Culinary Bucket List

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We frequently talk about all the cool food-related things we’d love to do some day… but we never thought to write them down! Here’s to hoping that writing out this list will encourage us to actually accomplish some of these things! {You have to have a list before you can cross things off of it, duh!}

I know we have many more goals and will have to add to this list as we go along.


  1. Eat at a Michelin 1, 2, and 3 star restaurant.

    • We’ve crossed a 1 star restaurant off the list with Metamorfosi in Rome, Italy. If this is what gets you 1 star, we may die of sheer bliss at the 2 and 3 starred places.
  2. Host a formal dinner party.

  3. Make soup dumplings from scratch.

  4. Taste wine in the following places:

    • Bordeaux, France

    • Burgundy, France

    • Tuscany, Italy

    • Napa Valley, USA

  5. Prepare an entire Thanksgiving feast.

  6. Stop buying pasta. Make it from scratch.

  7. Shuck our own oysters.

    Selim’s got it figured out!
  8. Conquer my great-grandmother’s famous Sour Beef recipe.

  9. Figure out how the Italians’ make pasta cacio e pepe a million times better than we can. Also, master that twirling the pasta at the table trick.

    • Still haven’t quite figured out the twirling of the pasta, but the recipe is pretty good – Cacio e Pepe
  10. Host a vertical wine tasting with friends.

  11. Grow our own herbs and actually use them.

    Our little apartment balcony herb garden in its infancy!
  12. Make ice cream at home.

  13. Eat a lobster roll in Maine.

    The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
  14. Bake homemade donuts.

  15. Bake homemade bagels.

  16. Bake homemade soft pretzels.

  17. Bake challah.

    • Not as hard as I thought! Challah
  18. And naan.

  19. Sample street food everywhere we go around the world! (Also, go everywhere around the world!)

    • Simit & roasted chestnuts in Istanbul
    • Pizza al taglio in Rome
  20.  Flambé something.

  21. Make gravy from from scratch that tastes almost as good as my grandmothers’.

  22. Perfectly sear scallops.

  23. Roast a goose.

  24. And a duck.

  25. Have a signature dish.

  26. Make churros.

  27. Enjoy a multiple course Chef’s tasting menu.

    • We’ve enjoyed several now. Our first was at the now-closed Rogue 24 in DC. It was an amazing 16+ course menu with impeccable wine pairing that just confirmed that we want to keep experiencing this sort of indulgence. Our second was at Metamorfosi in Rome, Italy. This was also our first Michelin-starred experience and was essentially perfect in every possible way.
  28. Hand roll dolmas.

  29. Hand roll sushi.

  30. Make the trifecta of Chinese soups: Wonton, Hot & Sour, and Egg Drop.

  31. Celebrate world-wide holidays with traditional foods.

  32. Also, celebrate random food-related holidays.

  33. Make our own sausage at home.

  34. Embrace baking.

  35. Make traditional Turkish manti.

  36. Copy Selim’s dad’s spaetzle.

  37. Become such frequent patrons of a restaurant that staff greets us by name.

  38. Make baklava from scratch.

  39. Make some homemade treats for Drake & Tuna, our dog and cat.

  40. Continue to make and share family recipes.

  41. Join a local CSA and/or frequent the local farmers’ markets and create dishes based on what’s local & seasonal.

  42. Stop avoiding recipes out of fear of failure.