I literally just started this blog just so i could talk about this list of food. i am a nerd, i know but i love food and i love talking about food and i love cooking. it almost seems necessary i start a food blog, but my digital camera needs to be set up. i want a food blog like cathy (noble pig).
her blog was one of the first ones i read and now i am food blog obsessed.
So here goes the list o food:
Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.
Here’s what I want you to do:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison - it is delicious, especially in salami form
2. Nettle tea- i've never heard of nettle tea but i just read some info on it here
3. Huevos rancheros- have never tried it but know i want to, perhaps at Morning Glory in bella vista
4. Steak tartare- i don't ever want to try this, ever, i mean, i love love rare steak, almost rare, optimal word almost
5. Crocodile - never tried but would like to try as many animals as i can
6. Black pudding - i just looked this up and koreans have this kind of sausage and i like it
7. Cheese fondue- thank you melting pot for making a restaurant with my two favorite foods- cheese and chocolate
8. Carp - would try it maybe, not if it was one of those gigantic goldfish, eep, i owned one of those when i was a kid.
9. Borscht- definitely want to try this, i have also heard that it will get skunk stink off of you
10. Baba ghanoush- i love this stuff, think hummus and eggplant had a love child
11. Calamari - my favorite go to app to order if i am undecided
12. Pho - i was lucky enough to live near chinatown for 2 years and now i live near washington ave- pho motherland. i just remember being freezing in the winter, getting some pho, adding the hot peppers and sarachi sauce and feeling much better about life.
13. PB&J sandwich - always chunky peanut butter, never grape jelly, usually strawberry preserves
14. Aloo gobi - not yet but i hope soon
15. Hot dog from a street cart - oh yes, every once in a while that hot dog craving hits me blindside, but i do have to admit, new york hot dogs destroy philly's. [sad face here]
16. Époisses de Bourgogne- i am not quite sure, it really depends on how stinky and what kind of stinky it is
17. Black truffle- have never tried a black truffle straight up, but have had foods with truffle oil in it
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes- i've had teaberry wine (tastes like bubble gum that gets you drunk) and plum wine (kind of like sake with a nice sweetness)
19. Steamed pork buns - dim sum would not be the same without these bad boys, so yummy, so filling, and about every bakery in chinatown you step foot in has this kind of bun and about 20 more ranging from peanut butter to curry chicken to black bean, you will find something you want to eat in these bakeries. my fav:KC's Bakery
20. Pistachio ice cream - all i have to say is yummy
21. Heirloom tomatoes - have not tried these but my sister says they don't even taste like tomatoes, it just tastes like yummy.
22. Fresh wild berries- strawberries, blackberries, cherries, so good, we had a cherry tree at my old house, it was awesome
23. Foie gras - not yet but i really want to try it at the London Grill
24. Rice and beans- filling, simple, easy, but my rice and beans is not authentic, although i do use adobo
25. Brawn, or head cheese - i ate this without actually knowing what it was, the gelatin part really freaked me out
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - i want to try this very badly, i like habaneros, i tried one raw with seeds and all, i like hot foods, a lot
27. Dulce de leche - i really want to make this, maybe someday
28. Oysters - i don't remember if i ever tried one but i feel like i ate one when i was really little and i think i hated it, i would take a small bite and give it another go
29. Baklava - i have tried this but it was not authentic, i bought it at a diner, the diner was not in turkey or an iranian country, it was in the suburbs of new jersey, it was drowning in honey and entirely too sweet
30. Bagna cauda - this sounds awesome, i want this
31. Wasabi peas - not for the faint of heart, and as a side note, don't ever ever ever ever ever agree to eat a spoonful of wasabi, i know you should have all learned your lesson from jackass, if not, don't ever do it, you will vomit and it will feel horrible
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - i have had clam chowda but not in a bread bowl
33. Salted lassi - never but sounds interesting
34. Sauerkraut - i love sauerkraut, i love reubens, i love eating this sour, vinegary, juicy mess of cabbage, i have tried homemade from polish peoples and it is awesome, one of these days i'm going to try to make it
35. Root beer float - of course, i grew up on these, it makes sense i was a chubby kid but nonetheless, it is quintessential to childhood
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - is this some sort of innuendo that i'm missing?
