Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Omnivore's Dilemma

Amanda pushes a cool meme from Very Good Taste called the Omnivore's 100, in which they suggest 100 foodstuffs that one ought to try before they shuffle off this mortal coil. The rules: bold the ones you've had, cross out the ones you'd take a pass on. The list is quite eclectic, and since one of the items is not Pork Loin In Lipstick Reduction, I figured I could use the break, and partake. With some annotations.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea (I'm very allergic to nettles, but if the threat could be eliminated, I'm game)
3. Huevos rancheros (Can't do it. Allergic to a chemical in egg whites called albumen. I can eat eggs if they are a secondary ingredient in a dish, but on their own, it's a no go.)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (as with Amanda, if Alligator counts, then I'm in)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht (One of my favorite things, actually!)
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 (This stuff grosses my wife out, but I'd try it once.)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (Elissa needs to make this for me!)
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 (Sadly, I've never combined the two.)
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 (Umeboshi is disrespectful to flu! Tasty good! Available in your prefecture!)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (What's available in our area is weak sister versions of the real thing, though it can be obtained in NYC or New Hampshire. For best results, though, you go to Canada, with Rachel Sklar.)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (Neither sweet nor bread! Thymus glands! Also grosses my wife out!)
63. Kaolin (Need an explanation. I thought kaolin was aluminum silicate clay!)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (Sorry, but durian is just FOUL. Do not want.)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (I have a feeling my parents may have fed me chitterlings at some point in my youth. Perhaps they can clarify.)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (Really? Well, if I must. But I'll let Alton Brown cook it for me.)
76. Baijiu (Sorghum liquor!)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (Again, can't. Allergic. Regrets.)
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. (Treat me anytime!)
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 (Made with albumen-free egg yolks, thankfully)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake (Ha! Every Thanksgiving, I play the same joke on my niece and nephews that my parents used to play on us when we were kids - pretend that the whole meal is actually made of "snake lips." My niece and nephews enjoy the joke immensely. But I've never actually had snake lips!)

That's only 62 out of 100. And seeing that I'll only ever take this to 97, I should start cracking.


Tom said...

A suggestion for a head cheese delivery vector: banh mi sandwiches. The special usually contains this bizarre substance.

Also, Trader Joe's sells black truffle oil at a reasonable price if you want to tick that one off. The real deal doesn't have a texture worth paying for -- it's just the strangely musky taste that's worth pursuing.

Personally, I'm bummed that I passed up an opportunity to try salt lassi just last weekend. And I still aspire to durian!

clompinshoes said...

Done and Done!

Jessica said...

As a casual reader of your blog, I don't want to go all allergy nazi on you, but you literally can not be allergic to Albumin, it's already in your blood.

See wiki, here:

Also, Albumen (with an "en" as you spelled it) is simply another term for egg white, not a protein.

As for the truffle oil, above, sadly truffle oils are simply flavored to taste like truffle. Truffles infuse into oils poorly, so they don't actually use real truffle. But Oregon truffles are relatively cheap, and it only takes a few shavings to make a great flavor . . .

divine ms k said...

If you've ever had even just a sip of a Thai iced tea, you've had lapsang souchong... it's made with lapsang souchong tea, sugar syrup, and half & half.