Check Please: Food Meme-ories

I can barely believe I am doing a meme. A meme! Go figure.

But, I must confess to the surprising, powerful flood of wonderful memories almost every single one of these foods has brought to me in vivid, life-flash-before-your-eyes style. I could write a book based on this list alone – a book that I hope would reflect the sincere gratitude I have for the magical life I have lead, the fellow foodies with whom I broke bread, and the ability to dream and then make into reality whatever lies ahead. (OMG rhyme! So slick!)

God, there are so many stories. So many amazing memories of my amazing life. I am truly blessed.

7. Cheese fondue – Homemade with marinated cheese at Andreas and Rachel’s farm house in the Austrian Alps, after a day of Julie Andrews imitations, touchable clouds and silence punctuated by cowbells.

80. Bellini – Driving from Switzerland to attend Carnivale in Venice with The Count, who treated me at Harry’s Bar; speaking in Venetian accents and cracking each other up; stealing a kiss on an empty street, away from the crowds in Piazza San Marco.

14. Aloo gobi – A hilarious end to yet another adventurous day with Cynthia, the two of us eating alone in the living room of a student’s family’s apartment while they ate in the kitchen and snuck looks at us.

61. S’mores – I mentioned my dearly departed grandmother’s notorious sweet tooth to Katie while we made our own s’mores in a New York restaurant; a few days later, a psychic medium let me know that Marny had overheard my conversation.

24. Rice and beans – Poor old Pavlov Memento, my ex-boyfriend. Every meal I ever ate with his family was a chaotic mess of carbs and shouting.

I could go on and on; in future posts, I just might. But for those of you playing at home, here are the instructions, and my list. All is (sic).

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari

12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (a pungent unpasturised French cheese)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (a warm dip from the Piedmont area of Italy)
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu (pufferfish)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini (I’ve sipped one)
58. Beer above 8% (I’ve sipped one)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost Que?
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu (Chinese distilled alcohol)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini (Cocktail)

81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


7 thoughts on “Check Please: Food Meme-ories

  1. Wow. Some of my favorite food memories are ones you haven’t tried: you must comne to Berlin and have a Currywurst at Bier’s under the Friedrichstrasse station tracks!

  2. My kids all would agree the BEST Ocean City beach lunch and memories: PB&J, Kool Aid (red), and Oreo cookies! You know its true!

  3. I second Ed’s wow! That is one heck of a list, and you have tried some exotic things indeed.

    Makes my squirrel sandwiches sound totally lame.

    May the food be with you!


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