Friday, September 26, 2008

omnivore's 100.

The Omnivore’s Hundred

I saw this on a few blogs I read and thought it was an interesting cultural review of food. I'm not saying I agree with it as the end all list, but it is interesting to do!

"Below is a list of 100 things that every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you don’t recognize everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

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 linking to your results."

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 (think so...have had potato/cauliflower/curry)
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 (I have had cognac at a cigar bar...but no cigar)
37. Clotted cream tea (think so...)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat (I have had goat, but curried??)
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (too hot for me!)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (my favorite kind)

46. Fugu (no pufferfish)
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 (like 25 years ago)

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (in Canada!)
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 (uh, no comment)
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 (I think so...)
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 (unsure)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

I think I covered most of these at a sushi restaurant. Ha! There are several things on this list which I have tried, but it was just a taste - they were disgusting. But that counts for the list, I guess. I've had things like alligator and snake when I lived in a tiny town in north central Florida for a few years. Many items on the list are not too adventurous, but I think you would have to be in an urban area to find them.

There is not much I wouldn't 'try' on this list, I don't think. Well, maybe roadkill. I have seen Anthony Bourdain's show before though, and there are things he has eaten that I would not try. Ever. It is interesting how many things I have tried on the list even though I was a veg/vegan for many years in my 20s/30s.



Tava said...

Number 23 is perhaps one of the cruelest forms of meat production and it's presence here made me cringe. If you didn't know or need more info I can lead you that way.
Love your blog but the Foie Gras has to go.

denise said...

I agree. I was a vegan and a vegetarian for many years for some of those very reasons and we currently choose what we eat very carefully based on many things. I actually feel much the same way about factory farming as I feel about #23. But the 100 list wasn't written by me and was perceived by me as more of a life list review than a judgement call, so I did it 'as is'. Didn't mean to offend! :)

Loring Wirbel said...

Aw, don't knock absinthe until you've tried it - Absinthe makes the heart grow fondle, after all.

RunninL8 said...

Wow! I've never been to this blog of yours!!!
So, you had more people rippin on you for the foie gras?!
We should put a disclaimer on that meme!

Loring Wirbel said...

Tava, Denise is correct, the list was made by folks in the UK who obviously don't care about value judgment, I mean, "horse meat" and "roadkill"? If I was making a life diary, I wouldn't edit out the parts about duck hunting as a teenager because I no longer believe in killing. I would list, even stress, the things that I did that I no longer believe in. To do otherwise would be personally Stalinist.

Tava said...

Thanks for commenting back Denise. I wasn't clear from the post that you aren't a fan of the more "controversial" elements of the list. I understand that now and I appreciate it. I also appreciate your mindful eating. I love your blog. Keep up the lovely work of cooking a raising two cuties!