January 22, 2009

Omnivore's 100 - My List

I usually don't post lists on my blog, but when I saw this on Annechovie, and realized that it kept popping up, I thought I would try and see how many foods I'd eaten. So, here's the VGT Omnivore's Hundred with things I've tried in bold italics. 75 out of 100... not too shabby!
*** I've updated this to reflect some further input from family and friends, and more consideration by me.
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile/Alligator

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 £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
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

What's your score?


  1. Oh, what a fun game. I'll have to try it!

  2. OK - 68, but that leaves out Epoisses, because I honestly can't remember, and carp, because I'm not sure, but maybe at a big Chinese banquet.

    And though I haven't had rose harissa, I've certainly had (cooked with!) harissa; have had white truffles but not black; Scotch bonnet salsa, but not a raw pepper.

    What a fun list.

  3. ok. that was interesting. i wish i could say that i've eaten more delectable and tasty things like epoisses and brunost and durian (which i had to look up); instead of snake, sweetbread, frogs legs, blood pudding, cow tongue and roadkill (though i didn't take that literally -- peeling smushed rodents off the road and cooking them in a stew with chopped carrots -- more like squirrel meat, rabbit, and pigeon).

    Pigtown -- how/where did you eat horse? sometimes, when you go places, other countries, you have no idea what has been served to you. all you can do is nod, smile and gulp whatever down hoping to be immune from an attack of dysentery.

  4. some of that i couldn't try if i wanted to, 'cuz i have no clue what it is! phaal? umeboshi?

    and meg, get thee to a dim sum restaurant, and have yourself a steamed pork bun. doughy and piggy- yum.

    last, horse? really? i can eat elsie, babe, bambi et al, but i just can't do trigger... too many fond membies of feeding the horsies carrots and apples while my sister took riding lessons, i guess.

  5. GOOD GOD! i just realized... what if i've eaten cat? i have a rule, not to eat things that are people's pets. sometimes you can't tell these things if they are smothered in sauce. my father had to eat guinea pig one time on a trip. smashed, fried and had to pick out the fur bits -- it was all that was available. i was horrified when he told me that. tears welling up in my adult eyes -- i had two pet guinea pigs when i was like 8-10. i taught them tricks. i will have nightmares tonight re-thinking about this.

  6. 74. Yeah, I've had horse. Wilbur! Bagna cauda is worth the effort anytime. Fun list! HTJ.

  7. 80 - and not because I wanted to!!!!!

  8. Horse was in Montreal. I was dating someone who was intent on eating his way through the animal kingdom, so we ordered horse!

    The story about the snails is funny: I was in Holland and we went to a very posh dinner after a day at the bars... there was a plate of cockles, mussels and some other things on a bed of ice. I stuck my fork in the snail and it DUCKED BACK INTO ITS SHELL! It was alive, alive-o!

  9. Great visuals, I'm at a 79 at present, but am determined to break 85 this year, it was one of the more pleasant resolutions.

  10. I might be able to inch up a couple this coming year, too... but certain things like insects and snakes and scotch bonnet peppers probably won't ever happen.

    And if people haven't eaten haggis, this is the weekend to do it! (click on Athenaeus above to see why)

  11. 63...I'm feeling kind of pathetic here. But I'll be honest, I'm not sure how excited I am to try the stuff I haven't already. A Big Mac meal? I've tried, I just can't get into it.

  12. Oh my goodness, I am totally impressed! And I thought I was daring!

  13. These are fun . . . no dirty martinis, really?

    I've had most of them, I think. No roadkill or snake, though.

  14. Scrapple wasn't listed? You got that covered too...ick

  15. Very impressive! I think you can get abalone sushi at some restaurants, so you could check that one off too. Gjetost is usually available at stores like Whole Foods. Although I'm a cheese fanatic, I must admit it's one I've never had yet either. As for carp, just eat yourself a piece of gefilte fish (it's made with carp)!

    I'll have to go through my food history too, but I can already see that though I consider myself a foodie I've not had many things on the list. I better get eating! ;)

  16. Just the list made me hungry!

    also, wanted to let you know our blog is now back up and running after a 6 month break,,,, check it out.

  17. Girlfriend, you've eaten a hotdog from a street vendor?!? Wow.

    That probably had at least 14 of the items on the list in it.

  18. No balut? I have eaten that!

  19. Lol-no fair on the Haggis and blood pudding since you lived in the UK.

    I guess I have to wait til tomorrow (Robbie Burns night) to try some...yum.

  20. oh forgot to answer:
    A very sad 81

    No to: Nettle Tea, Carp (should have to even ‘splain that one), Epoisses, scotch bonnet (raw or otherwise!), Bagna Cauda, salted lassi, clotted cram tea (do you mean in it or the meal-cream tea?), curried goat (but yes to goat), no insects I knowingly ate, phall (see scotch bonnet lol-but I have eaten vindaloo in the UK), fugu, sea urchin, sweetbreads (brains and pancreas-but yes to liver/kidneys), frogslegs, haggis, chitterlings, gjetost, roadkill (not knowingly), baiju, horse and snake (don’t like neck meat)

  21. Are you sure that you have never eaten Mole Poblano?

  22. Meg, this was pretty fun LOL. I scored a 70. Sounds like many of us are pretty adventurous. For the record, I have eaten insect - though it was fried so it was crunchy. The hard thing was that it was still whole and you could see the entire shape - I couldn't put it in my mouth until my friend took some veggies and covered it. It was fried locust - think huge brown grasshopper looking thing.

    Karen O.

  23. chapulines (crickets) are readily available here in Los Angeles, and if I decimate my pocketbook, I could get some Black Truffles. And I know a trendy bar where I can drown my guilt in the newest crze of absinthe. So maybe I'll make some progress on the list this year!

    I recently tried Hog Maws without knowing it - someone gave me tacos de buche, which I didn't know were Hog Maws.

  24. I am happy to say that I will never eat haggis. Sorry, Meg.

    I'm with M21 on the Steamed Buns (although I prefer bean buns).

    That snail story made me laugh.

  25. In discussing this with my mother and some other people, I think that I've probably eaten more of these than I remembered.


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