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Since various people have done this...don't know why the formatting went wonky but can't be bothered to fiddle and sort it.


I find the notion of food you would never consider eating to be a bit weird, but there' nowt so queer as folks.


And I'm sure of all the things I've eaten, but I've probably eaten some of the rest as well.

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 the originating site linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros - A divine breakfast :-)
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 (French cheese)
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 - I would not have eaten the brawn if my mother had called it '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
35. Root beer float - with iced tofu dessert rather than vanilla ice cream

36. Cognac with a 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 - just a sip. Blech!
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 plantains
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost - Norwegian room party!
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snails
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 - jugged.
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate - very nice bean
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


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
16th Aug, 2008 08:09 (UTC)
I think we still have some Blue Mountain, courtesy of our Jamaican neighbours...
16th Aug, 2008 11:54 (UTC)
Well, some of these aren't worth trying - like the MacDonald's. Or if you don't like whisky of any sort, why bother to try very expensive stuff you don't like? Similarly, if you don't like hot chillies, you're not going to want to try very hot ones. As with all these lists, a significant number seem to be about things that are normal for Americans, or just macho posturing.
16th Aug, 2008 18:25 (UTC)
There's loads of stuff on that list that your average American never even heard of, let alone tasted.
16th Aug, 2008 18:54 (UTC)
Of course. But what I meant was that actually, I disagree with the originator's statement that a "good omnivore" should have tried all these. The implication is that all these things are worth eating, and In My Opinion they're not. In particular, a number of these are foods which a good American omnivore might well have eaten, but I don't consider myself bound to go out and eat a burger or S'mores or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to prove that I'm an omnivore.

So what should a good British omnivore eat? Well, I suppose we could replace the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with marmite sandwiches, the MacDonald's with fish and chips, s'mores with - oh, I don't know. Bread and butter pudding? I can't think of anything to replace root beer with.

Also, there are things that I think should be on the list that aren't. Seaweed. Sushi (or sashimi). Ackee and saltfish. Brains. I could go on, but I won't.
16th Aug, 2008 13:24 (UTC)
Slightly amazed how many of these you haven' done. You don't do spicey??
16th Aug, 2008 13:38 (UTC)
Looking at other people's versions, the "wouldn't consider" seems to be coming in more as allergies of one sort or another: there are a lot of foods on that list that include hot peppers, which for various people I know are in a range from "not comfortable on the tongue" to "could make her sick for weeks." Other people could be hospitalized by the shellfish entries, or need to avoid all alcohol. Fugu is renowned for being potentially fatal.
16th Aug, 2008 18:26 (UTC)
And now you can bold number 99.
17th Aug, 2008 05:36 (UTC)
The originator hasn't tried half of these items, yet recommends them so universally? That is the most pretentious damn framing remark I have seen in some time. It is so irritating that I don't even want to discuss my own score! which I would think is rather the point.

You, on the other hand, have more cosmopolitan taste. I agree with you, that the idea of not wanting to try something strikes me as strange.

They seem to have left off camel, emu, kangaroo... hasn't everybody??
17th Aug, 2008 06:19 (UTC)
Another profligate waste of conversation topics!
Thinking about this for another five minutes has me reflecting again that foods are interesting enough to deserve more than reduction to a Facebook-style checklist. Any dozen of these items could occupy us in text-based discussion for a good long while, so we resort to puzzling at the organizing principle of the list. It does not strike me as a real foodie's list.

It leaves out the staples of life for fairly large populations (millet? hominy grits? tapioca?); and gives us little room for thoughtful discussion of, say, the delightful subject of fruits -- tropical or otherwise -- but hurries on to another item. Cigars with your liquors. eh? Cheeses. Meats, or vegetarian diets. Whatever. Why on earth include a brit exotic like black pudding, and leave out Marmite? If we get on to manufactured sweets, around the world, a whole website could result... What were those coconut-covered sponge thingies they had in Australia? yum.

Is "louche absinthe" a particular brand, or a characterization? and don't I get the point for sampling hand-brewed southern california absinthe? Where's the mead? and what kind of glasses do you serve it in?

and so forth.
17th Aug, 2008 06:33 (UTC)
Stranger yet, the originator is a Brit, who has just published a foodie book. So maybe the American items are the exotics! Do Americans really eat kid food only? sweets and fast foods. Sorry, I'll shut up now.

I've eaten at least 63 of these items. Not counting the cognac & cigars as those were separate.
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