My Last Meal
I was recently having a discussion with an old friend when the topic of what our last meal would be came up. Believe me, for a foodie this is a discussion that can be quite passionate, completely irrelevant to the fact that it is my last meal and why it is my last meal…none of that even crossed my mind, I went straight into planning and debating it.
And then it kind of stuck with me for several days after that initial discussion so of course, I decided to turn it into a blog post!
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Then I thought it would be fun to task my old pal Sean to do an illustration of the content of my last meal. Sean created one of my early blog headers, all my badges, and several other illustrations that I have had in posts on Misadventures with Andi.
Somehow it felt that by having an illustration somehow it was laminating it, making it permanent. Hope I don't pull a “Ross” and regret it! (Reference to this Friends episode…sorry!)
So without further ado, here is my last meal (don't worry about how or why it is my last meal, I'm not!):
- scallop dumpling dim sum (if I could be specific I would say from Yank Sing)
- tuna sashimi
- Dungeness crab (pre-cracked for me so all I have to do is pull out the meat!)
- a glass of champagne
My main meal:
- Southern fried chicken and a biscuit
- a few slices of rare filet mignon
- served with mashed potatoes and brown gravy
- a glass of pinot noir
- a Boston cream pie cupcake
- a devil's food and cream cheese frosting cupcake
- a box of junior mints
I was surprised when I looked over the list and realized there was so much “American” food on it. For a world traveler like me, I was shocked. I guess there is something to that saying that you always go back to your roots. That because I have explored so much and will continue to do so, tasting and experiencing new foods all along the way, that when I am ready for this last meal of my life that I want it to be of home. It is a puzzler for me!
Want to play along with me? What would your last meal look like?
Let me know in the comments OR if you feel like writing an entire post on the topic, go for it and link it up here for fun!
I love how you found a poignant moral about the power of “home” out of this conversation. And I love that you had it illustrated. Brilliant move.
(And Kudos to Sean! I’ve long admired your header art. Nice to know where it came from.)
@Aaron, hi there, thanks so much for your comment, I am so glad you liked the post.
What a great idea. I had seen a while back some info on James Reynolds’ photography about death row inmates’ last meals (one link about it is here), but I did not think about it in terms of myself.
My immediate thought was that if I would for sure die before the symptoms set in, I would eat ANYTHING with gluten or dairy in it, and lots of it! But then I would have to die within about 1 hour of eating it all before I would start to feel so badly I would be wishing to die, heh!!
I love Sean’s graphic work on your site, and I really like his representation of your last meal, too. Also, how fun to see Jr Mints there, lol! (Oh and the reference to “Friends.” What is NOT to like about this post, eh? I even love that it is a wonderfully-morbid kind of topic! :D)
@Karin, thanks! I think that since we are playing in fantasy land than I hereby decree that you would not feel ANY symptoms and you can eat WHATEVER your heart desires without ramifications! I am a shameless Friends fan and addict, glad you enjoyed the reference!
What a fun game 🙂 Many of mine are restaurant-specific, though not all. Apps: brinjal fries from Shebeen Pub and Braaji in the town where I live; the escargot from Paesanos 1604 in San Antonio (baked escargot with mushrooms and fontina – truly to die for); and a Mango Passion martini from Maya here in my town. Main: the gnocchi sorentina from Marcellino in Phoenix; my husband’s fettuccine alfredo; a biscuit from Hardee’s (they make the best, what can I say?); and a glass of Champoux wine from Fidelitas Wines (Washington state). Dessert: passionfruit mousse from Copacabana here in my town; my mom’s chocolate eclair cake; two squares of a Maya bar from Gearhardts (a local chocolatier); and a really, really good glass of port.
@Jen, I am coming over to have your last meal with you, wowza, love it!
Call me morbid, but I think about this all the time. As in, if I only had an hour left to live, I would totally eat PEANUTS and cashews and other nuts that I suddenly became allergic to 5 years ago. I would eat them with gusto and expire a very happy girl.
@Amy, as I told Karin, there are no consequences in this game and you can eat anything – I love it!
I’ll have to think on that one.. will surely include a full pint of gently softened Ben and Jerry’s.. coffee heath bar crunch, cherry garcia or chunky monkey…
Love the addition of Jr. Mints, was not expecting that from you!
@Walker, Junior Mints are my crack cocaine, cannot resist them. If I could only have one thing of all the things I described it would be the Jr. Mints!
I love the Junior Mints in there. Wow, your list is very comprehensive, too, I must add.
Gosh, mine would definitely have to include sourdough bread (I’m from SF after all), Dungeness crab to go with it, a heap of the best sushi and sashimi around, gnocchi from Bottega restaurant, Babbo’s ravioli with the oozy egg yolk inside, Nutter Butter cookies from Bouchon bakery, an organic strawberry cupcake from Kara’s Cupcakes, a box of nuts and chews from See’s Candies, and a nice bottle of champagne. 😉
@Carolyn, I love seeing everyone’s choices! I think I want to sit in on some of these myself!
My Ex and I used to play this game all the time… though my answers have since changed a bit… and I’m stuffing myself, if it is, indeed, my last meal.
Fresh tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, sea salt, giant leaves of basil and really, really good olive oil
Fresh gazpacho with a little bit of really good pata negra ham
Rigatoni Bolognese from Vico Ristorante in New York City
A cheese plate with Maroilles, fig-goat cheese, and Brie de Meaux
A piece of toast with a hefty smear of foie gras and a tiny glass of Jurancon
@Emiglia, great choices, love it!