The Most Memorable Thing You Ever Ate

A Peanut Buster Parfait from Dairy Queen.

Honestly. Of all the delicious foods I’ve had in restaurants, all the fantastic meals I’ve made (if I do say so myself), a Peanut Buster Parfait  is one of the most memorable things I’ve ever eaten.

It was the first or second year I was in my house and I had spent all day killing myself working outside. I was exhausted and had that feeling of satisfaction when you’ve finished a huge job where you could see results. You know … like vacuum marks on the rug, only on a larger scale.

So instead of making dinner I went to Dairy Queen and got a Peanut Buster Parfait.

It was about 7 o’clock when I got home with it. I took it outside and sat on the front porch eating it. It was a quiet weekend with just the sound of the bugs and a few neighbours cutting their lawn in the distance.

I was genuinely happy at that moment and that Peanut Buster Parfait will go down as one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Chock it up to I was really hungry and really hot and really happy to have gotten a big job done.

Whenever I think of my favourite meals it’s always up at the top.

Then there were the Barnacles when I was in Portugal.  Equally memorable, but in a different way.  Barnacles.  The things you find stuck to the bottom of a boat.  They look like fish penises. They taste like fish penises with a touch of venereal disease.

So today, before we head into the weekend, I ask you …


What is the most memorable thing you ever ate?


Have a good weekend filled with Peanut Buster Parfaits. Or barnacles. Depending on your preferences of course.



  1. Gale says:

    English Sticky Toffee Pudding – which isn’t pudding at all, but a dark cake with toffee sauce. The restaurant where I had it in California showed me the lid from the loaf pan where they purchased it, and I looked for years to find it again – including online. But I found it at Claim Jumper, a restaurant chain here in the U.S.

  2. Janelle says:

    My first taste of lobster…in the basement of St. Ann’s church on P.E.I. with my bestie and a couple of Australian tourists we’d met at a hostel in Halifax. Plastic bibs. Church ladies serving up the goods. Mucho giggling. Best thing I’d ever tasted!

  3. Suzy says:

    rijstaffel in Holland – It was so spicy that I spent the entire meal with my eyes streaming and my nose running. It was so delicious that we couldn’t stop eating.

  4. Laura says:

    Split Pea Soup in Italy. I was in high school and could never stand to look at the stuff let alone eat it but…..I was hungry and a darling Italian Grandma made it and, Holy Cow, it was delishious!!

  5. Aimee says:

    Last year, husband’s company party. A HUGE shebang put on in dramatic style. It would take forever to describe the setting(s).

    One of the bites being passed around by wandering servers was the most amazing thing. I’ve been describing it for ten months, trying to convince someone with better culinary skills than I to attempt reproducing it.

    It was called a “ravioli,” but it was crisp, maybe a wonton wrapper? Inside was tomato chutney and lavender chevre. Seriously, the most amazing bite ever. If I’d realized how soon they would run out, I would have commandeered an entire tray for myself.

  6. gloria says:

    When I was 19, I moved from Florida to England. I was so homesick and the food there sucked eggs bigtime (well, to me it did). So much so that I was about ready to actually suck eggs just to get something to eat that tasted like home. Until I discovered that their eggs, and chicken too, tasted like fish, because they feed their chickens fish guts. I thought I was doomed to starvation. Until my mother sent me a care package of grits. Good ‘ol Dixie Lily grits. Nothing has ever before or ever will taste as good. It took me hours to explain that grits is not the same thing as grist, which the folks over there put on their roads when the weather turns icy. Ah, hands across the water, and all that.

  7. Karen Eggleston says:

    My mother’s brisket and homemade egg noodles. The brisket cooked all day. She made the noodles and lay them out to dry on the cutting board. We kids would sneak in and steal them.

  8. Pati says:

    A gyro in Turkey on the roof of a Turkish hotel watching the sunset over Haggai Sophia…SIGH…

  9. Auntiepatch says:

    1. Artichokes – looks soooo weird but tastes like heaven! Who was the first person who looked at an artichoke and said, “Hey! Let’s eat this!”?

    2. Lobster – need I say more?

    3. Peanut Buster Parfait – my all time ice cream favorite, too!

    What a meal: Lobster, artichokes & Peanut Buster Parfait. Makes my mouth happy to think about it!!!

