We’ve probably all thought about it at one time or another. Whether it’s a conversation with friends or you’ve just watched a true crime documentary that made your head spin, the question “What would be your last meal?” is always interesting, to say the least! So here at The Blast, we asked some of our writers what their the last meal would be if they could choose. Here’s what everyone decided to snack on…
If I had a choice for my last meal, it would definitely be Mexican food. But not just any Mexican food; it must be authentic. Living on the west coast for much of my life, I know authentic Mexican tastes. I’m not saying you can’t find authentic on the east coast, but it’s not that easy.
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one meal, but here we go. Chicken enchiladas, rice, street corn, and homemade guacamole and salsa would be my MUST HAVE.
If the choice is between homemade or restaurant, I do not cook my last meal. Certainly not! (I don’t cook most meals, so why start at the end of my life?) There are two restaurants near me that top my list: Mesa Modern Mexican in Easton, PA and Cafe Habana in New York. Cafe Habana has the BEST street corn I have ever had. Mesa has the best guacamole and salsa! If I could combine both restaurants for my last meal, that would be the best solution.
Let’s talk about street corn. The first time I tried it, I was skeptical. I had never eaten street corn before but was told Cafe Habana had the best so decided to give it a try. And oh my…life hasn’t been the same since. I’ve tried street corn everywhere I could find it after that first time and haven’t been blown away by any other than Cafe Habana, and of course, Mesa.
Mesa’s guacamole and salsa are good enough to simply eat with a spoon, no kidding! Every time I go to Mesa with my friends, we get the guacamole and tear it up! Because I know I’m going to eat tons of it and the salsa (because it’s good enough to literally drink), my order is usually just street corn, guacamole and fries and salsa. Oh, and let’s not forget the margaritas. Their margaritas are so good that you can really forget that they contain alcohol. They go down too easily.
I think I could probably eat Mexican food every day and never get tired of it. For a very long time I tried to convince my kids that we were part Mexican so I could justify why we eat so much Mexican food, but they called my bluff. My oldest son actually bought me an Ancestry.com test for Mother’s Day years ago, just to stop me saying we’re Mexican. (And yes, he got his wish because I’m all European – Hungarian, German, British and a touch of India.)
I have two separate meals in mind. It would have to be something new. A meal I have never eaten but was dying to try. The other must be something familiar; a hearty meal that reminds me of my childhood. You can’t leave this world without a taste of home on your tongue.
For something new, it would have to be, wait for it…Lasagna.
This chunky, cheesy Italian dish has stuck in my head since I was a little girl watching the cartoon “Garfield and Friends.” This lazy orange cat wouldn’t let an episode pass without consuming a piece of lasagna, and it always left me wondering, “How does this actually taste?”
I tried to make one myself, with YouTube as a guide, but it didn’t go well. So it should be made for me by someone who knows the right cheese and the right pasta and the exact number of layers needed to make the perfect lasagna. This is my last meal on earth; don’t I deserve such special treatment?
For my other meal, something familiar, the only thing that comes to mind is a nicely made hot plate of Jollof rice. This meal is the most popular dish in Nigeria (and Africa in general) and the one over which we argue a lot over the best recipe.
Jollof rice is basically rice cooked in a thick tomato broth that has been flavored and mixed with beef or chicken broth. For the Nigerian Jollof in particular, there must be some curry spice and a noticeable amount of pepper for some spiciness.
As this is my last meal, it MUST be prepared by the most hectic method; In a large pot placed on firewood. This process allows the smoke from the burning wood to infuse the rice as it cooks to give it a unique smoky flavor.
So, there you have it, a slice of lasagna to satisfy a craving I’ve had for a long time, and a plate of Jollof rice, to send me off this earth with a smile.
When I have things to eat for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, or anywhere in between. I’m sure I’m like everyone else and I always try to find the best option for whatever I fancy. But when I think about what I would like to have for my last meal, maybe I should grab things from a few places to make everything perfect. Growing up on Cape Cod, seafood was always one of my favorite choices, so I would almost instantly like lobster, scallops and oysters on the plate. Seafood could come from almost anywhere on the Cape, but oysters would have to come from New Orleans and the restaurant by Mr. Ed, and grilling them is key. While I’m getting the New Orleans oysters, I’ll need some hand grenade drinks from Bourbon Street and some bits of chicken from Willie Mae’s Scottish Home. There is no other place that has chicken that is better. It’s impossible.
To wash it all down, I would then have to get the Zingers dessert and Capt. Jack’s Buried Treasure of Miller Beer House in Orlando. The Zingers are more like chicken, breaded by hand, but the Buried Treasure is something completely unique. It’s a huge three layer vanilla ice cream cake, Oreo cookie crust, Heath Bar crispy crumble, caramel and hot fudge delight. There are some trips that need to be taken, but I would be more than happy to take this trip as they are in places I have lived or visited many times and enjoy immensely. All the food brings me back to the very fun times I had at these places. And to add good food to memories is a mission I would take on every day if I could.
As this is my last meal, I hope not to be full so I can continue to enjoy it all and at my own pace, because since it tastes so good and I would probably be full quickly, I would probably eat it very quickly. Even with many flavors. I would be like Joey Chestnut with all the food, just to make sure I eat it all and enjoy it as much as possible.
Or maybe I would stretch it all day. Because I would also like to add a pizza from Sweet Tomatoes in Sandwich, MA. Then, cross the street and taste the best ham and cheese sandwich in The cold cuts. All of this is a must and it’s a mouth watering delight right now just thinking about all the awesome selections. Everything I listed, if I’m near them, I have to get it. It’s just what has to happen. So if you’re ever at any of these places or eating all of this, look to your right and look to your left because I might be sitting right next to you eating the same thing, or wait until you go to the bathroom so I can steal it off your plate. It’s simply the best.