Omnivore’s Dilemma

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07 Oct Omnivore’s Dilemma

1860060576_543ba25db4.jpg I keep coming across a list of 100 items every omnivore should try before they die. So, since my wrist is acting up again and I’m not up to much beyond a cut and paste session, I thought I’d play along.

The list was posted at Very Good Taste and I’m sure has become popular because it’s controversial, not because it’s comprehensive. With items ranging from gourmet treats to college dorm fare, the list touches on almost all aspects of gastronomy. While some dishes are straight out of fast food hell, others are ethical nightmares. Some are so strange you’ll be racing to Google for guidance, and others will have you running for cover.

According to VGT, I am to:

1) Copy this list into my blog or journal, including these instructions. (✓ Check)

2) Bold all the items I’ve eaten. (✓ Check)

3) Cross out any items that I would never consider eating. (✓ Check)

4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results. (Will do)

And now that the formalities are over, The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare (no thanks, I saw the Mr. Bean episode)

5. Crocodile (tasted like a cross between calamari and chicken)

6. Black pudding (no thanks, I know what goes in it)

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp (not knowingly)

9. Borscht (didn’t like it. See my “No Beet” policy)

10. Baba ghanoush (love it)

11. Calamari (love it)

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich (you’re joking, right?)

14. Aloo gobi (love it)

15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle (didn’t like it)

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (yes!)

19. Steamed pork buns (I’m a no-pork zone)

20. Pistachio ice cream (love it!)

21. Heirloom tomatoes (love them!)

22. Fresh wild berries (love them!)

23. Foie gras (did once but can’t face it ethically)

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters

29. Baklava (yes!)

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (had both, not together)

33. Salted lassi (only had sweet mango lassi)

34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer float (my dad’s favourite)

36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Was sick for two days. Never again.)

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 (love it!)

48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (what’s all the fuss about?)

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 (I’d rather not…)

60. Carob chips (VGT doesn’t know me, do they?)

61. S’mores (again, you’re kidding me, right?)

62. Sweetbreads (nothing sweet about this!)

63. Kaolin

64. Currywurst

65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs (they really do taste like chicken)

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis (I believe this prompted Mike Meyers to say Scottish cuisine is based on a dare)

69. Fried plantain (tried once, but my friend mistakenly bought banana — didn’t work)

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (my “No Offal” policy stands firm)

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini (Blini is fine, didn’t like the caviar)

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill (again, VGT doesn’t read my blog)

76. Baijiu

77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snail (tasted like garlic-flavoured rubber)

79. Lapsang souchong (tasted like tarred, burned rope)

80. Bellini (soon, I hope, soon)

81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant

85. Kobe beef

86. Hare (does rabbit count?)

87. Goulash

88. Flowers (mmm, lavender)

89. Horse (Mr Ed?! No way!)

90. Criollo chocolate (might have, but not sure)

91. Spam (No, but I’ll listen to Monty Python do a skit on it)

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’d rather bite it before it bites me!)

I can’t believe the list doesn’t include Blazing Star peaches, butter tarts and red velvet cake.

Okay, your turn. Anything VGT missed?

Photo © madnzany, published under a Creative Commons License.

No Comments
  • Cheryl
    Posted at 12:07h, 07 October Reply

    OK, this is fun, I may have to play this game, too. But no Epoisses? No PHO for god’s sake? Get thee to a cheese shop and a Vietnamese restaurant and take care of those two right away.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 12:07h, 07 October Reply

    OK, this is fun, I may have to play this game, too. But no Epoisses? No PHO for god’s sake? Get thee to a cheese shop and a Vietnamese restaurant and take care of those two right away.

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 12:15h, 07 October Reply

    Yes, ma’am.

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 12:15h, 07 October Reply

    Yes, ma’am.

  • Barb McKay
    Posted at 12:28h, 07 October Reply

    Oh, this is making me hungry! Now I need to go out and purchase some exotic (and some not so exotic) food!

  • Barb McKay
    Posted at 12:28h, 07 October Reply

    Oh, this is making me hungry! Now I need to go out and purchase some exotic (and some not so exotic) food!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:16h, 07 October Reply

    OK, so you do the scotch whiskey tasting and barrel turning but you do not include haggis in your food list? Just what do you eat with the skirl of the pipes on Robbie Burns night?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:16h, 07 October Reply

    OK, so you do the scotch whiskey tasting and barrel turning but you do not include haggis in your food list? Just what do you eat with the skirl of the pipes on Robbie Burns night?

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 15:49h, 07 October Reply
  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 15:49h, 07 October Reply
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:02h, 07 October Reply

    Dear Charmian,
    I thought I knew a little about food, but I don’t have time to do the list, as I have to go look up several items on it.
    Loved the concept though. Take care of your hand.

    Cheers, your very old sister.

  • ClaireWalter
    Posted at 02:27h, 08 October Reply

    Interesting. I’m glad that I was willing to try a lot of foods when I was younger that I wouldn’t now. I’m no Andrew Zimmern, but I was more daring in the past. There are things that I can now cross of this list because I did try them then (sea urchin, steak tartare, sweetbreads, goat). Others I would never eat (roadkill, insects, head cheese, blood sausage). Thanks for the opportunity for culinary introspection.

    Claire @ http://culinary-colorado.blogspot.com

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    Posted at 13:33h, 08 October Reply

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