Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Five Things

guide to the globe meme

Inspired by the 2004 BBC poll "50 Things to Eat Before You Die", Melissa at The Traveler’s Lunchbox has started a food blogger joint project (aka meme) called "5 Things to Eat Before You Die". Julia at Tasting Life tagged me and I wasn’t sure if I would participate because although I’m a passionate foodie, I’m definitely not a well-travelled one. But I live in one of the most diverse food areas in the country so I thought, heck, why not?

My 5 things to eat…

Spicy Angel Wings
Marnee Thai Restaurant, Sunset District, San Francisco
Chicken wings that are deep fried and slathered in a sticky, sweet, spicy, garlicky glaze and topped with fried Thai basil. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Coffee Crunch Cake
Eastern Bakery, Chinatown, San Francisco
I call it the mother of all Chinatown (style) cakes. Sponge cake layers filled and frosted with coffee whipped cream and covered with a coffee brittle. It’s my favorite cake from childhood and still one of my favorites today. I have never found anything else close in taste or price (currently $11 for an 8 inch cake).

Super Carnitas Burrito (with extra hot sauce)
Gordo’s Taqueria, Ninth Avenue or Clement Street, San Francisco
I love the crispy, salty edge pieces of the carnitas. The super burrito is almost too big to eat all by myself. Almost.

Dad’s Fried Chicken
My dad learned how to make fried chicken from my uncle who learned from a kind Southern gentleman.

Anything and Everything
French Laundry, Yountville, California
I know it’s a total cop-out but I couldn’t pick just one item from the menu. Our entire meal was absolutely amazing.

And I’m tagging all of you. So feel free to play along and send your five things to Melissa. By the way, I’ve tried 41 of the 50 things on the BBC list . How many have you tried?


Tanna said...

I've been tagged by Neil at Food for Thought ( for the same meme. I find it a rather difficult question. Love your answers!

Ivonne said...

Great answers!

jenjen said...

great picks Mary.
I've tried 39 of the 50 things listed on the BBC one. But im pretty sure I haven't tried half of the ones on the big list Melissa is gathering.

Mary said...

Tanna - Can't wait to see what you come up with. It's hard to pick just 5.

Ivonne - I actually considered just listing French Laundry 5 times. But man (well, woman) cannot live on TK creations alone.

Jenjen - One day I'll visit Australia and then I can hopefully check off barramundi, Austr. meat pie, kangaroo and the Moreton Bay bugs.

lobstersquad said...

If I lived in san francisco, I don´t think I´d ever travel. not for the food, anyhow. you bay area bloggers make me sooo jealous.

peabody said...

Holy Cow, I have tried 45 out of the 50.

penny said...

Yep, French Laundry is simply amazing!

Julie said...

That coffee crunch cake sounds truly amazing.

Mary said...

Lobstersquad - Yes, I feel very lucky to live in the SF Bay Area.

Peabody - Wow! 45/50!

Penny - I just love the wine country atmosphere of the FL.

Julie - The coffee crunch cake is by no means a "gourmet" cake, but it just satisfies the kid in me!

Julia said...

Hi Mary,
Very nice you've made your list, great one (!)
I’m especially really interested in that Coffee Crunch Cake, it sounds amazing!
But I must say you could have easily putted in one of your own creations, like the Cherry Almond Oatmeal cake for example... I know I’ll definitely want to have tasted that before I die =) Yum! =)

sam said...

I can't believe that we live in the same town and yours id the first list to elude me so far. I better start trying some new things!

Mary said...

Julia - Thanks for tagging me. I had fun making my list.

Sam - It's one of the reasons why I love this area so much. There's always something new (or new-to-me) to eat.