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THE single best thing to eat

boston jim Jul 27, 2003 12:05 AM

OK, there you are, standing in front of God and the question is simple: What is the best thing to eat?
You should not even have to think about the answer.
Talk to me.

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    Carrie Jul 27, 2003 12:11 AM

    Foie Gras. End of sentence.

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      Seattle Rose Jul 27, 2003 01:05 AM


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        Candy Jul 27, 2003 12:59 PM

        Amen. Ablosutely no question. Came across a preparation the other day that I'm definitely going to have to try this winter. Fresh foie gras soaked in Sauternes then enrobed in Smithfield ham and wrapped in puff pastry and deep fried. Gotta have it.

        In second place crispy sweetbreads.

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          takadi Dec 13, 2013 11:02 AM

          Too bad it is banned/soon to be banned in many areas of the country

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          Gary Soup Jul 27, 2003 01:19 AM


          Image: http://www.shanghaisoup.com/xiaolong/...

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            Emme Jul 27, 2003 01:58 AM

            Glazed old-fashioned donut from K's Donut Emporium at Beverly Glen and Ventura. Nope, not refined, just good ole fat and sugar fried up.

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              Spencer Jul 27, 2003 02:49 AM

              Second only to my wife, would be raw oysters at Acme Oyster House in New Orleans.

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                Ronald Jeremy Jul 27, 2003 09:37 AM

                She lets you put a dab of horseradish on her? Now that's a woman!

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                  anon Jul 27, 2003 09:47 AM

                  ROTFLOL (and you's are disgusting)

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                  Laughing Goddess Jul 27, 2003 11:58 AM


                  If my husband wrote that about me, there would be *great* rewards for him, which I'm not gonna describe here. Heehee!!

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                  flavrmeistr Jul 27, 2003 08:30 AM

                  White peach ice cream my grandfather used to make. No question about it.

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                    djk Jul 27, 2003 12:46 PM

                    I don't actually know you or your grandfather but I think I'm going with that too.

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                      flavrmeistr Jul 27, 2003 09:58 PM

                      It's probably been 30 years since he cranked the final batch. The peach trees are still there, but the old man and his Guernseys are long gone. The next best thing would be the wild pineapples growing along the FEC railroad tracks in Ft. Pierce, FL. Sweeter than found money.

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                        djk Jul 27, 2003 11:49 PM

                        Thanx for that. Now I have a way to place my longing for what I didn't have! But sign me up for a pineapple trip.

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                    Deb Van D Jul 27, 2003 09:51 AM

                    Guacamole like they make it at Dos Caminos, with some heat.

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                      Caitlin Wheeler Jul 27, 2003 09:57 AM

                      perfect strawberries

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                        bigjeff Jul 27, 2003 10:13 AM

                        snyder's honey mustard and onion pretzel pieces (broken ones)

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                          Xochitl10 Jul 27, 2003 10:15 AM

                          Scharffen Berger dark, bittersweet chocolate

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                            LisaM Jul 27, 2003 11:45 AM

                            Olives, of course. Amen.

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                              Tom Steele Jul 27, 2003 12:12 PM

                              Most cheeses.

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                              torta basilica Jul 27, 2003 12:45 PM

                              A perfectly ripe mango.

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                                jill Jul 27, 2003 08:15 PM

                                my sentiments exactly!

                                peace, jill

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                                  Cristina Jul 28, 2003 08:34 AM


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                                  Bobfrmia Jul 27, 2003 01:05 PM

                                  If I'm standing in front of God I think I'll skip the food and go right to the wine.

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                                    Nancy Jul 27, 2003 02:26 PM

                                    a really well-made tomato soup with a bit of cream, loads of basil & garlic croutons.

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                                      cherylp Jul 27, 2003 03:00 PM

                                      baked macaroni and cheese

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                                        fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 07:55 PM


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                                        Sharuf Jul 27, 2003 03:17 PM

                                        Schweitzer bockwurst - the real deal: milk-fed veal (no pork stretcher, please!) made by a real Swiss butcher. Steam gently and serve with fresh-picked and shelled peas or creamed spinach, and boiled new potatoes on the side.

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                                          John Fox Jul 27, 2003 05:54 PM

                                          Hot Dogs.

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                                            JoCreek Jul 27, 2003 06:16 PM

                                            FOOD!!!......sorry it depends on my mood...I can't just pick one. Friday it was that Wagyu steak, couple'a days ago it was my killer Corned Beef and Cabbage...who knows what tommorow will bring. :-)

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                                              Lan4Dawg Jul 27, 2003 10:46 PM

                                              day after Thanksgiving turkey, bacon & a slice of dressing on white bread w/ lettuces, home grown tomato, Duke's mayo, Dijon mustard & a slice of good Swiss cheese barely melted then just drizzle some giblet gravy on the entire thing and give it to me sammich.

