100 Foods to Eat Before You Die

cheese-fondue

A LOONG way back, Hillary, a fellow Chew on That blogger, blogged about a list that she found.  This list had 100 foods that every person needs to try before they die.  She went through and said which ones she’d tried and which ones she’d never try, so I think it’s time I do the same!

So here’s how this is gonna go: if I’ve tried the food, I’ll make it pink and add a little info about my experience eating it.  If I refuse to ever try it, I’ll bold it.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile- Ok, I haven’t tried crocodile, but I’ve tried alligator.  I muched on some alligator ribs at the Taste of Chicago one year.  Yum!
6. Black pudding -I lived in Scotland for 4 years, so this blood-based dish is not foreign to me.  I actually enjoy it!  Try it with haggis (a sheep’s stomach filled with a whole lot of nastiness!) 
7. Cheese fondue - I was lucky enough to have some authentic cheese fondue in Switzerland.  The fondue itself was amazing, but I was kind of diappointed that you ONLY dip bread in it.  Boring!
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari- I love any and all seafood, so I can’t get enough of calamari. I try to avoid the fried stuff, as it’s not very healthy.  Give me a paella loaded with it, and I’m happy.
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich- I’m pretty sure every American has eaten one of these in their lifetime- a PB&J is a classic!
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart- Got one in New York City!
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes-  I had a really amazing peach wine recently that was given to me by a friend. 
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream- One of the best flavors out there!
21. Heirloom tomatoes- I’m pretty sure I’ve had these in some dish or another!
22. Fresh wild berries- This all depends on what the definition of “wild” is…
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans- This is a pretty basic dish- who hasn’t had rice and beans??
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters- Just had a raw oyster for the first time last summer at my local Rib Fest!  Slimy…
29. Baklava- What an amazing dessert!  So sweet and sugary :)
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas- Hate them.  HATE them. 
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl- Sipped on a bowl of this at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut- Not a fan.  Hate cabbage.
35. Root beer float- It’s a classic!  My dad has one of these every week or so.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot- C’mon, I went to college!
39. Gumbo- Love it!
40. Oxtail- Oxtail soup is very popular in Scotland, so I have had this on a number of occasions.  I enjoyed it very much.
41. Curried goat- Not curried, but sauteed.  I think it should still count. 
42. Whole insects- I’ve eaten chocolate-covered ants and baked crickets.  Of my own free will.  I asked for them for Christmas.
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk- I’ve had goat’s cheese, so that counts, right?
45. Single malt whisky
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala- My favorite curry is a korma, but tikka masalas come close in second!
48. Eel- In sushi form only.  Love me some unagi!
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut- I think I had 10 in one night and never ate them again.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal- NEVER.
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV- Thank you, Brussels, for providing me with amazing trappist beers that contained up to 13% alcohol!
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores- I love these so much that I have even made them in my kitchen over a match.  I swear to you.  (Kids, don’t try that at home!)
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake- I’ve definitely had my share of these heart-stopping pastries.  That’s what amusements parks and fairs are for, right?
68. Haggis- Like I said, I lived in Scotland!  You can’t AVOID haggis!
69. Fried plantain- Tried some at the Taste of Chicago!
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho- Not a fan of cold soup, but this was A-OK.
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill- What?  No way!
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini- One of the best summer cocktails!
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash- I’m pretty sure I’ve had goulash at some point in my life.
88. Flowers- My grandpa is a landscape architect so he knows everything there is to know about flowers.  He made me eat a nasturtium once.
89. Horse
90. Criollo
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish- Don’t love fish.  Love seafood, but not so much fish.
95. Mole poblano- I’m not a huge fan of mole.  I don’t like the sweetness of it, but I love almost all other Mexican food!
96. Bagel and lox- I can’t get enough of lox.  I could eat it every day!
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
100. Snake  

So now I want to know, what you have you tried?  What do you want to try?  What will you never try!

And if you have an awesome recipe for any of the aforementioned dishes, feel free to log in and submit it to Recipe4Living.com so everyone can enjoy it.  Share your recipes here!

Check out Hillary’s blog post here!

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

  • http://mslistologist.com/ Annette Renee White

    That is a great list (minus the frogs legs…yuk!). I totally agree that Pistachio ice cream is the best!
    Good Luck!

  • http://www.whimsicalsandcafe.com menu cafe

    Many Vietnamese restaurants include head cheese in their take-away sandwiches; that’s about the only way I can eat it–the texture just bugs be otherwise.
    On that note, Evergreen and Quang have pretty good lookin’ steamed pork buns.

  • http://www.whimsicalsandcafe.com menu cafe

    Hi all is very cool collection i love this blog very much.

  • http://www.stratomarkets.com STRATO

    Hello all is extremely cool collection i love this blog very much.

