meme: five things to eat before you die (yikes!)

I was tagged by Linda of Kayak Soup for the food meme that’s been making the blog rounds: 5 things to eat before you die. Melissa at the Traveller’s Lunchbox notes that the five items “should definitely be things you know and love and couldn’t imagine not having tasted”. Just five things?! Well, it was a tough job, but I think I’ve come up with a few good things. Read on.

1. Chicken & Waffles from Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in Long Beach, CA. I had this for breakfast last year on our honeymoon and somehow the combination of awesomely delicious waffles with syrup meld so nicely with the salty crispy fried chicken. Seriously good.

2. Biscuits and Gravy at the Dish Cafe in Seattle. Mmmmm, I do love a good breakfast and the first time I had biscuits and gravy was at the Dish Cafe in the lovely Ballard ‘hood of Seattle. Light biscuits and tasty gravy definitely make for a wonderful breakfast treat. And a treat it is since I’ve never seen biscuits and gravy at a menu in Vancouver (or all of Canada, really).

3. Lamb Popsicles at Vij’s in Vancouver. Last year’s birthday dinner was at Vij’s and it’s where I had these incredible flavourful lamb “popsicles” that sat in a lovely fenugreek cream curry sauce. Mmmmmm. Apparently, the recipe is here.

4. The Hedge House Salad served at the Hedge House Pub in Portland, OR. This salad with beets, hazelnuts, blue cheese, greens, and a balsamic dressing that I can’t seem to replicate is hands-down my most favourite salad. True, I do make grandiose claims from time to time, but really, the combo of salty-sweet, creamy and crunchy is just too damn dreamy. This salad is a nice accompaniment to the seriously strong IPA they brew there and I MUST have this again. Note: if you follow it up with a fleur de sel caramel from next door’s Pix Patisserie, well, then you can die right then and there with a smile on your face.

5. A tart, crisp, fresh, bright green Granny Smith apple. Really, there is nothing more delightful and refreshing than the perfect Granny Smith apple. My favourite fruit, hands down.

And although I hate tagging others, here I go! Please feel free to ignore or go right ahead! I’d love to know what you all think (plus anyone else who feels like doing it):
poco-cocoa
the urban repast
messy cucina
lobstersquad
tales from a veggie kitchen

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10 comments to “meme: five things to eat before you die (yikes!)”

  1. 1
    Joanne   September 6, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Hurray…! A new post and a good one at that. Salted caramel, now you’re talkin my language :)
    I’ll have to pass on the apples though, unless they come in a pie or crumble…heh heh
    I guess since I don’t have a blog, I can’t partake *pout*…

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    lobstersquad   September 7, 2006 at 12:20 am

    granny smith was my apple, but I seem to have switched to fujis. must go back, they really are so good.
    Thanks for the tag!

  3. 3
    hag   September 6, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, I like your list…especially #5, the apple…so simple so true!
    Now I have to put on my thinking cap, since I have been tagged!

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    Mrs. Joseph   September 7, 2006 at 9:24 am

    1. Cutta (a rich, sweet/sour beet soup that hails from the middle-east and made its way to India)
    2. Roasted asparagus
    3. Hagen Daaz Vanilla Ice Cream
    4. Challah warm from the oven
    5. A perfectly ripe peach

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    Darlaing   September 7, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    oh geez– hOw will I ever choose!

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    kickpleat   September 7, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    thanks hag, i can’t wait to see your list!!

    joanne, mmmmm, salted caramels! i want one right now :)

    lobstersquad, yes, go back to the granny smith! there is no other!!

    mrs. joseph, oooh, i’m curious about cutta (which i’ve never heard before) as i love beets! nice list!

    yes, it’s a tough choice, darla may, but you can do it!

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    Helios   September 7, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    Okay….I played along. It was hard though! Thanks for tagging me. :)

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    Joanne   September 7, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Oh, what the ‘hay’…it’s my turn :)

    1)zucchini flowers – stuffed with rice and currants and baked in the oven with tangy tomato sauce

    2)cedar smoked salmon with maple syrup marinade

    3)Italian Gelato from La Paloma (Toronto)- http://www.lapaloma.ca – check out the site, they even have photos of all their flavours

    4)shrimp with feta baked in marinara sauce – mom’s specialty

    5) zeitoon parvardeh (Persian – a.k.a. vegetarian caviar) – a tapenade of green olives marinated in a pomegranate walnut sauce with a generous amount of fresh garlic and lotsa bread…

    …*burp*…excuse me!

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    kickpleat   September 8, 2006 at 10:02 am

    thanks helios! i can’t wait to read your responses :)

    wow, joanne, your list is lovely. #5 sounds definitely interesting! i’ve got to get me some persian food!

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    Joanne   September 8, 2006 at 10:19 am

    Yes…yes…you must try Persian!
    There’s a great restaurant here in TO called “Pomegranate”. My beau and I stumbled on it one wintery Sunday afternoon and ever since that day we are big, BIG fans of Persian food and especially this restaurant. Have a look at the site, the restaurant has quite the decor too and the hosts are so gracious and friendly.
    http://www.pomegranaterestaurant.ca

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