Monday, September 1, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

Over at Wannabe Wino, Sonadora posted about the Omnivore's Hundred, an intriguing list of foods and drinks where she indicated which items she had tried before and which she would probably never try. The original list may have originated at Very Good Taste.

Anyone can participate in this list. All you have to do is check off everything you have previously tried and cross off anything that you would never try. Very simple.

The official rules are:
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 at Very Good Taste linking to your results.

Here are my responses, with any additional comments in parentheses. For those things I would not eat, I have placed "Never" next to them. Though I may have tasted an item, that does not mean I liked it or would eat it again.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I have had alligator though)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
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
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
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 (I have tried both separately but not together)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
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 (Though it was only the fin)
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
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (NEVER)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis (NEVER)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (NEVER)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (NEVER)
76. 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
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
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (Though I don't like coffee, I would try it)
100. Snake

I have not tried some of the items on this list as I have yet to see them at any of the restaurants or markets that I have been. How many of these items have you tried? Why not join in the fun.


Sonadora said...

Much better than me! I've had some of the items but not in the way, I've had clam chowder, but not in sourdough bread bowls!

Scott said...

Before I try to make my point, I have to establish my creds. I've had every single thing on this list, and enjoyed nearly all of them. (The road kill happened to be deer, by the way. And no, I don't like durian.)

Now my point. I can't believe any self-described passionate foodie would write "never" next to anything that he or she is not allergic to. Nobody can know what he is missing by vowing never to try haggis, which is completely delicious. And an artisanal andouillette may be funky, but it's good stuff.

Just sayin'.