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.

 


137 Comments

  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.

    • Perry says:

      Urrrrm. I am from England and I can assure you that the Chicken and Eggs do not taste of fish. We don’t feed chickens fish guts.

      Also we put grit on the road, not grist(which is a mix of sand and salt).

      The most memorable thing I’ve ever eaten recently is taiwanese bubble tea, I’m not sure if I liked it or not. But it was memorable.

      • Karen says:

        Love bubble tea! Big balls of tapioca in liquid. Yum. ~ karen

        • Eric says:

          Hey Karen – How about a post on making your own Bubble Tea? Love that stuff! There must be a way of making it for yourself – and think of the fun of having a large bowl of rubbery balls in your fridge.

  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.

    • Karen says:

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

      • My Texas Table says:

        1 trimmed brisket for 8 hours in a crock pot on low with a bottle of beer (or a can of Dr Pepper) and a cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. (I think I read on here sometime back that BBQ means something different in Canada than in Texas, but I can’t remember the difference; so by BBQ sauce, I mean Southern U.S. style. I prefer more of a smoky spicy sauce than a sweet one and I’m still on the hunt for the holy grail of BBQ sauces.) Shred and serve with more of your favorite BBQ sauce, thinly sliced onions and bread and butter pickles. Classy? No. Delicious and fool-proof? Yes.

        • Karen says:

          No. I will ruin it. I have ruined every brisket I’ve ever cooked. Ruin, ruin, ruin. ~ karen p.s. it’s probably too sweet for your tastes, but my Award Losing Maple Bourbon BBQ sauce is delicious. It’s got some heat from the bourbon and other stuff.

  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. 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 🙂

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!!!!

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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… 😀

  25. 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!

  26. 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…..

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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…

    • 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

      • Lori says:

        I haven’t been to Nova Scotia, but I’ve been to P.E.I. I remember thinking the whole time how cool it would be to live there. SO pretty. To live in an old Victorian house close to the ocean, maybe have a little studio…heaven on earth.

    • Pat says:

      Oh Marilyn, you are funny! Those of us in the interior of BC are jealous … I still remember as a child of the Prairies going to vacation in the Okanagan and on a stifling hot day picking a fresh peach off the tree in my grandpa’s back yard and eating the warm, sweet, juicy flesh. Never forget it. Now I live near orchards of peaches and it’s just not the same (but the peaches are still fabulous).

  30. 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.

  31. 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!!

  32. 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.

  33. 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 🙂

  34. 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.

  35. Jen says:

    Gnocchi on an Alaskan cruise.

  36. 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(

  37. Nicola Cunha says:

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

  38. Melissa says:

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

    • 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!

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

    • Lisa says:

      They make atole with rice milk in Micho? Seriously?
      In Jalisco, it’s masa and water. Definitely an acquired taste, but maybe it’s better with rice milk….

      There’s a recipe for you, Karen.

  44. 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.

  45. Amy says:

    I was an exchange student in Geneva Switzerland after high school. In order to get to the train station from where I was living, you had to walk through the gypsy camp (really, the one with the real painted wagons like you imagine!) and then through the grounds of the chocolate factory. Such torture! So my first day of school, before going home, my Swiss sister took me to an ice cream shop and we got a hot fudge sundae. They give you a bowl of ice cream and a HUGE pitcher of warm melted chocolate so you can pour as much as you want on your ice cream. Can’t find that chocolate taste here in the US!

  46. KEG says:

    Watermelon in Greece. It sooo was hot, plus I had no money to pay for a ”real meal”, so I bought a HUGE watermelon; I cut it with my swiss army knife and ended up eating the whole thing. oh Man! It was perfection! 🙂

  47. When I was 14 I went to Paris with my mom and aunt and to this day I cannot find a comparable croissant, baguette, jam and coffee to almost any that I tried over there. I would move just for the baguettes.

