Food

This is a list of my favorite foods. There is a separate page for tea, coffee, and alcoholic drinks (wines, beers, whiskeys, cocktails).

This section is nowhere near complete.

Entrée

Dish Rating AK Notes
Achar Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Pork Adobo ★★ ~ American, Hawaiian
Basil Chilli Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Thai
BBQ Ribs ★★ ~ American, Southern
Beg Aleche ★★★ 2013 Ethiopian
Beyti Kebab ★★★★★ 2010 Turkish
Bhaingan Barta ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Bhindi Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Biryani ★★★★ ~ Indian
Bò 7 Món ★★★★ ~ Vietnamese
Boti Kebab ★★★★ ~ Indian
Beef Bourguignon ★★★★★ ~ French
Boxty ★★★★ ~ British, Irish
Butter Chicken ★★★★ ~ Indian
Ceviche ★★★★★ ~ Peruvian
Cottage Pie ★★★ ~ British, English
Chicken Curry ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Daal ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Fish & Chips ★★★★ ~ British, English
Frog Legs ★★★ ~ French
Garlic Pepper Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Ghobi Chicken ★★★★ ~ Indian
Golubtsy ★★★★ ~ Russian
Green Curry Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Grilled Sardines ★★★★ ~ Portuguese
Haggis ★★★ ~ British, Scottish
Jalfrezi Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Kaali Daal ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Kalua Pork ★★ ~ American, Hawaiian
Karahi Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Karayla Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Chicken Kiev ★★★★ ~ Russian
Kung Pao Chicken ★★★★ ~ Chinese
Madras Curry ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Mapo Tofu ★★★★ ~ Chinese
Mie Goreng ★★★★ ~ Indonesian
Mili Juli Sabzi (i.e. mixed vegetables) ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Mongolian Beef ★★★★ ~ Chinese
Mongolian Grill ★★★★★ ~ American, Chinese
Moussaka ★★★★ ~ Greek
Mushroom Masala ★★★★ ~ Indian
New York Steak ★★★★★ ~ American
Pad Thai ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Panang Curry Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Paella ★★★ ~ Spanish
Palak Paneer ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Peking Duck ★★★★★ ~ Chinese
Pelmeni ★★★★★ ~ Russian
Pilaf ★★★★ ~ Persian, Central Asian
Pineapple Curry Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Pineapple Fried Rice ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Pra Ram Chicken ★★★★ ~ Thai
Red Curry Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Rendang Beef ★★★★ ~ Indonesian
Sashimi ★★★★★ ~ Japanese
Schnitzel Wiener ★★★★ ~ German
Shabu Shabu ★★★★★ ~ Japanese
Shashlik ★★★★★ ~ Georgian, Russian
Shepherd’s Pie ★★★★ ~ British, English
Singapore Style Noodles ★★★★★ ~ Chinese
Beef Stroganoff ★★★★★ ~ Russian
Sunday Roast ★★★★★ ~ British, English
Sushi ★★★★★ ~ Japanese
Suya ★★★★ ~ West African
Sweet & Sour Pork ★★★★ ~ Chinese
Tibs Wat ★★★ ~ Ethiopian
Chicken Tikka Masala ★★★★★ ~ Indian, British
Vindaloo Chicken ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Beef Wellington ★★★ ~ British, English
Yasa Tibs ★★★ ~ Ethiopian
Yellow Curry Chicken ★★★★ ~ Thai

 

Breakfast

 

Dish Rating AK Notes
Bangers & Mash ★★ ~ British, English
Continental Breakfast ★★ ~ European
Eggs Benedict ★★★ ~ American
Full English Breakfast ★★★ ~ British, English
KASHA
— Buckwheat w/ Butter ★★ ~ Russian
— Buckwheat w/ Milk ★★★ ~ Russian
— Guriev Porridge ★★★ ~ Russian

 

