Food Woolf's Omnivore's One Hundred

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Have you ever stepped into an animated conversation half-way through, just in time for an explosive punchline and wondered “what the heck did I just miss?”

Stumbling onto an unfamiliar blog with a lot of readers and a clear story being told, can sometimes make you feel like a real johnny come lately. As a reader, you have a choice: Skip the conversation entirely, or, for a former high school dork like myself, you become a quick study of what the “cool kids” are talking about. You backtrack through past posts and links in hopes of catching up to the conversation.

Lately, I’ve come across several couple blogs that seem to be mid conversation about all the things they’ve eaten. Blog after blog, there are these one hundred point lists of ALLLLLLL the things they’ve tasted….Long laundry lists don’t make for great reading, so I’ve skipped a lot of them.

Until Serious Eats told me what was going on. It seems this one person, Very Good Taste created a list of foods that suggests what every omnivore should consume in their lifetime. In the end, the list has been passed around blogs and lots and lots of people have taken a look at this list, filled it out, and posted their accounting of tastes on their blog.

I don’t see the point in posting one’s own “eaten” list, but I do think it’s a great tool to get any foodie excited about what’s next to eat. Personally, I can not wait to get myself to Canada for some Poutin.

Food Woolf’s Omnivore Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I’d only eat this if it was road kill or killed in self defense)
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
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

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.


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Brooke Burton is an Los Angeles-based restaurant professional and hospitality expert. She is a freelance food writer, speaker, and co-author of The Food Blog Code of Ethics.

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