37. Clotted cream tea - can't say that i have but it sounds great
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - like jello shots? yeah, i've had these, quite a few, i remember in my younger years, i tried to make some and i substituted vodka for water, instead of making a mixture of the two, they were very strong but delicious nonetheless, this is the quintessential foodstuff of college
39. Gumbo - so flavorful, so wonderful, i wish i could even begin to imagine making gumbo from scratch and it tasting half as delicious as it could be
40. Oxtail - it is exactly what it sounds like, the tail of an ox/beef animal, nigel has tried authentic oxtail soup, i tried it on restaurant week, tender and delicious, but i am jealous of nigel
41. Curried goat - not yet but i would try it, i love curry but read #39 and replace curry with gumbo
42. Whole insects - uh, welp, don't think so, the exoskeleton would really get to me, i'm sure it feels like an m&m but i would know it is not and m&m
43. Phaal - anything that contains habaneros is a ok with me
44. Goat’s milk - i remember trying it but don't remember what it tasted like, i do like goat cheese a lot
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - i have dreams about this stuff, the smoothness, the woody taste, oh my, if only everyday could be johnny walker blue day
46. Fugu - i remember seeing a simpsons episode where homer almost died from eating the wrong part of the blowfish, i would try it but only after knowing that i would not die
47. Chicken tikka masala - i had this at cafe spice in olde city, i don't know if it was authentic or not, but i do know i liked it
48. Eel - i usually eat it as unagi, it's sweet it's cooked and it's sushi, it's quite fatty thought so if you are texture crazy, it might feel a little too mushy in your mouth
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - oh yeah, they need to build a krispy kreme store in philadelphia
50. Sea urchin - nope never and i don't think i want to
51. Prickly pear - heard of this but never knew it was cactus fruit, go figure, i would def try this
52. Umeboshi - i don't think i've ever tried this but goodness knows what my mom fed me long ago, i would like to try this for the first time all over again though, it sounds interesting
53. Abalone - read #52
54. Paneer - yup, these cubes of cheese are very refreshing, i love indian food
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal- yup drunken softball tourney was the only time this debacle ever happened
56. Spaetzle - have never tried but would
57. Dirty gin martini - have tried it but don't like it 1- gin tastes and smells like perfume 2- salty drinks and i do not get along, bloody mary is not my friend
58. Beer above 8% ABV - go to the foodery if you have not had beer, and when i say beer i mean quality beer, not the piss that they "brew" in cans. as a side note i do not like beer but i can appreciate it for what it is and can tell the difference between awesome and awful.
59. Poutine - i have always wanted to try this, and cheese curd for that matter, but this is on the list of must eat before death
60. Carob chips - never tried but my vegan friend told me it was just as good as chocolate, fun fact: most dark and bittersweet chocolate is vegan; cocoa comes from a plant
61. S’mores - of course, i like burnt marshmallow
62. Sweetbreads - never have and probably never will, it's that texture thing again, just mushy mushy is not cool with me
63. Kaolin - i don't think i will ever want to eat rocks
64. Currywurst - i never even knew this existed, but it sounds like a party in my mouth and tummy
65. Durian - i tried this once with my sister because we saw it and were mesmerized by the shape and just had to find out what was inside, it feels like intestines, it smells like rot, i would not recommend anyone with a weak stomach to try this, years later, nigel had the same fascination, so we bought one, brought it home and abrubtly put it in the garbage, i can only warn you so much, it is a delicacy somewhere in asia, but not in my home
66. Frogs’ legs - i ate them in korea deep fried as part of a buffet, they were chewy and overcooked and tasted like chicken
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - churros and funnel cake make me think of the fair/amusement parks, they really are the best place to get these confections, i.e. Knobels, i went there for my birthday this year for the first time ever, it was wonderful and i can't wait to go back again and again, as an added plus, no admission fee, just pay as you ride.
68. Haggis - don't think i'll ever order this but i would try a little bit of it just so i could know
69. Fried plantain - it's like if a banana and a potato made love with salt
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - i have had chitlins in stuffing and it gives it a fuller flavor
71. Gazpacho - it's cold tomato soup, at least that's what it was when i had it
72. Caviar and blini - never had but would definitely try it, even the caviar
73. Louche absinthe - i should have tried this but never have but have lots of interest to
74. Gjetost, or brunost - i will try all the cheeses i can before i die
75. Roadkill - blah, no i do not want to eat something that was killed on the road thank you
76. Baijiu - never had this one, but would be willing to try
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - too much syrup but oh so good on those late night munchie runs
78. Snail - i have never tried snail but would take a bite of one of those slippery little suckers
79. Lapsang souchong - this tea sounds amazing
80. Bellini - yup, they are yummy, alcoholic fruit, yes please
81. Tom yum - i am always down for asian soups
82. Eggs Benedict - i have tried it but i do not like runny eggs
83. Pocky - i grew up on this stuff, i recently found dark chocolate pocky and it actually said "for him" on the box, they are delicious and irresistible.
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. - i would but i am nervous i will disappear
85. Kobe beef - mostly in burger form but am interested in trying it in its steak form as well
86. Hare - i have eaten rabbit and liked it but not hare yet but as i said i want to try as many animals as i can
87. Goulash - sounds like good soup to me
88. Flowers - i'm sure they taste worse than they smell
89. Horse - never but i think i could try it
90. Criollo chocolate - sounds good to me
91. Spam - oh childhood of fake fried rice consisting of egg, frozen vegetables, and spam
92. Soft shell crab - yum, i like eating this exoskeleton because it is soft and does not crunch as much as i thought it would
93. Rose harissa - this sounds really delicious
94. Catfish - oh yes, lemon pepper kind, i really want to try some catfish nuggets though
95. Mole poblano - i couldn't believe there was chocolate in this when i first ate it! it's one of my favorites
96. Bagel and lox - i love salmon, smoked, cooked, raw, i don't care, give me salmon!
97. Lobster Thermidor - this sounds amazing and i want some right now
98. Polenta - would love to try this corn based grit like substance
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - wow, i didn't know they made coffee this good, translation, i would like a cup of this
100. Snake - never had it but my mom tried it in florida and said it tasted like chicken, i would try it