The Omnivore’s 100

From the Very Good Taste blog:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) *Asterisk and Italicize any items you’d be interested in trying but have not yet.*
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
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
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

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
28. Oysters
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
41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects
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
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*
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
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*

I’m a bit disappointed in myself admitting that I’d never eat bugs, or durian, or roadkill (I’m that person who thinks everyone should try everything at least once) – but… ew. I hate bugs, I’ve smelled durian, and I’ve changed enough tires to be pretty wary of roadkill.

Anything you’d just never, ever try?

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9 thoughts on “The Omnivore’s 100

  1. Chris

    I’d eat most of the non-seafood things on there. I’d be up for trying ground insects, like at Vij’s, but not whole insects – the texture would get to me, I think.

  2. Renee

    I notice that they didn’t have Stinky Tofu on there, which is almost as bad as Durian. I hear that people who enjoy both swear that the taste makes up for the smell, but maybe I’m just one of those people who thinks it’s just easier not to have to “make up for” a smell.

  3. Riann

    Durian’s taste does not make up for the smell, at least in my experience. Worse still, you taste it when you burp for days afterwards.

  4. donna

    I think the worst thing I’ve eaten was a mopane worm… which is more like a caterpillar.

    I don’t recommend it. Actually, it didn’t taste too bad, but it was chewy and WOULDN’T STOP. After a while, I just wanted it to either be chewed enough to swallow so it could GET OUT OF MY MOUTH. Ugh, mopane worm, ick.

    Crocodile’s pretty good, though.

  5. Mel

    Impressive! I like to think I’d try anything once – non-poisonous plants, insects and roadkill…I think it’s the dead part that’s key for me.

    Also, remind me to brew you a cup of nettle tea next time you’re over 🙂

  6. Hannah

    I haven’t had many of the items on this list, but I have had two of your three “would not try” items.

    Whole crickets were pretty tasty with beer, although silkworms were nasty. And I’d count a pheasant that was hit by a train as roadkill (although railkill would be more accurate a term). I was on the train, and the conductor stopped it so the guy at the back could pick up the pheasant to roast for later. We were going slowly when we hit it, I admit. I was chatting to the chef when the guy came in with the bird, so I was offered some if I came back after they roasted it.

    As for durian, I’d probably try it just to say I had.

  7. Brook

    As for the roadkill. What about a deer that got hit by a car/truck but wasn’t actually smeared all over the pavement? Then it counts as venison AND roadkill.

    OR… a crocodile that was hit by a car, but with whole insects crawling all over it? Three birds with one stone. Booya!

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