what gourmet foods to explore

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by nascentfoodie, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. nascentfoodie

    nascentfoodie

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    Now that I can afford it, I've recently decided to explore the gourmet, haute cuisine, "foodie" world. Can anyone recommend gourmet foods I might like to try, other than the ones I've already started to delve into, namely:• alcoholic beverages (such as beer, single malt scotch whiskies and wine)• caviar• cheese• chocolate• coffee• cooking oils and fats (including olive oil)• escargot• fois gras• fungus (such as mushrooms and truffles, the latter being a form of fungus, but not a mushroom)• meat (including fish and shellfish, pork and Wagyu beef)• vinegar (including real balsamic vinegar and many others)I'm looking for "generally accepted" gourmet foods, not exotic, crazy things, and I don't care for "sweetbreads" and other offal.Thanks for any help anyone can provide
     
  2. teamfat

    teamfat

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    You mentioned meat, but I am assuming uncured.  You may want to look into charcuterie - salami, proscuitto, brasola, lomo - a very wide range.  I'm not talking Gallo and Boar's Head here, I'm talking handcrafted, artisan jewels from the hands of the masters of salt, meat and time.

    Do you live in a large city?

    mjb.
     
  3. nascentfoodie

    nascentfoodie

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    This is a great idea. Thanks for the tip. No, I don't live in a big city, but I know a very special meat vender at the local farmers' market, and I think he might have specialty items of this type. Thanks again.