Omnivore’s 100
August 24, 2008, 10:25 am
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The Very Good Taste blog writes, “Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all.

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.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at linking to your results.”

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare – no, but I’ve had carpaccio
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi – but it was from the food court @ school
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 – but I like pate
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 – I just drank from a 4.5 LITER bottle of Johnny Walker Black. I bet it cost more than $120, so that counts. Please take a moment to imagine what a 4.5 liter bottle looks like)
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala – again, food court @ school
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone – in sushi
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 – why give such a misleading name?
63. Kaolin – uh, it’s dirt
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
– mmmm…. I crave beignets and chicory coffee
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (I think I’ve tried them at dim sum)
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.  – MY DREAM. Once I get a real job, i think it will be worth it to save up $600-$1000 to do this.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers – I just made fried squash blossoms the other day
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

I think I got around 46? Roughly half? All of the food bloggers out there seem to be posting this list, but honestly I don’t think it’s a very good list, and it seems very…. Western-centric. And what’s with all of the Indian dishes? I’d rather see a list of 100 Must-Eats from Anthony Bourdiain, or a real chef, or someone who has been all over the world. But I guess that’s not fair to say, since I don’t know anything about the bloggers who wrote the list.

*Edited to add:* Oops, many of my criticisms have been addressed in this interview. I do respect them for thinking about making the foods accessible though and not all like “freshly slaughtered chicken sashimi @ blah blah restaurant in Tokyo”.


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Wow. Sorry I can’t be Anthony Bourdain. I don’t claim any particular authority, nor do I think I need to. Thankfully the list has largely been received in the spirit in which it was intended, and it’s proved much more popular than I could have hoped – but you can’t please everybody!

Comment by Andrew Wheeler

interesting list. I may try this. Kudos to you for trying so much already!

also, I don’t think that you’re criticisms were completely off base. Yes, many were explored in the linked interview. And I think that it’s good that the list was made with the goal of being things people could really try and I understand it was made by someone who had to make choices and as he said “can’t please everybody.” but I don’t think that the passive aggressive tone of the comment given to you by the list author was appropriate, given that 1) you said that you realized that your criticisms might not be fair in you original post, and 2) the points you made were points made by others and addressed by the author in that interview in a way that seemed much less snarky than this comment, and 3) you weren’t saying that the list was terrible and that nobody should do it and that whoever wrote it is inferior to anyone else, and 4) you did the list and posted it and clearly enjoyed its spirit (even if you initially had some comments that were less than 100% praise).

That said, the author is obviously entitled to his opinion and can say what he wants about what people say about something he has come up with (or anything else for that matter), but, again, I don’t think that the passive aggressive tone of his comment was appropriate.

Comment by PJB

Thank you Phil! The comment was so off base that I thought I was crazy.

Comment by everydayasian

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