Omnivore’s 100

I thought I’d update this from six and a half years ago. Added results are bold and in blue. I have 12 items left to try.

The Very Good Taste Omnivore’s Hundred:

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 – lots of times
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros – a Sunday breakfast favourite
4. Steak tartare – like it but heavy for an appetizer
5. Crocodile – another one of those things that seem to taste like chicken
6. Black pudding – part of a full Scottish breakfast
7. Cheese fondue – yum
8. Carp – not my favourite fish
9. Borscht – both with beets and without
10. Baba ghanoush – eggplant, yum
11. Calamari – in so many ways
12. Pho – staple cheap lunch in the winter
13. PB&J sandwich – too many times to count
14. Aloo gobi – made it myself
15. Hot dog from a street cart – twice and hopefully, never again
16. Epoisses – as I expected, stinky cheese that I liked
17. Black truffle – yes, best with pasta or risotto
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes– so many B.C. variations
19. Steamed pork buns – unavoidably at dim sum
20. Pistachio ice cream – love the colour, not so keen on the flavour
21. Heirloom tomatoes – the best
22. Fresh wild berries – who hasn’t hiked in the mountains and not eaten some
23. Foie gras – so good, so fattening
24. Rice and beans – of course
25. Brawn, or head cheese – yes, although I never liked the look when my grandmother made it
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – not sure it is worth trying raw
27. Dulce de leche – awfully sweet
28. Oysters – every way I can
29. Baklava – another very sweet dessert
30. Bagna cauda – definitely
31. Wasabi peas – suffer them in rice cracker mixes
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – yes
33. Salted lassi – no
34. Sauerkraut – yes, the only way hot dogs are palatable
35. Root beer float – long time ago
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – yes, a good way to ruin cognac
37. Clotted cream tea – so good, so fattening
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O – yes, which proves anything can go into jello
39. Gumbo – yum
40. Oxtail – another example of how good braising makes otherwise inedible parts tasty
41. Curried goat – good way to deal with tough meat
42. Whole insects – ants covered in chocolate and of course, unintentionally during picnics
43. Phaal – not sure I want this much pain
44. Goat’s milk – yes, strong tasting
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more – I live with the single malt maniac
46. Fugu – surprisingly little flavour
47. Chicken tikka masala – yes, how can it be avoided in the UK
48. Eel – only in Japanese food versions
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – once, still just a doughnut
50. Sea urchin – as uni, the best came from Santa Barbara
51. Prickly pear – not yet
52. Umeboshi – yes, my aunt’s homemade ones
53. Abalone – yes, too bad it’s now endangered
54. Paneer – a staple whenever we’re at an Indian restaurant
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – unavoidable
56. Spaetzle – yes but not a fan
57. Dirty gin martini – yes, although I’d rather just have extra olives
58. Beer above 8% ABV – Belgium, The Netherlands, no wonder I couldn’t lose weight
59. Poutine – yes but it’s too much cholesterol
60. Carob chips – yes, not a substitute for chocolate
61. S’mores – yes, another reason camp fires are so messy
62. Sweetbreads – love them crispy
63. Kaolin – I’ve eaten dirt, is that close enough?
64. Currywurst – not impressed with Germany’s variation on boring hot dog
65. Durian – want to try this once
66. Frogs’ legs – yes, dare I say it tastes rather like chicken
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – yes, more doughnut like things
68. Haggis – many times with varying degrees of pleasure
69. Fried plantain – if it weren’t fried, it would hardly be worth the effort
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette – I think I’d like these since I like tripe
71. Gazpacho – one of my favourites
72. Caviar and blini – yes, best with champagne
73. Louche absinthe – like the taste although kind of sweet, which I don’t really like
74. Gjetost, or brunost – looks stinky
75. Roadkill – not sure why I’d ever have the opportunity
76. Baijiu – not sure I could be bothered
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – yes, waste of calories
78. Snail – yum
79. Lapsang souchong – yes, too smoky for me
80. Bellini – yum, even the ones I’ve made myself
81. Tom yum – good Thai flavours and not too heavy
82. Eggs Benedict – so good, so full of cholesterol
83. Pocky – yes, just sweet and boring
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – most recently, La Pergola in Rome
85. Kobe beef – yes, the best at Alinea in Chicago
86. Hare – yes
87. Goulash – yes
88. Flowers – yes
89. Horse – tried it very rare and found it like mild game meat
90. Criollo chocolate – hard to find
91. Spam – brings back bad memories
92. Soft shell crab – yes
93. Rose harissa – yes
94. Catfish – another soft fleshed fish which is not my favourite
95. Mole poblano – yes
96. Bagel and lox – especially with cream cheese
97. Lobster Thermidor – yes, not my favourite
98. Polenta – yes
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee – tried it, I don’t get the superlatives for this coffee
100. Snake – not yet, but another chicken like meat I understand

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