Rationale and Methods (can you tell I've been working on grants?)
These are the original instructions from the list's creator.
"Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers".
"Here’s what I want you to do:
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 http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results".
1. Venison hel-lo, I used to live in Scotland. One pub we went to had a herd of deer hanging around outside, waiting for scraps, and lots and lots of venison on the menu. Coincidence?
2. Nettle tea I think it was actually raspberry and nettle or some such
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare in France
5. Crocodile - no, but I've had alligator, twice. The first time I enjoyed it, the second, not so much.
6. Black pudding hel-lo, I'm from Northern England... although I did stop eating this for a while after I learned what's in it. Then I got over myself and remembered how tasty it is.
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle - a shocking omission that I hope to correct some day
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
24. Rice and beans
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas by the bagful!
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl Mmmmm, San Francisco
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float not a big fan - I'm not sure why some people like to drink something that tastes like cough medicine
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat goat is TASTY
42. Whole insects but never intentionally, cycling will do that for you
43. Phaal - I would probably have a tiny taste, but no more. My husband would love it!
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $60/$120 or more at a wrap party, of course!
47. Chicken tikka masala national dish of England these days - more units sold than fish'n'chips. And quite rightly so.
48. Eel I like sushi so much, I named one of my cats after my favourite kind
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
53. Abalone - it's possible, as part of some kind of mixed sushi roll, but I'm not sure.
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV there are other kinds? ;-)
59. Poutine - another shocking omission, you can get it here but I'm saving it for my next trip to Quebec
60. Carob chips - never again
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis I refer you to my answer to #1. I actually really really like haggis.
69. Fried plantain
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill - never tried it, but then I've never hit a deer or other tasty mammal.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong - never heard of it before but the Wiki entry makes it sound yummy
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant - one day maybe!
85. Kobe beef - would love to try it
86. Hare in France
88. Flowers as a kid
89. Horse in France, in sausages
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam spammity spam, wonderful spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa - again the Wiki page makes it sound great!
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox hel-lo, I live in Vancouver
97. Lobster Thermidor - lots of regular lobster when I was in Nova Scotia though. Oh, and at wrap parties, obviously ;-)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
It's interesting that I'll happily eat black pudding and haggis, but refuse to eat any kind of internal organ-based dish that I didn't grow up with!