  48. Kathleen says:

    I’ve had many exceptional meals over the years, but the most memorable ones weren’t all that fancy. It was the memory of the occasion that made it unforgettable… case in point… I was 16 and working as a camp counselor in Brevard, North Carolina. Five of us who had a three day break got taken on an overnight camping trip. At the end of one full day of hiking, our guide made us rice. In a small black camping pot. Rice. It might have even been the cheddar/broccoli flavored kind…. it was the best damn rice I ever had.
    Also, there used to be a quaint restaurant in the mountains in Boone, North Carolina called Heidi’s. Had a bowl of French Onion soup that they served with scissors to cut the super stringy, melt all over the table cheese. It was divine.
    And lastly, I was probably about 8 when my mom took us to see her mother in St. Louis, Missouri. My mom made a pot roast one day, with carrots and potatos and onions. She and I have tried and tried over the past 30 years to replicate that amazing pot roast, and we’ve never been able to do it.

  49. Lisa says:

    My first oyster. I think was 11 or 12, and my grandfather let me have one. Not sure I liked it back then, but I’ve never forgotten. (Love em now)

  50. Oh boy, I seriously can’t choose. Obviously I have done way too much eating for anything to stand out! I would have to say, when pressed, that raspberries, eaten straight off the bush in my mom’s yard as a kid or any fresh, just picked, organicly grown fruit or veg. Crisp cool watermelon eaten while sitting on the back step or sweet plump strawberries pulled from the vine are also prime contenders in my memory bank. I once got in trouble for taking too many brown sugar glazed strawberries at the dinner table when guests were there and that sure stuck with me. Things just seemed to taste better back then somehow with more intense flavor and great texture. Yesterday I ate a peach I got at an organic market and after one bite couldn’t go on because the texture was so mealy – yuck. What is up with that?

    • Karen says:

      Laurel – I’ve had some mealy peaches myself this year! In fact I canned a bunch of them. No idea if that’ll improve the texture or not. Probably from erratic watering. ~ karen!

  51. Kitten Caboodle says:

    The Thai prawns at Oystercatchers in Tampa Bay, FL.

    A similar experience in that it was a desperately long, hot, humid day. I went back to my hotel to shower and change and was directed to traverse a wooden walkway through a dense marsh which dropped me right at the driveway of the restaurant. They have floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bay and it was just sunset. I had never been so cool and dry and comfortable. This was early in my career and I was traveling by myself and, for the first time, dining alone didn’t bother me (and now I actually enjoy it). This was also before I became more of a cook/foodie so I sadly don’t recall every aspect of the preparation but I still remember how well the components of this dish complemented one another.

    It consisted of 4 or 5 fried (likely tempura) prawns that had been stuffed with a dollop of “wasabi mouselline” (this I remember vividly from the menu) and served upright nestled against a stack of crispy bean threads (which was maybe over a jasmine rice?) and then drizzled with two different sauces. One was a peanut sauce and I don’t recall the components of the other but it was dark – spicier and maybe sweet. I wanted another plate as soon as I was finished.

    I ordered it every time I traveled to Tampa and, if I was very lucky, on consecutive nights. Sadly, it hasn’t been on the menu in years despite the server telling me that they could never take it off due to its popularity.

  52. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    I’m trying to tell you about my first authentic Mexican restaurant experience – but there is some horrifying photo keeps pushing it’s way over from the right side of the screen! Is that barnacles???

    Anyway, I flew out to L.A. alone when I was 22 to see if I’d like living there, and had a crab meat & avocado enchilada with monterey jack cheese at a charming little Mexican place. The taste still haunts me (in a good way) today. Yum.

  53. Barb says:

    In Florida at the Beach House on Anna Maria Island. I went with my 5 best friends to celebrate our 50th birthdays. I ordered the Warm Maple Leaf Duckling Salad with Arugula & Watercress.(Warmed with a cognac, citrus-bacon vinaigrette. With apples, red onions, mangos and candied walnuts). This description is from their menu but I recall the bacon vinagrette was actually half a pound of actual smokey bacon. I can still taste it to this day!
    Oh yes, and I followed that with Rack of Domestic Lamb. (Simply the world’s best, fresh, domestic lamb from Colorado. Herb-rubbed, pan-seared and oven-roasted. Finished with a port, rosemary demi-glace).
    A delightful, low cal, light meal enjoyed with a GALLON of wine!

