The ShahSquared team has compiled a list of favorite foods from some of the most beloved politicians of today and yesteryear. From the typical to the unusual, these leaders of the free world are particular when it comes to what they enjoy eating and drinking on their own time.
Our former president is known for chowing down on a cheeseburger or eating handfuls of buttery popcorn, but his all-time favorite food may be surprising; it’s broccoli! Seems that Michelle did a great job of encouraging more than just America’s youth to be smitten with fruits and vegetables. When he isn’t chowing down on the healthy stuff, Obama opts for thin-crust pizza with tomatoes and olives or smoked salt caramels in milk chocolate from Seattle’s Fran’s Chocolates.
It is no surprise that the Secretary enjoys flavors reminiscent of her global travels. A fan of spicy foods (known to eat a jalapeno every day), Clinton appreciates Middle Eastern spices and is particularly fond of hummus, baba ghanoush, and tahini. Although a heat junkie, her love of peppers and hot sauces comes from an article she read back in 1992 that it would boost her immune system.
The representative from The Golden State is obsessed with chocolate and loves it in every form. Whether it’s chocolate ice cream, truffles, cake or milkshakes; she’s game. Pelosi has even been known to indulge in her favorite flavor, Ben & Jerry’s – New York Super Fudge Chunk, while riding a stationary bike.
It seems that Honest Abe had a love affair with anything sweet. The 16th president of the United States and his wife, Mary, were known to finish a gallon of sugar syrup in a little less than two weeks; luckily, it was shared amongst the other four members of their household. Fair to say, the Lincoln home regularly had baked goods available. When it came to his favorite sugary treat, it’d have to be gingerbread men. For Lincoln, these spiced cookies were both delicious and nostalgic, since his mother used to bake them for him on special occasions.
The first ambassador to France fell in love with more than the City of Light, he became a connoisseur of the country’s wine. Although he drank the popular fortified wines of port, sherry and hard cider, like his friends, he also had an expansive wine palate. He even became intrigued with German wine after being in contact with mercenaries. Of course, these wines could not replace his favorite varietals from France where he often shipped wine directly from local vineyards.