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If you hit the powerball and could allow food to dominate your life, where would you reside?

alliegator Jan 24, 2013 04:44 PM

If you're like me and about twice a year grab a powerball ticket, you have to dream!!
Where would you establish a home for the food that suits you the best? How would you go about preparing (in a general way) your dream meals?
Thanks for sharing :)

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  1. globocity RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 05:28 PM

    Great question.

    I enjoy cooking but if money were abound, I would want to live somewhere that offerred not only seasonal, fresh vegetables, and herbs but fine dining as well.

    In the summer early evenings, I would hold monthly dinners on enormous picnic benches on the grassy field of my back yard. Meals would come from my wood-burning stove and gourmet kitchen with a picturesque view.
    Winter nights would be spent next to my fireplace, eating dinner cooked by our oersonal chef. My partner and I are sipping local Reds.

    My choice is Napa Valley. But that is for food and weather purposes. Paris is my dream choice.

    OP: what is your answer?

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      alliegator RE: globocity Jan 24, 2013 08:17 PM

      Thanks for asking. Southern Thailand. We lived there for a year as the man-gator's work dictated, and my tastebuds came alive!!
      Good standard of living, abundant ingredients, and friendly neighbors with whom to share. Phuket was my heaven. I started to do my first real cooking there, just by asking the vendor ladies to come over to my place to help me to make "their" dish for some baht. All cheerfully obliged. Who could want more?

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        ARenko RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 08:58 AM

        Thailand for me as well. I worked there for several months on three trips (Rayong Town). Not a tourist place, which was great because I got food same as the locals unless I went to a fancier restaurant. Then I had to tell them make it like for a Thai person.

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          alliegator RE: ARenko Jan 25, 2013 09:05 AM

          I've met several farang who worked in Rayong for one reason or another. Never been there, but I'm sure there were great opportunities to eat like a local.
          That was the one downside to Phuket--I was often served tourist food. But as I came to frequent certain places, it was understood that I wanted my food the real Thai way. And I was lucky to make a few Thai girlfriends who would take me with them when they visited family, that's when the real eating began!

    2. Jetgirly RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 05:50 PM

      Call me shallow but I'd want to live somewhere by the beach so that I would have some motivation not to just sit around and stuff my face all day. Swimming burns calories AND forces me to put on a bikini. If I had a boat (and captain-for-hire, I can barely operate my own car!) the island of Ischia would probably be good. I'm pretty sure I could live off tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh almond milk forever. I haven't been to Corsica or Sardinia but I imagine they'd both be suitable too. Barcelona would also definitely be an option (I fully admit to buying lottery tickets and then googling "Barcelona luxury real estate" a few times every year...). I would love to be able to grow my own fruits and vegetables under the helpful guidance of like, a super-old local man and his goat, but with him doing most (all) of the unpleasant stuff while I sort of prance around the garden looking like Gwyneth Paltrow and taking photos for my Instagram. But I'd pay him REALLY well and do really nice things for him and his goat.

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        alliegator RE: Jetgirly Jan 25, 2013 09:47 AM

        I'm not going to use the word shallow for even one second here. I've lived by a beach in total for 6 years in the past, and your beach theory is absolutely true!

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        baseballfan RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 06:11 PM

        I would run straight back to San Francisco.

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            mamachef RE: baseballfan Jan 25, 2013 09:07 AM

            And I would stay right here, or head to Singapore.

          2. biondanonima RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 06:17 PM

            What a fun topic! I would have a hard time choosing because DH and I have different priorities when it comes to food (although we like a lot of the same things). We'd probably split our time between Santa Fe (gorgeous weather for outdoor cooking and fabulous Northern New Mexican cuisine and ingredients), the coast of Italy (really anywhere around the boot!), the southern coast of France (anywhere in France, really, just for the cheese) and perhaps Thailand (though I've never been there, I ADORE Thai food, and I hear the beaches are great!). To appease DH, we'd probably just have residences in Italy and Santa Fe, and vacation in the other two spots. :)

            I'd have a huge herb garden, a wood-fired oven in the backyard and of course the kitchen of my dreams. A workroom for brewing beer (for DH) and a cave for making and aging cheese (for me). Wine cellar.

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              rosepoint RE: biondanonima Jan 25, 2013 12:18 AM

              We must be related!!! My list is similar to yours. Northern New Mexico or Napa in the US, someplace in France with frequent visits to Italy, and frequent long visits to Asia. Just returned from Hong King and Thailand and we never had a bad meal.

