Thursday, August 28, 2008

I'm Too Picky for Omivore Status

I know you've seen it - Here's my "Omnivore's 100" list. Things I've tried are bolded; things I would never try are italicized.

1. Venison
2. Nettle Tea
3. Huevos Rancheros - I almost want to bold this, but I don't think I've actually had it. Not very interested, either, if I made it through 12 years in Arizona without eating some.
4. Steak Tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp - I don't do things from the water. Except rice.
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush - Eggplant. Yuck.
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich - which, as we all know, is best on toasted homemade bread, with crunchy peanut butter and grape jelly. Otherwise, it's not a PB&J.
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart - the best being Sabrett's in NYC. Funny thing - growing up, our next-door neighbor's dad owned or was president of the company that makes Sabrett hot dogs. She got cases and cases for free, and we lived on those things. So. Good.
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 - I don't do uncooked tomatoes. I've never liked them. So I might try a sauce of heirloom tomatoes, but I'll leave the raw ones to Bacon.
22. Fresh wild berries - We had logan berry bushes on our property growing up. We'd spend hours picking and eating in the summer.
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 - Clams? Sourdough? Double-yuck.
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float - should have stayed on the italics list.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly - aka, Jello shots
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects. Hell, no.
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whiskey from a bottle worth over $100
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed donut. Not that great.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear - again, obviously not that interested.
52. Umbeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal - Special sauce? Tomatoes? Pickles? A McD's "burger"? No, thanks.
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV.
59. Poutine - which I technically have not had, because covering my french fries with cheese and gravy at home doesn't count, I guess. I've had Bacon-tine.
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads. Not sweet. Not breads. Not food.
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst - I won't rule it out, but damn, it sounds disgusting.
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, Elephant Ears, funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and Blini. Why aren't these two separate entries? In the US, at least, blintzes usually come with fruit, not caviar.
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu or shaojiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict. I don't eat mayonnaise or hot mayonnaise, aka, hollandaise.
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. Worse even than water-insects - water-SPIDERS.
93. Rose Harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano - this is another I might have had.
96. Bagel and lox. Bagels? Yes, please. Fish? No. Just, no.
97. Lobster Thermidor. And what's worse than fish? INSECTS from the water.
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

So, out of 102 items, I refuse to eat 37. I actually thought I was pickier than that. I got definitions for any items I didn't know from Wikipedia.

What's on your list?


  1. Water spiders? bmom, you are missing out. Give me a big snowcrab leg and a dish of garlic butter and I'm happy as can be. I'm just saying...don't knock the water spiders until you've tasted their legs!

  2. Hi! I copied and pasted your list and put my own version on my blog, hope that's acceptable netiquette! (If not let me know). And you really should give the surf a chance!


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