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A Meme on a foodblog?!?!

What is the world coming to? I ask you.

Anyway, the interwebs have been awash with this little meme for foodies for the last week, and I thought I might as well jump on that burning bandwagon.

Background: I read a TON of food blogs these days. My very favorite posts come from Serious Eats. Through them, I found Very Good Taste which is also great. The blogger there gave his readers a little challenge. So here goes nothing. I've also added my own little notations to make it more interesting. Also, if you want to take the challenge, post it on your own blog, or in the comments!

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 Geeky Gourmand Omnivore's Hundred
1. Venison - Gamey, but gooood
2. Nettle tea - I'd try it
3. Huevos rancheros - I like my eggs a little more virgin usually
4. Steak tartare - decent, but I don't need to eat it all the time
5. Crocodile - wanna try...probably tastes like chicken
6. Black pudding - I'd try it because plenty of people say it's good, but it'll be a mental challenge for me
7. Cheese fondue - practically a family affair with us
8. Carp - you can't live in China and not have it
9. Borscht - A beautiful color, but not always a beautiful taste
10. Baba ghanoush - YUM YUM YUM
11. Calamari - Mmmm. With some garlic aoili please
12. Pho - When you're not in the mood for pad thai...pho is a good substitute
13. PB&J sandwich - anyone who's met me (esp. my first year of college) knows how much I love peanut butter
14. Aloo gobi - sounds good. Must remember this next time I'm eating Indian
15. Hot dog from a street cart - of course, but I usually go for the polish sausage instead
16. Epoisses - that smelly cheese that is banned on the Metro! I'd try it for sure
17. Black truffle - maaaaybe....me and mushrooms = blech
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - Wonderful Belgian beers. My favorite so far is cherry
19. Steamed pork buns - I could eat whole meals of these things at dim sum
20. Pistachio ice cream - Add a sprinkling of coarse sea salt on top for a wonderful round flavor
21. Heirloom tomatoes - eat them raw with olive oil, salt & pepper
22. Fresh wild berries - sooo many more than I usually end up paying for at a pay-what-you-pick farm
23. Foie gras - Not high on my list, but I'll definitely try it
24. Rice and beans - our neighbor in Arizona made mean rice and beans with tamales
25. Brawn, or head cheese - yeah no, again, the mental thing
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - I'm game!
27. Dulce de leche - Oh come to me my sweetness
28. Oysters - I'd have to eat them with someone who knows about oysters. Any takers?
29. Baklava - Honey goodness...mmmmmmmmmmm
30. Bagna cauda - sounds REALLY good, as long as the anchovies aren't too strong
31. Wasabi peas - Asian snackfood POWER! Also handy for food fights
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - Thank you Cape Cod
33. Salted lassi - I'd prefer mango lassis, but the salted ones make a nice refresher from spicy curries
34. Sauerkraut - Not likely to have it unless I HAVE to
35. Root beer float - Only one of the best summer time drinks beside lemonades and mojitos
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - not a smoker whatsoever. Again, I need someone who knows their cognacs to help me test them
37. Clotted cream tea - I think you meant to say delectable Clotted Artery tea. Mmmm.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - Jello shots are a blessing and a curse
39. Gumbo - Sooouul food
40. Oxtail - flavorful, but takes a lot of chewing and gnawing
41. Curried goat - unfortunately....
42. Whole insects - I'm willing to try them ever since I saw a Nova presentation about it
43. Phaal - Spicy goodness but keep that naan and those lassis coming
44. Goat’s milk - Just like goat meat and bad goat's cheeses, tastes how goat SMELLS
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - Need another expert here
46. Fugu - Waiting for the someday trip to Japan to try this fully. Homer Simpson was almost poisoned by this!
47. Chicken tikka masala - Buttery red chicken that falls off the bone
48. Eel - I like it in the right things, like in sushi rolls, but I won't eat it plain
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - My HS grad party had 12 DOZEN krispy kremes for the taking. Oh yeah.
50. Sea urchin - this goes under the same category as the pufferfish (fugu)
51. Prickly pear - Sweet fruit that you'd probably not think to eat unless you lived in the American Southwest
52. Umeboshi - BLECH hate it
53. Abalone - haven't had the opportunity for really good abalone until I moved to HK so I'll try it soon
54. Paneer - I like paneer that's in indian dishes, but not too much on its own
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - duh
56. Spaetzle - another family fav, Bruegger's Chicken Spaetzle soup anyone?
57. Dirty gin martini - not a gin fan
58. Beer above 8% ABV - oh college
59. Poutine - in HK of all places...
60. Carob chips - give me REAL chocolate
61. S’mores - I was a Girl Scout, what can I say?
62. Sweetbreads - if offered them, i'd try, but I wouldn't order them on my own
63. Kaolin - I've eaten dirt inadvertently...does that count?
64. Currywurst - this just doesn't sound good to me
65. Durian - get over the smell and it's okay, but I'd rather have a bunch of other fruit before durian
66. Frogs’ legs - I wanna try them sometime!
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - State Fairs, Cedar Point, and Lake Day at Wellesley wouldn't be the same without fried dough products
68. Haggis - I'd try it just to say I had it...although Scottish Mike and Emma say it's delish
69. Fried plantain - I ove plantains anyway anyhow
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - Erm, no thanks
71. Gazpacho - I like soups, even when cold
72. Caviar and blini - I feel posh while eating it, but I could care less really
73. Louche absinthe - not a big anise-flavor fan, but I'll try it
74. Gjetost, or brunost - sounds like a good cheese
75. Roadkill - as long as I didn't kill it and it was served in a Road Kill like restaurant, probably
76. Baijiu - oh the horrors of baijiu, I've only had one I've ever tolerated
77. Hostess Fruit Pie -  who hasn't?
78. Snail - slimy but doused in garlic and butter, totally worth chewing
79. Lapsang souchong - really does taste like campfire
80. Bellini - anyone who's been to brunch with me knows my fondness for sparkling cocktails ;)
81. Tom yum - usually too fishy tasting for me
82. Eggs Benedict - again, I like my eggs a little more virgin
83. Pocky - Japanese snack foods strike again!
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. - don't I WISH...le sigh...anyone want to take me?
85. Kobe beef - not yet...but someday my friends
86. Hare - gamey, but good...as long as it's not a hare's head in a soup...
87. Goulash - I've never had "official" paprika-laden goulash, but I've had things like it
88. Flowers - salads with candied flowers, as well as stewed pumpkin flowers
89. Horse - the usual meat of Guilin noodles, it's not terrible, but not great
90. Criollo chocolate - I want to go find some now! Uber-fine chocolate
91. Spam - blech...I'm not a fan
92. Soft shell crab - I like it in small doses in things, like sushi rolls, but not a whole crab.
93. Rose harissa - sounds good but I don't know when I'll ever be able to try it. Maybe when Gabby and I go to Morroco (seat by the window)
94. Catfish - I don't know anything about catfish other than the fact that people fish for them bare-handed
95. Mole poblano - good mole is hard to find, but when you do...yum
96. Bagel and lox - too salty and fishy for my taste, blech
97. Lobster Thermidor - I've always wated to try it, anyone know a good place?
98. Polenta - yum yum yum yum I want to go buy some from City Super now...
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - When I worked at Caribou Coffee in HS, I took my weekly 1/4 lb home...soooo good
100. Snake - deep fried Rattlesnake in Arizona, tastes like chicken

Score at the end?
Experienced - 66/100
Unexperienced - 31/100
Never will Experience - 3/100 as I'm counting lox and cigars as halves


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