              Would have to have a hobby farm somewhere. We love to get our hands dirty and raise our own food. Of course with the lottery winnings someone else could clean out the chicken coop and barn. I'd have time to explore making goat cheese something I've been wanting to do for years.

              Hubby votes for a home in Hawaii. I guess that would work too!

            2. Njchicaa RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 06:32 PM

              Easy! Mexico and preferably Cozumel. Bring on the ceviche and fajitas!

              1. iluvcookies RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 07:31 PM

                I would move into Zabar's.

                1. shaogo RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 08:01 PM

                  New York City.

                  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 08:28 PM

                    San Francisco, California.

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                      thimes RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 09:11 PM

                      This is really hard - if I won the BIG powerball I would have to have a few homes.

                      But if i "could only afford one" . . . right now it would be almost anywhere coastal Italy. I love Italy for the food and the people, and the coastline.

                      1. sal_acid RE: alliegator Jan 24, 2013 09:15 PM

                        Home in NYC. Frequent net jet trips to ORD, LAX, SFO, MIA.

                        1. KarenDW RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 01:40 AM

                          Barcelona! temperate climate, amazing art and architecture, lots of variety in food, and easy access to other food cities. My DH is already looking at city apartments, suitable for sharing or running a b&b. Of course, in a shared situation, we'd probably want to install a second kitchen for "playing". I love market cooking and so definitely appreciate city markets.
                          But Vancouver is a pretty good place to be, in the meantime.

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                            alliegator RE: KarenDW Jan 25, 2013 08:51 AM

                            Good luck with the apartment search!

                          2. PotatoHouse RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 06:51 AM

                            I would spend the rest of my life traveling the world and eating every kind of food there is.

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                              KaimukiMan RE: PotatoHouse Jan 26, 2013 10:05 AM

                              +1, why choose when you can have it all?

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                                KaimukiMan RE: KaimukiMan Jan 29, 2013 08:08 PM

                                Having had a few days to ponder . . . and assuming I could still travel, my second home - my food home - would probably be in the San Francisco Bay Area. Not at all an easy decision, and Los Angeles was a close second. I really love Mexican, Italian, Asian, and Seafood. That could be because I grew up eating that in the Bay Area, but I don't know anywhere else where you can get such good food in all those genres without having to drive for dozens of miles (which knocked LA off the list.)

                                New York would probably be a contender, and I would certainly want it on my 'rotation' but due to my upbringing I find I prefer west coast Chinese food to east coast, and probably the same for Mexican, although that's just an assumption.

                                Honolulu scores very high on asian and seafood, not so great on Italian, and dismally on Mexican, but as I move through my 50's I find I like winter less and less - aside from being a "novelty" to experience when I travel. So while I don't want to leave Honolulu, having a second home on the west coast would be my choice.

                                ps: yes I feel very provincial choosing two places that I have called home - on the other hand, I've been very lucky to call those two places home.

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                                jujuthomas RE: PotatoHouse Jan 29, 2013 07:58 PM

                                I'm with you PH, I haven't experienced NEARLY enough to settle on one place... but if I picked a home base it would probably be New Orleans. Something about the city, it's people and it's food really speaks to me. :)

                              3. Monch RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 06:52 AM

                                Sign me up for New Orleans and a pacemaker.

                                1. alliegator RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 08:46 AM

                                  All fun answers! The several homes option would probably be best, but might be hard to maintain. But hey, you could always use some of that cash to hire a staff for each house. I suppose no uber rich hound would live a complete life without a home in Europe, so I'd probably choose Spain for that. Maybe Greece? That's a toughy.

                                  1. pinehurst RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 08:55 AM

                                    I would buy a house on the coast of Maine somewhere in York county just because I really love the Northeast. And the ocean.

                                    And blueberries and lobster.


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                                      globocity RE: pinehurst Jan 25, 2013 10:47 AM

                                      West Village is my favorite part of Manhattan. If our dream choices were confined to the U.S. I'd choose to live there spring-fall. Then Napa summer and winter.

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                                      Nanzi RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 09:39 AM

                                      Hawaii!! Or maybe just outside Washington DC where my son is. He has ethnic restaurants of all varieties there. And they were all great!!

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                                        mwhitmore RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 09:39 AM

                                        West Village, Manhattan, plus a vacation cottage in Santa Barbara---best combo of food, culture and weather that I have experienced.

