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Sunday, August 17, 2008

With Some Exceptions, of Course...


Discovered at Very Good Taste; a list of things he thinks every omnivore should eat. Of course, I'm a vegetarian, but I spent more than twenty years as a non-veg. I've consumed just over 30. Which, under the circumstances, I can live with.

What he wants you to do:

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 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
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 £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

10 Thoughts for food:

At 2:30 AM, Blogger Debinhawaii said...

How fun--I just did it and I had tried 75, which is pretty scary but I traveled a lot for work and ate a lot of weird things! Thanks for posting the link. I do need to make you a bellini though (yum!) but I won't serve you Spam!

At 5:08 AM, Anonymous Lexi said...

Hahaha I'm quite proud of my 57 out of 100... 75 is amazing! 30 acceptable ;)
Not to nag, but is ther going to be another BBM?

At 2:24 PM, Blogger ChefSara said...

I've tried 47...though there are a couple that I *think* I may have tried but can't remember, so I left them off. This is a fun list...and only a few that I think I would NEVER try!

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Mrs. L said...

Should I admit I had SPAM for lunch? And you must have a fresh/hot Krispy Kreme donut!

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Deb, that's a pretty good number, indeed!

I figure that my 31 or so is one I can live with. I grew up in a very small town, with no culinary ambitions (every single thing served contained meat!), the only ethnic influences were Irish, Polish, German or Italian-American. Then, I became a vegetarian before I moved to California. Add to that I don't drink alcohol...that number's not looking too shabby.

I've had 'virgin' mocktails, but never the original. As for Spam, I grew up around it...my Grampa served in the Navy during War, after all...but have managed to avoid it so far!

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Lexi, I think 57 is definitely a number to proud of!

All I can say is...stay tuned!

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

chefsara, I agree. There are lines I won't cross!

I suppose there's a chance I may have eaten rabbit as a child, but was so traumatized by the revelation (you know, some adult smugly asks if you like the 'chicken', only to reveal you're actually chomping on your formerly hoppy friend) that I've blocked the memory!!

At 1:10 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Mrs. L; hee, it's ok. No one judges here!

My salon is located RIGHT NEXT to a Krispy Kreme. And they have a drive-thru. A Drive-THRU!

The smell of sweet fried dough is endlessly tempting, but I truly can't stomach that kind of sugary intensity. But I was there yesterday, and oh...it does smell good.

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Jeanne said...

My total was 58 (I think) - it's been fascinating reading everyone's lists!

At 1:28 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm amazed at some of the things people have eaten...so many of those I never even had an opportunity to try, at least for most of my life.

And as I mentioned, not drinking or eating meat seriously cuts down on my list...


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