What's the Best Thing You've Ever Eaten?

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    Well, I love pizza & Chinese food the best, so I'd have to say my favorite Chinese restaurant (Panda Inn, not to be confused w/ Panda Express) & Numero Uno pizza & Round Table's chicken & garlic gourmet pizza. There's a few others too.
     
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    It's impossible to narrow it down to just one.

    But I had duckling once in a restaurant in NYC (funny, I forget which one; we were guests and I have no idea where we were.)

    But it was just so fabulous that it's ruined duck for me anywhere else!
     
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    We had our wedding dinner catered in St. John and we had the most amazing fillet minion stuffed with brie. It was delicious...but then there was the caramel apple pie. I believe I could live off that for the rest of my life, which would be significantly shortened if I actually did. But oh boy would it be worth it!
     
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    The best meal I ever had was at Sylvia's in Harlem. I was skeptical, because it was soul food, and I'm from Louisiana, so I've had really amazing soul food in my life. We were with a large group and they just kept bringing out more food: chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, greens, cornbread, banana pudding and about 5 dishes I can't even remember. It was all so delicious. It was so good that I didn't even care that it almost made us late to see Wicked.

    My favorite meal was when I was in Boston and found an actual authentic Cajun restaurant near enough to my dorm to walk. When I sat down and had "real" gumbo (no one up north knows how to make a roux) I literally cried it was so good and I missed home so much.

    Individual dishes: my grandmother's dressing, my stepdad's bananas Foster cheesecake (he's a chef,) and the gyros from this little place in Tarpon Springs, FL, and I could keep going and going.

    Having lived so many places and traveled so much, I've had a lot of really tremendous meals and dishes, and it's really hard to narrow them down to favorites. I have about seven "favorite" ice cream places/dishes alone! (This is why I was recently in a position to need to lose the 50 pounds I lost. It's hard to be skinny in New Orleans.)
     
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    Aladdin's Cafe ... Lentil soup
     
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    I love chicken cutlets with lemon sauce and a few capers....at a casino we went to on vacation and it was $8 or so for a whole plate of food..delicious!
     
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    I've mentioned Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams a few times. If I could find a way to live off her offerings and afford it, I would. She currently has a new cookbook out that shows how to make some of her specialties at home. A wonderful article about it and her was in the Washington Post yesterday.

    As a side note, her Queen City Cayenne flavor was actually featured on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" last year.
     
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    mmm Mongolian BBQ. I miss it!
     
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    Famous Daves- every time I eat it I feel so happy and full. Half rack of the memphis dry rub ribs, bbq brisket stuffed potato, corn on the cob! Yum. Yum.
     
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    I love a good crawfish boil. I love The Shed in Ocean Springs,Ms. The best BBQ. I also love Knudsen Cottage Cheese.
     
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    Enchilada plate from Fresca's in SoCal. Best enchiladas Ive had. Tacos from Taco Mesa in SoCal.
     
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    One more... Hot dogs from a street vendor in NYC. Ahhhh.. The onion sauce. Heaven.
     
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    I have a Famous Dave's in my area that I never went to yet. I was planning to try it.
     
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    Oh you should, I love Famous Daves. My uncle works there:D. Go for it.
     
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    Best food ever would be my Grandmothers Black raspberry pie. Oh yeah so good, to bad she passed many years ago and no more pie. Sad face
     
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    My mom's stuffing recipe!
     
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    Las Pallapas!! BEST mexican food!!!!
     
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    I worked at Famous Daves for 2 years. Let's just say that working there 30 hours a week and being extremely well-liked meant that I was provided with a lot of free food and I gained
    15lbs in 2 years... :blush:

    I don't work there anymore so I only eat there about once every 3 or so months!
     
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    Best meal, by far, I have ever had was at the Top of the World restaurant on top of the Contemporary Resort Hotel at Disney World. Restaurant is long gone but the memory of the meal will be with me forever. It was our 1st anniversary, I was 8 months pregnant, and we enjoyed prime rib that melted as you gazed at it!
     
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    What part of Mississippi?
     
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    I love crawfish from Sammy's in Baton Rouge. My grandfather does it better...but he's sick now :(

    My grandmother from Japan makes awesome food too.
     
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    Also, her place was on "How the States Got their Shapes" on the History Channel last night!
     
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    Best food: a steak at Bones in Atlanta

    http://www.bonesrestaurant.com/menus/

    Best atmosphere and food: boiled shrimp, conch fritters, and bottles of beer on the deck at Alabama Jack's in Key Largo during the 1970's.
     
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    My great-grandma's lettuce-bacon salad with a vinegar dressing. We went there every Wednesday for dinner when I was little, and I would often have an extra bowl of salad for dessert. I even took the leftovers to school as my snack for 'milk break' the next morning!
     
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    My grandma's saskatoon berry (like blueberries) perogies with bacon and bread crumbs with melted butter and sour cream.
     