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                                          jujuthomas RE: mwhitmore Jan 29, 2013 07:59 PM

                                          The phrase vacation cottage is such a lovely one. :)

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                                          kcshigekawa RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 09:50 AM

                                          I think I alreaady live here (southern Sonoma County, about 40 miles north of SF)! It would certainly be lovely to take advantage of everything the area has to offer without having to consider costs

                                          As someone else said, I'd have a farm (already have the chickens in a small downtown lot), and probably a pied-a-terre in San Francisco.

                                          Where else? I really don't know. I haven't travelled a lot outside the US, so I don't have much experience with the food of other cultures except by way of restaurants here in the US. So many places to visit!

                                          ETA: Oh, and a summer place on the coast of Maine...

                                          1. Bill Hunt RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 09:14 PM

                                            Wow, that is a new one. When the Powerball jackpot was so high, not THAT long ago, we had already worked out which charities would benefit from our winnings.

                                            However, as we love our food, and live to eat, you pose an interesting question.

                                            We are from New Orleans, so love that cuisine, but do not think that we would move there - just travel there.

                                            We love Paris, but again, would just travel there - FC, instead of BC...

                                            We're in San Francisco at least once per month, and love many restaurants there. Still, like NOLA, I'd not want to move there - just travel.

                                            We love the food in London, and also Rome. Still, would we move there, just for the food? I do not think so.

                                            Some of our most memorable meals have been in Hawai`i, but do not think that I could be happy living there, even if I had places on each Island.

                                            What I would probably do is get a fractional ownership in an OW jet, say a 737 to take my friends, and just travel to the food. Cannot say that I would move from Phoenix, but would have my car parked at general aviation at Scottsdale Airport much more often.

                                            Closest that I can think of, regarding moving to food, would be to build a home on the Blackberry Farm property, but again, I would just have my jet at TYS, instead of SDL, as I could never pass up dining elsewhere, regardless of how good Blackberry Farm is.


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                                              emglow101 RE: Bill Hunt Jan 25, 2013 09:27 PM

                                              Flying on your private jet to your destination with freinds. Would you rent rooms in a five star hotel or a stay at a private estate ? Oh, the problems.

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                                                Bill Hunt RE: emglow101 Jan 29, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                Depending on the "jackpot," I would decide. Might be in resorts, or maybe I would rent a villa, given the payout.


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                                                baseballfan RE: Bill Hunt Jan 26, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                I like how you roll Hunt!

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                                                  Bill Hunt RE: baseballfan Jan 29, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                  Unfortunately, I have not had to "fill in the details," as the most that I have ever won was US $50.

                                                  Still, should I be lucky, my friends would make out, like bandits!


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                                                  Jeanne RE: Bill Hunt Feb 2, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                  An excellent idea! I could go for that - live in our coastal area in NC - with a nice beachside cottage and loads of wonderful seafood - and have a jet at my disposal for flying friends and family to foodie locations!

                                                3. Caroline1 RE: alliegator Jan 25, 2013 10:12 PM

                                                  Sweetheart! If I win a big fat Power Ball jackpot, ain't no way I'm gonna limit myself to one house in one city! Pied a terres all over the world! And the #1 appliance in each and every kitchen just may well be a native cook well versed in the foods of the region! Now all I have left to do is remember to buy PB tickets!

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                                                    pine time RE: Caroline1 Jan 26, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                    Ah, an eater after my own heart! We'd have a pied a terre in India, but with a native cook. Nearly killed myself, 1st trip there, when I tried to make humble oatmeal. The gas tank was leaking, didn't know it (other than camping with a tiny grasshopper butane cooker, had never used a gas tank before) and dang near blew up myself and the surrounding neighborhood, all for a bowlful of oats.

                                                    After getting our fill in India (Rajasthan, probably), would head to the south of Italy.

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                                                      Bill Hunt RE: Caroline1 Jan 29, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                      Now THAT sounds like a plan!


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                                                        DiningDiva RE: Caroline1 Feb 2, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                        Well, there you go. Best idea so far :-)

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                                                          MplsM ary RE: Caroline1 Feb 2, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                          All that plus my own sleeper rail cars... 1 per continent.

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                                                            EWSflash RE: MplsM ary Feb 3, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                            Oh- great idea!

