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If price, availability and calories were not a factor.... what food could you eat for every meal for the next 30 days and not get sick of it.

Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 08:25 AM

Obviously price, availability and time and calories and real life etc., play into our food choices. If all of that didn't exist. You could come home and said food would be there for you, breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 30 days. But you were confined to just eating that food, what would you pick?

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  1. tim irvine RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 09:10 AM

    Cheeseburgers if there weren't any health implications in this fantasy world. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner are snacks allowed?

    1. Chinon00 RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 09:13 AM

      Sushi. I've done it while traveling for work. Sushi for lunch and dinner everyday.

      1. meatn3 RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 11:43 AM

        Cheese. So many types...

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          ferventfoodie RE: meatn3 Jun 2, 2013 02:59 PM

          My thought exactly!

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            kitchengardengal RE: meatn3 Jun 2, 2013 07:41 PM

            Absolutely cheese!

          2. Paprikaboy RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 01:45 PM

            Bacon and egg(runny yolk) sandwich with old recipe HP sauce and a cup of tea.

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              amazinc RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 02:08 PM

              Don't know if I could do it for 30 days, but I'd like a chance to try.... A 2-inch cut Akaushi strip steak from the HeartBrand
              people in Yokum, TX. No potato, no salad. Steak. Period.

              1. Njchicaa RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 02:20 PM

                Prime rib au jus and mashed potatoes.

                1. fldhkybnva RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 02:39 PM

                  Grandmother's Southern baked macaroni and cheese

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                    mwhitmore RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 02:42 PM

                    To headline question: Potatoes. "Confined to eating just that food", nope. Steak would be closest.

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                      Jeri L RE: mwhitmore Jun 4, 2013 07:12 PM

                      To prove a point about how nutritious potatoes are, a member of the Washington State Potato Commision) did this: http://20potatoesaday.com/

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                        EM23 RE: Jeri L Jun 5, 2013 09:22 AM

                        Worked for PJ Harvey while recording an album.

                    2. drongo RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 03:00 PM

                      It depends on how broadly we can interpret "one food" -- e.g. I'd say sushi is almost a cuisine rather than "one food". Anyway here are my answers, taking a fairly narrow view of "one food"...

                      1. One food available (but not the only food) for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 30 days... I'd have to say MARMITE.

                      2. The question of what to eat if confined just to the one food alone for 30 days is more difficult. If I had to eat only one thing for 30 days I think it could not be too rich else I'd soon get disgusted with it. I think I'll go with BREAD (hopefully fresh homemade or artisanal bread, not industrial Wonder bread, lol).

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                        luvcubs RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 03:05 PM

                        Fried fish.

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                          Chefpaulo RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 03:26 PM

                          Pick just one??? Ohhhhh.... In descending order:
                          1.) An iced platter of 24 ultra-fresh NW Pacific oysters (multiple varieties) with lemon wedges and no cocktail sauce. Noooooo problem!

                          I could do that easily. However, the EVERY meal thing might adjust my desires. The next two would be once a day:
                          2.) Jumbo (HUMONGOUS U12) fried shrimp w/ cocktail sauce
                          3.) Crepes Suzette

                          And once every other day:
                          4.) Whole broiled lobster with drawn butter
                          5.) Floating Island or some such decadence

                          And on the fourth day, a bypass.
                          CP

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                            bonoeuf RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 03:44 PM

                            tomato sandwiches. i can hardly wait for local tomatoes!

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                              Boychucker RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 04:00 PM

                              Margarita PIZZA!

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                                floridaeater RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 04:02 PM

                                Cheese Pizza...I have done this for lunch every day while visiting NY.

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                                  angelsmom RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 05:16 PM

                                  Pizza and French Fries

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                                    westsidegal RE: angelsmom Jun 4, 2013 12:10 AM

                                    there's a pizzaria near me that serves a pizza with fries on it.
                                    obviously made for you.
                                    when you come to LA i'll tell you where to get it.

                                  2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 05:48 PM

                                    I'd be happy with any of the following:
                                    - vegetable frittata with goat cheese & fresh herbs
                                    - shakshuka with greens (spinach, chard, kale) and feta
                                    - grilled vegetable salad with grilled shrimp (my own rendition of the one served at The Ivy here in LA)
                                    - the chopped salad I make frequently for dinner: greens & lots of different vegetables plus crisp bacon, chopped hard-cooked egg, roast chicken or turkey meat, crumbled blue cheese or chevre, fresh herbs, and homemade spicy buttermilk dressing

                                    The runner-up would be a Protein Roll from Station Sushi in Solana Beach, CA, but only if I could have a salad with it - I'd *lose my mind* if I had to go an entire month without eating vegetables.

