10 Delectibles to Try Before You Die

As Marcus Aurelius said, “Death smiles at us all. What can a man do, but smile back?” Or, as Seneca said, “Bibamus. Moriendum est,” “Dying is unavoidable. So let’s go get wasted.” A Christmas Bucket List!

1. Macallan 25-year-old Scotch
Speyside, Scotland


A fifth of 25-year-old Macallan will run you about $600, but if you ever taste it, you’ll want more, never mind the price. It’s like drinking a campfire that hugs you and wants to be your friend.

2. Spotted Dick
London, England


It is also called Plum Duff, and it is a dessert pudding with dried currants, custard, and rum. In the best restaurants, they add a generous douse of your favorite rum on top.

3. Churrasco
Belem, Brazil


Churrasco is no one dish, but a particularly Brazilian and Argentinian style of serving meat. These two countries are internationally known for great steaks but have equally great pork, lamb, mutton, chicken and seafood. Some restaurants serve all you can eat, sliced fresh off the grill, along with corn, rice, and fresh fruits, especially mangoes. Belem is nicknamed “City of the Mango Trees.”
If you’ve always wanted to see the Amazon Jungle but don’t want to get eaten when you go into it, Belem is perfect. It is on the coast, but only 20 to 30 miles inland, you can charter cheap ferries down the Para and Tocantins Rivers. They are not technically tributaries of the Amazon River, but they are part of its estuary, and with just a short jaunt in a schooner, you can see all the jungle you ever wanted.

4. Pizza
Napoli, Italy


Pizza was invented in Napoli (Naples), by the poor class who had money only for bread dough, tomatoes, and cheese. So they put it all together and baked it.
Today, the most traditional pizza in America is still in New York City, but if you want it truly traditional, Napoli is the only choice. Any quaint, family-owned-and-operated restaurant in the city will serve you pizza to die for.
The reason pizza is the best in Napoli is because the tomatoes are San Marzano, grown on the south slopes of Vesuvius, in extremely fertile, volcanic soil, and the mozzarella cheese is made from the milk of the Campanian water buffalo, or “Mozzarella di Bufala Campana.”

5. Fire-Roasted Lamb
Stavros, Crete


The Greeks know how to have fun, and if you can’t decide which you like more, mountains or a beach, just settle for both. Photographers have noted that they rarely employ their polarizing filters to enhance the colors of their photographs in the Aegean Sea. The ocean is nowhere bluer than it is around Greece. The woods and hills have their colors, and you’ll need sunglasses to handle them.
Lamb roasted on a spit outside is a Grecian tradition, and you haven’t lived until you’ve tried it cooked by Grecian grandmothers. It is typically rubbed with apples several times during cooking and served with ghanoush, vegetable-stuffed grape leaves, Greek red wine, and homemade baklava (not that junk you’ve eaten in most American restaurants). There are plenty of quaint beachfront restaurants in Stavros, in the shadow of the Akrotirian mountains. You’re free to climb them and see the ruins of the 5th or 6th Century Catholic monastery founded by St. John the Hermit.
Before, during and after supper, as you will be eating with friendly strangers, locals and tourists, you’ll be encouraged to drink ouzo, a Greek liquor that tastes like aniseed.

6. Sachertorte
Vienna, Austria


Vienna is world famous for its desserts, and sachertorte, at the Sacher Hotel, is world famous among the world famous desserts. It is a dry chocolate cake, with apricot jam between layers, and dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. The only place outside Vienna where you can find it is a Sacher shop in Bolzano, Italy.
It is served with whipped, heavy cream, which balances its dry flavor. While you’re there, pay your respects to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, et al. at the Central Cemetery. Mozart is buried somewhere in St. Marx Cemetery but has a monument near Beethoven and Schubert’s graves.

