Omnivore's 100

I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and do this, too. It might be fun. For you and for me.

How the Omnivore's 100 works:
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: Post a comment at Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

MY OMNIVORE'S 100 (68 out of 100):

1. Venison (marinated in juniper berries, apple cider & black pepper...whoa, buddy!)

2. Nettle tea (I have yet to discover nettles anywhere near where I live)

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare (the only thing I refused to try in culinary school)

5. Crocodile (I'm highlighting this. I've had alligator. They're like cousins or something)

6. Black pudding (hell to the no)

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp

9. Borscht (I hate beets)

10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari

12. Pho (what is this? noodles?)

13. PB&J sandwich (before the teenage onset of my dibilitating allergy, yeah...)

14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart (a dirty favorite)

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

19. Steamed pork buns (I've always wanted to try these from the place down the street)

20. Pistachio ice cream ( know...)

21. Heirloom tomatoes

22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras (and I never want this to cross my lips again)

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn or head cheese (see foie gras)

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (thank you, stupid man at farmer's market; now this is a good story. remind me to tell it to you one day...)

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters (apparently, they help you love longer...)

29. Baklava(that whole walnut/pistachio thing...)

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 (have youu ever been to a college party? ever?)

39. Gumbo (it runs in my blood)

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects

43. Phaal

44. Goat's milk (I had milk sensitivities, so my mom tried to give me this.)

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more

46. Fugu

47. Chicken tikka masala (yesterday, actually! here)

48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (I live 2 blocks from the original store. Be jealous, bitches)

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (Yeah, the #1)

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini (my 1st martini was one of these. blecccch)

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine (let me start with a cheese curd, and then I'll think about it)

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores (OMG...)

62. Sweetbreads

63. kaolin (I had to look this up. what is it? a rock?)

64. Currywurst

65. Durian (I found this yesterday in the Asian grocery near my house. Should I buy it?)

66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (all of the above. These are classified as bread in my book)

68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings or andouillette (my grandma made me do it!)

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost or brunost (so gross...)

75. Roadkill (I'm not even gonna explain this one)

76. Baijiu

77. Hostess Fruit Pie (only the crust. The insides are gross)

78. Snail

79. Lapsang Souchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom Yum

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. 3 Michelin Star Tasting Menu

85. Kobe beef (Japanese and everything...yeah...)

86. Hare (the gamey-est thing I ever put in my mouth. I thought it was still alive)

87. Goulash (my mom likes this a lot)

88. Flowers

89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam (Hawaiians eat it all they want...)

92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor (it takes like 45 hours to make. no wonder it's $1000 on the menu)

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. Way too funny...I should do something like this.

  2. NICE! I loved reading all your commentary! Hey! I wanna hear the scotch bonnet pepper story! :)

  3. Good work. So sad to hear you're allergic to *all* nuts.

    Hey, you're the only one I've come across so far, besides me, who's had roadkill. (And admitted it.)

  4. Umm seeing as I don't even know what half that stuff is, I'm not even going to bother participating but I enjoyed reading your responses.

  5. I got ya on the carp and snake. Carp is a boney piece of crap and the rattlesnake came courtesy of a dive in the Grand Canyon, also nasty. I think we dug a fang out of our appetizer.

  6. Nikki,
    Pho (pronounced, very softly, "fha", almost like a puff of air rather than a word)is a wonderful, delicious Vietnamese soup and once you make it you will crave it often! I'll send you a recipe. :)

  7. Oh, and I should have remembered to comment on these, too:
    1)lapsang souchong is a smoky-flavored Chinese black tea. An acquired taste, but it does have its place on a chilly fall day...
    2) A friend of mine made haggis recently and if you want to be grossed out by his experience with stuffing a sheep's stomach with equally disgusting things, I'll also send you the step-by-step instructions (with photos! yuck!) which he provided to me.
    3) louche absinthe- same friend brews his own. A few small glasses of this, and you see green fairies dancing on the windowsill. Seriously!
    4) Oh my, I should introduce him to you... this same guy grows Scotch bonnet peppers and eats them raw. I've tried them (actually, sliced super-thin on a cube of cheese they taste really great)but he eats large pieces without any kind of a "chaser"!
    5) Ooh, durian is smelly fruit! Believe me, your life will turn out to be just fine if you never partake...

    This was fun to read, thanks for posting it! :)


  8. You don't like foie?

    I hated Jamaican blue. I thought it tasted like dirt. Everybody likes it though...

  9. How can you say you've eaten roadkill and NOT explain it? :-)

  10. Kat: I surprised myself with how many I've eaten too. There were a lot of Indian foods, and I eat Indian a lot.

    Darius: Hey, make an American version of this. That would be hot. The guy who created this one is English, I think.

    Jenn: OK, my next post, I'll recant the story LOL

    CC: Chalk it up to my summers in the Poconos with the grandparents for the roadkill.

    Tamara: I didn't know what some of the stuff was and I still hadn't eaten it.

    complaint mgr: Ha ha, fang. For bony pieces of crap, try croakers. They don't taste like crap, but the bones make you feel like you're fighting with your food.

    ben: Yep! I sure was on TV! I can't wait to see your meme results.

    vicci: Yeah, send me all of the pics, video and recipes you have. I want to see it all. And thanks for telling me what the other things are. I didn't have the heart to look it up. It might have scared me.

    And the same store had durian paste, too. Why anyone would want to have a bottle of that laying around, I do not know.

    emiline: You all can have the foie and eat it too. I can stand the gras of it all. I don't care if it's paired with pears, Sauternes, strawberries, crackers,'s a no no no in my book.

    Most coffee tastes like dirt. And Jamaican Blue didn't taste any better than Folgers which is lint with water poured on it, through a filter.

  11. Rachel: LOL The lcal police dept in the Poconos decided to use the freshly killed road animals to make food for a homeless shelter. Lots of deer, turtles, and possums. Yours truly volunteered one summer at one of the shelters (for only 3 days) and I ate venison burgers and turtle soup all three days. Yum. Ok, not really, but it was an adventure.


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