Wednesday, May 23, 2012

100 Things to Eat Before You Die

I saw this list of 100 Things to Eat Before You Die on Terri's Try Anything Once website (here's her version), and was inspired to borrow/steal it. I have a lot more to taste (and hopefully will expand my palate a little bit; I am pretty conservative, a hangover from my picky eater days).

Ones I have consumed are in bold.

1. Abalone

2. Absinthe - In the Czech Republic. I did the whole shebang (with the flaming sugar cube and everything). The effects were just like being tipsy.

3. Alligator

4. Baba Ghanoush - It's good, but I like hummus better.

5. Bagel and lox - Yes, many times. I don't really like lox though (it's fish, after all).

6. Baklava - For the first time in a Mediterranean restaurant in San Francisco. Yummy!

7. Barbecue Ribs - No! I must try this.

8. Bellini - Yes, at a fancy museum soiree back in California. Pretty good, but I don't really like the taste of peach...

9. Bird's Nest Soup - No, somehow swallow spit just seems too icky. And it's so expensive! I'll think about trying it though.

10. Biscuits and gravy

11. Black pudding - Anything based around blood grosses me out. I don't think I will ever be able to eat this.

12. Black truffle - Yes, last at Senso

13. Borscht - Many times: most memorably in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I love borscht and could eat it every day (and did in Petersburg, as it, rye bread, jam, and pastries were the only good food available: Russian food tends to be bad). 

14. Calamari - Yes, but I don't like it. To me, it tastes like rubber bands.

15. Carp

16. Caviar - Yes, by accident in Saint Petersburg (I mistakenly ordered it in a bliny or crepe; this was the red version), and on purpose at a very swanky reception in San Francisco (Mikhail Baryshnikov was in attendance); this was the black version. Salty but icky.

17. Cheese Fondue - Yes, at a Swiss restaurant in San Francisco (before I was allergic to milk). Pretty good but SO heavy I felt sick afterwards.

18. Chicken & Waffles

19. Chicken Tikka Masala - In the US and in London (the only good food in the UK is Indian food). Delicious!

20. Chile Relleno

21. Chitterlings/Chitlins

22. Churros - Mmmm... I love churros, especially when dipped into hot chocolate. 

23. Clam Chowder - Clams gross me out. I really should try this though.

24. Cognac

25. Crabcake - For the first time in Washington DC (and later in California). Deliciously rich and decadent. 

26. Crickets - No, but certainly available in Singapore!

27. Currywurst - I must try this. I love sausage in every way.

28. Dandelion wine

29. Dulce de leche - At various Mexican/South American restaurants. Good but too cloying for my taste (and now I can't eat it anyway). 

30. Durian - In Taiwan. It tastes fine actually, but I can't get past the smell (it smells just like vomit). I am not a fan.

31. Eel - In a traditional inn in the Japanese countryside. It was delicious!!

32. Eggs Benedict - Most recently at the Pork Store in San Francisco. OMG it's so good. I could eat some now!!

33. Fish Tacos - I used to eat these all the time in Los Angeles. I don't usually like fish, but actually these are incredibly delicious, especially with lots of mayonnaise and cabbage.

34. Foie Gras - Yes, by mistake at a fancy restaurant in Singapore. It was good but ethically I feel bad.

35. Fresh Spring Rolls - In Taiwan I used to order them for breakfast from the vendor who'd roll them in front of me. She added peanuts and they were so delicious.

36. Fried Catfish

37. Fried Green Tomatoes

38. Fried Plantain - Yes, at a Brazilian restaurant in Los Angeles. Surprisingly delicious and sweet.

39. Frito Pie - I love Fritos but this sounds kind of disgusting.

40. Frog's Legs - I should have, since I went to Sichuan, where they are one of the main specialties, but it was too weird for me. Maybe someday?

41. Fugu (Pufferfish) - No, though I've been to Japan. I think I have to wait until little R is independent (it seems a bit indulgent to risk orphaning her just for kicks...)

42. Funnel Cake

43. Gazpacho - Ate it in Spain back when I was a really picky eater out of politeness and hated it. Now I love it.

44. Goat - In Greece. It was pretty good, but I like beef better.

45. Goat's Milk - This is my big standby (since I'm now allergic to cows' milk, it's my sole source of milk/cheese). It's very good though if I could I would still choose cows' milk for the taste.

