Five Things to Eat Before You Die.....Posted on 2006.08.23 at 07:54
To jump in to the frey that Melissa started over at The Traveler's Lunchbox, here are my five things:
- Coal Oven Pizza from Lombardis in Manhattan -- Got my hands on a pie this past winter. The platonic ideal of this style of New York pizza (Yes, there is another style, and I like it equally well.). Thin crust, crisp at the bottom, but with some chew. Dark spots on the crust from the blisteringly high heat that you can only get from a coal-fired oven. Just the right amount of toppings so that every piece gets some, but the pie isn't soggy and overloaded. And first class ingredients, from the tomatoes and fresh mozerella they top the pie with, to the homemade Italian sausage. And they called a taxi for us, too.
- Chiles en Nogada in Puebla -- I've been so close.... Already tried the famous Mole Poblano. I wasn't sure about it at first, but then I grew to love its richness, and the subtle interplay between the spices, its sweetness, and its savoriness. Chiles en Nogada intrigues me for the same reason--roasted Poblano peppers, stuffed with shredded chicken or pork, mixed with onion, garlic, rasins, sweet spices, pear, apple--even dried apricot--then sauced with a velvety walnut sauce and topped with tart pomegranite seeds. I guess I'll just have to go back again.
- Lobsters on the Coast of Maine -- OK--this one I do every year or so. But that doesn't mean that it's not worth doing. What could be better than corn on the cob with lots of sweet butter and salt, bowls upon bowls of steamed clams, and hot lobsters, only recently departed from the lobsterman's boat. Preferably with a sea view and a table full of homemade pies for dessert. Bring your own bib.
- Macarons at Laudree in Paris -- Again, so close and yet so far. I had some wonderous pastries when I was in Paris, and a scoop of grapefruit sorbet from Berthillon that was just magic, but somehow I missed the macarons. Don't know how--I'm in love with good almond macaroons. Ah well--next time, then.
- Dim Sum in Hong Kong -- I live for the day that I'll be able to sit in one of the great dim sum houses of Hong Kong and point at the delicious things as the carts roll by (because no, sadly, I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese). But what's not to like about a procession of jewel-like morsels (especially dumplings!) made to be eaten with tea? Even better than finger sandwiches and scones, or hot from the oven popovers with butter--and I like finger sandwiches and scones and hot buttery popovers a whole lot.