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The Omnivore's Hundred

Posted by Devra First  September 18, 2008 02:01 PM

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This is making the rounds on food blogs. It's a list of 100 things the folks at London-based blog Very Good Taste think "every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life."

I'm posting it here for any of you who have blogs, but also for nonbloggers' recreational pleasure. What have you eaten? What would you refuse to eat, if anything? What items do you think should be on the list but are missing? And if any of you have eaten kaolin, please let me know how it was.

Here are the instructions:

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.

And here's my list, with comments in parentheses.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (as often as possible!)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue (my New Year's Eve favorite)
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho (now I'm craving it for lunch)
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (and more notably, from a truck: Speed's!)
16. Epoisses
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
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans (still one of my favorite meals)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (thanks, Jamie Bissonnette)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (as often as possible!)
29. Baklava (I make a mean one)
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (I've had both, but not together)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (how did I get through college without trying this?)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (not to my knowledge, at least)
43. Phaal (in my dreams... or maybe my nightmares)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (it didn't have much taste, but I lived -- ate it here)
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 (I've had bites, but I don't think I've ever had my own)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips (child of the '70s here)
61. S’mores (though never with carob, thank goodness)
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (and durian ice cream)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake (um, all of the above)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette (the latter. did. not. like.)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (see story here)
74. Gjetost, or brunost (my BFF is Norwegian)
75. Roadkill (I know there is an ethical argument to be made for this -- my Alaskan friend regularly eats deer that have recently been struck -- but I'm not going there)
76. Baijiu (I've had shochu -- the shiso-infused version is amazing -- and soju, but I don't think I've had baijiu)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers (I love nasturtiums in salad)
89. Horse (don't mind if I don't)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (I've never had it! I confess!)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa (had lots of the non-rose variety)
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano (if this isn't bolded for you, try Angela's Cafe in East Boston)
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake (I suspect I ate it in China, but I'm not sure)

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