                                                        2. boogiebaby RE: alliegator Jan 26, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                          Singapore. No question. Every time I'm there, I want to eat out for every meal because there's so much food to try. Drives my relatives nuts but they take it all for granted since they can eat out there any day!

                                                          1. Khatru RE: alliegator Jan 26, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                            The Yucatan!

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                                                              INDIANRIVERFL RE: alliegator Jan 26, 2013 09:46 AM


                                                              1. Athena RE: alliegator Jan 27, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                I went to Napa for the first time last year for a friend's wedding and it was love at first taste. So, definitely a house there, preferably the private estate the wedding was at staffed by whoever it was that catered the dinner. I don't drive in the US (scary!!) so I would have a driver for visits to markets and restaurants.

                                                                I would also have a house in Provence, preferably next door (so to speak) to Patricia Wells' house so I could take her cooking classes.

                                                                And a flat in London close to an Ottolenghi.

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                                                                  AdamD RE: alliegator Jan 27, 2013 04:45 AM

                                                                  with frequent first class trips to Japan

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                                                                    creamsherry RE: alliegator Jan 27, 2013 04:50 AM

                                                                    hawaii (of course I can travel anytime I want via boat & plane)

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                                                                      Bill Hunt RE: creamsherry Jan 29, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                      <<Hawaii (of course I can travel anytime I want via boat & plane)>>

                                                                      Your own, of course!

                                                                      Again, and depending on the sum, I might look for a refurbished Stratocruiser, and go for the "good old days," of airline travel to Hawai`i. Gentlemen, on my flight, would wear suits and hats, and ladies, gloves.

                                                                      Chef Wong, Chef Choy and Chef Mavro, would all meet us at HNL, and then treat the passengers to a lu`au, at the highest level.

                                                                      Great idea.


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                                                                      James Cristinian RE: alliegator Jan 27, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                      I'd buy a beach house in sprawling Matagorda, Texas (one blinking traffic light), hire a good fishing guide on retainer so I could load up on speckled trout or redfish at my leisure, (throw the tasteless flounder back), and fry or grill them myself, because nobody fries fish better than me. I would also have an offshore boat ready for dolphin, snapper, ling, and amberjack, plus a local oysterman for salty Matagorda Bay oysters. That's just me.

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                                                                        Bill Hunt RE: James Cristinian Jan 29, 2013 07:52 PM


                                                                        Do not throw those flounders back. Invite me, and let my wife do them pan-fried, and, though I love specs. and reds, I will be happy, and nothing to throw away. We'll even stay in the servant's quarters, and I will bring the wines.


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                                                                          James Cristinian RE: Bill Hunt Jan 30, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                          Bill, you and the wife are invited. A disclaimer here, I have never thrown back a keeper flounder, but I'm working on the assumption that I have so much money I could have my pick of fish, the others more flavorful to me. Now, I'd like to see your wife pan fry the 25 inch flounder hanging on my wall. Bring the wine, I trust you implicitly but I'll reimburse you.

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                                                                            Bill Hunt RE: James Cristinian Feb 1, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                            Sounds like a plan.

                                                                            Now, I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and also dined in New Orleans, from a very young age.

                                                                            At some point, I came to love flounder. In MS, we had a little, family-owned restaurant, Bennie's, that did the best Fried Flounder - my favorite. My mother always ordered the Stuffed Flounder, but I found that the "stuffing" clashed with the taste of the fish. In New Orleans, the best that I ever had was at Bruning's, at the Lakefront.

                                                                            I still hold memories of those flounders in my mind. I still seek them out (along with perfectly cooked Fried Shrimp), but have not had much luck lately.

                                                                            We have dined at a very good, old-style seafood restaurant in London, Wilton's, quite often. They do GREAT Dover Sole, but I have had their Fried Flounder (same family of fish), only to be disappointed - several times. The British chefs KNOW Dover Sole, but Fried Flounder is just not in their repertoire. For some things, one just must travel to the "source."

                                                                            Largest that I ever caught (line caught) was about 8 lbs, and that sounds like a "minnow," compared to yours trophy.

                                                                            Because of the inherent sweetness in the meat, I lean towards either an Alsatian, or GR Riesling, though a crisp Sauvignon Blanc could work out OK too.

                                                                            Maybe with my "Lottery winnings," I could travel the world, looking for Bennie's Fried Flounder.

                                                                            Once, we toured the Gulf Coast, from New Orleans to Florida, looking for a replacement for Magnusen's House of Seafood's Fried Shrimp. Found some good ones, but none that beat Magnusen's (a tiny hole-in-the-wall, but just flat great - # 1).

