Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

I caught this from two of my Foodbuzz friends, DogHill Kitchen and Cajun Chef Ryan. This 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" from Andrew Wheeler, co-author of Very Good Taste, a British food blog.

Rules are:

1) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
2) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

I think for a mom of 7 who has never been out of the country (except once to drive across Ontario) and with very limited means, I've gotten a few good ones out of the way (culinary school helped). I don't drink much at all, so many of those type are crossed off. I like this list - it gives me some new ideas for dishes I'd like to try and posts I'll be making!

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp (Once you've seen the shore of Lake Huron littered with dead ones - yuck.)
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. Peanut butter and jelly 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 (Wild raspberries on South Mountain and mulberries everywhere!)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - not a whole one, at least.
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've had Courvasier and cigars - but separate!)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
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
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 (Just the burger alone is enough!)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (Edible, yes - but in what?)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis (I don't care if my ancestors are Scots - I'm not doing it, and you can't make me.)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (Just caviar - no blini)
73. Louche absinthe (Pastis is close ... right?)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
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
100. Snake


Anonymous said...

Doesn't it just make you realize how much there still is to do and see and eat!?! How excitement!

Annie Jones said...

I did this, but the directions I got said to bold what you've tried and cross off what you'd NEVER try, leaving everything else in regular text.

I didn't cross off anything; I think, hungry enough, I'd try anything. Curious enough, I'd try lots of things. :)

Adopted Son said...

Haggis. (the muffled sound of me vomiting at the mere thought...)