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August 29 2008

The Omnivore’s 100

This great list has been swirling around the food bloggers for a week or so and I’ve been meaning to post my own results. Below is list of 100 items that every good omnivore should try at least once in her life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all.

Here’s how it works:

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 at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk (the one who started it) linking to your results.

Alejandra’s Omivore’s 100 (with commentary!)

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare —not really a fan
5. Crocodile —but I did eat Alligator nuggets once
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—on the most delicious cheese plate I’ve ever had.
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes—(apple)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream-my absolute favorite!
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries—my preschool used to have blackberry bushes near the parking lot.
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans—basically grew up on this, like other Puerto Rican girls
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—I worked with and hung out with a LOT of Republicans in college.
37. Clotted cream tea—I dated a British guy 14 years my senior for a few weeks
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo—in New Orleans for the NEA teachers convention
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk—loooove it
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more—see aforementioned British guy
46. Fugu—no effin way. never. not going to happen.
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut—had to sell a billion of these to raise money to for a volunteer trip to Guatemala in college. We sampled the goods regularly.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal—Hey, I likes what I likes!
56. Spaetzle—yummy! Learned how to make this in a European cooking class.
57. Dirty gin martini—not a fan
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips—ugh. so gross. My parents used to make us eat carob during an unfortunate health food kick. Just give me real chocolate.
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads—gross.
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs—tastes llike chicken!
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake—all four, baby! See my most recent funnel cake here.
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain—another regular in my house growing up.
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini—yup! And suspect there will be more of these in my life from now on… ;)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail—love escargot. Considered buying some at Whole Foods yesterday, actually.
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.—Not yet, but it’s only a matter of time!
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse—accidentally. in Italy. tasted OK but I was skeeved.
90. Criollo chocolate—so good.
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa—have had other kinds of harissa, but not rose. Going to have to try it now.
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano—in Italy for the first time, oddly enough.
96. Bagel and lox—most perfect after-church diner breakfast
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

I scored a 76!! How about you?


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