The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred (meme)

meme: Omnivore 100: How many have you eaten?

I don’t fill out that many memes but I saw this meme “Omnivore 100: How many have you eaten?” on Katie’s (Thyme for Cooking) blog.

The list is from Very Good Taste on the 100 foods any self respecting omnivore should try at least once. Like to play along?

  • 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/ linking to your results.

Okay, I’ll bite…

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
    (I’ve had nettle stuffed pasta….)
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
    (Over-rated…)
  5. Crocodile
    (where am I going to find that in Toronto?)
  6. Black pudding*
    (had to look up what it was to make sure – won’t be having this again soon – really didn’t like the texture)
  7. Cheese fondue
    (Mmmm…)
  8. Carp
    (at least, I’m pretty sure I have)
  9. Borscht
    (Under-rated…)
  10. Baba ghanoush
  11. Calamari
    (I can never decide if I like calimari better barbecued or battered and deep fried!)
  12. Pho
  13. PB&J sandwich
    (There’s nothing quite like this, is there? I love PB&J sandwiches every so often – especially if the jelly is a tart one like crab apple.)
  14. Aloo gobi
    (Must remember to post about the fabulous aloo gobi we had not long ago!)
  15. Hot dog from a street cart
    (Bleah!! Why do people like these??)
  16. Epoisses
    (MMMMMMMMM….)
  17. Black truffle
  18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
  19. Steamed pork buns
    (while I haven’t crossed this off, I’m not overly anxious to try it. I get the impression they might be gummy.)
  20. Pistachio ice cream
  21. Heirloom tomatoes
    (I might have had “Heirlooms”, but just didn’t know… )
  22. Fresh wild berries
  23. Foie gras
  24. Rice and beans
  25. Brawn, or head cheese*
    (Brrrr)
  26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
    (not the whole thing though; that would be madness)
  27. Dulce de leche
  28. Oysters
    (smoked and baked on the half-shell… I’m too squeamish to try them raw)
  29. Baklava
  30. Bagna cauda*
    (In googling, I found Marcella Hazan’s Bagna cauda recipe. I WANT this!!)
  31. Wasabi peas
    (Hated them! what a waste of wasabi.)
  32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
    (I’ve had stew in a bread bowl but never had clam chowder in a bread bowl. I like the idea though.)
  33. Salted lassi
    (I’ve had countless lassis, but never had a salted lassi – that I know of)
  34. Sauerkraut
  35. Root beer float
    (When I was a kid, I adored root beer floats!)
  36. Cognac with a fat cigar
    (I’ve tasted a thin cigarillo; does that count?)
  37. Clotted cream tea
    (Mmmmmmm….)
  38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
    (no thank you. Not wild about vodka; not wild about jell-o)
  39. Gumbo
  40. Oxtail
    (sort of, I’ve had oxtail soup….)
  41. Curried goat
    (Mmmmm….)
  42. Whole insects
  43. Phaal*
    (I’ve had many ridiculously hot Indian curries – both North and South – but no idea if I’ve ever had “Phaal”)
  44. Goat’s milk
    (I’ve had lots of goat’s cheese….)
  45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
    (I wish!!)
  46. Fugu
    (No thank you. I’m a-feared.)
  47. Chicken tikka masala
  48. Eel
    (I want to! Next time we go to France…)
  49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
    (never had the opportunity. But I’m guessing it’s tooooo sweet, tooooo oily for my taste.)
  50. Sea urchin
    (brrr, no thanks. It shudders on the plate.)
  51. Prickly pear*
  52. Umeboshi*
  53. Abalone
    (see #50)
  54. Paneer
  55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
    (eeewww!!)
  56. Spaetzle
  57. Dirty gin martini*
    (After discovering what “dirty gin martini” is, it doesn’t sound too swell; but then I don’t really like gin OR martinis.)
  58. Beer above 8% ABV
  59. Poutine
  60. Carob chips
    (they do NOT taste just like chocolate! Not even close.)
  61. S’mores
    (my husband’s family calls these “Angels on Horseback”)
  62. Sweetbreads
    (It’s a texture thing….)
  63. Kaolin*
    (Say what? After googling, not knowingly. Do people really look for this to eat it? Is it a dessert item? A digestif??)
  64. Currywurst*
    (eeewwww!!!)
  65. Durian
    (I’ve seen it at the market. But doesn’t it stink big time?)
  66. Frogs’ legs (never had the opportunity)
  67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake*
  68. Haggis
    (It looks like our traditional Christmas poultry stuffing is similar, except it does not contain any offal or suet. I’ve not ever had an opportunity to try Haggis, but I suppose I’d try it once if it was offered.)
  69. Fried plantain
  70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
    (whoa, but that’s stinky!! Tried it once. Not having it again.)
  71. Gazpacho
  72. Caviar and blini
    (I’ve had caviar and I’ve had blini but not both together)
  73. Louche absinthe
  74. Gjetost, or brunost
    (love it)
  75. Roadkill
    (ummm, how do I know how fresh it is?)
  76. Baijiu*
    (truly revolting, but maybe it wasn’t a good one?)
  77. Hostess Fruit Pie*
    (Homemade fruit pies, galore, but a Hostess Fruit Pie?? Eeewwww, I DON’T think so… I’ve never had a Twinkie either. Don’t want to. I HAVE tasted various Vachon cakes though; they’re disgusting. Do they count?)
  78. Snail
  79. Lapsang souchong
  80. Bellini*
    (I didn’t think so until I read what it was. It turns out I HAVE had this at wedding receptions. I had no idea what it was called.)
  81. Tom yum*
  82. Eggs Benedict
    (mmmmm… eggs Benedict….)
  83. Pocky*
    (Huh??? After googling I recognized it. My niece loves Pocky. Sweeeeet, aren’t they? …I loathed Pocky.)
  84. Tasting menu at a 3-Michelin-star restaurant.
    (Ha! As if I would pay out that kind of cash. I’m way too much of a skinflint!)
  85. Kobe beef
    (See #84)
  86. Hare (Tough, isn’t it?! Or at least the hare stew I had one evening in France was very very tough and stringy.)
  87. Goulash
  88. Flowers
  89. Horse
    (Never had the opportunity)
  90. Criollo chocolate*
    (no idea if I’ve had it. Maybe. I do love really good chocolate and shun inferior chocolate.)
  91. Spam
    (…in my childhood; you wouldn’t catch me eating it again voluntarily.)
  92. Soft shell crab
  93. Rose harissa*
    (I’ve had harissa but not rose harissa. I like the taste of rose petals though. This would be fun to try.)
  94. Catfish
  95. Mole poblano*
  96. Bagel and lox
  97. Lobster Thermidor*
    (I’ve had fresh steamed lobster, lobster bisque but not Lobster Thermidor. I’ve been robbed.)
  98. Polenta
  99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  100. Snake

