Monday, January 19, 2009


I absolutely LOVE to eat. When I do watch TV, it's often something on The Food Network. I even enjoy painting food (see image above). My friend Sabina, over at Barefoot in the Orchard posted this amazing list she found on the blog Very Good Taste. It includes 100 items that every omnivore should try in his or her life. You are supposed to copy the list from Very Good Taste's "The Omnivore's 100" and post it to your blog, bolding the items you've tried and putting an asterisk by any you would NEVER try. (Although, I have to say, the tale of Green Eggs and Ham does come to mind...)
It's a fun little exercise if you've got some time to kill - I've tried 38 out of 100. Not very impressive, but there are some on the list I just COULD NOT stomach.
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I HAVE tried alligator)
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 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
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. Flowers
89. Horse*
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
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*


hmstrjam said...

Hello Anne- yummy painting! I have to say I love borscht!

Joyce said...

This is a fun post! Thanks for sharing. Have a golden day!

Pigtown*Design said...

Having lived abroad, I've tried some funny things, including Haggis, live snails and raw herring. I've also eaten some odd foods here.

Karena said...

I am a foodie! I will try almost anything once. Somethimes it is better that I not know what it is.
Sweets are my downfall, and comfort food is the best!

Dallas Shaw said...

love your etsy shop!

alison giese Interiors said...

I'm playing along at

please sir said...

I do love to eat, but not sure I'm brave enougth to be a foodie!

3 Peanuts said...

What a fun list. I have had a lot of it!!! Okay Annechovie--you have tried WHOLE insects and Haggis but not pistachio ice cream?


vicki archer said...

Me too, I have tried too many to admit and that is why this foodie has become a fattie! xv

Hopsy said...

I simply ADORE this Laduree piece! Laduree has been a staple of mine for the past five years. No trip to Paris (or London for that matter) is complete without at LEAST one meal here. I have little Laduree momentos all over my apartment and was even lucky enough to snag a copy of their book while in London this summer (it was ALWAYS sold out in Paris).

TIG said...

Oh my goodness Anne -- roadkill? I would definitely put an asterisk beside that one as well :)

Hope you're having a great week so far!

Pigtown*Design said...

Anne...I tried this and got 69! Not too bad!

Jessica Claire said...

Wow what a list- I can scratch off 46 and totally credit it to the fact that my grandparents were from Poland and Hungary and have trained my taste buds well (I enjoy eating like a bubby, hence the carp and lox, haha)