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What is the most memorable culinary experience you have ever had?

It could be something amazing or horrible, or something unusual that you have eaten.
I had tambaqui from the Amazon when I visited Brazil, and the fresh vegetables were just so amazing. Simply delicious and unforgettable even though it was over a decade ago, it was THAT good.
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[User Picture]From: angi_is_altered
2013-02-22 02:22 pm (UTC)

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Fresh blue crabs right from the ocean probably 25 years ago as a kid. Also lobster bisque I have 12 years ago.
[User Picture]From: homunculus
2013-02-22 02:47 pm (UTC)

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everything i ate in new england. the chelsea royal diner in brattleboro, vt, everything from farmer's markets, seafood by the shore in maine, vegetables from my bf's mom's garden. raw milk and ice cream we made with things grown in the yard like peaches.
[User Picture]From: fayriekisses
2013-02-22 04:04 pm (UTC)

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I'm going camping in Brattleboro, VT this summer. I'm going to write that place down. :) Any other attractions in Brattleboro you would recommend?
[User Picture]From: homunculus
2013-02-22 04:32 pm (UTC)

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the chelsea royal is great, they grow a lot of their own food and raise their own chickens. as for other food, top of the hill grill has an amazing turkey reuben.

as for other stuff to do, there are a bunch of pick-your-own orchards and berry farms. i think we went to scott farms, which i think is where they filmed part of cider house rules. i thought it was up in putney, but maps says dummerston. about 15 min north of brat.
[User Picture]From: briansue
2013-02-22 04:42 pm (UTC)

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Go to the farmer's market!! It's really cute and there are meal vendors so you can eat and shop and people watch and it's lovely. Also the daylilly farm which might be in a town nearby, but it's not far. Beautiful flowers and tons of butterflies and you can go berry picking.
[User Picture]From: buncha_cruncha
2013-02-22 02:57 pm (UTC)

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The seafood I had in New Orleans was just out of this world. The first day we were there, we ordered all sorts of seafood -- scallops, shrimp, lobster, other stuff -- and it was just...heaven.
[User Picture]From: captbeadheart
2013-02-22 03:21 pm (UTC)

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I was at a restaurant that had no vegetarian entree options, but the waiter told me the chef would make up a "chef's choice" vegetarian plate for me. I was a little worried it would be a half-assed veggie plate, but it was filled with the most delicious food I have ever eaten. I still dream about that plate.
[User Picture]From: heyfashion
2013-02-22 05:02 pm (UTC)

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I love it when instead of a restaurant making you feel like an inconvenience for your dietary needs, they make you feel special.
[User Picture]From: woodland
2013-02-22 03:22 pm (UTC)

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i went to a restaurant called 'dans le noir', where you eat in complete darkness, so everything is about texture and taste. you only discover what you ate after your meal, and that evening i was given shark, zebra and ostrich, among other things. the food was very nice, but the experience was amazing.
[User Picture]From: orionrogue
2013-02-22 03:26 pm (UTC)

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Did you like the ostrich? I've had it before and the way I prepared it (pan-fried steak) it left much to be desired.
[User Picture]From: woodland
2013-02-22 04:18 pm (UTC)

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it was delicious where i had it - they pan fried it too, but served it with some zingy sauce so perhaps it helped to keep it moist and buttery.
[User Picture]From: orionrogue
2013-02-22 03:42 pm (UTC)

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I've had several, and they're all so good that I really can't pick just one.
- Lobster mac n' cheese, Capital Grill, Boston MA
- Grill fig & balsamic vinegar with parmesean cheese and truffle, Napa, CA
- Pork osso buco, Stockholders, S. Weymouth MA
- Arancini appetizer, Rustic Kitchen, Hingham, MA
- Black Sea Bass, Geyserville, CA
- Grilled octopus with sliced steak and vegetables (served on a salt slab!), Newark NJ
From: light_frost
2013-02-22 04:29 pm (UTC)

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The first time I ate poutine in Toronto, Canada...it was so delicious!
[User Picture]From: mr_marlboro
2013-02-23 06:37 am (UTC)

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I guess I take it for granted because I don't eat poutine as often as I should. However, I buy poutine gravy powder or even canned poutine gravy for .95 cents and use it for mashed potatos or roast chicken. I see the cheese curds for sale too, might try it in salads.
[User Picture]From: jammiedodger
2013-02-23 04:01 pm (UTC)

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This! Also, Burger's Priest in Toronto. The Tower of Babel, I miss it so much.
[User Picture]From: briansue
2013-02-22 04:46 pm (UTC)

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India... just the whole time there. I spent most of my time in a village and the mother/wife/female head of house made the most amazing lentil dishes that I can never recreate and paratha slathered in fresh butter and uggghhh. I went to a lot of weddings so I also ate the kinds of things you find in an Indian restaurant in the states. I salivate when I think about the meals I ate in India. I also figured out pretty early on that I had a strong stomach so I ate a lot of street mango and juices and such and mmmmmmm it was all so good. Also all the sweets.

