The Omnivore’s Hundred tag

Way back in October 2008, I posted a tag on the blog. That was nearly eleven years ago now. It’s been so long that the link I used to the tag’s originator is broken. (The tag was started by a blog called Very Good Taste, and I have no idea what happened to them.) I think I was still using MySpace, though Facebook would soon take over as my social media platform of choice.

The tag is the Omnivore’s Hundred, a foodie tag where you take a list of 100 items and mark off which ones you’ve tried. I’m not going to tag anyone, since I don’t know which of you book/knit bloggers are also foodies, but if you’re interested and want to play along please let me know you did the tag so I can compare answers!

The rules:

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.

The reasoning for the list, as provided by Very Good Taste way back when:

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 recognize everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

The Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison 
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding ~ ugh. No thank you.
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush ~ it contains eggplant, which I think I’m allergic to
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi ~ a cauliflower and potato curry? This sounds yummy. Off to look for a recipe…
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle ~ as long as black truffle oil counts, anyway
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream ~ I have had garlic ice cream, but not pistachio
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 ~ I’ve had a mango lassi, but not the savory version
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar ~ cognac is yummy. Smoking is not.
37. Clotted cream tea ~ I’ve had clotted cream on scones. Not sure about putting it in my tea.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo 
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk ~ I’ve had goat’s cheese, but not goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more ~ maybe? I did a whisky tasting but I don’t know the price of the bottles for everything we tasted
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin ~ I’ve had it served to me, but I didn’t try it
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini ~ tried does NOT mean liked
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin ~ eew. It is clay, not food.
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
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 ~ no, but I really want to…
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare ~ . . . maybe?
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate ~ I have no idea…
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

(For anyone keeping track, I scored a 53% this time around as compared to 36% 11 years ago. I guess I’ve gotten more adventurous.)

14 thoughts on “The Omnivore’s Hundred tag

  1. Eek! There are so many things I would not ever eat that be on this list. Nasty! That said I have eaten guinea pig. Though I didn’t know it until after I ate it. But it was actually good.
    x The Captain

    1. Yeah, there’s a lot I’m not interested in too! I’ve eaten some “exotic” meats (at a fondue place) but guinea pig hasn’t been one of them. I guess, though, that’s what they were initially raised for…

    1. (Yeah, bugs eeewww.) I don’t really think of myself as an adventurous eater, but I guess I kind-of am? I do enjoy seeing what all the fuss is about, so maybe that’s how I can be adventurous without feeling like it.

  2. This is a really neat tag Nicole!! 😉 I LOVE eel so much. I remember the first time I heard it was a food and thought yuck! Hahahaa. I agree with Captain though there is a LOT on the list that is a NO NO for me too. And none of the liqueur. hahaha as I don’t drink. ❤️

    1. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! There’s a lot on here that’s a hard NO for me too, but I’m surprised at how much of it I’ve actually tried already. 🙂

  3. I thought I was a pretty adventurous eater but I only scored about 20 that I’m sure of. The thing is- I live in New England, and if it comes out of the sea, I’ve probably eaten it. But I don’t remember specifics (like Clam Chowder- check, more clam chowder than anyone has a right to eat, even made it myself once, but, I don’t know about in a sour dough bowl. Which reminds me- clam chowder is best served on an clamcake…). Love calamari, but it shouldn’t be plain- it’s got to be the RI style… seriously.

    And I’m absolutely in no way ever eating a horse. I’d be more likely to eat an insect. I have eaten a flower- it was served in a drink- didn’t taste like much. The alcohol beverages… I’d just never be able to appreciate $120 whiskey so that’s out.. lol.

    So- maybe not as adventurous as I thought. But I’m really hungry now.

    1. LOL, it’s funny, I always thought I was *NOT* an adventurous eater, so I’m surprised at how many things I’ve tried! I know what you mean about not being sure about some of the things, though.

      And… now I’m hungry too. Clam chowder ON A CLAM CAKE sounds amazing.

      I think the only way I’d try $120 whiskey is if Mr. Wyrm had some and I took a sip. No way I want a full shot for myself.

      1. Clam chowder on a clam cake is AWESOME. One of my favorite summertime foods- especially if it comes from a hole in the wall beachside shanty.

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