was in heaven. I tried another one the next day from another vendor, but it just wasn't the same. Cervantes was right when he said "Hunger is the best sauce."

So what's the best single thing you've ever eaten and what were the circumstances? Tell us in the Comments.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at March 11, 2004 11:47 AM | TrackBack
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I ate an oyster straight of the rocks of a beach on Waiheke Island, in New Zealand after hiking around the island. Being able to eat something so fresh and clean, that needed absolutely nothing added just can't be beat.

Posted by paul on March 11, 2004 at 2:31 PM

I'd been working way too hard on my honors thesis in college and Meg made me dinner and brought it to me.

It was a chicken split breast oven baked with butter, olive oil and some spices. It was the single most savory piece of chicken in history. Being Meg, no recipe was followed or written. Never been able to duplicate that chicken again. There should have been a monument in that quad.

Posted by Bryan on March 11, 2004 at 3:29 PM

...the best thing I ever ate was a kebab at the end of a night of heavy drinking.

Possibly the worst thing I ever ate was a very similar kebab when I was sober!

Posted by Steve on March 12, 2004 at 4:18 AM

The one and only time I ever successfully fished: rainbow trout from the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Christmas vacation, 1000 miles from home, 15 degrees out, and every time I threw in my line I caught a trout. Ever an optimist I had a one-use disposable grill in the trunk of my car...and a tiny bottle of EVOO, S & P, lemons, and two red bell peppers. An incredible feast ensued.

Posted by Irish on March 12, 2004 at 5:29 AM

My grandmother's cream of mushroom soup, made with a duck base. Absolutely the most sublime dish I've ever eaten - even as a child I recognised that it was genius.

Oh, and a mango fed to me by well-meaning friends when I was in the middle of an emotional crisis and hadn't eaten in over a week. (Thanks to Steve and Chloe!)

Posted by Meg in Paris on March 12, 2004 at 9:25 AM

In a small town in the czech republic i visited a local flavor resturant. I ordered smoked pigglet and was greeted with an odd plate with little meat and alot of fat. I soon learned those strips of fat were pigglet bacon. With only a thin layer of skin and a very soft fat, the pigglet bacon's fat almost melted in my mouth and the skin disolved with a gentle rubbing on the roof of my mouth. I know my sister and barret have sworn off most meats, and are unlikly to make an exception for baby pig, but is truly is amazing.

Posted by Greg in louisville on February 12, 2007 at 6:07 AM

In a small town in the czech republic i visited a local flavor resturant. I ordered smoked pigglet and was greeted with an odd plate with little meat and alot of fat. I soon learned those strips of fat were pigglet bacon. With only a thin layer of skin and a very soft fat, the pigglet bacon's fat almost melted in my mouth and the skin disolved with a gentle rubbing on the roof of my mouth. I know my sister and barret have sworn off most meats, and are unlikly to make an exception for baby pig, but is truly is amazing.

Posted by Greg in louisville on February 12, 2007 at 6:07 AM