The 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die, Part 3!


In the past, bloggers Hillary and Kathryn both gave you their take on this popular list, and now I am putting my foot into the ring with the foods I’ve tried. Keep reading to see the full list and let us know what you’ve tasted (or swore you would but then backed out at the last second)! Shark, crocodile and roadkill…they’re all here!

Former Chew bloggers Hillary and Kathryn both blogged about this infamous list. Hillary had tried 36 (she is now up to about half the list!), while Kathryn had sampled a few more (her numbers continue to climb as well). Both adventurous foodies have tried items like haggis, pho and eel!

This is how this baby works: if I’ve eaten a food on this list, I’ll highlight it in boldface.  If I refuse to eat something, I’ll put a strike through it. If I haven’t tried it, I will leave as is. I will comment on some of the items, but not all (you’d be reading a lot of text if I commented on each and every one)…let’s just say I’ve had my share.

Here we go!

1. Venison- Wisconsin natives (I’m talking backwoods, way-up-there WI) won’t let you leave without trying it.
2. Nettle tea- Very grassy, but also good for you!
3. Huevos rancheros- I know a lot of Mexican folk, so I’ve had this homemade for breakfast after a night out.
4. Steak tartare- I can’t count how many times I’ve had this fantastic dish…
5. Crocodile- I’ve tried both crocodile and alligator and loved both.
6. Black pudding -I made the mistake of having this on the plane to London. It was awful. I tried it again on land…only a little better, to be honest. Don’t let the word ‘pudding’ fool you.
7. Cheese fondue – Wish I could say that I had this somewhere exotic, but it was really just at an average fondue restaurant in…Indiana.
8. Carp- My uncle and aunt used to fish quite often and always caught many of these big, gross fish. They cleaned them and served them for dinner all the same. They taste pretty good with spices and lemon juice…not to say I’d eat them again.
9. Borscht- I had this for the first time this holiday season! Don’t be put off by the bright red color of the beet juice. I won’t lie; it reminded me of fake stage blood. This Eastern European dish is a staple in many households.
10. Baba ghanoush- I’ve had this dish at Andie’s in Chicago on more than one occasion.
11. Calamari- Who hasn’t???
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi- Traditional Indian dish; there are so many places to get this in any Indian neighborhood in any U.S. city.
15. Hot dog from a street cart- New York, New York; everyone has to do it once…or twice.
16. Epoisses- Strong cheese; some wine bars offer it.
17. Black truffle- Make sure it’s the French variety!
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns- Chinatown Chicago is a great place to go for these.
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes- I used some just the other day!
22. Fresh wild berries- I’ve picked berries off bushes on trails and eaten them. Not my smartest moment. I’m still alive.
23. Foie gras- Yes, yes, I’ve had it, so sue me.
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese- Look it up. I won’t go into details here…
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters- I have never been a massive seafood fan, but put some lemon juice and Tabasco on an oyster and I’m in!
29. Baklava- There is a lovely Middle Eastern deli near my house that makes the best there is! This dessert has it all; texture, flavor and a sweet finish.
30. Bagna cauda- Not scary, even though it sounds strange. This is a terrific dish at my local family-owned Italian gem.
31. Wasabi peas- My friend Kelly eats these like you would dry cereal. I personally can’t stand them, even given my love of wasabi in general.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl- East Coast heaven!
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut- One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago (The Busy Bee, a big Chicago cop hangout, now closed) had the best sauerkraut soup imaginable; I love when there are whole peppercorns in my soup! How I miss that place…
35. Root beer float- Another closed Chicago staple, Zephyr. This ice cream haven had the best!
36. Cognac with a fat cigar- I’ve been to many weddings and I like to hang with the boys on occasion.
37. Clotted cream tea- Sampled in the U.K.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot
39. Gumbo- Love gumbo; can’t wait to go to New Orleans and try it there.
40. Oxtail- I’ve had the soup, and it was grand.
41. Curried goat- This is one I am still on the fence about. I didn’t love it, though a native Jamaican made it for me.
42. Whole insects- I’ve eaten chocolate-covered crickets. It was fun. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
43. Phaal- England has quite a few Indian restaurants, and this is one of the curry selections I had there.
44. Goat’s milk- I’ve had goat cheese AND I’ve had goat’s milk that was taken directly from a goat…in a barn. I have family in Wisconsin…what can I say?
45. Single malt whiskey
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala- This is one of my favorite curry dishes at Marigold in Chicago.
48. Eel- I’ve had this in sushi rolls. The eel sauce is also amazing!
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut- I ate a box with friends one night at 4AM after driving to the only location at the time (over an hour away)…I think I got over them that night. Ugh.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini- This things make me do bad things…but they are classic, especially with the Canadians.
58. Beer above 8% ABV- I search high and low for beers 10% and above. Three Floyds has some great options.
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores- These remind me of my Brownie/Girl Scouts days!
62. Sweetbreads- Try it once; no one says you have to try it twice.
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian- I had this in a fruit dish, though I can’t remember where. It’s not something I remember well, so it was neither awful or terrific.
66. Frogs’ legs- I felt weird eating these around age 8, but they were tasty. My grandma loved them.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake- State fairs, Six Flags…can’t avoid them!
68. Haggis- Thank you, United Kingdom. :p
69. Fried plantain- La Pena in Chicago fries these to perfection every time!
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho- So many times, so many places, so many delicious dishes! This is so refreshing on a summer day, even for those who are skeptical about ‘cold soup’.
72. Caviar and blini- Be a snob for a day and try it! You won’t regret it.
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (EW)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail- Not my favorite. I’m all about texture, which is why I loathe mashed potatoes.
79. Lapsang souchong- It may sound complicated, but it’s just a black tea.
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky- Sounds strange, but it’s actually a very typical Japanese snack that isn’t scary at all.
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant- L20 in Chicago.
85. Kobe beef- If you love your beef, you must try this…if you haven’t, why in the world not?
86. Hare- Merry ol’ England, you really helped me with this list!
87. Goulash- I’m pretty sure I’ve had goulash at some point in my life.
88. Flowers- I found this weird witch’s cookbook and I made a dish with dried marigolds.
89. Horse
90. Criollo
91. Spam- It’s pink and it’s oval. I can buy it at the Mobil. It’s made in Chernobyl.
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish- Again…the family caught and prepared it for me!
95. Mole poblano- Love love love love love a good mole sauce. Notice I said GOOD.
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor- Everyone must try it once!
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee- One of the best.
100. Snake

