Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Omnivore's 100 list of must try food...

I stumbled upon this list some time ago and decided to see how I do. I also wanted to make this blog a bit interactive so I hope the people that read this make their own list and see how they score. You can post your scores in the comment section if you like.

It's surprising to know that there is still a lot of food out there that I must try. I do plan to try some this coming 2009 but others that I will never even dare try (whole insects, roadkill, Fugu, etc...)

My score: 64/100...not bad. I do think that there are many others that have been left out from this list..maybe I'll make my own list one of these days...

The VGT Omnivore's Hundred:

1. Venison - a few times
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros - a few times
4. Steak tartare - all the time
5. Crocodile - maybe someday
6. Black pudding - once - and something similar(Morcilla)
7. Cheese fondue - several times
8. Carp - a few times
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart - many times
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle - a few times
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - tried mango wine once
19. Steamed pork buns - siopao?? I love siopao...
20. Pistachio ice cream - many times
21. Heirloom tomatoes - in Spain
22. Fresh wild berries - When I was living in Spain
23. Foie gras - many times
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 - love those
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut - when I was in Bonn
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - Yeah Jello shots....
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
- many times
41. Curried goat - several times
42. Whole insects - NEVER !!!!
43. Phaal - hmm I'd love to try this spicy curry some day...
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
- Tried Laphroaig...
46. Fugu - I would'nt dare....
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
- a few times but never liked it
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - first time in a KC drive thru in SF.
50. Sea urchin - several times
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone - once but di not like it so much
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal - many many times...
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini - love that with lotsa olives also..
58. Beer above 8% ABV - several beers in Europe
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores - many times
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian - tried the fruit and the Ice cream...
66. Frogs' legs - once...
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - churros all the time
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho - the only soup I like..
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
- had 'weird' dreams after....
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail - love them ....
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
- great breakfast dish
83. Pocky - love those japanese snacks...
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant - once...best tasting experience
85. Kobe beef - love it...
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers - in Tagaytay....
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam - not as often as I would like...
92. Soft shell crab - my favorite in Japanese restaurants...
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
- several times but could not tell the difference..
100. Snake - maybe someday..

Seems like I'll be posting my own personal list soon....if you have or you think some other items should be on that list, please let me know.


Noel said...

80/100. I also have absolutely no intention of trying fugu either. I have philosophical objections to eating anything that can kill me even when it's already dead.


Miguel said...

80 is pretty good...Im sure the rest are reallthy things you wouldnt care to try hehe

Noel said...

Actually, I'm 85% sure I've had Hare, but didn't count it since not 100% sure. I've eaten rabbit many times though, but they're not the same. I've eaten both crocodile and alligator. Nothing great.

Actually the crocodile stew I had in a Portugese restaurant (my brother ordered it and I just tasted) a several years ago was pretty bad - rubbery and fishy. I had the alligator as spicy sausages in New Orleans (the red Fish Grill) back in 2001. Not bad at all, but not great either.

Chinkee said...

I got 67/100. Looks like I flunked it. Hahaha!

Tonico said...

Hi Miguel,

I think I eat too much. I got 89/100 and have absolutely no intention of completing all 100. I have to say that most of the 89 I tasted for the novelty of it but would only regularly eat only a small portion of the list.

Miguel said...

Noel - Ya I think Rabbit is not the same as Hare right??

Miguel said...

Chinkee - still better than me...haha. i revised mine and my final score is 64 :(

I'll have to make my onw new revised list :)

Miguel said...

Tonico - I dont expect any less form you hehehe...

You are right...from that liost there are very few items that we would eaton a regular basis...

Noel said...

Yes, rabbits and hare are different. Their skulls are different, hare are larger, heavier, and have longer hind legs and larger hind feet. Rabbits are born blind and hairless, while hare are born furry and with vision (I didn't know all that, I looked it up).

If the Tonico who commented is the Tonico M that I know, I don't believe he got "only" an 89. For sure he has eaten everything, even humans.

Miguel said...

Hahaha - yes thats Tonico M.

Tonico said...

Hi Miguel and Noel,

If I could consult such distinguished oenophiles, what variety would you pair with humans? Would it be Rose'? Would a Homenaje Rosado do?

Seriously, I enjoy reading both of your blogs keep up the great work!

Noel said...

Hey, Tonics. The wine will depend, naturally, on what kind of human you are talking about and how he or she is cooked.

Glad to know you read my blog.