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The Omnivore’s 100

So the food blog Very Good Taste compiled this list, called The Omnivore’s 100, with the following explanation: 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.

The directions are as follows:

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.

I didn’t fare too well… only 43 out of the 100, and I crossed off 3 or 4 that I would not eat. I may have eaten more– there are several types of fish on the list, and I honestly can’t remember which of them I’ve eaten. Same with venison. But I have time– I’ll be sure to get to them :-).

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (yay verivorst!)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari (for example)
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 (I think the pain would be too much)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (why does it have to be in sourdough? Of course I’ve eaten regular clam chowder…)
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (perhaps my mother can teach me to appreciate cognac eventually)
37. Clotted cream tea (in London)
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 (it could kill me…)
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 (I’ve had the Big Mac, but never a whole meal…)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (Brussels was good for this :-))
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (umm, I seriously considered crossing this off, but I guess I’d try a bite…)
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 (does rabbit count?)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab (mmm… see previous post)
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (I think I saw this at Wawa, but that probably wasn’t very authentic :-P)
100. Snake

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