The Omnivore’s Hundred

Originally created by Andrew at Very Good Taste, I have seen this list popping up on food blogs a lot lately including Amy’s Runs with Spatula and Chocolate & Zucchini, whose list motivated me to do my own. In light of today’s blah blah weather, I decided to scroll through my memory banks and think about good food (okay, a few ick experiences too).

The rules:

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2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
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1. Venison – I once walked in to a friend’s house to see him cooking something rubbery looking on the stove- it was a deer heart- not venison per se but still a little disconcerting.

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare – but tuna tartare, yes!

5. Crocodile – almost said yes, but that was alligator

6. Black pudding – seems unlikely but I wouldn’t say never

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp – I’m not 100% positive on this one- I grew up eating Great Lakes fish, mostly trout and whitefish.  But I suppose some carp could have snuck in there.

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoushmmm, yummy stuff!

11. Calamari

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi – Once, not a fan of cauliflower but I’ve had other aloo dishes

15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle – I’ve had truffle oil before but never the actual truffle, yet.

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice creamOne of my favorite flavors

21. Heirloom tomatoes

22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese – Not bloody likely

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters

29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl- I had chicken n’ wild rice in a bread bowl yesterday tho’!

33. Salted lassi

34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer floatmemories of a kid at A&W with a root beer float and a hot dog

36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-Onot proudly, but numerous times

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects – Maybe under the right circumstances and it would depend on the insect. That worm that Anthony Bourdain ate on Cook’s Tour- nu-uh.

43. Phaal

44. Goat’s milkmy aunt & uncle raised goats when were younger

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugumy death wish is not that strong

47. Chicken tikka masala

48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – and proud of this fact, almost cancels out the jello shots

50. Sea urchin – Their cousin, the sea cucumber was gross so I’m leaning towards no.

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – mostly due to giving up red meat in 7th grade but the special sauce might have kept me from it anyhow.

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martinidon’t like gin, tastes like eating a pine tree

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine – I’m taking this one even if I’ve not had the original traditional Poutine with cheese curds and gravy.  With gravy and cheese, yes. Just not curds.

60. Carob chips

61. S’morescan’t go camping without these!!

62. Sweetbreads – Not such a fan of the glands and innard parts.

63. Kaolin – really, its clay?

64. Currywurst – Doesn’t really appeal to me

65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legsThis just gives me the willies, can’t explain why

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – yeah baby, elephant ears all the way

68. Haggis – I’m not going to strike this off because I’ve heard its good and nutty, despite all the organs. There are even vegetarian versions.

69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill – Did you see the DOW today?  Better not strike this off the list.

76. Baijiu – 80-100 proof?  Jeezus! Well, maybe just a sip.

77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snaila friend in college convinced me to try these- from a tin. She opened it and there was this weird blue color, gives me the shivers just thinking about it!

79. Lapsang souchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict –I’ve been recently told I have to learn to make these but generally, I’m not an egg fan except for scrambled & omelets

83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.-Someday……

85. Kobe beef

86. HareAt Charlie Trotter’s

87. Goulash

88. FlowersNasturtiums filled with cream cheese and scallions are excellent then if you tempura them- even more excellent!

89. Horse – See Item #75

90. Criollo chocolate – Maybe? I’ve tried some fancy-pants chocolates but I’d have to go look for labels

91. SpamMy dad grew up just a short drive from the home of Spam; We ate it a lot as kids. Excellent with maple syrup.  But, I’ve not had it in years and I don’t see myself buying it anytime soon even though Gmail offers up such great recipes when looking at the spam folder. Uh yeah.

92. Soft shell crabDamn good stuff

93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblanoLOOOOVE Pollo en Mole! The Mexican place by my brother does it right, to bad its a 9 hour drive!

96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee – I don’t drink coffee.

100. Snakeas jerky; not that exciting really

53 out of one hundred. 

Not bad; I see I have some areas to work on though. Some of these things would require some real hunger on my part like the horse and roadkill. For the more typical items, I’m always looking to experience new tastes but I sometimes get hung up on looks and texture. Texture is why I don’t like broccoli buds but I will eat broccoli sprouts or stems (in ‘coleslaw’ usually). And looks are why I had to strike through Head Cheese.


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