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bubbles4me Aug 12, 2008 11:40 PM

I was thinking this afternoon about how much I love things in their "pure" form, tomatoes off the vine...oh wait I like salt on those, fried chicken...wait that is prepared, summer melons...damn I need salt on those too. Got me thinking about just what it is that I find sublime, in just one bite without preperation like a dessert or finished dish...as a flavor freak I thought my head might just implode, then it hit me....Epoisses.
I know it is milk transformed into something else but I don't have to lay a hand on it for it to be perfect for me, that one spoonfull of salty, pungent, gooey cheese for me is as good as it gets. So Chowhounders, what does it for you? That one bite of perfect-ness, an apple, the little charred bit at the end of a roast beef or tri-tip, strawberries? I would have said a glass of wine but being in the trade makes that way too obvious...and rather trite.
Epoisses for me and_____________for you?

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    karenfinan RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 12:11 AM

    fresh berries and herbs from the garden. When I was 9 I tasted apricots fresh from the tree on my grandfather's ramch-perfection- certainly nothing else was needed.Then in my 20's I lived near a large fig tree. I passed the tree every day on my way to the beach. Another perfect taste -thiee ripe figs just waiting for me in the church yard -, just warm from the sun ripe figs, all I wanted, on my way to the beach.
    so many years ago, but such coear memories.

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      ArikaDawn RE: karenfinan Aug 22, 2008 02:52 PM

      Ripe figs were the first thing that came to mind. Perfect.

    2. Miss Needle RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 03:52 AM

      Mangosteens!

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        Olallieberry RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 04:54 AM

        Fresh, crusty bread
        raspberries...actually, berries of all kinds
        Greek yogurt
        cherry tomatoes, no salt needed for me

        1. Davwud RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 04:55 AM

          Oysters.

          Natures perfect food. They come preseasoned and on their own plate/spoon.

          DT

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            lexpatti RE: Davwud Aug 13, 2008 05:05 AM

            Yes!!! I'm with you on the oysters. I feel that way with many shellfish/seafood - I'm in heaven just looking at seafood in it's raw form. I watched Todd English once while fishing, scoop out the cheek of the fish, eat it right there on the boat! Must be why I love sushi so much. No rice, no rolls, no fillers, just raw fish!!!

            And anything fresh out of a garden/farm stand.

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              KTinNYC RE: lexpatti Aug 13, 2008 05:34 AM

              Slight correction, lexpatti. What you like is sashimi. Sushi is always prepared with rice.

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                lexpatti RE: KTinNYC Aug 13, 2008 07:35 AM

                Yes, I know - just keeping it simple/nonspecific. When I say I'm going out for sushi, it's generally speaking and mostly sashimi.

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              pinstripeprincess RE: Davwud Aug 13, 2008 08:43 AM

              beautiful fresh seafood would be my pick as well though oysters are probably tops for something like that... really any mullosk as i can't imagine scallops being better any other way than raw either.

              fruit fruit and more fruit a very close second though.

            3. Firegoat RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 05:10 AM

              The first bite of a thick cut, perfecty cooked, medium rare steak.

              1. chompchomp RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 07:36 AM

                A ripe avocado, all the time.

                1. alkapal RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 07:42 AM

                  ripe mango.
                  like velvet......no, not velvet, like cool, juicy essence of sweetness in summer.

                  oh, and a crusty bit of pork rib tips with a good smoky bbq char.....(the piece on the end of the rack of ribs).

                  1. madgreek RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 08:24 AM

                    Pomegranate. I've eaten them every fall since childhood. There's something about the ritual of cleaning and eating them that I really get into. Love 'em.

                    1. GodfatherofLunch RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 08:49 AM

                      Homemade Pasta with Truffles, That's what I'm takin about.
                      If Truffles are not available or affordable Truffle oil will just have to do.

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                        laliz RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 08:59 AM

                        santa maria tri tip charred over red oak

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                          ziggylu RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 09:14 AM

                          A perfect fig or a perfect peach. Both right off the tree.

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                            AreBe RE: ziggylu Aug 14, 2008 04:37 PM

                            My neighbors around the block have a fig tree the size of a Toyota Corrola, and they don't eat figs. I do, every time I pass by.

