Saturday, August 30, 2008

I'm almost an omnivore

A Very Good Taste came up with a list of 100 food items an omnivore should try. So I've followed the instructions to copy the list, bold items I've tried, and strike out those I would never try. I hate to say "never" to food, but I've kept my current dietary restrictions in mind (I don't eat beef and rarely eat pork), knowing they could change.

I also have an aversion to "novelty meats," animals I would only eat if I were starving (deer, rabbits, squirrel, snake, etc.). That said, I would probably be willing to try my "never" foods just once in the right situation. For example, I would like to be willing to eat just about anything while traveling in another country, so as to not insult a potential host. But I'm sure I'd find there are limits to that.

I had to add a third category and italicize things I might have had. I'm not actually very picky and I've eaten/drunk a lot of things in my life so far, trying things at school and food fairs and off people's plates in foreign restaurants where I wasn't sure what I was eating. I can't remember all the details!!

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison - I think I had this as a kid.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros - I must have tried them at least once.
4. Steak tartare - but I do like tuna tartare.
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp - I don't know. probably. Is carp that memorable?
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi - love!
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - could be I've had this.
19. Steamed pork buns - might have tried someone's pork buns once
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 - I've had chowder and I've had soup in a bowl. No idea if they were ever combined.
33. Salted lassi - was my lassi salted?
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 - I would eat this only in a foreign country.
42. Whole insects - If only I'd gotten the cricket tacos in Mexico. I was full!
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

p.s. Sorry that the links make this list a little hard to read. I should go through and remove them, but I'm not going to do that.

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