Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Out of a hundred..

Today Mary posted her list on her blog, and it's fun! Fun to see what I actually tried, what the "ieeuw"factor for me was (and to find out others!) fun because I needed to find out what exactly some foods were. Some unfamiliar names but familiar dishes, some remained unfamiliar. Google was a big help. A very American list I would say, many food items are found more easily in the States and those considered exotic might be easier to obtain -or even regular- in Europe.
Also... I found that I did indeed tried crocodile and snake, of course had eel, ate horse meat regularly but never had a decent polenta... As I said: fun!

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 here at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I agree with Mary: Tastes like rubbery chicken. Also see snake)
6. Black pudding (My dad's favourite, preferrably with red cabbage and butter sauteed apples)
7. Cheese fondue (I was a teenager in the 70's so)
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 (invite me to NYC and I will happily oblige!)
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle (see no. 84)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (Ba Pao!)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese (I take that as "zult" as we call it in Dutch... brr no way!)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (despite everything I don't like them)
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 (though not at the same time and no, me no like)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (really! who makes such things up?)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat (in saté, very good!)
42. Whole insects (cough...nope!)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk (solid as in cheese not counting? Nah, thought so)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (I wouldn't enjoy it anyway...)
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 (Hey, we're in Europe!)
59. Poutine (looks like "patatje oorlog" but no thanks)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (I did! not that I knew at the time..)
63. Kaolin (why?)
64. Currywurst (neighboring Germany who hasn't here?)
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 (no but I saw it in the shop the other day... it's legal again)
74. Gjetost, or brunost (Norway, where else?)
75. Roadkill (given the state and choice of roadkill in Holland, I don't think so)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (Google again... yes but by another name)
84. Tasting menu at a 3-Michelin-star restaurant. (Eh cheating, 2-star good enough? Multiple times? Yes?)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse (and it's good! never understood the emotions on not eating horse vs rabbit/venison/lamb etc. Nonsense!)
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 (together with the crocodile, tasted like chicken)


  1. I can no longer resist... I saw on Mary's blog too!

  2. You two crack me up!

    Karen, you are welcome to come to NYC and I'll make sure one of the first meals we have is a hotdog from a pushcart from my personal favourite vendor on the corner of 5th Ave and 34th St. He always calls me "bella" ;-)

  3. crocodile? snake? really - oh man! that is culinary adventure!

  4. 18 things I've never tried, and most of those- I didn't even know what they were! But the only one I couldn't consider trying was the insects.

    The one I want to try most is the 3 star tasting menu!

    But give the frogs legs a chance, Karin, and if you do, I'll try the horse when I get an opportunity-despite qualms!

    No goat milk? It's lovely!


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