Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tasty blogging treat (or, a truly splendid table)

From Very Good Taste via the legendary Mike Gundleroy, a blogmeme I'm actually happy to pass along. I may not answer questions that reveal my age or my taste in music or what I want out of life, but honey, I will talk food with you all the livelong day. (This post goes out to RCS, who needs to return to his destiny of Cheese Blogging.) Simple really: Look at the list and mark the ones you've eaten. The VGT instructions:

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 at linking to your results.


4a) Let me (AG) know so I can go see what you said.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

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
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
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
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 (notice how no one does this nonsense with gin?)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (not gonna count one tiny head-fracturing taste)
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 (it wasn't called Immort Ale for nothing)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
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 (I'll just turn in my trailer-trash card at the door here)
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

82/100. I am so enjoying my time on this planet.


MC said...

I've only had 25 of those items (though the fact that I've had a lot of jello shots makes up for that I think).

AG said...

!!!!! Dude, no. More fun with food! Though I *am* willing to give you an extra point for living in close proximity to poutine, which I cannot seem to find here. In NYC, I know where to get poutine. In Seattle... feh.

So okay, jello shots. I like jello, and I have no qualms re shots (see above re gin), but I just never got the appeal. Simple expediency? Texture? Help a would-be foodie out here. Any joy in jello shots that can't be found in the limoncello or the absinthe in my freezer?

(And why wasn't limoncello on that list? Everybody should have at least one glass of limoncello in their life. Preferably on a warm evening after a really swell meal -- Italian, perhaps. Sit on the patio, sip the limoncello, digest happily. Life is sweet.)

MC said...

Jello Shots explained.

You are a 20-something recreational drinker who is at a normal bar/club... you have a good buzz on, so when the rather attractive female staff member uses her wiles to get you and your other male friends to buy some dollar jello shots... and so you do.

Rinse, repeat for a few years.

And Poutine... when it is done well, it is a sight to behold (and quite the heart stopping dish)... but when you explain it to someone who hasn't partaken in that delight, they just don't understand it. And to think, it probably gets a lot better than I had too... especially in Quebec proper.

AG said...

(reads explanation, ponders, nods) So it's the male version of aquavit. Got it. Mystery solved.

And, BTW, am now craving poutine like I can't even describe. I mean it. Even the mediocre NYC version. I can't even imagine how they do it in Quebec. At this hour, don't care. Just want a big plate of fries, gravy, cheese and happiness. Is that so wrong?

MC said...

Well, one could always get a Canadian to send you a Poutine gravy mix. ;) Not the same necessarily, but it might get you closer to the experience than you might otherwise find in your particular area.

Jana said...

Totally agree about the limoncello.

Other things that should have made the list:
Turtle soup (one of the best things I ever had in pre-Katrina New Orleans)
Rhubarb pie (not overly sweetened - the kind that makes you pucker)
Rocky Mountain oysters

AG said...

Hi Jana -- really, turtle soup? never had it, never been anywhere where it was offered... one more reason to regret never having been to New Orleans, one more reason to try to make that happen.

I was surprised that the dreaded oysters didn't make the list; gotta figure that was the sweetbread spot. Every year my hometown does an oyster dinner, and there's always some unwary bastard there from out of town... Anyway, check.

And not only check on the rhubarb pie (though I took my rhubarb point on the non-grape-derived wine question), I'll hereby offer my own rhubarb dessert for consideration -- an object of fear and devotion in four states, possibly illegal in two more. But I haven't made any yet this year; what's up with that?!