The Omnivore’s 100

this seems to be making its way around the food blogging and food blog reading world, so as a further entry in my “Too Lazy To Actually Write Reviews” series, i’ve decided to toss it up. courtesy of Andrew Wheeler at Very Good Taste, the Omnivore’s 100 is a list of 100 (duh) food items that he thinks “every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life,” and i appreciate the warmth and respect for food evinced in the breadth of the items. the idea is to go through and indicate which items you have or have not tried, and which, if any, you would not under any (or most) circumstances. (all my “have eatens” are bolded, my “never woulds” are struck through, and i’m following Clotilde’s lead by using asterisks for favorites, and further noting by italics those which i know i’ve tried but have no clear recollection of of the taste or experience.)

as i was doing the list i felt like i was doing pretty well in terms of worldliness, but in the end i had 44 untasted items, which still isn’t bad for someone who’s spent the last 6 years not eating meat or dairy and before that lived in the gastronomic void of lower-middle-class Prince Edward Island. especially since Clotilde over at Chocolate & Zucchini was missing 37 and she’s a superstar, with you know, a real job and stuff. a food job.

1. Venison (assuming caribou sausage counts)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht*
10. Baba ghanoush*
11. Calamari* (despite not really liking or eating seafood for the past five years, when i used to work in this Mediterranean restaurant i was a big fan of the fried calamari, but perhaps that was largely due to their similarity to onion rings and my attendant love of almost all things battered and deep fried)
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich*
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart* (although i prefer sausages, one of the only meats i really and regularly miss, in part because of the lack of a truly sufficient veganization thereof)
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle (black truffle oil, so close. can i call that a half-bold?)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (vegan and “original”)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras (honestly, i would probably have put this in my “never will” category had i not read an interesting, albeit not wholly convincing article on the ethics of foie gras just moments ago on Very Good Taste)
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese (i can’t say i’m champing at the bit to try this, but i can’t say that i absolutely would not try this once, at least, just for my own peace of mind. and you know, because eating grey matter gives you telepathy, right?)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper* (my current favourite pepper, although raw is pushing it)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava (at that same mediterranean place we used to keep pizza boxes full of frozen baklava down in the walk-in, and every time i’d have to go down to the basement i’d stuff a few of them in my pocket, hence my current intolerance for anything other than actually fresh or totally frozen baklava)
30. Bagna cauda (i had no idea what this was but having been enlightened, it sounds delicious! skeptical about the anchovies, though)
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 (this is also a sort of half-yes, as the only gumbo i had was not traditional new Louisiana style, and had been cooking for maybe an hour, as opposed to several. this is another that i’ve had veg and non veg, the latter with sausage and shrimp.)
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (no, but just yesterday at Hiep Phat market i noticed that you could by bags of dried whole caterpillars, which i thought was pretty cool..
43. Phaal (also something i’d never heard of, although am newly steadfast in my desire to try it, it being notorious as the hottest of South Indian curries!)
44. Goat’s milk (for about 6 years of my youth and early adolescence this was all i drank, as my mother had read somewhere that it made you smarter than cow’s milk, which i assume is true, because i am, and it didn’t hurt that we got it fresh from some goats owned by these people who lived “out by the airport”)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (i can still remember my first Krispy Kreme, fished out of a garbage bag full in a parking lot in rochester, NY)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (i’m not positive, but i’m pretty sure i had this one time at the house of the kid from El Salvador who was my best friend in grade 3. also the first pupusa i ever had, and coincidentally, last, until just last year.)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone (i guess it really doesn’t count if you’ve had the canned, vegan version, right?)
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle (my sister in law’s sister’s parents in law always bring this stuff to christmas dinner, along with their harsh, efficient, German criticism)
57. Dirty gin martini (yeah, ugh, and never again. who would’ve thought a beach bar in a North Carolinan college town wouldn’t have had their shit together? i mean, it was Martini Monday, geez.
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (coincidence that these two follow directly? i think not!)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (i always thought this was brains, but apparently it’s the thymus gland?)
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst (also new to me, this totally rules.)
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (i would add beaver tails* to this list, although i guess that’s actually just another name for elephant ears, right?)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain*
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (blini yes, caviar no)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong * (“russian tea” is strikingly similar)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum*
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
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
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


3 thoughts on “The Omnivore’s 100

  1. gbadg says:

    i thought we ate heirloom tomatoes at my place that night? or did we just talk about it an leave that out?

    and fyi, that gumbo cooked for at least two hours!

  2. stillcrapulent says:

    ohhhh, i think we did, in fact. corrected, i. but you gotta admit, that was some slap-dash northerner gumbo, girl.

    fine eating, but clearly Union fare.

  3. Pingback: Omnivore’s 100, Revisited. « still crapulent

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