  10. Tres says:

    Cow udder in barbados from a street vender. It was as nasty tasting as it sounds. 20 years later I can still remember the absolute horror of the taste. I am always willing to try anything but that made me rethink my sanity.

  11. Amanda says:

    I once had a piece of Lemon Meringue pie in Ireland that I will never forget. In Ireland meringue is baked till hard, unlike the weird foamy versions of the US. The meringue melts in your mouth and the tangy lemon curd and flaky crust go just perfectly. To this day I haven’t had a piece of pie nearly as good.

  12. angie says:

    Non-Thanksgiving Homemade Cranberry Relish, so yummy it deserves capital letters! 🙂

  13. Jo says:

    Most memorable ?
    That would be a garden worm with a fine dust of grainy soil. Oh, the dares you step up to when you’re a 5 year old viking girl !

    It was…… different !!

  14. qtpuh2tme says:

    The first time I got to experience Nanaimo bars! The BEST time was when I made them myself for the first time — one HELL of a LOT of effort and time to make, but….Oh. So. Worth. It! ~:0)

  15. Moe says:

    I’ve wracked my brain trying to find the most memorable thing I’ve ever eaten. Sorry to say I can’t come up with just one..
    – My Moms fresh home made rolls straight out of the oven slathered with real butter. Crispy on the outside and oh so moist and yummy on the inside. My Mom is gone so now all I have is the memory. 🙁
    – Real baked cheesecake. Oh my… I never knew cheesecake could be baked. I had always thought it came out of a box.
    – Creamed lobster… words can not describe. 🙂
    – Donairs.. a taste like no other.
    And the list goes on and on….
    I guess I’m just a foodaholic.
    Have a super weekend :o)

  16. Ashley says:

    Rabbit! I found someone in town that sells fryer rabbits, so I asked how to cook it and roasted up that bad boy at a friends house. We were all a little hesitant, but it was very delicious.

  17. Sian says:

    In the UK and most other anglo countries, ‘pudding’ is used to mean dessert…

  18. DzynByJules says:

    Salmon with vanilla saffron sauce at some restaurant I can’t remember on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. Karen, please find out how to make that sauce!!! So good, you’ll slap your Mama!!!
    Jules 🙂

  19. Susan says:

    Many memorable moments, and I hope for many more. The first time (recently) I tried smashed potatoes, the fresh cod caught, fileted and eaten the same day, the taste on my tongue of chocolate and rock salt and the weiner and hot chocolate cooked on a campfire with the Cub Scouts on a winter camping trip – hate both of them but they were ambrosia that day!
    Now I’m hungry.

  20. Susan says:

    A zillion years ago ( over 40) vising Amsterdam I ate a street hot dog that I remember to this day. It was a hot dog on a stick that they dipped in ketchup, then mustard, then crushed fried onions like the ones in a can that you put on a string bean casserole. To Die For.

  21. Emie says:

    Frosting… but not just any frosting… the stuff my grandma put on her red velvet cake… you make it by cooking milk and flour… then beating in regular sugar and shortening…. she always made a double batch because I’d eat it by the spoonful!!!!!

  22. Brie drizzled with honey served with fruit and petit toast. It was after a day of hiking the Appalachia Trail in West Virginia and we were so tired and hungry and in awe of what we were doing. We got off the trail and walked to a little restaurant in Harpers Ferry. The brie was the appetizer…I don’t even remember what we had for a main course. I’ve been trying to recreate that flavor/sensation for 14 years. It must have been the situation because there isn’t anything difficult about making brie with honey and fruit!

  23. Karol says:

    Paula Deen’s Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding.
    It’s made with cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk for gawd’s sake. And it’s pronounced PUDDIN’ in the deepest, most obnoxious southern accent you can muster, y’all.

  24. Suanne says:

    My (future) husband and I had our first date at Red Lobster. the date didn’t go so well, but eight years later, at the same restaurant, eating crab legs and cheese biscuits, he got down on one knee (not kidding!) in front of the whole place and proposed. That was 16 years ago and we’re still VERY happy. Gotta love those crab legs!

