Hello Fellow Toads. Let's trade some tales of the best ever bugs, flies, and crickets we have eaten. Some of you may be aware that at one point in my several incarnations, I was a chef - matriculated at the CIA, worked under some good chefs and finally became a chef. Therefore, one of the things I always ask people is, "What is the best meal or food you have ever eaten?" It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to have been the best thing YOU have eaten. For example, one of my favorite meals was eaten with a coworker after a long hard night's work. The meal consisted of chicken salad from one of those plastic tubs on a hot dog roll, a couple of oreos and the crumbs from the bottom of the potato chip bag. It was all she had at the time and it was good! The company made it special, you see. Tony said, "You learn a lot about the person you share a meal with."
I have traveled all over and have memories of some special meals in special places - Lyon, Hong Kong, London, my hometown of Durham, NC. One of the people I admired most in the world was Tony Bourdain. He traveled, he ate. He was fearless in the food he tried and I don't think he ever met a food he didn't like. He did the Parts Unknown series on CNN and one of the best segments he did was in Manila. Here we see Tony at his best - fun loving, sentimental, honest, eating with people who love to feed people, and children off the street. I am including this segment which shows that the food doesn't have to fancy and gourmet, it just has to be eaten in the company of fellow food lovers. It is the segment on Halo Halo (hollow hollow or mix mix) which is a Philippine street food. He happily shares it with children on the street. You can tell he is truly loving the experience.
What I would like you all to do is to write a free form poem about the best food you ever ate, the best meal you ever had. I would like you all to keep it brief please - No more than 20 lines and in a free form - meaning no form is allowed: no sonnet, no ode, no haiku, no haibun, no cherita, sonnet, etc.….I want the form to be footloose and fancy free. Travel with us and share with us your meal. Walk with us and talk with us. Have fun with this prompt. Tell us about the food, the ingredients, the drink, the company. Let us in on your pleasure in a meal well eaten. And watch this short video clip.
Hi Toads. My husband and I are off to the county far later today. We much prefer it to the large State fair. Perfect day for it - dry, sunny, low humidity, and 74 degrees. My husband will treat himself to the hot sausage and green pepper sandwich - one of the best things he has ever eaten.
Hi Toads! Hi Toni! I'm pleased to read that you have a perfect day for a summer fair! It's cooling down over here in the UK and it's a bank holiday weekend, so my husband has Monday off. I'm looking forward to reading about everyone's different foods.
Annd if course I went over the 20 lines because it is my prompt and I can! You can too. :-)
Just steer me toward the deviled eggs.
Oh Toni Toni Toni - you can't realise how your prompt has messed my life up! I planned to retire before midnight and it is nigh on 1:15 Nevertheless don't care as I loved this (prompt).
But I am going to bed now and will respond in comments to others in the morning.
A fun prompt, Toni. I couldn't do it like you asked when I was writing but with time, sure I can. But I won't, I'll stay with this. BTW, my last part was a tease but I added the word teasing. I have the same beliefs on the place of women as you do. So does Mrs. Jim.
Am at a horse clinic this weekend. Will participate and submit on Tuesday
thanks for the "food for thought" Toni :D
a wonderful prompt idea - how often we don't consider the all of the senses and of course, the true staple of "nourishment" - not just the essential to eat, to fuel the body, but what makes a meal, however simple or elegant, truly special and worthy of memory, both in the mind, the body and most importantly the soul ...
Anna's link is not working for me. :-(
I am playing late... but THANK YOU for this is another example of a poem I'd never have thought of writing...
Could not pass up the chance to write about my favorite Caprese!!! Thanks.
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