The Omnivore’s Hundred

Lists have well-documented powers. They prod and nudge and encourage. They take the whirl of shoulds and coulds and want-very-much-to-get-dones and organize them into a tangible, foldable format, just right for tucking into the interior pocket of my Kooba.

That’s why I’m posting the following list, a list of foods I’ve yet to try, have tried, along with foods I’ll never sample -– not in a quadrillion years. The list isn’t mine –- it’s part of a game created by Andrew Wheeler at Very Good Taste, and it’s a list of the hundred things every omnivore should try at least once. The game works like this: copy the list to your blog, marking in bold font the items you’ve eaten, and crossing out those you refuse (at least in your present food state-of-mind) to try.

The number of foods off this list that I have eaten comes in at just under half. I obviously haven’t shuttered myself up with one specific cuisine, but I’ll say it’s a good thing I’ve got a lot of life experience to go. And like I said about lists, now that I have a list of foods I’ve missed out on thus far, I can get on with experiencing the things I haven’t yet experienced.

I think aloo gobi and criollo chocolate have been calling me for a while. Thanks to the list, now I can hear them beckon.

1. Venison (My no-meat diet precludes this one; can’t say I’m disappointed)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare (Does tuna tartare count?)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue (Calling all fond childhood memories of mom’s fondue pot!)
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (A genius combination, if there ever was one)
14. Aloo gobi (This one has turmeric, making it a must-try, and soon!)
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle (Alas, just truffle oil so far)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream (and especially pistachio gelato)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras (I’m in the “This is cruel!” camp on this one, meat aversion aside.)
24. Rice and beans (We eat this a lot, but I’ll always remember when a Haitian friend made me her version.)
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (with sauce mignotte, bien sur. Some winter I’ll gulp them nature in Paris.)
29. Baklava (Once upon a Russian Christmas)
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (in a tourist moment at Faneuil Hall, where else?)
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (I wouldn’t get it.)
37. Clotted cream tea (with my friend Denise for our joint-birthday get-together one year)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (I’m counting the times I’ve involuntarily sucked one in while trail running.)
43. Phaal (It might make me cry, but bring it anyway.)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (I crave eel sushi & maki with regularity.)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (To think I hike among them, and have yet to dine on them!)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (Call me a snob. Call me smart. Call it like you see it.)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (At least I’m acquainted with the origins of this one, having lived in the city of its creation.)
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 (Yes, yes, yes and yes — with honey, please!)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (in Puerto Rico, and locally at Havana Cafe)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (Recently enjoyed: an absinthe truffle)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini (“Oh, to go to Venice…” she trailed off, wistful.)
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. (I managed to eat the omikase at Nobu when it was starred.)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash (not sure that it was authentic, but in bold it goes…)
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa (oooh, intrigue)
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

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6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Elisa said,

    And to think I’ve been ignorant of your funnel cake love! I’m excited to try this (at the end of the year, when I’ve travelled the earth just a touch more)! Thanks!

  2. 2

    deizans said,

    So, does your aversion to meat mean you might not try to tackle the snake on this list? I’ve had some FANTASTIC rattle snake sausage. It can be quite spicy and the texture is very pleasing.

  3. 3

    Trisha said,

    I have to say I’m undecided as to whether or not I’d eat snake. I eat (and love) fish and seafood (eel, included). I just don’t fancy red meat, poultry, etc. Catch me in an adventuresome moment and I just might give it a try!

  4. 4

    sarah said,

    How fun is this. I have my own list of stuff I’d like to try cooking, but I never thought about all the things I’ve never even tasted. Thanks!

  5. 5

    tiiff said,

    I’m glad that wikipedia popped up to give definitions b/c I was lost on a lot of those items. Oh the ignorance!!!
    I’ll let you know how the foie gras is 🙂

  6. 6

    BPC said,

    I had locals take me to the best poutine joint in Montreal and I must say that I was not impressed. Now the other Montreal specialty of a Smoked Meat sandwich is a must have (you’ll have to trust me on that).


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