August 29, 2008

Meme: Omnivore's 100

"Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognize everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Italicize any items that you would never consider eating."
--From UK blogVery Good Taste.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (Tastes like chicken)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush (Curry makes an excellent baba ghanoush. Actually, people should try this simply because its so fun to say.)
11. Calamari (not till i was in college, though. what a pity!)
12. Pho (no, but it sounds good.)
13. PB&J sandwich (I like it better with honey)
14. Aloo gobi (i don't think i've had this, but I have had so much curry, that I think I better try it!)
15. Hot dog from a street cart (heck yes!)
16. Epoisses (again, I don't think so, but I will)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries (not often enough!) Photo by Flickr.
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (No...don't think I ever will either.)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters(not raw though.)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (oh my word: it sounds good!)
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (I AM from San Francisco!)
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float (um. i used to live off these.) Photo from Flickr.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (thanks to a recent happy day, yes, I've tried this.)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (By the way, ant's aren't kosher, but grasshoppers are. Bet you didn't know that.)
43. Phaal (I won't go this hot with curry.)
44. Goat’s milk (Its amazing what you'll drink when you've been sleeping on the floor of a public school, bathing in sinks, walking miles everyday, and being trampled in roman subways. warm goat's milk in a carton. yes, I'll take that.)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (alas! no!)
46. Fugu (Die because of a fish? I'm not that bold. really. )
47. Chicken tikka masala (one of my favorites)
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (thanks to an after mass drive in a crowded station wagon in the middle of DC in the summer with Boy Wonder, yes, yes I have.)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (sadly)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (only had a vodka martini!)
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (Is there anything better to do with potatoes than smother in gravy and cheese curds?)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (Is this it, because if so, apparently, I have.)
64. Currywurst (no, but is sounds divine.)
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis (NEVER!)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (Not sure I could stomach this, but if someone didn't tell me what it was, I'd eat it, and like it, I'll bet!)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini but not together.
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost (also going on my cheese list)
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu or shaojiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (i like a touch in my black tea--but mom drinks it dark and smoky!)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (I didn't discover this till college either. What a waste of breakfasts! Also, for the record, Julia Child's Hollindase Sauces is foolproof, and so so tasty!)
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant (and what did my dining companions have for dessert? mint milk and cocoa puffs. No kidding.)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox Photo from Flickr
97. Lobster Thermidor (again., sounds divine!)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake (no, but I hear it tastes like chicken.)

Now that I've finished filing this out. I didn't do as well on this as I had hoped, so I will add a few things that weren't on this list, but should have been because they are extra-ordinary or simply wonderful (I've eaten all of these):

Bear (it is really really gamey--not very good actually!)
savory souffle
creme brulee (or flan or other custard)
pastilla (Photo from Flickr below)

Now, I'm going to have lunch.


  1. Anonymous7:39 PM

    Number 68: How predictable!

  2. Dagny makes yummy bengiets (sp?). Nothing like a tasty French doughnut!

  3. "Bear that has lived too much on other animals is not very nice, but bear that has had plenty of honey and fruit is excellent, and this turned out to be that sort of bear"
    -C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

    One of the benefits of a Cajun dad is fantastic beignets.

  4. I shall have to make you a dirty gin martini when you're back in California. I have one every evening after work, so mine are close to perfection. :)

  5. move clam chowder in a sourdough bowl up a few levels