9/12/2012 01:41:00 PM

Enter Our Dream Meal Contest, Win $250

Fill this plate with your dream meal! 
What's your dream meal? Yeah, we know you probably drool over that tasting menu at the fancy fine-dining restaurant, but we want you to think big for this one. It can be anything - maybe you want your favorite restaurant burger served with a piece of chocolate cake that your grandmother used to make. Or, maybe you want to go back in time and snack on madeleines in the same shop that so inspired Proust. We'll go through the entries and award our favorite dreamer a $250 gift card, so they can at least try to make their wish come true (we're thinking a time machine would cost more than that).

To enter, leave a comment on this post describing your dream meal in 75 words or less. Important note: you need to be logged in with a gmail address when you comment, so we can contact you if you win! You have until 11:59 PM on Friday, September 21 to enter, at which point we'll go through the entries and pick our favorite as the winner. You can take a look at the rules and regulations here - let the best dreamer win!

100 comments :

  1. It's rather simple, yet impossible. My dream meal is a dozen escargots, followed by a perfect poulet rôti, from L'Ami Louis in Paris, twenty years ago, when Chef Antoine Magnin was cooking such amazing chicken over a wood-burning fire. A plate full of raspberries with a dollop of crème frâiche from the earthen crock would make a perfect finish.

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  2. It's rather simple, yet impossible. My dream meal is a dozen escargots, followed by a perfect poulet rôti, from L'Ami Louis in Paris, twenty years ago, when Chef Antoine Magnin was cooking such amazing chicken over a wood-burning fire. A plate full of raspberries with a dollop of crème frâiche from the earthen crock would make a perfect finish.
    Sorry for the duplication, this is my Google account

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  3. To me, it is more about the company and the location. I'd like to have a clam bake with my family in Cape Cod on a sunny day with a cool breeze. I can't think of anything more perfect.

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  4. My favorite meal comes from a lunch wagon. Their Thursday special is lamb curry which surpasses any restaurant that serves it. The lamb is extremely tender and flavorful. Served on rice with a side order of macaroni salad, it can't be beat.

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  5. BUTTER POACHED NOVA SCOTIA LOBSTER
    with a side of truffled mashed potatoes

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  6. I would LOVE a fresh French meal served with Beaujolais in the countryside of Lyon. Oui! Oui!

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  7. My dream meal would be anything at Rao's in NYC...with my parents, because that is their dream. My father who is a prostate cancer survivor, has always talked about it. He bought all 4 of us kids their cookbook and he has made every dish from it. He loved to teach us all about Italian cooking, as he is so passionate about cooking. So my dream would be to pay him back for all of the wonderful lessons over the years :)

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  8. I would like a tasting menu of single bites (amuse bouche) prepared by each of the chefs from every season of Bravo's Master Chef since I am a huge fan of the show and each master chef! Perfection!

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  9. My dream meal would be another go at Brightons at the Intercontinental in Baltimore... in our early courtship (over 5 years ago!), before we were really a couple, my boyfriend took me there for my first fancy dining experience. We were so green, so unsure of our relationship, and so unused to fine food and service... the awkwardness was truly memorable. This time around, we'd be pros!

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  10. Really, all I ever eat is salmon -- no meat. Just love salmon. So, my dream meal would be salmon, potatoes, green vegetable, superb bread and chocolate souffle. One of my favorite restaurants when on vacation in San Francisco is Dankos. I'd like to go there.

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  11. My dream meal is in the olfactory, the gustatory; the traditions, the memories. For show-and-tell 25 years ago, I shared “Grandma’s Potato Latkes,” which my family ate amidst the pageantry of Chanukah. My mommy made them, filling our home with aromas of frying potato and onion. They were crunchy, sweet and salty, cooled by sour cream. This January 2, my mom passed away. Today, I dream to smell and taste HER latkes, one last time.

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  12. I would start with foie gras pate on a toast with lavender sauce. Then go on a dark mushroom and truffles ravioli, with a butter-salvia sauce. And for desert - just simple Fiorentine cheesecake and a glass of port

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  13. Having traveled around the World, I would require at least 5 countries food to make my "Dream Meal". Starting with appetizers from France or Thailand, either escargot from Paris or curried coconut mussels in Bangkok.
    Baja style lobster in Rosarito, Mexico or Macadamia crusted Mahi mahi in Maui, Hawaii.
    Dessert, a bananas fosters creme brulee in New Orleans!
    YUM

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  14. The dream meal would be a bit of a hodge podge. I would start off with some Brie from Murray's cheese shop in NYC. Then I would have a three-way from skyline chili. The spaghetti with chili and cheese is to die for! I would finish off the meal with a slice of County Line Pecan Pie from Austin Texas.