The weirdest thing I had was what they translated for me as black salt. They put it on bananas and it was the grossest thing ever. I'm still not sure what exactly it was. Maybe some kind of pepper.
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2013-02-22 05:13 pm (UTC)

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It is hard to narrow down! There have been a bunch!

I live near the New England coast, and I would say clambakes right on the beach. (It looks like very fresh seafood, esp from NE, does seem to be a super common answer so far!)

The food is amazing, but also the experience.
--Build a fire on a beach that allows such thing
--Bury potatoes, corn on the cob, and anything else that sounds good and can cook that way wrapped in tin foil right in the fire
--put lobster, clams, and misc other seafood wrapped in seafood in a dutch oven or grill type thing and also drop that right in the fire
--drink beer with friends
--dig stuff up and pig out
--get ice cream, a snowcone, or fried dough or something from the boardwalk later if you have room

Also up there would be the hawker centers in Singapore!
[User Picture]From: asa_chan
2013-02-22 05:54 pm (UTC)

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Some great restaurant in Tokyo or grilled black cod in Germany.

Edited at 2013-02-22 05:55 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: ameliorate
2013-02-22 06:49 pm (UTC)

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When I was 9 or 10, not too long after I learned how to bake cookies. My best friend and I were up at one in the morning and decided that we really wanted cookies and would bake them quietly. I didn't read the recipe carefully and I wasn't experienced enough to realize that there is no way it would taste good. The recipe called for 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda... I read it as 1/2 cup of baking soda.

We baked the cookies, and they looked normal... I was so excited. I cooked my first cookies all by myself and I wanted one so bad. I shoved a whole cookie in my mouth, and shortly there after vomited. It was probably the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten. lol
[User Picture]From: squidger
2013-02-22 06:49 pm (UTC)

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I spent a year in Bologna, Italy, and I'll never be able to truly enjoy Italian food in the US again. Between the pasta, the pizza, and the gelato, I don't know if I could narrow it down to one specific experience. It means something when a city is considered the food capital of Italy.
[User Picture]From: pirahan
2013-02-22 08:15 pm (UTC)

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My host mom made me fish pancakes. They were regular pancakes with chunks of fish, with scales still on. I'm never going back to Ukraine!
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2013-02-22 09:25 pm (UTC)

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Alinea.
[User Picture]From: beetle_breath
2013-02-22 11:47 pm (UTC)

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when I was little, my mom's friend found a screw in her food. And by "find" I mean cracked a tooth by biting into it.

The waiter was so rude and kept making really stupid excuses.
[User Picture]From: due27south
2013-02-23 01:50 am (UTC)

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I had scallops at one of Chef Ramsay's restaurants and it made my mouth salivate. Never before have I experienced that! The whole meal there was amazing though.
[User Picture]From: empress_nikki
2013-02-23 02:39 am (UTC)

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I went on a study abroad trip to Italy and Greece. as a sophomore in college and we had two meals provided by whatever hotel we were at and one meal we provided for ourselves. In Italy, they pretty much just gave us pasta and red sauce with bread, but the Greek hotels went all out. I had tyropita for the first time in a tiny hotel on a mountain in Delphi and I'm still craving it. Absolutely the most delicious thing I've ever had.

And the best thing about Greece is that we got actual appetizers with ours meals- the tyropita was followed with slow roasted lamb, which is another thing I'm still drooling over. I highly recommend going to Greece and eating everything you can get your hands on.
[User Picture]From: ataxia_glaze
2013-02-23 03:48 am (UTC)

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This delicious pasta w/truffle sauch in Assisi. Gelato in Rome. This steak I had on a cruise. Giant shrimp from Maine.

Not so delicious, but lampredotto and raw oysters.

Does "The time I took my brother out for sushi for the first time and he picked up the entire ball of wasabi and put it in his mouth" count?