I love food. Probably too much, to be honest. I’ve written about self-control in the past, and I really should revisit that piece to help me get back on track, but for today, I want to celebrate delicious foods.
A couple ground rules before we dive into the delectable morsels that await us. First, some of the foods I will discuss are main courses while others are side items. I just wanted to be clear about that because undoubtedly some super helpful and not at all annoying person would complain about it if I wasn’t explicitly clear at the outset. Second, I am assuming the best versions of these foods as I am sure there are terrible versions as well. If I list a particular food, it’s the best version of that food that I’ve been blessed to eat.
That’s enough introduction. Let’s get to the good stuff! Here are five foods I will never pass up.
I’m listing this first for a reason. A good Pad Thai is quite possibly the best food in the world. At least, it is to me. The balance of flavors, savory and sweet. The combination of textures, from the soft rice noodles to the crunchy bean sprouts and peanuts. The varying levels of spice that are offered so you can customize your culinary experience each time you eat depending on your mood. It’s a perfect plate of food. I love it with all my heart.
Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
The best version of this cookie is my favorite cookie in the world, and it’s not even close. I’m not even a huge chocolate person, but I make an exception for these jokers. What’s not to love? Chocolaty, soft but not mushy, plenty of texture due to the oats, and a full flavor profile. (I’ve been watching a lot of cooking shows. Sorry.) Self-control is something I often struggle with when it comes to food. When it comes to these cookies, self-control does not exist in my life or vocabulary.
This dish is too sweet for some people, but I could pretty much eat it by the gallon. (Can I order it by the gallon?) Also, I don’t need a fancy, upscale version of this. Just give me almost any hole-in-the-wall, Chinese takeout restaurant, and it will hit the spot just fine. Fried chicken pieces coated in a sweet sauce, creating a texture that is at once crispy and soft at the same time. As far as takeout foods go, Sesame Chicken on a bed of rice is about as good as it gets.
I’ve written an entire article about this pizza, so I don’t really want to repeat myself. I am willing to admit that my feelings about Imo’s Pizza is possibly part nostalgia (childhood memories in St. Louis) and part “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, since due to location (I live in Nashville, and you can only get Imo’s in the St. Louis area1), I am only able to eat at Imo’s a few times a year. But even if those things are true, I still kind of lose my mind every time I eat this delicious thin crust pizza. It’s a wonderful experience every single time.
My last choice will likely be pretty controversial. I know people who absolutely loathe this delectable dessert. Most of my family – my wife and children – dislike flan. I love them anyway, even if their flan hatred is misguided and impossible to defend. Flan is part custard and part bread pudding-like bit of heaven. Made of eggs and sugar, and a few other items, it is incredibly divisive. But, if you love it, there are few foods, dessert or otherwise, that hit the spot quite like Flan.
Final thoughts on some of my favorite foods
That’s my list of five foods I will never pass up. What about you? What foods destroy your self-control and break down all your defenses? Let us know in the comments below or at any of social media platforms.
- I realize you can order Imo’s online now – it comes frozen. It’s good but it’s not the same as fresh from the restaurant. ↩