Friday, August 29, 2008

The 100 list

The Omnivore's Hundred list was created by food blogger Andrew at Very Good Taste.  It's a compilation of 100 things "every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life". Items highlighted in green are ones that I have eaten. Items that are underlined have a link to Wikipedia.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile 

6. Black pudding (homemade by my grandpa)

7. Cheese fondue (uh hello, every Winter!)

8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari (the best was in Italy)

12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (I prefer PB&B – B for banana)

14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (My Grandmother makes a great peach one)

19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava (oh I love Baklava)

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (well I had clam chowder sans the bread bowl)

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float (I tried coke float but not root beer float. Not a big fan of root beer)

36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (I discovered that when I was a student at UT)

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
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 (and really good ones)

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (yes at the fair)

68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail (handpicked by my grandfather)

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 (I have once, yes. It's sad)

90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (We even have a Spam festival here in Austin)

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

****** UPDATE******

Today I tried  a Hostess Fruit Pie for the first time (so I added it to my check list above). When Juan realized I had never tried one, he stopped at the corner store and bought one. Verdict? I'm at a loss for words... I'll let you guess if I liked it or not. But I guess I'm happy I tried something as American as pie / Hostess Fruit Pie! Next challenge? TWINKIES!

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