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Nom nom nom!!! [Aug. 19th, 2008|05:33 pm]
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The Omnivore's Hundred is a list of foods the gastronome Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives. I've resisted this meme for a while, but it finally got to me. I am surprised at how many of them I have had.

The rules of the meme:
Bold those you have tried.
Strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.
Italicize any item you'll never eat again.
Asterisk any items you'd be interested in trying but have not yet.
Under line anything you don't know what it is.

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 ghobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Époisses de Bourgogne
17. Black truffle* (I've had the oil, but never the actual 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
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
(only chocolate covered, and only as a joke, but I ate em)
43. Phaal (too hot for my tastes)
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
(Like licking the inside of a dirty aquarium [shudder])
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone

54. Paneer (Can't say for sure, so I'll play it safe)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8%

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* (have had absinthe a number of times, but don't know that it was this exactly)
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* (Have done tasting menus, but can't say that they were 3-star restaurants)
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 (alas, allergic to lobster)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (possibly, but can't say for certain)
100. Snake

[User Picture]From: ebonypearl
2008-08-19 10:24 pm (UTC)
I've had all but the fugu (don't trust anyone, won't do it myself) and the McDonald's Big Mac Meal 'cause I've never eaten at McDonald's and don't plan to start anytime soon.

If you get a chance, you really must try the durian. The Epoisses is just another stinky cheese. If you've had Indian food, especially from the buffet, you've probably had paneer. And "louche" is just a description of what happens with absinthe when you add the sugared ice water to it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:04 am (UTC)
Oh, well then I've had the absinthe, definitely.

You've never eaten at McDonald's? I'm seriously impressed. Keep up the good work!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:05 am (UTC)
You definitely need to experiment more!
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[User Picture]From: emohdee
2008-08-19 10:35 pm (UTC)
Durian is...something else entirely. The one I tried was equal parts onion and melon, with a honeydew-like crispness to it.

I'm not sorry I ate it, but I don't think I'd eat it again.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:05 am (UTC)
I would try it if given the opportunity, but I have never come across it being served.
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[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2008-08-19 10:50 pm (UTC)
If you've had aloo gobi, it's possible you've had paneer in something. It's a cheese that looks like tofu from the outside and has a somewhat similar texture.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:08 am (UTC)
Maybe, but I can't be sure. Most of the Indian food I've had has not been on the cheesy side.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:11 am (UTC)
Interesting. Not on many restaurant menus, I'd guess! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2008-08-20 01:02 am (UTC)
I haven't fed you a criollo yet? I know I'm chintzy with my Belgian treats but sheesh!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:14 am (UTC)
Not that was ever pointed out to me. You can cure that defect in my list!
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2008-08-20 10:42 am (UTC)
there might be one hiding in the back of my fridge...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:20 pm (UTC)

BTW, Ferrett is a sick, sick pup. No can do lunch today.
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[User Picture]From: queenof_sarcasm
2008-08-20 01:37 am (UTC)
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is fantastic! (So is oxtail!)

Continuing in the hey-look-it's-my-culture! thread, I have to say that eating raw Scotch Bonnet pepper wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be. I wouldn't do it again, though. (My dad chops them up and puts them in white rice at dinner, which is a sign of a truly crazy man.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:16 am (UTC)
I fear your father.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 02:41 am (UTC)
You will note that there is no asterisk next to it!
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[User Picture]From: zukeylake
2008-08-20 05:31 pm (UTC)
Louche Absinthe is just absinthe that has been prepared the "traditional" way, with cold water poured over a spoon (with or without sugar). This converts it from neon-emerald green to a nifty opalescent off-white.

Unfortunately, due to an extended encounter with sambuca at my fraternity formal last spring, I can barely stomach anything with a strong licorice flavor anymore. And I used to be the guy who polished off everybody else's black jellybeans.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-20 06:49 pm (UTC)
I need to revise to correct my absinthe listing. I can't stand licorice, though, so it will never be a favorite.
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