Before I die I want to…

As I was walking by Borough Market the other day, and given my extreme obsession with London, I started admiring everything around me. I walked past a wall with a blackboard placed on it. I’ve seen it before many times, but this time I decided to write on it. Which actually got me thinking. The answer was definitely not easy. Before I die I want to…

It took me a while to actually decide what it is that I would want to do on my last day. So many different things came to mind. I want to skydive, I want to swim with a great white shark, I want to travel the world, I want to make a difference in the world, I want my name to be remembered, I want to kiss a dolphin. The list goes on and on.

Since the answer is broader than the question, I decided to ask you something simpler. Something that has an answer and can be thought of without too much effort. I managed to answer it myself, and I’m hoping you will too.

Before I die I want to eat…

Even this question isn’t so easy, since I’m sure you would like to try every cuisine out there. But if it came down to it, and you had to choose, what would it be? 

I did some research to see what other people would answer, but since no one really knows when their last day is, this question doesn’t come by too often. What I found researching was pretty interesting. Prisoners on death row can choose their last meal in many countries across the world. This tradition dates back to pre-modern European times where they believed that if the prisoners accepted their last meal, they will have made peace with them, and the prisoner’s ghost will not come back to haunt them. That’s an interesting way to look at things, don’t you think?

Some of the requests were pretty interesting:

Victor Feguer:

This 28 year old man from Florida was being condemned for kidnap and murder. His last meal request was for a single olive with the pit in it. 

The infamous Ted Bundy:

He was 43 years old, from Florida, and being condemned for: rape, necrophilia, prison escape, and 35+ counts of murder. He declined the last meal request and was therefore given the traditional last meal of steak (medium rare), eggs, hash browns, toast with butter and jelly, and milk.

James Edward Smith:

James was convicted of murdering Larry D. Rohus during a cashier office robbery. For his last meal he requested a lump of dirt. After denying he request, James settled for a pot of yoghurt instead.

Robbie Lee Gardner:

Robbie was convicted for two counts of murder. His final meal of lobster tail, steak, vanilla ice cream and apple pie are pretty decent, but he requested to eat them while watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  

Lobster

Philip Ray Workman:

Philip’s trial brought about a lot of controversy as many experts claimed that it was not his bullet that killed the police officer, however he was still convicted and executed. For his last meal, Philip requested a large vegetarian pizza, to be given to a homeless man. When his request was denied, he refused to eat anything, and people across the country began campaigning to give vegetarian pizzas to homeless people to honor him.  

Lawrence Russell Brewer:

For Lawrence’s last meal, he requested the ultimate feast. He wanted a triple bacon cheeseburger, two chicken fried steaks with gravy and onions, a cheese and beef omelette, tomatoes, a ‘Meat Lovers’ pizza, bell peppers,  jalapeños, a bowl of okra, one pound of barbecue meat, half a loaf of bread, three fully loaded fajitas, three root beers, a pint of ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge. And he didn’t even eat one bite of it!!

For a full list of requests for last meals check out this site. Believe me you will be surprised. 

You know the saying “live each day as if it were your last”? Well, I truly believe you should eat every day as if it were your last! To really enjoy a gourmet meal that would definitely be worthy as a final meal, check out some of our Chefs here

Now you tell me. What would you want to eat?