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The eat is on

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 www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The original post (linked above) has Wikipedia links for the weirder foods.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea [tastes like ditchwater]
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart [the one on the corner of Market Street in Cambridge]
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle [I have had things with truffle in them, does that count?]
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns [from Chinatown! The most om nom nom you can nom for a pound!]
20. Pistachio ice cream [there is photographic proof on facebook]
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries [Alpine strawberries picked from grass verges!]
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans [well I have had them together... does that count?]
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas [on Friday, in the Royal Oak, actually]
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl [no but that sounds ace!]
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut [or choucroute as us nearly-Swiss folks call it]
35. Root beer float [urrrhhhhh root beer tastes like germolene]
36. Cognac with a fat cigar [not at the same time]
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail [I decided Oxtail soup didn't count]
41. Curried goat [at Cambridge Folk Festival, natch]
42. Whole insects [mealworms, both chocolate-covered and salted]
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel [at Ely Eel Festival]
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut [well I have had lots of KK donuts]
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini [only because of reading this list*]
58. Beer above 8% ABV [Rochefort 10, om nom nom]
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips [growing up with a milk allergy = RLA** of carob]
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin [only as part of diarrhoea medicine! Does that count?]
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs [in the Portland Arms, believe it or not]
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake [OM NOM NOM NOM NOM]
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe [first time: at one of beingjdc's parties***]
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong [like tea, but with more bacon]
80. Bellini [er, possibly, can't remember]
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. [no but Bacchus ought to count!]
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers [rose petals, marigold petals, nasturtium flowers = pretty salads]
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate [from Hotel Chocolat]
91. Spam [why were SPAM AND BANANA sandwiches not on this list eh?]
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 [from the coffee stall in Cambridge]
100. Snake
101. Soylent Green

* c.f. purity test questions about whether you've ever done things just to score points on a purity test
** Recommended Lifetime Allowance
*** Yes, I know that's not what they mean by louche.

PS I may have added one of those items myself.

So I make that 55 out of 100 -- over half, but still plenty of things to try! -- and it appears that most of my eating exploration has happened in the far-off land of, er, Cambridge. And I can't think of anything that I wouldn't consider eating, except things you really can't eat unless you're a crazy Frenchman, like glass or hair or unicycles or tambourines.

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burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: August 18th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
*** Yes, I know that's not what they mean by louche

If beingjdc is involved, then it's louche enough for jazz. It must be his crazy Frenchman's genes.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: August 18th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am taking notes of where to feed you whenever I finally get you here, you know. (It still pleases me muchly that poutine made the list, considering that what Quebec has by way of indigenous cuisine is basically "smoked meat sandwich, poutine, and a bottle of Molson Ex.")

Edited at 2008-08-18 07:48 pm (UTC)
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: August 18th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Soylent Green is a well-known liquid cleanser, in the States. you can't fool me with that one.

The huevos offer is definitely open as neither of you have tried them. Unless you can't eat chile.
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: August 18th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
You beat me to the punch with your throwaway remark; this really is just a new version of the Purity Test, isn't it? My palate is less impure than that of anyone else I've seen posting a score so far, so this means I win, or lose, or something. (Probably something.)

I can't think of anything that I wouldn't consider eating

My tastes are really, really not that adventurous. Out of the 84/85 I haven't tried, excluding Soylent Green, there are probably fewer than ten that I would choose in preference to a known and adequately liked dish, should they both appear at the same price on the same menu.

Here's the rub that demonstrates the inherent confusion in my attitude, though; one of the ones I definitely would try is the Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant option, and if said restaurant happened to serve up one or more of the remaining 83 items then I would probably nom it up perfectly happily; outside that context, I'll happily live without expanding my horizons.

I am tempted to create a 100 Northern Foods meme but after

1. Fish and chips
2. Pie and chips
3. Fish and chips and scraps
4. Forget the fish and chips, just ask for a bag of scraps
5. Parmo
6. Chips for breakfast
7. Deep-fried Mars Bar
8. Deep-fried confectionery that didn't appear on the menu and that you had to convince the owners to batter and fry

then the joke gets thin. Or, arguably, long before that.
shermarama From: shermarama Date: August 19th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Come on now. Gravy, pasties, spam fritters, mushy peas, pea-wet?
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