                                                                            I'd rather commit to something like that, than to a trip to eat the most repulsive foods on the planet, like a few TV shows.

                                                                            When we win it, we WILL do flounder, and YOU'ALL are invited, plus I will bring the wines!


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                                                                          mudcat RE: James Cristinian Feb 2, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                          Hey James, I already live on the Gulf (299yds away). Have all the speckled trout, flounder, reds, ling, sea bass, blue crabs, oysters, welks, shrimp, and scallops we can eat. But we do miss the fresh cod, lobster, steamers, dungeness crabs, tautog and white perch not freshly available here. Hope you hit that jackpot.

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                                                                            James Cristinian RE: mudcat Feb 2, 2013 11:44 PM

                                                                            I'm coming to your place, but what the heck is a welk? We call white perch fresh water crappie.

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                                                                              mudcat RE: James Cristinian Feb 4, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                              Welks are marine snails (scungilli). We have the Perverse Welk here and some others. White perch, Roccus americans, is a small panfish inhabiting brackish and saltwater. Very popular up around the Chesapeake.

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                                                                          Querencia RE: alliegator Jan 27, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                          New York City, "the sweet land of availability".

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                                                                            Bill Hunt RE: Querencia Feb 1, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                            Yes. In the US, if one wants complete diversity, everyday of the week, then NYC would win MY vote.

                                                                            San Francisco has great cuisine, and a good diversity, as does Chicago. New Orleans has great food, but the diversity of it is limited. NYC - well I think that they have it all, or at least most of it. London would be my second choice there.


                                                                          2. meatn3 RE: alliegator Jan 28, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                                            The first year I would get a place in Manhattan. And begin to eat my way through the area. I've always thought a full year in NYC would be a great experience. After the year is up I keep the apartment for visiting.

                                                                            The next year I embark on a round the world excursion with a very big interest in food. Stays correspond with seasonal events and each stop over provides a kitchen and a great local market. Regional cooking classes are a strong component.

                                                                            This mode of travel would probably turn into the third year too!

                                                                            Fourth year I'm back in the States. Buy a RV and wander through the US & Canada, eating, cooking and exploring as I go.

                                                                            Fifth year I'll be ready to decide where to settle. Probably back in NC but with property and the wise old gardener mentioned elsewhere. Plenty of jaunts to whatever places are calling me.

                                                                            Friends and family join me for different legs of the journey. Somehow all travel restrictions on pets are magically waived and the kitties get to taste test seafood the world over.

                                                                            The stupendous wealth allows purchase of a magical elixir and my waistline becomes and remains trim. My language ability becomes amazing. My cholesterol, blood sugar and liver all are up for the adventure!

                                                                            (Note to self, renew passport NOW!)

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                                                                              Jeanne RE: meatn3 Feb 2, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                              Love it meatn3! And I'd like some of your magic elixir please!

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                                                                                meatn3 RE: Jeanne Feb 3, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                                It's on my Amazon Wishlist...but they are always out of stock.

                                                                            2. juliejulez RE: alliegator Jan 28, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                              A farm in Napa Valley or thereabouts. So I could grow/produce a lot of my own food, have a big garden, some chickens and cows and goats etc, but still be close to places that serve good food. I don't need to travel around and all that, I just want somewhere quiet with decent weather where I can enjoy my little life :)

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                                                                                AussieBeth RE: alliegator Jan 28, 2013 10:25 PM

                                                                                Paris!! With frequent trips to London and Italy (and Germany, Spain, Croatia etc etc) of course.

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                                                                                  zin1953 RE: alliegator Jan 28, 2013 10:41 PM

                                                                                  Well, on the one hand, I already live there: Berkeley, California.

                                                                                  But on the other hand, if I *really* won Powerball, wouldn't I have more than one house? So, while I'd certainly keep our house in the Berkeley Hills, I'd probably opt for a place in New Orleans, and another in Donostia (San Sebastian).

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                                                                                    Bill Hunt RE: zin1953 Jan 29, 2013 07:57 PM

                                                                                    <<Well, on the one hand, I already live there: Berkeley, California.>>

                                                                                    And we "conservatives" feel so very badly for you too...

                                                                                    OTOH, when you DO head to NOLA, please do not forget your poor (conservative) friends, and at least invite us to join you.

