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100 Things to Eat Before You Die?

For the past few months, a blog game has been circulating in the foodie cyber-world. It's called The Omnivore's 100 and was created by Andrew Wheeler, co-author of the British foodie blog, Very Good Taste. I've seen it featured on several of the foodie sites I frequent, including my all-time favorite gourmet blog, Chocolate and Zucchini. In fact, Andrew says that Clotilde Dusoulier's Chocolate and Zucchini blog was one of the things that inspired him to create this eclectic and entirely subjective list of 100 items he thinks every omnivore should try at least once. In an FAQ he created after his list generated such a huge response, Andrew says he was also influenced by:

"...the lists that circulate with titles like '100 Books You Should Have Read', usually inspired by polls or surveys or expert panels, and often featuring a mixture of highbrow classics and populist or children's works. People may read these lists and be reminded of books they want to read, or they may discover books they've never heard of, or they may see books they've read already and don't think belong on the list, but the important thing is that the lists stir people's thoughts and get them talking. I wanted to do the same thing with food - a list of 100 things everyone should eat. I didn't have a poll or a survey, so I convened an expert panel of friends and used their suggestions to put this list together."

With his game, Andrew includes the following rules:
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 on Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

Here's my version of the list and here's what I learned from it: Although I've tried a little more than half of the items on the list, I don't have a burning desire to (but would, if presented the opportunity) try most of the foods I haven't eaten. I certainly won't consider my life incomplete if I never get to eat a whole insect; and, on my death bed, you can bet that I won't be asking for a plate of roadkill with a glass of malt whiskey to wash it down. In fact, many of the items that I've tried on the list were less than delicious and I won't be eating them again anytime soon (Hostess Fruit Pies, oysters, and horse, to name a few!). If I were to create my own list, I think it would be much more hedonistic. I'd include crème brulée, pizza in Italy, Madeira wine, cheese curd, and crispy-coated Southern fried chicken, for starters. I am a fan of a handful of items on The Omnivore's 100. I do highly recommend Epoisse cheese, foie gras, heirloom tomatoes, oxtail and toasted "everything" bagels with lox. Regardless of how you feel about the list, you must admit it offers plenty of food for thought!

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
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
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
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
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
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36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects
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
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
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
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

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
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

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