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andy huse Sep 20, 2000 12:29 PM

The ultimate question for any hound is what we would eat for our last meal. You're not in prison, you did nothing wrong, but you know it will be your last occasion for dining. what would it be? The only limitation is that you have to conceivably be able to fit it all in one sitting. Think about it, it's your last chance to sample such earthly delights!

Below is a link to see what Texas death row inmates chose when faced with this grave question. There's plenty of meals there. The Texas dept of criminal justice is efficient at killing--- over 230 in 18 years. Thanks George Dub-ya!

www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/finalmeals.htm
(wasn't able to get it to pass in the URL space--- like it said to me: "sorry"!
)
As one might expect, their choices are not the most subtle or classy eats--- but just think of the kitchen that will be making it for them! Much of the request are quite regional: lots of enchiladas, tacos, and raw jalapenos.

as for me, i'd have a tough time choosing between a southern breakfast and a southern BBQ dinner. If forced into just one, it would read as follows:

bowl of gumbo, spicy with andouille and shrimp.
french onion soup made with beer.
(small) ham and cheese omelette with onion and green pepper.
biscuits and gravy, light on the sausage.
Pan fried chicken leg quarter.
1/2 slab smoked pork spare-ribs.
black eyed peas with ham, green beans with ham hocks.
shrimp creole.
spoon bread with crawfish.
sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, pecan cheesecake.
lemonade, iced tea, mint julep(s), beer, cigar, weed, rum.

After a 3-hour feast, I die a happy man.

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    Susan L. Sep 20, 2000 08:09 PM

    I actually made my friend Marc's "last meal." We turned it into a dinner party, complete with printed menus. Following is what he(a nice Jewish boy from NY)requested:
    Fried chicken
    Buttermilk biscuits
    Mashed potatoes with gravy
    Collard greens
    Pecan Pie

    P.S. He lived.

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      Jason "gotta have your fruits and veggies" Perlow Sep 20, 2000 05:06 PM

      And for a more bizzare look at last meals...

      http://www.fadetoblack.com/dealameal/

      Link: http://www.fadetoblack.com/dealameal/

      Image: http://www.fadetoblack.com/dealameal/...

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      1. re: Jason "gotta have your fruits and veggies" Perlow
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        andy huse Sep 20, 2000 05:51 PM

        that deal a meal stuff is hilarious! One can only wonder the dietary info for 'scotch eggs,' what one Texas inmate asked for: boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, then battered and deep-fried!

        a good one, Jason 'you da man' Perlow!

        andy

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        Jessica Shatan Sep 20, 2000 03:05 PM

        This is one of Arthur Schwartz's favorite questions...
        I would have:

        1st a Ketel One martini straight up with olives.

        Fresh pasta (taglietelle?) with parmesan, butter and truffle oil.

        Then a perfectly broiled lamb chop with some cabernet sauvignon. Perhaps some sauteed spinach and mashed potatos on the side.

        A softshell crab in black bean sauce.

        A mesclun salad with roasted beets and red onion and orange wedges, sprinkled with feta

        Pefect baguette, warm with the freshest butter.

        Cappucino and the best ever big, fat, créme brulée.

        Somewhere in there should be some eel sushi and some salmon roe

        Of course, tomorrow I may have a totally diff't idea.

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          christina z Sep 20, 2000 03:04 PM

          To put a little twist on the question, if you
          knew you'd be starting a life prison sentence
          tomorrow and could eat out one last time
          this evening, where would you choose to eat
          and what would you order?

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            Fred Vinson Sep 20, 2000 01:24 PM

            I would start with a kilo of fois gras, with the bare minimum on the side of toast, sliced pear, some exotic jelly, etc. If that didn't do me in completely, I would follow up with a bit of the Frog Commissary's Veal Scalloppini in Lille cream sauce with fresh violets (I guess I'll have to die in the spring), and end with a large pile of extra bittersweet chocolate and fresh berries (with a few Belgian pralines thrown in for contrast).

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              Jim Leff Sep 20, 2000 01:11 PM

              All manner of cholesterol followed by fugu (including the poisonous parts).

              Oh, and a sliver of buttercrunch slipped on my tongue like a communion wafer just as my heart stops.

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              1. re: Jim Leff
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                C. Fox Sep 20, 2000 06:40 PM

                For me, that final sliver would have to be chocolate. Bittersweet, of course.

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                kim Sep 20, 2000 12:52 PM

                All I would add would be a half dozen lobster tails, a dozen blue crabs and a vat of butter!

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                  Jason "Kill me now" Perlow Sep 20, 2000 02:08 PM

                  Hmm...

                  1 Dozen King Crab Legs or 24 extra large stone crab claws from Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach

                  1 bowl of clarified butter

                  1lb Chateubriand, medium rare with mushroom wine sauce and fried onions

                  1 bowl of creamed spinach from Smith and Wollensky

                  1 order of pub fries/hash browns from Smith and Wollensky

                  1 300 year old bottle of Cognac

                  1 gallon of Lapperts Kauai Pie ice cream

                  1 bag of hashish or thai stick

                  1. re: Jason "Kill me now" Perlow
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                    steve Sep 20, 2000 02:33 PM

                    Jason, About the last "item". Is this so you can start all over again?

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                      Jason "Munchies" Perlow Sep 20, 2000 02:41 PM

                      No.. so I can finish all that stuff!

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