Omnivores unite!

2 09 2008

My friend Char alerted me to this – thanks Char!


From Serious Eats comes a push to Very Good Taste, which posted The Omnivore’s Hundred (“a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life”).

If you don’t recognize everything in the list, Wikipedia usually has the description. The goal is to try everything eventually, although you can cross out those things you plan on never trying.

From Very Good Taste:

  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 linking to your results.

Here’s my take on the VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
  5. Crocodile (I’ve also had alligator)
  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 (a tiny bit!)
  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 (just a tiny bit!)
  27. Dulce de leche (something very similar made by heating a can of condensed milk)
  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 (well, it was a thin cigar!)
  37. Clotted cream tea
  38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
  39. Gumbo
  40. Oxtail
  41. Curried goat
  42. Whole insects (though I have eaten witchetty grubs…)
  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 (once!)
  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

Well, surprisingly I’ve eaten 61 of those foods! So…how good an omnivore are you?

Update 2014: Bolded two more on the list, so I’ve now eaten 63 of them



8 responses

2 09 2008
Will Sansbury

My heart is weeping that you’ve never had a Krispy Kreme while the “Hot Donuts Now” sign was lit.

That, and I’m wondering why you didn’t strike out “roadkill!!”

2 09 2008

Krispy Kreme has been something I’ve been meaning to try when I’m in the US (as far as I know their only Australian stores are in Sydney near the airport).

And I didn’t strike out roadkill because I’ve known people to eat the deer they hit, or the kangaroo (in Australia). I’ve eaten kangaroo (nice!) and emu (awful) and camel (nice) and water buffalo (nice). I can’t guarantee that every piece of kangaroo I’ve ever eaten was from a ‘farm’. In fact, years ago when I lived ‘up north’, friends used to go out ‘roo and wild goat shooting on a sheep station and we’d cook and eat the meat. It wasn’t roadkill as such, but it sure wasn’t farmed!! So that’s why I didn’t take roadkill off. If it was killed some time ago by someone else, then ‘Yewww!!’ and ‘No way!’, but if you’d hit the beast yourself, then that’d be a different decision to make. It would probably be ‘No way!’ but I couldn’t guarantee it.

2 09 2008
Char James-Tanny

Rhonda and I never found a Krispy Kreme shop when we were travelling together or she would have tried one 😉

I can’t believe that she’s never had oysters or a root beer float!

2 09 2008

I just take one look at oysters and feel like throwing up! I *might* be able to do something like Oysters Kilpatrick (the cooked ones with the bacon?), but not the raw guys. Ewww!

And I’m not a fan of root beer (which is hard to get in Australia). However, as a kid we used to have what we called “spiders”, made from Coke and ice cream or Fanta and ice cream. Is that similar?

2 09 2008
Will Sansbury

I guess I can accept the roadkill in the same way I that “Alive,” eat-it-or-die sort of way.

Dead on with the rootbeer float: root beer and ice cream. Best with IBC root beer.

To be honest, this list floors me. As a foodie and Food Network addict, I’m surprised how many of the items I’m completely unfamiliar with.

I do like emu, though. 🙂

2 09 2008
Will Sansbury

Oh, and BTW, I’m with Rhonda on the oysters issue. Yuck.

3 09 2008

Trust me if you’ve ever eaten in an Indian Restaurant in the UK you’ve eaten roadkill!!

3 09 2008

Krispy Kreme’s are now all over the East Coast (had some in Melbourne while at AODC last year). Stores opened up in Brisbane in late April. There’s two in the city, and at least one at Pacific Fair on the old Coast. So, next time you’re here, you can try one!

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