What's the most expensive meal you've ever eaten, and what's the best meal you've ever had?
I do not know what the most expensive meal I have ever eaten was because my husband and I are just coming out of the Poor College Student years, and most expensive meals have been on someone else's dime. We are moochers! Just kidding. Well, mostly. We aren't technically moochers because we do like to treat other people when possible. It's just that we usually treat them to Subway or Denny's. If I had to guess what my most expensive meal ever was--excluding weddings, because I have had some pretty fancy wedding meals, and I can't possibly remember them all--, it would have to be at my husband's family reunion in Canada two summers ago.
There was a salad buffet, if I remember correctly, but then we all got our own entrees. I ordered a steak, medium rare. I do not know if this is a Canadian thing, but my "medium rare" steak came out of the kitchen still thrashing its hooves about. Also, it was huge. Like, the size of my torso huge. The rareness of the steak really put me off; I have a hard time eating meat that is undercooked (I know it's safe; it's entirely in my head), but it WAS delicious. Despite feeling a little green around the gills, I could but recognize that it was one of the best steaks I've ever had in my life. And I've had a lot of steaks.
The best meal I've ever had was at Bunky's restaurant in Madison, WI. I've eaten there twice, which is a shame because it is, as I said, the best food I've ever had in my life. It's Mediterranean food, from Italian to Moroccan, and it is fabulous. There's the hummus and pita, which makes all other hummuses (hummusim?) and pitas hang their heads in shame. There were some other appetizery things that I do not know the names of, and this makes me sad because I like to remember such fond memories using actual words. Such beautiful things should not be treated like a cheap date. There was the fettuccine carciofi, which was your basic fettuccine alfredo, except with artichoke hearts the size of my fist. They have a special place in my heart forever. And, finally, the tiramisù, the crown jewel of the entire dinner. I can't even describe it. I have never had anything like it, and probably never will again, since we've now moved and Bunky's is a bit pricey for us anyway. Perhaps it will still be there when we finally win the lottery.