45/45/45

45 DAYS / 45 DISHES / 45 COUNTRIES

At the start of November 2012, reviewing posts from October and realizing that I had eaten dishes attributable to 14 different countries without even trying, I challenged myself to eat 30 dishes from 30 countries over the course of 30 consecutive days.  Eating at restaurants and cooking myself, I completed the project.  I kept it going for another 15 days, another 15 dishes, another 15 countries.

  1. Cameroon (3.301 Puff-Puff & Beans)
  2. Uzbekistan
  3. Philippines
  4. Vietnam
  5. Hungary (3.305 Beef Goulash)
  6. India
  7. Spain
  8. Paraguay
  9. Cambodia
  10. United Kingdom (England)
  11. South Africa
  12. Indonesia
  13. Pakistan
  14. Singapore
  15. Mongolia
  16. Austria
  17. Korea
  18. Greece
  19. Japan
  20. Turkey
  21. Thailand
  22. Australia
  23. Peru
  24. Italy
  25. Sri Lanka
  26. Bulgaria
  27. Norway
  28. Mexico
  29. Morocco
  30. Sweden (3.330 Kåldolmar)
  31. United States of America
  32. Malaysia
  33. Czech Republic
  34. United Arab Emirates
  35. Russia
  36. China
  37. Lebanon
  38. France
  39. Nepal
  40. Switzerland
  41. Egypt
  42. Germany
  43. Iran
  44. Brazil
  45. Ireland

In the end, I regret that I was unable to include 2 countries, Canada and Kazakhstan, that were represented by restaurants in the city – maybe next time.

Sources: 30 in some sort of commercial setting – 8 restaurants were completely empty of other customers during my visit except for me or my party – 15 by me.

My favorite restaurant items were the Lebanese lamb sandwich and the Thai morning glory stir-fry, while my favorite home-cooked item was clearly the Swedish cabbage rolls.

Overall, it was a great experience.  I encountered a lot of restaurants and national cuisines that I may never have otherwise.  I discovered, much to my pleasant surprise, that such a wide variety could be had with relatively easy access in Korea.  But I spent a lot of money in doing so.  And maintaining the streak for 45 consecutive days did constitute a major pain in the ass at times.  Still, I’m glad that I did it.

(See also FOODS.)

(See also PLACES.)

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