gustatory gusto

I like to eat. A lot. Having recently converted back to carnivorousness after a decade-plus as a vegetarian in some form or another (as a friend once said "fishetarian/goddamn everything has chicken in it-etarian"), I am extremely excited about foods that involve sausage, ham, roast beef, bacon, sausage, steak, bacon, etc.
I was also a verrrry picky eater as a child, which led my parents to believe that I should not be exposed to things like asparagus, scallops, balsamic vinegar, cornmeal, and so forth. Thank god I eventually discovered the world out there, just brimming with artichokes and champagne grapes and lamb shanks and sourdough for the gorging. So yes, basically my relationship with food is finally something like "I want to eat that! I assume it will be tasty!" and less "Um, that might have touched an onion at one point in its life, and I cannot take that risk by eating it." I'll now try pretty much anything once- barring my lifelong dislike of all forms of potato and ketchup, that is.
This is all to say that I plan to be well on the way to a thorough enjoyment of the Omnivore's 100 (via Menupages Chicago/ Ready Steady Go/ Serious Eats/ Chocolate and Zucchini) seen below. Mmmmm. Maybe I'll finish the evening with some Pocky.

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.

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.

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 (Maybe not? I like all sorts of meats in interesting forms, but c'mon, what was wrong with just plain sauasage?)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (No, I am a wuss for the super-spicy.)
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
35. Root beer float
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 (Can they be covered in chocolate? Good.)
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 (Hell no. I hate McDonald's. Yes, I am un-American.)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (I have been craving this lately. Time to start drinking.)
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (No. The potatoes are a dealbreaker.)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (No. I am not about to eat clay or rocks. I do not have a gizzard, and therefore do not need to consume pebbles. Except Fruity Pebbles, maybe.)
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 (I'm pretty sure some of the deer jerky packaged up by various family members and mailed to me in large, 5-quart freezer bags may have been an accidental kill of this variety.)
76. Baijiu or shaojiu
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 (I'm waiting for La Belle Vie to get a Michelin rating. I think my first Michelin star experience was at WD50 this spring, but someone's cranky companion prevented me from ordering the tasting menu. Bastard.)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (Jesus, did you not see that article about the neurological disease that is terrorizing Hormel plant workers in Austin, MN? Hell no to the 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 (But only if I was able to block out that scene from "Indiana Jones". That shit freaks me out even now.)

1 comment:

The Honorable Mayor of Bethville said...

Oh, hello. It is I, your faithful associate in the Anti-Ketchup Club.

My friend Shannon once summed it up nicely. "Ketchup. It's vile. It smells like blood."

And then we both joined this group and knew we were not alone.