My Omnivore’s 100

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Andrew of Very Good Taste created a fun meme asking which items we have eaten out of his personal list of 100 things every omnivore should eat at least once. I decided to play along, so here is my Omnivore’s 100 based on Andrew’s original list.

At the end of the post, you’ll see I added some things that I would have put on the list had I been smart or creative enough to have come up with the idea myself. :-)

The Rules

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 (the original post) linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred

My score = 61 (not bad)

1. Venison (My dad comes from a family of hunters, and I grew up eating wild game.)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (While on vacation in Australia. It tastes a lot like chicken. Also had kangaroo, but that’s not on the list.)
6. Black pudding (aka blood 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 (We grow Mr. Stripeys.)
22. Fresh wild berries (Picked wild blueberries in Maine, of course.)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (We used to grow them until Top Gun decided to take a bite out of one last spring. No more hot peppers in the garden for a while!)
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 (No can do on the cigar.)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
(in soups)
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
48. Eel (Unagi, yum.)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut, hot
(When Michael and I were dating we used to go out on Saturday night and watch the donuts being made at the store in Alexandria, VA.)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone (endangered)
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 (in Kaopectate)
64. Currywurst (Thinking hard, but pretty sure I had some while in Germany.)
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs (in Paris)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (all of the above)
68. Haggis (in Edinburgh with a Scottish whisky chaser)
69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (Deer that’s been accidentally run over) (Um, probably. I seem to remember my dad bringing home a deer one time that he had hit on the way home.)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
(in Paris)
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. (I wish.)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare (I said my dad was a hunter.)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (It’s a tradition in Saipan.)
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

Things I think should be on the list

Ajiaco Bogotano (with all the right potatoes and guascas)
filet mignon wrapped in bacon
Maine lobster dinner with all the fixings
yuca frita (better than the best french fries)
Peking duck
key lime pie
panforte di Sienna

How about you? What things would you add to the list? Or what things would you completely avoid?

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  1. says

    Wow, you’ve been to Saipan? I was born and raised in Guam and have been to Saipan for work and fun many times. I’ve been in Hawaii since 2001 and Spam is a tradition in all three places.

  2. says

    Jenny, I had to look up a couple of things on the list!

    Nate, it’s not a taste thing as I enjoy duck, especially Peking duck. It’s the gavage that gets me. I don’t eat veal, either. As I learn more about care of animals raised for food, I try to be conscientious about that sort of thing. I know that there are humane sources of those products, but they are also way outside my budget.

  3. says

    Wow, you know the world is indeed a small place. I am part Guamanian (my mother is from Guam), and I’ve spent time on Saipan as well. Yap and Palau too (I was really disappointed to see Palau on Survivor, as it was such a pristine place when I was there).

    At any rate, great additions to the list! I posted my list earlier today (link is in my signature) and we have similar “won’t try” choices. Tho fois gras is still on my list. :)

    Thank you! And Hafa Adai!

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