Soups & Stews

Dish Rating AK Notes
Bigos ★★★★ 2014 East European, Polish
Bisque ★★★★ ~ French
Borscht ★★★★★ ~ Russian
Bouillabaisse ★★★★★ 2019 French
Broth [beef] ★★★★★ ~
Cioppino ★★★★ ~ American, Californian
Clam Chowder ★★★★★ ~ American, New England
French Onion Soup ★★★★★ 2013 French
Goulash ★★★★★ ~ East European, Hungarian
Hot & Sour Soup ★★★★★ ~ Chinese
Kharcho ★★★★ ~ Georgian
Lapsha ★★★★ ~ Russian, Central Asian
Minestrone ★★★ ~ Italian
Miso ★★★★★ ~ Japanese
Okroshka ~ Russian
Oxtail Soup ★★★★ ~ Russian
Pea Soup ★★★★ ~ Russian
Pho Bo ★★★★★ ~ Vietnamese
Pho Ga ★★★★ ~ Vietnamese
Ramen ★★★★ ~ Korean
Rassolnik ★★★ ~ Russian
Shchi ★★★ ~ Russian
Solyanka ★★★★★ ~ Russian
Sorrel Soup ★★★★★ ~ Russian
Tibetan Garlic Soup ★★★★★ ~ Chinese, Tibetan
Tom Kha ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Tom Yum ★★★★★ ~ Thai
Udon ★★★★ ~ Korean
Ukha ★★★★★ 2018 Russian
West Lake Beef Soup ★★★ ~ Chinese
Wonton Soup ★★★★★ ~ Chinese

 

Salads

Dish Rating AK Notes
Beet ★★★★ ~ Russian
Cobb ★★★ ~ American
Dressed Herring ★★ ~ Russian
Greek ★★★★★ ~ Greek
Korean Carrot ★★★★ ~ Russian
Olivier ★★★★ ~ Russian
Potato ★★ ~ German
Vinaigrette ★★★★ ~ Russian

 

Appetizers

Dish Rating AK Notes
Caviar (Red) on Bread ★★ ~ Russian
Crispy Spinach ★★★★★ 2013 Indian [@Rasika]
Dolma ★★★★ ~ Greek
Escargot ★★ 2005 French
Fried Plantain ★★★★ ~ West African
Kholodets (i.e., aspic) ★★★★ ~ French, Russian
Kimchi ★★★★ ~ Korean
Naan ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Naan [Aloo] ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Naan [Cheese] ★★★ ~ Indian
Naan [Garlic] ★★★★★ ~ Indian
Papadum (w/ condiments) ★★★★ ~ Indian
Roti ★★★★ ~ Indian
Sauerkraut ★★ ~ German, East European
Salted Cucumbers ★★★★★ ~ East European, Russian
Stinky Tofu ★★ ~ Chinese
Thousand Year Egg ★★★ ~ Chinese
Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls ★★★★★ ~ Vietnamese

 

Desserts

Dish Rating AK Notes
Baklava ★★ ~ Turkish
Black Forest Gâteau ★★★★★ ~ Germany
Christmas Pudding ★★★★ ~ British, English
Éclair ★★★★★ ~ French
Gulab Jamun ★★ ~ Indian
Hot Cross Buns ★★★ ~ British, English
Kheer ★★★★
Kulich ★★ ~ Russian
Pastila ★★ ~ Russian
Pastila [19C] ★★★ 2018 Russian [@Kolomna]
Pavlova Cake ★★ ~ Russian
Raiti ★★★★ ~ Indian
Syrniki ★★ ~ Russian
Turkish Delight ★★ ~ Turkish
Zefir ~ Russian

Best Restaurants

While I am not autistic enough to attempt to recall and rate all the restaurants I have ever been to, I will attempt to highlight some of the very best. Still need to add a few from SF Bay Area, Portland, Las Vegas, & Moscow.

Name Cuisine AK Price
Chez Panisse [Berkeley, USA] French, Californian ~2011 $$$$
The Golden Chippy [London, UK] British, English 2016 $
House of Curries [Berkeley, USA] Indian 2008 $
Pushkin Cafe [Moscow, Russia] Russian 2018 $$$$
Zavod-Bar [Novgorod, Russia] Russian 2018 $$

 

National Cuisines

Cuisine Rating Notes
African (West) ★★
American ★★★★
— Californian ★★★★
— Hawaiian ★★★
— New England ★★★
— Southern ★★★
Brazilian ★★★
British ★★★
— English ★★★
— Irish ★★★
— Scottish ★★
Caribbean ★★★
Chinese ★★★★★
East/Central European ★★★
Ethiopian ★★★
French ★★★★★
Georgian ★★★
German ★★★
Greek ★★★★
Indian ★★★★★
Indonesian ★★★
Italian ★★★★
Japanese ★★★★★
Jewish
Korean ★★★★★
Levantine ★★★★★
Mexican ★★★
Mongolian ★★★★★
Nordic ★★
— Icelandic
Persian/Central Asian ★★★★
Peruvian ★★★
Portuguese ★★★
Romanian ★★★
Russian ★★★★
— Dagestani
Spanish ★★★
Thai ★★★★★
Turkish ★★★★
Vietnamese ★★★★

