50 Things To Eat Before You Die

Inspired by June, who was inspired by Jeani, who was inspired by the BBC readers poll. Now this is a poll I can get behind!  Prepare for oversharing… and you know if I’m sharing, I’m asking you to spill the beans too.

Note: I’ve left the links to BBC in so you can figure out what it is if you don’t know. Off the menuStrawberry & Nutella - YUM!The GrillFeastSushiOH BOY!Basil Chicken
1. Fresh fish  – straight from the river into the pan, one of my favourite childhood breakfasts.
2. Lobster – I did grow up on the East Coast.
3. Steak 
4. Thai food 
5. Chinese food   – my first-ever solid food.
6. Ice cream
7. Pizza  – we make the best BBQ pizaa
8. Crab – my best story was late night soft shell crabs at a dive in Nashville
9. Curry – I’ve even had Crab Curry
10. Prawns – I was surprised at the time to find out that Prawns are NOT a fancy name for shrimp.
11. Moreton Bay Bugs
12. Clam chowder – well I did grow up on the East Coast
13. Barbecues – actually I’ve eaten “barbecue”, “barbecues” are a little hard on the teeth.
14. Pancakes – & flapjacks & griddle cakes & johnny cakes & crepes
15. Pasta
16. Mussels – fresh dug and steamed on the beach.
17. Cheesecake – but never in New York
18. Lamb – we raised sheep.  Buy me a beer and ask me to tell you the Rosemary story some time.
19. Cream tea – once, in Amsterdam will all my X-boyfriends.  Surreal.
20. Alligator – once at a food show, I found it a little rubbery.
21. Oysters – Oh ya!
22. Kangaroo
23. Chocolate 
24. Sandwiches
25. Greek food – Danforth here we come!
26. Burgers  – on 3 continents.
27. Mexican food – well I did grow up on the East Coast
28. Squid – caught fresh in the Atlantic Ocean
29. American diner breakfast – with and without grits
30. Salmon
31. Venison – most recently in a Venison stew my dad made. Yum!
32. Guinea pig
33. Shark – but oddly I don’t remember it well.
34. Sushi – I dislike uni
35. Paella – in Barcelona
36. Barramundi
37. Reindeer
38. Kebab – meat on a stick – yum
39. Scallops
40. Australian meat pie
41. Mango – purchased from a street vendor in South Africa, where they jest that the best way to eat them is naked in the tub.
42. Durian fruit – and I get teased about this.
43. Octopus
44. Ribs
45. Roast beef
46. Tapas – while sipping red wine in a taverna outside the Gaudi museum.
47. Jerk chicken/pork
48. Haggis –  Robbie Burns Day would’na complete witho’t it.
49. Caviar
50. Cornish pasty

June‘s additions:

51. stuffed mushrooms
52. escargot

53. beignets from Cafe du Monde  – June, we need more details on Cafe du Monde.
54. ploughman’s lunch,
55. crawfish

I have also added this to Foodists.ca I’ve just plunked my second post up on In The Kitchen. (yes, yes, I’m keen)

When I sent in my first post for review, Ben asked if I wanted to include a little more about me in my first post. I decided instead to start slow with a recipe and test the waters.  I saved the oversharing for post #2.

This time I’ve repurposed an earlier Vox post which was inspired by June, who was inspired by Jeani to respond to the BBC’s reader’s poll of 50 Things to Eat Before You Die.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

7 thoughts on “50 Things To Eat Before You Die

  • September 23, 2006 at 9:45 am

    That  does it. We’re getting Durian when we come to Toronto! King of the Fruits! I don’t care that it smells simply awful, it tastes great! (although i’m told it’s an acquired taste). 

  • September 24, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    I would add halva, or halawa, however you say or spell it. I know it comes in many forms, but the best I ever ate was made of dates and rosewater, and it practically melted in your mouth.

  • September 25, 2006 at 9:41 am

    Halva – check – I ate my first Halva in the Saint John city market when I was a little girl.  Lotsa firsts in that market.

    Where’d you have your?  I’ll bet it was somewhere more exotic!

  • September 25, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Oooooooooooh you MUST go have beignets at Cafe du Monde. They’re so bad for you, but sooooo good.

    Reindeer is sorta like buffalo, but gamey like venison. Quite good actually. And you should definitely try durian!

  • September 25, 2006 at 11:10 am

    You guys are pointing out some great things and some of that other list is suspect.  I mean
    “pasta” phht!  What kind of “pasta”????  Are we talking Spaghetti & Meat Sauce or Pasta Puttenesca or Singapore Style Vermicelli – details people, we want details!

    So I’m definitely going to start a
    CheapEats 50 things to eat
    before you die

    discussion over on the CETO/CEOT blogs (I’ll put up a link when I get the posting crafted later today).

    Durian – perhaps in a park somewhere as we wander through Nuit Blanche this weekend. 

    – where is this delightful Cafe du Monde.  I wanna know!

  • September 25, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    It’s in New Orleans. I think they have reopened (possibly one of the first place to reopen) after Katrina. You can also find them online. It’s seriously an institution!

    I don’t think the original list is specific enough at all. I mean, thai food? Do they mean any crappy plate of pad thai or drinking a thai iced tea sold at a chinese boba place? Or do they mean spicy basil chicken or any of the curries (which oddly enough aren’t eaten often in thailand, I’ve heard from my thai friend).

  • September 25, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    Cafe du Monde is an open-air coffee stand (roofed but wall-less) on Decatur Street in New Orleans that’s open 24-7. It only closes on Christmas Day. It’s been open at the same location since 1862, and it only serves coffee, OJ, milk and beignets.


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