46. Goulash

47. Gumbo - Yes, at a Louisiana restaurant in Oakland, California. Very flavorful.

48. Haggis

49. Head cheese - No, and probably never. Ick.

50. Heirloom Tomatoes

51. Honeycomb

52. Hostess Fruit Pie - No, and why is this on here? Sounds foul. Maybe I am just being snobby though?

53. Huevos Rancheros - So good: if you haven't had these, go to a good Mexican restaurant ASAP!!

54. Jerk Chicken

55. Kangaroo

56. Key Lime Pie - Yes, but not really a good version (some dumb buffet). 

57. Kobe Beef - Must eat on next Japan trip.

58. Lassi - Yes, pre-allergy. Good but not my thing.

59. Lobster

60. Mimosa - I love these!!

61. Moon Pie

62. Morel Mushrooms - Yes, often. Yummy.

63. Nettle Tea

64. Octopus - Rubbery and not for me.

65. Oxtail Soup

66. Paella - In Spain. I ate it out of politeness but hated it (it was the seafood variety). Should try it again now that I'm not so picky.

67. Paneer - Yes, with spinach. Quite good, though I prefer regular cheese.

68. Pastrami on Rye - One of my favorite sandwiches of all time. I could eat this every day.

69. Pavlova

70. Phaal

71. Philly Cheesesteak

72. Pho - B and I used to eat it every week at a little hole-in-the-wall near our apartment in San Francisco. I like the beef version with lots of lime and bean sprouts.

73. Pineapple Cottage Cheese

74. Pistachio Ice Cream - Oddly enough, no (even though I used to work in an ice cream store). The color put me off.

75. Po' Boy

76. Pocky - ? This is really not good at all, and my bar for candy enjoyment is pretty low (I love Skittles, for instance). The strawberry version is worse than the chocolate one.

77. Polenta - Oh I love polenta, especially when the outer layer is a little crispy. Eat it with mushrooms for extra deliciousness.

78. Prickly Pear - At a Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles as a salad. Really delicious (though the somewhat slimy texture might put some people off). 

79. Rabbit Stew - No! I love rabbits > : (

80. Raw Oysters

81. Root Beer Float - I used to get this all the time at a traditional soda fountain in Berkeley, California. Best with vanilla.

82. S'Mores - I don't really like these, because marshmallows aren't my thing. I've eaten them when camping though, because who's going to turn down chocolate?

83. Sauerkraut - I lovvve sauerkraut, especially with sausage. I will even eat it plain out of the jar. Of course B's homemade purple cabbage version is best.

84. Sea Urchin

85. Shark

86. Snail

87. Snake

88. Soft Shell Crab

89. Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad) - It's very good. I like green mango salad a little bit better though.

90. Spaetzle - I like this, especially with sauerkraut and sausage. Ate it last at a German Swiss restaurant in George Town.

91. Spam - At a Hawaiian restaurant in San Francisco. I love ham, but spam is really not very good. Why the Polynesian obsession with it?

92. Squirrel

93. Steak Tartare

94. Sweet Potato Fries - I like these much better than regular french fries (I rather dislike the potato taste). They're really good with mayonnaise--but isn't everything?

95. Sweetbreads - No, and probably never will. Organs gross me out.

96. Tom Yum - This is good. I prefer Tom Kha though, especially with tofu. I could eat it every day: the coconut broth is SO addictive.

97. Umeboshi - Yes, in Japan. As a relish, they're not bad: but I can't eat more than a taste because the flavor is too overpowering.

98. Venison

99. Wasabi Peas - Yes, at least the dried snack food version, in Taiwan. I don't like them.

100. Zucchini Flowers - No, I hate zucchini. Maybe I should give this preparation a chance though. 


  1. Loved this, and someday when I am blogging more I'm going to copy you. Having it written on my blog will help me work through the entire list.

    Though I am thinking about replacing the items I won't consume (absinthe and shark, for instance)

  2. We must get you some ribs! I will Fed Ex them to you. What's your address? ;)

    1. I know! We're visiting the US in June so I will have to make a visit to a Southern restaurant at least once. Singapore isn't really the place to try it.

  3. You should try frog's legs! They actually do taste and have a texture similar to chicken, you just have to eat quite a few of them to make it worthwile because there is hardly any meat on a leg. I thought it sounded disgusting, but actually pretty good! One of the more normal things I ate while in Romania

    1. They eat them in Romania? Interesting, I thought it was only the Chinese that were hardcore enough to eat such slimy-looking creatures. I do like chicken though...