  54. Marion says:

    Kimchi Jigae! A Korean soup made with kimchi and other yummy stuff that’s still cooking in a stone bowl when they bring it to you. My sister-in-law is half Korean, and for her birthday/New Years one year we all went to her favorite Korean restaurant in Nashville. (I’m talking, bad side of town, hole in the wall kind of place where you think you’re going to get jumped just walking from your car to the restaurant – aren’t those always the best places?!). I thought I had died and gone to heaven when they brought the food to the table!

  55. ruth says:

    First taste of Pad Thai at some hole in the wall place in Toronto. Never been duplicated.

  56. Over twenty years ago I had my first taste of an heirloom tomato.

    Then there was the fantastic porkchop in Prague over 12 years ago and coming in third a lovely brownie with fresh raspberry sauce in Oregon while dating the man I have now been with for 15 years.

    Sigh. Good food.

    PBP are my favorite at DQ too. 🙂

  57. Shirley says:

    A pickled baby squid at a business banquet in Hong Kong. I swallowed it so fast I have no idea what it tasted like.

  58. I get the peanut buster parfait,it’s my favorite too. For me though it’s clams and linguine when I was about 18 at a great italian restaurant,oh and then of course there was the time I tried lobster for the first time have never had it since!
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  59. danny says:

    My first taste of fresh whipped cream when I was about 5 years old straight from the cow out in the country near Stephenville, Texas.

  60. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    That’s it…Peanut Buster Parfait for dinner tonight…I’ve been resisting the urge.

    Too many great food memories…
    1) buttery danish cheese in Copenhagen
    2) fish n brewis in St John’s Nfld…yum!
    3) blood sausage in Sweden, with sugar on top
    4) yucky oysters in Monterey Bay
    5) cheese grits in Georgia
    6) and the worst…brussel sprouts as a kid. Still trying to like them.

    • Karen says:

      Kim – Don’t bother trying to like brussels sprouts. And don’t let ANYONE tell you that you’re just cooking them wrong. You don’t like them, will never like them and don’t HAVE to like them. (not that I’m talking from experience or anything) ~ k!

  61. gloria says:

    Ooh, thought of another one. (I’m old and my memory is slower that most of y’alls.) I was 17 years old. Some burger joint. Before showering. After coming off a week on the Appalachian Trail. Barely even tasted it. Scarfed it down and went back for more. Laughing and burping and stuffing our mouths, trail mates together.

  62. Jasmine says:

    So many memorable foods could be on the list;my grandpa’s brine pickles, fresh dungeness crab straight off the boat, melt-in-your-mouth butter fish in Maui, sardines bbq’d on the dock in Portugal, Creme Glace (ice cream, merangue & chocolate sauce)but the thing that sticks out right now is fresh raw oysters! I never had the guts to even try them-let’s be honest, they look like lugies. But I was at a jazz and oyster party, they were cold and fresh and I put on my big-girl panties and went for it! I ate 5 of them that day-I feel like a real grown-up now.

  63. Oh boy, THE best was a steak in Calgary at Caesar’s
    http://www.caesarssteakhouse.com/home.htm
    (Willow Park location – was told it is better than the one downtown). Went to visit family there, was told by my weekend cowboy boss to go there. It was the best advice ever. Their steak is totally the reason for getting born.

    Also at another Calgary restaurant whose name is long forgotten, I ordered a blackberry daiquiri. Yikes this would be what Gods drink! No one could believe how good it was. Don’t remember much more from that night. 😉

  64. Kat says:

    There was a traditional Chinese restaurant down the road from where I lived as a kid. They had a dessert I loved and have never found since. It was essentially a deep fried custard in the shape of a Twinkie, sprinkled with rose petal ashes.
    I’d love to learn to make it.

  65. Candice Morrison says:

    My most memorable was a side dish that all we could come up with as a name was meaty pieces. It was like they cubed up small pieces of meat and pickled it and then stacked it 6inches high in a tower on the side of the plate. Who cares about the venison medallions or quail; the meaty pieces were the bomb!

  66. Trissi V. says:

    A bacon green chili cheeseburger I had after my first outdoor climbing experience in the Jemez, right then and there it was the best burger I have ever had. Went back to the same place…never quite as good as that day.

  67. Jenifer says:

    At Disney World with my sister at one of the Hawaiian places. Creme Brulee with dark chocolate at the bottom, a perfect sugar crust, and bananas on top. Yummy McYummersons!

