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ChowdownmoiI can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this one. I don't know why I didn't start it myself. I've been told by others that I'm an adventurous eater, though I don't think of myself that way.   A lot of personal taste depends on what you grow up with. I suppose I'm this way because I was made to try everything once when I was a kid. As with literature you have to read in school and hate, everything's better when you don't have to eat it. Also, our tastes changer, literally, as we get older. I hated olives when I was a kid, and now I love them, because I'm less of a sweet tooth and more of an old salt. So I've at least become something of a foodie as I've gotten older. Hence this meme. It's a little about bragging on my part, but it's also about getting to know other cultures: the world is full of marvelous food and it's a great way to introduce yourselve to someone else's way of life. If you live in New York, this is actually pretty easy to do: you can eat in a different country every night, and still sleep in your own bed. The hard part is getting dishes that haven't been watered down for American palates, especially in Asian restaurants. I suspect from Rob's description that the Korean food here isn't as hot as it is in Korea. Likewise the Thai. And I know the Chinese eat things that even adventurous Westerners would balk at. Still, it's worth the effort to try everything, even if you're not sure about it.

The Very Good Taste Omnivore's 100
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 http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/uncategorised/the-omnivores-hundred/ linking to your results. (They also have Wikipedia links to some of the obscure ones.)
5) Italicize the ones you'd especially like to try.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (my favorite brunch)
4. Steak tartare (I like my steaks rare, too)
5. Crocodile (tastes like . . . chicken!)
6. Black pudding (Even I have squick points, and this is one of them) 
7. Cheese fondue (the first time I came to New York, in fact)
8. Carp (not my favorite finfish)
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush (one of my old bosses made fabulous baba ghanoush)
11. Calamari (I even eat the tentacles)
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (chunky peanut butter w/raspberry jam)
14. Aloo gobi (Lots of good Indian restaurants in NYC)
15. Hot dog from a street cart (Now that's adventurous!)
16. Epoisses (cheese! I love cheese!)
17. Black truffle - But who can afford this?
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (raspberry, I think it was; I've had homemade dandelion wine too)
19. Steamed pork buns (In Chinatown; Jen introduced me to these)
20. Pistachio ice cream (the first kind I tried was green, and that's why I tried it)
21. Heirloom tomatoes (I buy these in the greenmarket whenever they're available; they put the stuff in the stores to shame, but they don't travel well)
22. Fresh wild berries (right off the bush in the woods; nothing sweeter)
23. Foie gras (Yum! And not as cruel as people think it is.)
24. Rice and beans (one of the life's simple pleasures)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (here's another squick point)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (my stomach and mouth just can't take these, or I would)
27. Dulce de leche (Jen brought me a jar of it from Argentina. Yummy!)
28. Oysters (Live! With cocktail sauce.)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (Can't see what the excitement is about this; I've had both clam chowder and sourdough bread though. Whatever.)
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut (a staple in the Kottner household)
35. Root beer float (my dad used to make these all the time)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (cognac yes, cigar only secondhand)
37. Clotted cream tea (at Harrod's!)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
 (actually, I don't remember whether it was vodka or some other liquor at this point. Jello shots = amnesia)
39. Gumbo
(at Coop's in the French Quarter of New Orleans, pre-Katrina. Heaven!)
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (too many legs)
43. Phaal (again, one of those dishes I'd eat if I physically could)
44. Goat’s milk (Cheese, okay, liquid, from the cow is better)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish, alas now unavailable. I think I got the last bottle in London, thanks to Helen)
46. Fugu (Sorta. This borders on insane, even for me)
47. Chicken tikka masala (my favorite Indian dish)
48. Eel (one of those early adventures that I never grew to like)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (Okay, I get what the fuss is about. But Tim Horton's is better.)
50. Sea urchin (I'm working my way up to this in my sushi adventures)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer (if the opportunity arises. I'm not especially inspired by it)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (I'm embarrassed to admit this, as there is nothing adventurous or nutritious about it; I think of it more as "know the enemy" now.)
56. Spaetzle (another staple in the Kottner house)
57. Dirty gin martini (yeah, not a big martini or gin fan but the olive juice helps)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (Yay for microbrews)
59. Poutine (I'm sure Rob can fix me up with this some time)
60. Carob chips - Ugh. There is no substitute for chocolate. Never again.
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (Not intentionally, anyway. There's probably plenty of dirt I've ingested accidentally.)
64. Currywurst (this looks really unappealing, even for a German, but I could be wrong.)
65. Durian Not as good as I thought it would be
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (mmmm, fried dough! I think beignets were my favorite, at Cafe du Monde; I've even made funnel cake; The churros in Barcelona were pretty good too.)
68. Haggis (this is actually very nice, when it's done right.)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (I've had tripe, which I like, so this isn't much of a stretch)
71. Gazpacho - I love this stuff and make it all the time, but have also had proper gazpacho in Spain.
72. Caviar and blini (well, I've had the caviar and the blini, but not together)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (I had a friend whose very poor family ate this regularly. And I suppose hitting a deer and taking it home counts, too, and lots of people do that. It's such a waste, otherwise. I prefer my venison hunted and bled.)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (quit eating these in college when I realized they contain agar)
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (this used to be my favorite tea)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (my other favorite brunch)
83. Pocky (I'm addicted to the chocolate almond kind)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. (Yeah, when I hit the Lotto)
85. Kobe beef (preferably at the source, or at least in Japan)
86. Hare (well, wabbit anyway)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers - (are lovely in a salad, esp. nasturtiums, which are also spicy.)
89. Horse (no objections, but no appeal, either)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (under duress)
92. Soft shell crab (my least favorite shellfish, hard or soft)
93. Rose harissa (I'm not a big fan of rose anything)
94. Catfish (blackened, yum!)
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (don't forget the cream cheese!)
97. Lobster Thermidor (one of my very early eating adventures. Thanks, Mom!)
98. Polenta (doesn't much do it for me; much prefer cornbread)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (I don't even like coffee and this was amazing.)
100. Snake (tastes like . . . chicken!)

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