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                            Jibe RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 09:16 AM

                            A tree ripened peach, picked at its peak of juiceness. The smell, taste & texture are sublime!

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                              Jeri L RE: Jibe Aug 14, 2008 04:04 PM

                              Add my vote for the perfect peach--the one so juicy you eat it over the sink!

                            2. buttertart RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 09:41 AM

                              An oyster. Uni sashimi. Fresh litchi. Ripe melon (Cavaillon/cantaloupe type). Sour cherries.

                              1. luckyfatima RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 09:53 AM

                                wow, all of the above sounds sooo amazing...I will add...a steaming spoonful of a good broth like pho broth.

                                also, really fresh fatty dairy products like fresh butter.

                                1. LindaWhit RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 09:59 AM

                                  The first bite of a perfectly roasted chicken with it's crispy skin and moist meat (but I guess that would probably have at least salt/pepper on it, wouldn't it?).

                                  OK, a caramelized, pan-seared scallop fresh from the ocean (or as fresh as they can be). A slice of freshly baked, warm, crusty bread. A ripe mango.

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                                    almccasland RE: LindaWhit Aug 13, 2008 05:04 PM

                                    raw milk (found a source here after 9 years!), persimmon picked from my grandparents' tree, oysters, fresh farm egg, and the first bite of an orange after finishing a hard race (even better than the water that's handed to you!).

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                                    HillJ RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 05:06 PM

                                    pears, pineapples, second vote for avocados
                                    raw nuts
                                    fresh squeezed O.J.

                                    1. Sam Fujisaka RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 05:32 PM

                                      Freshly picked wild blueberry, smoked salmon, Lao sticky rice, rambutan, sashimi from what you pull in while deep sea fishing, cold crenshaw melon, ...

                                      1. Veggo RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 06:14 PM

                                        sauteed foie gras
                                        salmon egg sushi with raw quail egg on top
                                        scottish smoked salmon
                                        fresh Belgium creme filled chocolates
                                        St. Marcellin cheese at exactly the right gooiness
                                        The knuckle meat from a good sized Maine lobster claw, dipped in butter
                                        Caspian Sea caviar
                                        a perfect chile relleno

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                                          Lizard RE: Veggo Aug 14, 2008 12:35 AM

                                          Some of your choices are hardly single ingredient, Veggo, although they sound delicious.
                                          I'm a huge fan of St Marcellin, St Felcien and Epoisses, myself.
                                          And caviar- osetra and the like.
                                          Fresh ripe fruit comes in there-- almost any kind.
                                          Sugar snap peas
                                          Red bell peppers, although once we hit many vegetables, I tend to want a sprinkle of salt.

                                          But Veggo, what are 'fresh Belgium creme filled chocolates'. Specify please. And if I may, why do you-- like many many people-- use 'Belgium' rather than 'Belgian' as a qualifier? It is a mystery to me. Am I missing something? (I mean, beyond the obvious.)

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                                            LindaWhit RE: Veggo Aug 14, 2008 06:33 AM

                                            No fair, Veggo. You've got several ingredients put together, as Lizard said. The OP said a "single ingredient" sublime one bite. Go back to GO, do not collect $200. :-)

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                                              Veggo RE: LindaWhit Aug 14, 2008 08:16 PM

                                              Lizard/Linda, I am contrite and riddled with guilt, that only 5 of my 8 offerings ( 62.5%) are single items.. Meatloaf sang "2 outa 3 ain't bad" which at 66.7 % seems a reasonable standard. So by a margin of 4.2%, I acknowledge fault and that Chounds can dunk me like a Salem witch or lock me in a public stock on the square and heave fruits and vegetables at me (hopefully soft and well-ripened). But being fastitiously aware as I am of the genesis of my infraction, tossing mixed vegetables or fruits by my jurors will constitute an infraction deserving to them of a similar punishment...

