From the Stolen Meme Files: The Omnivore’s 100

Saw this very intriguing meme over at Canned Laughter and thought I'd try it: there is always something morbidly fun about seeing just how many odd things you have or have not tasted. 

1)Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you have eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at Very Good Taste linking to your results.

(** ZS Note: Many of these items should probably be looked up before you answer. –MM)

1. Venison– Not my favorite, really.
2. Nettle teaIs it bad that most of my nettle-related memories involve putting it in your hair as a tonic?
3. Huevos rancheros – Eggs, beans, meat.  Pair with beer for an explosive day.
4. Steak tartare- Not terribly into raw beef.
5. Crocodile – Have had it, and it honestly does kinda taste like chicken.  Wouldn't mind having again.
6. Black pudding -I prefer to call it morcilla, and when done right it can put a little spring in your step.
7. Cheese fondue -Mmmmm…. it was worth the visits to several liquor stores to get the kirschwasser.
8. Carp -Not memorable, but hey– it's fish.
9. Borscht -Greasy, lukewarm and disgusting.  And featuring my arch-enemy, beets.
10. Baba ghanouj – I'll stick to hummus.
11. Calamari – Yes, it's a little tough, but it's so very yummy when done right!
12. Pho – Yesssssss! And here's proof!
13. PB&J sandwich – I think it's one of those American musts.
14. Aloo Gobi- Oooh……curry.  Love.
15. Hot dog from a street cart, meat on a stick, too. –That's kind of a DC must, I think. 
16. Epoisses – Honestly? I'd never heard of it in my life, but it sounds kind of gross, Brillat-Savarin be damned.
17. Black Truffle- Hmm…. wow.  Nope, never had them, but I'm open.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapesRaspberry wine is quite tasty.
19. Steamed Pork Buns – Oh…. heart.  My stomach is aflutter with Dim Sum memories.
20. Pistachio ice cream – It was a must in my parents' house.
21. Heirloom tomatoes – Even people who don't like tomatoes like heirlooms, right?
22. Fresh wild berries – Whenever I've had the chance, I've partaken.
23. Foie gras -I'll even eat it when it's called liverwurst.
24. Rice and beans – Is it possible that there is a person alive who's never tried rice and beans?
25. Souse and Brawn or Head Cheese – Gross.  No thanks.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet Pepper– I'm not really into pain.
27. Dulce de leche – I prefer to call it arequipe, but yes please.
28. Oysters – Only if they are cooked.  Raw oysters make me uncomfortable.
29. Baklava -Tasty, but not among my most favorites.
30. Bagna cauda – Hadn't heard of it either, but that one does sound good.
31. Wasabi peas – They are okay, but I'd rather eat the crackers.  However, if you put a bowl in front of me, I'll probably pick at them.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – Warm, lovely, tasty Monterey memories.
33. Salted lassi -Salted sounds kinda icky, but those yogurt drinks are pretty yummy.
34. Sauerkraut -I'll let Monsieur Meow eat mine.
35. Root beer float-  YumYumYumYumYumYum!  Delicioso!
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – Cigars make my jaw ache.  Cognac doesn't.
37. Clotted cream tea – I prefer my tea peasant-style, thank you.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O –Way to ruin jell-o.
39. Gumbo -Does anyone have a nice recipe?
40. Oxtail – Yesssssssss!!!!  I dream of oxtail stew.
41. Curried goat- Goat is gross.  Period.
42. Whole insects Chocolate-covered ants are not bad.  They taste peppery.
43. Phaal – Scared of something billed as "hotter than Vindaloo"
44. Goat’s Milk- I seem to remember drinking it when I lived with my grandfather in the Austrian Alps.  Oh wait: that was Heidi.
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more- I'm not necessarily averse to trying really expensive whisky or scotch, but the opportunity hasn't presented itself, and I'm not a big fan of whiskey to begin with (this should count as 1/2).
46. Fugu – It just sounds a little too risky for my taste.
47. Chicken Tiki Masala-  Yum!
48. Eel -Stars in my favorite sushi roll, the Dragon Roll!
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut -Can any one person in this world say they are truly and well immune to doughnuts?  If so, I'd like to weep for that person.
50. Sea urchin – Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to try.
51. Prickly Pear – Tunas an pitahayas bring back childhood memories.
52. Umeboshi- I won't highlight it because I'm not sure, but this sounds familiar (they serve many a pickled thing at some Japanese restaurants).
53. Abalone – Only once, and I cannot remember it well enough.  I should then probably have it again.
