Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thing's I've Et

This list seems to be making the rounds in the UCF via Jeri:

1. Venison
2. Nettle Tea (What? Is this thaumaturgy? I don't drink....poison)
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp (No bottom feeders for me, except farm-raised catfish).
9. Borscht Real BorscCH (Not the Borscht crap that comes in jars from Manischevitz, either. That stuff may have beets in it, but it’s not borshch)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari (Calamari is not adventurous. Whole, grilled squid on a stick from a Japanese street vendor is adventurous.)
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 (Strawberry, dandelion)
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 (mmmmm, head cheese)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (yuck, I don’t care what they’re supposed to do for your wang, they’re snot)
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 (I eat cottage cheese, I don't drink it).
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (and vodka watermelon)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (I’ve also drunk liquor with venomous wasps in it, sort of like the worm in tequila)
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (flying on company plastic, or rather, someone else’s company plastic – I prefer vodka)
46. Fugu (love, love looove 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 (Unfiltered, no less. To kill any bugs we mixed it with vodka. Yes, this was in the USSR, why?)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (OK, I just have to comment on this. Humans who wash and cook their food outevolved those who didn’t, over thousands of years. Why TF are these hippy dips regressing? I don’t care how “organic” this stuff is, one mistake in the “factory” and it’s roundworm and maggot city in your small intestine).
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (mmm, mmm chiltins!)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (A deer that someone just hit and wanted to share with us. If you can’t see the blood on the grill of the car that hit it, you are asking for trip to the clinic for a deworming).
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (I used to live on Pocky during business trips to southern Japan)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers (Rose petal jelly on blini in Russia, geraniums and mums in the ROC)
89. Horse (Cooked horse being passed off for beef in the USSR, and raw horsemeat sushi in Japan)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor (at Café Bofinger, the oldest Brasserie in Paris IIRC)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (It’s good coffee, but I still really don’t like coffee. If you only have about 4 cups per year, it might as well be the good stuff)
100. Snake
101.
Stinky Tofu
102.Whale sushi
103.Tako Yaki (Or, as I call it, Tako Yucki)

Items I have eaten are bolded, items I would not eat (again) are struck through.

Anyone who has traveled in Asia will bold most of this list. Stinky tofu notwithstanding, I'm not a particularly adventurous eater (well, moderately adventurous), but I do eat what's in front of me out of respect for my hosts. Of the first 100 I have not eaten 8 items. Of those, Bagna Cauda I probably missed because I have only been to Italy in the summer.

Despite being a southerner, gravy fries do not appeal to me (fries should be crispy, not soggy, otherwise eat mashed potatoes), but I might try Poutine next time I'm in Quebec.

I have never been to Africa, and so missed the rose harissa, and not having been to India, I missed the lassi.

I'm not sure what the point was with this particular set. Is it food, or travel?

1 comment:

Jeri said...

IMHO - the point was ethnocentrism.