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                                                Lizard RE: Veggo Aug 14, 2008 11:22 PM

                                                Veggo, we appreciate your profound contrition but we demand MORE (or at least I do):

                                                Five, or maybe four, of your options are mixed, meaning that at most, 50% of your options are single ingredient:

                                                Chile relleno-- unless I'm mistaken which I could be-- is multiple ingredient.
                                                Sautéed foie gras-- ok, actually, you could just be using the fat from the foie, so I'll take it out. But nothing else in the pan!
                                                Salmon roe sushi with quail egg: yeah.
                                                Lobster ok-- but not with butter
                                                And those 'Begium creme chocolates'. Please help me: why do Americans use 'Belgium' as a qualifier. It is rampant and I don't get it!

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                                                  Spends Rent on Food RE: Lizard Aug 15, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                  Lizard, We Americans love our Belgium chocolates, and belgium waffles, which I personally prefer to eat with my France Toast, England muffins and Ireland soda bread.

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                                                    Veggo RE: Lizard Aug 15, 2008 01:34 PM

                                                    My lady-friend brough back some delicious fresh confections from Brussels so I mentioned Belgium. I am not a candy expert.
                                                    As for waffles, I can get a "belgian" waffle at almost any truck stop in America. Likewise french toast and english muffins.
                                                    Ireland soda bread is a little more upscale than typical trucker fare; one should seek out a place that serves Ireland stew. Same for that Turkey taffy...

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                                                      Sam Fujisaka RE: Veggo Aug 15, 2008 05:29 PM

                                                      Funny, I made Irish soda bread at Degnan's in Yosemite Valley in the summer of 1968.

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                                                        Lizard RE: Veggo Aug 16, 2008 02:18 AM

                                                        OK, so if I understand this, it means that friends with some Belgian background are 'Belgian' but if they're national citizens and brought over by your lady friend, they're 'Belgium'.
                                                        And while you can get a 'Belgian' waffle at any truck stop, they are an affront to the waffles-- and it prevents people from truly understanding the joy that are gaufres Liegeois.

                                              2. Emme RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 11:34 PM

                                                in season sugar plum or mini grape tomatoes
                                                hawaiian pineapple
                                                steamed lobster or crab legs
                                                juicy ripe pear
                                                steamed cauliflower
                                                grilled maui or vidallia onions

                                                1. purple goddess RE: bubbles4me Aug 13, 2008 11:47 PM

                                                  freshly picked cherry tomato, sun warmed.

                                                  A perfect POP of summer in one hit!

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                                                    Lizard RE: purple goddess Aug 14, 2008 12:36 AM

                                                    Oh, I completely forgot to put 'grape tomato' in my list. As with strawberries and other things, I can eat those until I have a belly ache.

                                                  2. msmarabini RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 06:53 AM

                                                    Parmigiano-reggiano cheese!

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                                                      LindaWhit RE: msmarabini Aug 14, 2008 07:09 AM

                                                      Oooh, GOOD choice!

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                                                        tatamagouche RE: LindaWhit Aug 14, 2008 12:30 PM

                                                        Agreed...and also a sharp pecorino...and also aged gouda...and also brie...and also gorgonzola...and also robiola...

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                                                          LindaWhit RE: tatamagouche Aug 14, 2008 12:57 PM

                                                          Ahhh. So perhaps "cheese" would take care of it. :-)

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                                                            tatamagouche RE: LindaWhit Aug 14, 2008 01:31 PM

                                                            For the most part! Although perhaps not every single variety qualifies as 1-bite sublime for me. I love a good cheddar, for instance, but I haven't had the cheddar I lost my shit over.

                                                            Yet.

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                                                              Veggo RE: tatamagouche Aug 14, 2008 03:16 PM

                                                              I had a 5 year Grafton about a year ago that elevated cheddar to a level I did not think existed. I have not found it since, and not for lack of trying. Their 4 year is OK but unremarkable.
                                                              Where's the 5, anyone?

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                                                                LindaWhit RE: tatamagouche Aug 14, 2008 05:54 PM

                                                                Oh, *I* have! It was an English cheddar, with a lovely sharp bite and a granularity to it that I just loved. I got it at Whole Foods, but cannot remember the name of it. I've gone through the igourmet.com list of English cheeses and couldn't find it. But it was superb. I need to check with WF again.