                                                                                    Trust me, should I win the "big one," you and I will have some "mighty fine wines."


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                                                                                      zin1953 RE: Bill Hunt Jan 29, 2013 09:32 PM

                                                                                      I'm looking forward to it.

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                                                                                        Bill Hunt RE: zin1953 Feb 1, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                        We WILL make it happen!


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                                                                                        Chemicalkinetics RE: Bill Hunt Jan 30, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                        It is not too bad as a conservative to live in Berkeley. I did my graduate school there. You just need to learn to keep your mouth shut. :)

                                                                                        The food is good in Berkeley, and what's more is that it is so close to the rest of the Bay Area.

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                                                                                      bmorefoodie54 RE: alliegator Jan 29, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                      I would get my dream kitchen and cook away. No need to go anywhere.

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                                                                                        GraydonCarter RE: bmorefoodie54 Jan 30, 2013 11:09 PM

                                                                                        Nobody has mentioned hiring a chef. One of the advantages of moving to Thailand or Singapore or Mexico without Powerball money is that you can easily hire a staff for cooking, cleaning, childcare, etc. With Powerball money you can build your kitchen and hire a chef.

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                                                                                          alliegator RE: GraydonCarter Jan 31, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                                          The cleaning lady is one thing, but I get a lot of enjoyment out of making the meal myself.

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                                                                                            boogiebaby RE: alliegator Feb 1, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                            My extended family in Singapore and Malaysia all have "maids" living with them who cook and clean. However, if my aunts/cousins are home, then they just have the maid do the prep work -- going to buy the ingredients, chopping, etc, so that it's ready to go when they step into the kitchen. But if they are out somewhere, and won't be home to cook, a quick call home telling the maid what to make, or what to start assures that lunch/dinner will be ready on time.

                                                                                            It's the best of both worlds -- having someone else do the prep, you doing the main cooking, and someone else cleaning up. I would love a setup like that!

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                                                                                              Bill Hunt RE: boogiebaby Feb 1, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                              Ah, and especially with many Asian dishes, the prep IS the work.

                                                                                              Good point, and thank you for sharing.


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                                                                                                pine time RE: Bill Hunt Feb 2, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                Mr. Pine still pines for dishes made by his ayah (nanny) in India. His relatives there still hire separate cooks and household help for (to us) ridiculously low amounts. Whenever there's a gathering, they have up to 15 different private caterers available for their speciality dishes. And, oh my goodness, the food and number of cooks/servers for a wedding! As much as I like to cook (here), could not do it in a traditional tiny Indian kitchen.

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                                                                                                  Bill Hunt RE: pine time Feb 2, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                                  Sounds like a great life.

                                                                                                  Now, can the entire entourage fit onto a G-550? That might be the big question.

                                                                                                  Enjoy life,


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                                                                                            Bill Hunt RE: GraydonCarter Feb 1, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                            While we often do hire a chef, it is per the occasion. Not sure that I would put a chef on retainer, as my wife loves to cook so much - maybe a "prep chef?"


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                                                                                          Kelli2006 RE: alliegator Jan 29, 2013 10:24 PM

                                                                                          Id move north to enjoy the variety that is Toronto, with frequent trips to Europe and the Middle East.

                                                                                          My daughter spent 45 days in Cambodia and Thailand as part of a ser6rvice project in college and she wants to return there to help rebuild their infastructure. I'd likly go with her for a while, just to experience SE Asia.

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                                                                                            Reston RE: alliegator Jan 30, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                            When I win, and I'm standing there holding that giant fake check, and the reporter asks "what are you going to do with all that money?", my reply will be: "I'm going to eat it".

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                                                                                              zin1953 RE: Reston Jan 30, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                              Not, "I'm going to Disneyland!" ???

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                                                                                              rasputina RE: alliegator Jan 31, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                                              Split time between Alaska and Florida ( Gulf side), best of both worlds for my husbands hunting and fishing

                                                                                              1. 512window RE: alliegator Jan 31, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                At Ferran Adria's house.

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                                                                                                  bmorefoodie54 RE: 512window Jan 31, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                  Great idea; let's all take up residence at Ferran Adria's house.

                                                                                                2. MOREKASHA RE: alliegator Jan 31, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                  I could afford to stay in NYC and take winter holidays in Asia and summer in Northern Spain. I 'd rent a house in Asturias and weekend in San Sebastian or Ourense.

