Foods To Try Before You Die

The ever-evolving bucket list of Foods To Try Before I Die, along with a map, is below.

Since creating it in August 2010, I have been able to cross off 31 items.

There are currently 63 left. It is inevitable that I will add many more.


Foods To Try Before You Die Map

Featuring all the locations I’ve been to tick items off the list.


Foods To Try Before You Die List



 Baked Alaska

Beef Rossini

Beijing Duck (at Made in China, Beijing)

Bollito Misto alla Piemontese

Bombe Nero


Canard au Sang Servi à la Presse

Chicken Cooked in a Pig’s Bladder

Chocolate Croustillant [at Le Louis XV in Monaco]

Confit de Canard

Crêpe Suzette


Lièvre à la Royale

Lobster Thermidor

Mont Blanc

Omelette Arnold Bennett

Omelette Rothschild

Oysters Rockefeller [at Antoine’s, New Orleans]

Peach Melba

Pig’s Trotter stuffed with Sweetbreads & Morels [at Koffmann’s, London]

Reuben Sandwich

Roast Rib of Beef

Rum Baba [at any Alain Ducasse restaurant]

Salt-Baked Fish

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Sole Veronique

Spaghetti, Jambon Blanc, Morilles et Truffes [at Ledoyen, Paris]

Stargazy Pie

Steak Tartare

Truffle Soup V.G.E. [at Paul Bocuse, Lyon]

Victorian Mince Pie



Bonnotte Potatoes

Bordier Butter

Bluefin Tuna

Bresse Chicken


Chicken Sashimi

Cornish Early Potatoes

Dexter Beef


Foie Gras (Duck)

Foie Gras (Goose)

Golden Iranian Almas Caviar


Gull’s Egg

Hereford Beef


Joselito Gran Reserva Ham

King Crab

Longhorn Beef

Matsutake Mushrooms

Morel Mushrooms

Ortolan Bunting

Oysters (Raw)


Porterhouse Steak

Potted Shrimp

Rose Veal

Salt Marsh Lamb

Sea Urchin

Snail Caviar

Suckling Pig

Triple-Cooked Chips [at any Heston Blumenthal restaurant]

Valrhona Chocolate

Wagyu Beef

White Truffles



Éclair au Chocolat [from Jacques Genin]

Ispahan [from Pierre Hermé]

Macaroons [from Ladurée]

Macaroons [from Pierre Hermé]

Paris Brest

Tarte au Citron [from Jacques Genin]



Armand de Brignac


Dom Perignon

Dom Perignon Rosé





Old Fashioned



Louis XIII de Rémy Martin



Chateau d’Yquem




(at least one First Growth Bordeaux)

Château Haut-Brion

Château Lafite Rothschild

Château Latour

Château Margaux

Château Mouton Rothschild


(at least one non-First Growth prestige wine)

Château Cheval Blanc

Château Pétrus




Gaja Barbaresco

Vega Sicilia Unico

  1. You have to try ‘Pata Negra’. It’s a premium jamon (parma ham) from Spain. It’s a lot darker than normal jamon and quite a bit oilier. A great place to try it would be Barcelona. Pan con tomate is a great way to enjoy it. If you’re not sure which jamon to choose, then buy the most expensive you can afford. It’s worth every penny!

    Also, another great spanish ingredient is Aceitunas de Campo Real. They are easily the best olives that I’ve ever had. Completely different to any other olive I’ve ever had. They are very common in Madrid in tapas bars. Try to avoid touristy bars though. You’re more likely to find the best ones in the tapas bars that are popular with the locals.

    • Thanks for the suggestions – always welcome. I have had pata negra, it was actually the first item I ticked off this list when I had the Joselito Gran Reserva (supposedly the best of the best). It didn’t really do anything for me, I’m afraid.

      Olives I don’t particularly like but I’ll keep my eyes out for these. Might be I just need to taste the best of them to change my mind!

  2. There’s definitely more vintage champagne for you to try other than the above three. Ace of Spades has been labeled the best in the world. I was lucky enough to get completely wasted from it.

  3. Some on here that I’ve tried (salt marsh lamb and crepe suzettes) but raw oysters – never, ever, ever!

  4. I stumbled across your list while searching for evidence that Dom is worth the price. Some of the items make me laugh because I’m in the states and they’re pretty common, but you have made some excellent choices. Gumbo and shrimp po’boys must be tried at an authentic Cajun restaurant, which have started to pop up all over the US if you visit. They are fantastic dishes. I may need to steal some of your items for my own list. I’m in Utah and we aren’t really known for our great food heritage, but I have been to the south and would definitely recommended pulled barbecue pork if you ever find yourself in that area.

  5. Chartreuse is an amazingly tasty plant liqueur, I find the flavours to be deep and complex. Because I grew up with it, I also find the flavours evoke long walks in the Alps (all the plants that go into its composition are from there, as am I) and feelings of being whisked away by fresh air… There is definitely something cleansing about that liqueur 😉
    Don’t try the yellow one though, try the green one, or the elixir…;fiche;3;uk.html

    And I’d also have put Andouillette on that list, preferably the one from Brasserie Georges in Lyon; or for an original green peppercorn take on it, at the Deux Salons in London (but I find the sauce overpowers the andouillette a little bit too much there).

    And finally, one of my favourite childhood memories: Tripou is delicious. Although they’re never as good as in Auvergne; even the ones from the brand Reflets de France aren’t that great.

    You might’ve already tried some or all of the items above, I’m just commenting on those because they’re some of my favourite foods and I’m definitely just promoting them… unashamed.

  6. Also a cheap (comparatively) veg to try that is awesome – dau muil. Snowpea shoots stirfried with garlic.

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