Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Omnivore's 100

Yesterday, my son asked me, "If you were going to die tomorrow and you could eat anything you want, what would it be?" Since he's only 13, I didn't tell him the real answer, which is "Jessica Alba." I just said, "Ice cream."

Anyway, I happened to be thinking a little about food, and today two bloggers on my blogroll, Ezra Klein and Cosmic Variance, posted the Omnivore's 100, 100 foods you should eat before you die.

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.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (Alligator, actually. It tasted like chicken. Seriously.)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (In Japan, this is considered an improbably exotic combination.)
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 (My spouse can make these from scratch.)
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 (Fugu is poisonous if prepared wrongly. In Japan, a special license is required to sell it. I kind of got turned off trying it because the only fugu chef I knew was an alcoholic.)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (Tremendously overrated.)
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 (Like chocolate chips, only not as good-tasting!)
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (Isn't this a food additive?)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (I don't know how much they cost now, but churros used to be 10 for a dollar on the street in Tijuana. Good times.)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (I've had caviar and I've had blintzes, but not together.)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (Why not a Twinkie?)
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (I might actually want this with my last meal. Pocky and ice cream. And Jessica Alba.)
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 (I've had mole, but not mole poblano.)
96. Bagel and lox (Never had lox.)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta (I've had cornmeal mush and grits, but never polenta.)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


  1. "the only fugu chef I knew was an alcoholic"...

    Yep. I wouldn't blame you for not trying! I'll do this on my food blog tonight.

  2. 69 out of 100 over here.

    Thanks Kuri!


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