The Omnivore’s Hundred is a list of foods the gastronomic Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.

The rules of the meme:
1) bold those you have tried
2)  strikethrough those you wouldn’t eat on a bet.
2a) Italicize any item you’ll never eat again.
2b) Asterisk any items you’d be interested in trying but have not yet.

 

Venison

Nettle tea

Huevos rancheros

Steak tartare

Crocodile

Black pudding

Cheese fondue

Carp

Borscht

Baba ghanoush

Calamari

Pho

PB&J sandwich

Aloo gobi

Hot dog from a street cart

Epoisses

Black truffle (and cooked with it!)

Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

Steamed pork buns

Pistachio ice cream

Heirloom tomatoes

Fresh wild berries

Foie gras

Rice and beans

Brawn, or head cheese

Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper

Dulce de leche

Oysters

Baklava

Bagna cauda

Wasabi peas

Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

*Salted lassi

Sauerkraut

Root beer float

Cognac with a fat cigar (ohhhh yeah)

Clotted cream tea

*Vodka jelly

Gumbo

*Oxtail

Curried goat

Whole insects (I’d TRY one maybe but…eesh)

*Phaal

Goat’s milk

Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

Fugu

Chicken tikka masala

Eel

Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

Sea urchin (not my favorite, and there are so many fish in the sea)

*Prickly pear

Umeboshi

Abalone

Paneer

McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

Spaetzle

Dirty gin martini

Beer above 8% ABV

Poutine

Carob chips (bleh thoughL)

S’mores

Sweetbreads

Kaolin (kaopectate )

Currywurst

*Durian

Frogs’ legs

Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

*Haggis

Fried plantain

Chitterlings, or andouillette  nevvvverrrr!

Gazpacho

Caviar and blini

*Louche absinthe

Gjetost, or brunost (bleh)

Roadkill  (it wasn’t killed on the road but I had rabbit and squirrel)

Baijiu

Hostess Fruit Pie

Snail

Lapsang souchong (the single malt of teas…yum!)

Bellini

Tom yum

Eggs Benedict

Pocky

*Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant

Kobe beef  

Hare

Goulash

Flowers

Horse  ANIMAL CRUELTYL

Criollo chocolate

Spam

Soft shell crab

*Rose harissa

Catfish

Mole poblano

Bagel and lox

Lobster Thermidor

Polenta

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

Snake

Portland Trip

August 18, 2008

 We just returned late last night from five days in Portland, Oregon with Kevin’s immediate family. I’ve never been before and I was so impressed. They were having a BIG BAD heat wave but still…Portland is a lovely city and we had some really fun experiences there and most of them, yes, were culinary.
NOW…getting there and back was a bit rough. First off, I have to fly…which is never a good thing but I do it because well, I like to go places. Second, the “Boogie” has to fly. This turned out to be (surprise! ha!) not so great either. I mean…we really should swing for a SEAT next time. Yeah! He really was pretty good for the flight there but coming back I swear I thought he was going to kill himself riggling and screaming and trying to get away from us during things like…landing! and taking off! and turbulence and well, the whole dang flight except when he passed out due to exhaustion from crying for about an HOUR of the 4.5 we were in the air. I should really rush right home and hug him again…was really hard on the little guy:(. Major guilt, frankly.

And …could air travel in this country suck just a little bit more? I MEAN REALLY! I cannot begin to tell you how $1600 went down the metaphorical customer service toilet that is…well, any airline I’ve flown lately. I still like Delta. I tend to be ok on Delta. It might be out of some sort of weird southern denial thingy feelings though. I admit that as a possibility. And, well, I’m good with all international airlines except “Air Chance” (note: at least Air France serves real food and decent wine without charging! I will certainly give them that!). Anyway…our airline companies, as a giant GUILTYSUCKY group, are being SHAMED by such airlines as Air CANADA! That is right. Canadians are kicking our dumb rears. I will never for get the time I flew Air Canada and seriously thought I’d accidentally stumbled into First Class. It was NICE, people ( you know…the 5 people possibly reading this..;).

