I know we’re all dying of envy right now, (I know I am) but on hindsight, I think he or she was fated to win. In fact, it’s quite appropriate because s/he had to eat horsemeat! It definitely goes with the Anthony Bourdain theme, doesn’t it?
The most interesting meal I’ve ever had? Hmmm…well a Filipino carmelite nun once served us horsemeat stew in Belgium. I was really hesitant about eating it but I didn’t want to offend our hosts so I took a very tentative bite. I was relieved to find out that it tasted just like beef only just a bit tad tougher and had an interesting aftertaste that’s kinda hard to describe. My body warmed up afterwards tho…which was a good thing coz Belgium was like below 10 C that time
That answer definitely got my attention but it wasn’t the only one. I loved reading everyone’s food experiences, like Janlo, dementia and Sara‘s Kapampangan food trips, the peek at one of Ian’s family feasts, frances’ meal at Ziggurat (mental note, make time to eat there!), Noel’s throat-searing moment with the frog + shoju and magnetic_rose’s adventures at a Tokyo izakaya (demn you, one day, I shall go there too!) I enjoyed reading everyone’s answers so much that I decided that there should be a special prize for everyone’s special effort.
I know it’s not as awesome as the signed A Cook’s Tour but then, what is? (Except maybe dinner with THE Mr. Bourdain himself.) Think of this as a small gesture of appreciation for the post I liked the most. It has small monetary value, but I think it’s loads of fun and I hope will encourage the winner to try one of my favorite things in the world—preparing bento!
More than the food she featured, it was the memory she shared—a slice of nostalgia, dabbed with wasabi that had me thinking, THIS SHOULD WIN A PRIZE! So, toni, your 13-year old you has just won you a bunch of bento accessories! Use it as you see fit; for eating sashimi, putting your hair up in a bun or poking annoying people with—enjoy!
Thanks to everyone who joined. All the answers can be found in the contest thread. I highly recommend checking out the comments section and visiting everyone’s links—there are a lot of entertaining posts here.
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