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your favourite food...too hard a question?

umbushi plum Mar 16, 2009 08:23 PM

whats your favourite food? do you have a reply you use if someone asks you, or do you think its too hard to answer? my favourite food since i was practactly a baby is musubi rice triangles with umeboshi paste inside and second fav is marinated artichokes.
this is not to say i don't really love a few things and have favourite dishes that i feel like more often than others but if someone asks i say these, so my question is what do you say when someone asks you this seemingly simple question and is it answerable in your opinion?

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    jhopp217 RE: umbushi plum Mar 16, 2009 08:59 PM

    My go to answer is lamb chops. But faced with being on an island for 20 years, would I want lamb chops every day? And honestly, would I want to be alone with that many sheep. It's a tough call because I could eat breakfast for every meal of the day, and I love corned beef hash...and I don't even need homemade. I'll take the canned stuff. I have a harder time giving up potato chips when dieting, so maybe that is my favorite food, plsu there are som many varieties, I'd never get tired of eating them. Of course a nice piece of tuna (sashimi) is always a winner, but would I want that all the time. I never get tired of a good bleu or goat cheese, so maybe that's my favorite.

    You know what, gun to my head, on an island, last meal on death row. Give me a nice plate of lamb chops, salt, pepper, rosemary, cooked medium rare. Yeah it's my favorite...pretty simple!

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      umbushi plum RE: jhopp217 Mar 17, 2009 12:24 PM

      cool answer makes it very final the whole gun to your head and thanks to everyone who answered

    2. Ruth Lafler RE: umbushi plum Mar 16, 2009 09:04 PM


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        charmedgirl RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2009 06:24 PM

        I'm with Ruth. Too hard. I don't have an answer.

      2. billieboy RE: umbushi plum Mar 16, 2009 09:49 PM

        Easy......Canadian Rye Whisky
        One of the three major food groups :-)

        Kidding aside, yes it's too hard to answer because I'm sure we all have many things we like way too much.

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          Demented RE: billieboy Mar 17, 2009 06:15 PM

          I prefer single malt, neat.

          As far as a favorite food goes... I couldn't pick one.

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            kchurchill5 RE: billieboy Mar 17, 2009 06:18 PM

            a good blended bourbon thank you :)

            And I can honestly say stone crab is my favorite all time food.

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            browniebaker RE: umbushi plum Mar 16, 2009 11:12 PM

            Very easy to answer: bo lo mien bao. Translated from the Chinese as "pineapple buns," these are sweet rolls not at all pineapple-flavored but named for the crackly crust on top and filled with pastry cream. These have been my favorite food since I was two years old, my mother tells me. I could eat them every day for every meal and not get enough.

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              umbushi plum RE: browniebaker Mar 16, 2009 11:21 PM

              just like me with my msubi triangles i could never get enough when i was little and now, thanks for the replies everyone :-)

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                FriedClamFanatic RE: browniebaker Mar 18, 2009 01:38 PM

                sounds yummy, but it's hard to find a recipe for it

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                givemecarbs RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 01:09 AM

                Chocolate milk. That counts right? And if I'm on a desert island is it cheating to heat it up once in awhile to turn it into hot chocolate?

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                  umbushi plum RE: givemecarbs Mar 21, 2009 11:26 PM

                  chocolate milk is definetly in my list of favourite beverages, when i was seven i spent three weeks drinking nothing (really nothing) but chocolate sustegen (in milk despite the whole no dairy when your sick thing)

                2. Emme RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 01:44 AM

                  i could go with food group... vegetables (cauliflower, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, eggplant, green beans, lettuce).

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                    bermudagourmetgoddess RE: Emme Mar 17, 2009 08:31 AM

                    WOW what a great question to really make you think, becasue you know how much I (we) all love food.

                    I would have to say my All time FAV would have be PORK, any way you can cook it, LOVE PORK

                  2. hyacinthgirl RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 09:25 AM

                    Yep, cheese. Cheese, cheese, cheese. If I have to be more specific (do I?), I'd say mozzerella. But then, with jhopp's question, could I eat it every day? I might want to... Actually, I sort of do now...
                    Hm, that might actually be why my stomach hasn't been feeling so great lately...

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                      Delucacheesemonger RE: hyacinthgirl Mar 17, 2009 04:45 PM

                      Figure l will respond to you, since it seems that cheese could be mine, but will go with hot steamed dirty blue claw hardshell crabs. Would be my last meal.

                    2. madgreek RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 09:50 AM

                      It constantly changes. Right now? Sardines.

                      1. KaTom RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 12:28 PM

                        Teriyaki steak with fried rice & onions. It's so tasty.

