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The Omnivore’s 100

Andrew at Very Good Taste kicked off a meme, listing 100 things every omnivore should try in their life. It’s been sweeping through Twitter and the blogosphere. Being rather catholic in my tastes, I decided to put my own palate to the test. The items in italics below are items I have not tried:

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 (raspberries, cherries, crab apple)
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 (that’s a day I’ll never forget)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (um, I live in San Francisco!)
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 (though I’ve had curry and goat independently)
42. Whole insects (Honey ants. Not bad, not great.)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (Lagavulin Distiller’s Reserve … swoon)

46. Fugu
(but someday …)
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 (crisp-fried and floating in squash soup being my favorite way so far)

63. Kaolin


64. Currywurst


65. Durian
(also on my short list of things to try)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (all of the above)
68. Haggis (surprisingly good!)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (not a fan)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill


76. Baijiu (but I have had soju)

77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (my favorite; a friend calls it trashfire tea)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant (hello, French Laundry)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
(just regular harissa)
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

By my reckoning, I’ve sampled 87 of the 100 goods, and I wouldn’t turn my nose up at any of the remaining 13 (well, maybe roadkill). What does that say about me? At the least, that I have a broad palate. More likely, it means that I’ll eat pretty much anything. Pass the snake, please.

  • Durian! Oh it’s disgusting. I had durian ice cream at the Loatian restaurant down the street. It was the worst thing I’ve ever tasted. Nothing could erase the taste from my mouth for about 30 minutes either. The owner did warn us, but we were being adventurous.

  • you know, I think I have eaten grubs or bugs, on a trip in Thailand many years ago. And I had horse when I lived in Belgium. And I have been on a bus with a Durian. But there are a lot of things on this list I have never seen before – thanks for providing links so I can follow up on my culinary deficiencies 🙂

  • Snake… meh… nothing special. =P

  • I had it this winter, not bad if you can get past the smell. A friend surprised me with a box of the kind from the Asian grocery that was cut up and frozen. I think it would be interesting to try cooking with. That’s what I think you should eat next, especially since it’s on your short list.