This is one of those silly Facebook memes, but I thought I’d post it since I did very well (or I’m about to die, that would be the other way of looking at it). It helped that this particular version of the list is stacked towards sushi & Indian food.
And yes I used wikipedia to look up some of these, because I’ve tried a lot of things under different names or not knowing the traditional name, and I fully sanction your doing the same. Wikipedia has ruined the art of the casual debate, but for food memes, it’s hella handy.
100 Foods to Eat Before You Die
1. Venison – yes (I am pretty sure I had some my uncle shot, but if not, definitely in a restaurant)
2. Nettle tea – yes
3. Huevos rancheros- I’ve lived in CA and TX, so duh
4. Steak tartare – yes
5. Crocodile – I’m counting alligator as a yes, practically the same thing
6. Black pudding – I think I tasted this in scotland
7. Cheese fondue – yes
8. Carp – not sure, but I wouldn’t say no to it
9. Borscht – yes, I’ve made it too, not a big fan
10. Baba ghanoush – yes but I prefer other middle eastern condiments
11. Calamari – yes, in all kinds of ways, and it’s Maggie’s favorite seafood
12. Pho – yes.
13. PB&J sandwich – ok if I said no you’d have to revoke my American kid card
14. Aloo gobi – yes (mom this is indian, a cauliflower dish)
15. Hot dog from a street cart – yes, in NYC and possibly also Chicago
16. Epoisses –apparently this is a cheese, I’ve tried a LOT of cheeses but don’t know if this one
17. Black truffle – divine
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – many other fruits, it’s an Midwest thing apparently
19. Steamed pork buns – of course and I SO miss the bbq pork variety, haven’t found in Houston yet
20. Pistachio ice cream – made it & ate it still don’t love it
21. Heirloom tomatoes – frequently
22. Fresh wild berries – picked ’em myself
23. Foie gras – yes love it despite the guilt
24. Rice and beans – I don’t think you can be a member of any culture in this world without having this on the menu
25. Brawn, or head cheese – sadly, no
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – can’t do it
27. Dulce de leche – yes, don’t like it, too soggy
28. Oysters – yes! favorite is fried & stuffed, new orleans style
29. Baklava – yes, it’s growing on me
30. Bagna cauda – yes, planning to make at home soon – Mom if you ever went to stinking rose you probably had it, it’s their most popular app
31. Wasabi peas – yep
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – many many times
33. Salted lassi – oooh, I’ve had mango and rose but never tried salted! (this is an indian yogurt drink)
34. Sauerkraut – yes, and I finally like it
35. Root beer float – yes but please with real root beer, preferably from a tap, with wintergreen in it
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – cognac yes, cigar yes, so I’m counting this
37. Clotted cream tea – yes
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot – nah, my college was dry, and after college, what’s the point? I might have had vodka watermelon tho
39. Gumbo – yes, there’s some in my freezer right now
40. Oxtail – yep, thanks to my African church
41. Curried goat – yes, first at my cousin’s wedding, and at several great pak restaurants
42. Whole insects – ew, actually, I have *not* gone there. except by accident.
43. Phaal – a super hot indian dish I have not been privileged to try (mom, your knowledge of indian cuisine is sorely lacking!)
44. Goat’s milk – yup, this was my go-to milk when K was lactose intolerant
45. Single malt whisky – from the distillery itself! and others
46. Fugu – I would try this if I really trusted the chef (it’s the pufferfish that can kill you if not prepared correctly)
47. Chicken tikka masala – so many times
48. Eel – yes, yes, yes!
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – hot off the line
50. Sea urchin – yes (clearly this list is stacked with sushi)
51. Prickly pear – yes
52. Umeboshi – japanese plum, YUM!
53. Abalone – yep, raw
54. Paneer – of course! (indian cheese)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – so ashamed to say yes (I was ignorant once)
56. Spaetzle – yes, in Amana colonies, Iowa
57. Dirty gin martini – yep, cemented my dislike of gin
58. Beer above 8% ABV – often
59. Poutine – I just saw Mo Rocca eating this with Eric McCormack on Sunday Morning, it’s Canadian fries & gravy. I say the Magic Mountain from Ross’s Restaurant in Bettendorf, IA is close enough.
60. Carob chips – how could I not? all my friends are vegan
61. S’mores – of course
62. Sweetbreads – yes! so wonderful in the right hands
63. Kaolin – this is a clay substance, from what I can find not widely eaten straight, but used as a pesticide in organic farming, so I’ll bet I’ve had it
64. Currywurst – pretty sure I have
65. Durian – no
66. Frogs’ legs – most memorably as fajitas in a Chicago restaurant
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – yes, yes, yes, and yes
68. Haggis – yep, fried up for breakfast, loved it
69. Fried plantain – yes
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette – yes and yes
71. Gazpacho – yep, wish I could make it more often, but John says, “it’s just salsa, why are we eating it like soup?”
72. Caviar and blini – I’m sure I had this at some fancy party sometime. definitely caviar many times.
73. Louche absinthe – I have had traditional absinthe, so I guess so
74. Gjetost – no (mom it’s a goat cheese, you wouldn’t like, tho it’s a whey cheese, so probably doesn’t taste like “goat cheese”)
75. Roadkill – not that I know of but I do live in the south
76. Baijiu – no but now I want to try it!
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – yes but the homemade fried pies in Texas are so far superior it’s not funny
78. Snail – yes
79. Lapsang souchong – yes (this is a tea and I did NOT have to look it up)
80. Bellini – yes! Mom are you sure? This is a mimosa with peach instead of orange juice. it’s wonderful. Get one next time you’re at brunch!
81. Tom yum – one of my faves
82. Eggs Benedict – yes, but after reading Anthony Bourdain, not too often
83. Pocky – yep
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – I think so. If Guy Savoy had 3 when I was there. Also ate at Joel Rubouchon. Surely one of those.
85. Kobe beef – makes a great burger
86. Hare – yes
87. Goulash – yes
88. Flowers – yes, recently been making hibiscus tea regularly, and ate a hibiscus at the farmer’s market
89. Horse – not on purpose but when we were in Paris, might have
90. Criollo – this sounds GOOD! Hope I can find it. It’s a rare chocolate.
91. Spam – unfortunately, yes
92. Soft shell crab – yes, at Paul Proudhomme’s restaurant in NOLA
93. Rose harissa – I am pretty sure yes
94. Catfish – yes
95. Mole poblano – yes
96. Bagel and lox – my favorite thing from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Studio City (always snitched it from the TBAA writers)
97. Lobster Thermidor – pretty sure they had this on one of the Vegas buffets
98. Polenta – yes
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – yes, I think so, but I think there are many imposters of this
100. Snake – again, I think I ate on a Vegas buffet
So I scored 86 out of 100. How’d you do?