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August 20, 2008

Omnivore's Hundred

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This has been going around the food blogs, but I first saw it at And She Knits Too. Rules: Take the Omnivore's Hundred list from Andrew Wheeler. Bold the things you've tried, cross out the ones you wouldn't try.

Note: Since I'm a vegetarian, I'm crossing out all the meat that I didn't try before becoming vegetarian. And in general, you can assume that these answers are for relatively normal circumstances... if I were literally starving and all there was to eat was meat, I'd eat it.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (unless made with tofu!)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari (I think I ate it as a young child. Right, mom? Or was that just shrimp?)
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart - I'm honestly not sure on this one.
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 (not a whole one, and never again--too hot. They’re good cooked though).
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
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 - not sure.
46. Fugu
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 - not sure.
59. Poutine (I know there's probably meat in the gravy, but I am so intrigued by this idea that I might try a bite anyway, were I given a chance.)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin - I don't know what this is.
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - I'd say these are all quite different things, but I've had all of them.
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 - not sure whether I've had Hostess brand, but I've definitely had this sort of thing.
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (or something similar).
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers - just... any flowers? Yeah.
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

Posted by Kat at August 20, 2008 09:30 AM

Try the poutine! There will be meat base to the grazy (though possibly someone might do a veggie based one) but they're yummy.

That's now what I want for lunch.

Posted by: Dr. Steph at August 20, 2008 10:35 AM

I have kind of an obsession with poutsine (I'm really showing my French-Canadian heritage here). If you want to try the real deal there's a great place on the West Side of Manchester, but there is also an extremely delicious vegetarian version with a mushroom gravy on the Martha Stewart website. It's from a show that Shania Twain was on, and she's a vegetarian too, so that's why it has a mushroom sauce. I've made it and it's fabulous.

Now I'm really hungry.

Posted by: Caitlin at August 20, 2008 11:16 AM

Nothing on earth could convince me to try borscht. Beets. Yuck.

OTOH, oysters and soft shelled crab? Yum. Interesting list!

And I'll be keeping a good thought for you now......hope it'll still do some good!

Posted by: Carrie K at August 21, 2008 07:44 PM

Why not Huevos Rancheros? I thought you ate eggs? According to Diana Kennedy it is "fried eggs served on tortillas and covered with a picante tomato sauce". Which actually sounds a lot more appealing than my parents version which was essentially a fried egg on top a tostada with pinto beans, lettuce, salsa and sour cream. Though I'm not a big fried egg fan.

And while I'm sure tofu scramble is great, I don't think there is a way to make it seem like a fried egg.

Posted by: Anotheryarn at August 24, 2008 03:34 AM
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