100 Things to Eat

100.jpgA British foodie recently came up with 100 things every Omnivore should eat before dying. What to try is so subjective, but the list is a fun start. I’ve crossed out what I’ve eaten and left blank the one’s I’ve yet to try. I can tell you I’m no rushing out for roadkill anytime soon.

Many of the foods are available locally without much looking. Others are more of a challenge (like Black Pudding, which I actually had at Oliveto). What would be on your 100?

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I’ll fudge and say Alligator counts.)
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
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
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 £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pea
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
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
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. Flower
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam Only if it’s fried!
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

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17 thoughts on “100 Things to Eat

  1. I would give a bundle to find a good place to order Lobster Thermidor. (A “bundle” means what is left in my piggy bank after the stock market takes its share.) Can anyone recommend a restaurant?

  2. If you like Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, you will also like Peruvian.I live in Peru and we have a number of dishes that are national favorites like:
    aji de gallina (chicken and yellow chili bred pudding)
    suspiro a la limena
    chirimoya mousse
    helado de lucuma
    maracuya (passion fruit)juice
    causa made with yellow potatos and avocados
    Some of these you might have come here to Miraflores to try.The food here is absolutely great!

  3. There are SOME advantages to being old! During WWII, horsemeat was more available on the black market than the more conventional meats. And Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee was still affordable in the 1970’s at Zabars’ in New York. It IS special!
    You need to expand your circle of friends to some who go abaloneing. Sounds like you’re getting offers!

  4. I’ll take any extra Abalone too! I’d go diving for it myself but I’m not as strong a swimmer as I used to be and guys my age are dying right and left out there in the kelp.
    I have no idea why somebody would put “roadkill” on such a list. Or why you wouldn’t have bacon or ham or other cured meats from top producers here in the US and in Europe, or why you wouldn’t have famous dishes from great chefs like Thomas Keller’s “oysters and pearls”. I’ll take that over the whole insects, thanks.

  5. No abalone? What the? You’ve been deprived! We need to hook you up! My husband has been diving for abalone for 17 years with his father (since he was 12) right here in Sonoma County. It’s a religion in our family and a true treat EVERY time! I’ll hook you up!

  6. the veal foie gras burger served at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Cafe in London…the most remarkable single food item ever!

  7. Heather, the best head cheese in the country, hands-down, is at Lupa in NYC. But, for a perfectly acceptable alternative, try Ginny & Eric’s version (our own little piece of NYC right there in Sebastopol) at Eloise! This is coming from head cheese’s biggest fan!
    p.s. Stone Crabs (life’s most delicious thing) should be on that list!

  8. Heather – I can not believe you have never had abalone! Especially since it is a true Sonoma County delicacy…. You need to put a shout out to one of your fans that is a diver!

  9. Heh. Yeah between my organic fruits and the few bugs i’ve inhaled while riding my bike I guess I can knock that off too. But I’m gonna be brave and leave it for a purposeful munch. I hear fried ants are all the rage in Brazil.

  10. Oh, come on, Heather. You KNOW you’ve eaten whole insects before. You do, after all, eat organic fruits and veggies, right? For that matter, you’ve probably eaten horse, too (especially if you’ve done any travelling.) Best not to know for sure, I suppose.

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