Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Omnivore's 100

Hey Folks-

So my friend at Wine Me, Dine Me (a Cincinnati Food Blog) (linked here and also at the right), posted her own version of the "Omnivore's 100".

The Omnivore's Hundred is an 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. I've decided to do my own version. May I think Wine Me, Dine Me for giving me the idea...by doing it herself.

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 eaten3. 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 not tried nearly as many as I'd like to have, considering how much I love food, and how I'm pretty much unafraid to try anything once. (Though, when Bear Grylls from "Man vs. Wild" drank the moisture from a clump of elephant poo, that went over the line.)

The ones I've tried are in bold. My comments are in parentheses.

1. Venison (thanks Gramps!)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I have had alligator.)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue (What a weird fad. My family still does the fondue at Xmas.)
8. Carp
9. Borscht (I really need to though. I just referenced it at lunch the other day)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari (Delicious.)
12. Pho
13. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (Roman meal bread, strawberry jelly, crunchy pb)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (I'll contend it's the perfect meal)
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Strawberry)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream (Another fave of my mom's)
21. Heirloom tomatoes (Just had one for the first time 2 weeks ago. They really are better.)
22. Fresh wild berries (The ride to the hospital was awesome. Kidding.)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (What is the point of doing this?)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (Not a favorite.)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas (If I ever have a craving, my friend at work keeps them on her desk.)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut (Something I hated when I was a kid, but love now.)
35. Root beer float (Oh my god. When I was in Vegas I wanted one so fucking bad.)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo (when done well, one of my top 5 favorite foods)
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk (In cheese form...and at Sun Rock Farm. In "from the teet" form.)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (Totally wasted on me.)
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (Sushi variety only, but I liked it well enough.)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (Sigh)
56. Spaetzle (more fun to say than to eat.)
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (Trois Pistoles. Check it out. It's Canadian.)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores (hate 'mallows, but it's hard getting through childhood without at least one S'more)
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (Wow... Stinky.)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (no, yes, no, yes)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (oh yeah. Awesome.)
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (I only assume.)
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 (While in Vegas, I checked out a ton of menus. Bradley Ogden in Ceasars had the most expensive single dish... Kobe Beef filet at 39.00 per OUNCE)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (Apparently deep fried is great.)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (I was eating them as young as 4 or 5 years old.)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake (Tastes like chicken. Incidentally, I think that things don't really taste like Chicken. Chicken doesn't have a distinct flavor of it's own. It just sucks up the flavors around it, really...things don't taste like chicken, chicken tastes like them.)

How about you? Feel free to copy it in the comments.

1 comment:

briana said...

I have no idea what half the things on this list are. But it seems you've conquered a good chunk. Congratulations.