                        1. chicgail RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 01:12 PM

                          mushrooms (not the button-ones)
                          rib-eye steak

                          One or more of those appear as a menu item, you've got my attention.

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                            browniebaker RE: chicgail Mar 17, 2009 02:11 PM

                            Ah, but can you pick just one as THE favorite? That's the question.

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                              chicgail RE: browniebaker Mar 17, 2009 02:34 PM

                              Yep. It's at the top of the list.

                              Whole baby Maine lobster. Steamed. Sweet.

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                                mcel215 RE: chicgail Mar 20, 2009 03:05 AM

                                Ditto... perfection for me as well.

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                            baseballfan RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 02:38 PM

                            Potatoes in any way shape or form washed down with a nicely chilled chardonnay.

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                              mtngirlnv RE: baseballfan Mar 17, 2009 04:12 PM

                              With you on both.

                            2. JohnE O RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 02:47 PM

                              Lobster. Any other answer and you might successfully plead insanity. (Full disclosure: lived 100 yards from the Atlantic Ocean from ages 1 to 8, in Maine).

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                                liveloveat34 RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 02:55 PM

                                eggs of all kinds, seafood of all types, pork. all asian cuisines

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                                  liveloveat34 RE: liveloveat34 Mar 17, 2009 03:31 PM

                                  i forgot my favorite: OFFAL!

                                2. BeefeaterRocks RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 03:12 PM

                                  RICE, all ethnicities and colors.

                                  1. linguafood RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 03:16 PM

                                    Hmm. Impossible indeed. Sweetbreads? Lamb? Taleggio? Oysters? Hamachi sashimi? Shrimp? Pasta with white truffles? Any kind of pasta? Chocolate from Puccini Bomboni? As others have said, it's impossible to decide.

                                    My food-inclined friends and I like to discuss this often with regard to the _kind_ of food you could persist on for the rest of your life (such as -- i don't know -- pasta, or salad, or sandwiches, or pizza... obviously, the more versatile food would be the smartest choice; e.g. salads can be made from pretty much anything: lettuce, vegetables, meats, rice, pasta, etc. etc.), or which national cuisine -- the latter being maybe a tad bit easier,

                                    The bottom line is -- if you really, really like food (and I think that's why we're all here), you can't narrow it down to one particular item. Thankfully, we don't have to.

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                                      browniebaker RE: linguafood Mar 18, 2009 06:11 AM

                                      I think some people who really like food CAN narrow it down to just one item. I have many favorites, but one food happens to be my top favorite.

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                                        linguafood RE: browniebaker Mar 18, 2009 08:30 AM

                                        Well, yeah, that may be true. However, regardless of how much I love one food, there are too many others I love just as much.

                                        I guess some of us also misread the question as "what food could you live on for the rest of your life", which to me would be absolutely impossible.

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                                      Sinicle RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 04:32 PM

                                      "Bojangles" spicy fried chicken,
                                      foie gras,
                                      Maryland blue crabs
                                      tuna sashimi
                                      American style Chinese ribs

                                      Maybe not CH, but it's my fantasy.

                                      1. Sam Fujisaka RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 05:02 PM

                                        No one can possibly have one answer, although if you check my profile we both love musubi with ume inside. So, depending on the day and place:

                                        Laab & khao niyao & greens & more chile & bier lao in Laos

                                        Tandoori naan & chicken in Cuttack, India

                                        Mutton & rustic breads on the highway, Lahore, Pakistan

                                        Tamales in the morning in the market in Mexico

                                        Ravioli in Rome

                                        Sashimi from yellow fin we just caught in the Indian Ocean w/ musubi and wasabi that I brought

                                        Momos made by my Nepali colleagues and me

                                        Mondongo, lunch, Chiapas

                                        Real sushi, my place

                                        Anything you prepare for me

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                                          Delucacheesemonger RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 17, 2009 05:54 PM

                                          Sam, you are a poet in hiding. What a beautiful list, Thanks

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                                            Sam Fujisaka RE: Delucacheesemonger Mar 17, 2009 06:00 PM

                                            Thank you! I'm sure that for most of us, our favourite foods can drive us to tears and leave us with memories never forgotten.

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                                            umbushi plum RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 17, 2009 06:07 PM

                                            i love your list and musubi with ume inside is my comfort food too

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                                              c oliver RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 18, 2009 12:02 PM

                                              Especially your last one. I tell people that they can fix me a PBJ cut on the diagonal and I'll be happy. And I don't even particularly like PBJ.

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                                                alwayscooking RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 18, 2009 04:45 PM

                                                Sigh . . .
                                                and a double post for
                                                Favorite meals . . .