  68. Scouty says:

    Oh, after reading these comments, it brought back memories from eating at my grandmothers.
    There was always a layered chocolate cake in the cupboard – never in the fridge, or homemade donuts. But the best was having a bowl of vanilla ice cream and a peanut butter sandwich on white bread before bedtime. I still crave that when I am looking for comfort food. Good memories.
    Thanks!

  69. Rondina says:

    My son-in-law’s beef tenderloin on Christmas Day 2009 simply melted in my mouth. We have a mini-Iron Chef contest every year. I pick one ingredient and he builds a meal around it. The year he made creme brulee with port (the chosen ingredient) ties with the tenderloin. He’s a keeper.

  70. Evalyn says:

    I have to stand up for the Peanut Buster Parfait. I don’t remember the occasion, but I do remember the first taste, the warm fudge, the salty peanuts, the sweet cold ice cream. Oh, my goodness.

    Amanda: now I have to find out how to make the meringue the Irish way. Crunchy topping may be the only way to improve lemon meringue pie.

  71. Langela says:

    MMMMMM……Fish penis.

    Is that the disturbing photo of the window to the right of my comment that says ” more stuff you’ll like. Watcha eatin?”

  72. Brianne says:

    Sea urchin in a tiny fishing village in Japan. We’d just arrived on a two-week summer exchange and we were exhausted from the 24+ hour travel. They were passing around the sea urchin with a tiny gold spoon and everybody took a small bite. It was the first time I’d ever eaten anything so raw and fresh.

  73. Janet says:

    Marrion Berry Cobbler (ala mode) from Kyllos Restaurant, Lincoln City, Oregon…first tasted it when my hubby and I went for an anniversary weekend to the OR coast..yes, it was one of those memorable romantic times…but lets face it….the coast…it’s all about the food. I enjoy it everytime we go back there, romance or not.

  74. Vere says:

    One of the most memorable meals I had was the first time I met my in-laws and they served ravioli al burro e salvia (butter and sage ravioli) at the time I had a tenous grasp of the italian language and I remembered burro means donkey in spanish so I ate that meal thinking I was eating donkey meat, just awful! Other memorable meal was the first time I ate arancini (fried rice balls) I was hooked on them and gained like 10 pounds in a month!

  75. candace says:

    My best friend and I were in Switzerland with her parents when we were in high school, and were really craving mexican food (which did not exist there) so we bought the fixings for bean and cheese burritos…except I couldn’t read the Swiss can labels, and ended up with kidney beans instead of pintos. I was too stubborn to give up, so I made (and ate) a refried kidney bean burrito which was one of the grossest meals of my life. Funny to think of now though!

  76. I will be going to Dairy Queen this weekend, getting the Peanut buster parfait, sitting on my porch and refreshing my taste buds too, and I agree with you, might be the best thing ever!!!!! thanks for reminding me!

  77. Dana says:

    Musk-flavoured lifesavers. I bought them in Fiji when I was a teen. They are as disgusting as they sound. I think I still have half a pack!

  78. This summer I fell in Love with “Karma’s” Buttered Chicken dish. It’s a little Thai restaurant on a trendy little street in downtown Peterborough. (Hunter St.) His restaurant was featured on HGTV restaurant makeover before.
    Anyhow, it was so good, that while eating it, I would be thinking, when can I come back and eat this again…..never had this happen before. And to make it worse, while rubbing my hubby’s back in bed, I started moaning and hubby thought I was into him, and I started laughing hysterically b/c I was thinking of Buttered Chicken!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO

    You should go Karen with the fella next time in Peterborough.

    Cindy.

  79. Reg says:

    This was months and months ago. It was my dear sis-in-laws birthday and I wanted to treat her to nice lunch. She is a confirmed vegan and it is hard to find places that serve strictly vegan food in my town. I like my veggies with meat on the side but what the heck, it was her birthday. She suggested this small counter style cafe at a yoga studio. ‘K. I knew I was in for an experience when all these yoga enthusiasts were roaming around, all wearing LuluLemon…hmmm. Anyway, sis tells me “You MUST try their version of poutine”. I brightened, cuz I love poutine. The vegan poutine came in a strangely shaped bowl, uhoh, I was skeptical but I tried to muster some enthusiasm. It turned out to be something made with Hickema sticks in the shape of fries, some sort of sprouts, other stuff I couldn’t identify and a gawd awful
    sauce on top. It was horrible and NOT poutine. At least sis enjoyed hers.
    Can’t wear LuluLemon to this day though.

