Judy tagged me with a meme of sorts, I suppose, which I've never participated in before, but this one sounded fun.
Judy, I sort of read the details page about this top 5 thing going around, but I'm horribly notorious for skimming everything. So here's my top 5 foods that I've tried that everyone should try before they die...is that how it works? haha. Although I've been to Europe a few times, I don't have many experiences with veg restaurants, but I wish there was a to-die-for one I could recommend.
1-vegetable paella from Spain. While all my classmates were grossed out because their seafood paella came with whole tiny crabs in it, mine was all veggies, and amazingly delicious. You could try and make it yourself but nothing's as good as the real thing. Plus its a great excuse for a trip! Have it with a chilled glass of sangria.
2-Poutine. This is a toss up. I haven't made vegan poutine yet...but to all non-vegans, if you think poutine is authentic in any part of the world other than Quebec...wrong! I admit, I did live in la belle province for 6 years so I *may* be slightly biased. But honestly, who did Mickey D's think they were serving what they wanted to pass off as poutine. Horrors! Maybe I'll move to Quebec and open up a vegan poutine stand.
3- Portobello mushroom bake...not a food, a meal, a recipe from Garden of Vegan by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard. Of the hundreds of recipes I've tried from many books, this still remains my absolute favourite.
4-Gelato from GG Gelati in Winnipeg's Little Italy district. I've had gelato in Italy that for some reason didn't taste as good as the stuff in the 'peg. Once I went vegan, my options were reduced, but they still have a variety of dairy free flavours that rock my socks off...including one that tastes just like fudgsicles. The fruit flavours taste like they just came from the farmer's crop to your mouth....so juicy and fresh. Its actually a main reason that I miss living in Manitoba.
5-Tofu. While most people reading this blog are probably intimately familiar with that beautiful block of soy, tofu really is a food that everyone should try. Its so innocent, its made from a bean, yet its probably the scariest food that many people can think of. I used to be one of those people. But its so versatile, that sometimes, you wouldn't even guess that a dish had tofu in it. In fact, that's how I've gotten my family to try it, and probably the only way that would've worked. You should see the look on peoples' faces when they eat a dessert I made and I tell them there's tofu in it. WHAT?!?! haha. If you don't try it, you'll seriously miss out on a plethora of ideas and options, folks. Even Billy likes tofu in some way...usually when I use it to make Naked Mousse...;). My favourites include: tofu omelets, tofu stirfries (I mash it up into little pieces), and tofu cheesecake.
And now I'm to tag more people...read the links up above for more info folks:
Ladies, there's no pressure, you don't have to do it...this brings back memories of chain letters and feeling bad for not doing them :P