the omnivore’s 100

This is a meme that’s been making the rounds that I couldn’t resist. I mean come on. It’s a list about food. I saw it first chez az, then at magpie’s, and kc’s. It started a few weeks ago at Very Good Taste. (By the way, the original list has lots of wiki links for those who need/want to look things up. There were quite a few items I didn’t know, or know by name.)

Here’s the deal:

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 at linking to your results.

The Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare (Though I did try raw hamburger meat as a kid)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp (in gefilte fish, as Magpie points out)
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
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
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 Sourdough Bowl (I know I’ve had both, but can’t remember what soup was in my bread 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 $120 or more
46. Fugu (aka pufferfish)
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
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (I’ve had them, just not together)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snails
79. Lapsang Souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. 3 Michelin Star Tasting Menu
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

So it looks like I’ve tried 50, plus a few partials. Which is pretty high considering I haven’t been quite so omnivorous in my adult life. (I stopped eating most meat-type things when I was 18.) (Actually, many/most of the items I crossed out I did so based on my diet restrictions. It’s a bit strong to say I would “never consider eating them.” I mean, at some point in my life I would have.)

I would also like to propose the following additions to the list, which cover some more geographical territory:
101. poi
102. kimchi
103. vegemite
104. guaraná

12 thoughts on “the omnivore’s 100

  1. I did this list too…and yeah, had to add some of the more interesting things I’ve eaten as well. Love kimch’i, guarana…but have to agree with my dad that vegemite (and its cousin, marmite) taste like axle grease…

  2. Painted-
    I’m pretty sure I only tried it once. I’d actually be curious to try it again.

    Surprising that it wasn’t on the list, don’t you think?

    Ah, you did this list, too. I thought I’d seen it somewhere else, too, but couldn’t remember where.

    Lacto-ovo-fisho, as I’ve been known to say. And mmm, yōkan. I love just about anything made with sweet bean paste.

    Well, I think I have tried it, but since I can’t actually remember an occasion, I didn’t think I should count it. (I feel like there’s a good chance I tried epoisses in France, too, but don’t recall for sure.)

  3. The vegetarian’s response: EWWWW!

    BTW, come on up. I will make you the best borscht you’ve ever tasted.

    I also LOVE kimchi. You must try it next time you are within spitting distance of a Korean restaurant.

  4. I, too, am shocked that you’ve never had poutine! There is one with vegetarian gravy on offering, but I wouldn’t ask for it in Montreal – you might get laughed at.

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