The 100 Foods Every Omnivore Should Try

I first read about this meme, The 100 Foods Every Omnivore Should Try, on digg, then saw it again on Suzanne Podhaizer’s food blog for Seven Days, Omnivore. Naturally, I feel compelled to put my stamp on this list, and you should, too.  Here are the rules for the meme:

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 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 [If carp is in gefilte fish, I’ve eaten it.]
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi [I might have had this at an Indian restaurant but I can’t remember]
15. Hot dog from a street car
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle [I’m dying to eat something made with black truffles.]
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 [I’ve eat tons of clam chowder, but never in a sourdough bowl. That’s not the way they serve it at Durgin Park.]
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[This is a wicked hot curry.]
44. Goat’s milk[I’ve eaten plenty of goat milk cheese. Does that count?]
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu [Pufferfish, which if prepared incorrectly is poisonus. Homer ate it on an episode of The Simpsons.]
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed donut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear [I’ve had prickly pear margaritas!]
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal [I’ve never eaten anything bigger than a Quarter Pounder at McDo’s.]
56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin [I have no idea what this is.]
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake [All of the above!]
68. Haggis [No friggin way.]
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini [I’m dying to eat caviar on blinis.]
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie [My brother and I grew up on these.]
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong [I’m convinced I’ve had this tea before, but I don’t know for sure.]
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare [I keep reading this as Hare as in Hare Krishna.]
87. Goulash [I might have eaten this at my mother-in-law’s house, but I can’t remember.]
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo
91. Spam [Goy food. I’ll never eat it.]
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor [The food of the gods, which I am dying to try.]
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Out of the 100, items on the list, I’ve eaten 47. There are 14 foods I’ll never try, so that leaves 39 foods I have yet to experience.

How did you do with the list?


2 thoughts on “The 100 Foods Every Omnivore Should Try

  1. Wow–what a great list of foods. I enjoyed reading your list and your comments. Of the 100 listed, I’ve had only 22. May more to try before I die! By the way, you didn’t grow up on Hostess Fruit Pies. You may have had one occasionally due to your persistence at the grocery store; but, mom never consciously or willingly/on her own and without you or your brother nagging/bought Hostess Fruit Pies. Rumor has it that your mom baked every week and you had homemade goodies all the time (not from the Pillsbury slice and bake variety). You and your bro had tasty, wholesome, homemade treats in your lunch box every week–Don’t you remember the yummy cookies that mom made and you and your brother sold at your lemon aid stand out in front of your house one summer afternoon. All the neighborhood kids lined up for one of your mom’s homemade cookies and a cup of her freshly made lemon aid (from real lemons). Hostess Fruit Pies? NOT!

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