    Just thinking about it makes my stomach grumble. Yum!

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  15. My dream meal is Lobster at Chinois in Santa Monica and a Chocolate Souffle for desert.
    For my appetizer, I will choose a seafood cocktail.

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  16. My dream meal is Shrimp, Stuffed inside a Lobster, and that lobster stuffed inside Delmonico's Chicken-a-la-keen (a whole one, I know crazy)...served with sweet potato or waffle fries and thai fried rice as sides. To top it off, a perfect banana split dessert from Max Brenner.

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  17. Dream Meal: Start with a glass of Thai Iced Tea, to be accompanied by six pieces of Kani (Alaskan King Crab) Sushi, from Bob Sans in Chicago. Followed by a Filet Mignon from Ruth Chris Steakhouse served with Grilled Asparagus. Ending the meal with a flour-less Chocolate Torte served with fresh Raspberries and whipped cream. A simple yet extremely satisfying meal.

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  18. I’ll take the time machine, please - back to 1990, to an Italian deli on Sherbrooke West, in Montreal. It was the first time I’d had sundried tomatoes. Packed in olive oil, served with seriously crusty baguette, slivers of salty parmesan, and aged balsamic. I was barely 20. Until then, I hadn’t known such food existed. Such an explosion -- the mash of textures and flavours, the dribble of of oil. That sexy-soft-chewy. More, please.

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  19. Wawona's Redwood Inn is gone,,, so start with the best salmon, not just any salmon, sockeye salmon and cream cheese tiny appetizers, with Walser/some good fizzie water. Then entree of mom's 2" thick massive chuck steak cooked on the coals, sliced so thin with fettuccine and a thin white cream garlic sauce. An ice cold local Cal. microbrew to drink. Dessert of a slice of Doris E.'s Jolly Breakfast Ring,with walnuts and cinnammon inside the angel food pan cooked pastry, with chocolate real ice cream, not immitation. And California champagne with strawberries in each glass.

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  20. Sitting along the bank of Alaska’s Yukon River on a crisp evening, I would be enjoying a freshly-caught king salmon grilled to perfection with a maple syrup and soy sauce glaze accompanied by roasted asparagus with olive oil and sea salt, garlic mashed potatoes, and, soft, warm, nutty wild rice pan biscuits. For dessert there would be grilled pineapple with caramel sauce. This, along with the perfect wine, would be my perfect meal.

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  21. To begin, an assortment of pate, which should include foie gras and cheeses. A salad with crab, fennel, and mix greens with a ginger dressing. For the main course, roast garlic crusted prime rib with side of asparagus. Last, vanilla gelato with olive oil and orange sea salt.

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  22. foie gras or escargots appetizer while sitting on the floating deck of the Water Club overlooking the East River and the NYC skyline, grilled lobster and asparagus from the Pearl Oyster Bar and zabaglione with fresh berries from Cafe Lalo's or Tarte Tatin from Tartinery in their patio with a Grand Marnier nightcap

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  23. I'd start with a bowl of turtle soup from Commander's Palace with a glass of sherry, followed by a shrimp poboy from Uncle Darrow's in Marina Del Rey splashed with the original 1868 batch of Edmund McIlhenny's Tabasco hot sauce and a Mint Julep while watching the Kentucky Derby. Dessert would be the hazelnut chocolate crème glacée from Berthillon behind Notre Dame in Paris served in a glass chilled with liquid nitrogen by Ferran Adrià and topped with the first batch of Pietro Ferrero's Nutella from 1944, wile dining at 1/3rd Earth's gravity on the Moon.

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  24. My dream meal is a home cooked meal by my grandmother in Costa Rica. A fresh plate of simple food, prepared with love and care. Fresh rice and beans seasoned with onions, garlic and peppers. A plate of fresh made tortillas, piping hot from the stove. Another bowl in the center of the table for the family to share filled with succulent chicken cooked in tomatoes, carrots and fall off the bone good.