    • Alisha says:

      Ew! Was the jicama soft or crunchy? I like jicama but would shy away from eating it in poutine. Potatoes and Yams are vegan after all. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!

      • Reg says:

        Thanks for the correct spelling of jicama. It was crunchy and I don’t think I would mind it as a veggie side, but not an ersatz poutine. Blech!

  80. Laura Bee says:

    Stirring up some great memories, Nana’s kitchen, elderberry pie & English scones with little lumps of brown sugar in them! She taught me all about baking.
    Fresh caught & fried catfish, fiddleheads, wild leeks – my sister & I would go into the bush with Duddy to get a few for dinner. Puffballs in the fall (hoping to find some this weekend if I’m lucky) Rabbit stew – I’ll never forget I found the pellet in my bowl. My Duddy had shot it. Foraged and caught things, plus all the goodness from their garden – peas & ground cherries eaten right there. Being sent to pick blackberries & coming back a few handfuls short. All those foods still elicit memories. And there are so many more! But the most memorable thing ever – and it might just be because I have never liked them before – would have to be (at least)a half a pot of mussels. My last day of my 1st trip to Newfoundland in ’98 or ’99 and two of the b’yes found out I had not been out in a boat yet. Well, they took me out to have a ride around the bay & find some mussels while we were at it. I was able to catch up a few & they proceeded to find a nice little spot to boil them up in the sea water on a little Coleman stove. I swear, I have never been able to eat them before but those were the sweetest, saltiest, juiciest tender mussel morsels I’d ever had. Made a bit of a spectacle of myself, thank you Rex & Morrisey! Fabulous end to my trip. Fell in love with mussels that day, but haven’t ever loved them the same since.

  81. Alisha says:

    Tied between Whipped Ricotta with Olive Oil and Lemon and fresh bread to dip OR a Fresh Lemon Cheesecake with a Graham Wafer crust. Both almost killed me they were so heavenly.

  82. Alisha says:

    Oy! I’ve been through some comments and it made me nostalgic for a great little chinese place that I used to live by in Victoria BC. The owner and his wife quit their jobs to open their dream Chinese food restaurant. Fresh ingredients, all made to order, very little oil as he used water to cook as much as possible. Man, their food was the BEST Chinese food I’ve ever had. Fresh and delicious. Sadly, they’re now closed and we live in Vancouver with a Chinese restaurant on every street corner and nothing has come even close to comparing.

  83. kelliblue says:

    On the more simple end of things is a fabulous salad that was made made at an Italian restaurant I used to work at years ago…so simple, and so luscious: butter lettuce, chunks of lobster meat, capers, peas, sliced hearts of palm, drizzled with nothing more than olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Sublime.

    On the other end of the spectrum spicy Cajun! Back when i lived in Wisc., a former beau and i DROVE (ugh) down to New Orleans in his little VW Rabbit. He introduced me to the food of Nawlins: beignets & chicory coffee, spicy ‘mudbugs’ (crawfish) spread out over a table covered with newspaper, Po’ Boys, muffalettas, grits, and cannolli. I thought I’d died and gone to food heaven. We pretty much ate our way thru our week long vacation, oink. After we drove back home (in a BLIZZARD, mind you), we both had such horrible food withdrawals, we searched high and low for miles around to find the ingredients to make the food we had come to love…none of which anyone in Cheesehead land had ever heard of, let alone stocked in the grocery stores. Thankfully I now live in an area where LA is our next door neighbor and Cajun/Creole food is not nearly as foreign as it once was. 🙂

    • Pati says:

      I am FROM Louisiana but lived in N.C. for 9 VERY LONG years and THOROUGHLY missed the food !!!! I now live BACK in Louisiana and look forward to mudbug season with breathless anticipation ! :o)))))

