The Omnivore’s Hundred: What Won’t We Eat?

We tried to hold off on posting the Omnivore’s Hundred meme that has exploded this week, but it’s the Friday of a long weekend and our resolve to steer clear of memes just broke down. So what’s this infamous meme, you ask? Well, the blogger behind the British food blog Very Good Taste put up a list of the 100 foods that “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.”

As you can imagine, the list is tres long, so you’ll find it after the jump. Oh, and the rules of the game are as such: bold the things that you’ve eaten, strikeout the ones you’d never in a million years touch with a 10-foot pole, and leave the ones you’d try but haven’t yet as they are.

The MP:Philadelphia Omnivore’s 100

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 [New England, holla! - EM]
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 [Y’know… it just doesn’t sound worth it - EM]
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 [Sooner than later, hopefully - EM]
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
[The first time was at Southwark - EM]
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 [Although, does having had each separately count? - EM]
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill [Um, depends on how long it’s been there - EM]
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

To recap, the only hard and fast untouchables are a raw Scotch Bonnet, cognac with a cigar (and only because of the cigar), and the dread fugu.

[Photo: one of our only dealbreakers via “wili_hybrid/Flickr]

The Omnivore’s Hundred: What Won’t We Eat?