How the Omnivore’s 100 works:
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: Post a comment at Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
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 Rice is a fruit, right?
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries Even in the Sydney suburbs, you can find and eat wild blackberries.
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 (But dang, that sounds tasty.)
31. Wasabi peas Never again.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi (Why don’t rose and mango flavour count?)
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 Mongolian style!
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 (Why would I? What an odd one.)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian Ok, it was durian icecream. Scary stuff. Delicious custard eaten on a hot day in a garbage dump.
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 On the other hand, maybe I would, if it was super fresh and I knew what it was. Maybe.
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 (I would totally eat 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


At the end of the day, you have to keep a blog, so you can make friends and keep in touch with the friends you already have, on this here internet-thing. Some of my dearest, dearest friends, though I may never see them, were found here on this computer (or its predecessor, my precious old machine, that ran win95 and never crashed or did anything weird its entire life)(not that this one is any less lovely, and this one has butterfly stickers stuck on its monitor and case) and it’s a funny thing, how people live in your heart, whether it’s yesterday or ten years since you spoke or held hands. No internet presence is like never leaving your house. How are you going to keep in touch with people, and be inspired and touched and amused if you sit in a darkened room with your hands over your ears?


On the other hand, the internet is a different place than it once was. I have a lot of happy memories about sending emails to interesting people, more or less at random, and making friendly little connections with people I would never otherwise meet. It was charming, and mutually happy making, these relaxed little contacts, and we’d all smile happily, and keep in touch, or not, and wasn’t it nice? But now, people are strange. I blame aol. Nowadays, you send along an email to say ‘hey, nice *thing that you do*! Thank you for enriching the internet with your awesome and interesting *thing that you do*!’ and it merits no response. Even from people who state on their own blog how rude and inconsiderate other people are, unmannerly and thoughtless! Hilarious. But people do things differently these days. The internet is a more tightly prescribed place. Connections are made in recognised connection place, like blogs and fora; and if you don’t find a forum that fits you, or if you’re uncomfortable posting smarmy comments on people’s blog, you are going to freak out the locals if you contact them all free-range, because that’s not how the internet works for these people, as nice as they might seem, and there’s more of them now, and everything is changing to suit them.