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Pls share some of the interesting food that you've encountered
for the very first time while visiting another place, city,
country, etc. :)

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  1. In Scotland, deep fried pizza....wasn't that bad either.

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    1. re: Infomaniac

      I had a deep fried pizza in Glasgow several years ago, and it was indeed memorable—though not in a good way. (Think frozen 6" food service pizza tossed into fish-n'chips basket straight from the freezer.)

      My other "memorable" food experience was eating a caribao (waterbuffalo) burger in Cagayan d'Oro, Philippines: like gnawing on minced shoe leather, except shoe leather probably tastes better. :-o

    2. I forgot how much I liked Tarte Flambe when I visited the Alsace region of France many years ago...but last week at the Trader Joe's sampling station they were offering tastes of it and I was transported back!

      1. wild boar sausage, french cherries(!) and a yogurt-like dairy product with grenadine in Provence; an aspic-y rabbit and black bean terrine and red pepper-raspberry-chickpea soup in Paris; Irish butter, the most seed-filled bread and a chicken and pork terrine with apricots and fresh herbs in Dublin. And a real Irish scone. Well, more than one....

        1. Local pré salé lamb in Wales!

          1. dog meat in Korea! :)

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            1. re: bijoux16

              Did it taste like chicken? LOL

              1. re: fauchon

                I had dog meat while visiting Indonesia.
                It was delicious, with a unique taste :)

            2. Doener Kebap and white asparagus in Berlin

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              1. re: kare_raisu

                Same here, but from a dingy little Turkish takeaway just outside the Ealing tube stop in west London. Impossible to find doner kebabs here where gyros seem to rule.

                Cuban sandwich from a little gas station in Tampa. There must be some relationship between the dinginess of the location and the flavor of the food.

              2. Wild boar in Austria

                But hands down the best was an Irish coffee--things definitely got interesting after the third one!

                1. Wild boar jerky in Macao, from a street vendor... fished out of an unlidded tub of homemade stuff open to feasting by flies. Amazingly I didn't get sick.

                  1. Wonderful memories- 99% of the food I've tried in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong & Macau. The standouts include seafood stew with vegetables & rice; sauteed octopus with crispy fried garlic & onions; both savored in Malaysian countryside (2 hours outside of Penang) at a roadside tiny restaurant.

                    Taste I'd like to forget- Thousand year old egg- I've tried twice to be polite to my Chinese & Malaysian hosts. I will pass on the item any time in the future!

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                    1. re: tall sarah

                      Really? I love "century eggs" (I assume you're talking about the same thing, preserved duck eggs that look like demiglace on the outside and black poop on the inside)... but they're best in juk/congee/xifan/fill in your name for rice porridge here, or else with pig's knuckles in ginger sauce.

                    2. Shwarma from street side vendors in Jerusalem, Kosher Chinese food near the Sea of Galilee (I'd like to forget that one), Vegan Pizza in Prague (I'm far from a vegan, though my ex was a level 5 vegan- didn't eat anything that casted a shadow).

                      1. Whale sushi,rheindeer jerky and Gjettost cheese in Oslo Norway.the whale tasted like the cod liver oil that my grandma made me swallow when I was little. The rheindeer jerky like you would expect(gamy shoe leather) and the cheese tastes a little like peanut butter and I actually still eat it .

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                        1. re: rra1024

                          Reindeer in Norway, which I consider to be the best red meat I've ever had. Was such a long time ago, but i believe it must have been a tenderloin because it was very, um, well....tender. Also in Norway, Rakfisk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakfisk

                        2. oeuf en gelee in paris - soft boiled egg encased in salty and rich aspic with a slice of ham and tomato lining the bottom. a cold decadent bite, it was difficult to eat the whole thing on my own even though it was so good.

                          ram'n horn and egg topped pizza in prague - never had a soft egg on a pizza and had no idea what ram'n horn peppers were... but they ended up being so ridiculously sweet rather than spicy and the soft egg was great. photo: http://tongueandcheek.ca/wp-content/u...

                          almond, sugar and cinnamon roll thing in prague - found just around the corner from the astronomical clock is this one vendor who sells these tasty little treats. they're not "different" but i was entertained at watching them make it. they'd take a thick rope of dough and wrap it around a metal bar then roll it into some nut, sugar and spice mix. they'd put this over a fire and let it bake. most expensive thing in prague i ate.

                          corndog in bruges - sounds weird but it's nothing of an american corndog. it was like a crispy beautiful sausage although the texture was very smooth and a bit soft. great!

