Omigosh! There have been sooooo many "best" things I've eaten that I can't say only ONE.
However, I would have to say that my introduction to some of the most awesome gourmet food would have to have been when my father took me to the Blue Room in the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans when I was 13.
The dining room was like a movie set and I felt like a queen when we were seated at a beautifully draped table that was set with beautiful china, glassware and silverware...even a few fresh flowers.
I can remember like it was yesterday what I had:
tiny roasted Cornish game hen with wild rice stuffing
green beans almondine
I'd never seen anything so amazing in my young life and I was in heaven when I took my first taste of the tender, sweet little bird.
My daddy loved good food and guided my menu choice that night. I've always had a special place in my cooking repertoire and my heart for Cornish game hens.
Sadly, my daddy died when I was 24, but that memory is still crystal clear and as sweet as the little hen was.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!