October 20, 2008

Did You Eat That?

I love trying new foods and I'm willing to try just about anything once. I came across this meme, based on the list of 100 foods that, according to Andrew at the food blog Very Good Taste, "every omnivore should try at least once", at Writing My Life and thought I'd share it here...

Here are the rules:

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 www.verygoodtaste.co.uk 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
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
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
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
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
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

Well, there you go. I've tried 37/100. Not great.

There are a few things listed here that I'd probably only try - I don't think I'd be able to finish a whole plate of them - Haggis, Sweetmeats and Chitterlings come to mind. There are some things on the list that I would try right now if I had the chance - tasting menu at a michiline star restaurant? Yes, please. Kobe beef? Yeah. Lobster thermidor? twist my rubber arm. I won't be trying insects or roadkill. I don't smoke, but if I had the chance I would try a cigar especially if it was a particularly fine one. And my final thought is that there was a lot of booze on this list, don't you think?

Edited to add: Why are hostess fruit pies on this list? And why roadkill? Spam? Really? What is up with that?

How many of the items on the list have you tried?



Poetikat said...

I've just posted a new poem so I don't want to bury it yet, but I will do it later in the week and post it. Fun stuff.


Beth said...

Gee - I've had 58. I guess that's good, right? You need to go to a Japanese restaurant and order a Smoked Eel Hand Roll - it is out of this world! Beth

Honey Mommy said...

Seriously.. I don't think spam should be on anyone's list! And horse? Eww!

There is a lot of alcohol on this list... which would exclude me from a lot of things because i choose not to imbibe.

Working mum said...

You didn't cross out the Scotch Bonnet! How brave are you?!!

I've done quite a lot of those, rose harissa is a storecupboard staple here, just smear it on chicken breast and bake.

PS No-one would expect you to eat a WHOLE haggis!!

Ami said...

Not bad! Do you think you'll be more adventurous now that you have a list to check off?