The Omnivore’s Hundred

Thanks to Clotilde at Chocolate & Zucchini, I came across this post on Very Good Taste. So, the idea is that he wrote this list of 100 things he thinks every omnivore should try at least once. As a foodie, this intrigues me; as a vegetarian (and no, the two are not mutually exclusive), some are of course out of the question (see #1, #5, or #89 for examples). Still, I thought I’d give it a try. The crossed-out items are those that I would not now try, and those in bold are those I have. (I haven’t always been a vegetarian.) Some, like #59, have provided interesting discussion. So let’s see…

[Edit: Chris reminded me–I forgot to put in the rules! Here they are:
1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten (I’ve used icons instead, and added an asterisk for the items I’m particularly fond of).
3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4. Optional extra: post a comment on Very Good Taste, linking to your results.]

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea (There’s some in the fridge right now.)
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (which is just so sad. It sounds so interesting when you don’t know what it is.)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho (I haven’t deleted this as it does come in a vegetarian option, though I know it is not traditional.)
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi (Mmm…)
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 (Ironically, I miss it a lot.)
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 (Yes, I know about the anchovies. I’m only ever likely to eat it in Italy. But who knows?)
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 (Um, ew?)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (It always seemed like such a waste at parties.)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (I just don’t understand eating food that is painful.)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala (Paneer and mushroom varieties; I know, I know, the chicken is “authentic”.)
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 (I don’t know?)
59. Poutine (So TMoTH asked if I’d eat it if the gravy was vegetarian. Sure, I’d try it…)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (Er, no.)
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (I’ll try it once at least.)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis (We tried to find a vegetarian haggis in Scotland. I’m surprised we weren’t shot.)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost (We’ve got some in the fridge.)
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (Lemon, or cherry: lunch of choice in high school.)
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 (Another one of the few things I miss.)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

So it looks like about 25 or so are left of the ones I would try. Hm, it might be worth it to make it a task–put a list in my wallet and check them off? I wonder how many of them match up with TMoTH’s. We could make it a dinner thing. Now I’m hungry, and I have no rose harissa or baijiu in the apartment. Sigh. (Odd, how many of the missing items were alcohol.)


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