                          1. croissants with sweet butter and apricot jam, lamb tagine, and pigeon pie in Morocco

                            1. I think the name was a "pie floater" in Adelaide, South Australia. Best advice is to eat this at 3am. A meatpie with pea soup and tomato sauce (ketchup). Maybe 3am wasn't late enough....

                              1. Stateside-- at the Texas Inn (the "t") in Lychburg, VA. Another late night only snack was a Cheesy Western All the way. A cheeseburger with a fried egg on top w/ everything. Part of the required order was a glass of the "James River" (water) on the side. Went back ten years later and someone suggested a bag of Cheesy Westerns. Most of us gagged at the first bite. I think it was too early in the evening ....

                                1. Deep fried scorpions in Beijing.

                                  Caribou steaks in Vancouver.

                                  Duck breast, confit and foie gras in Cahors.

                                  Grilled bits (who knows what?) in Haifa.

                                  Reindeer in Norway and Sweden.

                                  Shabu Shabu in Tokyo. Kaiseki meal god knows where in Japan.

                                  1. Platters of fried crickets at New Year's festivities in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

                                    (Didn't eat 'em; not brave enough.)

                                    1. Mieng Kham in Thailand which is a mix of dried shrimp, ginger, red onion, toasted coconut, peanuts, lime with skin on, and chilli all wrapped up in a betel leaf then daubed with a sauce made from all the above ingredients plus roasted shrimp paste and palm sugar. Oh, and galangal. This has to be the most amazing taste explosion ever!
                                      Then, I loved most food I ate in the Middle East but there is not enough room to write about it all. ;)

                                      1. Llama. Eaten at a lovely restaurant in Potosi, Bolivia. Very tender and flavorful. Not too gamey.
                                        I brought home some llama jerky but have'nt used it yet. I think I'll break it out this weekend. Any suggestions?

                                        1. On our honeymoon nearly 20 years ago, we visited Paris, Lisbon, the Algarve, and Madrid. Things I still remember:

                                          Ficelle (very thin baguette-type bread) in Paris. Man may not live by bread alone, but this tempts you to try!

                                          Fresh grilled sardines quayside in Portimao. Simple, and simply wonderful.

                                          But perhaps the most intriguing and memorable food of the whole trip were the "souffle potatoes" we enjoyed at a restaurant (curiously named "Souffle") in Madrid. These are potatoes cut thin octagonally, fried once, left to rest, and then deep fried a second time. The second frying puffs up the potatoes until they look like little pillows. They were hot, salty, incredibly light, and melted in your mouth like a dream.

                                          My "Joy of Cooking" (an old revision, thank God) has a recipe, but I've never been able to duplicate them. I've never seen them in North America.

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                                          1. re: KevinB

                                            Ah yes, fresh grilled sardines! I had my first in Torremolinos, Spain. My server laughed at me as he watched me de-bone. Thankfully, he suggust that I eat it whole - bone and all.

                                            Stir fried silk worms in southern China. Delicious when eaten sparingly! Looking at a whole serving platter of worms, no matter how delicious tasting, just isn't appealing.

                                            Chocolate and churros in Salamanca. YUM!!!!!!!!!

                                            Socca in Menton, France

                                            1. re: KevinB

                                              KevinB:

                                              "pommes souffle" are demonstrated in detail by Jacques Pepin in the PBS DVD. They are truly the Taters of the Gods.

                                              http://www.amazon.com/Julia-Jacques-C...

                                            2. During a recent trip to India my husband and I fell in love with a street food in Bombay called Vada Pav (pronounced "pow").
                                              It's basically a fried ball of spiced potato on a moist delicious roll with a little chutney and hot peppers served on the side.
                                              It's extremely cheap (7 rupees at 45 rupees to the dollar) and it is known for being the food that everyone, even the poorest people, can afford.

                                              We also really loved Dal Bukhara, an extremely rich and creamy dal cooked overnight in a clay pot.

                                              Hmm...maybe I'll be buying some plane tickets soon :-)

                                              1. When we visited Israel in 2003, the food I remember loving the most was the freshly made pita bread cooked outside over a hot oven. The taste was indescribably delicious. I know Israel is famous for shawarmas and falafel that go into the pitas, but thought the bread itself was the best part. I also liked the mint tea called "nana". It was served with fresh mint leaves.

