The Omnivore’s Hundred

A food meme from Very Good Taste.

“Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.”

Here’s what to do:

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 the original author’s blog linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros – I’ve made a version of this a couple of times.
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
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – food should not cause pain.
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – I LOVE clam chowder and now I must experience it in a sourdough bowl!
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float – nope but I’ve had plenty of spiders in my time.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea – Sadly no, my devonshire teas are usually accompanied by King Island cream
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat – nope, but I have had honey marinated whole roast goat.
42. Whole insects – not intentionally.
43. Phaal – if it’s hotter than vindaloo I seriously doubt I want to go there.
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu – I’m not into extreme sports 😛
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 – apparently we’ve probably all eaten this, it gets used as a food additive and in medicines.
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
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 – I’ve had wagyu beef, but I doubt it was genuine Kobe, didn’t cost enough for one thing.
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

Well, I’ve had 34, there’s 5 I’m not willing to try and that leaves 61 culinary experiences ahead of me.

6 thoughts on “The Omnivore’s Hundred

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  2. Damn it. I keep realising that I’ve skipped over crossing something out because to do so requires editing the html instead of using the formatting buttons and I left doing that till last. The result? Many, many edits.

  3. I’ve had 40 of them, and I have some of that tea in my cupboard, but haven’t actually drunk it. It smells like bacon. Weird.I’m not sure how many I wouldn’t have. I have had cognac with a fat cigar, which is a good thing, since I will not ever do it again! I am definitely with you on the scotch bonnet….

  4. Why wouldn’t you eat roadkill? When I was a kid o/s with my parents my dad spotted a freshly run over pheasant in France, cooked it on a bbq and we all had a taste (that’s all there was for the seven of us who happened to be around at the time). I’ve heard of someone travelling around Autralia and living off roadkill… I always try to avoid hitting anything when I’m driving, but if you discover something that someone else has hit and killed, why not?

  5. Well, I was thinking about it in terms of knowing the time of death as it were. I guess if you saw the killing bit happen and could be sure it was good and fresh then there’s be less to worry about. Otherwise it really would have to be a question of survival for me to go there I think.

  6. Oh. If you’ve never had a bagel and lox, it’s past time you visited New York. I’d forgo a whole lot of other culinary experiences for that. 🙂

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