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  25. Antipasti: Stuffed squash flowers (ricotta and anchovey) with dipping sauce from Adriana, New Haven CT

    Insalata: Ed Pascale's fried meatballs with Iceberg and Ralphie Chong's string style pickled eggplant

    Primi:My late Mom's manicotti of rolled featherlight crepes or Puba Niro's pasta with native tomato sugo or Peggy Dercole's Lasagna with mini meatballs integral

    Secondi:The bone in Rib Eye at Max Downtown in Hartford CT or a DiFara's ( Brooklyn ) Special pie or the Spare rib braciola by Campania in Branford CT or Fran Solevo, a full rack of ribs seasoned and rolled then cooked for hours in red sauce or the Beef Short rib(s)at Babbo NYC LOL
    Dolci The Nutella "pizza" at Trattoria L'Incontro Astoria NY or the Canoli ala Siciliano with sweet ricotta and chocolate bits from Mike's Pastry in Boston MA.

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    1. I forgot to mention the veal bolognese sauce by my friend George Pastorok at the old GP Cheffields in Newtown CT. or his chilled Zabaglione with fresh local berries,or for that matter his from scratch Ice box cake!

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  26. I would have to go back in time and my dream meal would be a Passover meal with the whole family there (so many are gone now), with my Mom's simple baked chicken (just right amt of paprika), perfect moist brisket, her Mother's potato puffs, and green beans. Must not forget her home made gefilte fish with the slices of carrot on top and the fish jelly AND the hand grated horseradish, plus her sublime chicken soup (mine is never the same as hers was). Then dessert of her Mother's recipe for sponge cake and sometimes her Aunt's recipe for passover lemon meringue pie. I can see everyone at the table and still smell and taste the food. I would give anything for just one more meal with my parents and grandparents like those.

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  27. Sticky BBQ pork ribs with chunky sweet potato chip sprinkled with sea salt.

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  28. Nothing says dream-worthy food like pesto pasta in Cinque Terre, Italy. I dream of the pesto to this day.

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  29. Thank the Lord for this contest! My dream meal is exactly a dream because I've never even tasted it before. Before this year is out I am praying that I can get to a restaurant that will have my dream meal on the menu. Beef Wellington. I want it medium topped with a sauce that has Maryland blue crab meat and feta or Gorgonzola cheese in it. Grilled Asparagus on the side. A mushroom risotto with avocado in it somehow. With a nice glass of Peach Wine. This is what pops up in my head even though I've never had it before I know it would taste delish! I know it may sound weird but I'm special soooooo lol

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  30. My dream meal - or as I call it - My Last Supper - would consist of Peking Duck, Lobster Thermidor, asparagus, deep-fried camembert with cloudberry sauce and finishing off with banoffee pie!

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  31. OMG!! 1. Pasta Vesuvio from La Scarola in Chicago. 2. Porterhouse from Peter Lugers in NY. 3. paella from anywhere in spain. 4. Pesto pasta from Florence. 5. Ribs from Memphis. 6. Burger from In and Out Burger. 7. Wings from Pok Pok NY. 8. Stuffed Lobster from Maine. 9. My mom's chicken noodle soup. 10. Movie theater popcorn.

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  32. After reading some of these meals I feel a little country, but what the heck, I am.

    Being a native Texan, there is nothing like REAL Chicken Fried Steak (A well tenderized piece of top round double breaded and fried to a goldedn brown for you Yankees), Fresh mashed potatoes, with cream gravy, freah black eyed peas, and hot biscuits.

    Top it off with a piece of my wife's home made pecan pie and I am a very happy camper.

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  33. My dream is to eat at a restuarant with no processed foods or excess sugar so there is nothing I can worry about. I will be able to eat all that I want (because it will be healthy, which is what I need). I want to enjoy baked chicken and turkey and all of the foods I can eat.

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  34. A Japanese style rotating table buffet with plates containing cuts of the the best meat imaginable, cooked medium rare.

    On another food belt would be delectable side dishes and appetizers ranging from the usual bubble and squeak to perhaps a crisp kinpira gobo made by Iron Chef Michael Symon or Iron Chef Morimoto.

    As the juice of tender cuts of t-bone steak dribbles down my mouth, I wash it down with a nice cold glass of fruit punch.

