Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Omnivore's 100

So thanks to my food studies list serv I discovered this random list of foods that I suppose is meant to challenge those of us who consider ourselves "well-eaten" (like well-read, you know). In the spirit of wasting some time (this is a sanity-saving device now that life is too busy for words), I'm going to just do it now. I found it here, and the genesis is traced from that blog on back to whoever came up with this nutty idea.

How It All Works:
1) Copy the 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. I have to italicize b/c I don't know how to strike through on blogger...duh.
4) Optional: Post a comment at Very Good Taste, linking to your results

The 100
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea [I've had tea with nettles as a component, so I'm giving myself credit]
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare [I think it was termed "kobe sashimi" when I had it]
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp [possibly? no idea. baby brain doesn't go well with this sort of task]
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 [oh yeah, baby]
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes [pineapple and raspberry]
19. Steamed pork buns [just last Sunday for lunch]
20. Pistachio ice cream [wouldn't have but John recently ordered us a shake with it instead of whatever it was I had wanted, and as I feared, I didn't really love it - it was real though, not neon green]
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese [just not sure I can go there although I probably would, given enough whiskey first]
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper [I know my limits]
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi [must try this next time - I always go mango with my lassi]
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float [just had this last night]
36. Cognac with a fat cigar [I've had them separately but I'm not sure if together...]
37. Clotted Cream Tea [again, separately, but I don't think together]
38. Vodka Jelly/Jell-O [sadly, my campus was dry]
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects [depends on the # of legs & eyes]
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk [does it count as cheese or yogurt? I say yes]
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more [a bartender I flirted with in Napa gave me a taste from a vintage of my birth year - I'm sure it was that pricey]
46. Fugu [??]
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin [raw, even]
51. Prickly pear [I think I must have]
52. Umeboshi [??]
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle [again, can't remember, seems possible]
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine [??]
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads [they'd have to be cooked by a starred chef]
63. Kaolin [??]
64. Currywurst [sounds awful]
65. Durian [??]
66. Frogs’ legs [yum!]
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake [all, actually]
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette [that's weird of me]
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe [want to]
74. Gjetost or brunost [??]
75. Roadkill [not that I know of]
76. Baijiu [??]
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang Souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky84.
3 Michelin Star Tasting Menu [Guy Savoy]
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare [I had rabbit on Thursday - what's the diff?]
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse [been places with it but other stuff was more appetizing]
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam [hell, I've been to the Spam Jam!]
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

I have to credit adventurous sushi chefs, the city of New Orleans, and the buffet at Bellagio for many of my bolded items!

My score is 70. How many have you eaten?


Unknown said...

Fugu = poisonous (or potentially poisonous) blowfish eaten as sushi. One of those take-your-life-in-your-mouth things.

Umeboshi = pickled plum (Japanese)

Hare is much larger (and I assume much gamier) than rabbit; I don't know if you can get domesticated hare or if it always has to be hunted for dinner.

:) I haven't eaten MOST of the things on this list -- being a vegetarian, I can ease with honor out of eating head cheese and scorpions.

Kate said...
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Kate said...

I guess I shouldn't be so surprised that other people have had curried goat...

Some of these things seem so common to me. I mean, sauerkraut was a staple in my house growing up.

Btw, Poutine = french friend with gravy and cheese curd. It's a Canadian specialty. Yay for being from northern NY.

Stasi said...

If you meant french FRIES, then I've had something quite similar - it was called the "Magic Mountain" and it was available at a diner in Bettendorf, Iowa. It was a piece of texas toast, topped with ground beef, topped with fries, topped with cheese sauce, topped with onions. I believe you could get variations with chili and/or gravy as well. Mmmmmm.......the arteries thicken just thinking about it.

Kate said...

I did, in fact, mean fries. Even typing it then, I almost wrote "friend." The dish you describe sounds more like chili fries than poutine. Cheese curd is the key, really.

rjb said...

Just found your blog, and am enjoying reading it.

FYI, to strike things out on blogger, you < s > before what you want to strike out and < / s > at the end (minus the spaces inside the brackets). Hope that helps!