Yeah, so our “flying experience” sucked, ya know. Cramped. Crappy food. barely water to drink. TSA confiscated the thingy keeping the baby’s milk cold (really. because the baby was going to make a WMD out of a cooler insert and the silicone nipple on his bottle after having his milk. idjiots!%*&)… we had a stewardess on each flight that clearly hated all families with small children and said so in so many words… One really core thing is that if you are taking milk that needs to be cooled, you best take ICE in a plastic baggie with that instead of those cooler insert things cause otherwise, yeah, curdle city (The TSA was under the impression that airlines are making milk available to toddlers by the by… WRONG!). 

Well that is enough of complaining:)! On to the most important thing…the food. Of course wine and berries were EVERYWHERE and in very fine condition but I had NO IDEA how amazing the BEER is in Portland. Of the samplings, this was my fave:

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/BrewPub/OnTap/5832.aspx

SO tasty. We also, of course had lovely wine while there. We had a classic pinot noir (like ya doo) from a vineyard called A to Z that was great and affordable. We also had a nice voignier with our big “family meal” on Saturday night.

Saturday morning we hit the big Portland farmer’s market as a family and bought/ate our way through it. The prepared food stands are to DIE yum. Boogie and I shared a big buttermilk biscuit. He was in the Ergo on my chest and kept moving my hand from my mouth to his so he could have MY bites as well as his own! Was funny:)! I had some yummy sausage made by a farm that was making “whole breakfasts” as well as selling sausages to take home and cook on the side…yum again. There was a good coffee stand and well, a lot more and then…everything else. I’ll be mentioning one of my purchases in a few days as it is a surprise for Wednesday’s “Ladies who dine” but Kevin and I purchased some lovely corn, breads from a booth by Pearl Bakery (an excellent local bakery), the “mystery purchase”, blueberries for snacking and strawberries for snacking. Our evening meal included grilled corn, the breads, grilled peaches over ice cream, grilled squash, eggplant and fennel, green salad, brats (which we purchased from a LOVELY German specialty store called Edelweiss that was hard to find but worth the trip. Get the smoke roasted chickens as a nice picnic treat!) and:

Grilled Sockeye Salmon
– one five-ish pound sockey salmon (head off, tail on, skin on, cut for stuffing)
– lemon and orange slices
– copious amounts of fennel fronds

Sprinkle inside with sea salt and then layer orange and lemon slices and then fennel fronds inside fish. Roast on grill on medium low heat. After turning, cover with extra fennel fronds if desired. enjoy…

Our FAIR Planet

August 11, 2008

 http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2008/08/sustainable_seafood.php

The title of this post is a reference to Click and Clack…and I feel like a total AMATEUR talking about food when I peruse the above blog. She is an expert in the mechanics of gourmet, people (at least … I think the blogger is a she…). AND if she had a “shameless commerce division”, I’d buy her t-shirts…for reals. Read her recipes. They are, as a rule, lovely.

Anyway, it is exciting to see foodies picking up on a very LOGICAL topic for them to be discussing! Food sustainability. The above post is about the seafood crisis and it is both helpful and motivational. Non-preachy…just, informative and well, can get you thinking about these things but at your own pace.

I did add a comment (among the 50 million on that post) that I’ve been shopping at Wild Edibles in NYC for my seafood lately. I feel good about that because they give a lot of info about the background of each seafood item they have available. They go way beyond farmed or wild and what state/country the item came from. The postings under each item actually give information about environmental impact. Pretty fantastic!

Of course then the items that have less impact on the environment and are more sustainable… well, they are also more expensive, usually.

But how is this necessarily a bad thing? I mean, USA even with the current trends in inflation in your local grocery market…we are STILL paying far less than most of the world is for food in relation to our overal incomes. AND WE ARE STILL consuming more…and wasting more. Isn’t it time we started thinking about what we really find essential and what effect our constant consumption is having? Of course. 

I find myself buying a little bit less, portion wise and buying a little less often. Therefore, seafood, like meat in general in my house these days (especially since the CSA started) is a special thing, not a requirement for every meal. We enjoy these items more because we have them less and we get better quality when we do make the purchases. It just makes sense from so many angles but the main reasons for me are “is it gonna taste great?” and ” am I reducing my families negative impact on the earth?”