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                                                                  LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Aug 15, 2008 03:44 PM

                                                                  I found that cheese this afternoon - it's called "Seaside Rugged Mature English cheddar" - $10.99/lb. at Whole Foods. Couldn't find a website for the cheesemaker, but found this forum link:

                                                                  http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

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                                                                  alkapal RE: tatamagouche Aug 15, 2008 07:02 AM

                                                                  tatamagouche, thank you for that evocative word picture.....

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                                                                  Lizard RE: LindaWhit Aug 14, 2008 11:12 PM

                                                                  I wish 'cheese' could take care of it, but as I love the mixed milk ones, and I'm also a fan of the rind washed ones. No single ingredient there.

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                                                                  southernitalian RE: tatamagouche Aug 15, 2008 10:23 AM

                                                                  Parm-reg, a sharp pec or any bleu were the first things to come to mind for me.

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                                                                tarteaucitron RE: msmarabini Aug 15, 2008 02:53 AM

                                                                Yes!

                                                                And Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, which is almost the exact opposite -- soft, subtle, sweet and barely salty, with a velvety "skin" that gives into a squeaky/creamy/oozing interior when you bite into it -- a symphony of textures, I'd say.

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                                                                Mothership RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 06:54 AM

                                                                Pick one perfectly ripe orange off the tree. Cut in quarters. Bite into and allow the juice to run down your chin. Sweet, refreshing, sunshiney (almost a word...). Yum.

                                                                1. NovoCuisine RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 06:55 AM

                                                                  oysters
                                                                  avocadoes
                                                                  coconut water
                                                                  butterfish sashimi
                                                                  steak carpaccio (hm okay maybe i want this seasoned ;)

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                                                                    lexpatti RE: NovoCuisine Aug 14, 2008 01:11 PM

                                                                    that's me!!! Add smoked salmon to your list.

                                                                  2. Chew on That RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 08:46 AM

                                                                    I just had a pluot. Heaven in a bite!

                                                                    1. buttertart RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 11:15 AM

                                                                      One I forgot. Wild strawberries.

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                                                                        alkapal RE: buttertart Aug 14, 2008 11:36 AM

                                                                        a little ot, but when i grew up, we had a cabin in western nc (highlands), and collected the small, wild strawberries and made jam every year we went up for summer. we served it on earlier-in-the-day fresh biscuits, toasted. i think there is nothing better in any restaurant that can ever equal that deliciousness!

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                                                                          buttertart RE: alkapal Aug 15, 2008 10:16 AM

                                                                          man oh man, that sounds wonderful.

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                                                                            alkapal RE: buttertart Aug 16, 2008 10:55 AM

                                                                            it involved me in every step, and it just tasted like pure sunshine and bliss. maybe it was my first "local food" epiphany as a child - other than fresh gulf shrimp, fried up right, as i grew up in sw florida.

                                                                      2. Cookiefiend RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 11:29 AM

                                                                        a sunwarmed strawberry - preferrably in the company of a small strawberry juice stained boy who enjoys them as much as I. Bonus points if the guy who owns the U-pick farm says takes a look at him and says: 'Looks like I should have weighed him first'

                                                                        a sunwarmed tomato - or two - or three

                                                                        a sunwarmed ripe peach

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                                                                          Aromatherapy RE: Cookiefiend Aug 17, 2008 07:12 PM

                                                                          A sun-warmed ripe strawberry, stolen from the field of a mean old guy that *everybody* knows has a shotgun and will use it! (a base slander, but we believed it.) Sun-warmed watermelon, ditto.

                                                                          Seriously, I think we're seeing a fruit, cheese, oysters theme. If you take the OP's parameters seriously--but I think there's "preparation" involved in cheese, really. Has anybody mentioned very fresh sweet corn? Cooking violates the rules but it's good raw too.

                                                                        2. azhotdish RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                                          BACON!
                                                                          dates
                                                                          strawberries
                                                                          triple-cream brie

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                                                                            Boccone Dolce RE: azhotdish Aug 14, 2008 04:01 PM

                                                                            BACON! Me too!
                                                                            That and fresh mozzarella.
                                                                            Oooh oooh, and avocado.
                                                                            Crushed ice <---------- must be crushed, not shaved, crushed
                                                                            Honey

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                                                                            cor RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 12:14 PM

                                                                            Blackberries
                                                                            Raspberries
                                                                            Pineapple
                                                                            Pecans
                                                                            Cherries

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                                                                              miss_mehitabel RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 12:32 PM

                                                                              Smoked. Gouda.
                                                                              It's what I always imagined cheese would taste like when I was little.