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                                                1. re: NotOurCrowd

                                                  On my trip to Jordan two years ago I had almost exactly the same experience: it was our first day in Amman, and it was snowing (! a bit unusual, but certainly not unheard of there...) my daughter and I were walking around, getting to know the neighborhood we were staying in, when we came across a bakery with a wood oven: the bakers were putting paddles of flat bread into the coals, baking them, then pulling them out when done. We bought some, they pulled it right out of the oven for us! I don't know if it was partly the feel of hot bread in our hands that cold day, but that bread was some of the best I've had anywhere and made me see flatbread in an entirely new light!

                                                2. beverage - Horchata de chufa in Spain
                                                  croissants in Paris
                                                  white sausage and spaetzle in Germany

                                                  1. These are the standouts in my mind from my travels...

                                                    *Iberian Ham (de bellota) in Spain.
                                                    *Wild Boar in Montana
                                                    *Green bean-like vegetable in China. (But was not a green bean)
                                                    *Confit de canard and warm crotin de chevre in France (I have these in the US now, but the first time experienced was there)

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                                                    1. re: akp

                                                      maybe the green bean thing was yard long beans. Look like really long green beans. Slightly different texture.

                                                      1. re: akp

                                                        Long beans maybe? If so it's available in the US in areas with large Asian populations (LA and SF, etc.)

                                                      2. My first proper pasta carbonara at a small bisro in Monaco. I didn't know it wasn't cream sauce with peas. :) Same meal, had my first Campari and soda for the total experience. This is a meal I prepare often at home and I am transported back every time.

                                                        Same trip, amazing French pastries that were beter than anything I've ever had. I was amazed that they were barely sweet insead of sugary. It was in a small medieval town near Nice -- Vence, I think. This is the same time I learned to truly enjoy espresso.

                                                        1. Corn pizza in Slovakia - kernels of corn as a topping (very popular over there

                                                          1. Blood sausage in Paris. It was good. Kinda crunchy

                                                            1. thanks for your interesting posts.

                                                              1. Rice field rats and fried sparrows in Burma, fried adults of white grubs (they reach adulthood and swarm once every two years) in the Philippines, 18 day fertilized duck eggs in Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines, smoked capybara in the Peruvian Amazon, smoked lung laab (NE Thai-Lao dish) at my place, emadashi (cheese and chili) in Bhutan. All good. Yak butter tea and pulque (both disgusting).

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                                                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                  Man, you're my hero! These are all things I want to do.

                                                                  How do I get into that...

                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                    LOL Bourdain's got nothing on you! Although I think I would take pulque over Yak Butter tea.

                                                                    1. re: Cat Chow

                                                                      therealbigtasty & Cat Chow, thanks. I'm an agricultural anthropologist with an international ag research center. Just as I always hoped, my work takes me to the most out of the way, remote, and by-passed areas of the globe where I get to seek, find, and eat foods with the farmers we work with and the people we pass along the way. I always appreciate and love the people, including those who cook and those who don't, the kitchens, the foods and their methods of preparation, and tastes and flavors I otherwise wouldn't know. And since we work with agriculture--the production of food--time spent appreciating food fits right in.

                                                                    2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                      Sam, you really must write a book--or a blog, at least--about all those food adventures! While in my country, the Philippines, you've eaten things that I never suspected existed. (Then, again, we citified Manilenos would probably starve to death without supermarkets.) What did the grubs and capybara taste like? I fear I have no interest in ingesting lung: it looks too much like dirty sponge.

                                                                      1. re: pilinut

                                                                        pili, maraming salamat po! White grubs are a pest of upland rice and maize in places like Mindanao. They become adults once every one or two years depending on sub-species. The adults flock into particular tree species. We would knock them out of the trees, deep fry and eat. Masarap at tunay ng lasing pilipino.

                                                                        The dried then steamed capaybara was just like Virginia smoked ham.

                                                                        Smoked lung is really good, firm, a bit spongy, takes up other flavors easily.

                                                                        Hanggang mamaya! Abrazos p nut.

                                                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                          Hmmm.... Capybara tastes like Virgina ham. I should try that someday. Sounds like it would be nice braised with red wine and onions. Or adobo. But what do the grubs taste like? What sort of mouthfeel do they have? Do they taste the way squashed bugs smell? I'm dying to know. (Short of seeking them out on my next trip.) Are they like camaru (crickets)? I've tasted those once or twice, and they were not crisp, or squishy. Sort of chewy, with no real taste that I could discern. (It could have been the garlic they were cooked with--or the 7Up I downed immediately after each bug..) I'm still trying to convince myself to give camaru another shot.

