Friday, August 22, 2008

Would like some? It tastes like chicken...

I saw this list on Clotile Dussoulier's Chocolate & Zucchini blog. Here's what she had to say about it:

"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.

He offered this list as the starting point for a game, along the following rules:
1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten (I've used icons instead, and added an asterisk for the items I'm particularly fond of).
3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4. Optional extra: post a comment on Very Good Taste, linking to your results."

I've always considered myself an omnivore... am I really?
Here's my list:

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile (I did have alligator in Louisiana, but no crocodile)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue

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 (have I had this cheese? I'm not sure...)
17. Black truffle (not on its own, only truffle oil)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns = char siu bao (this should be an easy one to check off the list)
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 (no thanks, I'd rather feel my tongue... I've learned from Captain Haddock's experience in "Le Temple du Soleil")
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 (why haven't I had this before?)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (cognac yes, cigar no)
37. Clotted cream tea (of course!)
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 (no thanks, am not suicidal...)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (in sushi/sashimi)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (best when still warm from the oven, yum!)

50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (thanks, Yuko!)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (yes!)
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 (or beaver tails!)

68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (eeeww!)
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

60 down, 40 to go!
(although I don’t think I would ever eat Fugu (too risky!), Kaolin (dirt?), roadkill (especially if this means eating whatever is left of an animal that was run over by a car), or Bonnet peppers (why suffer unnecessarily?)

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