Monday, August 18, 2008

Omnivore's 100

See Becks & Posh (citing Very Good Taste)

According to the instructions, I am supposed to bold the items eaten and cross out any items I would never consider eating. For clarity, however, I have indicated yes or no next to the items, and I am not crossing anything off, as I am willing to try anything once.

1. Venison: yes (as well as venison jerky and venison sausage)
2. Nettle tea: nettle yes; nettle tea no
3. Huevos rancheros: yes
4. Steak tartare: yes
5. Crocodile: yes
6. Black pudding: yes
7. Cheese fondue: yes
8. Carp: yes
9. Borscht: I believe I have
10. Baba ghanoush: I believe I have
11. Calamari: yes
12. Pho: yes
13. PB&J sandwich: yes
14. Aloo gobi: I believe I have
15. Hot dog from a street cart: yes
16. Epoisses: yes
17. Black truffle: yes
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes: yes (olallieberry and pineapple, but not together)
19. Steamed pork buns: yes
20. Pistachio ice cream: yes
21. Heirloom tomatoes: yes
22. Fresh wild berries: yes
23. Foie gras: yes (for as long as possible)
24. Rice and beans: yes
25. Brawn or head cheese: yes
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper: no
27. Dulce de leche: yes
28. Oysters: yes
29. Baklava: yes
30. Bagna cauda: I believe I have
31. Wasabi peas: yes
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl: yes
33. Salted lassi: I believe I have
34. Sauerkraut: yes
35. Root beer float: yes
36. Cognac with a fat cigar: cognac yes; fat cigar yes; but together not sure (prefer scotch with cigar)
37. Clotted cream tea: no
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O: yes (but not past the age of twenty-one)
39. Gumbo: yes
40. Oxtail: yes
41. Curried goat: curry yes; goat yes; curried goat no
42. Whole insects: yes (but I did not know what they were at the time; I thought they were some type of roasted nuts)
43. Phaal: I believe I have
44. Goat’s milk: as an ingredient yes; straight no
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more: yes
46. Fugu: no (sadly now illegal to import into United States)
47. Chicken tikka masala: yes
48. Eel: yes
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut: yes
50. Sea urchin: yes
51. Prickly pear: yes
52. Umeboshi: yes
53. Abalone: yes
54. Paneer: no
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal: yes
56. Spaetzle: yes
57. Dirty gin martini: yes (but prefer martini with twist)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (alcohol by volume): I believe I have
59. Poutine: yes
60. Carob chips: yes
61. S’mores: yes
62. Sweetbreads: yes
63. Kaolin: no
64. Currywurst: yes
65. Durian: yes
66. Frogs’ legs: yes
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake: yes; yes; no; yes
68. Haggis: yes
69. Fried plantain: plantain yes; deep-fried no
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette: I am not sure (not opposed to any offal, particularly in sausage form, but no specific recollection of chitterlings)
71. Gazpacho: yes
72. Caviar and blini: yes (separately and together)
73. Louche absinthe: no
74. Gjetost, or brunost: no
75. Roadkill: ?? What constitutes roadkill? I suppose I have never scooped up roadkill and eaten it, so no
76. Baijiu: yes
77. Hostess Fruit Pie: yes
78. Snail: yes
79. Lapsang souchong: yes
80. Bellini: yes
81. Tom yum: yes
82. Eggs Benedict: yes
83. Pocky: yes
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant: yes
85. Kobe beef: yes
86. Hare: rabbit yes; hare no
87. Goulash: I believe I have
88. Flowers: yes
89. Horse: no
90. Criollo chocolate: no
91. Spam: yes
92. Soft shell crab: yes
93. Rose harissa: harissa yes; rose harissa no
94. Catfish: yes
95. Mole poblano: yes
96. Bagel and lox: yes
97. Lobster Thermidor: yes
98. Polenta: yes
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee: yes
100. Snake: yes

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