The Omnivore’s Hundred and its Vegetarian Cousin

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Just like any self-respecting pinoy operating on Filipino Time, I’m late to the party as usual. The Omnivore’s Hundred has been making its way around the blogs and has even spawned a vegetarian version. Both hundred-item lists are featured here and it looks like I still have a long way to go. In the spirit of open-mindedness, I’m willing to try anything at least once, with a few reasonable exceptions, of course.

  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 at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk and/or feedingmaybelle.blogspot.com, linking to your results.

Statistics:

  • The Omnivore’s Hundred: 90%
  • The Vegetarian’s Hundred: 81%

The 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
    Heirloom Tomato
  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
    Coda alla Vaccinara - Braised Oxtail Butcher Style
    Coda alla Vaccinara – Braised Oxtail Butcher Style
  41. Curried goat
  42. Whole insects
    I was biking in a forest preserve, sucking wind, and had to breathe through my wide-open mouth. The mosquito was crisp and creamy, with hints of iron and pine.
  43. Phaal
  44. Goat’s milk
  45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
  46. Fugu
    “Death by ugly fish” is the last thing I want on my obituary.
  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
    Rogue Chocolate Stout and Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
    Does craving 18% ABV beers make me an alcoholic?

  59. Poutine
  60. Carob chips
  61. S’mores
  62. Sweetbreads
  63. Kaolin
    Eat Dirt. If your first reaction happens to be “No,” we’re on the same wavelength.
  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
    What the hell?
  76. Baijiu
  77. Hostess Fruit Pie
  78. Snail
    Periwinkles sound so much more appetizing.
  79. Lapsang souchong
  80. Bellini
  81. Tom yum
  82. Eggs Benedict
  83. Pocky
  84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
    Maybe when I’ve paid off things such as college loans and credit card debt.
  85. Kobe beef
  86. Hare
  87. Goulash
  88. Flowers
  89. Horse
    See item number 75
  90. Criollo chocolate
  91. Spam
    Every Filipino loves Spam. No Exceptions.
  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
    Snake sausage anyone?

The Vegetarian’s Hundred:

  1. Edamame (?)
  2. Cha Soba (?)
  3. Arame (?)
  4. Earth Balance Buttercream
  5. “Homemade” sprouts
    Sprouted wheat and rye berries
  6. Green Bamboo Rice (?)
  7. Absinthe
  8. Eat at a raw restaurant
    I’m afraid to go to raw restaurants. I have “grilled meat-eater” written all over me.
  9. Fresh (real) wasabi
  10. Deep fried pickle
  11. Fiddleheads (?)
  12. Garlic stuffed olives
  13. Smen (?)
    Hopefully not a typo.
  14. Goji Berries (?)
  15. Shiso or Perilla (?)
  16. Amaranth (?)
  17. Pomegranate molasses (?)
  18. Water convulvulus (Water Spinach) (?)
  19. Pea eggplant, Thai eggplant, green eggplant, Japanese eggplant, Indian eggplant, Sicilian eggplant…
  20. A Zen Buddhist Vegan Meal (?)
  21. Kohya Dofu (?)
  22. Wild Asparagus (?)
  23. Elderberry (?)
  24. Candlenuts (kemiri) (?)
  25. Salsify (?)
  26. Nutritional Yeast (?)
  27. Pandan (?)
  28. Roman cauliflower (?)
  29. Anything with acorn flour (?)
  30. Poi (?)
  31. Chaya (tree spinach) (?)
  32. Pitahaya (dragon fruit) (?)
  33. Asafoetida (?)
    Asafoetida Hing Devil's Dung
    Holy crap this thing is pungent.
  34. Fried plantains
  35. Basil seeds (?)
  36. Cardoon (?)
  37. Durian (?)
  38. Ground Cherry or cape gooseberry (?)
  39. Fresh waterchestnut (?)
  40. Cashewnut cheese
  41. Nettles (?)
  42. Fake duck from a can, tofurky, or any prepared vegetarian product to resemble meat
  43. Kimchi (?)
  44. Masala Dosa (?)
  45. Lotus Seed (?)
  46. Matcha (?)
  47. Loubie Bzeit (?)
  48. Quince (?)
  49. Blue Potatoes (?)
  50. Injera (?)
  51. Nasturtium (?)
  52. Turkish Delight or Lokum (?)
  53. Spruce tips (?)
  54. Breadfruit (?)
  55. Mangosteen (?)
    Sliced Mangosteen
  56. Swede or Rutabaga (?)
  57. Garlic Scapes (?)
    Garlic Scapes
  58. Lavash (?)
  59. Candied Angelica (?)
  60. Rambutan (?)
  61. Sambal (?)
  62. Bhutanese Red Rice (?)
    star anise red rice cinnamon red cooked
    Does it have to be Bhutanese?
  63. Candy-cane or Chioggia beets (?)
  64. Mango
    Mangoes and Cream
  65. Ras el Hanout (?)
  66. Vegan marshmallow (?)
  67. Umeboshi (?)
  68. Red Currants (?)
  69. Puy or French lentils (?)
  70. Millet (?)
  71. Fresh Bamboo shoot (?)
  72. Jerusalem artichoke (?)
  73. Wild strawberry (?)
  74. Jambool (?)
  75. Po cha or Yak butter Tea (?)
  76. Adzuki beans (?)
  77. Shirataki (?)
  78. Manioc, yuca, cassava (?)
  79. Quinoa (?)
  80. Ramps (?)
  81. Chufa (?)
  82. Purslane (?)
  83. Curry Leaves (Kadipatta) (?)
  84. Sorrel (?)
  85. Sumac (?)
  86. Vegan cupcake
  87. Montreal bagel (?)
  88. Peri-peri (?)
  89. Syllabub (?)
  90. Chartreus (?)
  91. Kamut berries (?)
  92. Kalamansi Lime (?)
    The citrus fruit of choice for Filipinos.
  93. Aloe (?)
  94. Morels (?)
  95. Raw “bread”
    What’s wrong with “baked” bread?
  96. Dandelion wine
  97. Rosti (?)
  98. Loomi (?)
  99. Stinky tofu (?)
    If even Andrew Zimmern can’t handle it…
  100. Something grown by you

