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Published on February 24, 2013, by in Au Pair.

Whether you exist on a diet of classic comfort food or are a naturally adventurous eater, there are certain foods that you should make a point of trying at least once in your lifetime. These are twenty-five of those edible wonders, from simple pleasures to experiences with eating dangerously.

  1. Venison – A staple in the diets of some hunters and many Europeans, non-hunting Americans may not be familiar with the high-moisture, comparatively low-calorie meat that is fresh venison.
  2. Steak Tartare – While every instinct in the modern diner’s body goes against the idea of eating raw meat, the risk of contracting a illness from bacterial or parasitic contamination is relatively low when fresh meat is used and basic food safety guidelines are adhered to.
  3. Cheese Fondue – Cheese fondue is a food trend that peaked during the Seventies and has largely died out, but it’s a culinary wonder that shouldn’t be missed.
  4. Borscht – The bright-red hue of borscht is a result of all the beets it contains. A Ukrainian dish popular throughout Eastern and Central Europe, the jewel-toned soup is a treat that shouldn’t be missed.
  5. Baba Ghanoush – A Levantine delicacy, Baba ghanoush is an eggplant dish that’s often eaten as a dip with pita bread in Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Egypt and Israel.
  6. Pho – This Vietnamese soup takes a full day to properly prepare, and is traditionally served with a platter of fresh herbs and sprouts to be added in accordance with the diner’s tastes.
  7. Aloo Gobi – Yellow with turmeric and seasoned with garlic, ginger and cumin, Aloo gobi is a dish of cauliflower and potatoes popular in India, Nepal and Pakistan.
  8. Black Truffles – The price of these delicacies sniffed out by pigs can be prohibitive to everyday eating, but these mushrooms are definitely not to be missed at some point in your life.
  9. Heirloom Tomatoes – A shocking number of urban natives think that all tomatoes taste like the grainy, pale genetically modified items found in chain grocery stores. The juicy sweetness of an heirloom variety has almost nothing in common with its bland cousins, and must be experienced to be truly believed.
  10. Baklava – Sweet, sticky and sinful, the layers of honey and phyllo that make up baklava is a true sweet treat.
  11. Gumbo – Traditional gumbo, full of seafood, sausage, okra and served over rice, is a staple in the Mississippi Delta, but not widely enjoyed outside of the region.
  12. Fugu – Truly courageous epicureans line up for the risk that is dining on fugu, a Japanese delicacy that can be fatal if prepared improperly. If you’re an adrenaline junkie with an affection for food, this might be just the dish for you.
  13. Chicken Tikka Masala – Found on the menus of Indian restaurants around the world, legend states that tikka masala was created in a London kitchen. Despite its murky origins, chicken tikka masala is an intensely flavorful dining experience.
  14. Spaetzle – An egg noodle dish favored in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, South Tyrol and Alsace, Spaetzle is simple and delicious.
  15. Poutine – Outside of Canada, the combination of fries, gravy and cheese curd is practically unheard of. If you’re looking to sample a bit of traditional Canadian fare, however, poutine is the way to go.
  16. Fried Plantain – The taste and texture of fried plantain lies somewhere between a potato and a banana, an odd combination that results in an addictive treat.
  17. Frogs’ Legs – While adherents of the frog leg as a delicacy maintain that it mostly tastes like chicken, eating them is still a unique experience that everyone should have at least once.
  18. Beignets – Cafes in New Orleans serve up these bits of fried dough by the dozen. With a cafe au lait, they’re definitely something to write home about.
  19. Gazpacho – A cold, tomato-based vegetable soup from the Andalucía region of Spain, the summery flavors of gazpacho make it an ideal choice for warm-weather meals.
  20. Eggs Benedict – Rich hollandaise, poached eggs and English muffins are a favorite brunch menu item, and should be thoroughly enjoyed at least once in every lifetime.
  21. Mole Poblano – The combination of chocolate and chili is an ancient one, dating back to the Incas. Mole poblano, a chocolate chili sauce from Puebla, is a one-of-a-kind experience no food enthusiast should miss.
  22. Bagel and Lox – Originating in New York City, bagel and lox consists of a bagel and a brined salmon fillet.
  23. Lobster Thermidor – With lobster meat, cognac and egg yolks, lobster thermidor is an experience in French luxury dining that requires extensive preparation. While it’s not a dish you’d have every day, everyone should try it at least once.
  24. Polenta – Made of ground cornmeal boiled into porridge, polenta is a versatile Italian staple item once considered a peasant food but now regarded as just plain tasty.
  25. Carob Chips – There’s a reason why health-food aficionados use carob chips in place of chocolate: it’s a fat-free tasty alternative that’s high in vitamins and minerals.
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