I have been officially tagged by Katy to create a list of five things people should eat before they die.
- My last dinner in Buenos Aires earlier this year was at a chop house in Puerto Madero. I can't remember its name, and nothing jumps out at me on the list of gastronomía at that web site. Walking to the table, there were floor-to-ceiling glass windows separating us from the raw meat and the kitchen, and it all looked wonderful. Because the cattle in Argentina are raised without hormones or anything too unnatural and also because the beef is not aged, Argentine beef has a very different taste from American beef. The flavor is so natural that one might think the cow actually grew out of the ground. I highly recommend Argentine beef, especially eaten in Argentina, to the foodies.
- Since I was very young, one of my favorite foods has been Maine lobster. There's little more enjoyable than sitting in a fireplace-warmed room and gazing out over the Atlantic Ocean while trying to dismember, clean, butter, and consume a boiled lobster that was caught in a trap not far off the frigid coast just hours beforehand.
- A wonderful thing about enjoying food is the keen ability to go overboard when purchasing it. When this happens, it can often be brushed off, and the purchaser may even swear to never do it again. However, when the groceries are finally put into the cupboards and the refrigerator, the foodie can start thinking of ways to use the new, wonderful items. This is how, one day, I ended up with 250 grams of very nice Russian sturgeon caviar. It was an impulse purchase at a fine grocer in Dallas, Texas, and it felt like velvet on my tongue, with the slightest hint of salty fish.
- This item in the list is something I actually have not tried, but I understand its consumption is beautiful, and some day soon, I hope to form my own opinions on the matter. The reason I do not have personal experience with this is that it's illegal to import unpasteurized dairy products into the United States. Because of this, the risk of eating real Brie de Meaux here is high, and for a not-very-outgoing person like me, the better option is to simply take a long weekend on the Continent.
- And, last, but not least, I would like to include a set of foods that has been dear to me all my life. I never miss an opportunity to use them, and they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. My last recommendation for something a foodie should eat before death is ridiculously hot peppers.
Since this meme is out of foodie-land now, it's difficult to select another five people to tag for it. In the interest of keeping things going, however, I hereby select the following people to compile and publish their own lists of five foods to try before you die.
- Kari, alongside whom, a long time ago now, my interests in cooking began to flourish
- Tamara, who enjoys good southern cooking with good southern beer
- Andrew, whose travels impart upon him knowledge of food all around the country
- Helen, whom I introduced to sushi just last summer
Regrettably, Tamara and Andrew may not be joining us in this meme for a while, as their blogs are on a web server that is in transit, somewhere between Los Angeles and here.
And, now... I'm hungry.