Monday, August 18, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

Leslie sent me a link today and said she was very interested in seeing how many of these foods I've eaten.

The Omnivore's Hundred is an eclectic and subjective list of 100 items that Andrew Wheeler, co-author of the British food blog Very Good Taste, thinks every omnivore should try at least once in her life.

  1. Copy this list into your blog, including these instructions.
  2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
  3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
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. Peanut butter and jelly 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 big fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
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 (I've eaten all of these!)
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 (None in L.A.! Sad!)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse (I have eaten zebra. Pretty close, but I guess I can't count it.)
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

Out of 100 items, I've had 83. I think it really helps that I (a) am of Asian descent, (b) have traveled quite a bit, (c) had some friends in college and law school who introduced me to new cuisines and liquor, and (d) now live in Los Angeles, where pretty much any kind of food may be found. Please note I crossed out nothing because I really will try anything at least once!

Did I meet your expectations, Leslie?


  1. I have been seeing this list everywhere and yours is by far the most complete.

  2. awesomeness. i'd do it if i weren't feeling so queasy right now. :P

  3. that is impressive, weemo. i'm not even going to do this...considering the first time i ate SALAD was my junior year of college...the first time i had steak was 3 yrs ago...and I STILL have not EVER tasted a hamburger! don't hate me.

  4. Yet another reason to adore you. I'm not so brave as to leave all items uncrossed like you. And I'm morally opposed to foie gras. If you haven't ever watched a video of how they make it, you should do a search online and check it out. I'm far from being a PETA type person, but this is some really over the top cruelty.

  5. Ahhh, I'm so glad you did this!

    I can't believe how many of those items you've eaten. (Well, I can, but you know what I mean.) Wow, I'm impressed.

    My list would be pathetic in comparison.

  6. I will pay to see you eat whole insects. Blech!

  7. Ooh fun, I want to play! Although I'm sure just by glancing that you've got far more items checked off the list than I have.

  8. Yeah, I've had like 3 things on there. Food is not the place for me to seek out adventure. Good for you!! I had the same thought about seeing you try the insect :)

  9. I dunno about Leslie but you exceeded my expectations. Anthony Bourdain ain't got nothin on you! ;)

  10. Yikes! Good work, weemo. I'll eat vicariously through you.

  11. I don't even know what some of this stuff is.

    And believe it or not, I've never had a Big Mac :-P

  12. I don't know what half that shit is either. I am awed and frightened by you. :)

  13. nice. i could cross off quite a few things, but i'm nowhere near your level.

    i ate a whole box of pocky on the way to the shower on saturday. :X

  14. you are my foodie hero! your right up there with Andrew Zimmern. Love the list, gonna copy and paste it and share among friends. I'm at 64 but did cross out a few. There are some things I cannot stomach. Even if I tried:(

  15. cool list!

    i've only had 38 and the only 2 i would cross out are fugu (i've heard it's delicious, but the risk is too high for me) and roadkill. :/

  16. How does one go about eating roadkill?

    And why is there no Korean food on this list. Scandalous!

  17. wow, i'm super impressed.
    but i'm hung up on eating zebra. how was that???

  18. Very impressive. I'm at 52, butthere are definitely things on there that I'd cross off.

  19. I've had 78. I like you. Let's eat together soon.

  20. I won't even clown myself by taking this quiz-like thing. 82/100 is...unheard of. Only you.


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