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                                                                                Angela Roberta RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 01:01 PM

                                                                                A ripe fig.

                                                                                A firm, sweet California navel orange.

                                                                                A rock-hard, sweet-tart September apple.

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                                                                                  HillJ RE: Angela Roberta Aug 14, 2008 01:05 PM

                                                                                  oh my...as in Macoun apples...and that ones on my list too!

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                                                                                    Cookiefiend RE: Angela Roberta Aug 14, 2008 01:39 PM

                                                                                    oh!
                                                                                    I forgot about fall apples... Mutsu for me!

                                                                                  2. diablo RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 01:51 PM

                                                                                    Room temp Brie
                                                                                    Port Salut
                                                                                    Filet Mignon
                                                                                    Crab of any sort

                                                                                    1. greygarious RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 02:12 PM

                                                                                      Every fall, I eagerly await the few short weeks when the Macoun apples are at their crispy, juicy prime. The increasing popularity of long-keeping Honeycrisps in recent years helps relieve the pain of the end of the great Macouns.

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                                                                                        azhotdish RE: greygarious Aug 14, 2008 03:07 PM

                                                                                        I'm a huge fan of McIntosh apples in the fall.

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                                                                                          HillJ RE: greygarious Aug 14, 2008 03:36 PM

                                                                                          grey, in NJ macoun apples come & go so quickly. I usually go overboard while they are avail and freeze recipes using them to stretch the enjoyment...but I wish they were a year-round apple!

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                                                                                          KevinB RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 03:50 PM

                                                                                          A single spoonful of freshly whipped, or clotted, cream. (The stuff out of spray cans doesn't count).

                                                                                          Of course, one minute later, it goes on berries, or pie, or scones, but that first bite of cream all by itself meets the "sublime" criterion.

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                                                                                            mmuch RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 05:02 PM

                                                                                            Nothing beats a perfectly ripe, perfectly juicy in season strawberry. That's one food that people should actually wait for the season to buy them from the market.....never when its not season. ...those aren't real strawberries...
                                                                                            mangoes, avocados, and ANY cheese, especially epoisses!

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                                                                                              Veggo RE: mmuch Aug 14, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                                                              My store in Sarasota that had 194 cheese varieties (including Berthaut epoisses) recently closed - a sign of the times. But I will remember for years the tiny, young, Vietnamese woman, early twenties at best, who had extraordinary cheese knowledge; almost impossible to acquire at such a young walk of life. I recall asking her how many of her cheeses she was personally familiar with, and with complete modesty she deadpanned: "all of them".

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                                                                                              televiking RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 05:32 PM

                                                                                              Good prosciutto - thinly sliced and preferably with a wide swath of melty fat. This can easily extrapolate to excellent hot coppa, jamon serrano - oooohhhh jamon iberico - that one is as sublime in the sniff as it is in the chew...

                                                                                              followed by cheese. Good cheese - that should cover it!

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                                                                                                autmommy RE: televiking Aug 14, 2008 06:44 PM

                                                                                                Fresh shelled sweet peas - right out of the pod, after just being picked.

                                                                                                And Parm-Regg.

                                                                                              2. steve h. RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 06:52 PM

                                                                                                a carrot. freshly pulled by you in the morning.
                                                                                                the sweetness and juicyness is hard to describe. anything less is wood.

                                                                                                1. Gio RE: bubbles4me Aug 14, 2008 06:59 PM

                                                                                                  Prosciutto di San Daniele
                                                                                                  A perfect ripe fig
                                                                                                  A perfect ripe strawberry
                                                                                                  A perfect ripe apricot
                                                                                                  The first lobster of Summer... on a boat.... in the middle of nowhere.

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                                                                                                    steve h. RE: Gio Aug 14, 2008 07:55 PM

                                                                                                    i hear you on the boat stuff.

