Monday, August 25, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

What is the Omnivore's Hundred? Well, it's kind of like the food blogger's version of a "Things To Do Before I Die" list meets a drinking game. Which basically makes it an eating game. I'm guessing you may have seen it before on other food related blogs.

Thought up by Andrew Wheeler over at Very Good Taste, it's a list of "100 things that I (Andrew Wheeler) think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life." There are normal and not so normal things on this list, and I'm quite happy at the number I've had so far.

The idea of the list and resulting project is that people publish the list on their blogs and journals, bold what they've eaten (and cross out anything they refuse to ever eat) and then leave it out for the world to see. It's a cool idea, and very fun to see what other people have eaten as well. Kind of one of those, "why didn't I ever think of this, it seems so brilliant and simple" ideas.

So here's my list:

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison (Yech. Not a fan, too gamey for my taste. Noah really likes it, though.)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (I live in LA and grew up in CA, so yes, I have had this dish many times. I like chilaquiles with eggs more.)
4. Steak tartare (Love it. Love all raw meats that don't make you sick. My mom will tell you I used to steal pieces of raw ground beef whenever she was cooking with them. My first official steak tartare was at a restaurant in Paris, as it should be.)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (Had this for the first time when I was studying abroad in London my junior year of college. It's fantastic and rich and key to a real full English breakfast.)
7. Cheese fondue (Oh, how I used to love fondue. That is, until I realized that all heated dairy products give me... let's just say it's not pretty. Basically, I have a crazy form of lactose intolerance which means I live my life now without awesome things like mac 'n cheese and custard based desserts, including ice cream. Sad, isn't it? But don't worry, cold milk and cheese and whipped cream are still a part of my diet.)
8. Carp
9. Borscht (Eh, it was pretty unmemorable.)
10. Baba ghanoush (Love to say it, love to eat it.)
11. Calamari (It's still early in the life of this site, but I'm sure you'll come to learn just how much I love octopus & squid. Fried, grilled, sushi? Bring it.)
12. Pho (Another food you can't live in LA and never have tried. Or if you have, well that's just sad.)
13. PB&J sandwich (Oh man, now I really want a PB&J with my mom's homemade Mirabelle plum jam that's in my fridge. Mmmmmmm.)
14. Aloo gobi (Indian food is a weakness for me. We have some solid delivery places nearby and eat it often.)
15. Hot dog from a street cart (Another thing you'll learn about me is my love of "meat snacks". In fact, my friend and writing partner, Veronica, has a photo series of me eating various overly large meat items including a foot-long+ chili cheese dog.)
16. Epoisses (Had it on many a cheese plate. Oh yeah, cheese plates are another weakness for Noah and I.)
17. Black truffle (What's crazy is I've had black truffles TWICE this past weekend. Once on a pizza at Cube on Friday night and again last night at our anniversary dinner at animal, sprinkled over a shaved asparagus and poached egg salad.)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (An ice wine made from apples.)
19. Steamed pork buns (Oh crap, I love these too. You guys are going to think I like everything, but this list so far is full of mostly awesome food I love. And just so you know, I loathe capers. So that's something I hate.)
20. Pistachio ice cream (Meh. Eh. Whatever.)
21. Heirloom tomatoes (I love them, I grow them, I eat them as long as they're in season. Which in LA is quite a while. My favorite this year have been the Bisagno's and the Paul Robesons. And you can never go wrong with the Pineapples, they're always the first beefsteaky tomatoes ready for eating in our garden.)
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras (Mmm. And something I've had several times recently as well. Weird.)
24. Rice and beans (Yep, both the Southern US and the Latin American versions.)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (Not as disgusting as you might think. I like it better than Oscar Meyer baloney.)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche (Never had it and now can't due to the hot, milky issues previously discussed.)
28. Oysters (Didn't try these until my early 20s and then I fell in love with them. Malpaques are my faves.)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (I'm not sure, I might have tried this at some point in Italy or southern Switzerland, but since I can't remember for sure I'm gonna say no.)
31. Wasabi peas (They're the last thing I eat out of the rice cracker snack bags. Dehydrated pees are kinda nasty.)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (SF shout out!)
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut (I cannot tolerate a sports venue that does not serve suaerkraut as a condiment with its hot dogs & sausages. It's just wrong. And one of the many reasons I hate the Dodgers.)
35. Root beer float (Almost as good as the real thing when you make it with frozen yogurt. Which I can eat, along with goat's milk ice cream. So don't feel too bad for me.)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Bringing back memories of our wedding in Locarno. I even did the puff, then blow into the cognac glass, then sip thing.)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (I assume they refer to Jello Shots. Which I totally haven't had in the last six months. Nope, definitely not.)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat (No, but I'm dying to try it. There's a place downtown that supposedly does a fabulous goat. Noah just told me he had it with his dad in Jamaica once. He was eight. Ballsy.)
42. Whole insects (Noah claims to have had these as well. I told him eating bugs on the golf course doesn't count.)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (Both fresh and salt water varieties.)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (But the best ones are the chocolate covered, whip cream filled variety.)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (I've never really gotten the appeal of the Big Mac. I like the cheeseburgers, with pickle, no mustard or ketchup.)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (Noah and I regularly attend the Belgian Beer Fest every March in Pasadena. And Duvel is a Top 3 beer choice por moi.)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips (My mom used to try and convince my sister and I that carob and chocolate tasted the same. We were not fooled.)
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (Again, this is mainly because of anniversary dinner goodtimes, but I've also had sweetbreads in the last week. I LOVE SWEETBREADS. In fact, if you want to let me know the best places for sweetbreads in LA, it would be greatly appreciated.)
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (Everything but elephant ears have been enjoyed by my belly.)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (Years ago an employer was fooled into flying me first class to NYC as AN ASSISTANT. They served caviar and blini and chilled vodka just after take off. It made me feel so fancy. Now our frequent flier miles get us the upgrades every once in a while, but we have to make do with the omnipresent warm nuts. Boo.)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (I like cherry. I like powdered sugar donut gems better.)
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (In college I worked at an independent coffee shop in the Bay Area. They made you taste each of the 15 coffees and 20+ teas they had. One of them was Lapsang souchong. I vaguely remember a smoky flavor. Or maybe a grassiness. Whatever, give me Darjeeling and I'm a happy lass.)
81. Tom yum (I also like Thai food, but not as much as Indian.)
82. Eggs Benedict
Pocky (My friends are mildly obsessed with this stuff and as a result I've got some strawberry Pocky in my cupboard at this very moment.)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
Flowers (I used to eat them as a child, cause I'm a freak like that. Now I mainly see/eat them in salad form.)
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
Mole poblano (Love mole. You've gotta get it at Guelaguetza if you're in LA. The West LA branch is best.)
96. Bagel and
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

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