5 Things to Eat Before You Die
October 05th, 2006 | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.
Brilliant idea. To be honest, as a list maniac, I am surprised to realize that I haven’t made such a list yet (at least in my mind)!
A million things popped up in my mind. However, it took me only a minute to come up with the final 5.
So here is my list:
Seafood and Raki by The Bosphorus
No need to think twice. One of the 5 must be (may sound too general, but) seafood and rakı by The Bosphorus. To me, it is one of the most special places in the world. Nowhere in the world will you find so many choices of elegant restaurants and night clubs all by the water with a breathtaking view of a bridge that connects two continents together but in Istanbul. With fresh seafood and raki (aka Lion’s Milk), the view becomes priceless. My favorite restaurants by the Bosphorus are İskele in Yeniköy, Bebek Balıkçısı in Bebek and Marina in Kuruçeşme. None of these restaurants have a website to refer to, so if you ever plan to visit istanbul, let me know and I can provide details.
* Above painting courtesy of Mustafa Pilevneli.
The Slanted Door
We celebrated a friend’s birthday here once, and The Slanted Door has become one of my favorite restaurants in the world since then. It is a modern and very posh Vietnamese restaurant that uses local organic produce and ecologically farmed meat, game and poultry as well as fine Chinese teas.
Everything in the menu is spectacular, but my favorite has always been chicken claypot. It is small pieces of chicken cooked slowly in a claypot with caramel sauce, chilies and fresh ginger. The most tender chicken meat I have ever tasted. Please don’t die before you eat here!
The first time I have been to this fantastic burger chain was on my way to LA with a car full of close friends. I could have never imagined a taste so fresh from a fast food restaurant. No surprise since they prepare everything right after you order. No microwaves to heat up already fried meat or fancy lighted trays full of dry french fries. The potatoes are skinned, cut and fried right that minute. Your meat is grilled upon your order and believe or not it is much faster than any other “fast” food restaurant.
My “obsession” with In-N-Out started right after I started working in the North Beach district in San Francisco. I would sneak away from the office during lunch hours and couldn’t get enough of their burgers. Then, I discovered that they had this secret menu, which was not displayed in the shop itself. However, all service people know the secret menu items. For the full secret menu, you can check out this link. My favorite is “Double-Double Animal Style” with buns fried with mustard, extra pickles and sauteed onions.
Doner Kebab at Beyti
So many of you may know and most of you may have tasted Doner Kebab at some point in your life. But believe me when I say that the Doner Kebab at Beyti surpasses every experience you have ever had. Just the right amount of fat left on the meat, cooked into perfection from the freshest and highest quality meat possible. It melts in your mouth. Everything at Beyti is world-class. No wonder why they have garnered so many interest from celebrities, politicians and royalty worldwide and honored with many awards in their 55 years of service.
And last, but not least:
Haagen Dazs Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream
* Photo taken from Haagen Dazs UK.