98, 99, … 100!

I am interrupting my short political series for this post. Because of two reasons: one, today is September 11th, an important day for americans and the rest of the world who got afraid of terrorists. This changed the way war is conducted. And even the US can’t feel safe anymore. So because of this huge event that happened seven years ago, I do not want to write a post that divides.

Second: this is my one-hundreth post! Cloud Razors – proudly bringing you posts since april 2008, more or less regularly. So to celebrate the big one oh oh, I have found the perfect topic. Brought to you by an english food blog, via bubkes:

Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. 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.

Here’s what I want you to do:
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.

So I’ve went through the list, and to help you out / save time and nerves, I’ve already written what’s what next to the items, sometimes using translations (in italics). And for the most I also added a little commentary of my opinion. Feel free to read more about the products on wiki anyway, if you feel like it. I’ve changed one thing, though. To make it more colorful, I’ve marked in blue the ones I haven’t eaten yet, and purple the ones I have. When I wasn’t sure I left it blue. I didn’t have mush to cross out, the only thing I wouldn’t even consider trying is number 75. Besides that, you might be surprised at what I’ve already come across. To explain: even though I’m only 23, I really like bizarre and exotic foods. And I’ve traveled to far away places. Have fun, here’s the list:

 

  The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

 

  1. Venison             (deer meat – mmh, wild game is always tasty)
  2.
Nettle tea         (Brennnessel / orties – fun trick: changes color when you add lemon!)
  3.
Huevos rancheros         (ranch eggs, mexican breakfast – looks like a good hang-over breakfast)
  4.
Steak tartare   (seasoned raw meat – soooo good!)
  5.
Crocodile         (the animal – would take some getting used to, very unusual texture)
  6.
Black pudding                (Blutwurst / boudin noir – bäh, not my style)
  7.
Cheese fondue               (Chäsefonndüh – fun, but I prefer the “bourguignionne” fondue, with meat)
  8.
Carp   (Karpfen)
  9.
Borscht             (beetroot-based eastern europe soup)
  10.
Baba ghanoush              (eggplant-based levantine dish, I also recommend hummus, baklava and falafels)
  11.
Calamari          (squid, usually fried – really not my kinda stuff)
  12.
Pho   (vietnamese dish of white rice noodles in clear beef broth, with thin cuts of beef)
  13.
PB&J sandwich             (for all you poor non-americans out there: that stands for peanut butter and jelly)
  14.
Aloo gobi        (“dry” pakistani curry of potatoes and cauliflower)
  15.
Hot dog from a street cart                         (CLASSIC!!)
  16.
Epoisses          (wiki calls it a pungent unpasteurized cows-milk cheese – I say: very stinky = very tasty)
  17.
Black truffle   (Trüffel / truffles – the kind you find with a trained pig)
  18.
Fruit wine made from something other than grapes           (so apparently, that does exist)
  19.
Steamed pork buns     (piggy’s backside)
  20.
Pistachio ice cream     (self-explanatory)
  21.
Heirloom tomatoes     (open-pollinated, non-hybrid, cultivar of tomato)
  22.
Fresh wild berries                       (also available in Europe)
  23.
Foie gras        (anyone who knows me has at least heard of this. Unethical, but so yummy!)
  24.
Rice and beans             (latin american dish, consists of just that)
  25.
Brawn, or head cheese              (Sülze / pâté de tête)
  26.
Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper      (very hot variety of chilli pepper)
  27.
Dulce de leche             (confiture de lait – milk-based syrup / sauce / spread / candy)
  28.
Oysters           (Austern / huitres – slimy little bastards)
  29.
Baklava           (ah, there it is! This is a rich, sweet pastry made with nuts and syrup)
  30.
Bagna cauda  (piedmontese hot dipping sauce)
  31.
Wasabi peas   (japanese root used as a spice, usually with sushi)
  32.
Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl       (thick soup from american bay areas)
  33.
Salted lassi     (traditional Indian drink, similar to the turkish ayran)
  34.
Sauerkraut    (don’t think I need to translate that here…)
  35.
Root beer float             (OMG I could die and go to heaven if I ever had one of those again)
  36.
Cognac with a fat cigar                (alcohol and smoke – a classy, but slow way to die)
  37.
Clotted cream tea                        (tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam)
  38.
Vodka jelly/jell-O                       (fun way to get drunk unnoticed – and easy to make!)
  39.
Gumbo           (stew served over rice, usually with shrimps. Originally from Louisiana)
  40.
Oxtail              (bony, gelatinous meat. I prefer steak)
  41.
Curried goat  (never met a curry I didn’t like)
  42.
Whole insects               (not much on those little critters – but still icky)
  43.
Phaal               (very very spicy indian curry dish)
  44.
Goat’s milk    (more salt, less fat)
  45.
Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more           (need to be older for that one)
