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Food Bucket List

Hello all. Happy new year, as we're still in time for that.
I've been quite unsatisfied with the food bucket lists available out there. I think the main issue I have is it lacks basic items that are perhaps taken for granted and not included. However, I'd like to try making my own top 100 list with your help, that's as comprehensive as possible. I mean, everyone should try peanut butter, and I haven't seen it on any list.

I'd like exquisite stuff but also something you may eat everyday but still think everyone in the world should try at least once. Opening it this way can be hard to get 100 things, but let's try it. If we get too much stuff we'll find a way to cut it down later. Try to avoid brands, unless you there's a reason for it. Also, try to think globally, not only your area.

What should everyone eat at least once before they die?



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Jan. 10th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Baklava! Who doesn't like baklava? Wait, no, don't tell me. My heart can't take it.
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Baklava! Good one.
I can't eat too much of it, but it's great.

It's not only things people will like though. It can also be for the experience. I'd include Marmite even though I hate it.
Jan. 10th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
And then there's Marmite's cousin from The Land Down Under: Vegemite, famous for mystifying a generation of non-Australian 80's rock fans.
Jan. 10th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
That was my first and instant reaction - Marmite just HAS to be on the list.
Jan. 10th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Literally my favourite sweet thing ever.
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Red beans and rice
Sangria (does a drink count?)
Fish tacos
So many Indian dishes to choose from...
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
I think it's easier if we don't include drinks. The food items are too many already. I thought of Caipirinha, but wine and some beers would have to be there too.
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
Oreos. I dated a guy that had never tried an oreo - not even a fried one! He was so enamored with the cookie, plain and without milk, that now he's obsessed with them.
Otherwise, pierogies (I like mine with maple syrup) and clear mushroom soup. I'm dying to make the soup on my own just so I don't have to visit a hibachi steakhouse to order a bowl.

If you're using other resources, will you share your final comprehensive list?
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
This idea came from another community, and the discussion is pretty active there, have a look:
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
Oh, interesting. I'll have to go peek. Thanks for the link!
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
Fresh cheese like paneer
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Honey that still has the comb
Wasabi Peas
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Jan. 10th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
EW Marmite. But I agree with that. Even if most americans don't like it.
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
Fresh scallops, oysters, truffles, sea urchins, wagyu steak, pulled pork, hamburgers, Norwegian brown cheese, fish & chips, matcha ice cream, crispy duck, lefse, coq au vin, crepe suzette, real vanilla ice cream, haggis, t-bone steak, eggs sunny side up, smoked salmon... I could probably go on for quite a bit. Oooh, and bacon.
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
Ha. I was going to add wagyu beef, but someone already posted it. I want to know what the big fuss is before I die.

I'd add a really good pizza - a lot of people I know will grab a $5 one or something frozen, because "pizza is pizza, right?" Economical, but...far from the best that you can eat.

Edited at 2013-01-10 01:45 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
I agree. Good pizza isn't really expensive though. It's all about the base.
Jan. 10th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
The $5 comment was in reference to the prevalent "hot 'n' ready" deals. You don't always get what you want.

Edited at 2013-01-10 05:00 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
macaroni and cheese! Not the boxed kind (though it is an Americanism unto itself I think), but the gooey, oozy, baked cheese on top and in and everywhere macaroni that grandma makes every year for family get-togethers and there's never any leftovers. I'm sure there are parts of the world that have never had macaroni and cheese! and it's just my favorite thing ever.

also, the parmo. I had one when I was in England and oh my. It's a fried, artery-clogging chicken dish and it was worth every calorie. Why can't I get these in the States?

foie gras, I don't like it but now I know that I don't.

a really, really good cheesecake.
Jan. 10th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Waaah the PARMO! I went to uni in Middlesbrough and have since moved away. Parmos are SO GOOD! :D

A million internets to you!
Jan. 14th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
So funny to see parmo mentioned! But I agree :D
Jan. 10th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Blood orange
Pig roasted in the ground
Beef bone marrow
Jan. 10th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
real eggs Benedict, handmade marshmallows, Jerk chicken, Stinky cheese, steak tarttar or carpacharo, fry bread, fresh picked corn, fresh picked strawberries ripe from the sun, Irish fruitcake, Veg you have grown yourself, cheese from a farm you have visited. Cervish, gourmet small batch choclate, Coq au Vin, Chicken Tika Masala, Fresh caught fish. Real Balsamic vinigar, Truffles, caviar, dry aged steak, Heirloom pork,

One authentic full meal from, Mexico, France, Provence, china, Italy, Persia, morocco, southern us, Thailand, Cuba, greek, Brazilian, New York Deli, Spanish. (you can pick the region)
Jan. 10th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
I think for the most part, for something to be bucket list worthy, it has to be inaccessible to some extent. Whether that's due to cost, location, availability or just not being your norm. So that sort of thing may be different depending on who and where you are. I think there also has to be either the element of nostalgia or simply striving to have the best possible version of something.

*paella (proper, not a paella-like dish)
*dim sum (yes, that's a collection of dishes, but I think a proper dim sum experience should be on the list)
*rabbit, frog, and anything traditionally kept as a pet in Western cultures
*mole sauce
*curry (thai or indian)
*chanterelle mushrooms
*homegrown tomato eaten immediately off the vine

As for more common items like peanut butter (which is really only common in the US, maybe Canada), I would say wild rice and proper maple syrup (common where I am, but I know plenty who have never had either). Coffee (actual coffee, not a Starbucks liquified candy bar). Actual vanilla bean. Avocado (again, common here, but not in other places necessarily and hard to get a good one most places). Cereal with marshmallows (apparently the US is one of the few countries without any qualms about showing sugar down children's throats in the name of breakfast - I used to mail boxes of Lucky Charms to my friend in the UK).