7. Trockenbeerenauslese
Bavarian Alps


Germany has its fair share of a claim to the world’s wines. Trockenbeerenauslese is extraordinarily sweet, white wine, with so much sugar in it that it’s syrupy. If you’ve had a taste of bad wine and lost your liking for it, this will get you back on track.
It is expensive but can have as much as 300 grams of sugar per bottle, which will give you diabetes if you want it to. Alcohol content is therefore quite low as wines go, which means you can drink quite a lot before you get drunk. It makes a great dessert in itself, and goes very well with a local pretzel, a fresh, big one, with salt to cut the wine’s sweetness.

8. Lobster and Cracked Crab
Pink Beaches of Harbor Island, Bahamas


Perhaps you aren’t as big a fan of mountains as you are of the tropics. Harbor Island is world famous for its pink-sand beaches, and Dunmore Town caters to tourists with outstanding seafood restaurants.
Have your fruit of the sea brought out to you on the beach in the late afternoon, and the sunset will be behind you, over the palm and coconut trees. There is a lot of quartz in the sand, and the sunlight makes it glow, lighter where it’s dry, and darker in the surf.

9. Romanee-Conti
France


At least one supper you eat should have the greatest wine in the world. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a very small vineyard, only 4 acres, and only produces about 5,000 bottles a year, but those 5,000 have a taste beyond comprehension.
Rather than try to describe the taste, since I haven’t had any, suffice to say, a very good vintage will be 20 to 30 years old and cost about $900 a glass. Or about $3,600 a bottle. Some vintages have sold at auction for $14,000 a bottle.

10. Spaghetti Bolognese
Bologna, Italy


For good and all, now and forever, the greatest spaghetti in the world is in Italy, and the finest restaurants are in Bologna. Its nickname is “di Grassa,” “Bologna the Fat.”
Sure, the Chinese invented the noodles, but tomato sauces are expressly Italian. New York City ain’t got nothin’ on Bologna.
I’ve been there, I’ve had several spaghetti recipes, but the best by far, you will find at Clorofilla, Strada Maggiore, 64, 40125 Bologna, Bologne. It’s almost as good as my recipe.
Bologna is a magnificently beautiful city, and not far north of some good mountain vistas. Or you could take a leisurely drive over the Appennines to Firenze (Florence) and see the original Statue of David, among other works of art.
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100 Places Where You Can Get Freebies On Your Birthday


It’s your birthday, the last thing you want to do is have to pay for things. Here are 100 places you won’t have to.
Most of these places require you to sign up at least seven days before your birthday, so get busy now and then enjoy the free birthday stuff as it rolls in on your big day. Feel free to add any freebies you know of in the comments.

Heres where to get 100 Birthday Freebies.

