Not your average picnic
The idea of creating a “Bucket List,” a collection of experiences one hopes to realize before passing on, can be both sobering and exciting. A food bucket list on the other hand is guaranteed to be playful. As someone who’s passionate about food, it didn’t take me long to come up with the following inventory. Here are some of my sought after food adventures, from health-conscious to indulgent and from simple to ambitious, some I have accomplished and some I have yet to achieve:
1. Try food from every country and region for which you can find a restaurant within 25 miles of your home.
2. Bake all of your Christmas gifts for friends and coworkers. Make your favorite childhood meal, updated as necessary for your grown-up body!
3. Participate in a progressive dinner: appetizers at one restaurant, entrée at another, and so on.
4. Write a restaurant review and submit it to a magazine.
5. Buy and learn to use a crepe pan.
6. Go on extensive urban foraging trip.
7. Visit a restaurant or bar famous for serving artists and writers. Play with your food.
8. Attend a culinary school open house and gorge on free samples.
9. Volunteer for Food Not Bombs, a food bank, or a shelter. (Good idea, VegNews!)
10. Try your hand at solar grilling.
11. Order every item on the menu at your favorite restaurant (not all in one sitting, please!).
12. Go raw for a week.
13. Pie somebody in the face. It need not be a formal deal.
14. Join a CSA.
15. Judge a chili-cook off or pie baking contest.
16. Host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner with traditional Irish fare.
17. Make homemade dog treats.
18. Try Vegemite on toast or another food that has always intimidated you.
19. Publish a vegan cookbook (and test for someone else’s).
20. Invent your own cocktail and teach it to your favorite bartender.
21. Go to a science museum and get yourself some astronaut food from the gift shop. Then eat it.
22. Tour the craft winery or distillery closest to your home.
23. Perfect your Butterbeer recipe.
24. Make ice cream from fresh snow.
25. Eat no white bread/pasta/rice for a month.
26. Participate in a large-scale food fight (preferably out of doors).
27. Host a cooking party that functions like an episode of Chopped.
28. Learn a new food skill: mushroom foraging, window-box gardening, yogurt-making, or canning.
29. Take photos of everything you eat for 3 straight days.
30. Try absinthe.
31. Picnic in a hot air balloon.
32. Eat a deep-fried candy bar (not in public).
33. Make your own hard cider.
34. Attend a major regional festival with authentic local cuisine such as Mardi Gras or Carnival.
Unusual foods and restaurants, travel, giving back to the community? Tell us what’s on your food bucket list and we’ll try to include it in Part 2 of the series.
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