Today is “Eat What You Want Day” and the end of the world just might be coming on May 21 according to lots of folks, so I’m thinking right now about fantastic final meals I can share with loved ones, with lots of hugs and kisses and spareribs. Since money is no object and calories are irrelevant, the meals will be a blowout before the purported blowup.
"My final days" menu is still being finalized, and shipping will have to be arranged, but I figure if I even take a few bites of each food I can happily stuff my way into oblivion.
Other suggestions are welcome, of course since I’m sure I missed some great dishes in this rush to arrange my last meals before May 21.
Here are elements of the dream meals I’ve planned, so far:
Stone crabs from Joes, in Miami Beach, with accompaniments of both mustard sauce and butter, hash browns and cole slaw
New England clam chowder, gazpacho, and cream of morel mushroom soup
Ahi tuna sushi
A corned beef on rye with mustard, from the 2nd Avenue deli in NYC, with a half-sour pickle and a Dr. Brown's cream soda (diet soda not needed --end of the world!).
Roast duck from the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC accompanied by mashed potatoes and fresh white asparagus
Rack of lamb, prepared Julia-Child style -- lots of garlic and rosemary and a sprinkling of toasted bread crumbs with parsley -- plus gravy and root veggies. (Carla from Top Chef could prepare it if she isn’t off doing her own last meals –she’s my favorite.)
Soul food from Amy Ruth’s in Harlem: fried chicken, ribs, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, biscuits, cherry cobbler
A porterhouse from Peter Lugar in Brooklyn, with a side of creamed spinach
A boiled Maine Lobster with butter
My meat spaghetti sauce (my sons love it) and my roast chicken – I’ll cook only these things. Since the world is ending, I'll hire some help.
A cone of Belgian fries, with curried catsup
For dessert; Key lime pie, red velvet cake, chocolate cheese cake, hot fudge sundae with Cherry Garcia ice cream, cannollis, crème brulee, a perfect peach
Some stinky cheese with figs and walnuts
And to drink: mojitos, a Reisling, a great Bordeaux, champagne, old port, Bailey’s.
Oh, and chocolate-coated candied orange peels.
What a way to go! If the end doesn’t come on May 21 I’ll just join a weight-loss program to lose the 15 pounds and go into my IRA to cover the thousands of dollars the meals would cost.
And I think it might even be worth it.