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Aug 22, 2008 01:38 PM

The Omnivore's 100

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?

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  1. Is there any food I think every omnivore should try at least once? NO

    Some of these I didn't say I would never eat, only because I didn't know for sure what they were. Some I knew for sure.

    57 I have had
    24 I would never eat (although I have smelled Durian) gah

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    1. re: laliz

      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 =)

      I'd add
      -fresh figs
      -humboldt fog
      -crab rangoon
      -lamb/beef gyro on pita with tzatziki, lettuce,onion,tomato
      -blue crab

    2. 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.

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      1. re: KaimukiMan

        I also immediately thought, "How English". And I surely hope he meant alligator and not crocodile.

        1. re: mlgb

          I considered them the same. I've had aligator and counted it.

          I've had about half. There's nothing on there that I would say I would not eat even on a bet. But there are a number of things that I don't care to try.


          1. re: Davwud

            If we count alligator I go from 78 to 79. Didn't much care for it, though.

            1. re: BobB

              I like it.

              I made alligator etouffee once and it was incredible.


              1. re: Davwud

                I'd consider giving it a second chance. The one time I had it was in a roadside cafe in LA, not far from New Orleans, and I recall it as fishy-tasting rubber. Given the number of devotees there must be a better preparation out there.

                1. re: BobB

                  I've made "Popcorn" gator with remoulade on more than a few occasions.


          2. re: KaimukiMan

            I should have linked to this.

            This gives an explanation behind some of the choices.

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              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.

            2. Fourteen items left to go.

              If munching bugs off my teeth while biking is roadkill, then there's thirteen left to go.

              1. Five left on the list, due to issues of accessibility. It's a fairly solid list in terms of covering various tastes, textures, heat levels (raw Scotch Bonnet requires some serious cojones). Everyone has to try kimchee at some point. Makes you strong.

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                1. re: link_930

                  so true, eating korean food never makes any lists ):

                2. Yes - it does seem British. I'm on 76 of 100, but agree that this list is incomplete. I guess that begs the question - as an omnivore, what would YOUR top 100 be? Or even your top 25?

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                  1. re: kali_MM

                    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.