food thoughts

Because to be honest, I was thinking about the omnivore’s 100 that has been circulating around, is just one person’s perspective, and therefore is biased according to where he/she’s been, what he/she thinks is exotic, delicious, unique, challenging.  And some Brit cannot possibly have been exposed to the variety and the uniqueness that is present in NYC.

To be fair, I am currently bitter about London getting the 2012 Olympics and not NYC.  Of course this is old news, but I’ve got PMS, and I want to be angry about something so why not this?  What will they show for their opening ceremony, I ask you?  Tea-drinkers, Beefeaters, brawling drunken fools in football jerseys and the Queen? really I ask you? REALLY.

But if New York had the Olympics? We could just randomly pull anyone off our streets – preferably from a borough other than Manhattan and say – bring something that your mother cooked you, and dress in your ethnic garb, and we’d have a show.  It’d be like the UN on parade.  Plus, we could just play Ken Burns’ documentary on big screens all around.  Does London have a Ken Burns documentary about it?  No.

I have now worked myself up to the point that I’ve nearly forgotten the purpose of this post.  MY 100.  Mine.  Totally biased, haphazardly thought out and I’ve tried to leave out the stuff that the other guy had on his list.  But PB&J is a definite experience that everyone should have.  So a few will be the same.  Its also got some Sri-Lankan dishes, that I’ll post recipes for on this site someday (soon).

Here goes:

My 100

1.    pizza from a pizzeria (NOT brick oven fancy pizza)
2.    coconut sambol
3.    peking duck
4.    dim sum
5.    kiri buth (coconut milk-rice)
6.    indian food from a hole in the wall that only cab drivers frequent
7.    barbecue ribs (kansas city style or dry rub, either is fine)
8.    bagel with cream cheeze, lox, capers, red onion and tomato
9.    blueberry muffins
10.    salmon sashimi
11.    tzaziki
12.    swedish meatballs
13.    wasabi mashed potatoes
14.    tarte tatin
15.    lobster roll
16.    congee
17.    cheese fondue
18.    steak tartare
19.    caesar salad
20.    boquerones
21.    peanut butter and jelly sandwich
22.    bibimbop
23.    cochchii chilies (sri lanka hot pepper in the house!)
24.    bhel puri
25.    arepas
26.    chicharones
27.    candystripe figs (my latest food glutton experience)
28.    pina colada
29.    french onion soup
30.    tacos from some guy in a cart
31.    sopapillas
32.    sweetbreads
33.    southern biscuits
34.    fried chicken (NOT from KFC)
35.    grilled cheese sandwich
36.    philly cheesesteak (WITH velveeta)
37.    muffaletta
38.    chicken wings
39.    cheese fries
40.    rambutan
41.    mangosteen
42.    alphonso mangoes
43.    tamarind
44.    honeysuckle flower nectar
45.    iberico ham
46.    rocquefort (the queen of all blues, imho)
47.    nutella
48.    masticha
49.    mochi
50.    cardamom
51.    McDonald’s french fries
52.    The “oysters” from a roast chicken
53.    Guanciale
54.    Pork belly
55.   Fried Zucchini flowers (stuffed or not stuffed)
56.    Twinkie
57.    Fried Dough (holla at me, street fair food)
58.    Corn dog
59.    macarons
60.    Kimchi
61.    devilled pork
62.    Roasted peanuts
63.    Goldfish (the crackers)
64.    Toro
65.    Hoppers (appa)
66.    cassoulet
67.    Cranberries
68.    Shirred eggs
69.    cheesecake
70.    periwinkles
71.    Caramel apple
72.    Gummi bears
73.    Vadai
74.    Whole roast pig
75.    Spaghetti carbonara
76.    Coconut layer cake
77.    rasam
78.    sorrel
79.    Marrons glaces
80.    red velvet cake
81.    watalapam
82.    bacalao
83.    Bananas foster
84.    pineapple with salt and pepper and maybe also a pinch of chili powder
85.    Pickled okra
86.    Toll house chocolate chip cookies
87.    Jamaican beef patty
88.    kulfi
89.    Pumpkin ice cream
90.    conch fritters
91.    horchata
92.    Crackerjack
93.    Buffalo milk yogurt
94.    Scotch eggs
95.    Thick sliced bacon
96.    scrambled eggs with tabasco sauce
97.    Kentucky bourbon
98.    lemongrass
99.    pisco sour
100.    japanese curry


I read a LOT of food blogs. And one of my favorites – Very Good Taste – which is a great blog out of the UK put forth a list of 100 foods that an omnivore should try and made it into a very cool game.

Here are the rules:

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 here at linking to your results.
There were four things on this list that I had to look up, and only three things that I crossed out – horse, because I love them, and I ride them, and so cannot eat them and whole insects, and roadkill, for what I hope are obvious reasons. 🙂 I am just not that cool. But this was totally fun! of this list, I’ve only got 21 things left to eat before I whack them all (barring the 3 I refuse).

PS — what I found particularly hilarious was the inclusion of hostess’ fruit pie. I mean really? I loved their cherry pies when I was little, and lord have mercy did I eat a ton of those totally sweet delicious and utterly fake things. Now I know why – just to tick it off the omnivore’s 100. 🙂

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
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
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
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
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