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Friday, September 26, 2008

Foodies Unite!

As a Navy couple, we have been able to dine on the foods of many lands and yet, there are always some things that I have yet to taste, some exotic cuisine that would surely delight my palate! Hm...or, perhaps there are some things that I should bypass altogether. Either way, I recently found this list on a friend's blog and thought it would be fun to play along. Now you all know how much I *hate* a list. Um, okay, so I actually, sort of, kinda like 'em. OKAY I LOVE 'em but this should be something a little different! Let's begin...
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 Very Great Taste Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison (Had it before I knew what it was. Yes it was good but no I have never eaten it again. I know, I AM a hypocrite to eat one tyle of meat and not another...I know...)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (No but I was at a dinner that offered it., I declined. Guess I am not as adventurous as I would like to think huh? *Shiver* It probably tastes like chicken eh?)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho (We have a great little Vietnamese restaurant here...yum.)
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (A NYC tradition!)
16. Epoisses ( I love most any cheese but this was too strong for moi!)
17. Black truffle (Okay, so it was black truffle oil but still...)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream (Our favorite Korean restaurant has the most delicious pistachio ice cream!)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries (Right off the bushes are best!)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, souse or head cheese (Nope, seen it, been offered it, refused. Bill has and once was enough for even Bill)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (Too hot for me, pretty though! The appear harmless but oooh!)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (Fried and raw and I would still rather have a great cheeseburger!)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (I love a good dip but am not a fan of the poor old anchovy)
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (Most memorable was the one we shared on Fisherman's Wharf in San Fransisco)
33. Salted lassi (Tried this at an Indian restaurant in California. Made with yogurt. Not bad!)
34. Sauerkraut (But of course! I am of German parentage after all!)
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Cognac yes, the cigar, well, I did breathe in the second hand smoke from it that night. Does that count? Navy men at dinner parties don'tcha know...)
37. Clotted cream tea (In England, at The Ruben's Hotel, seated at a table that looked out at Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews. That is a sweet memory!)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (We were offered many in China. You can guess what I said. And yes, I WAS polite!)
43. Phaal (To hot for me. Bill has tried it and liked it)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (No, I am not a drinker of such things I swear! But, when Bill was a Navy flight instructor, he was given some really expensive bottles of vodka, whiskey, rum, you name it. It was a tradition for each student to present their instructor with said bottle on their last flight. Bill is not a big drinker so *He used to ask for Dr. Pepper but the guys always thought he was kidding!* much of it was given away. We did try some of it, like one of the very expensive whiskeys. Still tasted like gasoline to me. NOT that I have ever actually tasted gasoline mind you.)
46. Fugu (Another no thank YOU!)
47. Chicken tikka masala (I LOVE this!!)
48. Eel (Yes and no I won't again!)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (Sour, pickled plums. Danny has tried them, Bill too. I haven't...yet!)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer (Yes we DO love Indian food!)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (But I usually pass on a Big Mac. I like their chicken sandwiches tho'!)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (Not a martini fan and not an *olive by itself without pizza wrapped around it* fan)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (Again, not a drinker but I do try some things and I have tried a few sips of beer in Europe and in China that were over this percentage. Still not a fan!)
59. Poutine (Yummy Canadian dish!)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores (Hey! I WAS a Girl Scout ya know!)
62. Sweetbreads (Can't make myself for some reason...wonder why?)
63. Kaolin (Does anyone know what this is? I know what it is as it pertains to ceramics and medicines but food?)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (The smell is awful. I hear it tastes sweet but, when we caught a whiff of it in China, OY! *shiver*)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (Ooh! Beignets in New Orleans at Cafe Du Monde!) (And I have also had a churro, an elephant ear and a funnel cake depending on where we were living at the time!)
68. Haggis (But I have been told I MUST try it when I get to Scotland someday! We will see...)
69. Fried plantain (While stationed in Texas many years ago, a co-worker from the Philippines made this for me and it was yummy! I have tried them many times since.)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (Usually pass on this, do not like the texture and the taste is not something that pulls me in either!)
71. Gazpacho (Delicious!)
72. Caviar and blini (Tried it, did not enjoy it. I was much like Tom Hank's character in "Big" but I spit it out much more discreetly thank you veddy much.
Just not for me!)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu (A Chinese liquor that we saw but I did not try!)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum (Not a big prawn fan but have seen it offered. Looked good though!)
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (Dan used to love Pocky and now, his little sister LOVES it as well!)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare (AHHHH!!! Not in Rabbit Run!!! Never!!)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers (Yes! I have actually eaten many sorts of edible flowers! They make such lovely garnishes!)
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate (I would LOVE to try this!)
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa (Nope but who knows! Maybe someday...but I hear it IS expensive!)
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano (With shredded chicken.)
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (I am not much of a coffee drinker but I hear this is sooo good. Maybe, if I have the chance again...)
100. Snake (Nope and please do NOT ask me or show it to me or talk about it or think about it)


Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Some of them I have eaten and some I have not eaten. Have a sweet weekend...m..

Janet said...

Well, Ms Susie Q, you are quite the adventurous eater. I have had some of those dishes, some I have not heard of and some you couldn't pay me enough to try. The kaolin is odd though. I am with is either clay for pottery or part of kaopectate. In that case I guess I have "eaten" it.


Tammy said...

Wow, I haven't even heard of a few of those food items!
(Which might explain why we seem to have the same dinners here at home over and over again...sigh...)

Congratulations on four years with your sweet little girl, too!


Lisa said...

You have quite a list there. Brave, brave woman you are...

carolyn said...

Well I have tried haggis and although it's not as bad as one could imagine I certainly wouldn't recommend it!

Andi said...

Guess I'm going to have to Google search "pocky". I haven't a clue as to what it might be...but if children like it I'm certain I would!

You're a brave woman Sue!!!

Jeanie said...

Yikes! That's a list -- I'm embarrassed to have missed so many!

i beati said...

I've lived a sheltered

Rosemary said...

Quite a list. I have tried some of that list. Some good, some bad!!
Blue Mountain Coffee is great!!!
Have a wonderful weekend Miss Susie!!