Death becomes us. It is the one truth in all of life. At the end, we all die. But as the roman emperor Marcus Aurelius is credited as saying, “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” And with such wisdom should come a sort of bucket list for all men:
- Wear a custom made suit
- Visit Cooperstown, NY
- Learn to make fire without a match or lighter
- Step foot on the Appalachian Trail
- Sleep outside for three days straight
- Eat foods both exotic and that remind you of home
They are proverbial things a man should do before meeting ones maker. Heavy emphasis should be put on the latter though as life happens way too fast and one of the most important things in life is discovery and more specifically, discovery through food. An entire people’s group history can be found at the end of a fork. You just can’t go through life without eating as best you can. These 5 items will make sure you don’t!
Stone crabs are a large part of what make South Florida as exotic as it is. And no one does stone crabs better than Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach, complete with their famous mustard sauce.
Hot Fresh Bread
It doesn’t truly matter what kind or from what bakery so long as it is fresh, hot, and made on-site. Most Americans buy sliced bread in bags almost exclusively taking pause on occasion for whole breads from supermarket bakeries. But the sensory overload of oven just out of the oven and slathered with salted butter is a delicacy in any part of the world.
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Who would have thought that some of America’s best barbecue would be found in Red Hook? Indeed it is though and tucked away in a large, nondescript factory in Brooklyn in fact. Word to the wise. Don’t delay. The brisket is first come – first serve until all is gone.
Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco
Whether you get it from a food truck near Huntington Beach or a 5-star in Oahu this “simple fish taco” is the perfect combination of flavors with emphasis on smoky, cool, light and creamy.
Sweet Peach Cobbler
The heart of the South is not found in a flag or a ’69 Dodge Charger or even a can of PBR. Rather it is found on the Prunus Persica in a number of groves, yards, and on farms across the Bible belt: the peach. And nothing reminds your taste buds how wonderful the peach is than a dish of Sweet Peach Cobbler from Buckner’s Family Restaurant in Jackson, GA.