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Apr 8, 2009 07:38 AM

What's one thing you've never eaten that you wish you could try RIGHT NOW?

I'd never heard of picarones until about a minute ago. Now I'm frothing at the mouth.


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  1. I've never had real caviar! And I really, really wish I could try some RIGHT NOW.

    There, I said it.

    1. I wish I could have proper tamales. And a proper taco.

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      1. re: Soop

        poor Soop. You need to visit the USA and make a stop in San Diego! The best Mexican food and very different from TexMex

        1. re: janetms383

          I respectfully disagree that SD has the best Mexican food. As a seven-year resident of SD and native Phoenician, I'm disenchanted with what Southern CA has to offer in terms of Mexican cuisine, or even the whole state, for that matter. Perhaps I'm partial to Sonoran fare.

        2. re: Soop

          Transatlantic flights are cheap at the moment! Taxes and surcharges actually exceed the airfare on flights from London to LA or San Francisco. A bowl of menudo as a restorative when you step off the plane, and then on to a tour of Mexican food from taco trucks to haute cuisine. You could spend a week in any major California city without making a serious dent in the options that are available.

          Or you could go further afield. New Mexico and Texas have their own versions of norteno food. Or cross the border at any of a number of places - from lobster in Puerto Nuevo to cabrito in Reynosa, there's delicious eats just across the line. Of course if you want to pull out all the stops, Mexico's a big country...

          Seriously, you sound like somebody who needs to make a food pilgrimage!

          1. re: alanbarnes

            Pureto Nuevo!!! I love it when the restaurant owners stand out on the street and hawk their lobsters. "Best deal 10 lobsters $25"

            And, nothing better than your own little pile of the spiny creatures, pan-fried and served with fresh tortillas, rice and beans.

        3. Bhut Jolokia...

          I know I have a death wish

          1,041,427 Scoville

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          1. re: JanPrimus

            Holy crap! In anything, or just the pepper, plain?

            1. re: tatamagouche

              I would love a few of the peppers to play around with...I would try one solo and then in a few days after I am out of the Emergency room I would try to incorporate it into something I love... like Jerk, a salsa,curry or a wing sauce.

              Wondering how they taste smoked up vs. fresh.

            2. re: JanPrimus

              Just in time for planting season.


              I buy from them every year. That one may be a bit over my tolerance level though.

            3. Authentic poutine. Hey, it's lunch time!

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Oh, you are so right about is to die for (sadly also, 'to die from'!!!)

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Me too!
                  I've actually made it myself--used mailorder cheese curds, a brown sauce and homemade fries (I have to say, I make pretty good frites!) but won't know how it compares to the authentic until I get up to Montreal.
                  What I REALLY want to try is the foie gras poutine at Au Pied de Cochon...Mmmm

                  1. re: choco_lab38

                    yeah. Mine is poutine too.. I just can't help but wonder about thoser "squeaky" curds.. I wish I knew how they translate to something here in OZ, 'cos I'd make it in a second!

                    1. re: purple goddess

                      Purple goddess, the squeaky curds are key! Squeakiness is a sign of very fresh cheese curds. The squeakiness is in sharp contrast to the soft brown gravy and the crispy on the outside, tender on the inside fries. It is truly a dish that appeals to multiple senses...

                  2. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Ruth I'll make you some authentic poutine if you can get me some real tamales :D

                    1. re: maplesugar

                      That's a very tempting offer! But can you get poutine through customs? :-)

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        Maybe but I guess the real thing should be experienced right from the kitchen ...heaven knows fries don't keep.

                        I'm in Calgary these days and a lot of folks would argue you can't get authentic poutine outside of the province of Quebec. I'd argue that 99% of restaurants outside Quebec can't reproduce the real thing ...but they haven't been to my house ;)

                        1. re: maplesugar

                          I didn't think poutine would travel well.

                          " ... they haven't been to my house"

                          Now you're just being a tease! :-)

                        2. re: Ruth Lafler

                          ruth, if maplesugar flies in, i'm sure security will consider poutine to be a "liquid or a gel" and promptly confiscate it (for lunch). lol!

                    2. Banh mi - I've seen pictures, and they always look so good and satisfying. I can be flexible on the fillers. I imagine it will be similar to a Mexican torta, at least in concept. I know they are probably pretty common for a lot of people, especially on the West Coast, but I've never had one yet. And I'm HUNGRY!

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                      1. re: Cachetes

                        Get thee a banh mi! Best sandwich ever. Gads, I'm salivating. Who started this insidious thread? <g> Cay

                        1. re: Cachetes

                          Me too, a banh mi. Heard so much about them and haven't yet had one. Also a beautiful bowl of pho. i know I will heart it once i have it but I haven't had it yet. RIGHT NOW would be awesome.

                          1. re: lynnlato

                            You will heart it! I hope my 80-something Dad will heart it as well, as he is coming to visit me this weekend to go to my favorite pho and banh mi place.

                            If he complains, I will toss today's NYT Dining section toward him, an article therein extolling the virtues of banh mi.

                            Don't think he'll complain though - he's at an age where everything seems to be right and "right now." I think he's right on.

                            Now go get yourself a sandwich!


                          2. re: Cachetes

                            They are nothing like a Torta! And, you have to go to a Vietnamese bakery to get the best because the bread is everything

                            1. re: janetms383

                              You and cayjohan are inspiring me. I'm going to go on a search for a Vietnamese bakery!

                              1. re: Cachetes

                                Well, I went and did it. I finally tasted my first banh mi sandwich today. It was made with pork, cucumber slices, pickled carrot and daikon and lots of fresh cilantro. And the bread! That and the cilantro made it absolutely delicious. It was precisely why I like Vietnamese food - the mix of textures, the brightness of the flavors of the fresh ingredients mixed with cooked pork.

                                It was every bit as good as Janet and cayjohan said it would be. Do you think it would be wrong to go back and have another one for dinner?

                            2. re: Cachetes

                              Ive never had Banh Mi and they sound delicious.

                              Someone above mentioned tacos and tamales. Ive had great tacos but tamales elude me.