  • Tiffany Alter

    This list clearly does not take into account animal suffering. Foie gras is one of the cruelest foods imaginable.

  • Inane

    Live puppy sashimi is crueler. You worried about cruel? Don’t eat eggs. You know what they do with the boy chicks?

  • http://www.authormelgoldberg.com Mel Goldberg

    Here is my list. If I’ve tried the food, I’ll add a little info about my experience eating it. If I refuse to ever try it, I’ll line it out. There are a few items not on the list I have added at the end. 1.Venison-steaks, sausage, any way I can get it. Delicious, sweet and lean
    2. Nettle tea
    3. Huevos rancheros -Hey, I live in Mexico!
    4. Steak tartare-at an Armenian wedding in Waukegan, Illinois
    5. Crocodile- not crocodile, but I’ve tried alligator.  I muched on some ground alligator at a funky restaurant near Grayslake (north of Chicago) 6. Black pudding NO -I traveled in Scotland. I don’t eat any blood-based dish . 
    7. Cheese fondue – There was a fondue restaurant on Armitage near Clark in Chicago. It looked like a basement but the fondue itself was amazing. I also made it at home for friends.
    8. Carp-I had it as gefilte fish
    9. Borscht-great with a little sour cream
    Baba ghanoush-at a restaurant here in Ajijic, Mexico where Wael (the owner) makes it
    Calamari- I had it deep fried and battered
    Pho – I have eaten rice noodle beef soup. Does that count?
    13. PB&J sandwich- It’s a classic but I do not like it. I like PB or J but not together!
    14. Aloo gobi
    15. Hot dog from a street cart- Got them Chicago and in Phoenix! Great!
    16. Epoisses NO -some cheese is just way too stinky
    17. Black truffle
    18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes-  I had peach wine and apricot wine. Way too sweet for my taste.
    19. Steamed pork buns NO Is that a pig’s ass? No Way!
    20. Pistachio ice cream- good but my favorite is mandarin chocolate
    21. Heirloom tomatoes
    22. Fresh wild berries-I picked strawberries in California and raspberries in Arizona.
    23. Foie gras from a goose or duck
    24. Rice and beans- This is a staple in Mexico where I live
    25. Brawn, or head cheese
    26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper- do jalapeñas or habañeros count? I have had both
    27. Dulce de leche Of course, since I live in Mexico
    28. Oysters- Only once. slimy, looked like and felt like swallowing snot
    29. Baklava- At a Greek restaurant in Chicago
    30. Bagna cauda
    31. Wasabi peas- great with dark beer. 
    32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – I also had chili in a sourdough bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
    33. Salted lassi
    34. Sauerkraut- what a way to ruin a good hot dog.
    35. Root beer float- I made one just the other night
    36. Cognac with a fat cigar Had them both in Cuba
    37. Clotted cream tea
    38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot- one new year. It was insane!
    39. Gumbo- Love it!
    40. Oxtail- Oxtail soup is very popular in Mexico.  Like beef soup.
    41. Curried goat- Not curried, but grilled and stewed. Birria is common here in Mexico
    42. Whole insects- I’ve eaten chocolate-covered ants. Only once on a dare. 43. Phaal-the hottest I ever had was vindaloo when I lived in England
    44. Goat’s milk- I eat feta (goat’s cheese) regularly.
    45. Single malt whisky
    46. Fugu-too many people die each year from improperly prepared fugu
    47. Chicken tikka masala- also chicken korma,
    48. Eel- in a sushi restaurant in Hawai’i 49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut- I eat one every chance I get, but only one
    50. Sea urchin
    51. Prickly pear I actually picked my own — very carefully
    52. Umeboshi
    53. Abalone when I lived in California
    54. Paneer
    55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal a few times in Arizona
    56. Spaetzle at a German restaurant in Milwaukee
    57. Dirty gin martini
    58. Beer above 8% when I lived in England and had “no name” bitters at the White Swan Inn
    59. Poutine
    60. Carob chips
    61. S’mores- over an open fire in too many campgrounds to name
    62. Sweetbreads
    63. Kaolin
    64. Currywurst
    65. Durian
    66. Frogs’ legs
    67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake- you can’t live in Mexico without eating churros
    68. Haggis- I traveled in Scotland!  You can’t AVOID haggis!
    69. Fried plantain- Tried some at several restaurants in Los Angeles and in Cuba
    70. Chitterlings-pig guts are not for me, thank you very much
    71. Gazpacho- cold soup on a hot day hits the spot
    72. Caviar and blini
    73. Louche absinthe
    74. Gjetost, or brunost
    75. Roadkill NO- that’s for the crows and ravens
    76. Baijiu
    77. Hostess Fruit Pie-One morning on a road trip with coffee. It was the safest thing to eat at that nearly deserted gas station in West Texas
    78. Snail- at the home of a French chef in Los Angeles California
    79. Lapsang souchong
    80. Bellini-
    81. Tom yum And tom ka kai
    82. Eggs Benedict but I had mine with steak
    83. Pocky
    84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant NO I avoid restaurants named for tires
    85. Kobe beef
    86. Hare I am not into rodents, although I tried cuy (guinea pig) in Peru
    87. Goulash- at Berghoff’s in Chicago (I think the restaurant is no longer there)
    88. Flowers- I tried a carnation once. I was told they were edible
    89. Horse at a restaurant in Paris. Horse is on many menus there.
    90. Criollo
    91. Spam once and never again, although it is popular in Hawai’i
    92. Soft shell crab
    93. Rose harissa
    94. Catfish- at an all you can eat catfish restaurant
    95. Mole poblano- I love mole, especially pollo mole (chicken mole)
    96. Bagel and lox- at least once a month or more often.
    97. Lobster Thermidor at the Tasman Sea in San Pedro, California
    98. Polenta
    99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee tried it from a coffee importer here in Mexico
    100. Snake  canned rattlesnake
    A FEW EXTRA ITEMS
    Elk – ate in restaurants in Wyoming and California
    Reindeer – ate in a restaurant in Alaska
    Muskox – ate in a restaurant in Alaska
    Buffalo (American Bison) – leaner than beef. Ate in South Dakota & Wyoming
    Moose – ate in a restaurant in Alaska

