12 Foods You Must Try Before You Die

Hand cooking Wagyu beef, famous meat of Japanese

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1. Mom's Cooking

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If you had one dish to taste on your deathbed, wouldn't you want it to taste like home? There's no cookin' like mom's cookin'. Unless your mom couldn't cook, in that case, just order the Wagyu beef.

2. Morel Mushrooms

Wicker basket full of fresh picked spring mushrooms in the forest. Verpa bohemica (early morel) and Sarcoscypha coccinea (scarlet cup).
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Morel mushrooms were a popular response among foodies nominating foods you must try before dying. But how could a mushroom possibly make a list dominated by various meat- and cheese-centric dishes?

Morel mushrooms aren't like other mushrooms. Morels aren't slimy, taking on a meat-like texture. They taste nutty, and you can only find morel mushrooms in the wild. Because they aren't farmed, morels are rare. This rarity gives these beloved mushrooms royal status in chef's circles.

3. Ham Croquetas

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One enthusiast of Latin cuisine says that a Cuban-style ham croqueta is a fried delicacy you must try before ascending into Heaven. Throw arepas on the menu, too—we don't discriminate when it comes to mouth-watering Latin dishes.

One bite of the right croqueta will have you questioning, "Am I in Heaven already?"

4. Down-South Brisket

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Specifically, meat-smoking aficionados advocate for the Texas style of brisket. This breast meat from beef or veal should generally be cooked slow and low for best results. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the brisket, and that's a very good thing.

5. Authentic Indian Cuisine

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If you ever try the Indian flatbread known as naan, you won't soon forget its impossibly airy texture and unrivaled ability to sop up the sauce from the other delicious Indian dishes that come along with the naan.

Shrimp vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, Rogan josh. Once you've tried these Indian delights, bland food will be a naan-starter.

6. Ripe Mango

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Anyone who thinks all mango tastes the same hasn't eaten nearly enough mango in their life. The difference between a hard, unripe, bright yellow mango and a ripened, orange, just-harder-than-mushy mango is the difference between Golden Corral and Nobu. Man, go get one of these (ripe) delicious fruits as soon as possible.

7. Katz's Deli's Pastrami Sandwich

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The history of Katz's Delicatessen dates back more than a century, and the restaurant movies more than 15,000 pounds of pastrami per week, most of it departing on rye bread into the stomachs of salivating patrons.

You don't move 15,000 pounds of pastrami a week if it's not bucket-list-level pastrami.

8. Wagyu Steak

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The Lord did something special when he placed the Japanese beef cattle breed known as Wagyu on his green earth. Technically, the cattle started in China but arrived in Japan to help in rice cultivation. Japan's century-plus of isolation allowed the Wagyu stock to remain pure, and today Wagyu is a cut above the rest.

Did you know "Wa" means Japanese and "gyu" means cow, together translating as "Japanese cow"? In the United States, "Wagyu" also translates to "put that fatty, tender slice of heaven on my plate, stat."

9. Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

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For all the grease-drenched, artery-clogging cuisine you'll find in the Southern United States, biscuits and gravy may just be the best. Check out one of the many YouTube videos of foreigners trying biscuits and sausage gravy for the first time, and you'll realize why everymen say it's a try-before-you-die type of dish.

10. Pierogi

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Pierogis are dumplings filled with cheese (and sometimes other accouterments). It's so simple yet so effective. Few things are more satisfying on a cold day than a warm pierogi.

11. French Quiche

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One world traveler notes that if you're fortunate enough to try world-renowned Parisian cuisine, it's not the croissants or the crème brulee you must be sure to try. Rather, they say that few foods hold a candle to a fresh French quiche. Who are oui oui to say otherwise?

12. Gumbo

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You could fill this entire list with dishes you'd find in the finest New Orleanian restaurants (crawfish etouffee, charbroiled oysters, muffuletta, shrimp, and grits). No dish, however, encapsulates New Orleans cuisine quite like gumbo. Hold the tomatoes.

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