Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Omnivore's 100 game

[description from Clotilde at Chocolate & Zucchini]
The Omnivore's Hundred is an eclectic and entirely subjective list of 100 items that Andrew Wheeler, co-author of the British food blog Very Good Taste, thinks every omnivore should try at least once in his life.

[instructions from Andrew]
Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:

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 extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

I'm adding **, because my bolding is not showing up so well - there're 38 items out of the 100 I have never eaten, and only two - whole insects, and road kill - that I would never, ever try ...

**1. Venison - in a sandwich, lots of salt & pepper & mayo on ww bread, eaten with the fellow who shot the deer
2. Nettle tea
**3. Huevos rancheros - at the Plaza Cafe in Santa Fe
**4. Steak tartare - cannibal sandwiches in Milwaukee, WI
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
**7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp - does catfish count?
**9. Borscht - made by my Grandma Mollie
**10. Baba ghanoush
**11. Calamari
**12. Pho
**13. PB&J sandwich
**14. Aloo gobi
**15. Hot dog from a street cart
**16. Epoisses - maybe fake, though ...
17. Black truffle
**18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - cherry, gift from a little Italian man who shoveled snow off our walk in Pittsburgh
**19. Steamed pork buns
**20. Pistachio ice cream - straight from the carton, even
**21. Heirloom tomatoes
**22. Fresh wild berries - used to pick the blackberries in the vacant lot next to my house, and make a pie
**23. Foie gras
**24. Rice and beans - the first time, at the French Market in the Quarter in N.O.L.A.
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
**27. Dulce de leche - made bars from it, even
**28. Oysters
**29. Baklava - made by my father's grateful patients
**30. Bagna cauda
**31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
**34. Sauerkraut - best on a hot dog on the Staten Island ferry
**35. Root beer float - Michael's Frozen Custard
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - only without the fat cigar
**37. Clotted cream tea
**38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - wine jelly, and plenty of cherry jello
**39. Gumbo
**40. Oxtail - tapa, at Jaleo
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
**44. Goat’s milk - more often in cheese than a glass, though
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 - but I much prefer a twist of lemon
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine - I know what it is, though, and I watched Tony Bourdain eat it on TV
**60. Carob chips
**61. S’mores - these I make in the microwave all the time; even Nigel thinks marshmallows are a good guilty-pleasures component of the well-stocked pantry
**62. Sweetbreads - just a bite of my mom's
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
**66. Frogs’ legs
**67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - all of the above
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 - and Tastee Cakes, which are, or were, better
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 - nasturtiums
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
**91. Spam
**92. Soft shell crab - at Long Beach Isalnd, my dad's favorite
93. Rose harissa - like Clotilde, I've had harissa, but not rose
**94. Catfish
**95. Mole poblano
**96. Bagel and lox
**97. Lobster Thermidor
**98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - ? how did a coffee fiend such as myself miss this one?
**100. Snake - only from a can

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