  • Jasmine

    1. Venison – yup, a regular feature at home growing up.
    2. Nettle tea – not yet…
    3. Huevos rancheros – didn’t much care for them actually, I found the salsa made my eggs soggy.
    4. Steak tartare – made it myself, was okay, but the hubby didn’t care for it.
    5. Crocodile – someday
    6. Black pudding – as soon as I find a good deli that makes it.
    7. Cheese fondue – yummy! Have made myself as well as gone out for this.
    8. Carp – Maybe? Could’ve hidden in some fish sticks.
    9. Borscht – nope, I hate beets.
    10. Baba ghanoush – pretty tasty stuff.
    11. Calamari – YES!
    12. Pho – just learned to make this myself, with tendon, tripe, the whole 9 yards. I think I’m addicted, I eat it once a week or so at a Pho shop near my office.
    13. PB&J sandwich – of course.
    14. Aloo gobi – the cauliflower is always too mushy at the buffets I frequent, but yes I have tried it.
    15. Hot dog from a street cart – yup. We have a fantastic vendor who parks outside my office.
    16. Epoisses – never heard of it before, but I do like cheese, so I’ll probably try it soon.
    17. Black truffle – in mashed taters, very nice.
    18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – yes, we have a local winery that makes apple, raspberry, even rhubarb – delish!
    19. Steamed pork buns – I get ‘em at dim sum places or my local Asian supermarket. (Mel, these are dough filled with BBQ pork and steamed, Google it)
    20. Pistachio ice cream – not ice cream, but gelati yes.
    21. Heirloom tomatoes – grew ‘em myself. So nice with breakfast.
    22. Fresh wild berries – yep. Raspberries, saskatoons and strawberries mostly, some gooseberries and blueberries on occasion
    23. Foie gras – yup. Not the force-fed stuff though, through a local farm
    24. Rice and beans – made it, don’t care for beans now that I can afford meat.
    25. Brawn, or head cheese – yes. Going to try making it with a pig’s head I have in hte freezer
    26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – yes. I still regret it. Ouch!
    27. Dulce de leche – om nom… so damned good.
    28. Oysters – raw with tequila in Mexico, plus here in Canada at an oyster bar on buck a shuck nights.
    29. Baklava – used to get it at a turkish shop near my house, now that’s gone…
    30. Bagna cauda – never heard of this either, but now I have to try it!
    31. Wasabi peas – never gonna happen
    32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
    33. Salted lassi – not yet, though I can get them here.
    34. Sauerkraut – vinegar stuff is gross, have yet to try making traditional salted/lacto-fermented style.
    35. Root beer float – yes, over New Years
    36. Cognac with a fat cigar – cognac yes, cigar yes, together: no.
    37. Clotted cream tea – just finished mine.
    38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot – recently over Halloween at a friend’s house
    39. Gumbo – nope
    40. Oxtail – had it, used it, picked the meat out of the vertebrae – delish
    41. Curried goat – yes, made it when I was a poor college student as the local Halal shop was close and CHEAP
    42. Whole insects – not yet
    43. Phaal – may try this, haven’t seen it on a menu yet though
    44. Goat’s milk – yup, it helped me with some digestive issues I was having drinking cow milk
    45. Single malt whisky – yes, did a tasting of a dozen or so a few years back
    46. Fugu – no, maybe when I’m 80
    47. Chicken tikka masala – yum.
    48. Eel – in sushi form, was served on fire!
    49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – ew, no thanks.
    50. Sea urchin – didn’t care for it, had it in a sushi shop a few years back
    51. Prickly pear – not yet
    52. Umeboshi – not yet, there’s an Umeboshi sake in the local liquor shop though
    53. Abalone – might never do this, too pricy for my tastes
    54. Paneer – yes. My favourite piece of Indian cuisine
    55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – once or twice, not for many years and probably never again
    56. Spaetzle – not that I know of, Mom may have fed it to me once or twice as a kid though…
    57. Dirty gin martini – ew.
    58. Beer above 8% ABV – yep, my favourite are the Unibroue line from Quebec, various high ABV labels.
    59. Poutine – yep, there’s a specialty shop near my office.
    60. Carob chips – yes, not chocolatey enough for reular use though
    61. S’mores – only once a year, while camping with family.
    62. Sweetbreads – someday when I find a good butcher
    63. Kaolin – technically, as I’ve swallowed toothpaste and eaten paper…
    64. Currywurst – nope, may try it
    65. Durian – ew, never.
    66. Frogs’ legs – yes, several times
    67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – yup, known as “Beavertails” here though, also had churros with chocolate sauce
    68. Haggis – nope
    69. Fried plantain – not yet
    70. Chitterlings, or andouillette – not yet
    71. Gazpacho – not yet
    72. Caviar and blini – not yet
    73. Louche absinthe – yes. Ew.
    74. Gjetost, or brunost – can you get this at IKEA?
    75. Roadkill – one of the deer I ate was hit by dad’s truck after an unsuccessful week out hunting, he lucked out in that his tag was for the right type of deer (Mule) so he brought it home after putting it down.
    76. Baijiu – not yet
    77. Hostess Fruit Pie – never
    78. Snail – many times, it’s very tasty
    79. Lapsang souchong – have some in a mixed Chinese tea kit… have to brew it yet
    80. Bellini – yum.
    81. Tom yum – didn’t care for it
    82. Eggs Benedict – a breakfast fave, I learned how to poach eggs and make Hollandaise just for it
    83. Pocky – yes, back in high school
    84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – no
    85. Kobe beef – not really that curious, I live in cattle country and eat enough different beefs just by changing farmers each year when I buy a quarter
    86. Hare – yup, for Easter
    87. Goulash – nope
    89. Horse – not yet, can’t find a butcher
    90. Criollo – could you narrow it down, there are many “criollo”s, a few I’ve had
    91. Spam – yech. never again.
    92. Soft shell crab – in sushi
    93. Rose harissa – nope
    94. Catfish – yes, wasn’t too impressed
    95. Mole poblano – yum
    96. Bagel and lox – double yum!
    97. Lobster Thermidor – not yet
    98. Polenta – yep, was kinda boring
    99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – I do love coffee, and while I’ve had the fancy civet-crapped coffee, I’ve not had this.
    100. Snake – not yet.

