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August 24, 2008

I’m finally feeling human again.  Feeling better, apparently, than I actually am if my latest xrays are anything to go by.  Still, I had enough energy for a walk into the city today (although not enough for the walk home).  And, as the below meme indicates, I am regaining my interest in food!

Going through the 100 was an interesting exercise.  What would I rule out completely?  Why?  I eat loads of different animals and am generally willing to try any part of these animals… but not horse.  It’s irrational, but that’s just how it is.  As for roadkill, if I were desperate, then I’d eat it.  I have, however, approached this list as “would I choose to eat it” and the answer for roadkill is a resounding “no”.

What to do
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (In the case of this style sheet, I’ve had to change the colour of the items I’ve eaten in order for it to make any visual sense.)
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at Very Good Taste linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
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
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (had to look this one up! Don’t know if I’ll get a chance to try it  and wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way, but not ruling it out)
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
(but if it had been offered to me as head cheese and not brawn I not only would not have tried it, but it would have a big double strikethrough it right now! Ignorance can be, if not bliss, helpful.)
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
(how else do you have your Vic Market bratwurst?)
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (I’d have the cognac, though!)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
(I’ve even tried to make my own when I found some file once at DJs, but it wasn’t the same as the gumbo in Nola)
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects (picking gnats out of my teeth after Around the Bay doesn’t count, does it?)
43. Phaal (wow, the things I don’t know – lucky I have Google. Not a hot curry fan, so am pleased I now know what to avoid next time I’m in Brick Lane)
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%

59. Poutine (I’m not ruling this out, but nobody has yet been able to explain “cheese curds” in a way that sounds appealing)
60. Carob chips (wouldn’t have them if chocolate was on offer!)
61. S’mores (another one I had to look up, but I’d have this in a heartbeat)
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (huh?)
64. Currywurst (sounds foul, but that doesn’t mean never)
65. Durian (never again)

66. Frogs’ legs (yum!)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel (as often as possible)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost (sounds yummy)
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu (will have to look this out when we go to China)
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 (if it’s anything like Hida beef, I’m in!)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse (saved from ordering it just in time by the arrival of the English menu)
90. Criollo chocolate (where do I get it???)
91. Spam (but there should be a version of the strikethrough for “never again”)
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

So, that’s 67 from the 100 that I’ve eaten, and only five that I completely rule out.  Guess that makes me a pig…

Now, where’s the icecream?

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