                                                                                                  2. alkapal RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 07:05 AM

                                                                                                    not a bite, but a gulp of chilled, naturally super sweet artisanal apple cider from the shenandoah valley. (dang it, i cannot recall the producer, as mr. alka bought it on a road trip. dang it again!)

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                                                                                                      Catskillgirl RE: alkapal Aug 16, 2008 12:09 PM

                                                                                                      Oh yes, apple cider. NY State produced for me, but it's the perfect drink that sums up autumn! Cold, crisp, just sweet enough... and has to be purchased from the cider press that produced it, not at a supermarket weeks later!

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                                                                                                        mateo21 RE: Catskillgirl Aug 16, 2008 11:03 PM

                                                                                                        Haven't happened to have been to The Cider Mill in Endicott, NY have you? You can see them press the apples before your eyes, then fill and refrigerate it... serve with hot plain doughnuts... heaven.

                                                                                                        I just moved to Seattle and everything I try that says "apple cider" just tastes like plain old apple juice to me... nothing beats fresh pressed apple cider -- the real deal.

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                                                                                                          Catskillgirl RE: mateo21 Aug 17, 2008 11:05 AM

                                                                                                          Yes I have! I grew up in Lancaster, not far from Buffalo, but my parents were big on weekend drives all over western NY. We hit a lot of vineyards, all the U-pick fruit farms, and lots of cider mills too.

                                                                                                          A cider doughnut with fresh pressed cider in a waxed paper cup - a real fore-taste of heaven!

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                                                                                                      Evilbanana11 RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 07:48 AM

                                                                                                      Soft boiled egg with a bit of salt. ummmmm yolky......

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                                                                                                        televiking RE: Evilbanana11 Aug 16, 2008 08:40 PM

                                                                                                        Did this today with an egg from an organic farm just because of this post, and ...yeah, totally seconded. ummmmmm yolky....

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                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: televiking Aug 17, 2008 06:58 AM

                                                                                                          but does it count if you add salt? i thought the purpose of the OP was to find something that didn't require *any* enhancement whatsoever...?

                                                                                                          it does still sound magically yolk-licious, though ;)

                                                                                                      2. sebetti RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 08:26 AM

                                                                                                        A wild raspberry, fully ripe that was found in an alpine meadow while hiking at 8000 feet in Colorado. There were two, they were half the size of the nail on my smallest finger.
                                                                                                        So tart yet so sweet and so amazing.

                                                                                                        1. goodhealthgourmet RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 09:14 AM

                                                                                                          i think all of mine have been covered:

                                                                                                          fresh fruit - berries, cherries, papaya, nectarine, fig, mango,fuji or macoun apple
                                                                                                          nuts & seeds - raw or toasted
                                                                                                          sashimi - most notably hamachi, maguro, anago & uni
                                                                                                          cheese - parm-regg, brie, chevre, smoked gouda, manchego...oh, forget it. cheese, period.
                                                                                                          crunchy nut butter - almond, peanut, cashew
                                                                                                          lobster & crab
                                                                                                          summer tomatoes
                                                                                                          fresh sweet corn
                                                                                                          avocado
                                                                                                          good honey

                                                                                                          things i'd like to include but aren't applicable because they contain [or are prepared/seasoned/cured with] more than one ingredient:

                                                                                                          dark chocolate
                                                                                                          a fresh-from-the-oven NY sesame bagel
                                                                                                          perfectly cooked - charred outside, rare-plus inside - steak [seasoned w/kosher salt]
                                                                                                          crisp & chewy bacon

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                                                                                                            spellweaver16 RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 11:48 AM

                                                                                                            A mouthful of ice cold, sweet milk.

                                                                                                            1. Spends Rent on Food RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 11:52 AM

                                                                                                              Fresh, ripe tamarind is one of the best single ingredients to eat alone on the planet. I could eat them forever.

                                                                                                              I'd also go with steamed sweet corn (with nothing added), and ripe evergreen heirloom tomatoes.

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                                                                                                                NovoCuisine RE: Spends Rent on Food Aug 15, 2008 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                I love your username.

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                                                                                                                  Spends Rent on Food RE: NovoCuisine Aug 18, 2008 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                  Thanks, it would be funny were it not so true.

