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Monday, September 15, 2008

Omnivore's 100 List

I ran across "The Omnivore's 100" list the other day - here's what Andrew at "A Very Good Taste" said about this:

Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. 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 recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.
You all should try this! Here are the rules:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

I think I counted 63 that I have tried and only a couple that I wouldn't try. I've added some comments to the more memorable ones.

1. Venison - I grew up in MN and we had lots of different game. Venison is quite good when prepared properly.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile - I had a roommate from the South who had me try all kinds of interesting food. This was one (rattlesnake was another!)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue - oh my! Love this!
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari - my favorite is with jalapeno cream sauce
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - plum. Yum.
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream - delicious. Why is it green?
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries - wild strawberries are very small, but incredible and worth the effort to pick!
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans - a New Orleans staple
25. Brawn, or head cheese - my grandpa used to eat this.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - holy cow! Don't rub your eyes after touching!
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float - really brings back memories of my childhood, the A&W drive-in and the little trays that hung off the side of the window.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - college. Memories? Well, maybe I'll leave them back there.
39. Gumbo - I took a cooking class while visiting New Orleans and had my first bowl of Gumbo there. De-lish!
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle - a favorite of mine... and the kids like it too!
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian - ABSOLUTELY the WORST thing I have ever tasted. I tried some while vacationing in Thailand once (against the recommendation of the vendor I might add). I should have known from the fact that this fruit was not allowed on planes or in many hotels! A mixture of rotten meat and gasoline maybe. At least that's what I thought. Lots of people love it.
66. Frogs’ legs - when I was a kid my parents used to get us to try different foods by bribing us. I think we got to go to a movie if we ate frogs legs. I did - they tasted like chicken. Tasty.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho - we made this in a cooking class on our last cruise. I'm not a big raw tomato eater but had to try this as we made it. Fun to make (we got to use this huge industrial sized immersion blender that was about the size of a jackhammer) but not my favorite.
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini - I would have this every day if I could.
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict - I've never tried this because I don't like eggs unless they are mixed up... but I can't say that I would rule it out.
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
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
97. Lobster Thermidor - this is a FABULOUS dish. Have it in lobster country. It's worth it.
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake - my southern roommate made this for Thanksgiving appetizers one year. Really good - he deboned it, which took a lot of effort, but it was tasty. Looked weird in the refrigerator before it was cooked, coiled up in the packaging.

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  1. What a great idea. I think I will do this for tomorrow's post! BTW, thanks for following my blog! Have a great day.

  2. Wow- I don't think I have even heard of some of that stuff..