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The Omnivore’s Hundred | September 9, 2008

Thanks to Capital Spice, I was directed to a very interesting concept devised by a blogger in the UK.  Very Good Taste has developed a list of the 100 things that “every good omnivore” should try over the course of his or her life.  The idea is this: copy and paste the list into your blog, use bold text for all of the things you have tried, cross out the things (if there are any) that you would NEVER consider trying, and then tally up and discuss.

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
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
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
44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $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
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
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

* Does alligator count?  If so, I’ve tried it.

** Most disgusting thing I have ever put in my mouth.

*** I realize this makes me un-American.  Sue me, I’m allergic.

So, if I’ve counted correctly, I’ve tried 56 of the 100.  Not bad, but I could definitely do better.  If I could choose a place to start tackling the rest of the list, I think number 84 has a nice ring to it.

What do you think of the list?  On the one hand, I think it’s cool that there are a lot of “ordinary” items on it (like Krispy Kreme, Hostess, and McDonald’s), but I feel like there are some definite omissions.  Like, what about pizza (of course, whether it should be deep dish or NY-style is a significant argument in and of itself)?  Kebabs (or any other meat on a stick, for that matter)?  Really, this list could have thousands of versions, as each culture has its own definitions of what is customary to eat and what is “weird.”

Thoughts?  If you play along, let me know what your results are!

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5 Comments »

  1. If I did my math correctly – always a jump ball – I am at 81. Like you, I enjoyed the list but missing Pizza, kebabs, jerks and curries being largeley absent are problematic for me.

    Comment by restaurantrefugee — September 9, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  2. I was planning on blogging about this tomorrow–you thief! I agree re pizza…glaring omission.

    Comment by Lemmonex — September 9, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  3. RR: Wow, 81? Which ones were you missing? You should post this on your blog and share your results.

    Lem: I thought of some other stuff that should be on there. Lobster roll? Moon pie? Empanadas? A true Caesar salad (with anchovies)? I could go on forever.

    Comment by bettyjoan — September 9, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

  4. Pizza isn’t anywhere near as popular in the UK as it is here, so I’m not surprised it didn’t make the cut.

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d be up for putting together an American Omnivore’s 100 that would include more dishes we’re likely to encounter on this side of the pond.

    Refugee – four of the 100 are curries of one kind or another – that seems like more than enough to me!

    Comment by capitalspice — September 9, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

  5. I am ALL OVER creating a U.S. list–and I think we’re the people to do it (obvy)! I just wish we were in the same geographical location, as I believe the list would be funner after many beers. 😉

    Comment by bettyjoan — September 11, 2008 @ 12:10 pm


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