Over at the UK food blog Very Good Taste, author Andrew Wheeler has come up with an admittedly arbitrary list of one hundred things a taste of which all omnivores should experience. I enjoy exercises like this one, and so here is my take on Mr. Wheeler's list.
If you'd like to participate on your own blog, here are the guidelines Mr. Wheeler has set forth:
- Copy the list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
- Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
- Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
- Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
And now, without any further ado - but with an occasional comment thrown in - is my annotated Omnivore's Hundred List:
- Nettle tea
- Huevos rancheros
- Steak tartare
- Black pudding - Well, kishka - the Polish version of black pudding, so it counts.
- Cheese fondue
- Baba ghanoush
- PB&J sandwich
- Aloo gobi
- Hot dog from a street cart
- Black truffle
- Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
- Steamed pork buns
- Pistachio ice cream
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Fresh wild berries
- Foie gras
- Rice and beans
- Brawn, or head cheese
- Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - Not something I'd recommend, really. I did it to see if they were really as hot as claimed. They are. You can take my word for it.
- Dulce de leche
- Bagna cauda
- Wasabi peas
- Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - New England clam chowder is one of the great classic seafood dishes. Sourdough bowls are IMNSHO pretentious, twee, and so very 1980's.
- Salted lassi
- Root beer float
- Cognac with a fat cigar - I've also had beer and Parodis, LOL. By the way, fat cigars and cognac can also be enjoyed independently of one another.
- Clotted cream tea
- Vodka jelly/Jell-O
- Curried goat
- Whole insects - I have eaten crickets and toasted mealworms, neither of which were enjoyable beyond the amusing disgust it inspired in observers. To be honest, the idea of eating insects is rather repulsive to me, which is illogical - after all, I enjoy lobsters, shrimp/prawns, and crabs, which are closely related.
- Goat’s milk
- Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
- Fugu - Never had the opportunity, but I would jump at it in a heartbeat.
- Chicken tikka masala
Eel- Although I have eaten it in the past, this is the only item on this list which I would currently never consider eating. The backstory to this is disgusting and personal enough that I don't care to share it here (but may, someday.)
- Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - They disgust me.
- Sea urchin
- Prickly pear
- McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
- Dirty gin martini
- Beer above 8% ABV
- Carob chips
- Kaolin - Kaolin sounds like an exotic ingredient, does it not? Yet I am willing to bet that nearly every American over the age of 30 has consumed it, because it was one of the active ingredients in the original formulation of the over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication Kaopectate (kaolin + pectin, see?) which many of us were given as children.
- Frogs’ legs
- Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
- Fried plantain
- Chitterlings, or andouillette
- Caviar and blini
- Louche absinthe - In an interesting coincidence, over the past few weeks I have been actively seeking out absinthe in order to experience it now that it's legal once again to sell it in the US. Perhaps I will be editing this entry in the future to include it.
- Gjetost, or brunost
- Roadkill - Yes, in fact. I was the lucky recipient of the undamaged sections of a roadkill deer which was hit by a car and killed, then immediately dressed out as if it had been traditionally hunted. The venison was delicious.
- Hostess Fruit Pie
- Lapsang souchong
- Tom yum
- Eggs Benedict
- Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. - Someday, perhaps.
- Kobe beef
- Criollo chocolate
- Soft shell crab
- Rose harissa
- Mole poblano
- Bagel and lox
- Lobster Thermidor - Once, and once was enough. I much prefer lobster in the rough.
- Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
So there you have it. I've missed out on twelve items on the list (primarily of Indian cuisine because I am not very familiar with it,) and the only item that repulses me so thoroughly I won't consider eating is one that I formerly consumed before being put off of them perhaps forever.
I'm so impressed! Your's is the most complete list I've seen so far.
Like several other women, I immediately thought of facial masks for tasting Kaolin. I didn't even think about Kaopectate. It's interesting to know where it's an ingredient in something you are supposed to consume.
re: Eel, sorry to "hear" about your bad experience, but I'd encourage you to try Unagi (freshwater eel) Nigiri (sushi).
When I'm introducing someone to sushi, this is one of my go-to items- I generally wait to tell them it's eel until after they've tasted it, which I generally describe as "fishy bacon". It is cooked (typ. broiled) and should come with a rich and smoky sauce, and is best enjoyed IMO w/ minimal additional soy and/or wasabi.
Please note this has a very different flavor than saltwater eel (Anago), which I don't like at all...
I discovered your blog recently while googling for Sparkling Ice (a new discovery of mine which I really like); I've been working my way thru your older posts...
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