Sunday 24 August 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

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I've seen this posted on a couple of blogs now and thought I'd join in.

Andrew over at Very Good Taste, posted a list containing 100 food items (well some I think you can call food if you're very adventurous), that he believes every omnivore should try in their lifetime. He encourages everyone to have a look at the list and see how they're doing with it.

So, without further ado here is the list. The items in orange are the ones I have tried and the ones that are in italics (I couldn't figure out how to do the strike through thingy) are the ones I don't think I could bring myself to try without getting very, very drunk first and even then the chances would still be rather slim.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht (definitely something on my to try list for this atumn/winter)
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 (Someone suggested that the German Töttchen is pretty much the same and I have tried that when I was very little, didn't like it though!)
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 had both, but never at the same time.)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (Do all those flies count that I have swallowed whilst cycling in the summer?)
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 (of course I have, I'm German)
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 (my dad once ran over a pheasant and my mum, plugged it, gutted it and put it in the pot)
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. (Two stars had to do for me so far, I'm afraid)
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

Go on try your own results and write about them on your blog, this is what Andrew wants you to do:

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 here at linking to your results.

Okay, I guess I'm not doing to badly 49 out of 100 I have tried (50 if you count the flies swallowed while cycling) and there are only 3 I wouldn't try. I have to admit though that I'd struggle with the Phal, because twice now I have attempted to try a Vindaloo and hated every bit of it. That's just too hot for me and the reason why I wouldn't try the Scotch Bonnet. I guess I'd try it though if it meant completing the list. It's the sweetbreads, brain and intestines that I'd really struggle with. I have had kidney and liver and like neither (strangely I do love pate and the foi gras wasn't that bad either, even though I have no intention of ever eating it again), so I don't think I'd want to try the others.


Susan Morris said...

Your pretty brave trying some of those things Sylvie. Some I like but others would gross me out.
Ewww...the root beer smells and tastes like Germolene and of course DH loves it being a Yank.

Sam said...

I'm not even sure what some of these things are! Kaolin?
I do like a bit of brawn though, it's not as disgusting as the name suggests I promise!

Anonymous said...

Really never tried "Toettchen". I think it could count as the westfalien equivalent to head cheese.

Raquel said...

Sylvie, what fun! I will be doing this later on this week on my blog. There are a few items on this list that I don't care how much money I was offered, I would NOT even try! Much love, Raquel

Jan said...

OMG! I haven't heard of some of those - I need to get out more lol
I am about to 'Google' 'Mole poblano' to see what it is!

Sylvie said...

Sue, I'm not keen on root beer either, but I guess I would try the float. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy it much, but that I could at least drink it without heaving! ;)

Sam, I had to google a few as well and as to the Kaolin, even looking it up I'm a little confused as to what it is still. I don't think you can convince me on the brawn issue though.

awood, I have tried toettchen when I was little. My dad likes it and growing up in Westphalia meant it was quite available. I haven't seen it for years though and I can't say that I'm sorry about that. So, maybe I can cross the brawn/headcheese of as well?!

Raquel, I'm looking forward to seeing your list!

Jan, that's one of the ones I had to look up too.

Katerina said...

That list is fun.

Rosie said...

Oh gosh Sylvie you really are so brave to try some of those things- good on you for doing so!!

Rosie x

Abitofafoodie said...

What a great list! How interesting. I reckon I've tried about the same number, but different things to you. Have to admit that there are a few I haven't heard of though - I'll have to look them up!