One of my foodie friends (yes, I know that doesn’t narrow it down much) sent me this interesting link:
The connection was the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, which she recalled me referring to as excellent but over-rated (yes, I think so). But my curiosity got the better of me, and I went through the entire list, scoring a very respectable 85 of 100 (any readers want to help get the remaining 15?). In accordance with the wishes of the author, I post my list here with things I’ve tried in BOLD. Things I think I won’t try are crossed out. It’s fun to go through for yourself. You may actually see some of these things turn up in my coffee flavor descriptions, though hopefully not durian!
If I had been doing the coffee selections for the list, I would have picked an aged or monsooned coffee, or perhaps a kopi luwak or jacu bird coffee, or maybe a tree-dried raisin coffee (email me if you want to try some of these, I have them, just not on the website). Something interesting. JBM is kinda ordinary by comparison.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison – frequently. one of the Muddy Dog’s favorites.
2. Nettle tea – nope. I’m curious.
3. Huevos rancheros – oh yeah. best with Mexico Oaxaca, sweetened with La Perruche or blue agave nectar
4. Steak tartare – isn’t this why the Cuisinart was invented? But I prefer Tuna tartare, with a fresh-caught Cape Hatteras yellowtail
5. Crocodile – alligator, close enough. several times. really does taste like chicken.
6. Black pudding – yeah, somewhere in Europe, maybe Spain?
7. Cheese fondue – yeah, one of those things we tried in the 90’s. Give me chocolate.
8. Carp – yes, but I prefer a fish you don’t have to skin to eat
9. Borscht – when I was still trying to make a favorable impression on my wife’s family. Best thing I can say is it was better than the gefilte fish
10. Baba ghanoush – yeah, not my fave when made with tahini, but I make it with greek yogurt, then it’s yum yum
11. Calamari – I prefer it grilled, drizzled with a few drops of really old (100 years+) balsamic
12. Pho – in Malaysia, does that count?
13. PB&J sandwich – a staple of my youth. Mine was a jelly mom, had to wait till adulthood to know the joys of jam
14. Aloo gobi – all over the place, this stuff is kinda like chili, really no right or wrong way about it, also not a fave
15. Hot dog from a street cart – sure, but can’t beat the ones deep fried in peanut oil at Toby’s in P’burg, New Jersey
16. Epoisses – in Lyon, France, good stuff.
17. Black truffle – overrated
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – cherry. yuck. also dandelion. yuck.
19. Steamed pork buns – in Hong Kong
20. Pistachio ice cream – my favorite
21. Heirloom tomatoes – I dream about them starting in March, then can’t stand the sight of them by September
22. Fresh wild berries – my wife worries that the neighbors will think I’m strange as I spend a half hour on my summer morning run/walk picking blackberries along the running trail. I don’t worry about it because I AM strange.
23. Foie gras – one of the few things that causes me to think there might be a God. Best covering a pigeon, get ’em all over France
24. Rice and beans – staple the world over, including my house. usually with black beans for us.
25. Brawn, or head cheese – one word: Kutztown
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – one of those things you have to try, turns out to be not as bad as you thought it would be, kind of like the tequila worm
27. Dulce de leche – in Mexico
28. Oysters – every time I can find purveyors I trust. Fave was in Normandy.
29. Baklava – from Neomonde, one of our really great customers
30. Bagna cauda – in the Jewish ghetto in Rome, followed by a fried artichoke
31. Wasabi peas – overrated. never saw one in all my travels in Japan
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – mmm. San Francisco.