                                              The Fuss wants a double bacon cheeseburger fr/ Steak & Shake w/ fries & a side of chili and a real fountain Coke.

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                                                Chris G. Jul 28, 2003 04:04 AM

                                                Four whole fried chickens and a Coke.

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                                                  bigjeff Jul 28, 2003 10:03 AM

                                                  hellll yeah!

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                                                    pebbles Jul 28, 2003 10:56 AM

                                                    only 1 coke with all that chicken?!?

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                                                      Elwood Jul 28, 2003 11:55 AM

                                                      I think that you missed the reference. Think of me and my brother Jake.

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                                                        Elwood II Jul 28, 2003 01:32 PM

                                                        And I'd like some dry white toast.

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                                                          Tripeler Dec 12, 2013 12:55 AM

                                                          And some soup that costs ten dollars, from a fancy restaurant.

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                                                    T.Davis Jul 28, 2003 09:33 AM

                                                    Homemade mayo... on everything... including everybody else's selections.

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                                                      SisterT Jul 28, 2003 09:47 AM

                                                      Real NY pizza.

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                                                        TomSwift Jul 28, 2003 07:38 PM

                                                        Here in Los Angeles even God couldn't get you a real NY pizza.

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                                                        Matt from Shonan Jul 28, 2003 11:10 AM

                                                        Gotta go with DURIAN, but to keep peace in the family, the DURIAN would be the dessert following my wife's "gyoza" (Japanese for what's commonly called potstickers in English) and some cold, cold beer. I'm getting sick already !!! : ) Of course, the DURIAN could be eaten as a snack! And then there's pastrami on rye, n' mango with sticky rice (khao-niaw-mamuang),
                                                        n' ... I think I'm in the wrong country. hahahahaha

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                                                          Tripeler Dec 12, 2013 12:56 AM

                                                          How about the pop group Durian Durian?
                                                          (Silverbird? Is that you?)

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                                                          astoria Jul 28, 2003 11:47 AM

                                                          Foie Gras burger with caviar and truffle. Maybe some champaigne, too.

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                                                            Allen Bank Jul 28, 2003 12:39 PM

                                                            The first and last bites of anything that makes you say "NO, GET YOUR OWN"!ab

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                                                              Lindsay B. Jul 28, 2003 10:03 PM

                                                              Sushi (too broad to count as a "thing"?)
                                                              Fresh strawberries off the plant.
                                                              Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon (maybe not really /eating/.)

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                                                              bunnyr Jul 28, 2003 11:46 PM

                                                              The meat from the dominant claw of a freshly caught and steamed Maine lobster from Bar Harbor.

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                                                                capitalistscum Dec 10, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                panko chicken fingers with spicy aioli

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                                                                  pippimac Dec 10, 2013 11:08 PM

                                                                  A nectarine from the ancient tree down the back of my childhood home.
                                                                  Russeted skin, bright yellow flesh, small, wonky, and utterly delicious.

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                                                                    Puffin3 Dec 11, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                    Dungeness crab straight from the ocean poached very slowly at 200 F in clarified 'brown butter' with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

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                                                                      pumpkinspice Dec 11, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                      spicy salmon roll

                                                                      1. Motosport Dec 11, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                        Lobster roll @ Canal Café!! Heavenly!!

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                                                                          laliz Dec 11, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                          warm broiled garlic cheese bread on homemade Italian bread

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                                                                            Baskerville Dec 11, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                            Smoked pulled pork, complete with crispy-on-top, perfectly rendered fat cap mixed in and a flavorful spicy bark all over.

                                                                            That was the first thing. Prime rib came in close as a second, but the pulled pork ultimately beat it.

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                                                                              nothingswrong Dec 11, 2013 09:57 PM

                                                                              French fries

                                                                              1. BubblyOne Dec 11, 2013 10:53 PM

                                                                                A baked potato.

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                                                                                  nothingswrong Dec 11, 2013 11:25 PM

                                                                                  That was my second choice! What would you put on it?

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                                                                                    BubblyOne Dec 11, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                    Well, I'm kind of a purist- many nights for dinner it's just butter and sour cream with some chives if I have them.

                                                                                    But for parties I've done everything from caviar, to twice-baked with fancy cheeses.

                                                                                    That's why I love them so- anything in the frig or pantry can make the simple baked potato into a meal.

