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The Omnivore's 100

Post by Ellie » 10 Feb 2018, 17:38

I came across this list compiled in 2008 by a UK blog that appears to no longer exist -- their idea of "the hundred foods every omnivore should try before they die."

I will paste the list below, and invite your commentary: the number of foods you have tried, and any that were particularly memorable (good or bad); items you've never heard of; and/or which list items are stupid and should be replaced with something else.


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
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
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 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
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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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Andrew » 10 Feb 2018, 18:21

Hmm, interesting list.

Of the meats, I think lamb or bison are worthy of inclusion. Way more so than snake. I've tried rattlesnake and it's not noteworthy. A good rack of lamb, or the Indian or Ethiopian dishes that use lamb, make life worth living.

Venison and elk are both great if prepared properly. I haven't tried horse, but would if I had the chance (partially just to spite the horse). Curried goat is one of my favorite Indian dishes.

I think grouse or pheasant would also be worth including.

I've not tried roadkill that I know of, but I have had hot dogs from several different street carts that pop up in Phoenix at night, so maybe I have.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by pistoffnick » 10 Feb 2018, 18:26

Ellie wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 17:38

6. Black pudding
14. Aloo gobi
16. Epoisses
23. Foie gras
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
33. Salted lassi
37. Clotted cream tea
43. Phaal
46. Fugu
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
60. Carob chips
63. Kaolin
68. Haggis
73. Louche absinthe
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
90. Criollo chocolate
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
22 out of 100 that I haven't eaten.

Thank you for helping me remember 76. Baijiu (white alcohol) which was the source of much forgetting when I was in China
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Ellie » 10 Feb 2018, 19:14

I've had 25-30 of the items on the list (there are some I'm not sure on). Quite a few I had to Google. I look askance at the inclusion of goulash and Pocky. And especially vodka Jell-O -- that's just dumb. I think there are waaaayyy better ice cream flavors than pistachio. The list needs some sort of Mexican food, and really good shortbread. And maybe something with coffee. Oh, and Southern biscuits.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Warren » 10 Feb 2018, 19:18

Ellie wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 19:14
I've had 25-30 of the items on the list (there are some I'm not sure on). Quite a few I had to Google. I look askance at the inclusion of goulash and Pocky. And especially vodka Jell-O -- that's just dumb. I think there are waaaayyy better ice cream flavors than pistachio. The list needs some sort of Mexican food, and really good shortbread. And maybe something with coffee. Oh, and Southern biscuits.
The list doesn't seem to be built on "these are the best foods ever". I'm ashamed I can only lay claim to half the list.
Special ingredient Southern biscuits for sure.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by pistoffnick » 10 Feb 2018, 19:46

Should be included on the list:

Chicago Italian Beef sandwich
Chicago deep dish pizza (yes, I said it)
French croissants with Irish butter
A good French Dip sandwich
Swiss Raclette cheese
Biscuits with country gravy
Swedish meatballs
Mexican Barbacoa (extra points for goats head barbacoa)
Beef tongue tacos from a shady looking truck near the docks of Long Beach
Garlic shrimp from a shady looking truck near a Hawaiian beach
A Jucy Lucy from Matt's Bar in Minneapolis

edit to change juicy to jucy. That's how they spell it.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by JasonL » 10 Feb 2018, 21:19

How is jamon iberico bellota not on there

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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Warren » 10 Feb 2018, 22:31

I limited myself to ten and prohibited alcohol. These aren't necessarily the best foods. They're culinary experiences that will stay with you and therefore change your life.

Ten Foods You Must Try Before You Die
1. Ripe Mango
2. A BLT made with ripe garden grown tomatoes.
3. Vichyssoises ice cold on a hot summer day
4. Burger King burger with McDonald's fries
5. Honeycomb
6. Beef Wellington
7. Potatoes fried in Duck Fat
8. Fresh brewed coffee sipped in silence
9. Bread hot from the oven
10. Steamed crab

These are just the first ten I came up with. Had I kept going I would no doubt have bumped some of these in favor of others.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Ellie » 10 Feb 2018, 22:42

Ooh, that's a cool idea, Warren! I'm going to work on my own 10.