  84. Ann says:

    Lobster thermadore in a town about 30 miles away from where I live (in the rural boondocks of California) Every time we went to this restaurant it was what I ordered…silky, chunks of lobster, thrown under the broiler at the end…delish

  85. Kathy says:

    I was a live-in child care helper when I was in college, and the parents invited me to join a dinner party…..and after setting the table I was asked to go to a local bakery to retrieve the cake. OMG, the cake! It had layers of crunchy meringue between the layers of cake and I imagine ganache and well, I will NEVER forget the sublime experience of the rich “frosting” and the crunchy meringue. I have tried for decades to reproduce, and haunted that bakery for some time to get another one, but they claimed ignorance of that long-forgotten dessert

  86. Madeleine says:

    About 8 years ago, a friend and I went to Baja, Mexico on a vacation We were invited to go and visit some folks who lived on a ranch in the mountains and tour the property. They had this lovely outdoor kitchen and were cooking what looked to be many mouthwatering dishes. The one thing that didn’t look so appetizing was the giant stockpot with a deer head, antlers and all, sticking out of it.
    The back story here is that both of us at the time were vegetarians (no longer true) and I personally hadn’t eaten meat in about 13 years at that point. Most of what was cooking was veggie-friendly things like beans, rice, vegetable dishes, etc. When they offered us some food, we said yes because a) be polite to hosts and b) delicious homemade Mexican food-nomnomnnom. What we got and didn’t expect, was c) only a giant bowl of deer gristle stew with pieces of marrow, bones and cartilage floating around in it. We choked down as much of it as we could possibly eat and secretly fed the gory bits to the puppies under the table. That was a very memorable meal.

  87. Lori says:

    Oh what comes to my mind first is my grandmothers cinnamon buns, her chocolate cake! And my first cup of coffee. I was in Rota Spain, on my 1st wedding anniversary, boy that was a great cup of coffee!! When I got back to the states and ordered coffee, well let’s just say it has taken years for me to get use to the way we make coffee! Lol

  88. Liesl says:

    Seared Tuna Teriyaki served on Wasabi Mash and crispy veg at the Two Oceans Restaurant on the tip of Cape Peninsula (aptly called Cape Point) which is also the southwestern tip of Africa.

  89. Linda says:

    on our way to Nova Scotia, stopped in Alma N.B on the Bay of Fundy, went to a lobster fisherman’s shack. We picked out our lobsters, they cooked them for us, threw them in a brown paper bag with a cup of melted butter (sealed cup of course), walked across the bridge to Fundy National Park to the stone beach, sat our butts down and dug in to our sweet buttery meal (using rocks from the beach to smash the hard to get at bits). Best picnic, best lobster, best view!
    Also, best oatcakes EVER in Baddeck on Cape Breton Island.
    YES Karen, you MUST get your butt to Nova Scotia! Breathtaking views, THE most hospitable people, outstanding food and best “kitchen party” music ever!

  90. Lisa says:

    An apple cider doughnut (fresh and still warm) with a glass of hot apple cider at our local apple orchard breathing in the crisp cool air. It is THE BEST! I do like the whole experience of going and picking apples, hay rides, petting zoo, cute gift shop, and yummy restaurant. You can bring the doughnuts home (and we usually do), but there is just something about the experience. It just tastes better there!

  91. Tanya says:

    A live mountain cricket. I was on a group hike and the instructor caught one to see if anyone was brave enough to eat it. None of the boys would do it so I wanted to see if I could. I HATE bugs and don’t even touch them, let alone eat them. But I discovered the power of the mind (“ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ahhh just grab it and chew ahhhhh”).

    It tasted like pine nuts. Pretty tasty if I ever have to survive in the wild. I still don’t touch bugs.

  92. lemur_lass says:

    Baked Alaska complete with flambe at a company event. It was heavenly and, sadly, I have never had it again.

  93. jodie says:

    Ahh… Barbeque nachos in downtown Memphis. Sounds weird, but the locals rave about it. And they’re right! Yum!

  94. Lin N says:

    A limoncello gelato in the town of Amalfi, italy. The lemon was sooo sweet, rich, tangy and intense. It was absolutely the most blissful taste sensation ever!!! A party in yer mouth with lemon fireworks…..