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                                                gryphonskeeper RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 06:07 PM

                                                King Crab Legs, chilled.

                                                1. enbell RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 06:30 PM

                                                  Too hard, indeed as for me it depends on time of day, growing season, and my mood. Generally speaking fruits and vegetables picked in their prime are the absolute best.

                                                  Hawaiian papaya and pineapple
                                                  Juicy summer watermelon

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                                                    valerie RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 06:52 PM

                                                    Not exactly a single food, but more of a meal. Fresh bagels, cream cheese, nova, ripe tomato, red onion, and whitefish salad (on the side). Nova and whitefish salad preferably from Russ & Daughters in NYC, but some substitutes are acceptable (but if it's my last meal on earth, then it must be R&D).

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                                                      AussieBeth RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 07:07 PM

                                                      I narrowed mine down to two - beef carpaccio and mcdonald's cheesburgers - sublime to the ridiculous, i know!

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                                                        Sam Fujisaka RE: AussieBeth Mar 17, 2009 07:14 PM

                                                        You doin' on my planet???? One of my go-to dishes is my beef carpaccio; and I'd never turn down a McD cheeseburger!

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                                                          c oliver RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 18, 2009 12:04 PM

                                                          Care to share how you prepare your beef carpaccio. I love it but have never fixed it myself.

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                                                            Sam Fujisaka RE: c oliver Mar 18, 2009 01:26 PM

                                                            I get a chunk of lean beef (the cuts here are different, but I get good but inexpensive); slightly freeze to make cutting easier; cut uniform thin slices across the grain; gently flatten each piece between plastic wrap using a flat disc tenderizer or my fist; dress with a mix of lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper; top with cut up shallots or bias sliced thin green onions and shavings of Parmaggiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano.

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                                                              c oliver RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 18, 2009 01:38 PM

                                                              Muito obrigada -- or would that muitA! Do you server immediately and does it hold in the fridge ok? This sounds JUST like the kind of thing I love to serve. Easy but sooo good.

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                                                                Sam Fujisaka RE: c oliver Mar 18, 2009 02:57 PM

                                                                I've made it an hour or two ahead of time and held it in the ref with no problem. Just top the onions or shallots and the cheese at serving. It really is dead simple and very good.

                                                                Muito obrigado

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                                                            umbushi plum RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 21, 2009 11:37 PM

                                                            ahh cruel fate i went mcdonalds with a friend for the first time ever yesterday (travelling) he got a happy meal with a childs cheeseburger it smelt weirdly enticing which suprsied me but i will never know now (i have celiac disease)
                                                            i asked him what his favourite food was- happy meal cheeseburger (he's eighteen)

                                                        2. operagirl RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 07:24 PM

                                                          Globe artichokes, steamed and served with Best Foods mayonnaise.

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                                                            Brandon Nelson RE: umbushi plum Mar 17, 2009 10:27 PM

                                                            I have a way to cheat this question...

                                                            Pick pizza.

                                                            With the endless variety of topping options I can satisfy a lot of cravings.

                                                            Or noodles

                                                            Can be made with a vrarity of starchs and appear in multiple cuisines.

                                                            1. Passadumkeg RE: umbushi plum Mar 18, 2009 02:26 AM

                                                              A la Sam:
                                                              Red chile stacked enchiladas at sunset in Sante Fe
                                                              Early morning bowl of green chile stew at the Frontier in Albuquerque
                                                              Rositas taco truck tacos al pasto after a night of music and drink, Austin
                                                              Tapas in Sevilla, Spain
                                                              Grilled lamb chops in Wales or on the moors at a lively pub
                                                              Sitting at the bar in The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station w/ dad and best friend Cliff at Christmas time eating oysters for around the world and drinking the cold crisp white wines
                                                              Caviar on blini w/ sour cream and onions at the Metrapol in Moskva.
                                                              Squatting w/ a bowl of pho at a market beside the Perfume River in Hue, before Tet.
                                                              Korean BBQ w/ son and family in Seoul
                                                              Fried cod tongues and cheeks at an old sea house on the docks of Bergen, Norway.
                                                              Reindeer liver consomme and baby reindeer chops after skiing above tha arctic circle in Ivaloo, Finland.
                                                              Coffee and saltenas for breakfast at El Horno in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
                                                              Hot steaming plates of feijoida on a cold rainy day in the Pantanal, Brazil
                                                              digging into fatty kolbasi, kapusta, golumpkie, kapusta and mashed potatoes at Polana in South River, NJ. Soul foodski.
                                                              Finally, a lobster shore dinner w/ family athe the Tidal Falls Lobster Pound, Hancock, Me.

