Monday, August 18, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

I saw this yesterday on Stephanie's blog and, considering I'm elbow deep into a mass of soft dough tonight and re-organizing my food wares at the same time, this will be the perfect quick, simple but fun post. It is a list from Very Good Taste on the 100 foods any self respecting ominvore should try at least once.

Judging from my results, 88 out of 100, I guess all that world travel and not being a picky eater paid off!

Feel free to play along.

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.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison (I grew up in N. Michigan, raised in a family of hunters. Also see Roadkill)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (Tastes like stringy chicken. Also see snake)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (First midnight snack I have any new house)
14. Aloo gobi (One of my favourite dishes at any good Indian restaurant)
15. Hot dog from a street cart (In NYC for a meeting at least once a week, of COURSE!)
16. Epoisses (one of my FAVOURITE cheeses)
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
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (I like it hot but not THAT hot)
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
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (after every job I tune!)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (Does swallowing a bug while on the back of a motorcycle count?)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (Um, Duh...I don't drink any Scotch that isn't legal)
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
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores (It should be illegal to put S'mores after Carob chips)
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (considering what you have to do to get past the smell, it just wasn't worth it)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (At almost every meal when I was in Moscow)
73. Louche absinthe (Oh but I want to!)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (Yes, my mom got a deer with the jeep this past hunting season. Michigan DNR let her keep it as she had a doe tag. Made good jerky!)
76. Baijiu (You want me to remember this?!)
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
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (Hello...I live within spitting distance of NYC)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake (Tasted like chicken)