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  35. My dream meal is to start with an excellent French Onion Soup, followed by the Salmon or Roasted Chicken at Lucien. My ideal side would be a Spanish Brussel Sprouts dish like the tapas at Boqueria. For dessert I would love my Mother's apple pie served with a small hunk of sharp cheddar on the side. My wine choice would probably be a Cote de Rhone and I would finish with an espresso or port depending on how I felt.

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  36. I would try to create a meal with my most memorable single dish experiences...Toro tuna and foie gras with Meyer Lemon Confit; French Crayfish; Pan-fried Walleye; Fresh porcini risotto; a cheese course from a provincial French restaurant, and Floating Island almost anywhere.

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  37. My husband and I will be celebrating our 38th anniversary next month. From the very start of our relationship my husband's dream meal has been: shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, Beef Wellington, baked potato, asparagus, with Baked Alaska for dessert. I don't know if we could find this meal, but I'd love to try!

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  38. My dream meal will be eating from the different street vendors around NYC, including food trucks. Dining don't have to be complex; the simpliest food, like the food you can find from street vendors, can taste just as good, or even better than restaurants. Street food has been a to-go meal for many NYers. While the simple meals-on-wheels come with an affordable price, many comes with a story as to why they chose to serve that meal. The different meals can open so many doors to different culture and ethnic meals, but what fascinates me is how some street vendors put a twist to their meal to make it taste even better. There are so many street vendors to explore, but the food remains to be simple, and yet delicious enough to be any dreamer's meal.

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  39. Goose Island Bourboun County Stout for an aperitif. A quarter of Earl's Cuban Club Special (arlington, va) and The Main Cup's crab dip (middletown, md) for an appetizer, Ray's the Steaks dry aged porterhouse with plenty of creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes paired with good red wine, bringing back memories of an epic birthday celebration. And for dessert Breyer's Coffee Ice Cream just like my Grandpa gave me when I was a kid.

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  40. I love to cook. So, I explore all possible medias for ideas, recipes, tips, etc. I was an article about Guy Fieri. He was spending his holiday at home with family, friends, grills, and smokers. He was barbecuing! My dream meal is to eat whatever comes off of those grills and out of those smokers. OMG! My mouth is watering...

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  41. Nothing tempts me more than seeing seared scallops on the menu, but the best tasting memories for me are those simple shore pleasures. A piping hot slice of Manco & Manco pizza, a handful of curly fries, a nibble of chocolate fudge and a Kohr's creamy orange sherbet/vanilla ice cream cone for dessert. Blend those tasty treats with the salty air in Ocean City, NJ and I'm in heaven!

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  42. With 8 kids my beautiful wife and I rarely get a chance to eat out and we do its usually a chain restaurant like red lobster or olive garden. We would love to sample a slightly upscale place serving locally source foods.

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  43. Cauliflower cheese, made from a roux base by me, with ground pine nuts sprinkled on top and a few liberal dashes of Secret Aardvark habanero hot sauce. Mouth-watering, tastebud sensation.

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  44. A delicious meal at Le Bernardin.

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  45. My dream meal that I'm envisioning is steamed shrimp, on top of a delicious bed of angel hair pasta with an amazing homemade alfredo sauce. Paired with asparagus and a grilled steak made to order served with a honey butter roll. Ok, I'm seriously hungry now!

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  46. From all of the memories of childhood, I remember my mother's beef stew the most. She was not a great cook, but she did some things well. There was no recipe. It started with one pot and always expanded to two large pots, filled to the brim as she added various ingredients. Whether she ladled it over rice or bread; the family was happy. My palate has refined with time, my favorite drink is champagne; but oh, how I wish I had paid more attention to how she put together this heart-warming, soul-satisfying meal!

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  47. The setting: the coast of Mexico, a beachside restaurant with palm thatch roof. It is open to views of the water, the sloping beach, the pangas or small fishing boats delivering the day’s catch. The tablecloth is cobalt blue, the sand under the table is white, the table set with china and dripping bottles of very good beer. My exquisite lunch: sea-fresh camarones with garlic, sautéed vegetables du jour, rice, black beans and amazing salsa.

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  48. A Japanese omakase/kaiseki dinner, composed entirely of seafood, as many different types as can be had, for as long as I can remain sitting upright, all perfectly cooked (or not, since sushi & sashimi would be included).

