After doing a recent giveaway, I asked readers to let me know their favorite cuisines. I thought it would be helpful when I post new longevity recipes because it gives me a good idea of everyone likes to eat. The answers were interesting.
Italian was the overwhelming favorite.
That wasn’t a surprise because who doesn’t love Italian right? Sardinia, in Italy, is considered to be a longevity hotspot with many active and healthy centenarians.
The next most popular cuisine was Mexican.
Leave it to Baby Boomers to go Margaritaville. Mexican food is festive and screams “Party.” However, I’ve found there’s a huge difference in the type of Mexican food you get in Mexico, compared to what you find in the US. When I was in Puerto Vallarta, several years ago, I ate some of the most amazing Mexican food. It was made with the freshest vegetables, herbs, very lean meat and fish. There was no artery-clogging fat or blood sugar-spiking starch. The only time we had a problem was on a “booze cruise.” The “pirates” apparently served bad shrimp that night. Many of the passengers ended getting the” Revenge” and spent the rest of their vacation, well . you know. For the most part, though, the food in Mexico is beyond delicious.
Speaking of Margarita’s, (hic) I had an unbelievable Margarita in Ensenada. It was made with pure fresh squeezed citrus fruits and no fake Margarita mix. Wow! I was spoiled after that.
Up third was Chinese/Asian.
A few entrants were fond of Japanese food and hot Korean Kimchi. Both China and Japan are known for having a large number of seniors who have lived past 100. Asian cultures grow healthy, exotic and tasty vegetables and there’s always plenty of fish and other nutritious plant products from the sea.
Speaking of fish, when my son was in Okinawa for 2 years with the Air Force, he had his toes manicured by little fishies. I could go for that.
We also had fans of Middle Eastern food – Persian, Lebanese, Israeli.
Food from the Middle East is one of my favorites too. I can’t resist a great Taboulie, Fatoosh salad or tender and lean Kababs.
Southern belles and beaus love their deep South “comfort” food as well as spicy Cajun. One person described her favorite meal as American Farm food. My mom grew up on a farm in Colorado. I visited once in the 70’s and had a hearty meal with no antibiotics or steroids added. My sister lives in Western Colorado outside of Grand Junction. There are Mennonite and organic farms there. If you want super fresh produce and untainted meat, Western Colorado’s a great place to visit. Even their homemade beer is out of this world.
And the rest
Other readers love Greek, Indian, Thai, and Seafood. A few liked specific dishes like braised short ribs, challah, lettuce wraps, salad, and breakfast. Then there were hot and spicy lovers. Personally, I like to taste my food and not burn my tongue off.
Lastly, there were true foodies.
They love everything and couldn’t decide what their favorite cuisines were. I fall into that category. I’m open to trying just about anything as long as it’s fresh, unprocessed, and yummy. Great food should be enjoyed, savored, delighted in, experimented with and eaten to keep us healthy.
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What are your favorite cuisines? Leave a comment below. The more great ideas, the better.