Our respective personal lists of “best,” “favorite,” or “crave-worthy” foods rarely overlap entirely. How can you put a price on a nostalgic snack from childhood? Or, conversely, an extravagant, one-in-a-lifetime tasting menu from a gastronomic genius? And when you throw the wrench of “anywhere in the world” into the mix, it’s deliriously fun to fantasize where or how you’d spend a meal (given the proper resources). We proposed two scenarios just for kicks: Where you’d eat with an unlimited budget, and where you’d eat with $10 in your back pocket.
We asked around America’s Test Kitchen for some globe-trotting, daydream-worthy eats. Here are a sampling:
With a million dollars, I’d rent a Ferrari and drive cross-country to the French Laundry. Imagine finishing up that trip diving through California, and then instead of lunching on some truck stop sandwich, oh hey, guess what, you’re eating Thomas Keller’s best stuff. Pretty cool. With $10, I’d go exploring for good street food in Vietnam. The sort of open markets going on over there aren’t even close to anything we have in the States — that, plus crazy portable food, equals an awesome experience.
Chez Panisse; and Rose Bakery in Paris. Because both are amazing!
If I had a gazillion dollars I would spend it on living expenses to move home and spend every day learning to cook everything my grandmother makes and eat that. I would probably need livestock, because the milk for the asadero has to be raw and the kid is best fresh. Most of the ingredients are best when fresh, so I’d need a garden, too. If I only had $10 I would eat at Burritos Crisistomo and probably have enough for one or two more people.
If I had a gazillion dollars I would eat at Craigie on Main every day for the rest of my life. Tony Maws is a ridiculous genius. If I had $10 I’d get a beer and a basket of deep-fried banana peppers at The Wooden Nickel in Hillsborough, NC.
A gazillion dollars would buy a lot of bánh mì. Just sayin’.
And now for the Silly Question of the Day…
Whether you had a gazillion dollars, or simply $10, where in the world would you eat?
Leave your silly answer in the comments!
(Photo: Tauno Tœhk)