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A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Ominvore's Hundred (a.k.a. Coolest Meme Ever)

Now here's a meme I can do. In-laws, Diner #3, a head cold and Slow Food Nation have kept me away from you, but I can rally for this. A meme where you tally your adventures in eating? What a cool fucking idea, no? Here's the rules, and my list:

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 here at 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
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 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
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 (If it came to blows I could do the fries and the coke, but no way no how on the Mac)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips Really, this stuff should be illegal -- I mean if it's not real chocolate, what's the fucking point?
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 plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (I won't strike this, but it would really depend on what type of roadkill we're talkin' bout here)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (I'm not proud of it)
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
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
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

So that puts me at 77 items eaten from this list. Some of the stuff I haven't eaten but would be willing to eat (like Horse for one) would have to be offered to me in life-or-death type situations, or as a challenge on the Amazing Race in order for me to actually eat it. I'm not that badass. The problem here? I have a little bit of a list obsession -- making them like a maniac and then experiencing orgasmic nirvana when I can cross something off (seriously, folks, I just about threw a party when Omnifocus became available for the iPhone). So you just know I'm going to end up chowing on some Spam just to say I did it (I think I just threw up in my mouth a bit). Some call it OCD, I just call it thorough.


"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art"
-- La Rochefoulcauld

P.S. Attend the Slow Food Nation stuff this weekend. From what I've seen so far it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys on crack.