Archive for October, 2008

Here’s a fun little thing I found today. I thought it would be a good diversion for a slow, rainy day. The Omnivore’s Hundred, which the originating blog (good read, by the way) describes as “100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all.”

I’ve bolded what I’ve eaten before and crossed out what I’ve solemnly sworn never to touch. Feel free to re-post on your blog, but do comment and let me know so I can check it out!

1. Venison (also cougar, yum)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht (beets and cold soups are two of my least favorite things.)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi (I can’t remember specifically, but I eat Indian food a lot so I decided I probably have)
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 (really don’t w
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (not a fan)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (didn’t even know what this was until today and now I very much want to try it!)
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 (I’m just not into dying for a piece of fish)
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
(I have a spaetzle press and I love it!)
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (this also goes on the must try list!)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (dirt?  Really? No thanks)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (yes, all, and in Utah elephant ears were called scones.)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (delish, boyfriend’s specialty and I love him for it)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho (not a fan. Cold soup just doesn’t do it for me)
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

I’ll try pretty much anything, but as  you can see I steer clear of strange and/or questionable animal parts. Other than that, I am an equal opportunity food lover!


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I’m it!

Stephanie just tagged me with a meme and I need to share 7 random or weird facts about me, or I will be ‘it’ forever!

Here we go:

1. I love jewelry, and have a fairly large collection of baubles, but I cannot wear necklaces, rings, or bracelets. It drives me crazy to have these things on my body and I will fidget, play with the item, take it on and off repeatedly, and generally drive myself and everyone around me mad until I just remove it for good. I have one necklace that I like and wear daily, a thick silver chain, and that is basically the only jewelry item I can wear without annoyance. I also love wearing earrings, when I can remember to put them on.

2. I have weird ways of eating. I like everything to be very neat, so I separate all the items on my plate from touching each other. After cordoning the foods off, I eat one item at a time. Foods are not to be mixed and I will never take one bite of a food followed by another, unless I have finished the first food. When I’m finished, my plate is always practically spotless because I chase down every little speck of food. If I’m eating on a paper plate, I will then fold my trash and the plate into a tiny little packet before throwing it away. As you can imagine, this process takes a lot of time and concentration, so I cannot talk and eat at the same time. If I’m trying to participate in a conversation during dinner, it will take me an hour to finally finish my meal because I need uninterrupted concentration to eat. I would have to say, this is the very weirdest thing about me, ever.

3. I usually prefer to read newspapers and magazines back to front, an old habit I picked up from reading the jokes at the end of Reader’s Digest stories when I was young.

4. I am obsessed with my personal finances and check my bank accounts and budget online about twice a day. Maybe that’s not so weird, but I really am obsessed. I also love doing my taxes and have a fairly vast (for a non-accountant) knowledge of US tax laws.

5. I remember different times or events in my life by their association with musical artists or songs.  For example, Guster, especially the song Two Points for Honesty, reminds me of my first semester of college.  First semester of sophomore year, on the other hand, is most associated with St. Teresa by Joan Osborne. Unsurprisingly, I was really into those two songs at those particular times, but sometimes the association is more because of the lyrics or sentiment of the song (Better Man by Pearl Jam and the 2004 presidential election is one of those).

6. My biggest pet peeve in the workplace is handwritten file labels.  I think they look too messy (because most people don’t have great handwriting) and make it harder to find things.  And isn’t finding things quickly the whole point of having a file system?

7. I cannot stand the sensation of biting into a cherry tomato.  I love them, but they have to be cut in half before I will eat them.

Man, is that weird enough for you?  Yeah, I know. I may be a teensy bit unhinged.

I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to comment and tell me random facts about yourself!

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