It’s not my list – I found it at Very Good Taste blog. But I thought I’d go over it and see how many of the things I have already eaten, how many I would consider trying, and those I wouldn’t eat if I was starving to death.
Foodproof went to the trouble of taking this list and explaining all the food, with links. VGT also has a FAQ about the list.
Instructions from VGT:
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.
So, here you go, with commentary.
1. Venison Freshly killed, too.
2. Nettle tea – For some reason, this sounds to me like something sharp and painful.
3. Huevos rancheros – Perfect for a breakfast when you know you aren’t going to eat again til later that night.
4. Steak tartare – Had it at a wedding once. Spit it into my napkin.
Crocodile - Who could eat such a cute, dumb animal?
Black pudding “sausage made by cooking blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled” – I don’t think so. Also, it looks like a large penis taken off a rotted corpse. You know, something Andrew Zimmerman would eat.
7. Cheese fondue Fondue was all the rage in the 70′s. I think my mother still has her olive green fondue set.
8. Carp – It’s…fish.
Borscht - It always seemed like something you would have to force someone to eat. Like mush or coconut pie.
10. Baba ghanoush – not averse to trying it, I like eggplant.
11. Calamari – one of my favorite foods. Stuffed, fried, served with pasta, I could eat it (and cook it) every day.
12. Pho - I have recently discovered the goodness of Vietnamese food. Too bad we have to go into the city to get it.
13. PB&J sandwich – one of the best comfort foods in the world, and one of the few things that make me crave a glass of milk to go with it.
Aloo gobi – I don’t do curry.
15. Hot dog from a street cart – one of the great pleasures of New York City. The only dog that comes close to its awesomeness is a dirty water dog from Yankee Stadium.
Epoisses – “a cheese so smelly it was banned from being taken on public transportation.” No thanks.
Black truffle I don’t care how good it may taste, I will never have enough expendable cash to justify spending that kind of money on fungi.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes. Wait, does Boones Farm count?
19. Steamed pork buns – Dim Sum is the food of the gods.
20. Pistachio ice cream – It’s ok, as far as ice cream goes. I prefer my ice cream to have peanut butter in it.
21. Heirloom tomatoes – Worth driving out east for.
22. Fresh wild berries – strawberries picked upstate, blackberries picked in my childhood backyard.
Foie gras that whole force feeding thing turns me off. Yea, I’ll eat slaughtered cows and pigs, but somehow force feeding ducks is off limits. Don’t ask.
24. Rice and beans – a favorite quick meal. Throw in a bit of shredded cheese and hot sauce (Rooster Sauce preferred. Yum.
25. Brawn, or
head cheese – I worked in a deli for many years. I marked down every person who ever ordered head cheese and crossed them off my “people to trust” list. Head cheese is evil.
Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - I like hot. I like spicy. But I don’t like hot for hot’s sake. I wouldn’t mind trying this in a flavorful dish, but on it’s own, eating it just an “I’m more hardcore than you” exercise. And I’m not.
27. Dulce de leche – aka milk candy. I need to try some of this.
28. Oysters – I love oysters. But I love all slimy shellfish.
29. Baklava – I go to Greek fairs just for the baklava.
30. Bagna cauda – vegetables dipped in garlic, butter and oil? Count me in.
31. Wasabi peas – I’ll eat anything wasabi. My favorite thing about it is the “wasabi rush” as I call it – that moment when it sears your sinus cavities.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – Made by my father. I won’t have it any other way. Oh, and New England only. Manhattan clam chowder sucks.
33. Salted lassi – this sounds pretty interesting.
34. Sauerkraut – with hot dogs, pork, kielbasa, or on its own. Just don’t sleep next to me after I’ve eaten it.
35. Root beer float – A&W for the win.
Cognac with a fat cigar – don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do ya do?
Clotted cream tea – I’m not eating anything with the word clot in its name.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O – oh, the stories I could tell.
39. Gumbo – It’s been years since I’ve had gumbo. Good stuff.
40. Oxtail – the butcher next door to my office sells oxtail and I always wanted to buy some just to see what it’s like. Herbert the butcher says I should use it make soup.
Curried goat – Again, I don’t do curry.
Whole insects – I’m sure I would try a chocolate covered ant given the opportunity, but don’t ask me to put anything live in my mouth.
Phaal – I hate curry so much I erased half of the early MTV days from my mind. (bad joke)
44. Goat’s milk – I’ve had goat cheese….
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more – I’m more of a malt liquor kind of gal.
Fugu – pufferfish. Maybe he should have put this at 100, seeing as its potentially lethal.
Chicken tikka masala – Ok, the guy who made this list has a curry obsession.
48. Eel – I’ve had eel a few times with my sushi, but I’m not a big fan.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – when Krispy Kreme opened up here, there were lines out the door waiting for a chance to try the sweet, mouth melting donuts. The first couple of times you have one, they are like a delicacy. But then you get tired of eating what amounts to deep fried sugar. All the KKs here have closed down.
Sea urchin – We eat sushi twice a week. Each time, Todd tries to get me to try the urchin (uni). I have an acute aversion to this food I never tried. Maybe it has to do with this: “It is the gonads of this hermaphrodite sea creature that are scooped out of the urchin’s spiny shell in five custard-like, golden sections. Known in Japan as “uni” and traditionally considered an aphrodisiac, gonads are the only edible part of the urchin.” Yea.
Prickly pear – nothing with potentially painful spines is worth the trouble of eating.
52. Umeboshi – if I ever get to Japan, I’ll try one.
Abalone – after looking at the description, I’ll call this “snob food” and move on.
