Not for the picky eaters !

There's this new food tag doing the blog rounds, and of course, I have to weigh in. For the sole reader who cares, here's the origination and the author's reasons for creating this list.

Anyhow, rules are as follows:

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 (CP: I'm making them blue)
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
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 (drawing a blank here, anyone know any examples?)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream (best version ever - indian kesar pista yummmmy :)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (why???? i saw someone eat a whole habanero once! it wasnt pretty)
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 (well, separately, yes ... the author has a note in his FAQ about why the two should be tried together. must be a male thing)
37. Clotted cream tea (will try not to repeat this tho)
38. Vodka jelly/jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat (Carribbean dish)
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (eh??????? Indian curry dish. If anyone recognises it, enlighten please)
44. Goat’s milk (hope the cheese counts)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (again, why???)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (as sushi)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (and never again!)
50. Sea urchin (sushi)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer (mmmm... paneer!!! boy am stoked so many Indian items are on this list)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (but just barely, the delicious Chimay Blueu has 9% ABV :)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips (reader pls note: healthy NEVER tranlates to tasty :()
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (heh, this is clay!!)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (in a custard not the actual fruit)
66. Frogs’ legs (tastes like chicken, of course :)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (heh, see previous post)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (v.v.scary, now this is where i draw the line)
76. Baijiu (pretty sure i wont like it, check this out, but i really, really, really wanna know what it smells like)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail (hmm, bit scary, not to mention slimy, but never say never)
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 (kinda! have eaten the american kobe-style beef)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers (rose petals/rose essence, should count methinks :)
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab (again, sushi)
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake (scary. and MUST be cooked, unlike idiotic survivor dude who plucked one out of a louisiana swamp and proceeded to eat it .... alive)

That makes 45!!!! Slightly better than I expected .... but that's after all the broad interpretation :)

Going over the list, I realise that most of the foods I wont try are milk/milk products (I have the greatest aversion), American junk food and food items made of offal. That being said, I have eaten haggis and survived, I even think it's pretty decent. It will be interesting to get back to the list in a few years time and see if any of the blue items have been tried (and liked?).

And I'm sooo surprised at some of the mundane things I havnt eaten - oysters and venison and huevos rancheros and root beer floats!!!!!! Will remedy soon !

All you fellow foodies, how do you fare? Or better yet, copy this into your blogs and let me know!!!

As for me, I'm making a plan of where my next few meals are going to be .... for I have a ton of things to eat before I sleep :D

10 comments:

Smita said...

Snail?????


AM not even trying this...I'll fail miserably :(((

samir said...

Nice one, CP. My list is also posted.

Avionic Spanker said...

Who eats crocodiles?

Smita said...

You have been tagged here

http://books-life-n-more.blogspot.com/2008/09/chak-de-phatte.html

couchpapaya said...

smita - ya the list is kinda skewed against vegetarians ....

samir - i knew u wld take it up :D will be there ...

spanker - in the southern states here, alligater (not so much croc) is quite the delicacy. and in the spirit of waste not, a lot of parts of the alli are used, the skin can be used to tie things together having the elasticity and strength. and alligator fat makes a great mosquite repellant, rub it on ur face once done hunting & skinning the poor thing. thus, ends the charming trivia accumulated in my head .... glad u asked :D

avdi said...

Samir - barring the indian items precious little i have tried.

Fruit wines yaar - I have tried Apple wine and Peach wine - I live on the foothills of himachal and these wines are freely available at HPMC outlets and are yummmmm... there is also a kind of fruit beer which is heavenly.

avdi said...

oops this was cp's list... sorry my comment shd be addressed to you papaya ...

couchpapaya said...

avdi - saw ur comment on samir's page. that's quite all right, visit here, u can bring me those wines which sound absolutely delicious and i'll feed u sea urchin ..... for a moment i was convinced u were the only person in the whole wide world who found crocs adorable !!!! glad u cleared that up :D have u tried the phaal (indian item) ava? samir and i are perplexed by it ....

samir said...

@avdi :)
Thanks for the wine info, really loved it. I remember visting Manali with a bunch of college friends, and it was spectacular.
The food was great too, the only hiking vacation I gained weight.

@CP :) Certainly a good swap proposed there.

avdi said...

Oh CP, the wines are also cheap ! So I will surely bring you a crate. So far I have tried only Apple and Peach, next time I go I will note down all the varieties.

Plus, HPMC and another Himachal based company - Bhutia, have the most amazing jams, pickles and preserves. All kinds of stuff. And their Litchie juice is to die for.
Samir, Manali is way off from Chandigarh, but a bit of a drive takes us to Parwanoo which is right on the foothills of the Shivaliks and there is an HPMC outlet there. And Shimla ofcourse, if you take the road on the left from the church on the ridge you come to this little shop which has some amazing stuff.

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