The Omnivore's 100
- ArikaDawn Aug 22, 2008 01:38 PM
I stumbled across a blog post where a man compiled a list of 100 foods he felt every omnivore should eat. He challeneged everyone to go through the list marking the ones they've tried and would never try. I was surprised by some of the things on the list and also some of the things that weren't there.
The original post can be found here
I went ahead and accepted the challenge
What is your opinion? Is there any food you feel absolutely EVERY omnivore should try at some point?
I can't think of any foods I think omnivores should HAVE to try, but there are some things I love that I would WANT everyone to try. It's a bit self-indulgent, but so am I =)
-lamb/beef gyro on pita with tzatziki, lettuce,onion,tomato
I've had about half of them. Very few I would absolutely refuse to eat under any circumstances, but it is a rather odd list. Seems very "British". Why horse but not dog? Does Beans&Rice mean Red Beans & Rice, the classic dish from the US South? Where is sushi or better yet sashimi? Or poi, the base starch of polynesian food? It seems very light in the dessert category. I understand a root beer float, but how can you be an ominivore and never have a banana split - the true pinacle of an ice cream sundae? Key lime pie?
Certainly it is hard to limit things to 100, but this list doesn't really impress me.
i haven't had about 22 of those items on the list but there might be cases of just not remembering it after a one time thing.
interesting that you bring up sushi and sashimi as i'd assume uni and umeboshi would probably cover that kind of thing. and as the other like arika posted shows, he did specifically give it a certain western european slant since he anticipated that's who would be responding to it.
i am now going to consider what my top 100 items would be.
Fourteen items left to go.
If munching bugs off my teeth while biking is roadkill, then there's thirteen left to go.
I kind of had a problem with his list as I don't think he solely compiled it based on taste -- ie. roadkill, fugu, insects, phaal, kaolin, baiju, flowers, carp. It seems that there were some elements of danger and exoticism (at least in his eyes) when he came up with the items. My top 100 would list all foods that I think taste DELICIOUS, whether or not they're exotic or have the chance of making you die from toxic poisoning.
That said, I've had about 80 items on this list. And I can tell you that I will probably never do all 100 items. I quit smoking over 10 years ago, and refuse to put a cigar in my mouth. I also slept in my own cognac vomit at one point, so no drop of cognac is going through my lips as well. Roadkill? Well, it would certainly depend on what it is. Deer? Sure. Skunk? No!
P.S. Fugu is really overrated. From all of the fish I have tried, I would say it's closest to fluke.