  95. Lily says:

    I was starving after going to a remote beach on the Greek island of Naxos. We found a taverna and what sounded like a domestic dispute on the background. We had apprehensions, but there were some locals happily eating a tomato dish. When I asked the lady what that was, she said “it imam”. Prior to that I only knew that to be a muslim cleric, and of course because of the language barrier, she told me “imam is made with imam”… so i ordered it. And it was an eggplant dish with tomatoes and garlic and olive oil that was the simplest and best dish to this day. I told our host so, and of course, she went on the kitchen and started yelling to the chef, “Maria! she like your dish it is the best” in what sounded like another domestic dispute. I later researched it, and it was a dish called imam baildi.

  96. Barbie says:

    Kirkland (Costco) Salty Caramels! The BEST!

  97. Durian. Have you heard of this fruit? It’s considered a delicacy in SE Asia. I had it in Singapore about fifteen years ago. It has a spiny outer shell and fleshy white meat on the inside. Here’s the thing: not delicious. When I say meat, I’m serious. The inside of this fruit looked, smelled, and tasted like raw, putrid chicken. It was horrible. And you think just once going down would have been enough, right? Oh no…this is the fruit that keeps on giving. I had foul durian burps all night long. Never again. Though it doesn’t stop me from telling people they should try it.

  98. Meg says:

    So, because it’s remembered by so many of my friends to this day, the most memorable food I ate was a stolen small piece of pineapple, off my friend’s fork, in 8th grade. They’ve all kept a sharp eye on me at all times, since.

    What’s the most memorable to only me? Possibly that cake that I sneezed out my nose, except I don’t think that counts as actually eating it. So maybe it comes to this time we roasted a pig in a pit in the sand. It took all day, into the dark of a gorgeous summer night in southern california: a long time. It was pitch black out by the time we were eating, and I was wearing a headlamp and starving as I literally gnawed on this thing’s face. Biting into amazing fall-off-the-bone pork, up to my elbows in bbq sauce. (we had clearly eaten all the plates while waiting for this thing to be done.) It was so good, I even tried its skin. It was possibly the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

    I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.

  99. Heather says:

    One of the meals that stands out in my mind is this amazing seafood platter that we had on the beach in Cozumel. There were five of us and they brought out this huge tray of grilled whole fish, shrimp, conch, octopus and chips and salsa. Not to mention the Mexican beer! We just dug in with our hands, awesome!

  100. Kristin says:

    I was the pastry chef at a hotel in Los Angeles, and one of my jobs was making all the pizzas for the two restaurants, the nightclub, and room service. I resented it, until I went to Pizzeria Mozza (Nancy Silverrton and Mario Batali’s place) and ordered the Long Cooked Broccoli Pizza. That broccoli pizza was unbelievable. It wasn’t just ambrosial, it was fascinating. I was absolutely absorbed. I then made it my mission to perfect the pizzas at the hotel. I also ended up building a pizza oven in my back yard, with my own two lady hands. It is a beautiful pizza oven, and gets up to about 1200 degrees F (that’s like, somewhere between 550 and 600 C, I guess? I make excellent pizza.

    • Karen says:

      O.K. Lady. Spill. I have a favourite sauce and dough I make (on the site here … ) and the best I can do is cook my pizza on the BBQ. I spose I could get my smoker up to a much higher temperature than my BBQ, but it leaves a smoke taste on everything. How does one make a pizza oven? I will make one. Maybe tomorrow. ~ karen!

  101. Lynne says:

    Oh i have so many favorite unforgettables;
    My mom makes a cake of plain chocolate wafers with whipped cream between each one, then covered completely with the whipped cream and put in the fridge overnight. It is pure heaven.
    Then there were the Masala Dosas from the Madras Restaurant in Kathmandu; yes, a South Indian restaurant in Nepal. They were the most delicious things! Crunchy delicate dosas wider than the plate they were served on, with curried potato and veggies inside, a wonderful coriander chutney to dip them in..mmmmm
    Another unforgettable was South Indian also; Coconut Chutney ; freshly grated coconut fried with tamarind paste, minced fiery green chillis, black mustard seeds, fried onions wrapped in thin sourdough dosas. Heaven.
    Thank-you for your wonderful blog!

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