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Cool, a Food Meme – The Omnivore’s 100
August 18, 2008, 1:12 am
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I found this Food Meme idea on Jessica Baxter’s blog, who got it from the Mighty God King blog, who in turn found it at its orginator, a UK blog called Very Good Taste.  It was a very comprehensive list, though it could have probably have added a couple of more items like scorpions or toro tuna or an In-N-Out Burger.  Go through the list and see which items you have had in the past, want to have in the future, or don’t think you would ever have. The instructions are below, feel free to go to Very Good Taste to report what you found. The links in the list will take you to a wikipedia entry with more details about the food item.

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 www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare (Had them in Paris, France – was delicious!)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue (Had them in the Fondue place in Royal Oak, Michigan, has since closed)
8. Carp
9. Borscht (Had it at the Russian Tea Room in New York on a family trip in the late 80’s)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari (love it fried or just sauteed – best fried ones are from Paradise Cove Beach Cafe)
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (Grape Jelly – Strawberry jelly is just wrong. For extra points, try adding some marshmallow fluff)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (Used to get them all the time from the vendor outside of the Chem Building at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor)
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle (Another Paris treat, had it as part of a salad at Le Grand Vefour – very very tasty!)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – Dont know here…does Arbor Mist count?
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries – Used to pick wild rhaspberries all the time when I was in Maine.
23. Foie gras – Not as much anymore, a little too much for me.
24. Rice and beans – I’m Puerto Rican, this is the national dish (I do prefer black beans to pinto beans though)
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava – Our company’s 401k manager brings a tray from Shalimar in Dearborn every December.
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas – Great bar treat.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut – Both plain and on a hot dog.
35. Root beer float – Gotta love A&W
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – Dont care for the cigar, but have tried Cognac.
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects – Termites. They are not bad, as long as you dont spend too long thinking what you just had.
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more – Have had with my Dad, who loved his single malts and Chivas Regal. I usually just stick to the 12 Yr Old Chivas nowadays.
46. Fugu – This is the Japanese puffer fish. I want to try this soooo badly, but the whole potential of being poisoned to death is the only obstacle remaining.
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel – Have had smoked eel on sushi, but I think he means actual eel pieces so I’m not counting it.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin – Both from a fresh from the ocean sea urchin and at a sushi place.
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – Yeah had to many of these in my teens and twenties.
56. Spaetzle – Like to get it at Metzger’s in Ann Arbor.
57. Dirty gin martini – This is how my brother like’s his martinis. I like mine straight up with a little vermouth.
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine – Havent had this, but its a favorite of the Canadian employees in our office.
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores – Also good: the Ben & Jerry S’mores ice cream.
62. Sweetbreads – Had them before I knew what they were. Still like them.
63. Kaolin – Not really sure what this is, but if it is eating dirt, I’m not going there.
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs – They aactually taste like chicken!
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – All of the above. Beignets from Cafe du Monde, churros were homemade by family in Spain and serve with hot chocolate. The other two come up whenever I visit the Linden Summer Happening.
68. Haggis – Had it when I visited Edinborough around 1995. Tasted fine to me.
69. Fried plantain – Another Puerto Rican national dish, cant visit Puerto Rico without having a dozen.
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho Great on a hot summer day!
72. Caviar and blini – I ate at Petrossian in New York once and this was explained to me as the only way to eat caviar. Found out later that a water cracker works just as well.
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost – This actually sounds good.
75. Roadkill – Sorry I have some standards.
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – Cherry flavored is my fav!
78. Snail – Used to love Escargot until I got sick one night after having a plate. Now I can eat them but they are not a favorite.
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini – Good!
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky – Favorite is the Men’s Pocky (Bittersweet Chocolate)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef – Had a filet of A5 Kobe at Bourbon Steak in Detroit. Meat hasnt tasted the same since.
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam – Should have had some at the Burger King in Maui, promise not to wimp out next time.
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

Final Score – 54/100. I need to work on eating some of these weirder cheeses and soups. Make sure you leave a comment on my blog or on the Very Good Taste Blog.