33. Salted lassi – no, I’m not as adventurous with beverages as I am with food
34. Sauerkraut – oh yeah, even tried making my own this year. too salty, keep meaning to try again, maybe when cabbage is in this fall
35. Root beer float – sure, but such a bad thing to do to good ice cream
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – not a smoker
37. Clotted cream tea – not that I recall specifically, though I think this is rather loosely defined and I may have in fact had it last time in London when I was researching my famous relative (the likeness is startling, isn’t it?)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O – just not appealing to me
39. Gumbo – ouais homme
40. Oxtail – sure, but kind of unremarkable
41. Curried goat – love it
42. Whole insects – wish I could say it was part of a culinary adventure, but the truth is I do it all the time just to gross out the kids
43. Phaal – can’t take a whole dish that hot, vindaloo makes me break into a sweat
44. Goat’s milk – like it better as cheese
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more – from one of my MBA team mates, thanks Steve
46. Fugu – at an all fugu, all the time restaurant in Tokyo
47. Chicken tikka masala – classic
48. Eel – unagi, my favorite nigiri. Also had it at a little “grill your own” hibachi place in Nara, Japan
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – the hot doughnut light on Person St in Raleigh is like a homing beacon
50. Sea urchin – Japan, again. I like it better than roe, which isn’t saying a lot
51. Prickly pear – Mexico again. Ate agave leaves on same trip.
52. Umeboshi – in a bento in Tokyo, I like sour, made me pucker
53. Abalone – endangered but delicious. Or maybe endangered BECAUSE delicious
54. Paneer – not yet, definitely on my list to try
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – embarrassing to admit
56. Spaetzle – at the Weeping Radish on the Outer Banks, now sadly defunct, which is retrospect is probably not surprising for a restaurant where the men wear lederhosen
57. Dirty gin martini – shaken, not stirred
58. Beer above 8% ABV – thanks, Jason
60. Carob chips – sure, buy why
61. S’mores – the Muddy Dog singed the whiskers off her face last time we made them
62. Sweetbreads – one of the other things that make me think there is a God
64. Currywurst – surprisingly, no
65. Durian – first time I was in Singapore, I saw signs on the subway, “No Durians Allowed”. “Who are these durians?”, I wondered. I later had durian about six different ways, determined to find a way to like it. Impossible.
66. Frogs’ legs – there was an all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant I used to go to with friends as a teenager. They threw us out for eating too many.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – can’t beat ’em with coffee and chicory in a classic cafe au lait
68. Haggis – in Scotland. I like it. Also tried haggis flavored potato chips (no joke), not as good
69. Fried plantain – tostones… what I cook when I need to make up with my wife
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette – I live in the south, what can I say?
71. Gazpacho – make it, yum
72. Caviar and blini – another one of those God things
73. Louche absinthe – in Grenoble, France, at a bar with two French guys and a giant dog. Ranks among the best conversations ever; they didn’t speak English, I didn’t speak French, yet we communicated flawlesssly
74. Gjetost, or brunost – nope, not yet
75. Roadkill – see #1
76. Baijiu ?
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – you, sir, are no Tastycake
78. Snail – I like the little ones in southern France that you eat with a nail
79. Lapsang souchong – beverages again
80. Bellini – rare exception to my prohibition of beverages that aren’t water, wine, beer or coffee
81. Tom yum – Singapore. Chased it with a chili crab
82. Eggs Benedict – yes, but not anymore after reading Kitchen Confidential
83. Pocky – at a 7-Eleven in Tokyo, lost in translation, at some God-awful hour of the night or morning, with a hard-cooked egg
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. – French Laundry
85. Kobe beef – with my Lehigh friend, King, and his family, in Tokyo, my first and best ever shabu shabu.
86. Hare – last week, in fact
87. Goulash – rib sticking food
88. Flowers – zucchini, stuffed with cheese
89. Horse – Sapporo; believe it or not, the horse came from Colorado
90. Criollo chocolate – I use the nibs in my “wine and chocolate” blend, which much to my surprise was not popular
91. Spam – classic, like scrapple, something you don’t want to live without but don’t want to eat every day
92. Soft shell crab – love ’em on sandwiches. Can’t figure out the season on these.
93. Rose harissa – nope
94. Catfish – more fish you have to skin
95. Mole poblano – made some recently
96. Bagel and lox – I am a damn yankee with a Jewish wife, so is it any surprise? Keep the whitefish, though.
97. Lobster Thermidor – many moons ago, made it at home following a Julia recipe, IIRC
98. Polenta – two weeks ago
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee – I would have picked a different coffee
100. Snake – at an odd little restaurant near Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. Tasted like alligator.