My Omnivore’s 100

This list of 100 food items has been bouncing around the internet lately, and writers and food bloggers have been commenting on what they’ve eaten.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred

These are foods that they think you must try in your lifetime. The ones that are bolded I have eaten and the crossed out ones are ones you’d never consider eating. You’ll notice that as an epicurean adventurer, I have none crossedout except the cigar (but I have and do enjoy an occasional cognac).

There is even a FAQ available for reading.

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 (perhaps the stinkiest of the stinky cheeses)
17. Black truffle (see my article on my truffle adventure in Umbria: Truffled Dreams)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Podcast with a fruit wine maker: ReMARKable Palate)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes (great Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe)
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras (an oldie but goodie, our Culinary Roundtable debate about Foie Gras)
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
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/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (covered with chocolate)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu* (One of the greatest culinary ambitions of my life! I will eat this before I die, or um, die because of eating it!)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (I have some in my freezer right now!)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (one of my absolute most favorite Japanese ingredients. I’m always on a quest for sushi restaurants which serve an ume-shiso maki roll. Unfortunately, most do not)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (although I have vowed never to have this again)
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 (I’ve asked Jennifer’s Mom to make it, but even this die hard Scot won’t go near it)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (not yet, but I have had Menudo, which is close)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (here’s our video of an Absinthe tasting)
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
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
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta (here’s one of my favorite recipes that uses Polenta)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

So I think I’m doing pretty well. Of the 100, there are only 14 that I have yet to try.  I better get to eating!

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