                                                                           
                                                                          1. re: pilinut

                                                                            The grubs aren't eaten. The flying adult form (like a big beetle) is deep fried and eaten. The legs and other protrusions fall away, leaving a very crunchy biteful ready for dipping in a sauce and eating. Maybe like a McD chicken McNugget...although I've never eaten one of those??

                                                                    3. Years ago in Curacao, a spiced meat (kinda'minced) covered in a cheese (kinda like gouda) served after removal from a inverted small bowl,it was caled (Phonetically) Kesh-e Yen-ah.
                                                                      Being a dutch island it had all the benefits of the islands spices with well made Dutch cheese - wish I had gotten the recipe!

                                                                      1. Doubles with cucumber chutney from Uwee Doubles on the UWI campus in Trinidad. Better than the very best doubles in Toronto (and T-dot has the finest Trini food in North America).

                                                                        Bake and Shark with mango and shado beni chutney at a stand at Maracas Beach, also in TT. We went back the next day, I loved it so much.

                                                                        Gelato in Buenos Aires that was just as good and one-tenth the price of gelato we'd had in Rome.

                                                                        1. A Polish friend made me a weird but tasty soup she called "pickle soup" - it's basically stock with pickled cucumbers, potatoes, dill and a little milk.

                                                                          I'd never even heard of it before, but man, is it tasty.

                                                                          1. Curry Laksa at the central chinese market in downtown Kuala Lumpur. A fantastic bowl of noodle soup, that was, rich, flavorful, and about $1.

                                                                            Second place, grilled fish on a giant piece of french bread, straight off the boat under the bridge connecting the east and west halves of Istanbul. Also $1.

                                                                            1. this may sound funny or weird to some of you, but when when i was in holland a while back, i used to love these little packets of meat paste or spread. they came in these tiny plastic packets just like jelly or butter, and inside there was some sort of red meat, but ground-up and a little bit creamy, so you can spread it over a piece of bread or cracker. it was so delicious and i was addicted to them the whole time i was there.

                                                                              i tried to find out more about them and even wrote to some meat merchant in canada, but it looks like this product is not sold in the u.s. (meat regulations). if anyone wants to smuggle me some.. ;>

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                                                                              1. re: koreankorean

                                                                                I think you're talking about Filet Americain (yes, translated american filet, haha)
                                                                                it's very finely ground (raw) meat with lots of spices! very tasty! yum!

                                                                                1. re: mariekeac

                                                                                  yes, finely ground and spicy and tasty! thank you so much!! i'm going to have to google File Americain and see if I can smuggle some into the country..

                                                                              2. While traveling through South America, had baby alpaca steak (even though they looked very cute) in Bolivia which was surprisingly good despite not being a meat eater. Had chicha in Ecuador which is a corn based drink traditionally made in local villages by women who chew the corn then spit it into communal vessels where it ferments. As I bought it in a local restaurant in Quito I assume they had less labor intensive methods. It was like atole with a kick. And finally roasted squirrel thanks to a very tricky uncle in Mexico. As expected very boney and chewy.

                                                                                1. Oh the most delicious meal I had was in Paris. After spending yet another day starving because of the small portions and high prices, I bought a baguette and an avocado. While waiting in the eurail station, I enjoyed the most delicious avocado sandwich sprinkled with sel du mer that I had "borrowed" from a gyros place the night before. Perfection!

                                                                                  1. What a great topic! Thanks to the OP for asking a question these well-travelled Hounds were waiting to answer!
                                                                                    The first jet-lagged morning's pain chocolat in "our" flat in Paris;
                                                                                    Socca cooked over coals and bitter coffee in Nice;
                                                                                    Posole with lime and cilantro at an orphanage in Mexico, very simple but a luxurious taste during a summer of deprivation;
                                                                                    Fresh warm cheese curds here in Wisconsin.

                                                                                    1. I still have fond memories of a scrambled egg and french fry sandwich I bought on the street in Antibes nearly twenty years ago now. This was in my poor student days while I was studying at the University of Bordeaux....french fry sandwiches were common on the streets in Bordeaux but non of the vendors had eggs. This was a new and exciting delicacy to my college age taste buds! My parents had come to visit and we were in the middle of a trip across the South...it was a sunny Sunday afternoon and my dad and I got one of these to share.