 

Drinks

Drink Rating AK Notes
Chicory Coffee ★★★★ 2017 Russian
Coffee
— Americano ★★★ ~
— Bulletproof Coffee ★★★ ~
— Espresso ★★ ~
— Latte ★★★ ~
— Mocha ★★★★ ~ American [@Mediteraneum]
— Turkish ★★★★ ~
FERMENTED
— Kefir ★★ ~ Russian, Mongolian
— Kombucha ★★★★★ ~ Chinese, Russian
— Kvas ★★★★★ ~ Russian
— Kumis ★★★ ~ Mongolian
TEA
— Black ★★★★★ ~
— Chai ★★★★★ ~ Indian
— English Tea (w/ Milk) ★★★ ~
— Ginger ★★★★★ ~
— Green ★★★ ~
— Jasmine ★★★★★ ~
— Matcha ★★★★ ~
— Oolong ★★★★ ~
— Peppermint ★★★★ ~
— Russian Tea (w/ Lemon) ★★★★★ ~

 

Alcoholic Drinks

Drink Rating AK Notes
Absinthe 2012 French
Beer
— Lager ★★★★★ ~
— Stout ★★★★ ~
Brennivín 2012 Icelandic
CHAMPAGNE
— Brut ★★★★★ ~ French
— Sweet ★★★ ~ European
Génépi ★★ 2007 French
Mead ★★★ 2003
Medical Spirit 2006
Sake ★★ ~ Japanese
Vodka ★★ ~ East European, Russian
— Moonshine ★★ ~
WHISKEY
— Single Malt ★★★★★ ~ Scottish
WINE
— Cabernet Sauvignon ★★★★★ ~
— Merlot ★★★★★ ~
— Mulled ★★★★ ~
— Sauvignon Blanc ★★★★★ ~
— Vinho Verde ★★★★★ ~ Portuguese

 

 

Random Foods

Dish Rating AK Notes
Blini ★★★★ ~ Russian
Burger ★★★★ ~ American
— McD Big Mac ★★★★★ ~ American
Foie Gras ★★★ ~ French
Hot Dog ★★★★ ~ American
— Chicago Dog ★★★★★ 2013 American, Midwest
Philly Cheese Steak ★★★ 2013 American, Midwest
Pirozhki ★★★★ ~ Russian
Poutine ★★★★ 2015 Canadian
Reuben Sandwich ★★ ~ Jewish
Salo ~ East European, Russian

 

Meats

Dish Rating AK Notes
Alligator ★★
Beef ★★★★★
— Kobe ★★★★★
Chicken ★★★★
Cod ★★★★
Crab ★★★
Crocodile ★★
Elk ★★★★★ 2013
Haddock ★★★
Lobster ★★★
Mussels
Oysters ★★★★
Pork ★★★
Salmon ★★★★★
Shark ★★
Shrimp ★★★★
Snail ★★ 2005
Turkey ★★★★
Venison ★★★★★

 

Cheese

Dish Rating AK Notes
Brie ★★★★ ~
Halloumi ★★ 2017

 

Fruits/Vegetables

Dish Rating AK Notes
Apple ★★★ ~
Banana ★★ ~
Blackberry ★★★ ~
Blueberry ★★★★★ ~
Cherry ★★★★★ ~
Chinese Pear ★★★★ ~
Durian ~ Chinese
Grape ★★★★★ ~
Kiwi ★★★★ ~
Lime ★★★★ ~
Lemon ★★★★ ~
Mandarin ★★★★★ ~
Melon ★★★ ~
Olives [Black] ★★★★ ~
Olives [Green] ★★★★★ ~
Olives [Kalamata] ★★★★★ ~ Greek
Orange ★★★★ ~
Raspberry ★★★★★ ~
Strawberry ★★★★★ ~
Watermelon ★★★★★ ~

 

Condiments

Dish Rating AK Notes
Adjika ★★★ ~ Georgian
Cholula ★★★ ~ American
Horseradish ★★★★ ~
Mustard ★★★★ ~
Soy Sauce ★★★★★ ~
Sriracha ★★★★ ~ Vietnamese, American
TABASCO ~
— Tabasco Original ★★★★★ ~ American
Wasabi ★★★★ ~