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                                                                                                                MrsCris RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                A beautiful, lush, fruit-like buttery smooth bella cerignola olive.

                                                                                                                The first bite of my snappy homemade dills that have seasoned for as long as I can stand it.

                                                                                                                1. limster RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                  Properly brewed tea. Recent favourite - an oolong from Canton's Phoenix mountain (song4 zhong4 feng4 huang2 dan1 chong2), especially the 2nd infusion. (but no different from a glass of great wine for the purposes of this thread I suppose.)

                                                                                                                  Pierre Marcolini 85% Fleur de Cacao

                                                                                                                  Acme sourdough

                                                                                                                  1. poached RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                    Blackberries or Rasberries found while out walking. It's the surprise treat on a long journey
                                                                                                                    And I second all the above cheese love- haven't met many that I didn't love first bite
                                                                                                                    And second again Cherry Tomatoes vine ripened and sun warmed!!! The earthy smell and the perfect texture and flavor contrasts- It is all of summer in one bite

                                                                                                                    1. jpmcd RE: bubbles4me Aug 15, 2008 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                      peanut butter
                                                                                                                      raw cashews
                                                                                                                      tangelos
                                                                                                                      pineapple
                                                                                                                      do french fries count?

                                                                                                                      1. Alacrity59 RE: bubbles4me Aug 16, 2008 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                        Fresh basil from my garden with . . all sorts of stuff.

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                                                                                                                          jeanmarieok RE: bubbles4me Aug 17, 2008 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                          fresh figs
                                                                                                                          a spoonful of spicy honey
                                                                                                                          an orange
                                                                                                                          sharp swiss cheese

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                                                                                                                            heatcrave RE: bubbles4me Aug 18, 2008 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                            Figs and being from Florida, a fresh Florida orange right off the tree..... mos def worth getting all sticky for! mmmmm!

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                                                                                                                              moh RE: bubbles4me Aug 20, 2008 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                              Any perfectly ripened fruit is sublime (perhaps with the exception of durian, which I now like, but would not yet call sublime)

                                                                                                                              Fresh vine ripened tomato.

                                                                                                                              Cheeses as many others mention. And oysters as mentioned before.

                                                                                                                              I will have to add caviar or other fish roe products, although technically salt has been added. And sweet raw scallop. Sashimi of all kinds is a no-brainer for me.

                                                                                                                              I've been really digging raw fennel lately. Olives, pecans, almonds, macadamia - all yummy and sublime. And capers. So much yumminess!

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                                                                                                                                melly RE: bubbles4me Aug 22, 2008 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                A crispy, ice cold slice of cucumber. A crispy, ice cold kosher baby dill pickle.

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                                                                                                                                  Catskillgirl RE: melly Aug 25, 2008 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                  Echoing you on the cucumber. I just had one picked this morning from a friend's garden - threw it in the fridge for an hour to chill, sliced on a plate... perfection in every bite!

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                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: Catskillgirl Aug 26, 2008 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                    i had a sublimely fresh, naturally sweet and super crunchy cuke last summer. first and only.... ;-((

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                                                                                                                                      Catskillgirl RE: alkapal Sep 2, 2008 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                      Isn't that sad? I don't even buy them from the supermarket anymore, because they just have zero flavor. Only the home-grown variety will do fo rme now, and my neighbor who had a fabulous garden, and supplied the whole neighborhood with fresh cukes and maters moved away. Sob. I miss them so much!

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                                                                                                                                  Terrieltr RE: bubbles4me Aug 25, 2008 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                  A crumbly, sharp chedder. Or, really, any good cheese.

                                                                                                                                  Fresh dill.

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                                                                                                                                    phan1 RE: bubbles4me Aug 26, 2008 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                    For me, it'd be fruit, particularly mangos, Asian pears, logans, lychees. Everything else usually needs an extra "something" to go along with them.

                                                                                                                                    1. Father Kitchen RE: bubbles4me Sep 2, 2008 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                      So many things can seem like the perfect mouthful, and the perfection can vary so much from season to season. But there are few things that even rival the perfection of a perfect satsuma plum.

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