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  49. one thing I miss most is not processed chips: its absurd that we need to fork out money for frozen chips. My dream food: a plate of chips and fish served in a newpaper like they did in he 80's in London, or well the famous spezzatino of grandmother, how she did it?? we dont know, beef, onions, garlic ginger root, parsley and more herbs,wine and the secret of the house whihc made my mother also a very good cook look like a failure in the kitchen.she also pu the best sponge cake on the table butter, flour, eggs, raising powder, orange peel and juice, goats milk

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  50. The spaghetti al frutti di mare (made with fresh caught seafood and handmade pasta) at Ristorante Da Zio Dino in Pula, Sardegna Italy. Best enjoyed with a few glasses of Cannonau and finished off with dolce sardo (a fried ravioli filed with pecorino cheese and topped with honey) for dessert. And if someone in your party knows Zio Dino (the owner), you might even be able to enjoy this meal on their patio.

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  51. This isn’t my dream meal, it’s my dad’s. And it’s not a meal, it’s a donut. My dad’s college roommate had a father who owned a donut shop. Whenever his roommate went home, he would bring my dad a donut stuffed with jelly and cream. Since then, my dad says he can’t find a doughnut like it or a store that can make it. I’d like for us to roadtrip to get him the original!

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  52. Lately, I've been craving authentic fall dishes. That said, my dream meal of the moment would be short rib braised with carrots, garlic, onion, and clove. Served alongside something creamy, and just a little bit sweet - honey glazed butternut squash with browned butter. Salivating from the very thought of it.

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  53. I would love to relive the days when my entire family would get together to enjoy a hearty meal. Everyone would work together to make a wonderful dinner. It never happens anymore since everyone is so busy/lives so far away. For me food isn't always just about what you're eating; it's also about how you make and who you enjoy it with.

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  54. My dream meal? A compilation of food truck deliciousness, fresh seafood, southern-fried goodness, and a Barcelona-style wingman:

    Amuse-bouche: Bon Me truck tea eggs
    Starter: Mussels Diablo from The Conch Republic (Florida)
    Main: Chic-fil-a chicken nuggets dipped in Polynesian sauce
    Side + Beverage: Toro’s grilled corn with aioli, lime, espelette pepper & aged cheese. Capped off with their Perro Picante (Deaths Door gin, grapefruit, spicy pepper) – oh, it’s spicy.

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  56. A nuevo-traditional Mexican meal prepared by the incredible Rick Bayless. Having grown up eating lots of superb Mexican food myself, I have been dying to try his own version of the cuisine. Something along the line of his Oysters Nuevo Vallarta, Pickled Pigs Feet with Jalapenos and Crema Tostada, Plantains, Grilled Lobster with Smoky Garlic Mojo, Duck Carnitas and a Caramelized Mango Tart with Mexican Chocolate and Pepitas to finish. Oh! And several, traditionally delicious margaritas on the rocks with salt. ¡Sí Señor! I would eat that anywhere.

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  57. Being that I grew up eating out (my Mother was certainly not a chef... and I have carried along that “tradition”), my “dream meal” is more about WHO I share it with and WHERE (as opposed to exactly WHAT I am eating). So... my parents have always wanted to dine @ Rao’s... and eating there with them would be MY dream meal... as I know it would be an experience that we would remember forever.

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  58. I dream of a warm dish of Tartiflette. The rich and savory combination of potatoes, reblochon cheese, and onions was my French host mother's saving grace after serving butter sandwiches for months. My drink would be a simple, refreshing glass of soda water with a splash of grapefruit juice. To top off the culinary orgasm, vanilla funfetti cake fresh from the oven to be enjoyed lounging in sweats without a hint of guilt.

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  59. My dream meal would combine favorites from various locales nationwide - hopefully they would all remain the ideal temperature by the time they arrived to me here in Michigan. ;)
    Tomato bisque from Bistro Jeanty (Napa Valley)
    Caesar salad from Tre Monti (Troy, MI)
    Chicken Christopher from Morton's Steakhouse
    and for dessert - the Salty Pimp from Big Gay Ice Cream (NYC)

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  60. For my dream meal, I want to dine with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family. It would be Thanksgiving, since that is my favorite holiday, and we'd have a traditional Thanksgiving spread plus coconut/banana cream pie. Even though they don't celebrate the holiday, they'll celebrate it just for me, and the queen will enjoy every moment, sitting there with her stoic expression and muttering one-word replies—just the way it should be on Thanksgiving. No talk, just eat.