1.  A&W All American Food: Get a free root beer float on your birthday by joining the Mug Club
2.  Ace Hardware: Receive a free $5 off coupon when you join Ace Rewards
3.  AMF Bowling: Get some free bowling by signing up with the Pinsiders Club
4.  Applebees: Sign up for its email club, and get a free dessert on your birthday.
5.  Arby’s: Get a free milkshake on your birthday when you register with Arby’s.
6. Atlanta Bread: Get a free cookie on your birthday when you join the Loyalty Program.
7.  Au Bon Pain: Join the Eclub, and get a free birthday lunch.
8.  Auntie Anne’s: Sign up for Pretzel Perks, and get a free pretzel on your birthday.
9.  Aveda: Receive a birthday gift valued at $23 when you join Aveda’s Pure Privilege for $10.
10. BareMinerals: Join the Friends and Benefits Program, and they’ll send you a gift on your birthday.
11.  Barnes and Noble (Kids): Sign up for the B&N Kids’ Club, and your child gets a free cupcake on his/her birthday.
12.  Baskin Robbins: Join its Birthday Club, and get free ice cream on your birthday.
13. bd’s Mongolian Grill: Get a free entree on your birthday when you join Club Mongo.
14.  Bennigan’s: Receive a BOGO entree as well as a free dessert when you sign up for its Eclub.
15.  Big Boy: Join its Email Club, and get a birthday freebie dessert on your birthday.
16.  Bonefish Grill: Become a  Bone Fish Grill Insider, and get special offers on your birthday.
17.  Benihana’s: Register for the Chef’s Table, and you’ll get a $30 birthday certificate.
18. Boston Market: Join the VIP Club, and get a special birthday surprise.
19.  Buca di Beppo: You’ll receive a free pasta on your next visit as well as a $20 birthday gift for joining the Eclub.
20. Buffalo Wild Wings: Get a free birthday dessert when you join the Buffalo Circle.
21.  Captain D’s: Get a special offer on your birthday when you join  D’s Club.
22.  Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Join Carrabba’s Amici Club, and get a free appetizer as well as a coupon for a BOGO free entree.
23. Chick-fil-A: Become an Email Insider, and get a special birthday offer. Chick-fil-A did inform us that the freebies are at the discretion of the franchise owner, so check with your local store for details.
24.  Chili’s: Get free chips and guacamole when you join My Chili’s Rewards Club.
25.  Chuck E. Cheese’s: Join the The Chuck E-Club, and get free tokens to help celebrate your child’s birthday.
26.  Cinnabon: Subscribe to Club Cinnabon, and get a special gift on your birthday.
27.  Cold Stone Creamery: Get a BOGO coupon for your birthday by signing up for the My Cold Stone Club.
28.  Country Buffet: Sign up for the Crave Connection, and receive free meals on your big day. Note: This restaurant is closed, but you can get deals for Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet and Country Buffet — all in the same franchise.
29. Cracker Barrel: Go to Cracker Barrel on your birthday, and get a free dessert.
30.  Culver’s: Enjoy a free birthday treat when you sign up for the Culver’s eClub.
31.  CVS: Join the ExtraCare Beauty Club, and get $3 ExtraCare bucks on your birthday.
32. Dairy Queen: Receive a buy-one-get-one Blizzard coupon on your birthday by signing up for the Blizzard Fan Club.
33.  Dave & Buster’s: Sign up for Dave & Buster’s Rewards, and get $10 in free gameplay.
34.  Denny’s: Stop by Denny’s, and get a free Grand Slam on your birthday (with ID)!
35.  Disney Movie: Get 100 free points for your birthday when you sign up for Disney Movie Rewards.
36.  Don Pablo’s: Get a $10 gift card on your birthday when you become a Habaneros Member.
37. Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a free beverage on your birthday by signing up for the DD Perks Rewards Program.
38.  Einstein Bros. Bagels: Get a free egg sandwich with a purchase on your birthday when you join the Shmear Society.
39.  Firehouse Subs: Sign up for Firehouse Rewards for a free medium sub.
40.  First Watch: Get a free entree when you sign up for the Sun EClub.
41. Friendly’s: When you become a BFF Club member, you’ll receive a free sundae on your birthday.
42. Fuddruckers: Get a special birthday offer when you join the Fudds Club.
43. Great American Cookies: Join the Cookie Club, and get a birthday surprise.
44.  Hallmark: Get a free card and a coupon for 20% off one item when you become a Crown Rewards member.
45.  Hard Rock: Sign up for Hard Rock Rewards for an annual birthday offer.
46.  Helzberg Diamonds: Request a catalog to receive a birthday surprise.
47. Hooters: Join the Hooters Eclub for a free birthday gift.
48. IHOP: Sign up for the Pancake Revolution, and receive a free meal on your birthday.
49. Jack in the Box: Register to receive a special offer on your birthday.
50. Jersey Mike’s Subs: Get a free sub and drink when you sign up for the email club.