    Dead Greek Basil
    Say hello to Herb. He made good roast chicken before neglect and laziness got the best of him.

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18 Responses to “The Omnivore’s Hundred and its Vegetarian Cousin”

  1. maybelle's mom (feeding maybelle) says:

    Thanks for playing along. And a B average to boot… I love your additional commentary, and you will never know if I meant men.

    last blog post: Vegan Muffins Again with the Family

  2. Dee says:

    Mmm… yak butter tea. Lovely.

    last blog post: Simple pleasures

  3. sweetbird says:

    Damn Jude. Look at you go! I haven’t tried half of those things. I’m going to attribute that to my great youth ;-)

    last blog post: Blueberry Muffins

  4. cheryl says:

    This is the first I’ve seen of the veg version. Thanks for sharing!

    last blog post: Menu Plan Monday August 25th

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Of course! I’ve had whole insects that way too. But I don’t think they were mosquitoes. I believe they were gnats. (And did I swallow them? Or did I spit them out? Hmmm, I’ll have to re-examine the memory before I go and change my list to bring up my rather poor grade.)

    I’m with you on the kaolin thing. I really don’t think it belongs on the essential Omnivore list though. (Or am I wrong? Are there exclusive restaurants that offer little plates of artistically heaped kaolin?) Perhaps silver would have been a more realistic choice, as it is an actual food item in some parts of the world. And I HAVE had that so my score could have been higher (and it’s all about the mark, isn’t it?) I don’t know how good it was for me but can it be worse than too much butter?

    Augh!!! There’s a vegetarian 100 now too?!

    last blog post: oh oh… where’s the rye flour?

  6. Y says:

    Crisp and creamy mosquito.. hahaha!

    last blog post: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

  7. Zita says:

    Oooh… this is fun, might tried it in the weekend :)

    last blog post: Um Ali

  8. nanc twop says:


    LOL’d at your ‘death by ugly fish’ line.

    And here are my tallys: Omni & Vege 100’s

    *does everyone ‘update’ the list as time passes?

  9. Michele says:

    I’m sorry, but the concept of a “Vegetarian Omnivore” is too ridiculous.

    I love your mosquito tasting notes.

    last blog post: 87/100

  10. Maybelle’s Mom – Pretty cool list. I hope I can update the list soon.

    Dee – Something about the commbination just doesn’t sound right

    Sweetbird – Had a few regrets but glad I tried some things.

    Cheryl – I thought I’d do better with the vegetarian version. Oh well.\

    Elizabeth – I hope it was a mosquito. Flies would be a bit more gag inducing.
    Eating dirt is weird. I’ve eaten some form of foil, too. Nice to look at but needed seasoning.

    Y – Had to drink lots of water to wash that down.

    Zita – Hope to check out your list soon.

    Nanc – I’d still try it in a heartbeat, though. Why the hell not.

    Michele – There’s even a vegan version when I posted this. I’d probably be at 2/100.

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