Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

Below is the list of 100 (subjective) foods to try that Andrew Wheeler, co-author of the British food blog Very Good Taste, thinks every omnivore should try at least once in his life.
Bolded are those that I've already tried, crossed off those that I wouldn't try, and placed an asterick next to those I'm fond of.

Which have you tried?

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos Rancheros (being half hispanic, of course i have)
4. Steak tartare* (YES! especially if it coincides with #85)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (Can i include the filipino dish of Diniguan? If so, I love it!)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp (i remember having carb after fishing with my dad from my younger years)
9. Borscht (not a fan of beets)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari* (especially fried but have had squid in it's own ink back when i was young)
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich* (sometimes these just hit the spot)
14. Aloo gobi (yum, give me potato with chickpeas or give me cauliflower)
15. Hot dog from a street cart* (L.A.'s infamous now illegal bacon wrapped hot dogs. NY dogs aren't bad too)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes*
19. Steamed pork buns (has to be pork and no other)
20. Pistachio ice cream* (my mom's fav. flavor)
Heirloom tomatoes* (my dad grow's theses- and they're organic!)
22. Fresh wild berries
Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
Dulce de leche (a little goes a long way)
28. Oysters (yes, and they were raw-never again!)
Baklava (yes, lots of middle eastern bakeries this side of my hood)
30. Bagna cauda (fondue?)
31. Wasabi peas (Not a big fan of spicy foods or snacks)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl* (When in San Fran...)
33. Salted
34. Sauerkraut* (German class back in High School)
35. Root beer float* (Try a sherbet float made with sprite or 7-up)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (had the fat cigar sans cognac. But boy do i love me some cognac!)
37. Clotted
cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (last time i had this was at my aunt's and uncle's house right before we went to a Dodger game)
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (Typhoon in Santa Monica serves these critters)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala* (I have yet to find one that was just as delicious as the dish I had in Bakersfield. Who knew?!)
48. Eel (only in/on sushi)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (It's been a long time since i've had a fresh one straight out of the fryer. Where are all of the Krispy Kreme donut shops?!)
50. Sea urchin
Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (Lord knows i have and it'll be a long time before i have another)
Spaetzle (had them while taking German back in High School)
57. Dirty gin martini (Not yet but my cousin-in-law loves martini's)
58. Beer above 8% ABV* (Anyone how truly knows me- knows the answer to this one. I LOVE BEER!)
Poutine (french fries covered in cheese curds and smoothered in gravy? Although regarded as comfort food I won't try it till i come across it)
60. Carob chips (yes, i've had them over my frozen yogurt)
S’mores (only when the occasion calls for a camp fire and kumbaya)
62. Sweetbreads (to try- i've heard if prepared properly they taste like chicken nuggets)
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst (had the wurst with no curry)
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs ( yes, i do remember having these when i was young)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake*
69. Fried plantain (with blackbeans and rice)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette*
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (not yet, we have a bottle sitting at home)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini* (nothing like a peach bellini on a hot summer day- oh to remember the taste of alcohol...soon Novy, soon.)
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
Kobe beef* (Heaven on earth - Social House inside the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas serves this tartare style. Sooo good!)
86. Hare(Does jackrabbit count?)
Goulash* (comfort food. my mom make's it best)
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate (not yet but would looove to)
91. Spam* (we have some in our pantry- a staple in a filipino household)
Soft shell crab*
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
Mole poblano
96. Bagel and
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta (polenta cakes)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


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