First, Let’s recap. I set upon some crazy mission to list the best foods of the world, according to me anyways. Please see part one here. The list so far goes like this.

30.  Swedish meatballs
29.  Moroccan lamb tagine
28.  Spanish cured meats/paella
27.  Czech trdelnik
26.  Indian Gulab jamun
25.  Ethiopian sega wat
24.  Classic British sausage roll
23.  Cameroonian Puff puff
22.  Thai green curry
21.  Portuguese rotisserie chicken

Here  are the next ten:

20. Mexican tacos

I’ve been spoiled for life by the taco truck by me. It wasn’t until I had them night after night after night that I got it (my trips to the truck have also had the remedial effect of somewhat helping elevate my Spanish). Anyhoo, I consider myself a bit of the taco expert now. How it has to be soft corn tortillas or nothing else. How there has to be the right ratio of meat to tortilla to green sauce and/or red sauce. How cilantro is the best thing ever and how you need just a hit of lime to bring it all together. OK- I’m gonna pause now, taco truck run.

19. Argentinean steak

We know the deal, too much red meat not too good for you. But come on now, who can turn down some properly seasoned skirt steak doused with chimichurri sauce. I don’t eat a lot of red meat (just kidding), I actually don’t go to steakhouses or eat steaks in any other form, this is the only way I like it.

18.  Italian Lasagna
This one I have grown to love as well. Full disclosure here, the first time I had lasagna and I very well remember when that was, I absolutely hated it. I could not understand for the life of me why people would eat this piling mess of sauce and cheese and pasta.  That’s because I had a very crappy lasagna. When done right, with the right ingredients, with home cooked tomato sauce and not something you poured out of a bottle, with real cheese and not some overly processed stuff, it’s insanely delicious. Who am I kidding? I’ve been known to enjoy some bad versions recently. After all, it is pasta and sauce and cheese. (I also like spinach/veggie versions).

17.  Indian Tikka Masala
This might be the most bastardized dish on the list, at this point many people seem to think it’s less of an authentic Indian dish and could very well pass for the new British national dish. But let me tell you, when you sink your naan into this, (preferably lamb not chicken)…boy oh boy, am I a happy trooper.

16. Chinese pork dumplings (steamed)
There was a season in my life where all I did was head on over to Chinatown and spend the best 2 bucks ever. $2 gave me a proper lunch- 10 fried pork and chive dumplings. I have finally upgraded to steamed dumplings (someone told me its healthier) and no less tasty mind you. It’s still my preferred way to eat on a dime and now I even purchase bags of 50 from the little dumpling shops for $8 and steam them at home. Not all dumplings are created equal so don’t make any judgments based on a crap place or something you grabbed from the freezer section.

15.  Jamaican patties (beef/veggie/chicken)
OK ok, I know beef patties, really? On the list? I am starting to get the sense that there’s some people out there that aren’t as fun of beef patties as say My mother and I. When we’re together, we devour that stuff. I actually introduced my mom to them only about 3 years ago and when she comes to visit, I make sure I have a little greasy welcome bag of patties just for her. So put your nose in the air all you want, patties are on the list and that’s how its going to be.

14. Trinidad Curry Goat Roti
While we’re here, let’s stay in the Caribbean. It surprises me that this is another one I didn’t quite get the first time around. There was just so much going on in my mouth that I wasn’t accustomed to. Too many spices- what’s that? cloves, allspice, curry. And how was I supposed to eat the thing, rolled up together or separately. I have settled on keeping my roti skin seperate, I think it gives me the kind of flexibility I like when eating or something like that.

13. Greek Souvlaki
As broke students in Paris, our food options were limited and that’s how I found out about manger grec/grecque (eat greek). This was the general reference for little greek sandwich/rotiserries places that were super affordable and open at all hours. To be quite accurate, many of them were Turkish and I’m not even sure anyone cared to make the distinction. If in NYC try the Souvlaki Gr truck.

12. Vietnamese Banh Mi
When I first wrote up the list, I was actually going to have french bread/ baguettes as one of the things on the list. But then I thought about my favorite form to have it. Some places do cheat and use any kind of bread/roll, I utterly prefer that it be on french bread but that’s besides the point. The growth in popularity of food trucks in NYC has also brought a lot of Vietnamese cuisine to the forefront. To be quite honest if it wasn’t for the street food scene, I wouldn’t have considered venturing to Vietnamese restaurants. This is to me what a perfect sandwich is about. I will never be a deli or cold cut sandwich girl, give me some lemongrass seasoned grilled meats served hot, give me pickled carrots and cilantro, give me a banh mi.

11. American BBQ
I’m basically trying to cheat here when I say American BBQ. For me this encompasses the entire experience of eating American BBQ. If you follow me on instagram, seen my annual BBQ festival posts or basically grabbed my phone and went through the pics, you would find that I love BBQ joints. We always over spend when we go there because its not just about the ribs. brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, it’s also about the sides, the mac and cheese, the baked beans, the collard greens and I could go on and on (shout out to cornbread). If you need some further convincing, watch this little show called BBQ pit-masters– this stuff is not to be taken lightly, there’s a science to good BBQ.

So what are your thoughts so far?  I know I delayed with Part 2, but the final ten will be up next week.

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  1. Anonymous

    December 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

    As a Trinidadadian I was very pleased to see roti on the list…..:-)

  2. Dom

    November 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm Reply

    What a great post and you make everything look so yummy. I have never had Paella hmm want to try it now….

  3. Erica R.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm Reply

    You've got a really diverse taste in food! Your access to international cuisine makes me jealous, though. We just don't have that out here in the burbs where I'm at. *sigh*

  4. Norma

    November 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm Reply

    Thanks for giving props to the Jamaican patty. I am Jamaican living in Jamaica and I still eat it at least once a week!

  5. uchenna Ezeonyeka

    November 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm Reply

    they all look delicious.

  6. apresnewyork

    November 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm Reply

    You are so cute! I love this food series. Umm – have you been to Banh Mi Saigon yet? So cheap and good. I will be making a visit when I'm back! xx bisous

  7. princie au naturel

    November 14, 2013 at 11:33 am Reply

    miammmm 😀

  8. Alela Sirah

    November 14, 2013 at 8:11 am Reply

    My mouth is watering! I can't pick what looks the best!

  9. Maggie Adofo

    November 14, 2013 at 6:18 am Reply

    Oh my goodness…. How could I have ever come across this post when I'm starving and its 1am. >_< the most delicious post I've read all week.

    Maggie A

  10. Esta Kiarie

    November 14, 2013 at 5:31 am Reply

    I love this post. I wish I knew somewhere in NYC where they make Kenyan Nyama Choma and Kachumbari! Its the best. Its just roast beef, mostly Goat and the Kachumbari is a mixture of diced onion, tomatoes, cilantro and some people add avocado to the mix with a dash of salt and pepper. So you just dive in and eat a piece of meat with a scoop of the kachumbari…….uuuhhhh Girl!!! I miss home.

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