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  61. I would have to mix from several places, southwest corn dip from Saul Good in Lexington, KY. Bacon Wrapped Sirloin from Malone's Steakhouse as part of the main dish. For side items I would like a noodle bowl from Noodles & Co in Chiago, IL and Frickle Pickles from Genny's Diner in Louisville, ky. A glass of wine from Italy, just about any full bodied red would do. I would also like a sampler of baklava fresh from Greece. To finish I would have to have some Tiramisu from Carlos bakery.

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  62. The Best meal I ever ate was a lunch wagon at 53rd and 6th in New York at the Halal Guys the best chicken and rice dish with white sauce and pita bread, and for dessert Magnolia Bakery down the street and on the left has the best cupcakes (my favorite )

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  63. After receiving an amorous text from a guy I'd dated, and reviving myself from a grand mal seizure when he told me it was intended for an ex, my dream meal would consist of one thing-chocolate.
    A three course meal which features chocolate in everything! From Mexican chocolate soup, to Nutella stuffed ravioli, and lastly venison filled chocolate truffles.
    In between courses I'd subscribe my exes cell to cat facts.
    It would be choco-nifficent.

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  64. My roommate and I always lie in bed at night saying "if we could afford to go out to eat we would go here.." We are both allergic to Dairy and Gluten so finding restaurants that can accommodate us is hard. We normally only eat at home.
    If I could afford my dream dinner it would be an epic smorgasbord of health food, Japanese and farm to table cuisine. It would begin with Los Angeles restaurant Tar and Roses roasted beets, roasted carrots, and Japanese eggplant. My main course would be Jean George's Black Bass paired with Nobu's Warm Mushroom Salad. As a side with my main I would have Friedmans Brussel Sprouts. As another side I would have Rawvolution's Szechuan Noodles a dish prepared with Kelp Noodles so I could fully enjoy it. Everything would be prepared so I could eat it, no butter, no salt, no gluten. Even though I would be full by this point I would still have my favorite frozen yogurt from Malibu Yogurt in Malibu, CA. ( I would pop a lactose intolerant pill and go to town) .I would have the Cake Batter Carbolight with Dolce de Leche Yogurt.
    Until I can afford this meal I will just keep day dreaming of it.

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  65. Mainly eaten with fingers, at a table full of family, friends, and great conversation. Start with salty Indian cashews and marcona almonds, and a mojito. Then a little crisp southern fish, so freshly fried it burns my fingers. Bitter broccoli rabe heavy with garlic and salt. A cool vichyssoise break. Blast into bliss with grandma's sauerbraten, made with love. A perfect mango and sticky rice. Finish: tollhouse cookie ice cream sandwich-- chewy, melting, ephemeral.

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  66. Pizza. A meal so simple and common, yet fit for a dream if it’s in Naples, Italy.
    I hunger for the elementary combination of dough, sauce, cheese and oven. With an almost legendary status among cognoscenti, the Neapolitan pie is the ultimate because it’s true to what makes a meal unforgettable. Great ingredients, handled with respect and enjoyed with abandon. It may take awhile to reach my destination but surely it’ll be worth the wait.

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  67. Good food is simply hard to find because more often than not, chefs do not use the best ingredients. My perfect meal would consist of superb cheeses, homemade pasta, fresh baked bread and maybe a simple sauce. For dessert. Chocolate. Good quality chocolate!

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  68. My dream meal is enjoying some fantastic sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo - after watching Jiro's Dreams of Sushi and learning about the hard work and amazing work ethic that the owner has put into his restaurant - I feel inspired to work harder on my on goals and to taste this sushi is the product of honest, hard-work with over 75 years of experience in the making. I can only hope someday I will reach the success of Sukiyabashi Jiro in my own career and reach my travel destinations as well.

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  69. Oops - I meant to comment through my Google account: My dream meal is enjoying some fantastic sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo - after watching Jiro's Dreams of Sushi and learning about the hard work and amazing work ethic that the owner has put into his restaurant - I feel inspired to work harder on my on goals and to taste this sushi is the product of honest, hard-work with over 75 years of experience in the making. I can only hope someday I will reach the success of Sukiyabashi Jiro in my own career and reach my travel destinations as well.

