Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My first meme

OK, I'm giving in and posting my version of The Omnivore's 100, which started with the Very Good Taste food blog. Here's how it works, if you haven't seen it before. VGT made a list of unusual foods that they think every true foodie should try. They want to know how many of these items others have tried, so here's my list. I should note that my list of things I've eaten includes things I've tried in the past but wouldn't eat now because they are treif.

They say:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten (I'm using color since the boldface doesn't show up well in this theme).
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison (both by itself, and in really old-school mincemeat, when I was a kid. Also, moose)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (treif)
6. Black pudding (gross, treif)
7. Cheese fondue (mainstay of many a grad school party)
8. Carp
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 (not yet, but oh how I love stinky cheese)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (no longer, alas)
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
33. Salted lassi
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
42. Whole insects
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 (Are you kidding? This is porcelain clay!)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (treif, thank goodness)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost (gjetost is one of my favorite cheeses)
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (I am a pastry snob)
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. (We had the prix fixe.)
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


atlanticmo said...

I have never had a McDonald's Big Mac meal or Foie Gras. I don't know which seems less apealling to me. I could probably eat just about anything on the list if I had a root beer float to wash it down especially one from Newport Creamery, known as a Black Cow.

Anonymous said...

I read quipped somewhere that Scottish cuisine is mostly based on a dare. A lot of this list reminds me of that. Some of it is really ordinary, like lapsang souchong. I had registered a 'yes' for carp until I noted catfish as a separate item. I am not moved to fill in my missing items.