* I had to look up the ones marked with asterisks to make sure I knew what they were.

Well that was fun!

Hmmm, only 71%. I guess I’m not a self-respecting omnivore (I thought I was!).

There is no way you’re going to get me to try the things I crossed off! Particularly the McDonald’s Big Mac Meal! That one is on principle. It’s my feeling that no self-respecting omnivore should ingest the McDonald’s Big Mac Meal. (I vowed never to darken the McDoors after having to endure Ronald McD conducting Strauss waltzes at a summer concert years ago….)

Speaking of uncompleted memes:
Paz, I haven’t forgotten about your ten photos meme; I just haven’t finished going through our photos, in an attempt to find 10 that are worthy of inclusion.

 

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  • Paz

    Wow! What an impressive list! You’ve tasted a lot.

    LOL! Don’t worry about the 10 meme. ;-)

    Paz

  • Weeell, as to the McDo meal… no one said it had to be recent did they? There was a time…
    Well done, very advenurous. My problem with the hot stuff automatically eliminated about 7 on the list. I may be adventurous, but I also rather like this ‘living’ gig – staying alive and all that.
    There were a few I would have added… like wild boar, kangeroo and ostriche on the meat side and escalivada, wild mushrooms, and wild greens on the veg side… (and white truffles)

    I really should have said that I’d had equivalents to the McDo Big Mac meal. It’s just McD that I am not wild about. I’ve had countless A&W Teen burgers and countless Wendy’s burgers.
     
    I’ve had boar in France but was it wild boar? But I’ve not tried ostrich or kangaroo. White truffles (check), Wild greens (check – nettles AND dandelions), Wild mushrooms (check), Escalivada??
     
    (google google) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escalivada OH!! I think I might be able to say (check) to that too, even though I didn’t know that it was called that and we weren’t intentionally making it (well, maybe I can’t say I’ve had it; we wouldn’t have added the tomatoes).
     
    -Elizabeth

  • Wow – impressive! You are more of a foodie than me by this measure ;-)

    Hey!! Just who are you calling a “foodie”!! :stomp: (I don’t know why I dislike that word so much) – Elizabeth

  • PS – I also still owe Paz those ten photos – mea culpa, mea culpa!

  • bing

    I have been to a couple of conferences in the US (Florida and Wisconsin), and “churros” have featured regularly in the hotel-buffet meals. I was excited to try them, having read about how wonderful they are (and hearing “ooh, churros” from a few others in the buffet line), and was horribly disappointed in the boring reality – dough extruded in a twisty shape, deepfried, then dipped in cinnamon sugar. I asked the locals if real churros were better, and they didn’t know what I meant by “real”. I reckon those churros were precooked and frozen and then probably microwaved.

    I wonder if real churros would be as good as elephant ears (deepfried dough dipped in cinnamon sugar – sounds identical, but the dough isn’t extruded). Maybe if elephant ears were cooked, frozen, and reheated, they would be as awful as those buffet churros.

  • bing

    Haggis is delicious. I’ve had it a couple of times, once when I was playing a gig at a Robbie Burns party, and once in England for Hogmanay. I could only eat a very small slice – it has a “can’t eat very much at a time” quality I can’t find a name for – not quite richness, but something close to it.

    I’m with you on the elephant’s ears (churros). They’re way overrated . I’ve had freshly deep-fried ones too and they are better. But mostly they’re just icky sweet and oily (but maybe I haven’t had great ones.
     
    Now I really want to try Haggis. (I love mealy pudding, which must be similar to haggis.) -ejm

  • I only had 68%..I need to be try more Asian and East Indian foods :D