Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Stomach Full, Not a Chip on my Shoulder

This was the question posted recently at that rockin' foodie Web site, Karmic Kitchen:

Do you consider yourself a bold and venturesome eater? Think you could give Andrew Zimmern a run for his money? The following list of foods ranges from the mundane to the obscure. Give it the once over, then let everyone know just how audacious your taste buds are!

1) Copy this list onto your blog, including these instructions.
2) Mark the items you’ve eaten with a "+".

3) Mark any items that you would never consider eating with a "-".

4) Let us know when you've posted the list, so we can compare!

5) Have fun!

Please, do not take the fact that I've eaten most of what's on this list (and about another half-dozen weird-ass things not even listed here) as an indication that I'm some kind of gourmand. I'm not. I'm just kind of weird when it comes to food. Weird in that when other people go, "Yew, no way am I trying that!" I'm instead the first in line with my mouth open. As if not trying earthworms or Rocky Mountain oysters at least once will somehow slam the door forever shut on a rewarding – or at least interesting – life exerpience. Gourmand? No. Curious Piggy? Yes.

1. Venison +
2. Nettle tea
3. Steak tartare +
4. Alligator +
5. Black pudding +
6. Raclette +
7. Natto
8. Carp
9. Borscht +
10. Baba ghanoush +
11. Calamari +
12. Pho +
13. Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich +
14. Allo gobi +
15. Dirty water dogs from a street cart +
16. Epoisses de Bourgogne +
17. Black truffle +
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes +
19. Steamed pork buns +
20. Green tea ice cream +
21. Ugli fruit
22. Fresh, wild berries +
23. Foie gras +
24. Gumbo +
25. Head cheese +
26. Raw habanero +
27. Dulce de leche +
28. Raw oysters +
29. Baklava +
30. Bagna cauda +
31. Wasabi peas +
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl +
33. Salted lassi +
34. Kim chee +
35. Kangaroo +
36. Cognac (with a fat cigar) +
37. Clotted cream +
38. Jello shots +
39. Buttermilk +
40. Oxtail +
41. Curried goat +
42. Insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk +
45. Whiskey that cost more than $200 a bottle +
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala +
48. Eel +
49. Warm Krispy Kreme original glazed donut + (yes, but Krispy Kreme is for pussies; Dunkin rocks)
50. Sea urchin roe +
51. Prickly pear +
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone +
54. Paneer +
55. Big Mac Meal +
56. Spaetzle +
57. Dirty gin martini +
58. Anchovies +
59. Poutine
60. Carob +
61. S'mores +
62. Sweetbreads +
63. Balut
64. Salted plums
65. Durian
66. Frog legs +
67. Beignets +
68. Haggis
69. Fried plaintain +
70. Chitterlings +
71. Gazpacho +
72. Caviar +
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost +
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess chocolate pie +
78. Snails +
79. Lapsang souchong tea
80. Bellini +
81. Tom yum +
82. Eggs benedict +
83. Pocky
84. Suckling pig +
85. Kobe or Waygu beef +
86. Hare +
87. Goulash +
88. Edible flowers +
89. Bear
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam +
92. Soft shell crab +
93. Rose harissa +
94. Ostrich
95. Mole poblano +
96. Lox +
97. Polenta +
98. Kopi Luwak coffee
99. Lobster Thermidor +
100.Snake +


ThursdayNext said...

I like this foodie post and told KK I would do it on my epicurean blog. God I love paneer and now am craving Indian food! :)

Wicked Thistle said...

That was a very, very long list and although my attentionless brain didn't make it past #3, I still applaud you for all of your culinary adventures that I know are listed there.

I think a reality TV show should be created based on your diet.

iamnot said...

I think I'll copy this and try to get to it.
I'm no zimmerman, but I've done quite a few of those.

Anonymous Boxer said...

I was clearly raised on some version of white bread and twinkies diet because all my "+" are of the Big Mac and:- S'mores variety.

YOU, however are a food nut. Alligator?

Did it taste like chicken?

This is tres cool and very enlightening.

moi said...

Thursday: I know, huh? But I wonder what it says that I'm also craving a Big Mac Meal?

Wicked: Nah, you know what would be more fun? A reality show that makes your chillruns eat all these things Huh, huh?

Iamnot: You had me at the waffles and fried chicken livers :o)

AB: You know, half my friends are vegetamarians so I must apologize to you and Wicked for what must seem like a pretty gross post. But thanks for remaining, uh, upbeat about it! And for making me now crave S'mores. WITH deep fried 'gator, which is yummy, yummy, and tastes even BETTER than chicken!

NYD said...

Now there are things on this list that I just haven't heard of, but I'm betting that I could probably eat them.

Will have to copy the list and take an accurate accounting.

Try Natto! It's the food of the gods. If you need information just search my blog for it

Doris Rose said...

very interesting list ...kinda wished I'd waited to read it until later in the day.While I've eaten several of the unusual items,I can honestly say that even the thought the visual of some of those items created the gag reflex.But I applaud your derring do.yay Moi.

Anonymous Boxer said...

I've been thinking it would be fun to make fab s'mores - homemade marshmallow? Hmmmmm...

are mashmallows vegetarian?

oh well.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

It's hard to blog from the bathroom - but ugh - I'll leave the 'adventure eating' or 'extreme indigestion tri-it-athons' to others!

The Troll said...

I'm up. Sort of surprised. I changed the PLUS marks to YES or NO to make it easier to read.

Had you heard of all these things?

moi said...

NYD: Can I get Natto outside Japan?

Doris Rose: I'm the anti-Mikey. "Give it to Moi, she'll eat it."

AB: Marshmallows are indeed vegetamarian. Two words: Corn. Syrup.

Poet: Come on. You KNOW you want to try Fugo. Or at least Haggis. That's in your neck of the woods, kinda sorta, right?

Troll: I had to look up a few of the names, and when I did, I kept going, "Oh, I've had that."

Wicked Thistle said...

Sigh...I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but marshmallows contain gelatin, which is made from animal parts. I won't go into which parts, or how the necessary parts are, uh, processed, but suffice it to say it's ooky. So next time you're circled around a campfire with your homies, bring a bag of Funyuns for your veg-head friends. They don't like feeling left out of all the junk food fun.

moi said...

Or I could bring homemade marhsmallows that contain no gelatin and my veggie homies would be happy, happy. Seriously, though, that sucks.

Wicked Thistle said...

I am sitting next to YOU at the campfire, you veggie-friendly carnivore, you!

The Java Junkie said...

Aren't homemade marshmallows awesome?!? My daughter begs me to make them every time she visits!