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                                                                                      nothingswrong Dec 12, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                      Agreed. I eat them usually with just butter or sour cream, salt, and pepper, though if they're baked well (i.e. fluffy and not dried out) I can do them with just seasoning.

                                                                                      I was just curious how you'd take it for your last meal!

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                                                                                  virtualguthrie Dec 11, 2013 11:27 PM

                                                                                  Katz pastrami sandwich. Fatty. Rye. Mustard.

                                                                                  Honorable mention: Ribeye and lobster tail.

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                                                                                    ChiliDude Dec 13, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                                    I've seen the Katz deli on a TV food show. I wish I lived a little closer to it so that I also could enjoy the sandwich.

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                                                                                    trvlcrzy Dec 12, 2013 12:20 AM

                                                                                    peanut butter

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                                                                                      1. Karl S Dec 12, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                        the bread of life.

                                                                                        1. Kholvaitar Dec 12, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                          Ferula Hermonis (Zallouh) Honey

                                                                                          1. Gastronomos Dec 12, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                            Just as long as it's ready-to-eat. That is, the cook took into consideration all seasoning and left none of it up to the diner. If I gotta touch a salt shaker, it's the single worst thing to eat.

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                                                                                              sandyinmd Dec 12, 2013 08:41 PM

                                                                                              A perfect eggroll; or lumpia.

                                                                                              1. Bada Bing Dec 13, 2013 04:17 AM

                                                                                                I like all these ideas. But honestly, the first thing that came to my mind: sauteed beet greens.

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                                                                                                    Bada Bing Dec 13, 2013 04:26 AM

                                                                                                    I'm pleased and a bit surprised that someone agrees! They're so overlooked and delicious.

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                                                                                                      Gastronomos Dec 13, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                                                      I still am surprised each and every time I go into the market and see people picking out fresh beets and I watch them rip off the greens and throw them into the trash bin! My head just can't wrap itself around it. Does not compute.

                                                                                                      I, of course, grab them and add them to my bag of beets with greens attached. They are usually charging me for the bundle, so these greens come free!

                                                                                                      I can boil them along with the beets, I can sautee them, I can enjoy them day in and day out.

                                                                                                      Thank you!

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                                                                                                        Bada Bing Dec 13, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                                        Lucky me: my supermarket actually will cut off the greens and give them to me for FREE, while at the same time charging heftily for chard, collards, etc. Whenever I see some good looking attached beet greens, I go to town with them.

                                                                                                        They are, as you might know, insanely nutritious.

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                                                                                                          Gastronomos Dec 13, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                          They are, as you might know, insanely Delicious !!!


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                                                                                                            Puffin3 Dec 16, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                                            One 'up-town' grocery store I occasionally shop at sells beet tops in bundles.

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                                                                                                    ChiliDude Dec 13, 2013 04:31 AM

                                                                                                    WOW! This original post is more than 10 years old. My choice has not changed since then...it's still CHILI made my way.

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                                                                                                        pine time Dec 13, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                                        Bacon. I know it's too trendy, but I've been a fanatic long before the trend-setters discovered bacon. Oodles and oodles of it. And save/use the grease.

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                                                                                                          Tripeler Dec 13, 2013 06:16 AM

                                                                                                          Every time someone throws away bacon grease, I sense that a pioneer from the 18th century dies another death, or gets clobbered by a cast-iron skillet. Bacon grease makes the very best shortening in biscuits, is the best for frying okra dusted with cornmeal, and is ideal for sautéing spinach. All that -- just for starters.

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                                                                                                            pine time Dec 13, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                                                            And don't forget its seasoning power in a pot of boiled-to-death green beans! I also use a smidge in piecrusts for a savory filling.

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                                                                                                              Tripeler Dec 13, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                                                                              Yeah, pinetime, Pie Crusts. My grandmother used to do that.

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                                                                                                          Big Bad Voodoo Lou Dec 13, 2013 07:06 AM

                                                                                                          An Italian sub on a perfect not-too-crusty roll, layered with genoa salami, spicy capicola ham, prosciutto, soppresata, sharp provolone cheese, shredded lettuce, lots of tomatoes, caramelized onions, hot cherry peppers, roasted red peppers, lots of balsamic vinaigrette, parmesan cheese, oregano.

                                                                                                          Or spicy bucatini all'amatriciana, covered with pecorino romano.

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                                                                                                            zackly Dec 13, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                            real lobster (not frozen tails) gently poached served with butter or USDA Prime grade roast prime rib

                                                                                                            1. PotatoHouse Dec 13, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                              Duck Rillettes.

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