                                                                                      The baguette was fresh, the eggs cooked perfectly and the french fries had just the right amount of salt. Sandwich heaven! We devoured it and both still talk about it. May not be France's most famous food item but a fond memory no less!

                                                                                      1. Cold sour cherry soup at a Hungarian restaurant in Paris. It was incredibly good. (As was everything else they made.)

                                                                                        1. When I was in New Zealand we must have had lamb roasts 10 times. I loved the roated kumara that came with them. Kumara was a white sweet potato.

                                                                                          1. My first taste of fresh za'atar with blistered flatbread from the bazaar in Damascus, Syria.

                                                                                            Purple-black mulberries from an infamous tree in Berkeley, California.

                                                                                            1. When traveling, one of the things I like to do is find a pizza -- or what passes for one. The result is always illuminating.

                                                                                              The most interesting result was in Goteborg, Sweden. I was working late with people there so they offered to bring in pizzas, which was fine until it came my turn to order at which point you suddenly realize you have no idea what Swedes put on pizzas. So, I got "the special."

                                                                                              Imagine a thin crust pizza so soft you could roll it up, topped with pizza sauce, slices of roast beef, bernaise sauce (or something like) and a raw egg baked into the center. It was unusual but rather good.

                                                                                              Runner's up include:

                                                                                              Candied Haws on a stick in Xian
                                                                                              Saucisson with hazelnuts from a Paris street market
                                                                                              Slices of corn on the cob in Tokyo (to be eaten with chopsticks)
                                                                                              Grilled wild boar and grilled miso on a leaf in Kyoto
                                                                                              Ackee and salt cod in Jamaica
                                                                                              Sonoran tortillas in Tucson (not another land, but I like 'em when I'm down there!)

                                                                                              1. allright.... these are all from my own country, but I miss them oh so dearly.....
                                                                                                White asparagus, they're a hundred timee better than the peruvian ones.... only have them in May and halfway june....
                                                                                                Toast with butter and chocolate sprinkles for breakfast....
                                                                                                French Fries 'War' served with mayonaise and warm peanutsauce..
                                                                                                French Fries 'Special' Mayonaise, Ketchup and raw chopped onions
                                                                                                Shawarma, after late night drinking...
                                                                                                Salty Licorice
                                                                                                Gouda, Gouda, Gouda
                                                                                                That's all I can think of for now, haha

                                                                                                1. roasted lamb's brains in Istanbul in'71. I had no turkish, no one in the restaurant spoke english or french(my fall back), so I ordered by pointing to the plate of grilled(spit roasted) lamb the the man at the nest table had. I was brought a similar plate, with the addition of a portion of brains, and the piece' de resistance, an eye. since it appeared that I was being honored by these additions, I felt obligated to eat them. the brains were delicious; an item I now order on occasion when available . The eye, not so much. somewhat rubbery and visually disconcerting, it has not ever graced my plate since then.
                                                                                                  the other that springs to mind was ground nut stew with Fufu, in Ghana. at the time I had no idea that peanut butter worked with hot peppers, ginger, garlic and tomatoes. It was a revelation to my taaste buds rich, hot as hel and spicy with the uncooked bread dough texture and potato-like flavor of the fufu to mediate the heat. Itg was the first time that I had ever eaten stew with my hand as well. with fried ripe plantain cakes on the side a fabulous meal.

                                                                                                  1. In the Sunshine City section of Tokyo, I discovered this hole-in-the wall place that made imagiywaki, or small, stuffed sweet buns. (like mini-pancakes, almost!) They had the usual suspects, like red-bean paste (love them!) But, I was surprised to discover they had a sweetened chestnut paste bun that I just adored! I ate 2 every day, when we would walk to the train-station, and then on the way back to the hotel! They were made fresh to order, and it was still a bit chilly in Japan at the time, they would make my hands nice and warm. The flavor of those treats still haunt my dreams. today.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Honeychan

                                                                                                      Oddly enough, sushi. I first had it in the at a small New York restaurant in the1960s, when it was comparatively unknown, unless you were Japanese.

                                                                                                      I still remembered World War II propaganda, where the Japanese consumption of raw fish was considered evidence of their barbarism, and general lack of couth.