  46.
Fugu                (Kugelfisch / poisson globe – deadly, mostly, just avoid the liver)
  47.
Chicken tikka masala  (served even in european indian restaurants, a classic)
  48.
Eel                   (Aal / anguille – slippery bastards)
  49.
Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut                                 (mmh, doughnuts. The extra fat kind)
  50.
Sea urchin                     (Seeigel / oursin de mer – prickly bastards)
  51.
Prickly pear    (type of cactus plant, the fruit is commonly called cactus fig)
  52.
Umeboshi                      (japanese pickled plums – seen ANTM lately? 😉 )
  53.
Abalone          (large sea snails – mollusks are not my thing)
  54.
Paneer            (indian cheese used in many dishes)
  55.
McDonald’s Big Mac Meal          (well if that doesn’t taste like globalized capitalism then what does)
  56.
Spätzle            (ah, that’ll get your ribs glued up real nice)
  57.
Dirty gin martini            (olive brine is used in place of, or alongside, the vermouth)
  58.
Beer above 8% ABV    (umm, sure… I thought that was for hobos, but whatever)
  59.
Poutine           (fries topped with cheese, covered in gravy – canadian comfort food)
  60.
Carob chips   (how do you make chips out of a tree? I’m stumped)
  61.
S’mores          (ok. Just reading that almost made me cry. I miss smores!)
  62.
Sweetbreads (wiki says: thymus glands of lamb, beef, or pork. I say: yuck)
  63.
Kaolin             (practice of eating earthy or soil-like substances such as clay, and chalk)
  64.
Currywurst    (another triumph of fine german food!)
  65.
Durian             (southeast asian fruit)
  66.
Frogs’ legs                      (ze vrensh ahr verrry fohnd ov eet)
  67.
Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake                  (mmh, sugary pastries)
  68.
Haggis             (traditional scottish dish. If you don’t know what’s in it, it might even taste good)
  69.
Fried plantain               (banana chips, often found in africa or the carribean)
  70.
Chitterlings, or andouillette       (porc or veal intestines. Gag)
  71.
Gazpacho                        (cold andalusian tomato soup. Sadly never found a good recipe)
  72.
Caviar and blini             (small thin pancake, also tastes good with tarama spread)
  73.
Louche absinthe           (devotee of the Green Fairy, just like Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, van Gogh and Wilde)
  74.
Gjetost, or brunost      (norwegian whey cheese)
  75.
Roadkill                          (he can’t be serious. Unless you’re a southerner)
  76.
Baijiu               (chinese distilled alcoholic beverage)
  77.
Hostess Fruit Pie          (from the same people who make twinkies)
  78.
Snail (basically, it’s rubber in a tasty garlic-herb-butter sauce)
  79.
Lapsang souchong        (chinese black tea with a smoky flavor)
  80.
Bellini             (italian long-drink made of prosecco and peach purée)
  81.
Tom yum        (thai soup)
  82.
Eggs Benedict              (mom’s favorite: english muffin topped with ham, poached eggs and hollandaise)
  83.
Pocky              (mikado in europe, biscuit stick coated with chocolate)
  84.
Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant               (don’t even know where the next one is)
  85.
Kobe beef                      (as soon as I’m rich, that’s all I’ll be eating)
  86.
Hare               (Hase / lièvre – very good in a mustard-grain sauce)
  87.
Goulash          (hungarian stew)
  88.
Edible flowers              (for a list of examples, see wiki)
  89.
Horse             (more common a meat in europe, I think)
  90.
Criollo chocolate          (a certain variety of the cocoa bean)
  91.
Spam               (no, not the e-mail, it’s canned pre-cooked meat. Also known as mystery meat)
  92.
Soft shell crab               (don’t like seafood)
  93.
Rose harissa  (north african hot red sauce with rose petals, expensive)
  94.
Catfish            (Wels / poisson-chat)
  95.
Mole poblano                (thick mexican sauce)
  96.
Bagel and lox                (yiddish for salmon. Our typical Sunday breakfast back in NJ)
  97.
Lobster thermidor       (french dish of lobster, cheese, egg yolks and brandy)
  98.
Polenta           (boiled cornmeal, was on the menu for my first date with The BF. Made it myself)
  99.
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee                              (again, if I were I rich man…)
  100.
Snake            (again, the animal. I believe it even has the same consistency as crocodile)

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2 thoughts on “98, 99, … 100!

  1. wow, du hast ja schon viel mehr geschrieben als ich. in weniger zeit. da muss ich mich mal ranhalten! =)
    something i have eaten that you haven’t (though the opposite case is a lot more numerous) is wasabi peas, which i quite like, especially since they always come with a little bag containg no doubt lethal chemicals to keep them dry. it doesn’t get a lot more superficial than that.
    generally i found the list to be somewhat random – some stuff is really not all that important in my opinion and other stuff is totally missing. like ice cream from rome, pizza from new york, peanut butter cups etc. etc.

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