So now I am like everyone else in the blogosphere and have gotten tagged to name my Top Five Foods someone must try in their lifetime.
Thanks to Nicki for the tag!
Trying to do a list that's a little different because I've seen so many other lists and I don't want to be a copycat!
In no particular order...
Black Bean Soup
I have long been a fan of this delightful concoction and have tried many formulations... There really isn't one that I've ever disliked (excepting the canned variety), I just have to watchout for the non-vegetarian versions. My favorite of all time (not veg...I think they used something disgusting like bacon fat to make it) was the black bean soup from Atticus in New Haven. I haven't had it in like 5 years or so, but I remember how fantastic it tasted with some hot sauce on top...
I don't care if you're veg or omni, but one must simply try Sushi once in their life! It's so radically different from the way a lot of us are brought up eating, it's truly a shock to the senses to eat it. My suggestions are Futomaki (the ingredients will vary from place to place, just ask that the egg be replaced with avocado), sweet potato tempura roll, and any veggie roll containing avocado.
Fresh Herbs (particularly Basil and Rosemary)
It's amazing how fresh herbs can be completely mindblowing. I had no idea what basil really tasted like until I was in my late teens! It was even after that that I discovered rosemary and sage, and fennel, and thyme...et al.
I love pumpkin pie with all of my heart and soul. I have made it 3 million ways, and in my humble opinion I view pumpkin pie with the same analogy that has been made about sex (not be be vulgar, but...I'm quoting) "even when it's bad, it's still good". I almost wish it was Thanksgiving 365 just so I could have an excuse to eat it more often. I'm sure my pants are grateful that the calendar changes.
Thinking about pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving lead me to think of my favorite crutch food, the food that got me through childhood, the food that I still crave constantly today--GRAVY! It's odd, but I tell you the veg*n gravy subs that I've found taste just as good or better than what I was eating, and boy, do they hit the spot. Gravy makes anything taste better which is especially useful when you are a very finicky child (I would not eat most things...and what I did eat either had to be drowned or practically brined). Sure, gravy is not a necessity for me anymore as my tastebuds have matured, but I still find it to be my ultimate comfort food.
Now that I think about it...who hasn't ever tried gravy?
Hmmm... Perhaps I should have just said fresh pineapple or water chesnuts... or maybe another childhood favorite (completely not ever vegan or diet friendly) a Peanut Butter Cup Sundae (peanut butter sauce and hot fudge) with Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream (vanilla base with chocolate and peanut butter swirls) and marshmallow creme on top instead of whipped cream topped off with some crushed peanuts and chocolate jimmies.
Gosh, I feel my pants getting smaller just thinking about it! :)