Eat it 2009

I love lists. I love making them and the sense of accomplishment when I can check off the items. I also love reading them: it’s fast and I can do a quick read through. Now that 2008 is coming to its end, there are a slew of other lists coming out: people who have passed away during the year, important events, top music, etc.

Earlier this year, various food blogs were posting lists of things every omnivore should try. The end of 2008 seems like an appropriate time to post this list and to try unchecked items in 2009. Except for maybe no. 75: Roadkill.

Poutine
No. 59: Poutine (french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds) was eaten in Toronto last year.
Items in bold are foods that I have tried. 55 out of 100 isn’t bad. There is also a list of 100 Chinese foods to try before you die.

The Omnivore’s Hundred

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare – better than I imagined

5. Crocodile

6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari – love this stuff

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich – I know of one person that hasn’t had one

14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart – in Berlin

16. Epoisses

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 – one word ‘yum’

28. Oysters – I prefer Oysters Rockefeller

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

37. Clotted cream tea

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail – I grew up eating oxtail soup

41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects – fried crickets and it was not an accident

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

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – not in years

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

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe – made me so drunk I started prank calling McDonald’s

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

87. Goulash

88. Flowers

89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam – almost since birth

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

How did you do?

You can go play along and link to Very Good Taste by responding and posting a link with your answers.

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