  • MANDI

    I will eat anything, and consuming over 80 of these proves it. Lucked out on some of the alcohol stuff because I don’t drink. Dying to try fugu!

    Here’s a few more for you. Beaver, mutton, sumac (the spice), tomantillos, blackpool rock, cockles, and KFC, of course.

  • Lynn

    I’m surprised there are no Ethiopian foods on the list. I live in Ethiopia and there is nothing like doro wot (spicy chicken stew) and kitfo which is a minced meat with spices which can be eaten raw or cooked (I’ve had it raw in the states but eat it cooked in Ethiopia). Food is served on a spongy bread called injera which is made of teff and kind of between a crepe and a pancake. It serves as the plate and the utensils as small bits a ripped from the injera and used to pick up the food (only with your right hand). All “foodies” should try Ethiopian food at least once in my humble opinion :-).

  • http://www.liv4music.wordpress.com Zac

    Foie gras might be cruel, but like discovering the energy potential and quantity of coal on this planet, now that foie gras has been invented, we can’t simply stop using it….That’s a really bad string of logic, but drizzled with a little dried fig, port reduction, dear god foie gras is good. And don’t even get me started about pate.

  • Ummm

    Never on a big mac, but okay-maybe for horse? If you’ve had ff burgers or thousand island dressing, thats a big mac. This is somehow less disgusting than eating Seabiscuit?

  • Jasmine

    @Ummm

    I would say eating a healthsome cut of meat from a well-raised animal is definitely preferable to eating a piece of god-knows-what with a sugary sauce and white flour bun. I’m no longer even sure the pickles are real in McD’s “food”.

  • Fred

    Have to add a few here as well

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTERS
    SQUAB (Pigeon)
    SQUIRREL
    INSECTS – WITH OUT THE CHOCOLATE
    CRAWFISH
    ANTELOPE

  • Cookiie (:

    Cool list., I hope to make one of my own one day.*

LinkWithin Related Stories Widget for Blogs