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                                                                                                    KrumTx RE: alliegator Feb 1, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                                                    Well, I can guarantee it wouldn't be in north Texas. (Ha. I think you're here, too.) My base would be in NYC. I'd come to Texas often to see family but would travel the world and the US for food. I'd hit New Orleans often (I lived there as a kid).

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                                                                                                      alliegator RE: KrumTx Feb 1, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                      Haha! The only thing that would be left of me in north Texas is the puff of smoke I left while disappearing :D

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                                                                                                        globocity RE: alliegator Feb 1, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                                                                        Funniest thing I've read all day. And that includes Mayor Koch anecdotes (RIP).

                                                                                                        Although not north TX, I have Austin's and San Antonio's food scenes on my US travel to-do list.


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                                                                                                          James Cristinian RE: globocity Feb 2, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                          You should also come to Houston, an international city with a diverse food scene.

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                                                                                                            globocity RE: James Cristinian Feb 9, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                                                            Interesting...I never considered Houston. I'd heard SA and Austin have lovely areas to walk around and drop in on restaurants, cafés, bars, and shops.

                                                                                                    2. monavano RE: alliegator Feb 1, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                                                                      Oh heck, I'd have more than one place! Villas in France and Italy. An apartment in Japan and a ranch in Napa.
                                                                                                      The most important thing for me would be that I want to be near markets. Daily markets where I'd shop each day and decide by what's fresh and delicious.

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                                                                                                        jarona RE: alliegator Feb 1, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                        Paris, France and NYC

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                                                                                                          sueatmo RE: alliegator Feb 1, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                                                                          I would want to stay in my little corner of the PNW. If money was no object I would redesign my kitchen and stock it with food that I tend to regard as too expensive.

                                                                                                          And I'd probably eat out more than I do.

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                                                                                                            gfr1111 RE: alliegator Feb 2, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                            I'd live in Paris, the greatest food city in the world inside of the greatest food country in the world. The French invented western cuisine. The rest of us are all pikers compared to them. Almost all the techniques for cooking were invented or improved upon by the French and their everyday food is the best, most inventive, and varied.

                                                                                                            As a runner up, I would live in Singapore, where I actually did live for over a year. The food there is fantastic, varied, and absolutely delicious. Singapore is a city located in an island country, also called Singapore. So it is a bit like Paris inside of France. Both France and Singapore are food-obsessed countries with food-obsessed capitol cities.

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                                                                                                              bmorefoodie54 RE: gfr1111 Feb 2, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                              Agree about Singapore...just got back from a trip there and the food was incredible.

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                                                                                                                EWSflash RE: bmorefoodie54 Feb 2, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                added to first-stop list, along with Hong Kong.

                                                                                                            2. DiningDiva RE: alliegator Feb 2, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                              Mexico City or Oaxaca

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                                                                                                                lagatta RE: alliegator Feb 2, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                Hmm... I dearly love Italy, but as until recent decades it was a land of mass emigration rather than immigration, it still lacks in food diversity a bit, though it has maintained a wealth of regional diversity.

                                                                                                                This would tend to skew my choice to Paris. I guess I'll just have to put up with the slowish train towards Italian destinations, and enjoy myself (after all, I'll be in 1st class...). No planes if I can avoid them (environmental concerns).

                                                                                                                I need a place with a degree of diversity, and quality of course. It has to be cyclable (in the urban sense, on an upright bicycle in attractive urban clothing), so not too steep hills. And winters somewhat milder than here in Montréal (which is not difficult) though I don't think I'd be happy in a tropical climate. And I have to be able to speak the language fluently.

                                                                                                                I would like to experience the cultural wonders of Southeast Asia, though, however I don't think it would be easy for me (boomer generation) to adapt to such a different culture.

                                                                                                                I wouldn't hire a permanent chef; only for gatherings. A skilled cleaning person yes, and paid fairly for their many skills. I love to cook; I hate to clean.

                                                                                                                All this is merely a pipedream as I never play the lottery.

                                                                                                                1. EWSflash RE: alliegator Feb 2, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                  If I was that well off I'd live here and charter a lot of jets to nearly everywhere. I like it here, but it's no culinary mecca, except for Sonoran food.

                                                                                                                  I'd travel to Japan, San Fransisco, LA, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, New York, England, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and then make out a secondary list from what I learned on the first leg of the journey.

