The Omnivore’s Hundred

in the pantry

Since I started working on this post, it seems like everyone’s been doing it. I guess I may as well finish up and post before I’m suddenly behind the times…

This was a fun challenge from the blog Very Good Taste, featuring a list of foods every omnivore should (theoretically) try. Some are unusual and challenging, some not so much – depending on what part of the world you’re from.

Here are the rules for anyone who wants to take part:

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 linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea (not opposed, but not very interested)
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 (does a county fair booth count?)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Raspberry good. Cranberry OK. Guava disgusting)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (actually, I can’t remember if this is true. If not, will rectify immediately)
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 (booze yes, cigars no)
37. Clotted
cream tea (had afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria – no clotted cream, though)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (hmmm… I hate jello, and don’t much see the point of vodka)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk (oh yes, lots – we raised dairy goats when I was little)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (how I wish – I love good whiskey)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (only as a sorbet – kinda yucky)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (I have never eaten a Big Mac and never will – what is with that extra bun?)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (I had a very similar dish of fries with demiglace and cheese sauce – close enough?)
60. Carob chips (my mother worked in a health food store)
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
Kaolin (maybe by accident, when I took ceramics)
Currywurst (I am very intrigued by this one…where would one get some?)
Durian (I’ve smelled them in the store, does that count?)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost (just had for the first time last week!)
75. Roadkill
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (I think I ate part of one once – ew)
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
Bellini (can’t, I’m allergic to peaches. But I love prosecco)
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 (have I actually never eaten any? Seems unlikely, but I’m not sure)
Soft shell crab (not very common on this coast – lots of Dungeness, though)
93. Rose
harissa (love harissa, haven’t seen rose)
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


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