My Top 5 Favourite Foods

May 28, 2018 | Food and Culture

As I’m sure you can imagine, I think about food a lot. It’s my favourite thing. I think about it more than I think about anything else. Because of this, I can sometimes get lost in the commotion of it all. I find that it is sometimes important to take a step back and think about the things that really matter. To think about the foods that I love that kind of keep me grounded in a way.

Over the years my favourite foods have changed and evolved. In fact, I made a list like this five or six years ago and it looked quite a bit different than it does now. That’s only natural I guess. Tastes change as we grow, experience new things, and learn more and more about what we like and don’t like. In fact, the below list looks more it was written by ten years old me than thirty-three year old me.  So, with all that in mind, I present my…

Top 5 Favourite Foods.

Number 1.  Tacos

I love tacos! Now, to be clear I do not mean old el paso tacos. You know, those ones that come in a kit you buy at the grocery store. I think those are pretty gross if I’m being honest. When I say tacos I mean shredded meat, either pork, beef, chicken, turkey, or fish, on a soft corn tortilla. This is usually topped with a few different types of salsa, fresh cilantro and onions, and possibly something sweet like pineapple.

There are few things in the world that match the perfection of a well-made taco. I could eat them every day all day.

Number 2. Hamburgers

When it comes burgers I like simple. A thin patty seasoned with salt and pepper, maybe a little garlic powder and seasoning salt. Topped with a bit of cheese and a few condiments. Throw some caramelized onions on there or tomato, lettuce and pickle and we’ve got ourselves a party. The only problem I have with burgers is that when I eat them, I end up craving them for weeks after. I just can’t get enough.

The trend now is to put as much shit as you can on top of a patty and call it a gourmet burger. I hate it. There are too many flavours. Everything gets muddled together to the point that you can’t even taste the burger itself.

Number 3. Steak

It may seem almost cliche at this point to say that steak is one of my favourite foods but it is the truth. There are few things better than a perfectly cooked ribeye, tenderloin, or striploin. (Ordered from favourite to least favourite.)

Just like burgers I prefer the simplest approach. Salt and pepper, maybe some other minor seasonings. No barbecue sauce or HP sauce or anything like that. If the steak is good, the flavour doesn’t need to be covered up with a powerful sauce.

There are certain sauces that work on steak. Generally, these are made with beef stock and so compliment and enhance the flavour of the steak rather than covering it up. Having said that, bearnaise sauce (hollandaise with tarragon), and chimichurri go really well on steak too.

Number 4. Pizza

Again, simple is always better. I prefer a margarita pizza which is just basil, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and dough, to pretty much anything else. Pizza is on this list because it truly is one of the best foods in the world. The combination of cheese, sauce, and dough is perfection. Unfortunately, I can’t eat pizza anymore due to gluten issues but I crave it on a daily basis.

Before you say anything, I know there are gluten-free pizzas but I assure you they don’t compare.

Number 5. Spicy Noodles. 

The number five spot on this list was a tough one to fill. There are a lot of foods that could occupy this position. However, after much deliberation, I chose spicy noodles because I could eat them almost every day.

Spicy noodles cover a pretty wide range of options. And so to describe exactly what I’m talking about is next to impossible. The noodles could be stir-fried, or they could be in a broth. I don’t care. As long as there are noodles, and they are spicy, I’m going to be there shoving my face full of them.

So, there you have it. My top 5 favourite foods. And yes, like I said, it looks like I wrote this list when I was ten.

I just want to give a quick shout out to chicken wings. I love you chicken wings, and you very easily could have been on this list.

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