Monday, October 13, 2008

The Omnivore's 100 - Adventurous Eating is the Name of the Game

I've been stumbling on this meme all over the internet, so it's high time I get in on the game and share my eating prowess (or not). The list below includes 100 foods that Andrew at Very Good Taste thinks every omnivore should try at least once. Have questions about the 100? Check out Hundred Reasons, a helpful FAQ of sorts. I've added some links to the items I wasn't sure about, just in case you're wondering about things like nettle tea and phaal, too.

Here are the rules and, as usual, feel free to join in on the fun:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (NOTE: Red items are food's I've tried but won't try again.)
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos Rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht (authentic in Ukraine, and not as bland as you might think)
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 (No smoking for me.)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (I'm pretty adventurous with food, but not that adventurous.)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala (I loooove this!)
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 (But not in a really long time.)
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
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis (If I didn't know what this is, I might have, but now? No way.)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (Anything with the word "intestine" in the description is not for me.)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (If a deer hit by a truck and then hauled home counts...)
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 (Fried spam sandwiches with Cheez Whiz...ah, childhood memories)
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
100. Snake

I'll pretty much try anything once, so there aren't many items crossed out for me. But I thought I would have had more bolded foods than I did. I'm really looking forward to seeking out some of these foods, like lobster thermidor and prickly pear. As I do, I'll be updating the list to keep track of my omnivore adventures.

How does your list look? Are you an adventurous eater or would you cross out more than you'd bold?


Angie Ledbetter said...

Do try the dirty martini, the bellini, spaetzel, a jello shot, absinthe, baby dandelion in a salad, pocky (my kids love this candy/cookie), and the lobster if you ever get the chance.

Gottawrite Girl said...

HEY Ami - great to meet you! And, fried plantains...YUM.

34 Years said...

I'm definitely going to post my own this...but I'm going to have to look a bunch of these up! I suppose if I haven't heard of it I haven't tried it...

I'm with you on the whole insects. Lord.

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Anonymous said...

They're are a lot of things on there that I've never heard of and I consider myself a pretty adventurous eater!
You definitely have to try the spaetzle, Kobe beef, and the dirty martini. It's funny that black truffle is on there, but now white truffle. I would think any truffle would qualify!

Ami said...

Thanks for all the recommendations. I'll be sure to give them a try. I do find it interesting that the martini is on the top of everyone's lists. :)

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