Tribal, primal barbecue, Samoa – We asked some of the world's best-traveled eaters to tell us about their once-in-a-lifetime meals. "Bizarre Foods" TV host Andrew Zimmern describes enjoying a primal barbecue with Samoan tribespeople as "irrefutably special, singular and unique."
Mountain of beans, Nepal – A plate of baked beans is an unlikely contestant for the most memorable food awards, but it's the one meal Phoebe Smith, editor of Wanderlust travel magazine, will never forget. It's the dish she was served at Everest Base Camp after a harrowing 12-day hike.
10 courses of sensory brilliance, Spain – Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo valley, Spain, is where Stefan Chomka, editor of Restaurant magazine, had his 10-course once-in-a-lifetime meal. "By course 10 my tastebuds were tired from all the dancing but still I wanted more."
Superstar soiree, United States – Susan Ungaro, the president of James Beard Foundation, says her organization's fundraising dinner allowed her to enjoy foods cooked up by some of America's best female chefs alongside inspirational figures such as Martha Stewart and Tyra Banks.
Perfect pre-nups, Philippines – Antonio's, a beautiful colonial-style mansion not far from the lake volcano of Taal in the Philippines, is where the dining holy trinity -- food, atmosphere and company -- was perfected, according to food blogger Chris Dwyer.
Smartphone-free serendipity, Spain – Amy Chen, managing editor for travel at Linkedin, says she and her now-husband still dream of the foie gras they stumbled upon in a neighborhood tapas joint in Barcelona seven years ago.
Table-shaker, Chile – For Qin Xie, a London-based food writer, the most unforgettable meal she has ever had is one in a tiny Peruvian place in Barrio Bellavista, Chile, where the earth actually shook during her meal.
Lobster time, St. Barts, French Caribbean – Katie Lee, "The Kitchen" and "Beach Bites" host, says the lobster dinner party with the "Beach Bites" crew at St. Barts will always be a special moment for her. "It was towards the end of our run and after a month of traveling together we were like a family."