Saturday, September 06, 2008

Omnivore's Hundred

(A hat-tip and eyebrow-waggle to the Atomic Nerds for this'n)

In case you were wondering.

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 http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
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
11. Calamari
12. Pho (Looks good)
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
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (Want!)
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 "Tobacco Shall Never Touch My Lips" Never Again, anyway.
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
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 Never again
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
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
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab (Probably, but I'm no fan of crab) Update: makes fair sushi, it does.
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee Yes! Yes! YES!
100. Snake

...Yeah, not much crossed out. Ever been hungry not by choice? I have. Didn't much like it. I'd probably even eat the stinky French Cheese, even give Muckety Dee's a try.

Surprised that okra, flagolets verts (delicious!) and Manhattan clam chowder didn't make the list; seems to be focused more on challenges than epicurean delights.

19 comments:

Turk Turon said...

Whole insects?
Explain, please.:-E
(that's a new emoticon: a person eating an insect.)

Roberta X said...

Deep-fried grasshopper; I was in sixth grade and we were offered a whole lotta unusual goodies to try. The silly things are tasty as can be -- a junk-food version of fried chicken. Or is that redundant?

HTRN said...

Roberta, if you want cross #26 off your list, I can mail you some of mine as soon as their ripe.

Of course, I demand a youtube video of you eating it. :)

jed said...

Well, it's an interesting list, though I don't see much that's a challenge, with a couple exceptions.

I would have to be very hungry to eat roadkill. Back when I was regularly eating very hot food, I think I could have done the scotch bonnet. Probably not now. I wouldn't try fugu on a bet.

Ditto on Jamaican Blue Mountain, though perhaps the stuff I got wasn't a good year or something, because I've had Tanzanian that was better, though I admit that was a rare find, and reproducible from that one shop only for a limited time. (Drat!)

The most exotic thing I've eaten was curried lamb's brain.

I luuuuurve Indian food, but I'd probably pass on Aloo gobi, because I detest cauliflower.

And no sauerkraut for me either.

Roberta X said...

HTRN, ever see a person use embroidery needles as chopsticks? I won't cross Scotch Bonnets off my list but when Scoville talks, I listen. Dilution is the solution!

Roberta X said...

PS: Good Jamacian Blue Mountain brewed with pure waster and served with real cream and Sugar In The Raw is basically better than sex: you can enjoy it just about anywhere without attracting undue attention, the results are totally reproducible, and it never runs out of steam halfway through. It's just as good alone as it is shared. Downside, you still can't make the proper sounds of appeciation in most settings. Or is it just me does that?

rickn8or said...

Roberta--
Buy you a cuppa coffee?

Roberta X said...

Depends. What kind? ;>

OrangeNeckInNY said...

I've had 75 of those items on that list - yes, insects included.

OrangeNeckInNY said...

1. Venison Yes
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros Yes
4. Steak tartare Yes
5. Crocodile (does Alligator count??) Yes
6. Black pudding Yes
7. Cheese fondue Yes
8. Carp Yes
9. Borscht Yes
10. Baba ghanoush Yes
11. Calamari Yes
12. Pho (I LURVE PHO) Yes
13. PB&J sandwich Yes
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (many many times. I used to live in NYC) Yes
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Raspberries) Yes
19. Steamed pork buns (I know how to make them) Yes
20. Pistachio ice cream Yes
21. Heirloom tomatoes Yes
22. Fresh wild berries Yes
23. Foie gras Yes
24. Rice and beans Yes
25. Brawn, or head cheese Yes
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (damn, I’m not THAT stupid)
27. Dulce de leche Yes
28. Oysters (raw, on the halfshell with lemon, horse radish and cocktail sauce. YUM) Yes
29. Baklava Yes
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas Yes
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl Yes
33. Salted lassi Yes
34. Sauerkraut Yes
35. Root beer float Yes
36. Cognac WITH A FAT CIGAR "Tobacco Shall Never Touch My Lips" Never Again, anyway. Yes
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O Yes
39. Gumbo Yes
40. Oxtail Yes
41. Curried goat Yes
42. Whole insects Yes
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk Yes
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (Have gone through 4 bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue so far) Yes
46. Fugu (No way. I ain’t suicidal)
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 (have a Japanese coworkers who brings in stuff all the time) Yes
53. Abalone Yes
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal Never again Ewww...Yes
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (with extra olive juice) Yes
58. Beer above 8% ABV (In Canada – REAL Molson XXX) Yes
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores Yes
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (does eating dirt as a kid count??) Yes
64. Currywurst
65. Durian Yes
66. Frogs’ legs Yes
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain Yes
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (YEAH!! MmmMmmmMmmMmmm!! Stir fried with onions, green pepper, chili pepper and rice wine) Yes
71. Gazpacho Yes
72. Caviar and blini Yes
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie Yes
78. Snail Yes
79. Lapsang souchong (grew up with it) Yes
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum Yes
82. Eggs Benedict Yes
83. Pocky Yes
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef (don’t care for it) Yes
86. Hare Yes
87. Goulash Yes
88. Flowers Yes
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (what’s not to love) Yes
92. Soft shell crab (not too impressed by it) Yes
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish Yes
95. Mole poblano Yes
96. Bagel and lox Yes
97. Lobster Thermidor (nah, I like my lobsters whole, in the shell where I have to work to get all the meat out. I especially like the Tomally – the green liver thingy. It’s like Fois Gras)
98. Polenta Yes
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee Yes! Yes! YES!
100. Snake (rattlesnake is delicious) Yes