                                    1. LizGW RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 05:56 PM

                                      Pizza!

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                                        Solstice444 RE: LizGW Jun 2, 2013 06:30 PM

                                        Yup, pizza for me too!

                                      2. GraceW RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 06:10 PM

                                        Fortune Cookies! I would like a lot of little personal greetings.

                                        1. PotatoHouse RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 06:28 PM

                                          My potato soup.

                                          Yeah I know. Big surprise.

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                                            Jeri L RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 06:28 PM

                                            Grilled cheese sandwiches. Good white bread, extra sharp cheddar and real butter.

                                            1. MissBubbles RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 07:53 PM

                                              Bread & Butter.

                                              1. meatnveg RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 07:57 PM

                                                Seared Tuna

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                                                  jlhinwa RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 08:44 PM

                                                  Dungeness crab with lemon and butter.

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                                                    hummingbird RE: Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                    Thin crust pizza.

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                                                      carlee134 RE: hummingbird Jun 3, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                      Yep.

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                                                      Bkeats RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                      If you are asking is there one thing I would want to eat for every meal for 30 days, my answer is nope. I think most of us would get pretty tired of our favorite dish after eating it 90 times in a row. After 10, I'd be crying for a change. Overexposure lessens the pleasure in anything.

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                                                        Jpan99 RE: Bkeats Jun 3, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                        I'm with you. There are many things I love but nothing I would want to eat three times a day for 30 days and nothing else! If I had to pick one by the end of the month I surely would never want to eat it again!

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                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Bkeats Jun 3, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                          I don't know that any of us would do it by choice. My answer was based on the assumption that the theoretical situation *required* us to eat the same thing for 30 days, but maybe I misinterpreted the OP...?

                                                          If the question is really whether I'd WANT to eat one particular dish for every meal for a month, my answer is hell no! I wouldn't even want to do it for a week.

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                                                            GraydonCarter RE: Bkeats Jun 3, 2013 11:10 PM

                                                            That's the theory behind one of those Hot Dog or Watermelon diets. You can eat as many Hot Dogs as you want, but nothing else. On the first day you eat like eight hot dogs. After a couple of days you are like, yech, Hot Dogs.

                                                            When you look at all the responses, price isn't really a factor. Even with steaks, home-cooked steaks really aren't that expensive. Maybe the OP was thinking of expensive restaurant dishes, like Tournedos of Beef with Béarnaise Sauce. I certainly could enjoy that for a few meals in a row.

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                                                              Firegoat RE: GraydonCarter Jun 4, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                              as the OP I admit that I had a massive craving for Prime Rib at the time I posted this query. Just too expensive an undertaking to make for one person very often. Then I started thinking about what restaurants around me (I'm in a fairly small city now) actually serve good prime rib .... and well there you go.

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                                                              calumin RE: Bkeats Jun 5, 2013 10:36 PM

                                                              There was a Sesame Street episode where Big Bird was convinced he could eat popcorn for every meal for a month. He was very happy at first, but after three days he gave up.

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                                                                pinehurst RE: calumin Jun 7, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                It makes for a great component of a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, though.

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                                                              cwdonald RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                              Pasta ... there are so many variations of types, and sauces...

                                                              1. JungMann RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                Noodles or sushi

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                                                                  EWSflash RE: JungMann Jun 4, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                  Close- very, very close

                                                                2. juliejulez RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                  Pizza

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                                                                    LeJazzHot RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                    Put Health as not a factor, and I could probably live on buttered toast. Or is that two foods?

                                                                    If I have to factor in health, I'd op for eggs.

                                                                    1. NavyMom89 RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                      Tostadas/chalupas-I'd scarf these for the rest of my life if I could, even, and especially if I didn't live in Texas!!

                                                                      Crispy fried corn tortillas smeared with seasoned re-fried beans, sharp cheddar cheese, fresh crisp iceberg lettuce, garden tomatoes,diced avocados, salsa and sour cream. No protein required.