                                                                                                    2. - Cold eel purchased at Shcipol airport and eaten (to the disgust of fellow passangers) returning home to the USA
                                                                                                      - Frog Gland soup (expensive) at the Marriott in HongKong (yummmm - tasteless)
                                                                                                      - Goat head in Istanbul
                                                                                                      - Fried cow regurgitations in the Shan States (northern Burma) - a veggie dish!
                                                                                                      - Odori ebi .... LIVE shrimp that 'dance' as they float down your gullet
                                                                                                      - dogmeat sate in Bali ... very tasty!
                                                                                                      - mudbugs in Australia
                                                                                                      - Blood soup in Poland (can you say dracula??)
                                                                                                      - beef patties in London (get it????? hahaha)

                                                                                                      1. Portugal-some kind of grilled blood sausage that was out of this world...and I didn't want to ask any more questions.
                                                                                                        Indonesian Rice table-30 foods and couldn't place a lot of them but they were great.
                                                                                                        REAL Hungarian goulash for the first time-more like a soup and delicious

                                                                                                        1. Carnard a la rouennaise -- duck in a sauce made from its blood and liver. In Rouen, France.

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                                                                                                          1. re: limster

                                                                                                            Traveling in still Communist Latvia in summer of 1990, the food was quite scary to me. I was a teenager, and someone handed me a sandwich. I recognized the bread and took a bite. It was just lard on bread with some salt. Couldn't swallow it.

                                                                                                            There was a better dish I found there though. It is some kind of roasted chestnut-y bean concoction that they dress with pork bits and pork grease. Good for a cold day. Ah, peasant food.

                                                                                                            Also, if you have never had Latvian pieragis fresh from the oven. They are delicious. They are small egg painted rolls filled with onions, pork, salt, pepper and probably lard.

                                                                                                            1. re: Brigita

                                                                                                              the salted lard was salo, (sometimes) cured always salted pork belly fat eaten all over soviet union mostly to accompany heavy vodka drinking.
                                                                                                              i wonder what the chestnut/pork concoction you had was o_O

                                                                                                          2. Chimichurri sandwiches from a street vendor in the Domincan Republic.

                                                                                                            1. This is so hard to believe in this day and age of airline food BUT about 12 years ago Delta first class * when there was first class * London to Boston a snack of scones , clotted cream and raspberry jam. And I've eaten in alot of countries and even the jamone in Barcelona or aligote in Paris isn't this strong a mouth watering memory..and on an AIRPLANE ????

                                                                                                              1. in Seoul I had a fried dough patty with red bean, cinnamon and sugar filling. It was the best breakfast I ever had. I attached a photo.

                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                1. Schweinhaxen in Munich, Germany. A little off of Marienplatz is a nice restaurant called HaxenBauer which serves this with potato dumplings and sauerkraut. It is like a pork shank on the roitisserie for 3 hours slow cooked over a wood burned fire. The outside of it is some fine Cracklins ... so Delicious .... and washed down with a nice Weissbier .. BRILLIANT !!!!

                                                                                                                  1. Mongolian "airag," fermented mare's milk, always makes for a good start to a story, but the highlight of my trip to nomad country was "boodog," goat cooked from the inside out.

                                                                                                                    I was staying in a ger (aka yurt) camp in Terelj national park and some Mongolians invited my friends and me to enjoy this traditional dish. The men had gone up the mountain, killed a goat, removed the head, and were going to fill the body cavity and upper legs with smooth, round stones they had heated in a fire pit. I arrived just in time for the stuffing. Once the stones were in, they tied off the neck, and then proceeded to blowtorch away the goat's fur. (A 20th century adaptation, I'd venture.)

                                                                                                                    After a time, the men re-opened the cavity, and pulled out tender ribs and meat for us to try. I don't recall really liking the goat meat, but I still can't determine whether I didn't like it because of the taste, or because I'd been so close to the process or preparing it. Still, it was undoubtedly one of the most memorable meals I've enjoyed.

                                                                                                                    1. The hottest curry ever, Chiang Mai, Thailand
                                                                                                                      The second hottest curry ever, Inverness, Scotland
                                                                                                                      Chicken feet soup in Shanghai, China
                                                                                                                      Farmer's pizza, Pauillac, France
                                                                                                                      Fried peanut crispbread in a Malaysia street market
                                                                                                                      Caribou in Banff, Canada
                                                                                                                      Abalone in Ensenada, Mexico
                                                                                                                      Angillas (baby eels) in Tijuana, Mexico
                                                                                                                      White asparagus soup, Austria
                                                                                                                      Coconut pancakes from a floating market, Bangkok Thailand
                                                                                                                      Raclette in Switzerland
                                                                                                                      Doner kebap and gozleme in Istanbul