rickn8or said...

Roberta--
Why this Blue Mountain Jamaican that you've waxed so poetic about.

Do you think they have it at IHOP?

I'm mostly doing this for the sound effects.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

I love this list. And I'll be stone dead dead dead in the cold cold ground before I eat a Big Mac. Never have, never will. I'm with you on this point, Roberta.

But I have a hankering for chicken tikka masala now. With some nan to mop up that sauce.

LabRat said...

The only reason the raw scotch bonnet did not become the only thing crossed out on my list was because I have to admit to myself I'd eat it on a dare. Yes, I was one of THOSE kids.

As for the roadkill... well, in the unfortunate event we should hit a deer in the Armored Nerdmobile... I could see my way clear to considering the free venison compensation for the damage to the truck.

Bagna cauda is now high up on my list of epicurean pleasures I can't wait to have, as well.

Nevermind the insects, how did you come by the kaolin? Or are you doing as I decided not to and counting it because it's the main ingredient in Kaopectate?

And as a parting shot, fugu fun fact: most fugu deaths in Japan aren't from improperly prepared fugu, they're from fisherman succumbing to just a taste of the liver. Fish liver is a not-uncommon Japanese delicacy, and apparently the fugu's looks really, really good... and, of course, is the really, really toxic part of the fish.

Roberta X said...

Kaolin? Clay. What, you were never tempted when throwing pots in the wheel in Jr. High art? Or earlier -- where I went to school, making pottery from coils of clay was a grade-school experience. :)

Rickn8: you find the Jamacian Blue Mountian & fixings, I'll make the delighted noises drinking it. It tastes the way good coffee smells, possibly even better. I first read of it in Theodore Sturgeon novella ("If All men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister," about as iconoclastic a piece as he's done) and thought he was making it up. He wasn't.

Old Grouch said...

Roberta, have you made it over to Coffee Brake yet?

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And how 'bout that pig candy at Breda's?

Roberta X said...

Coffee Brake is where I buy my Chemex filters! They stock Jamacian Blue Mountain?

Pig candy: I checked it out. Sounds YUM!

Old Grouch said...

Seems I recall them having it. I've been buying their Australian Mountaintop and Mexican Altura, both of which have the best taste/$ ratio IMO.

phlegmfatale said...

By the way, you crossed out one of my all-time favorite edibles-- Epoisses. Redolent of reanimated septic gym socks, this cheese is one of the most glorious things I've ever tasted. Yeah, you've got to get past the stink, but good googly moogly-- is it ever worth it. I saw somewhere that this cheese is banned on French public transport.

Best served with a broad Burgundy and smeared on really good toast or crackers. Cut it open and leave it (preferrably under glass) to ooze glacially across the plate for a couple hours before you want to eat it. Smooth and incredibly creamy, this is an ultra-decadent cheese to write home about.

SRSLY.

phlegmfatale said...

Oooh, but as a tiptoe-up alternative, there is a delectable bargain of a slightly less pungent cheese- also of the Bourgogne region- available at Costco (at least in the Dallas area) for a very modest $10-ish dollars for about a pound of the creamy deadly. I got a slab of it for the party I had after the Dallas gun show (JPG & Holly & Matt G & Peter all came) and that was the one cheese that was completely consumed. Even the little kids loved it.