Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred


Found this poll while perusing food blogs today, and it peaked my curiosity. The Omnivore's Hundred was started by Andrew Wheeler, of the British food blog "Very Good Taste" two weeks ago. It has been so popular that he has 672 responses on his original posting alone. Wonder how many additional posts are on all those other blogs that posted their copy of his list?

Many other bloggers have jumped in for the challenge and have posted their results on their webpages, I found lists at:
The Food of Love, Antics of a cycling cook, BitterSweet (who changed it to the "Vegan's Hundred", which I think was a nice touch), Chocolate and Zucchini and many more. Check out Andrew's FAQs about the list here if you want to know more.

So, on to the list..... Andrew says he was inspired to create a list of foods that he thinks every omnivore should try at least once in their life and then has invited all those out in cyberspace to take on the challenge of seeing how they rate against his list.

The rules are:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out (or mark in red) any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at
http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results.

If you need to look something up, you can use
Wikipedia.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4.
Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (does alligator count?)
6. Black pudding (also called Blood Pudding)
7.
Cheese fondue
8. Carp
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 (stinky cheese)
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
27. Dulce de leche (how about Hagen Daas Dulce de Leche ice cream?)
28.
Oysters
29.
Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31.
Wasabi peas
32.
Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (more points for doing it at Fisherman's Wharf in SF!)
33.
Salted Lassi
34.
Sauerkraut
35.
Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (had them both separately)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (oh yeah, jello shots!)
39.
Gumbo
40.
Oxtail
41.
Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (not sure I could handle the heat...)
44. Goat’s milk
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 (ate it while still warm from the takeout window)
50. Sea urchin (yes, I ate it, but didnt like it)
51. Prickly pear/Nopales
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
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70.
Chitterlings, or andouillette (eh, I'd rather not)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
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
87. Goulash
88.
Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate (I am assuming this is damn good chocolate, I may not have had this kind, but I have had really good, expensive, amazing 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

My number is 65. #3 and #82 pictured above, enjoyed at Fred's Restaurant in New York City earlier this year. What is your number? I would love to hear what other's reactions to this list are, and what items you think are missing, My list would include:

Glass of expensive, reserve red wine enjoyed with chocolate truffles
Fresh Coconut Water
Scrapple (if Spam made the list then this East Coast gem should be on there too)
Cherry Tomatoes picked fresh from the vine
Warm Brie with a hazlenut or berry glaze

Please leave me a comment if you do the survey. If you don't have a blog, then you can paste the list into an email and then make your edits and send it back.

1 comment:

Sam said...

Great list and thanks for the mention, I think I need to do some catching up, I only have 39!

Sam