Saturday, 30 August 2008

The Omnivore's hundred

I first saw this over at Sylvie's Blog A Pot Of Tea And A Biscuit, now I keep seeing it everywhere so I thought it was about time I joined in!
Andrew from A Very Good Taste has come up with a list of 100 foods he thinks every omnivore should eat in their lifetime. He asks that you take a look and mark out the foods you have tried, those you haven't and those there's not a chance you would ever eat!

So here goes, the items in bold I have tried, the items in normal type I haven't and those in red are foods that I just couldn't bring myself to eat!

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 (I really want to try this)
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (smells like feet but tastes so good!)
17. Black truffle (when I'm a millionaire)
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 (I'm not that crazy!)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (I don't like really hot food)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (Not worth dying for!)
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 (A long long time ago!)
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 (the cheap lumpfish variety)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (We found a pheasant once, it seemed fresh!)
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 (yes but it's disgusting)
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 tried 39 which is actually surprisingly low, I'll have to make an effort to try more things. It's been really interesting reading other peoples lists so if you want to try it this is 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 here at linking to your results.


Sylvie said...

I love reading everyone's lists and thanks for the mention.

chefandrea said...

What a great list, and how incredibly viral. I found this on your site earlier today and just did my own list on my blog. I have eaten 65 items!

Kristen said...

Oh man - you are missing out on some of the joys of life. S'mores and Krispy Kremes? You HAVE to try those soon :)

Sam said...

Sylvie: I found your post really interesting too.

chefandrea: your doing better than me by the sound of it!

Kristen: We don't have S'mores or Krispy Kremes here :( maybe I should visit America for a food tour!

Foodycat said...

Tesco sells Krispy Kremes... Maybe not in Leicestershire! But I know they sell baba ghanouj!

Sam said...

Thanks for the tip off Foodycat, I'll check out Tesco's!

Amanda said...

Well done! I must say that yours was the first I saw, and had to create my own list, of course linking to you.