The Omnivore’s Hundred

I just came across something fun, sort of a game for food bloggers. It’s a list, put together by Andrew from Very Good Taste, of 100 things he thinks “every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life.” It’s not meant to be a list of the world’s best foods; it includes strange stuff like whole insects. It’s just Andrew’s personal idea of the variety of foods that should be tried at least once during a lifetime. He calls his list The Omnivore’s Hundred, and I found it via Chocolate and Zucchini.

Anyway, here are his rules for the game:

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 www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

Note: If you want to do this on your blog, I suggest you copy the list from the source code. That way you’ll get all the links Andrew has thoughtfully included to make it easy to look up any unfamiliar items.

The bolded items are the ones I’ve had. The crossed-out ones I probably wouldn’t try.

1. Venison(It was in third grade and I don’t remember what it tasted like.)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros(An old favorite I was just reminded about at I’m running to eat.)
4. Steak tartare(Yum! Although I prefer carpaccio if I’m going to eat raw beef.)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding(I’ve read about this, and really want to try it!)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht(Blech! I hate beets!)
10. Baba ghanoush(Very good, although I prefer Melitzanosalata.)
11. Calamari(My recipes: Fried Calamari and Calamari cooked in wine.)
12. Pho(Soon! Soon!)
13. PB&J sandwich(Even as a kid I preferred peanut butter and butter, no jam.)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle (Heavenly!)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes(Critters got more of them than I did, though.)
22. Fresh wild berries(Berry picking! I miss it!)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper(But I wouldn’t try a whole one, just a little piece!)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas(Not interested in this combo, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try it.)
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 (Wow! What a thought!)
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(I’m not a risk taker.)
47. Chicken tikka masala(I’ve got a recipe I’ve been meaning to try.)
48. Eel(So far only on sushi.)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin(On sushi, and I didn’t care for it. Haven’t tried it Greek-style.)
51. Prickly pear(Does he mean the green paddles or the fruit? I haven’t had the fruit.)
52. Umeboshi(Just last week!)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini(A favorite of mine, but too strong to indulge in very often.)
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips(Chips?)
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian(Of course he just had to include this!)
66. Frogs’ legs(I’m not sure, but I don’t think so.)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis(This one’s been on my to-try list for a long time.)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho(For some reason I just don’t like it. I want to try “White Gazpacho” sometime though.)
72. Caviar and blini(Sadly, caviar is rather wasted on me. Too fishy tasting for me.)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie(As a child.)
78. Snail(Find out how to harvest your own!)
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict(An old favorite and the reason I learned to make hollandaise sauce as a teenager.)
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(Best I ever had was fried and served with watermelon pickle.)
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano(Yum!)
96. Bagel and lox(Not without cream cheese though.)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee(Seemed overpriced and overrated to me.)
100. Snake

Conclusions:

  1. I have lots of new tastes ahead of me.
  2. I’ll try practically any food. My only strikethroughs were the cigar in #36, the liquor absinthe in #73, and the sometimes-fatally-poisonous fish in #46.

17 Comments »

  1. Comment by maria verivaki

    wow – most stuff i haven’t heard of, or would find it extremely hard to access here in smallsville…
    i recently posted a sea-urchin photo, in case you haven’t seen how we serve it in crete

    maria verivaki’s last blog post..Caretta Caretta

  2. Comment by manju

    What a great read!…I’m just being nosy, but why not absinthe?…

    manju’s last blog post..Random Musings…

  3. Comment by Lulu

    Maria, where’s the photo?

  4. Comment by Lulu

    manju, I don’t have any really good reason except that when I trim my artemisia plant I get really sick of the smell and the thought of having it infused in a liquid makes me feel queasy. But I don’t know if that’s what absinthe actually smells like, so who knows?

  5. Comment by Ivy

    Most things are unknown to me. Have tried about 5% of the list.

    Ivy’s last blog post..Victoria Sandwich Cake and Awards

  6. Comment by Lulu

    Ivy, I was definitely clicking those wikipedia reference links to find out what a lot of items were.

  7. Comment by maria verivaki

    hi lulu, the photo is the CARETTA CARETTA post
    give me a link to your courgette/aubergine fritters, thanks

    maria verivaki’s last blog post..Vegetable chips and fritters

  8. Comment by Laurie Constantino

    You really need to try sea urchin roe fresh from the sea – it is one of the best foods ever. Agree with you completely about Blue Mountain coffee. It was a real disappointment. It was fun reading your list – thanks!

    Laurie Constantino’s last blog post..Greek Wild Thyme Honey with Recipe for Cinnamon-Honey Tart (Melopita )

  9. Comment by Paula

    Hey, this was fun! I counted 47 things that I’ve tried. For #47, I don’t think that the bugs I inadvertently swallowed as a kid when I was riding my bike too fast downhill with my mouth open! Live and learn! The road kill, #75, made me say wince a bit. Haven’t tried that and don’t really want to! My daughter loves those Pocky snacks (#83), and just finished a package of them yesterday!

    Paula’s last blog post..Golden Goodness – Banana Dessert

  10. Comment by Lulu

    @Maria – here you go:

    http://mamastaverna.com/fried-eggplant-with-garlicky-tomato-vinegar-sauce-tiganites-melitzanes-me-skordo-kai-ntomata/

    @Laurie – Despite my sea urchin sushi disappointment I’m very interested in trying it. Zoe talks about getting sea urchins off the rocks and sitting on the beach eating them. That sounds fun, although I know I’ll need help with the spines.

    @Paula – I’ve never even heard of Pocky snacks. :-)

  11. Comment by Teresa

    I’m a food wimp I guess. LOL! And a vegetarian so I’m not gonna be trying a lot of that. ::shudder:: LOL! Lulu, I tagged you for a meme over at my blog if you want to play.

    Teresa’s last blog post..Tag! You’re It!

  12. Comment by Lulu

    @Teresa – Yes, vegetarians were at a disadvantage with this list. Several commenters over at the original mentioned that. It’d be fun to see a “Vegetarian’s Hundred.”

  13. Comment by lisa

    This is a fun list. I was surprised that Clotilde was so anti-rootbeer. But, then, I definitely won’t be trying snake!

  14. Comment by Lulu

    Yeah, I’m always amazed when people don’t like root beer!

  15. Comment by maria verivaki

    hi lulu – the herbs aren’t mine; they’re in my agriculturally artistic uncle’s garden

    maria verivaki’s last blog post..Drying herbs

  16. Comment by katie

    Wow~ You’re the first that I’ve seen that didn’t strike insects! I know I’ve eaten them – as in open mouth on a bike ride – but never intentionally!
    Brave, very brave!

  17. Comment by Lulu

    Well, Katie, don’t congratulate me until you actually see me popping one in my mouth!

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