Saturday, August 30, 2008

omnivore's hundred

tim at very good taste is doing a little meme called the omnivore's hundred. here's how it works:

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
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare - i've had beef sashimi and beef carpaccio, but never the full blown steak tartare with the egg and everything
5. Crocodile - does alligator count?
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho - one of my favorites
13. PB&J sandwich - every day for breakfast!
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 - bao-i-licous!
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 - never again, though, yuk!
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea - on the orient express, thank you very much
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - have i ever!
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail - one of my favorite dishes at versailles cuban restaurant
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 - consider this a strikethrough
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin - in kyoto, no less.
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - my favorite hangover meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini - many dirty, filthy vodka martinis, actually - this counts!
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin - isn't this clay?!
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - fried dough? yes, please!
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 - not knowingly
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa - i've had regular harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox - i've had a zillion bagels, but not with lox
97. Lobster Thermidor - also on the orient express
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

61/100. not bad. i've put some comments above. i didn't think there's anything i wouldn't eat at least once, so i didn't line anything out at first - but, on second reading, i'm not going to try fugu, i.e., puffer fish. i'm not that interested in possibly dying if the sushi chef was having an off night.

i've been thinking a lot about what it means to be an omnivore recently. while i am really enjoying eating more vegetarian meals recently, i just can't give up things like steak. i'm sorry militant vegans, i really like steak, and chicken, and pork, and fish, and eggs and milk. but i also really like vegetables, and tofu, and lentils and beans. so, while i can eat a little more responsibly (for my body and for the planet), i'm not going to give up meat completely, i'll just eat it less. just another example, i guess, of my slowly developing philosophy on life, which is to eschew extemes. buddhists may recognize it as the middle path.

1 comment:

Moon said...

Cigar? I must hear of this.

On my machine it is difficult to tell what you made bold. Maybe just my machine.