  25. Melissa says:

    For anyone who is interested, there is a fantastic coffee table book called “My Last Supper” that profiles tons of famous chefs and gives the details of this very topic — they go on about the food, where it is served, with whom, what kind of music is playing, etc. etc. Great photos, too.

    For me, one of my most vivid “taste memories” as I’ve come to call them, involved a day of snorkeling when I was 11 years old. I got out of the water and had the BEST tasting apple I’ve ever had. I think it was the combination of having a salty mouth, being somewhat tired and also stimulated by all the amazing sights, and then emerging from the surf and into the bright sun to find my mom waiting with food. The taste is invariably linked to the rest of the sensual details from that moment.

    Of course, there’s also the first time I ate rare tuna — encrusted with the same bits on the outside of an Everything bagel. That was pretty f-ing superb, too.

    I also remember the first time I ate a Heath bar as a kid. The almost-too-hard-to-bite toffee that caused a gush of salivation as it began to soften in my mouth…

    Yeah, I could go on for days about this one… 😀

  26. Mary Kay says:

    First time I had a real steak. I say real steak cause what my mother used to make for us could qualify as shoe leather and I was always afraid to make it myself cause I really didn’t know how – mom made shoe leather!! It was our 4th wedding anniv. and we went to a new restaurant Rachel’s that advertised wood grilled steaks and they melted in your mouth – yummmm!! The chef came out to talk to us (it was a week night) and I asked him how could I achieve such love on a plate and bless his heart he gave me some pointers and we now have yummy steaks at home and not shoe leather!

  27. Tricia says:

    Mom’s Irish Soda bread sopping in her stew gravy. So hearty and so perfect on snowy days growing up. It feels like a hug whenever I think back. I miss you Mom!! And I sure wish I had your recipe for Soda Bread…..

  28. Debbie B says:

    When I lived in Newfoundland, we went go to the pier and bought a huge bucket of cod tongues and britches for $5 and brought them back to the barracks, cooked them up in a big old cast iron pan with butter, salt and pepper and had a great feed for everyone.

  29. Terry Sears says:

    The best thing ever was a shore lunch of panned fried Northern Pike, sliced potatoes and brown beans. The setting was on the shore of an Island on Lac LaRonge Sask. Cooked by our aboriginal guide, an amazing individual, his tales of the North made the meal all that much more delitefull.

  30. marilyn says:

    fresh crab in cheticamp nova scotia. 17 family members were sharing a cabin by the ocean after a family reunion and we went down to the fishing docks and bought 80 lbs of crab, we paid the fisherman an extra 25$ to cook it for us and they delivered it on ice a few hrs later in plastic tubs.we stood around for a couple of hrs mowing down crab from the tail gate of a pick up truck and pretty much had to hose down the truck, the family, our chairs (we threw my dads chair out) and anything that was within a 20 foot radius. the BEST meal ever…

  31. cred says:

    New England clam chowder in a fish market & restaurant in Salem, Massachusetts. Seafood must be eaten as close to where they pull it out of the sea, as possible. Freshness is key, as well as, the expert hand that prepares it.
    The lobster was fantastic but I’ve never had another clam chowder that compares. I don’t eat clam chowder anymore- it’s forever ruined all others for me.

  32. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    May 15, 1977…Pacific Rim National Park…British Columbia
    Camping in Vanagon’s at the park, the fisherman came by the site with salmon too small for the cannery. Hot cast iron skillet over a fire…potatoes, fresh salmon, smell of the sea wafting up the cliff..stars in the sky…snow suits…’cause it was damn cold…best meal I’ve ever eaten…I still remember the joy of that evening!!

  33. Kera says:

    Parsley Red Potatoes in Stockholm, Sweden after a week long trip into Russia (USSR at that time) where I was just absolutely unable to enjoy the cuisine. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate it. Perhaps cow tongue just isn’t my thing. Either way, those potatoes were fantastic.

    Second runner up: tuna carpaccio with mango-jalapeno sauce at the Outerbanks, North Carolina. I would love to have the recipe for that sauce.

