July 6th, 2010


Omnivore's Hundred

The Omnivore's Hundred is a list of foods the gastronomic Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.

The rules of the meme:
1) bold those you have tried,
2) strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.
3) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.
4) Asterisk any items you'd be interested in trying but have not yet.

1. Venison 
2. Nettle tea*
3. Huevos rancheros*
4. Steak tartare [ate once at a fancy restaurant where it was the only option I could eat, I'm allergic to shellfish.]
5. Crocodile [besides, not kosher]
6. Black pudding [not kosher]
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp [Parent's rules, if I kill it, I eat it. Would eat it again only if I was VERY hungry.]
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush [eh]
11. Calamari [not kosher]
12. Pho [eh, not much in to soup]
13. PB&J sandwich [practically lived on them through secondary school]
14. Aloo wgobi [ah, Ailsa's potato cauliflower curry.]
15. Hot dog from a street cart [I miss working walking distance from Milk Street Cafe]
16. Epoisses* [probably won't like it. I like sharp hard cheeses and some blue cheese. I'm not much for smelly cheeses.]
17. Black truffle*
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes 
19. Steamed pork buns [back before I was keeping kosher]
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes 
22. Fresh wild berries 
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans 
25. Brawn, or head cheese [maybe if I was really hungry, the texture just looks like dog food to me]
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper [I'm a wimp when it comes to anything above 10k on the Scoville Scale.]
27.  Dulce de leche [Why do I have to be diabetic now???]
28. Oysters  [Allergic, and not kosher]
29. Baklava [Diabetes]
30. Bagna cauda* 
31. Wasabi peas [hotter than I care for]
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl [allergic and not kosher]
33. Salted lassi*
34. Sauerkraut (bleh)
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Cognac, yes; but I don't smoke.)
37. Clotted cream tea * (maybe)
38. Vodka jelly*
39. Gumbo*[allergic to shrimp and not kosher]
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat*
42. Whole insects [if I was REALLY hungry and you could find the kosher locusts...]
43. Phaal [Scoville wimp]
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more*
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 (Back before I kept kosher)
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
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 [I prefer hard cooked eggs.]
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 (eh}
95. Mole poblano*
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee 
100. Snake