Edited at 2013-01-10 03:08 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)

No results???? How has no one mentioned sushi? I definitely think that's something everyone should try at least once.
Jan. 10th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, sushi!
Also, steamer clams, clam chowder, creme brulee, fondue...
Jan. 10th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
In the US, check with your local Cattleman's Association, for they have the best beef, since it's usually farmed and processed differently. Their ground beef is usually 90/10, which deals with how trim the meat is in fat.

Homemade mashed potatoes with real milk/cream, butter and whatever other trimmings you want to add.</p>

Snow ice cream.

Homemade yeast rolls and sourdough bread.

Jan. 10th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
Creme Brulee

And for the kid in all of us - Cotton Candy
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC)
This is such a strange suggestion, but panna cotta with a raspberry reduction. It has such an interesting mouthfeel, and the panna cotta as subtle in flavour as the reduction is strong.
Jan. 10th, 2013 08:32 am (UTC)
Real sourdough from the wharf in SF
a proper done Croissant
Raw Oysters
Crawfish Boil
BBQ in all the US styles (each region is so drastically different and so fanatically loved)
Po'Boy. My New Orleans native husband says "shrimp," but I say "oyster." Then again, I know others that swear by the roast beef, or others.
King Cake during Mardi Gras season
New England Clam Chowder
fresh Pain au Chocolat
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Fresh Tortillas straight off the griddle
a true 5 course meal done by an award winning chef (I'd bump that up to a full tasting menu, the kind that takes hours and hours to go through, and that you have to take breaks during)
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Bananas Foster
Apple Pie (a la mode, in my opinion, but try it with cheddar, too)
really well aged artisan Cheddar
a good Belgian beer
Fresh Pasta
Basil Rolls
"A traditional Korean meal, with all the little bits"
Duck curry
Organ meats
Jan. 10th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Whoops, dunno why this hit twice, I'll get rid of one.
Jan. 10th, 2013 08:35 am (UTC)
A burger from meat that you've ground yourself. A good blend of beef, like chuck and short rib and some rich fat, ice cold, ground, and made into patties. Served on a good bun with minimal toppings. You'll never look at a normal burger again.
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
Tuna yamakake
Dark chocolate
Turkish delight
Pizza capricciosa
Marzipan (proper, made with bitter almonds)
Rigo Jancsi (AKA Hungarian Chocolate Cake - but not region-specific)
Choco chip cookies
Sundried tomatoes
Bitter melon
Wild strawberries
Black risotto
Dry-cured ham
Feta cheese
Breaded cutlet
Dried pumpkin seeds
Grilled eggplant
Sour cream
Meat wrapped/"spiked"(open cuts in the meat, put bacon and/or garlic in) in/with bacon

Edited at 2013-01-10 12:04 pm (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
Hm. No mention of pizzelle. I'm going to have to add that.

Actually, no. Better. Mix this up, and spread it between 2 pizzelle (very carefully, they break easily):

- Grape jelly
- An equal amount of chocolate syrup
- Crushed walnuts to taste (you can leave this out if you have a nut allergy, but otherwise you really, really shouldn't)
- Just enough graham cracker crumbs to make the mixture hard to stir (you'll feel when it's right)

I get bad migraines from chocolate, but this is the one food that I consider very much worth the pain. I don't know if the spread originated with my aunt, or if older relatives used non-processed versions of a lot of that stuff back in The Old Country, but it has become a Christmas staple at family get-togethers because it's hard not to love what grapes, chocolate, and anise do together.
Jan. 10th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Cheese. Good quality English Cheddar with a nice bite to it.

Not only is it a good food, it is also something that most Chinese have never had, and I guess many other Eastern countries that do not rely on dairy products.
Jan. 13th, 2013 10:16 am (UTC)
Your nomination suggests an important category: things that are commonplace home comfort food in a culture other than one's own. (My favorite is miso soup, the archetype of Mom's home cooking to Japanese.)

One dish I have yet to taste freshly made is reallo han chai (Buddha's Delight)--not to be confused with the stir-fried Asian vegetable mix I see under that name in American restaurants. The Buddha's Delight I'm talking about is a labor-intensive one-pot dish combining a number of exotic (to most Westerners) vegan ingredients--including the likes of lotus root, hair seaweed, black tree fungus, and mock meats made of wheat gluten.
Jan. 10th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
Cream tea with real Cornish Clotted Cream
Gulab Jamun
Suet pudding- sweet or savoury
+1m scoville chilli
Yorkshire pudding
Ostrich egg
Homemade chapatti and dal
Extra mature cheddar
Roasted chestnuts
Jan. 11th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Cornbread Dressing
Oyster Stew made with Fresh Apalachicola (Florida) Oysters
Raw Apalachicola Oysters
Biscoff Cookie Butter (it is the only brand that I am aware of...I only discovered it because of LJ)
Homemade Pimento Cheese on Cornbread Toast
Really good Fried Chicken

...Can you tell I'm from the Southern US?

Jan. 12th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
Pacific sockeye salmon
Pacific halibut
Dungeness crab
Pacific Northwest mussels
'Singing' scallops
Spot prawns
Sea urchin
Salmon sashimi
Rainier cherries
Ambrosia apples
Fresh mozzarella
Homemade ricotta
Roasted garlic
Japanese mayonnaise
'Bulldog' sauce
Hoisin sauce
White truffle oil
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