Posted by: fireweaver | November 8, 2009

eating strange things

i was out having sushi tonight with some friends & acquaintances, when the subject of cheese came up.  i had a pretty even split of horrified and intrigued when i was discussing the in-fridge mold-aging method that naturally happens in my cheese drawer, but there are certainly stranger things to eat.  it’s an old meme, but here goes:  the VGT one hundred crazy omnivore things to sample, with added snark & chatter, of course:

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.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison (axis is far superior to regular white tail deer)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (i’d really rather not – just hate eggs in general)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (wait, does alligator count?  that’s pretty much the only crocodillian we get stateside)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush (an odd thing, really.  i’ve had AWFUL stuff that the wait staff tried to convince us was “smoked”, and really delightful versions.  guess it’s just the trickiness inherent in eggplant)
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (there is a circle of hell made entirely out of the vile stuff that is hot dogs)
16. Epoisses (not this one in particular, but i am a big ol fan of raw cheese and stinky cheese, so why not)
17. Black truffle (in and out of cheese even!)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (brought back some AMAZING stuff from bartlett winery in maine last month)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes (would eat only if cooked into something else – i despise tomatoes)
22. Fresh wild berries (we used to pick dewberries off the undeveloped property at the end of our street every summer when i lived in houston)
23. Foie gras (mmmm, iron bridge’s foie gras fridays!)
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese (this is the sort of mad max not-unless-post-apocalypse-upon-us, survival-necessary thing i’d rather not contemplate)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche (as dessert, as ice cream, as candy…)
28. Oysters (from many locales, yum!!!)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (don’t think i’ve had the soup in a bread bowl, though i have had each of these individually)
33. Salted lassi (but i highly prefer mango or rose lassi)
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (i’ve been around fat cigars with my cognac, but i’m just not a smoker)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (ah, memories of 20)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat (and most every other form of caprine deliciousness)
42. Whole insects (see 25 above, re: apocalyptic necessity only)
43. Phaal (i’m not into pain like that)
44. Goat’s milk (and goat cheese and goat butter and goat yogurt)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (prolly not, though i have been served some marvelous things at friends’ houses)
46. Fugu  (Chris has an endless fascination with this, but i doubt you can find much of it domestically)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (only on sushi, not as a whole-animal dish)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (i will never understand the fascination with KKs.  so many other, better choices available)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (best margaritas ever, with the most delightful fuscia color)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (haven’t eaten mcpoo in 15ish years, and don’t plan to again, unless that apocalypse rolls around, at which point i doubt the continued existence of the establishment)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (both gin and olives are repugnant)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (the delicious DTs)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (the only exception to my strict organ meat prohibition is small quantities of foie gras.  unless that apocalypse thingy actually happens.)
63. Kaolin (not on purpose, ok if in meds as needed)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (this is all you need to know.  hellllll no)
66. Frogs’ legs (some in my freezer right now)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis (“i think all scottish cuisine is based on a dare“)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (same as 62)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (oh, but i WOULD)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (seriously, about this impending apocalypse, and what i’d have to do to avoid starvation)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (never again, though.  i’m a tea lover and this was vile)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum (well, tom kha anyway, and it’s basically the same, just different ratio to the ingredients)
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.  (oh, i wish)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare (rabbit is surprisingly easy to find frozen in the meat section of the asian market)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (particle meat, ugh)
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

i’m at 58/100…got a few to work on, but pretty good, i think!



  1. I think less than 12% of the things on this list are kosher.

    • well, i s’pose by the very definition, one can not keep kosher and be an OMNIvore. that being said, only a few things are actively non-kosher, if you go with a looser interpretation (as in, shellfish or meat + milk = bad, but cheese not specifically declared kosher is ok).

      • You’re totally correct here. I’m just amused. I will never be the most adventurous when it comes to food. 😛 Also I would have to google half the things on this list because I’ve never heard of them.

        Also how many people do you think said ‘I’m so hungry I could eat a horse’ when they were presented the opportunity to eat horse? hahahaa

  2. […] i’m not convinced it’s not actually horse, so i’m going to now knock that off my omnivore’s list (i saw what was clearly a mule and neither a donkey nor a horse pulling a cart on the street later, […]

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