A couple of weeks ago I asked a friend of mine who is a food writer, a great cook, and a world traveler what was the best thing he ate on his 180-day cruise around the planet. I was salivating, imagining Indian curries and Greek salads.
His answer was, “a tomato in a market in Sicily.” I felt my brain rearrange itself in my skull.
While I could easily list some of the most amazing meals I’ve ever had–three courses on via Straciatella (yes, chocolate chip road) in Florence, picking crabs poolside, homemade Guyanese shrimp curry–it is often the most basic things that stick with you. That’s why picnics are so glorious. Strawberries fresh from the vine, roasted potatoes or a dinner roll with butter after you’ve been hiking the Appalachian Trail for are all pretty high on my list.
Here’s my John Cusak-esque attempt: Top five meals I would relive.
1) Dinner pancakes with grandma’s fresh blueberry sauce after a day of berry picking.
2) Seafood paella in a tiny restaurant in Barcelona where no one else spoke English.
3) Banh mi sandwich in Orlando, Florida at what I think was Pho 88.
4) Sloppy Joes that probably contained a lot of grasshopper and dirt during one of those hilariously awful camping trips. I was infinitely hungry.
5) Long life bean salad from Figs, where I used to work. I will replicate it soon.
What’s in your top five?