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                                                                        Bunson RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                        Pizza and BBQ, with ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

                                                                        1. EM23 RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                          I have to go with a BELT because then I get 4 of my favorite foods – bacon, eggs, tomatoes and bread. But when they’re not looking, I would probably sneak a slice of pizza from one of the seven pizza lovers on this thread, and a piece of steak off of amazinc’s plate<g>

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                                                                            holypeaches RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 12:42 AM

                                                                            Turkey, potatoes, green beans with onions and tomatoes.

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                                                                              HillJ RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 04:37 AM

                                                                              I don't think I could possibly narrow it done but I'm incredibly impressed by anyone who can.

                                                                              1. BeefeaterRocks RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                Rice.

                                                                                1. suzigirl RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                  king crab legs and butter. Mmm. Thank goodness you said no health issues.

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                                                                                    C70 RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                    Steak Frites, with a ribeye, medium.

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                                                                                      mwhitmore RE: C70 Jun 4, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                      Cheating! That's two foods, even if it has one name. And usually comes with a salad. But yes, if this counts, this is my answer, too.

                                                                                    2. majordanby RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                      pizza

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                                                                                        Isolda RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                        There is NO WAY I could eat the same food and only that food for 30 days. I could, however, eat sharp cheddar cheese every day. Already do.

                                                                                        1. Gio RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                          The one food I could eat every day for each meal is Salad. But not the same salad.

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                                                                                            pinehurst RE: Gio Jun 5, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                            GOOD answer. I was going to go with "cheese" or shrimp, but I like this answer better.

                                                                                          2. SIMIHOUND RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 07:28 PM

                                                                                            Maybe not thirty days but...Smoked fish and all the usual things that go with it such as salads, cole slaw, bagels, cream cheese. I have done a week of eating this during the shiva week after my father passed. I also did three days of this in Miami (which has such good smoked fish) when Mom got remarried. I had never tasted eastern smoked fish until then.

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: SIMIHOUND Jun 5, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                              I love smoked fish but the salt turns me into a water balloon. I wish i could eat it for a week, sounds delicious.

                                                                                            2. EWSflash RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 07:36 PM

                                                                                              Well, I had an answer in mind, two, actually. But having looked down the list I was wondering if I could knock it down into one-week blocks instead of a whole month. I'm not a young woman, and there are so many fabulous single foods (several with wonderful accompaniments that would have to be included in that one food), I just wouldn't want to get tired of so many favorites by eating them 3x/d for a month. Sushi, maybe, though, since it's so varied, or pasta, I know I could do that for a month, but I'd hate to get tired of it.
                                                                                              Oh now I'm all in a fright. I'll never be thin again, I just know it.

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                                                                                                zook RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                                                Ice cream/gelato , so many flavors, so little time.

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                                                                                                  Querencia RE: Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 09:48 PM

                                                                                                  I doubt that anyone could eat the same food for every meal without reaching the point of disgust. But, provide enough shellfish (scallops, oysters, lobster, crab, clams) and I'll volunteer to be a guinea pig to find out.

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                                                                                                    hotoynoodle RE: Querencia Jun 5, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                    toss-up for me between oysters and sea urchin. 3 meals a day though? doubtful. once a day? no problem.

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                                                                                                    Nanzi RE: Firegoat Jun 6, 2013 06:58 AM

                                                                                                    I'm in the sushi camp. In fact going out to have it tonight to celebrate my 69th birthday!!

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                                                                                                      SilverMoth RE: Firegoat Jun 7, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                                      Well, if cholesterol was also not a factor, I ditto other posters... bread and butter and crab.

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                                                                                                        charmedgirl RE: Firegoat Jun 7, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                                        A slice of layer cake.

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                                                                                                          clamchowderrlambchop RE: Firegoat Jun 8, 2013 11:24 PM

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                                                                                                          I could force myself to eat lobster, at least I'd love to try! Can i have melted butter with that?
                                                                                                          But once I actually imagined it, I think after a week I'd probably be craving some veggies or a steak or anything else. Variety is the spice of life. Maybe the price, availabilty, calorie, as well as health issues, is what makes our favorite foods so special. If I could eat anything I want without any of the above issues, I'd be eating everything at least once and much more of my favorites, but there's also the issue of getting too full or not having enough time. And I haven't even considered dessert yet! I'll have to sleep on this.

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                                                                                                            Erika L RE: Firegoat Jun 10, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                            Anything with melted cheese: mac and cheese, grilled cheese, cheeseburgers, nachos, pizza, cheese omelettes. Or is this answer kind of like using one of your three wishes to ask for unlimited wishes?

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