Friday, September 05, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

Knowing my pornographic obsession with food, one of my office mates, Linda, suggested that I do this meme.

The Omnivore's Hundred (originally from Very Good Taste)

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

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
(Although I'm a little skeptical about the authenticity of the one and only version I've had at Shashlik, one of only two "Russian" restaurants in Singapore. I do love the old-world, musky charm of the place though. Enough to not snicker at the kitschy decor or mind the occasionally grouchy service.)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (We had so many of these when we first moved here. They fill you up pretty well and for $1.20 each, they're a fairly cheap meal when you're trying hard to save every penny.)
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 (One of the few things that make summers bearable here.)
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (And risk potentially losing my voice forever? I don't think so...)
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 (Nothing beats Bill's in Ypsi- deep intense licorice flavor with creamy over-sweet vanilla ice-cream. Yummm...)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth US$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (We finally had these last year when we were in Chicago for the Cubs game. Plus the free one we each got because they were freshly fried, Rick, Emilee, Jude and I split a dozen. At 8.00 in the morning. It was a bit of an overkill I have to admit...)
50. Sea urchin (Tried it and will never eat it again- at the risk of being disowned by some very dear members of my family, the texture of uni really irks me.)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (And only just last week, where I unsuspectingly ordered a bowl of udon at Narita Airport with one of these pickled plums in it.)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal (I confess, I've never had a Big Mac.)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (See here.)
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores (Thanks to Rick and Emilee, I had my first S'mores 2 years ago while camping, so it was the real deal- over an open fire and all... And it was awesome!)
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (Isn't this some kind of clay?)
64. Currywurst (1997. July. Berlin.)
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (As whimsical as they all sound, I was a little disappointed to find that at the end of the day, fried dough anywhere in the world tastes almost the same once you sprinkle powdered sugar on them.)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (Thanks to our dear friend Beryl, this was just one of several Jamaican yummies we had the fine fortune to enjoy, on top of her homemade jerk chicken and one kickass beef stew with dumplings)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (Does it count if I stole a sip from Shibani's drink in Montreal?)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (If you drive on the freeways in the Midwest as much as we do, you'd never want to either.)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (The best of which was a crab-cakes version at Cafe Penelope in Chicago)
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare (What about rabbit? I think I might have had a bite here in Quebec City)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish (My first taste of catfish was at Swensen's in Liang Court when I was 15. At my dad's recommendation...)
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (And was sorely disappointed- definitely overrated.)
100. Snake

It was an interesting exercise not just in terms of recalling the different things I've ever consumed, but also the memories associated with them. Try it. In particular, I tag Terri- I just know you'll enjoy every moment of doing this meme... :)


Dark Orpheus said...

Hey, how does Kobe Beef taste like? Never had a chance.

You never had a Big Mac? All that time in the US?

You never had salted lassi? Not even in Singapore? Next time we must go Little India. When you and I are back in Singapore, that is.

Can't believe people eat kaolin clay

Dark Orpheus said...

You had absinthe? I want!

serene said...

I can't really remember how Kobe beef tastes like, and maybe that's an indication of how memorable it was. It's just very marbled so I guess that means it tastes like fatty beef?

And no, I've never had a Big Mac for some reason. Actually, I've always preferred the chicken and fish sandwiches at Mac's.

As for absinthe, it was just one sip of a friend's cocktail. It tastes like a cross between cough syrup and root beer. It was a pretty colour though...