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                                                                linguafood RE: Passadumkeg Mar 18, 2009 08:31 AM

                                                                Wha? Nothing in Germany???? I'm sooooo disappointed '-D

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                                                                  Passadumkeg RE: linguafood Mar 18, 2009 01:13 PM

                                                                  German food is the wurst. How about a Saltzberger Knockerel? Austria is as close as I can get. Raw new herring fillets on the dock in den Hague? Peach Paterno ice cream in Nittanyville?

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                                                                    linguafood RE: Passadumkeg Mar 18, 2009 01:29 PM

                                                                    Ha. Peach Paterno. Only 5 minutes away from where I'm at. I had fantastic herring broodjes in the 'dam this spring break. WITH onions, no matter what my man has to say to that :-D

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                                                                  c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Mar 18, 2009 12:06 PM

                                                                  What a life you're living!!! Wow.

                                                                3. Johnresa RE: umbushi plum Mar 18, 2009 05:35 AM

                                                                  King crab legs...ask me next week and you may just have another answer....lol

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                                                                    lcool RE: umbushi plum Mar 18, 2009 10:17 AM

                                                                    LOBSTER,RARE STEAK,RARE LAMB,almost all shell fish,duck,goose
                                                                    GREEN vegetables,root vegetables,legumes
                                                                    My last supper would be a multi course all day affair NO EXPENSE SPARED

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                                                                      FriedClamFanatic RE: umbushi plum Mar 18, 2009 01:40 PM

                                                                      From the name, you can tell what is #1 (and for those of you not from New England, this means with bellies!)

                                                                      Lobster can be a close second. And almost anything with bacon - or bacon by itself

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                                                                        Passadumkeg RE: FriedClamFanatic Mar 18, 2009 04:08 PM

                                                                        Have you had New Haven clam & bacon pizza (w/o moz.).

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                                                                          FriedClamFanatic RE: Passadumkeg Mar 18, 2009 05:15 PM

                                                                          Not yet! Despite a 2 yr stint there! But....it sounds heavenly!

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                                                                            kubasd RE: Passadumkeg Mar 22, 2009 12:33 PM

                                                                            I love that pizza..... so amazing!!

                                                                        2. NellyNel RE: umbushi plum Mar 18, 2009 01:43 PM

                                                                          Definitely pasta....
                                                                          BUT I couldn't narrow it down to one type of pasta or with one type of sauce. no way no how. Way too many combos to consider....gnocchi, cavatelli, ....spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli....meat gravy, bolognese, pesto, marinara, brown butter...the list is endless!!

                                                                          oh and Cap'tn Crunch
                                                                          (just kidding!)

                                                                          1. abduction51 RE: umbushi plum Mar 18, 2009 01:51 PM

                                                                            I know that we are only supposed to have "one" favorite....but since I'm a Gemini I feel that I can get away with two. LOL

                                                                            Green Chili...nice thick med-hot goodness from Hatch, NM roasted or raw.

                                                                            And last but not least....

                                                                            Harold's Fried Chicken with hot sauce

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                                                                                Lucia RE: umbushi plum Mar 18, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                                                Ice cream.
                                                                                Savories are probably scallops and fries, although not necessarily in combination.

                                                                                1. Demented RE: umbushi plum Mar 20, 2009 02:53 AM

                                                                                  Since a single favorite food is impossible to name (for me), when reading this thread I can't help but wonder....

                                                                                  If you knew when planning dinner it would be your last, what would be your last meal?

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                                                                                    linguafood RE: Demented Mar 20, 2009 08:46 AM

                                                                                    Hey, that sounds like a neat new thread.... wanna post it?


                                                                                  2. L_W RE: umbushi plum Mar 21, 2009 04:52 AM

                                                                                    Peanut butter.

                                                                                    Don't get me wrong, there are tons of "dishes"/"meals" that I LOVE but you asked for fave FOOD and that would be PB.....and a spoon

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                                                                                      512window RE: L_W Mar 21, 2009 11:34 PM

                                                                                      I am also a big Peanut Butter fan.
                                                                                      But my real love is grapefruit - and I have been taking lipitor for two years. ....

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                                                                                        kubasd RE: 512window Mar 22, 2009 12:34 PM

                                                                                        seared blacked sea scallops...... better not overcook them!! Perfect med-rare.... mmmmmm the best ever

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                                                                                      lusfolgena RE: umbushi plum Mar 22, 2009 03:54 PM

                                                                                      Jumbo coconut shrimp!!! Hands down......and even better being served it at Crab Shack-no cooking or dishes! Could live on them *salivates*

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