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January 07, 2005

eat'll make you feel better

The BBC posted a list of 50 things you must eat before you die. I've had all but 5, and possibly 6, depending on what the hell barramundi is. I kind of find that dispiriting.

Posted by paulette at January 7, 2005 03:30 PM | TrackBack
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Barramundi is a lovely, fairly oily white fish. Play your cards right in Italy later this month you can probably get some. Barramundi, I mean.

Posted by: jay on January 7, 2005 04:23 PM

Paulette, you could look forward to making a better— perhaps more specific— list. "Sandwiches"? That's more often a staple than an experience, though I did have a "Good Egg" sandwich at a café in North Beach, S.F. that was, in fact, memorable from the first bite.

I wonder if guinea pig is a staple somewhere. That and eight other things I have not yet eaten.

Posted by: Gary on January 8, 2005 11:36 AM

Wait - all but 5?? Does this mean you've had reindeer?

Posted by: Erik on January 8, 2005 12:08 PM

I've had all but 6. Although, I have it good authority that Haggis is comparable to a cross between menudo and blood sausage. I've had both of those - does it count?

Posted by: terry on January 8, 2005 01:32 PM

Actually, I've tried everything on the list except guinea pig, reindeer, durian, moreton bay bugs, and durian (though I've had durian ice cream, so maybe that makes it more like 4 and a half? Haggis isn't good, but it's not nearly as icky as I'd have thought.

Gary, guinea pig is big in Peru. They eat with popcorn, I think.

Posted by: paulette on January 8, 2005 05:01 PM

I think almost every upper-middle-class, urban (or even coastal) American who doesn't keep kosher or have other strict dietary restrictions has probably eaten all but seven or eight of the things on that overly-general list. So as soon as we all try moreton bay bugs and reindeer, we can die? That is dispiriting.

My own list would be different, it would include home-grown tomatoes still warm from the sun, and hot chocolate with real cream on top, and brick-oven pizza, and stuff like that. Maybe that's too snobbish, because it's all about savoring taste and using fine ingredients and all. I've tried durian and it's fine, kinda interesting that it smells horrible but tastes sweet, but it wasn't life-changing. Not like home-grown tomatoes.

Posted by: Elaine on January 10, 2005 01:35 PM

I'm stunned to find that I've eaten everything on this list but two items - and with my veggie tendencies. Haggis and guinea pig are the two I've managed to live without and if completion means it's time to drop dead, perhaps I'll pass. Still, this list is too broad. Sandwiches? Like the delicious grinders at the former (sigh) Zooties or a grilled cheese from Denny's? Aussie meat pie? I had the most gawdawful meat pie at a truck stop in Australia and it made me WISH I was dead...

In high school, I was an exchange student in Sweden and we ate plenty of reindeer.

When you get your guinea pig with popcorn, is it candied and bundled up in to a big sticky ball with peanuts? Or is the guinea pig the prize in the Cracker Jack box?

Posted by: pam on January 11, 2005 01:38 AM
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