This is a foodie story I thought I'd share (the most memorable thing I ever ate) :
When I was a kid I spent a few days in a coastal tribe living under a palm thatched hut, sleeping on the floor with no electricity in the company of a few high school friends.
The locals treated us like royalty since my friends uncle, an anthropologist, had spent some time with them and helped them financially in return for letting him study their ways.
So one morning they wake us up, give us a canoe and some paddles and give us instructions to go to the beach ( through the jungle, past the creek, watch out for snakes, go over the sandbar).
When we arrived we witnessed sea turtles hatching by the thousands ! like ants coming out of the sand as far as the eye could see. We immediately noticed they were being picked up by seagulls and crabs by the hundreds, we spent something like 8 hours protecting the turtles, lobbing sand to seagulls, carrying them to the water, shooing crabs. We finally conceded defeat after realizing just how many they were and how little difference we were making, it was a most memorable yet brutal occasion.
After having BBQ sea ray caviar (tastes like bacon) and fish for lunch and a little more turtle saving and canoe paddling we called it a day and went back to the shack for dinner.
Upon arrival we were presented with turtle eggs for us to try, ( they told us they were allowed a few by the government), we respectfully declined, but they respectfully insisted, after some back and forth we decided what the heck, we saved hundreds of turtles, yet we witnessed mass turtle casualties, overall we made a positive impact and we were curious kids.
Before you go on a clandestine turtle egg culinary tour, let me tell you, they taste like crap, the most refined and complex crap you have ever tasted, the flavor is so intense that my taste buds start acting out decades after slurping it just by thinking about it, I have also never tasted anything like it again, but I will give you a hint , when you open a bottle of hefeweizen beer, for some reason franziskaner brand is so far the closest, smell it, now imagine it is distilled with the intensity of cognac, then grab this flavor and present it in a more textured oyster consistency, that's the closest I can describe them.
As for the best thing I ever ate, I am mostly vegetarian these days, but I used to work at Park chow in San Francisco and the cooks liked me for some reason and took extra care of my favorite dish the short ribs on a bed of mashed potatoes, I believe one day they achieved perfection.