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  70. My dream meal would be at New Orleans' own Charlie's Steakhouse. While I can go there any time, my dream meal would be with my father and grandfather. Since neither of them are still alive, this meal would require some sort of time warp/reincarnation, but that would be cool with me.

    The meal would start with Charlie's famous onion rings. Next we would have a wedge salad, potatoes au gratin and a giant t-bone. Of course we wouldn't order any of this from a menu. There isn't one. In fact, since this is a dream meal, it would be great if the waiter just brought what he thought we wanted since he was hard to understand anyway.

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  71. There are so many great foods in this planet, combinations and options that it would take me a lot of time to taste and choose my favorite; but actually this is something tangible. My dream meal is the “Queso Relleno” my Mon used to do.. Aged Dutch cheese with her signature stew. Melt perfection, magic combination. My Dream meal. I wish she was here to do it again.

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  72. A certain someone in my life had one of his most amazing meals at French Laundry many years ago. Being a huge fan of Thomas Keller myself, my dream meal would probably consist of the opportunity to have a private dinner prepared by Mr Keller. While the level of cuisine and the artistry in creating it is important, sharing the experience with someone you love is what truly makes the meal transcend that of just eating food.

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  73. I've been lucky enough to be able to eat amazing food in cities all over the world. With that being said, my dream meal comes from none of those places. My dream meal has as much to do with the location and surroundings as it does with the food. I went on a climbing trip to Tennessee during my freshman year of college during the dead of winter. Our second night there we built a fire and used it for cooking as well as warmth. The trip was supposed to be BYOF (bring your own food), so my best friend and I made a hearty stew. Our trip leaders surprised us with dessert that night and made us the best blueberry cobbler I've ever had in my life in a dutch oven on the fire.

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  74. My dream meal would consist of a culinary ‘mini-trip around the world’. I would start with a Salad Nicoise with fresh anchovies and seared tuna like I had when in Nice. Following would be a trip to Thailand and savoring some authentic Red Duck Curry. My meat course would return me to Brooklyn to the home of Peter Luger’s where I would witness steak perfection. For dessert, I would go to my grandmother’s for Flan.

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  75. Yo, so here it is: I want some chicken pupu from Flip n Patties in Houston, then some thai bbq fajitas from Hula Hut in Austin, served with a side of fried mac and cheese from Reef in Houston, and then end it all with fried bread pudding from Sha Sha's of Creole in Lake Charles, La. Top that, fools! Now crown me with a gift card...please.

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  76. Jumbo blue crabs, beer. Is that 50 words?

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  77. My dream meal is very simple - mustard, garlic, olive oil and tarragon marinated butterflied grilled leg of lamb, cooked by my late brother Dave, who shared my love of grilling, and my own homemade potato salad, with a nice mixed greens and tomato salad and a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  78. My dream meal would be one of my Grandma's Sunday suppers. She passed away unexpectedly when I was 18 and for the past 12 years there's nothing I crave like her home cooking. Pot roast with egg noddles, mashed potatoes, homemade strawberry jam that made Wonder Bread taste like the best stuff on Earth... I miss it all. My aunts are great cooks but nobody can come close to matching or recreating my Grandma's food. I'd love to be sitting back at her kitchen table with family for one more meal.

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  79. Steak and Kidney Pie, Chips and Peas with lots of Onion Gravy and a mug of hot Bovril. Add in some buttered bread to mop up the last of the gravy too.
    Great British food!

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  80. If we're talking a DREAM MEAL, then lets dream Big! I would want a feast! A Roasted Cockatrice of succulent pig, peacock, and venison stuffed with fig, rosemary, and an assortment of other fun treats. Something like that can only be served with a side of roasted veggies and fruit creating the ultimate rustic manly meal. only to be served with several servings of fine wine. If you can handle desert after that, then I would want a large apricot tart served with french vanilla ice cream!

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  81. My dream meal would be locally grown or raised and fully sustainable. I'm talking about in-season produce--fruits and vegetables, from peaches and pears to spinach and squash, and complemented by selections of regional wine and cheese. Next course, it's a toss-up between raw oysters (if in season) or smoked wild Alaskan salmon, followed with farm-raised twice-roasted duck or rotisserie chicken featuring hoisin sauce. Dessert--slow-churned all-natural ice cream!

