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The Omnivore’s Hundred

June 18, 2013

I came across this list containing 100 different foods for omnivores to try. It originated several years ago from this blog, and the author invites you to copy this list to your own blog, and then highlight the items you’ve tried. Lot’s of people have done so; I guess I’ll jump on this bandwagon.

The instructions say:

  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 www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

Judging from this list I’m a pretty adventurous eater. Although there’s a few things that I’ve counted (some of the weirder ones) where I can really only claim to have taken a bite in order to say I tried it. But now the experience of trying it suddenly comes in handy, eh? Also, there’s items I only have vague recollections of trying… I know I’ve tried it but can’t really pinpoint when or where.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea (I had nettle soup, I think that counts)
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp (It’s likely I’ve had it but not sure)
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 (I’m not 100% sure on this one, but I think so)
17. Black truffle
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 (Not a WHOLE RAW pepper, but you have to nibble before cooking to see how to use it)
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 (Probably not at the same time)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (I want to try this, I’ve certainly had similar)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (I was debating whether to strike this or not… maybe I’d try it)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin (Don’t like it but I’ve tasted it)
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
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (Barely, one bite is all I could muster)
66. Frogs’ legs (I seem to recall trying this)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (Well, not at the same time)
73. Louche absinthe (I had absinthe, maybe not Louche though, counting it anyway)
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 (Rabbit… close enough?)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse (Maybe unintentionally)
90. Criollo chocolate (Had upscale chocolate tasting so I’m counting this)
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa (I’ve had harissa, but unsure about the rose part)
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

I was disappointed that there weren’t some other things on here, so here’s some bonus items:
101. Rocky Mountain Oysters
102. Chicken feet
103. Pig ear
104. Pig face
105. Duck tongue

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