54. Paneer – Nope, had never heard of it, honestly.
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal -Yes.  Don't tempt me, seriously.
56. Spaetzle -Yup.  Not bad, but I prefer dumplings when possible.
57. Dirty gin martini – The only things more beautiful than gin & tonics are martinis.  I am not super fond of really dirty martinis, though.
58. Beer above 8% ABVYes, ma'am!
59. Poutine – It will be a lovely day when I can try this Canadian delicacy.  For now, I will stick to chili fries.
60. Carob Chips – Sound vile.
61. S’mores – Of course :o)
62. Sweetbreads – Sick.
63. Kaolin -Why would I eat clay?  I don't have pica.
64. Currywurst – No but it sounds good.  Then again anything "sausage" is usually good.
65. Durian – Pass.
66. Frogs' legs: Never had them, but they sound intriguing.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – It's fried dough!  Of COURSE!
68. Haggis- I'm marking haggis as 1/2 because apart from the fact that it's made of sheep, there is not much difference between it and some kinds of black pudding.  (haggis lovers may commence lynching sequence)
69. Fried plantain -Proof there is a higher power. 
70. Chitterlings or Andouillette -Offal just sounds kind of mostly wrong.
71. Gazpacho -  When done right, it's pretty good.
72. Caviar and blini- Nope.  Never had the pleasure (except that, really, everyone's eaten blini.  I mean… pancakes?)
73. Louche absinthe – Not yet, but now it's legal in the US.
74.  Gjetost, or brunost– What's up with the weird cheeses in this list?
75. Roadkill – Okay… do people seriously eat roadside discards?  I mean, I can see eating opossum or squirrel, but picked off the side of the road?  Really?
76. Baijiu – Nope, but I've had soju.  I imagine it's just as bad.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie -This list is putting bad thoughts in my mind.
78. Snail – Cleaned and in a delightful garlic sauce, they sure are good.  Just off the ground?  Pass.
79  Lapsang Souchong -I can't say I've ever had it, and it shames me as a tea fan.
80. Bellini – Peachy goodness and champagne.  Whee!
81. Tom Yum– The people in my life force me to eat Thai.  I suppose there could be worse things in life.
82. Eggs Benedict – The perfect breakfast, always.
83. Pocky – Evil delicious sticks. 
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – Wowza!  Fancy!  Does it count that I've stepped in and been turned away from a three-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef– Yes, but I gotta say it's a little skunky tasting.  Is that sacrilegious?
86. Hare- Is hare the same as rabbit for purposes of this list?  Because if yes, then yes. (that's why it's half-bold)
87. Goulash – We even have an inside joke about it.
88. Flowers – I've made my own candied pansies, even!
89. Horse – Oh please… you know if you've had meat from a dubious place, that you've probably had some horse unwittingly.
90. Criollo chocolate – Yum.
91. Spam -Well, it's good in musubis
92. Soft-shell crab- I haven't!  Isn't that a shame?
93. Rose harissa – No.  But it sounds pretty!
94 -Catfish- I don't think I've tasted American Catfish.  Something about the whole bottom-dwelling lifestyle kind of puts me off a little.
95. Mole Poblano- It's always sounded intriguing.  Maybe one day I will try it.
96. Bagel and lox – Yum!
97. Lobster Thermidor – I've had lobster, but not Thermidor.
98. Polenta – It's especially good when cheesy.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee   No thanks.  Colombian coffee is still the best to my taste and in my heart.
100. Snake– Hmm… I think I'll pass.

Wow… if I counted right (which you'd be surprised to know just how hard it is around my house), I have tried 64 out of 100.  That's like a D-average, but I suppose it's not too bad, right?

How about you, faithful blog readers?  How many have you tried?

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4 thoughts on “From the Stolen Meme Files: The Omnivore’s 100

  1. I’m not doing this one. I don’t know what 9/10ths of those things even ARE. 🙂 Where’s the ribs? Where’s the Vegemite? How can you have a food list without including at least one BEER?!

  2. Only 13… Can you even GET some of this stuff in this country??
    We have to drive over 100 miles just to find a place to get sushi… no adventurous eating in Kansas!
    (What about wild cottontail? Pheasant? Bear? Quail? Elk? Mountain Oysters?)

  3. Fun list…NEVER try sew urchin. It’s horrible. And I could barely swallow it at the table. NEVER again. Period.
    ~j.b.

  4. do try a clotted cream tea – they are great (& a LOT better than haggis)!

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