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 This one comes from [personal profile] sparkymonster via [personal profile] dragojustine, and it's called The Very Good Taste Omnivore’s Hundred.  It sounded like fun, so I took the test.

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
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp - in the form of gefilte fish, which I really, really don't like
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 - 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
34. Sauerkraut
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
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
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
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
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
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis - Yuk.  Just--yuk.
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill - Only if fresh!
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 - in mesclun salad mix
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 - 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 . . .

Date: 2008-08-14 06:12 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tejas.livejournal.com
I've only had 46 of them, though there are only a handful that I haven't had that I'd like to try. ;-)

I'm surprised there's no sushi, or dim sum or tappas or dolomides (sp? stuffed grape leaves) or any other of a dozen or more things that seem somewhat exotic to the traditional American diet, but are pretty much standards, elsewhere.

Date: 2008-08-14 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emgeetrek.livejournal.com
Well, there's steamed pork buns, which maybe qualify as dim sum. Some of the other choices seem a bit strange. Like, lobster thermidor is great, I'm sure, but I'd be inclined to replace it on the list with a simple American lobster, steamed in its native seawater. Or a traditional clambake. I could see the reason for including clam chowder, but the bread bowl is, IMO, overkill. I guess any list of this type will, of necessity, reflect the tastes and experiences of its author.

Date: 2008-08-14 06:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tejas.livejournal.com
Man, I hate clams and oysters. :-) But I've had them... sadly. ;-) Eel, too. Went out for sushi tonight with my kid and her friend's family (mom and brother). The other mom did the ordering (it's their regular sushi place) and I just told her - anything but eel for me. ;-)

There was a very limited range of seafood, too. And very few exotic meats. Shoot, I can get ostrich at a hamburger chain in town and buffalo at a local joint.

I do want to try a durian one of these days. When I can get up the courage. :-)

Date: 2008-08-14 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emgeetrek.livejournal.com
I don't actively hate eel (as presented in a sushi bar). But I can't seem to turn off that little voice in my head that keeps repeating "snake-like slithery thing; snake-like slithery thing" long enough to actually enjoy it.

Buffalo . . . I've had that. Tasty! Haven't had ostrich yet, though.

Have heard about durian that the smell is revolting, but the taste is divine. Does this mean that one should hold one's nose while eating (similar approach to that used while eating stinky cheese)? Not sure I could get close enough to it to try it, as some bad odors make me retch--and I'd rather undergo major surgery than vomit.

Date: 2008-08-14 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tejas.livejournal.com
I find eel far too bitter for me. As to the durian, I have no clue. I see them in the markets and wonder, but have yet to take the plunge. :-)

It's tempting sometime to buy one and leave it right outside the door to my apartment complex's management office the next time they piss me off about something. ;-)


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