Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Omnivore’s Hundred

Here's a list that is making its way around the blogisphere, along with a vegetarian version.

Here’s what you do:

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 here at Roxanne's Road Rules linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare (I haven't eaten actual steak tartare, but steak hache in France is raw in the middle and seared on the outside. I feel like I should get participation points at least.)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (I believe that black pudding is the blood sausages that Pierre ate last summer when I was in France. I should have asked him for a bite.)
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
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Mrs. Larson down the street used to make dandilion wine. Too bad I was only nine years old or I could have tried it.)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream (Almost makes me want to go back to Italy - now!)
21. Heirloom tomatoes (I had these for the first time this summer. I don't think I'll ever go back to regular tomatoes again. I'm actually hoping that these will get Marlo over her life-long aversion to tomatoes.)
22. Fresh wild berries (We used to pick huckleberries in Montana, in case the blackberries that grow rampant around my property and all the roads in Western Washington don't count.)
23. Foie gras (I had the real thing. A homemade fois gras from a lady who lives in the southwest of France.)
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava (My mother is Egyptian. We have Baklava at our American Thanksgiving dinner often.)
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
43. Phaal
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
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, or andouillette
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
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
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

On this list, I am: (1) surprised by the number of things I've eaten (approximately 45%); and (2) surprised that there are lot of things I consider to be "normal" on this list - until I consider the eating habits of middle America, exemplified by my sister Shawna who lives in Tulsa - which makes me realize how fortunate I am to live in Seattle which is so culturally diverse.

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