Friday, September 19, 2008

are you a real foodie?

My friend Rose sent me this list of "the Omnivore's 100" (which I'm plagiarizing here wholesale). How many can you check off? (Me=72)

The DC Omnivore’s 100

Below is a list of 100 things that every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. 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
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
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
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


Jaye Wells said...

54 for me. I was surprised how many things I'd never heard of. Looks like I need to expand my horizons a bit.

Janet said...

I don't think I got as high as 54, but I was a little surprised by what I had had. I certainly don't plan on expanding my horizons to encompass road kill.

One thing I can beat all of you on is the poutine. I lived for years in the area that invented it and I can tell you they are VERY particular about how it's made. Cheese curds made fresh the same day are essential. Never learned to like the standard poutine gravy though. Now with pepper sauce...

Kim Kasch said...

Okay with nine kids in my family, dad hunted and fished to feed us so number one is a given.

3 no problem, 4 my husband is from Denmark and they eat that raw beef every Saturday – not me, they add a raw egg and capers to top it off – yuck!


calamari – on accident, too chewy for me,

The ones I’m sure I’ve had: 13, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 49, 53, 55, 60, 61,62, 69, 71, 82, 87, 88, 91, 92, 96, and 98.

No way for a horse those are my pets, might have had snake – would have been when I was a kid.

Julie Weathers said...

I've tried nineteen. I am so boring.

Whirlochre said...

I only managed 24, but to my considerable credit, I wolfed the lot down in a single sitting.

Conduit said...

I've had venison, and it's the only meat I've had trouble disassociating from its live state. Beef, pork, chicken, no problem, no qualms about any of those. But when I ate venison, I couldn't stop picturing that this thing had once been running around a field, and I found it very hard to finish. Strange.

JES said...

32, which -- when I actually counted them up -- flabbergasted me. When I first read through the list all I could think was Ewwwww! I'd never eat that!

And am I the only one who actually found himself getting hungry? Not for any of the unfamiliar ones but for the ones I already know. Gawd, but I could make short work of a Krispy Kreme right now...!

Julie Weathers said...

"I've had venison, and it's the only meat I've had trouble disassociating from its live state. Beef, pork, chicken, no problem, no qualms about any of those. But when I ate venison, I couldn't stop picturing that this thing had once been running around a field, and I found it very hard to finish. Strange."

My stepfather didn't believe in wasting good beef on kids so we lived on venison mostly. Occasionally, he would butcher a cow that broke a leg or something. Other than that, venison three times a day interspersed with chicken and pork.

ChrisEldin said...

What is fruit wine made with something other than grapes? Okay, I"m 42, and have had my fair share of alchohol, but have no idea what that is.
And since I'll be drinking with Aunda soon, I'm thinking about ordering that...

Janet said...

Chris, well, there's blueberry wine (from Lac St-Jean) for starters.

Chris Redding said...

49. Hadn't heard of most of the rest.

Chris Redding said...

Oh and scrapple should be on the list.

CNU said...

I've actually eaten many of those. Venison goes well with a red wine sauce.


writtenwyrdd said...

I've tried 53 of these things. The vast majority of the ones I haven't tried I've never heard of. The thing that really gets me is that someone recommended FUGU as to be tried! Poisonous fish that at best has so little neurotoxin it makes your lips tingle and at worst paralyzes you or kills you? No thanks! (And I tried roadkill. We hit it, we skunned and cooked it. that's the way it works in the rural areas; you buy your hunting license and tag critter that just caused you 2K in body damage.)

Jacqui said...

72 for me too. But now you made me want Krispy Kremes!

Being Beth said...

This was fun. 72 for me. Most of them I would eat again. Like Kim Kasch, if my dad hadn't hunted and fished, we wouldn't have had food -- when you're hungry you learn to swallow most anything. However, I have never been hungry enough to ingest insects and worms -- eeewwww.

Linnea said...

Surprisingly, I've eaten quite a few things on the list. I'd never eat horse. I have 3 in the field. I've also had Emu. Very good. I'd eat crocodile - if it was Gustav. Such a nasty critter.

ggwritespoetry said...

Well, being Hispanic I have had Mole Poblano many times, and I highly recommend it. It's muy delicioso. When our kids were little, they wouldn't eat it. So I put peanut butter in the sauce and called it Peanut Butter Chicken. They ate it for years (while I reduced the amount of peanut butter in the recipe) until they finally figured it out. But by then, they were hooked, like me. Darn, now I'm gonna have to make some tomorrow... Yum.

ggwritespoetry said...

