questionswhat's the best meal you've ever eaten?

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I was hot, pregnant and having a miserable time in Nassau, Bahamas (yeah, I know, poor spoiled me). The smells of the ocean were really getting to me. Our cab driver recommended that we go to the "Fish Fry" and that it was the best food ever. I think we went to the wrong one. THAT story ends with little pregnant me being towered over by a handful of large men when I told the owner that I couldn't possibly eat OR pay for whatever that was that they were trying to pass off as fresh shrimp... At any rate, DH decided to treat me to a nice meal, the hotel where we were staying had a Mesa Grill (Bobby Flay's joint) and we ate there that night. I don't remember what exactly we ate (something with spice and corn tamale-like things) but it still sticks in my mind as the best meal I have ever eaten. I keep meaning to eat there again when I go to Vegas (he has a Mesa Grill there as well) but I talk myself out of it due to the cost. Soon, though, soon.

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The one that my MIL paid for.

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Rome, several years ago. A neighborhood restaurant that my son, dil & I stumbled upon. Upscale. (Read: expensive. Worth every single euro.) Total delight - excellent food, we each ordered different courses. Wine, a good Italian red. (Surprise!) The best food, service & company ever! Desperately want to return.

Side note: I am not @jsimsace's mil. ;-) Though, I did privately arrange to pick up the tab. The maitre d' of the restaurant was appalled that I wanted to pay. Says he, "But the gentleman will not like nor allow that. Says I, "He is my son." "Ahhhhhh, is okay then," says he. ;-)

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@gmwhit: Nice coverup, you ol' battleaxe. ;)

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@jsimsace: I...uh...oh, dear. :-( I'm a WHAT? Hope I didn't offend you. Also hope that you don't mind that the next time I go to Italy, I'm not paying for the trip. Or meals. ::innocent angelic look:: Mama mia does awful paybacks.

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I got terribly sick at my work's cook off so i took a plate of food and drove home. I was so exhausted that I didnt think to put the plate of food in the fridge. for the next 2 days I was unable to get up for anything, so the only thing I could reach for was the cold hotdogs and stale ass beans.

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Look, just keep us in the will and I'll be cool. OK?

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omakase at shiro's in seattle. amazing

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@jsimsace: No.it.is.not.okay. Too little, too late. You're history. Amazing how easy it is to take names off of titles. ::sad & disappointed:: But....oh, well. :-D

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@skiie: Confused...that was the BEST meal you've ever eaten?

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You were at Georgia Tech? I'm surprised your best meal wasn't at the Varsity! That's definitely one of my favorites.

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One meal that always stands out in my memory was when I was in high school back in 1986 (I think).

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm from Philly. A friend of mine and I drove to Maine for to hike part of the Appalachian Trail and camp for a few days. After a long night camped out in the rain, we hiked to the top of this peak the next morning/afternoon. When we reached the peak we had lunch. It was a simple peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread. I was so hungry it was like Maine lobster - which did also have before we headed back to Pennsylvania. I've had some pretty fine meals since then, but that plain 'ol peanut butter sandwich is still one of the greatest meals I have ever had.

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@wesleyvb: The Varsity is a good hamburger stand. But a fast food burger is still a fast food burger and with all that grease I tended to limit myself to eating there only rarely. I preferred Junior's chicken tenders basket with spicy fries and sweet tea or the french toast special (best deal anywhere near campus) most days.

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I was 18, just graduated and was on a month long trip through europe. The first two weeks had been with a group and teacher from school, so I hadn't really been out on my own too much, but my best friend and I stayed after another 2 weeks, on our own. Our first day was kind of rough-we started in Marbella, Spain, and had just had to make a short little trip via bus to Malaga to fly out the next day, but it turned into a major pain in the ass. We finally got to the hostel, and found out that it was some minor holiday in Spain that meant almost every place to eat was closed. We found the one bar that was still open, went in and found out the only had 1 thing on the menu that day because of the holiday. Vegetable soup. At the time, I hated veggies with a passion, so I wasn't hugely excited, but we needed to eat so we ordered a couple. They bring it out, and it's this not super appetizing bowl of creamy veggie soup, I take a bite and well...best meal I've ever had.

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Authentic Russian Borscht from a hospital in Moscow. Best meal I ever had. They believe in real good food is healing to the body.

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@gt0163c: What can I say, I'm a fatty. haha. I was in Atlanta only for a few days but Gladys Knight's chicken&waffles was also exceptional.

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I don't think it would be possible to choose one meal. I enjoy ALL food & can honestly say that there is not one thing that I ever ate that I do not like. Of course, I enjoy some things more than others(King Crab Legs), but I will eat anything!! Food offers a great source of pleasure for me & I look forward to trying new dishes. Luckily I have been blessed w/ a high metabolism. So I don't have to concern myself w/ counting calories or fat content that seem to rob some of the enjoyment while they eat or cause them to feel guilty about enjoying said food.
One thing I could not go w/out is milk. I need this with almost everything I eat. From cakes, to chocolate to pizza. I go through about 3 gallons a week...myself. I know this doesn't count as a meal, but it's the best that I could come up with.

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The best Mexican I ever had was in an Irish bar in the middle of Alaska.

Flanagan's in Fairbanks, if you're ever there (and if it still is).

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Went on a week long beach camping trip, we would head out to the reef and fish, while one of us was cleaning and cooking the fish, another one would go gather mussels, while another would catch crab off the little pier, and the other would head down to the shrimp boat to get a couple pounds of fresh shrimp. Every night was a huge seafood feast, all fresh and wonderful, till this day it's hard to top those meals.

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@phillystyle: I had a similar occurrence.

I am from the NY area.

On a trip to Mt Rainier with four of my siblings, we took a day trip to Mt St. Helens for hiking, touring, caving, etc. We canned our own meals back home which we brought with us and heated each night using Sternos in disposable 9x13s on a chafing stand. That night the supper was franks with baked beans and pineapples. We had not eaten anything since lunch and it we couldn’t find a place to “set up” for supper. Finally at about 9:00 PM we stopped at a rest area and tried to heat up the food. The wind overpowered our Sternos and the food would not get warm. After about 45 minutes of trying to block the wind, we gave up and attacked the food.

It wasn’t the best meal I ever had, but franks with beans and pineapples never tasted so good :-)

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(1) At a fancy restaurant in Vegas. My colleagues ordered the tasting menu, and I was too horrified by the price and too aware of my pickiness to join them, so I ordered a couple small plates. One of those small plates was the best gnocchi I ever had. They were perfect, the sauce was excellent... I dream about those gnocchi occasionally.

(2) The best unexpected meal was on a boat in Mexico. Husband had arranged for us to go diving, and for some reason, we hadn't thought about bringing a lunch. The captain drove the boat to this snorkeling spot, with a boat sunken in a hole in a reef. The reef was just a couple feet deep, but the hole was about 40 feet deep. They had made tamales for everyone, with wonderfully spicy chicken and the corn filling was creamy and perfect and warm (you get chilly on a boat).

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Mom's homemade beef pot pie <3