Monday, August 18, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

I found this link on Chocolate and Zucchini (who has had horse, but not borscht) who found it on Very Good Taste. It's a list of 100 foods that the author thinks you should try. He invites you to post this list on your own blog and add a link in the comments on his blog. I think I did respectably well for a North Dakota Girl who isn't at all well traveled. I turned items red instead of crossing them out. I don't know how to cross items out.

The Omnivore’s Hundred

The Omnivore's Hundred is an eclectic and entirely subjective list of 100 items that Andrew Wheeler, co-author of the British food blog Very Good Taste, thinks every omnivore should try at least once in his life.

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 (Andrew Wheeler), 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.

Here’s what I want you to do:

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
2. Nettle tea ( I think so, but I'm not sure)
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding(cross out) I don't need to eat food made with blood
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (I like both, but never together)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (hello, I'm from North Dakota)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries (Mmmm. I haven't had June berries in far too long)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese (cross out) this is just an I dare you food. I don't do dare food.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (cross out) dare food
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava (good, but overrated)
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi (love me a strawberry lassi)
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (I've had both, but never together)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O(I went to college)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (cross out) dare food
43. Phaal ( I guess I would try it, but hottest Indian dish? Way too hot for me.)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (dare food, but given the opportunity, I'd give it a go)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (overrated)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (America's Next Top Model's hated it, but I'd give it a shot)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal(most overrated food in history)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (Traditional martinis just taste like strait alcohol because that's what they are. Overrated)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (if this is beer above 8% alcohol content, then Al's homebrew should count)
59. Poutine (sounds good)
60. Carob chips (why is this on the list?)
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (I'd try a small piece prepared by a fancy chef)
63. Kaolin (cross out) Dare food
64. Currywurst (sounds good)
65. Durian (cross out) Dare food
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (not a beignet, but would love one)
68. Haggis (cross out) Dare food
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (I'd give these a shot)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (dare food, but it has alcohol in it so I'll try it)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill(cross out) dare food. Ask my dad to tell you his funny roadkill story someday.
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (why is this on the list?)
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 (do chive flowers count?)
89. Horse (cross out) why? I don't think anyone says its good so why eat a horse?
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (cross out) I've seen it. I don't need to eat it.
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor (why ruin the delicate taste of a lobster with heavy cheese and sauce?)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake (next time I'm in Belfield...maybe. O.K probably not. But I'd try a bite off some one's plate)

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