Oh, 33 for me

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

55 - including the insects, crocodile and snake... But clearly there is still plenty more to be nibbled on!

cindy said...

only 41 for me!
i don't think i'm adventurous
enough to be a foodie.
i just like to eat--so
what does that make me?

a piggie? oink!

writtenwyrdd said...

I may have had more than the 53 I claimed; it's been years since I lived where we had Thai, Vietnamese,Korean, Japanese, African, Cuban or any ethnic restaurants, and I used to eat at these regularly when living in San Francisco. But I don't know the names of a lot of what I liked except Pad Thai or Nan bread, lol! But snails or bugs don't appeal.

Mommy C said...

Hi Moonrat! I won't admit to how many of those I've tried, but I am a well travelled cowgirl. Anyway, I love your blog, so, I nominated it for the Brillante Weblog Premio. You can see the details at

Carrie Harris said...

I've had 69, and now I'm on a mission. BTW, just found a lovely place near us that does crocodile. If I could afford to eat there every day, I would.

The Anti-Wife said...

60. Some of those things just shouldn't be eaten.

jalexissmith said...

59. Horse wasn't so bad. Bought it in Japan and cooked it up myself because I didn't recognize the symbol for horse on the package. Went back at a few weeks later after the "animals" lesson of my Japanese class and realized why that really lean beef was so much cheaper than all of the other cuts of "beef"

Julie's Blog said...

I came up with 54, could be more once I look up what some of those things are! Yes, scrapple would be a good addition; I had it long ago in Oregon when we had a neighbor from South Carolina. I've had sea slug. Didn't see that on the list.

Chumplet said...

I'm surprised I hit 54. The only sea urchin I had was embedded in my heel for a few years.

My sister had chocolate covered ants by accident. She thought they were raisins.

I made my own gazpacho.

Strawberry wine is nice and light on a summer day, Chris. And beer? There are lots of 9% beers here in Ontario.

I actually had cognac and a cigar, and got sick at 3am. Never. Again.

Shayla Kersten said...

57 for me. 58 if I can substitute alligator for crocodile.

I draw the line at roadkill. I see too much of it in my commute. *shudder*

Lafreya said...

72 for me. Yes scrapple should be on the list.

Bernita said...

I recognize only about 80 of these. Didn't count how many I tried.
I love venison but haven't had it for years.

Demon Hunter said...

Ewww. I've eaten some weird things. I live in the south and people do eat road kill if they just hit it; especially deer. I have never tried deer, and will not. I did have pig's feet as a child and cringe at the thought now. Ewww...

People here eat deer, rabbit, possum, raccoon, and some other things I cannot remember right now. :-)

Froog said...

An odd selection, this - quite a few fairly mainstream things included. Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Big Mac meals??

I love that there's something called "Louche Absinthe". I thought all absinthe was louche!

Apart from a few of the Spanish things (where I'm not completely sure what they are), and the fish/seafood things (to which I am powerfully allergic - although I have tried eel [not very fishy], and, I think, when I was a kid, carp), I think I've done most of them. And I'm disappointed that buffalo and kangaroo are omitted.

Of course, for a China-resident, this is a fairly lightweight list. No mention here of sweet & sour dog, donkey burgers, jellyfish tentacles, salamander, or roast scorpion - all of which I have tried here. Or maggots, silkworms, grasshoppers - which I haven't.

And there is a restaurant near where I live that specialises in dishes made from the penis of various rare animals. I don't think I'll ever be going there.

Christy Raedeke said...

I love this list! I'm bummed that I only hit 71. My goal is to hit 90 by the end of the year. Phaal for dinner tonight, kids!

Deb said...

What, no lutefisk?

On second thought, no. It's not actually edible.

Ello said...

It was easier to count what I hadn't tried - I hadn't tried 28 on this list. Roadkill? Ugh!!!

So that's pretty darn good for me! Huh?

Linda said...

I'm a foodie - I've tried all but 8;^). Venison chili last night, dragon roll maki with eel for lunch, wasabi peas as my mid-afternoon snack. I eat eclectic, out and at home. Makes up for what most of my life is most of the time - hum-drum. Great list, thanks for sharing... Peace, Linda

Jonathan Lyons said...

74, and quite a few I wish I hadn't tried.

slhastings said...

60 for me. (I cook four of the listed items regularly- fried plantains, spaetzel, rice and beans, and gazpacho)

As for durian, I'll trade you one of those for twenty mangosteens any day.