The Omnivore’s Hundred

I’ve seen this list popping up all over the blogosphere, most recently at McDuff’s Food and Wine Trail. I thought about participating earlier this week when I first started seeing it, however, other endeavors got in my way. Today, however, is Labor Day, and my only plans for the day include catching up on my much neglected roaming of the interwebs ;). The idea behind The Omnivore’s Hundred list is that you check off all the things you’ve tried, and cross off the things you would never try! The official rules are:

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 Very Good Taste linking to your results.

Here’s my list, things I’ve tried are in bold, italics (because I can’t figure out how to strike-through…) are things I wouldn’t eat, I put stars next to the things I can’t identify, which probably means I haven’t eaten them.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
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 (I don’t like nuts.)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet Pepper (I’d like my tastebuds to be able to taste wine..)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (I’m allergic.)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda*
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi*
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float (I don’t drink soda of any kind, ever.)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (I’ll take the cognac, minus the cigar, the smoke would give me an asthma attack(
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 (I don’t eat at McDonalds.)
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 (I’ve had caviar, no idea what blini is though…)
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
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

I don’t think I make a good foodie. I’ve only had 38 of these things and I wouldn’t eat 6 of them. Further, I have no clue what 16 of them are. I’m a bit of a picky eater, but I’ve gotten better in recent years…

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6 Responses

  1. hi – I can help with a few of these – and many of the ones you haven’t tried will be easy enough to fulfill when you come to California (like #3, #12, #19, #31, #48, #53, and #95 for starters!)

    #12 Pho is a delicious Vietnamese soup, sort of a chicken noodle with basil and other condiments that you use to customize the soup. Great on a cold day.

    #46 fugu is the sashimi made from that poisonous blowfish. Difficult but I understand not impossible to find in the US. The chef needs to be specially trained and certified to prepare it so that it doesn’t kill you.

    And blini are those little buckwheat pancakes that are part of a really fancy caviar service.

    I can see there are a few things on that list I also will likely never put past my lips!

  2. A cool idea! I have tasted about 75 of the items before, and there are several I would never taste. Thanks.

  3. Glad to see you jump in, Sonadora. Look on the bright side. You’ve plenty of interesting things left to try. My recommendation: start with Epoisses — deliciously pungent cheese that’s perfect washed down with a little red or white Burgundy. You won’t find it at the supermarket but most good cheese mongers should keep it around.

  4. wow, I need to do this, even being a vegetarian I think i am over 75% complete on this list. but roadkill seriously???

  5. Hey Sonadora, I can help with some of these, and will gladly introduce you to some if you ever make your way out to Michigan.

    Lassi is an Indian yogurt-based beverage. Really sweet and super delicious.

    Pocky is a Japanese treat, kind of like a very thin crunchy cracker-like breadstick thing dipped in a candy coating. You’ll typically find chocolate or strawberry in the States, and you can usually find them in the Japanese section of most major supermarkets.

    And I’d recommend at least trying pistachio ice cream sometime. When it’s made really well, it doesn’t taste like nuts at all!

  6. Thanks for the information everyone! I guess I have lots to learn about food.

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