This meme comes from Very Good Taste (although I found it through Chocolate and Zucchini.) The basic idea is that it’s a list of 100 things any omnivore should try in their lifetime. I thought it looked interesting, so I’m sharing my results here. Since the original intent of the list was to spark conversation about food, I’ve included a few suggestions of what I might add after the list.
- Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
- Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (And as Clotilde suggested, I added * to the items I’m particularly fond of. And I added ** to the items I really want to try/am somewhat ashamed I havent tried already)
- Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
- Optional extra: post a comment on Very Good Taste, linking to your results.
I’m only missing 30 of the 100 items. Considering how varied the list is (and how many years I have left to work on finishing it), I think that’s pretty damn good.
2. Nettle tea
5. Crocodile – I can’t actually remember if I’ve had crocodile or alligator, but either way, close enough, right?
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush*
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi*
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream*
22. Fresh wild berries*
23. Foie gras*
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – I just don’t see the allure.
27. Dulce de leche*
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas*
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – I hate cigars, although I could go for the cognac
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk*
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more**
46. Fugu – I’m not sure I’d be willing to risk death for a meal, although I’d be quite interested in trying some of the new(ish) non-toxic fugu.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut*
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
65. Durian – I have had durian candy, and it was vile enough that I have no desire to try the “real thing”. Then again, I was just reading today that frozen durian has much less…stank, so that might be an option.
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake* (I’ve had and enjoy all of the above.)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict*
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.**
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox*
My suggested additions
- Galbi – The flavor is awesome, and the experience of grilling your own food on a little grill set in the middle of your table at a restaurant is one everyone should have.
- A ripe tomato, fresh off the vine and sun-warmed – I know tomatoes are already on the list, but this really is a different experience. The amazing freshness and warm mouth-filling juiciness… I’ve tried to reproduce this with tomatoes from a farmers market, but even those just aren’t the same.
- Wild boar – It’s amazing how much wild boar tastes just like pork, and yet how different it is at the same time. It’s a great way to see just how much farming our meat instead of hunting it effects the flavor.
- White beans with ham – There were no beans of any kind on the list, and that’s just not right. I had to think pretty hard about just what form the beans should take, but I think this is it.
- Bacon – nuff said
- Grilled Pineapple – Sooooo good. For that matter, any grilled fruit is great.
- Lambic – It’s beer, and yet unlike what most people think of as beer. Another one to stretch and challenge assumptions
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