Monday, September 08, 2008

The Omnivore’s Hundred The Omnivore’s Hundred

My niece turned me onto this list and I thought you'd all enjoy taking the test.

What is the Omnivore's Hundred? Well, it's kind of like the food blogger's version of a "Things To Do Before I Die" list meets a drinking game. Which basically makes it an eating game. I'm guessing you may have seen it before on other food related blogs.

Thought up by Andrew Wheeler over at Very Good Taste, it's a list of "100 things that I (Andrew Wheeler) think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life." There are normal and not so normal things on this list, and I'm quite happy at the number I've had so far.

The idea of the list and resulting project is that people publish the list on their blogs and journals, bold what they've eaten (and cross out anything they refuse to ever eat) and then leave it out for the world to see. It's a cool idea, and very fun to see what other people have eaten as well. Kind of one of those, "why didn't I ever think of this, it seems so brilliant and simple" ideas.

So Here's My List:

1. Venison (love it, want to hunt it, would add Elk as well)
2. Nettle tea (not too crazy about it)
3. Huevos rancheros (I've had this in many Mexican places - but prefer The Blue Ben's Breakfast Buritto)
4. Steak tartare (mmmmm....raw meat!...that which will not kill you makes your stomach stronger)
5. Crocodile (yes, it tastes like chicken)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue (I like the way the Swiss serves this dish, if you drop the bread in the cheese you have to drink a shot of kirsh...makes for a fun night)
8. Carp (I can live without this, but I've tried it)
9. Borscht (my Nanny made the best beat borscht, but it really is any Russian soup)
10. Baba ghanoush (who's is better John Carlson's or mine? Both are great, but John may have me beat!)
11. Calamari (grilled, sauteed, fried, or raw, it's all good)
12. Pho (try it at Mai Lin's in Albany, it's great)
13. PB&J sandwich (is there any more perfect food? well maybe pizza!)
14. Aloo gobi (Love it!)
15. Hot dog from a street cart (you can't live in NYC and not have one at least once)
16. Epoisses (would like to try it someday)
17. Black truffle (not sure what all the fuss is about)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Hey! I grew up in the 60's)
19. Steamed pork buns (best one's I've had were in Hong Kong)
20. Pistachio ice cream (so long as it's without the added green coloring, it's the bomb!)
21. Heirloom tomatoes (does any one from Cambridge, NY not eat heirloom tomatoes?)
22. Fresh wild berries (pick them daily when in season, right at the end of my lawn)
23. Foie gras (used to eat and enjoy)
24. Rice and beans (one of life's perfect proteins)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (no way, never, it just looks too nasty)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (are you crazy!)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (anytime, anyplace)
29. Baklava (philo, honey, nuts, what's not to love)
30. Bagna cauda (sounds good but haven't had it)
31. Wasabi peas (snack food delight)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi (and mango lassi too... best way to beat the heat in India)
34. Sauerkraut (a must with hotdogs and pork)
35. Root beer float (okay for a soda drink, but really why ruin a good scoop of ice cream)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (I tended the cognac/cigar at the Hubbard Hall Casino Night Fund Raising)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (never tried it, but anything with vodka can't be bad)
39. Gumbo (I'm still trying to perfect this dish, but what a great winter meal)
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (after 3 years living in Asia, I think I've eaten my share of weird and wacky foods)
43. Phaal (I tried to eat this in India, but could not get the spoon into my mouth...too hot!)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (no, I don't like to play Russian roulette while I'm eating)
47. Chicken tikka masala (a favorite of mine)
48. Eel (once and will never eat it again!)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (the plumbs, the paste, the's one of my staples)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (I prefer vodka martinis)
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips (prefer chocolate chips)
61. S’mores (don't like them)
62. Sweetbreads (sounds awful, but they're really yummy)
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (give me a beignet from New Orleans and I'm a happy camper)
68. Haggis (never have, never will...I think it's an acquired taste thing)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho (I make a killer gazapcho)
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74.Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (yup! hit a quail with my car, ate it that night for dinner, also had road kill venison)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail (it's really the excuse to eat all that garlic butter)
79. Lapsang souchong (trying to be cool in college)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef (tender and tasty, but not sure it's worth the price...)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab (when it season, they're wonderful)
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (a Sunday staple when growing up, along with kippered herring and sable)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (pretty wonderful)
100. Snake (this does not taste like chicken, and can be a bit chewy if over cooked)

(PS. The list has generated a lot of questions, so I’ve created an FAQ for it over here!)


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