Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

On the island of Borneo, many hotels have a sign in their lobby: NO DURIAN. Durian is thorny fruit with the odor of rotting human flesh.

I’ve eaten it.

After considering the Omnivore’s Hundred, a list of 100 foods that the Very Good Taste blog thinks every good omnivore should try at least once in their life, I’ve come to realize that I’ve eaten some foods that many (indeed, most) would consider strange. Have a look at the below list for yourself and let me know how many you’ve tried! Or, if you’re also a blogger:

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.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred: (Items I've eaten are in blue bold) (Items I've eaten since posting this are in green bold)

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea (just bought some at the market!)
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare

5. 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
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 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
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
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
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 (maybe – I ate a few unrecognizable things in Japan, horse may have been one of them)
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

My score is 80...81...82...83...84...85...86...87...88 and I'm going to make it my mission to find and eat as many of those I haven't tried as possible!


Anonymous said...

If/when you eat roadkill please post a picture. I must see that! I can't believe that was even on the list. Oooh, but I think my dad's brother scooped up a freshly killed deer off the side of the road maybe it runs in my blood and I'll eat roadkill one day. :P I guess if it's a fresh kill it isn't as gross as you imagine.

Cari said...

I was thinking the same thing! My classmate's boyfriend hit a rabbit a few months ago and brought it home so she would skin it and they could eat it. You're right that it's not THAT gross... as long as it's FRESH roadkill!

A said...

Love this List!