Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think 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 haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.
Here’s what I want 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 here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison - years ago. It was tasty.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp - in the form of gefilte fish, which I really, really don't like
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
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 - Like spice, not into pain. Well, not this much pain. ;-)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters - have eaten them fried, not raw.
29. Baklava - yum yum!
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas - a recent addition to the "have tried" list. Surprisingly addictive!
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - I'd give myself 1/2 here as I've had the chowder, just not in the bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - the cognac sounds fine, but I object to the cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat - from the lunch buffet at an Indian restaurant. Goat has a very interesting texture . . .
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal - I like spicy food, but this just sounds punishing
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu - From all reports, the fish itself is average tasting. The interest is all in the death-defying thrill (and perhaps a slight numbness around the lips). No thanks.
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini - I've never had one, because I don't really like gin. But I'd be willing to give it a try.
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine - Sounds thoroughly disgusting. To say nothing of unhealthy.
60. Carob chips
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis - Yuk. Just--yuk.
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill - Only if fresh!
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
88. Flowers - in mesclun salad mix
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake - I have a serious snake phobia, so I don't think I could get it past my lips. It was hard enough trying eel . . .
My score is 39-1/2 out of 100. Guess I have a ways to go before I can really call myself a foodie . . .