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  82. My dream meal MUST include medium rare steak and mashed potatoes! It'd be nice to include some caramelized carrots and creme brule as dessert. Yummy!! As a starter something mexican.

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  83. Meatloaf with a side of Garlic-Butter Mashed Potatoes, and blanched Green Beans with Balsamic and Toasted Almonds, sweetened Iced Tea, and a Key Lime Pie to finish off !

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    1. When I was a senior in high school my mother and I took a trip to Jamaica. It wasn't "tourist Jamaica, we stayed with someone who actually lived in a poorer area...no hotels nearby. But there was a little hole in the wall bar and grill that served a "fish soup/stew." it was a spicy broth with tender chunks of fish and springs of herbs. That and sourdough bread would be heaven!

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  85. Panko Crusted Tilapia, Lightly sauteed & browned with Artichoke Heart & Sundried Tomatoes in a Golden Buttery Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce served over Angel Hair Pasta cooked Al-dente.

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  86. I would love a petite filet butterflied and cooked perfectly, a wonderfully steamed lobster with drawn butter, grilled shrimp, some garlic mashed potatoes, followed by my favorite dessert flaming banana's foster with vanilla bean ice cream, and a big ol' glass of sweet tea.

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  87. I would love to have a meal at Lecosho again. Duck confit with lima beans. Super simple and very tasty. I highly recommend starting with some of the pork rilette as well. It's a lot of fat, but full flavor!

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  88. I'd love to have the Christmas Eve dinner my family had growing up. My dad ran services at our church, so we had a crazy hodgepodge of appetizers that could slow-cook during services or jump straight to the table from the fridge: meatballs, chicken wings, spinach dip, shrimp cocktail, and of course, a spread of cookies and bon-bons. We've had fancier and more leisurely dinners since, but those hectic early dinners linger in my memory!

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  89. 196 bites-a sample of every country's "national dish"(or beverage). If I can't "see the world" in my lifetime, perhaps I can have it served on a plate.

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  90. Caesar salad, raw oysters, fish tacos, broilex lobster tail, brown rice with lump crabmeat and brown butter, flan

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  91. Multiple-course menu plus time machine:

    Hors d’oeuvre: Toro and Unagi nigiri.

    Bread basket: Miniature versions of French Riviera’s Ham & Cheese, Almond & Chocolate Croissants, Fuddruckers’ potato wedges w/cheddar.

    Pasta (assuming we haven’t been suckered into filling up on the bread basket): First experience of Fettuccine Alfredo, with parmesan chicken.

    Entrée/Sides: Medium-rare filet mignon, Truffled Mac & Cheese, more cheese-dipped wedges.

    Petit Fours: Molten lava cake, Crème Brulee, Cheesecake, grandmother’s Arroz con Leche + Flan.

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  92. I sit at the table on a perfect summer night with fresh corn on the cob. The melted butter left little puddles of delicious for me to mop up with my fingers. I lick the plate then reach for thick and juicy tomato slices. At the frozen custard stand I order chocolate-vanilla swirl on a cake cone. Oh gee, I've won a free peanut butter cup sundae with extra whipped cream. Well, OK, I'll accept.

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  93. I would have the top chefs from the countries around the world compete in a cooking competition using the freshest, organic ingredients from the sea and land. They would have to come up with a 15-course tasting menu and would be judged on creativity, taste, authenticity, & presentation and be judged by the Chopped judges. The winning tasting menu would be my dream meal. Well, I have a big appetitite, so the top3 menus could be my meal.

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  94. my name is metang isabelle,i am from CAMEROUN(Africa),i like this your program,my favourite meal is,poisson à la vapeur with frying plantains.poisson à la vapeur is fish cooked with green spices,i realy like it

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  95. A perfectly warm moussaka following some flaming saganaki cheese on bread with a Greek salad and brined olives, paired with a glass of sweet vinsanto. Finish the meal with some sweet baklava and I am back on my honeymoon from 7 years ago ;)

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  96. In my dream meal there is enough food to feed all people throughout the world. No one goes hungry. Everyone gets the food they love most, not too much, not too little. And best of all this continues for eternity. Nobody ever dies from starvation ever again.

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