54. Paneer – a non melting cheese? But how will I spread it on my french fries?
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – eating a Big Mac meal is no big deal. Eating a Big Mac meal while driving and stoned, and not dropping any in your lap, is feat to be (and was) commended. (*I was stupid and 17. Do not try this at home).
56. Spaetzle – It’s pasta. How could you go wrong?
57. Dirty gin martini – I used to drink these every night. Eventually I discarded the olives and vermouth and drank the gin straight out of the bottle. Which is why I don’t drink anymore.
58. Beer above 8% ABV – In the US, you can’t call it beer if it’s above 6%, so technically, no.
59. Poutine - The best thing about Canada besides hockey.
60. Carob chips – There was a brief carob craze in the 80′s. No matter what they tell you, carob chip cookies do not taste in any way like chocolate chip cookies.
61. S’mores – I’d like to meet the person who has not tried a S’more. They’re probably communist.
Sweetbreads – pass.
Kaolin “This is some sort of edible clay, though I am unable to find out much more.” Well, I looked it up and if you like eating rocks, go for it.
Currywurst - *glare*
Durian - So in order to eat these 100 things before I die, I’d have to have enough money to travel the world. Screw the Durian. I hereby make #65 Cheese Whiz.
66. Frogs’ legs – had my first taste of frog’s legs last month and yep, they taste like chicken. I actually ate frog legs, pho and a street vendor hot dog all on the same day.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – do not underestimate the wonders of deep fried dough. Or deep fried anything with dough. He also forgot to include zeppoles on the list.
Haggis – they look like the testicles of a diseased man.
69. Fried plantain – the Spanish restaurant across from work serves fried plantains with everything. They are delicious.
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette – I’ll eat it as long as you don’t call it pig intestine.
72. Caviar and blini – I’ve had caviar, but not with blini, so this is only like, half bold.
73. Louche absinthe – Absinthe is a drink, not a food. So it doesn’t count. It’s also the name of one of the most awesome songs ever.
74. Gjetost, or brunost – from what I see, looks to be goat’s cheese.
Roadkill - While the idea of a squished squirrel kabob seems amusing, it’s highly unlikely I would eat anything that had tread marks on its back.
76. Baijiu Again, – not food.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – I lived on these things when I was young. I thought they counted toward my daily fruit requirement.
78. Snail – “Look at that S car go!” I can’t be the only one who remembers that joke.
79. Lapsang souchong – Putting tea on your list of things to have before you die is questionable, unless that tea has psychotropic capabilities.
80. Bellini – What’s with the drinks? Shouldn’t he have made a separate drink list? How hard was it to come up with 100 foods? I mean, where’s the fried peanut butter sandwiches and cheese in a can?
81. Tom yum – This actually sounds delicious.
82. Eggs Benedict – I have one every once in a while when we go out to breakfast. As unhealthy as it is, it’s certainly a better than this.
83. Pocky – I get so confused by the Pocky display at the Asian supermarket. So many flavors, all the pretty colors…
Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. – I’m guessing that’s something English and expensive.
Kobe beef – 10 oz Kobe beef filet mignon – $199. I really think that no matter how much money I had, I would never be so smug as to spend 200 bucks on 10 oz of steak.
Hare - After eating frog legs and duck in the same weekend last month, I put a moratorium on eating cute animals.
87. Goulash - A friend’s grandmother made this for us in tenth grade. Every weekend. For an entire school year.
88. Flowers – My grandma would make baked eggplant with some kind of flowers in it. Also, when I was about ten, I went through a phase where I ate flowers, straight out of the garden.
89. Horse - Why, oh why do I have no problem eating cows and chickens but some animals just seem off limits?
90. Criollo chocolate – I hate to say it, but all chocolate tastes the same to me. Godiva, Hershey, Ghiardelli, some crap from the dollar store – I wouldn’t go to any great lengths to procure chocolate from some other country when it’s just going to taste like everything else (to me).
91. Spam – My aunt forced me to eat spam AND deviled ham one summer. I never forgave her.
92. Soft shell crab – This was probably the most disgusting, stomach churning thing I’ve ever had in a sushi restaurant. It left a taste in my mouth that could only be washed out by swallowing an entire mountain of wasabi.
93. Rose harissa – Harissa, schmarissa. Give me Rooster Sauce or give me death.
Catfish – They’re bottom feeders. And ugly. Ask Todd about his catfish story.
95. Mole poblano – One word: mmmmmmm. But it must be done right. Don’t ever try anything “mole” at a chain restaurant.
96. Bagel and lox – One of my favorite breakfast foods (or lunch, even). At our local diner, it’s called a Bagel All The Way: bagel, lox, cream cheese, red onion, tomato, olives.
97. Lobster Thermidor – I did not like it. It was too heavy, too creamy, too…much. Side note: I have discovered over the years that I don’t like lobster as much as I like the drawn butter you dip it in.
98. Polenta – One of my favorite comfort foods, but I haven’t had it since Grandma died. It just wouldn’t be the same.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee – While I love my coffee – and one can go as far as to call me addicted – I’m not a coffee snob. I stick to Peet’s and Dunkin’ Donuts.
100. Snake – I’ve heard it tastes like chicken. Which is what people always say when they don’t know how to describe how something tastes. I bet the snake would be insulted if he knew you compared him to a chicken.
Things I would add to this list:
1. Tres Lech cake
2. Tamales, from an authentic Mexican restaurant.
3. Pecan Pie
4. Breakfast at a dive restaurant (in this case, Lil’ Joes in Sacramento)
5. Chili dog from Weinerschnitzel.
6. Burger Deluxe from a Long Island diner.
As you can see, I am totally a fine diner.
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