Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Omnivore's 100, or, Look Ma, it's my first meme!

It's an interesting concept, isn't it? One hundred foods any good omnivore ought to try in their lifetime. I found it first on Chocolate & Zucchini, and with apologies to Adam and anyone else who does not like the re-appropriation of the word "meme," I present my list. Also below is a link to the originator. It's not a competition, but it's interesting to see someone's totally subjective list of things one ought to try, and to see what food minded people say about the foods they would/wouldn't/haven't tried.

I'm missing 60 items, but a lot of them are things I haven't had the opportunity to eat, some are things I look forward to trying, and only two things could I not be convinced to eat. Though you'd have to try awfully hard to get me to eat an entire bug. I'd do it, but you'd have to try awfully hard.

Very Good Taste's Omnivore's 100

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
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 WHY would I want to do that to myself?
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
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 $120 or more
46. Fugu Food that could kill you? 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
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
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
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
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
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


  1. Your blog is adorable and clever, and I absolutely adore it. I'm intrigued by this list, too.


  2. OK, I'm an adventurous eater. I would eat, or at least taste, most things on this list. But I'm completely intrigued by kaolin--is this the same kaolin that I used to make my (non-smoker) mom an ashtray in 7th grade? WHY would someone eat that?

  3. I believe it's used as a digestive aid in some cultures...