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                                                                                                                    bmorefoodie54 RE: EWSflash Feb 2, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                    Add Austria to your list...the food there is incredible, especially in Vienna and Salzburg.

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                                                                                                                      EWSflash RE: bmorefoodie54 Feb 2, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                      Will do- since money is no object. 8^)

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                                                                                                                      lagatta RE: EWSflash Feb 2, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                      I'd certainly travel, but try to limit my footprint by avoiding planes for most intracontinental flights except the really long-haul ones such as Moscow-Madrid or Montréal-LA or Mexico City. I am also more inclined to slow travel by disposition; spending a good while in a place, perhaps taking cookery or language courses.

                                                                                                                      And I would most definitely donate a big chunk to a food/agriculture related charity or institute.

                                                                                                                      Because I'd see that as part of the good life (bien vivir)

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                                                                                                                      MonMauler RE: alliegator Feb 2, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                      Gotta be NYC.

                                                                                                                      1. Ruthie789 RE: alliegator Feb 2, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                        I would remain in the Montreal area but move right into the city. Montreal is a great restaurant city. If money was no object I would definitely switch to all organics, in terms of my home. I also would no doubt keep buying kitchen gadgets and improve my kitchen. I would also support food shelters.

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                                                                                                                          lagatta RE: Ruthie789 Feb 2, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                          Ruthie, I know nothing about your current circumstances, but do know people here who have moved into centralish Montréal from suburbs or outlying areas after retiring or when in semi-retirement (or just empty nest). Yes, it involves a smaller dwelling, but there are positive sides to that. A larger budget would definitely mean not hesitating about the price of organics (though one must still research them to ensure they are legitimate). This week I bought a lovely (small) organic chicken from Supermarché PA - it really is different, even its bones (for stock).

                                                                                                                          Must not think of specific food available nearby as I don't want to be tempted to pick up a late-night snack (very unhealthy, that)...

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                                                                                                                            Ruthie789 RE: lagatta Feb 3, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                            Lagatta, I am not ready to move yet but no hesitation about something smaller. I would delight in less housekeeping and house maintenance. Agree organics can be tricky, but do find there are some very good products in health food stores. I buy organic milk and do find quite a taste difference. It certainly would be fun to be close to the action I too would no doubt be tempted by the surroundings.

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                                                                                                                          Margawil RE: alliegator Feb 2, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                          Napa won me over on my visit last Oct. because everywhere we ate was wonderful! Had just returned from a trip to Europe and our dinning experience in Napa was so much better! Could move tomorrow !!!!
                                                                                                                          Runner up Thailand. Great favors and contrasting notes!

                                                                                                                          1. mudcat RE: alliegator Feb 2, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                            I'd stay where I am but would travel to foods not readilly available here as the mood struck me.

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                                                                                                                              Vidute RE: alliegator Feb 3, 2013 01:44 AM

                                                                                                                              i would buy a condo on the cruise ship, the world. i'm a gypsy at heart but hate packing and unpacking. here, my home would follow me. easter island, the northwest passage, etc with expeditions to shore where you can taste all the cuisines of the world. all amenities from multiple restaurants, spas, golf, to entertainment, lectures, and your own full kitchen.

                                                                                                                              i've got to start playing the lottery.....sigh....




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                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: Vidute Feb 4, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                Perhaps you'll enjoy this:

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                                                                                                                                  Vidute RE: alliegator Feb 4, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                  thanks for the link, alliegator. it was an interesting read. i've always enjoyed the sway of the ship. best sleep i've ever gotten has been on a cruise ship.

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                                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: Vidute Feb 5, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                    You're welcome! I think it looks like a wonderful place to live for food fiends, guess Bourdain isn't much of a boat guy :)

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                                                                                                                                      Vidute RE: alliegator Feb 5, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                      the more the ship rocks at night, the better i sleep.

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                                                                                                                                        James Cristinian RE: Vidute Feb 9, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                        Kinda like the train. I think when I hit it big I'll ride every passenger train in the USA, first class of course. Man I love trains. From what I've read, the meals on Amtrak can be pretty good.

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                                                                                                                                          Vidute RE: James Cristinian Feb 9, 2013 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                          after the us, will you do the grand tour of europe by train?

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                                                                                                                                            James Cristinian RE: Vidute Feb 10, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                            Indeed, then the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

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                                                                                                                                              Vidute RE: James Cristinian Feb 10, 2013 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                              well, once again, my plans are on hold. no lucky numbers for me. sigh....

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