Monday, August 18, 2008

Fun and a New Feature

Jennifer from Last Night's Dinner posted this meme from Very Good Taste and I'm copying it here. A meme is something I don't fully understand, but as far as I can tell, it seems to be the interwebs version of tag. It was fun to go through this list. I think I would try any of these things, but some of them I am highly unlikely to actually order, like horse, sweetbreads or whole insects. But if the person next to me offered me a bite, I think I would.

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 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--I think gefilte fish is made out of 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-I had to Google this--a runny, unpasteurized cheese. Sounds delish.
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes-is that like Boone Hill strawberry wine from high school days?
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--never heard of this one either but it sounds like fondue
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float--I like root beer but the idea of ice cream in soda is yucky to me.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea--the word clotted to describe food is revolting
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat--I've had goat, so I'm counting it!
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal--one of the hottest forms of curry. No thanks.
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--what about the syrup, in a delicious margarita?
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine--this sounds gross but I bet it's yum. Canadian, please weigh in.
60. Carob chips--a crime against humanity
61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin--wtf this is clay. Someone enlighten me, I thought eating this would earn you a diagnosis of pica
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake-all of the above. What's not to love about fried dough?
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar
and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
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--is a rabbit, no? Tasty.
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


Anonymous said...

Let me describe the pure wonder of poutine. First, "warm up" with your friends at home with a round of beer shot century so that you don't have to pay for as much beer at the bar (this means one shot of beer per minute for 100 minutes...I've never actually done this cause it would make me puke). Then go to the bar and order several pitchers of beer and play quarters in between dancing and flirting. After that, you'll be hungry. Go to an open all night greasy diner and order poutine....a French-Canadian culinary delight of french fries, cheese curds, all smothered by meat gravy. Yum.

The mama.

Professional Critic said...

Thanks, Mama. I knew you'd come through! What you've described sounds so wrong in so many ways and yet I'm sure in the moment, it's absolutely the right thing to do.

Anonymous said...

you would eat roadkill? what kind? skunk? dog? squirrel? deer? possum? cat? i think i would cross that one off.

Professional Critic said...

lynchb, i think i would eat venison roadkill. not if it had been killed weeks ago and was rife with maggot larvae, but if it had just been hit by a car and was butchered by someone that knew what they were doing, yes. which reminds me of a controversy from my co-op days--i came home one evening and the whole house stank. turns out one of the nuttier housemates had happened upon a dead deer somewhere in sconny, and brought it home with her even wackier bf, and cooked it up, in our vegetarian coop, in our vegetarian pans. that was a night to remember. i was sort of grossed out about it at the time but in retrospect, it's not so bad. at least the deer lived a happy outdoor life before getting mowed down and eaten by those dirty hippies.

Anonymous said...

A long time ago I was dating this guy. His roommate came home and said he had just hit a deer (was probably drunk). Boyfriend went out with the roommate with a hunting knife and found the deer still alive on the side of the road, slit it's throat, put it in the trunk. I was so disturbed by it all I went to bed (they were disturbed by me.....saying they were being humane and I was just a snob). Woke up to the deer gutted and hanging in a tree. good times.

Professional Critic said...

Yikes. Okay, that is gross, but on the other hand, isn't it better to use the animal than ... actually I don't know what normally happens to roadkill after it gets picked up by ... whoever picks up roadkill. Hm. Well, you get my point. Which is ... better to eat the dead animal than to ...not? Er.