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    I LOVE famous daves! My family went there all the time when I still lived at home, but when I talk about it no one has ever even heard of it! I end up going there with my family any time I'm home visiting though. I like the wings and for some reason the sides are just really good too.

    I would have to say my absolute favorite is Montgomery Inn ribs with saratoga chips. I believe the resteraunt is local so most probably haven't had it but they are to die for- these ribs are so good that they've ruined ribs everywhere else for me! They sell the bbq sauce in the store, but for some reason it's just not the same- I don't really even like the store bought sauce.
     
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    The best think I've eaten was this delicious apple tasting bread made by hand by a local bakery in a small village in Italy. It was the best bread I've ever eaten.

    Other than that, I love calamari. When I'm feeling down and I need a pick me up, I get calamari. Most of the times I get it from Olive Garden.
     
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    I doubt it's from a restaurant simply because I tend to like basic but good ol' side-dishes. That said, I'm not sure what it would be. The single best thing I've ever had? Hmmm. I consider this to be a very serious question.

    Well, I'm still not sure, but I'll share my favorite from my childhood. It's easy! Without question, the amazing (a-mazing, I tell you!) chocolate and peanut butter treats from school. Oh, how I miss those. With the government trying to keep those with allergies safe and trying to tighten our belt buckles, these are no more in my parts. But they were beautiful while they lasted. And sure, I've tried as have others to duplicate these babies, but I'm telling you it's impossible! If you tell me you have THE recipe, I'll tell you it's STILL impossible! :haha:

    Hmmm...it's not posting my photo. Here's the link to a photo.
     
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    Best main course: There was a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that would get patrons from two hours away. There was a lemon chicken enchilada that was wonderful.

    Best dessert: I think there is a new owner but there was a place in Bryan that made the best strawberry tart. There was an almond basket with a bottom glazed with chocolate, ripe strawberries with apricot glaze, and fresh cream on top.
     
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    Did they have cornflakes in them?
     
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    My mom's custard rhubarb pie.
     
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    No corn flakes, but I've seen them with such. Others use graham crackers, some use oatmeal. Some just bunches of sugar. :) The closest I've had used graham crackers. Man, I'm drooling just thinking of these. Darn Weight Watchers!
     
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    Went to a wedding about a year ago and they had this amazing appetizer at the cocktail hour! it was a little filo dough circle with this melted goat cheese and apple mixture on top!

    A lot of people at my table were scared to try them so i ate everyones! They were fabulous...my mouth is watering thinking about them.

    Also, I make this amazing macaroni and cheese with spinach, tomato, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes (plus about 3/4 types of cheese) that is amazing! I only make it once in a while and I make enough to have leftovers all week because we love it so much!

    Mom's lemon pepper chicken will always be a favorite, and blueberry cheesecake ice cream from Bellvale Creamery in my town, Warwick, NY. Is amazing too!
     
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    Do you mind sharing the recipe? I love mac and cheese and this variation sounds delish:D
     
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    I love the calamari at Maggianos.
     
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    There is this great series of cookbooks by Todd Wilbur called 'Top Secret Recipes'. Todd Wilbur is a cook who through trial and error replicates well-known and loved meals and items from well-known resturants all over America. I have 2 out of the 3 books and I love love love them!

    http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.php
     
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    This is easy for me - when I was in France in Carcassonne we went to a little cafe and I had a crepe with mushrooms and onions inside and sausage outside. It was the BEST thing I have ever eaten - I still dream about it.
     
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    Nothing beats steamed chesapeake bay blue crabs. I could sit for hours pickin and eatin...mmmm :drool:
     
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    Sure! Here you go

    Spicy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

<br>Salt
<br>1 pound elbow macaroni pasta<br>3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
[<br>1 onion, chopped

<br>2 cloves garlic
 chopped

<br>(14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
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1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and drained of excess liquid<br>1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

<br>1/2 cups bread crumbs

<br>1/4 cup grated Parmesan,
1/3 cup

<br>1/4 cup Romano, plus 1/3 
cup<br>
2 tablespoons butter, softened, plus 2 tablespoons<br>
12 ounces mozzarella cubed (about 2 cups)
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1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
<br><br>

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. <br><br>Drain pasta.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Cook until the the onion is golden, about 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, spinach, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
<br><br>In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and 1/4 cup Romano. Spread the softened butter in a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish and sprinkle half of the bread crumb mixture inside the dish to coat.


<br><br>In a large bowl combine the vegetable mixture with the cooked macaroni, cubed mozzarella, the remaining Parmesan and Romano cheeses, and the nutmeg. <br><br>Spoon into the prepared baking dish, top with the remaining bread crumb mixture, and dot the top with the remaining butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes.

    I sometime use different kinds of cheese...ive used goats cheese in addition to those listed, I have used cheddar, gouda, and even velveeta. You can also add mushrooms if you like them. My husband likes them so i throw them in once in a while even though i hate them! Good Luck:thumb:
     
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    ahhh sorry my HTML didnt work, this is a huge mess! I can't get it straightened out for some reason. I hope that isn't too annoying to read!
     

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