51. Joe’s Crab Shack: Register with Joe’s Catch, and receive a birthday treat.
52. Kmart: When you sign your child up for the Birthday Club, he/she will receive exclusive offers plus be entered to win $500.
53. Krispy Kreme: Join the eClub, and receive a free donut on your birthday.
54. Longhorn Steakhouse: Create a My Longhorn account, and get a free birthday treat.
55. Macaroni Grill: Sign up for the email club, and get a free dessert on your birthday.
56. Maggie Moo’s: Sign up for the Slab Happy Email, and get a free birthday surprise.
57. Marie Callender’s: Join the Eclub, and get exclusive birthday offers.
58. Medieval Times: Receive free admission when you sign up for email updates.
59. The Melting Pot: Join Club Fondue, and get a voucher for free chocolate fondue for two on your birthday.
60. Moe’s Southwest Grill: Get a coupon for a free birthday burrito when you join its eWorld.
61.  Noodles & Company: Get a coupon on your birthday by joining the Noodles Family.
62. Not Your Average Joe’s Kitchen & Bar: Get a free birthday surprise when you sign up for the email club.
63. Olive Garden: Get a complimentary appetizer or dessert on your birthday by signing up for the eClub.
64. On the Border: Get a special birthday offer when you sign up for Club Cantina.
65. Panda Express: Register to receive emails and an exclusive offer on your birthday.
66. Panera: Join MyPanera, and get a free pastry on your birthday.
67. Perkins: Get a free slice of pie on your birthday when you sign up for MyPerkins.
68. P.F. Chang’s: Create an account, and get a free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month.
69. Pinkberry: Sign up for a Pinkcard or download the app, and receive a free yogurt on your birthday.
70. Qdoba: Receive a special birthday gift when you register for Qdoba Rewards.
71.  Redbox: Sign up for the Redbox Play Pass, and receive a free birthday rental.
72. Red Lobster: Receive a birthday surprise when you join the Fresh Catch Club.
73. Red Robin: Register for the Red Robin Royalty Program, and get a free birthday burger.
74. Rita’s Italian Ice: Sign up for its Birthday Club, and get a free birthday treat.
75. Ruby Tuesday: Sign up with Ruby Tuesday, and score a free burger on your birthday.
76. Sbarro: Get free pizza on your birthday by joining the eClub.
77. Sephora: Register with Sephora, and receive a free gift on your birthday.
78. Smashbox: Register for the rewards program, and receive a free gift during your birthday month.
79. Sonic: Create a My Sonic account, and receive a special treat on your birthday.
80. Sonny’s BBQ: Get a free Big Deal Meal on your big day by joining the ‘Q Crew.
81. Souper Salad: Register for Souper Perks, and get a free meal during your birthday week.
82. The Spaghetti Warehouse: Join the Warehouse Club, and get a free meal on your birthday.
83.  Starbucks: Get a free birthday drink by signing up for Starbucks Rewards.
84. Steak ‘n Shake: Join the eClub to get a free menu item on your birthday.
85.  Subway: Sign up for the Subway Rewards Program and the sandwich-making company will add 20 points to your account on your birthday. FYI, 20 points will get you a free 21-ounce fountain drink (20 points), a free bag of chips (15 points) or two free cookies (10 points each).
86. Swagbucks: Get 50 free Swagbucks on your birthday. For more information, read our Swagbucks review.
87.  TCBY: Join myTCBY, and receive special offers on your birthday.
88. Texas Roadhouse: Sign up for the email club, and get a birthday gift.
89. TGI Friday’s: Join the Friday’s Rewards program, and get a free dessert on your birthday.
90. Tony Roma’s: Sign up for the email and text club, and get a free entree on your birthday.
91. Toys R Us: Join Rewards R Us, and your child will receive a free card every year until his/her 10th birthday. Members are also entered to win monthly prizes.
92. Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Join Club Tropical, and get a special birthday offer.
93. ULTA Beauty: Receive a free gift by signing up for the Ultimate Rewards program.
94. Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Join the Uno Insider’s Club, and get a free entree on your birthday.
95. Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for an Angel Card, and get a birthday gift worth $10.
96. Waffle House: Become a member of the Waffle House Regulars Club to receive a free waffle on your birthday.
97. Wienerschnitzel: Join the Wiener Lovers’ Club, and get a free coupon each year on your birthday.
98. Wingstop: Get a free order of seasoned fries on your birthday when you sign up for The Club.
99. Yogurt Mountain: Join the YOMO Club, and get free yogurt on your birthday.
100. Zaxby’s: Get a free Nibbler on your birthday by signing up for the Zax Mail.
source: thepenniehorder