Of yours, I agree with 2, 4, and 9. I've never had any of the others. I guess I have my marching orders!
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Fin Fang Foom » 10 Feb 2018, 22:51

I have had 50 of the things on the list. Some were pretty good, none bad, but most were just kind of underwhelming.

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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Warren » 10 Feb 2018, 22:57

Ellie wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 22:42
Ooh, that's a cool idea, Warren! I'm going to work on my own 10.

Of yours, I agree with 2, 4, and 9. I've never had any of the others. I guess I have my marching orders!
Only three? That's sad.
The mango needs to be perfectly ripe or it's just another sweet juicy fruit. If you've ever had a perfectly ripe plumb, it's the same difference.
Vichyssoises is not for everybody.
Honeycomb is about chewing the honey out of the wax.
Beef Wellington is a formal affair that requires getting dressed up, being in good company, and proper wine pairing.
Duck fat is liquid love.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Ellie » 10 Feb 2018, 23:14

Warren wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 22:57
If you've ever had a perfectly ripe plumb
I love you so much
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Warren » 10 Feb 2018, 23:16

Ellie wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 23:14
Warren wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 22:57
If you've ever had a perfectly ripe plumb
I love you so much
? Oh goddamnit
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Jennifer » 10 Feb 2018, 23:20

I've had more than I haven't on the list, but yeah, it is indeed a bad one. Even considering that it's from the UK, so their everyday ordinary food isn't the same as for America, it still seemed like an awful lot of banal items on the list. (Like, if you're from New England, seeing "clam chowder in a sourdough bowl" is almost like seeing "water" on the list--who hasn't had that?) A root beer float? Rice and beans? And I figured anyone who drinks coffee regularly has had Jamaican blue mountain, but maybe the UK was different ten years ago.

Things I definitely haven't had: nettle tea; steak tartare (as opposed to raw steak); crocodile (but I have had alligator); black pudding; black truffle; head cheese; salted lassi; cognac/cigar; clotted cream tea; whole insects; pricey malt whiskey; fugu; umeboshi; Big Mac Meal; 8% beer, sweetbread [which I thought was head cheese anyway]; kaolin; durian; haggis; chitterlings; caviar; roadkill; baijiu; lapsang souchong; bellini; Michelin tasting menu; kobe beef; rose harissa; horse.

Not sure: aloo gobi (I've had plenty of potato-and-cauliflower meals, and plenty of Indian meals, not sure if the two combined quite that way); epoisses; eel; foie gras; raw scotch bonnet pepper; bagna cauda; phaal; sea urchin; gjetost/brunost; criollo chocolate.

EDIT: Added horse. Must've been wishful thinking made me forget the first time.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Mo » 10 Feb 2018, 23:24

2. Nettle tea
5. Crocodile
16. Epoisses
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
30. Bagna cauda
33. Salted lassi
37. Clotted cream tea
42. Whole insects
46. Fugu
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
60. Carob chips
68. Haggis
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
79. Lapsang souchong
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
100. Snake
My list of misses.

If I were to make a list of 10 it would be:
1. Proper warm, flaky croissant
2. Jamon iberico (shout out to Jason)
3. Whale
4. Duck confit
5. Omakase
6. Korean fried chicken
7. Traditionally made mole
8. Steak, medium rare or less, at a proper steakhouse
9. Burnt ends
10. Turkish coffee (masboota or properly made)
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Mo » 10 Feb 2018, 23:25

Jennifer wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 23:20
And I figured anyone who drinks coffee regularly has had Jamaican blue mountain, but maybe the UK was different ten years ago.
Isn't Blue Mountain coffee like $50+/lb? Pretty sure most people don't go there.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Ellie » 10 Feb 2018, 23:26

My 10, selections made earnestly but without thinking TOO much:

1. Garlic butter (with whatever ... on whatever... )
2. A ripe tart apple with slices of sharp cheddar cheese
3. Taco John's Potato Oles with nacho cheese
4. A really good cheeseburger with lots of fixins
5. Mashed potatoes with cream cheese and sour cream
6. Hot fudge sundae
7. Peanut butter eaten out of the jar with a spoon
8. Perfect french fries (thin, with crispy exterior and soft interior) with ketchup
9. Toasted bagel with cream cheese
10. Mike's Chocolates from Buffalo, NY
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Jennifer » 10 Feb 2018, 23:29

Mo wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 23:25
Jennifer wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 23:20
And I figured anyone who drinks coffee regularly has had Jamaican blue mountain, but maybe the UK was different ten years ago.
Isn't Blue Mountain coffee like $50+/lb? Pretty sure most people don't go there.
Maybe I'm thinking of a differently colored mountain, but I've seen and had Jamaican mountain coffee in contexts like the canned coffee drinks they sell at certain Asian markets, and things of that nature. I've had Jamaican at hot-coffee bars too. But maybe not blue mountain.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Mo » 10 Feb 2018, 23:36

You may be thinking of Green Mountain coffee, which is pretty generic coffee. Also, not all Jamaican coffee is Blue Mountain, as that stuff is considered high end.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Jennifer » 10 Feb 2018, 23:38

I'm familiar with Green Mountain which is indeed generic as anything, but that's not the Jamaican stuff. But I may well be thinking of some other Jamaican coffee. Jeff and I went to a couple of pricey coffee bars back in the day, but I'm not completely positive it was "Jamaican." With rare exceptions, coffee all tastes the same to me.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Ellie » 10 Feb 2018, 23:50

I bet David that he hadn't eaten more than 5 on the list, and it turned out he'd eaten 6. Damn you, Spam!
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Sandy » 11 Feb 2018, 06:36

Fugu is a really weird one on the list. It’s a stunt food at best, and I’ve never heard anyone say it’s worth it from any perspective other than the Russian roulette aspect.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Warren » 11 Feb 2018, 11:30

Sandy wrote:
11 Feb 2018, 06:36
Fugu is a really weird one on the list. It’s a stunt food at best, and I’ve never heard anyone say it’s worth it from any perspective other than the Russian roulette aspect.
That is the aspect that puts it on the list. It's clear to me that items on the list are not necessarily there because they're the finest foods. But yes, I can agree that everybody should know what pb&j tastes like, if for no other reason than it's ubiquity. Conversely novelty is also an attribute for list inclusion.
I disagree with much of the list. It is overly long for starters. Too many items seem to be included simply for their obscurity. And $120/bottle whisky isn't something you need to taste if you don't enjoy $80/bottle whisky already (and I am of the opinion that beer above 8% ABV need not exist in the first place).
If we're going to critique the list, we should critique it on it's own terms.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by Jennifer » 11 Feb 2018, 16:12

Jennifer wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 23:29
Mo wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 23:25
Jennifer wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 23:20
And I figured anyone who drinks coffee regularly has had Jamaican blue mountain, but maybe the UK was different ten years ago.
Isn't Blue Mountain coffee like $50+/lb? Pretty sure most people don't go there.
Maybe I'm thinking of a differently colored mountain, but I've seen and had Jamaican mountain coffee in contexts like the canned coffee drinks they sell at certain Asian markets, and things of that nature. I've had Jamaican at hot-coffee bars too. But maybe not blue mountain.
FWIW: I checked the shelf on our kitchen cart where we keep individual canned coffee drinks and other things short enough to fit on that shelf, and among our selection of "Mr. Brown" brand Taiwanese coffee drinks are a couple cans of "Blue Mountain Blend." So I retract my earlier comment a la "Gee, I thought every coffee drinker's had Jamaican Blue Mountain" -- obviously I was conflating and confusing different things. And I add Jamaican Blue Mountain to my own "Not sure if I've had it" category: I have had various pretentiously overpriced coffees before, but dunno which specific ones I've had.
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Re: The Omnivore's 100

Post by dhex » 11 Feb 2018, 19:49

A good locally roasted and fresh coffee is a cup of Jesus. Black, bitter, and not found in any church.
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