Monday, August 18, 2008

The Omnivore's 100

This is fun, and everybody's doing it. Andrew put together a list of 100 foods he thinks any good omnivore should have tried at least once. Andrew is British, so his list doesn't include some things this Yank might believe to be must-tries. Like jellyfish tentacles, which I have tried. Or cheese curd (ditto). Or sea vegetables (of course!). But still, fun.
Several of the foods on this list have been prepared by me in my very own kitchen.

How the Omnivore's 100 works:
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: Post a comment at
Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

MY OMNIVORE'S 100 (75 76 out of 100):

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea (nettle ravioli, yes... but)

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile (though I have had alligator)

6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp (I probably have had it; can't swear, though.)

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 (I guess dandelion wine doesn't count.) Wait, I have had plum wine!

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes (To which I can only say, "Duh!")

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 (I have a good excuse.)

33. Salted lassi

34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted Cream Tea

38. Vodka Jelly/Jell-O (Can't see the point.)

39. Gumbo (I totally see the point!)

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat (Goat, lots, but not curried.)

42. Whole insects (It can't be helped when you're on a motorcycle.)

43. Phaal

44. Goat's milk (I've made my own goat cheese, and sampled the milk first, so technically yes.)

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more

46. Fugu (Stunt food. No thanks.)

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 (But of course!)

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV (What?)

59. Poutine (Must try this Canadian dirtbag snack!)

60. Carob chips (Sigh... Hippie days.)

61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads

63. kaolin (No, but I have eaten paste.)

64. Currywurst (What?)

65. Durian (I want to try, but they're so darn huge.)

66. Frogs’ legs (I tried 'em, but never again.)

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 (I imagine they taste like garlicky garden hose.)

79. Lapsang Souchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom Yum (Only Tom Kha Gai.)

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. 3 Michelin Star Tasting Menu (Yumza.)

85. Kobe beef

86. Hare (I almost brought home a roadkill hare a couple of years ago...)

87. Goulash

88. Flowers

89. Horse (I don't know. Maybe I'd try potatoes fried in horse fat.)

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam

92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa (Gotta look this one up. Regular harissa, yes.)

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor (Embarrassing.)

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake


Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

oh, next time you come, we'll do Thai feast and you can cross tom yam off your list :)

Dagny said...

I am going to give this list a try. Ya know for years I was no about the snails but I finally tried them and now I'm addicted.

Dagny said...

I am going to give this list a try. Ya know for years I was no about the snails but I finally tried them and now I'm addicted -- especially the ones at the Hotel Mac.

kudzu said...

Since I'm only a lurker I can't join in (officially) but I wanted to tell you that curry wurst is a hot dog with curry topping -- I kid you not -- very popular as street food in Germany. And no, I have never et it (nor chitlins).

cookiecrumb said...

Anita: Well, see? Shoot. We could have done that Saturday.
But yes. Let's do.

Dagny: How about a date at the Mac?

Kudzu: I will gladly host a blog post for you here, if you ever want me to.
Thanks for the clue about curry wurst. Which is now "no thanks," but... Well, maybe!

Dagny said...

Sorry about the double post. But yeah. I haven't been to the Mac in a couple of years. I am way overdue. actually that's where I first had escargots. Now I order them whenever I have a chance. And I had stayed away because I was afraid of the texture thing.

And thank you Kudzu for explaining the curry wurst. That's what I thought it was. There used to be a place in SF that served them.

dancingmorganmouse said...

Well that was fun 58 out of 100 - not bad for a reformed fussy eater.

Sweet Bird said...

Aww can't miss out on those snails. They've been a favorite since childhood. But, then again, I can't even get my husband to try them.

Anonymous said...

My first comment on yours. But not my first peek. Rose harissa -- it's on my list of please-please-pleeeeeze brings from England. Belazu is my brand of choice. And... Currywurst is a fat German Wurst (not an american ballpark) with curry spice (not smothered in curry). Still, unless it's 1a.m. in Berlin and you've been clubbing (um, not since the 80s) ... it wouldn't be on my top 100. Rose harissa - definitely. And Pulpo a la gallega. How did that not make the list?

Sam said...

I see I am going to have to sort out your inexcusable neglect of #37

kudzu said...

Thanks to Anonymous. I guess it was all the oniony stuff on top of the ones I saw that turned me around.

cookiecrumb said...

Morgan: I should think it's really hard getting over being fussy. Congratulations.

Sweet Bird: So let's me and you and your husband (oh, hell, Cranky too) go for a snail fest! I guess I should try.

Anonymous: I'm so grateful for your comment. It's perfectly clear now.
I totally chickened out on an opportunity to eat polpo a la gallega once. I'm sure I infuriated the chef! (Funny, because I'm OK with octopus on sushi.)

Sam: Oh, yes, please? And I'd be happy to bring you up to par on #30.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

OK, I going to do it, too. You're totally awesome in your kitchen...makin' stuff from scratch. You're an inspiration to me :)

cookiecrumb said...

Nikki: Some day I will confess publicly how much I eat canned clam chowder and Rosarita burritos.
But, I really did make lots of those things, so I'm not a total loser.
Can't wait to read your list.

Janet said...

C'mon. Is there anybody who hasn't tried PB&J, at least anybody in the English-speaking world? What's it doing on this list! Meanwhile, I'm surprised you haven't had snake. It tasted like deep-fried anything.

Sam said...

janet - this list was written by a Brit and I am sure not a lot of them have tried this American oddity.

I am sure I wouldn't have, had I not come to live here and been unable to avoid it.

cookiecrumb said...

Janet: I'm not averse to tasting snake, it just hasn't slithered across my path yet.

Sam: Thanks.

Jack said...

I read this list at C&Z, and, well, it doesn't make the grade.

- Tough in Santa Rosa

P.S. Yeah, I'll get off the pot someday and do better.

Heather said...

Oh fun fun fun! I think I might be close. I'll do this post (it'll count toward my 5/week, so what the hell?).

You're admirably adventurous, 'crumb.

cookiecrumb said...

Heather: I can't wait to see your list.
I think I'm a timid eater, but every time I get presented with an opportunity to eat, mebbe, duck testicles, I say "I've GOT to do this!"
OK, I've never been presented with the opportunity to eat duck testicles.

SteamyKitchen said...

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

i would add "hot...straight off the line"

the best donuts EVER!

cookiecrumb said...

SK: Sexxxeeee.

Passionate Eater said...

Wow, you are very impressive! However, I wish that the list would have individually distinguished amongst beignets, churros, elephant ears, and funnel cakes. They are all distinct!!

Jeremy said...

I'm a food lover, like Indian and Chinese food. But never thought of being an omnivore . Keeps me pushing out of the dining.