  34. Donna M says:

    As a food lover I would be hard pressed to say just one food but I totally agree with your Peanut Buster Parfait. When I was preggers with my oldest my fella would bring them to me all the time…and along with the potato pancakes I was indulging in at lunch you know things were not going to be pretty. I don’t even know if I have had one in the last 11 years but after my marathon next month I may have to treat myself to the hot, sweet and salty treat of the PBP! Thanks Karen 🙂

  35. Jodi says:

    Damn it Karen! I’m pregnant and now I NEED ice cream and its all your fault! But seriously the best thing I’ve eaten was a bowl of bread & butter pickles with Italian dressing and feta cheese. That was my dinner last night. Like I said…..pregnant. 😉 And now I’m off to get some ice cream.

  36. Jen says:

    Gnocchi on an Alaskan cruise.

  37. Diana says:

    A chili/honey salmon on board of a ferry on the way to norway.
    I`ve really tried to cook it, i failed:o(

  38. Nicola Cunha says:

    My Mom’s chicken biryani! Yum! She only made it at Christmas and Easter.

  39. Melissa says:

    A fresh peach Bellini in Venice…wish I could duplicate it here at home.

  40. Karen says:

    Karen – I’ve never met a brisket I couldn’t ruin. It’s one of my skills. ~ karen

  41. Karen says:

    omg. omg omg omg. COW UDDER????? omg. ~ karen

  42. Karen says:

    Hah! ~ k

  43. Jenny says:

    Boar sausage with rowanberry reduction and mash. We were in Scotland visiting my sister (she was getting her masters at Edinburgh six years ago) and it was our last night. It was a gloomy and damp June evening and she took us to a kind of fancy restaurant. I’d never had anything like it. Amazing, snappy, flavorful sausage with a sweet-savory rowanberry sauce and creamy mashed potatoes. I ate every bite and could have licked the plate with no shame. I let my husband and sister have two bites each then guarded my plate to the death, haha.

  44. Mary Werner says:

    Most memorable – NOT best – was chicken heart spaghetti. As a very young wife with no culinary talent, I saw chicken hearts on sale and thought same shape as meat balls so why not? I made the best all day from scratch sauce I had ever made and dumped the hearts in to cook the last hour or so. They turned to rubber and the little suckers would pop like a balloon in your mouth when you bit into one. Not exactly meat balls! I still remember it as the best/worst of my risk taking cooking experiences. They were strained out and given to the dog who promptly buried them.

  45. Karen says:

    Yup. See? That sounds like a good one. It’s always the memory that goes with it that makes it great. I bet you’ve had crab since and before then and don’t even remember it. I want to go to Nova Scotia and P.E.I sooooo badly. Always have. I can imagine living there one day. Even though I’ve never even visited, LOL. ~ k

  46. Jennifer G says:

    The Escargot from The Prime Rib in Baltimore, MD. Served “Pretty Woman” style!!! The most delicious and memorable…party in my mouth!

  47. Beks says:

    There was (is?) a restaurant in Orlando that my family went to after a day at Epcot Center called Jungle Jim’s. Their big menu item was a Peanut Butter Burger, and they had a deal that if you didn’t like their burger, you didn’t have to pay for it. I was the only one brave enough to try it, and it was the best burger I have ever had. I couldn’t convince the waitress that I hated it when she returned and saw me licking my plate…*blushes* Table manners be damned.

  48. mia pratt says:

    a piece of Mexican beef called chambarette. I was living in a Nahua fishing village in Michoacan and attended a religious ceremony. They fired up this gigantic cauldrom (you could boil a child in it) and filled it with this meat (which is literally a slice of cow’s leg – picture the leg bone seated in the middle of a thick slab of meat). They boiled it all day with an old woman stirring the stuff with a giant paddle and feeding the flames, they just added bay leaf, dried chiles and salt. When they served it up the marrow falls out and mixes with the fall-apart meat and fat – ridiculously tender and succulent! They serve it with hand-pressed tortillas made of fresh corn, and a rice milk drink called atole. Gawd!

  49. Jamiek says:

    The first time I had lobster with drawn butter. My mom brought a couple home when I was in elementary school. I can also remember watching her put them in the pot.

  50. Melissa says:

    Mary, your tale of chicken hearts as meatballs really made me LOL! I am laughing at your description of how “the little suckers would pop like a balloon in your mouth…” and how “the dog… promptly buried them.” Hysterical!

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