Monday, September 8, 2008

this is why i'm never gonna be a size 8 again!

i saw this last week on the divinely ingenious miss steph's blog, and i was fascinated--what a neat idea! and the site from which it comes, very good taste is also quite cool. they call this list the omnivore's hundred, and it comprises their own (admittedly subjective) idea of what anyone who'd like to think of themselves as truly well-rounded eater has tried, at least once. and now i will turn it over to the VGT folks' instructions, in case you'd like to play along with this fun survey!

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. (lauren's note: i dunno how to cross i've italicized instead!) (ps: VGT has linked the more obscure items to wikipedia in case we'd like to read about them. ta v much, VGT!)

4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results. (PS. The list has generated a lot of questions, so I’ve created an FAQ for it over here!)

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile (however, i've had alligator, in new orleans!)

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 (DUDE!!!)

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters

29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi (i've had LOTS of mango ones, though!)

34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar (yuck. on both counts.)

37. Clotted cream tea

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects (why?! no, seriously. WHY would you eat this?!)

43. Phaal (see #26)

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu (bad idea. although, there is part of me, that kind of likes the *idea* of a fish we have killed to eat at least having a shot a killing us back. there's a weird sense of fairplay there, dontcha think?!)

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 (i must FIND THIS...curry...and wurst...together?! oooh!)

65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (Q: do ya get bonus points for "all of the above"?! A: no, you get BONUS POUNDS!)

68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini (at the russian tea room, thank you very much!)

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill (if *I* killed it...and i was starving...and i had just seen the animal in question *BATHING*...and my tires were BRAND NEW...ok, nope....i still wouldn't eat it...sorry)

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; however, i suspect we have ALL done, unbenownst!)

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam

93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

ok, so i'm sorta chubby...but also, vaguely proud: i've tried 61 of the 100, which i think is pretty decent. and there are only 7 that i would absolutely REFUSE TO TRY, ever. if you decide to play, send me a link...i love to nosey other peoples' surveys, as well you know!

in the meantime, anybody wanna go grab some currywurst with me??!


  1. I'd love to go food hunting with you but do we HAVE to catch currywurst??? bleaurgh!

    Have seen this on another blog somewhere and the roadkill thing? In the UK it is illegal to collect roadkill if yours is the car that hit it. How weird is that?!

  2. Very interesting! I wonder why though with all the obscure, unusual and expensive foods on the list Krispy Kreme doughnuts are there? is there something about them that we don't know????
    As for the whole insect thing....i am an Australian and therefore i HAVE eaten a whole witchety grub...obviously an insect! very delish bbq'd....mmmmmm!!!


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