I believe that gives me 92 of 100. WOW-ZA!

What on this list have you tried and loved (or hated)? What would you absolutely never touch? Honey badgers may love snakes, but I don’t think I could stomach it; again, TEXTURE!

Do you have a recipe for any of the items on this list? Frog legs, perhaps, with a side of polenta?  Be sure to log in and submit it to Recipe4Living.com or share it in the COMMENTS!

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  • Deena

    2. Nettle tea
    3. Huevos rancheros
    4. Steak tartare
    6. Black pudding
    7. Cheese fondue
    10. Baba ghanoush
    11. Calamari
    12. Pho
    13. PB&J sandwich
    15. Hot dog from a street cart
    17. Black truffle
    18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
    20. Pistachio ice cream
    21. Heirloom tomatoes
    22. Fresh wild berries
    24. Rice and beans
    25. Brawn, or head cheese
    27. Dulce de leche
    28. Oysters
    29. Baklava
    31. Wasabi peas
    32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
    34. Sauerkraut
    35. Root beer float
    36. Cognac with a fat cigar
    38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot
    39. Gumbo
    42. Whole insects
    44. Goat’s milk
    45. Single malt whiskey
    48. Eel
    49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
    51. Prickly pear
    55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
    57. Dirty gin martini
    58. Beer above 8% ABV
    60. Carob chips
    61. S’mores
    62. Sweetbreads
    69. Fried plantain
    71. Gazpacho
    72. Caviar and blini
    77. Hostess Fruit Pie
    78. Snail
    80. Bellini
    82. Eggs Benedict
    83. Pocky
    84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
    85. Kobe beef
    88. Flowers
    91. Spam
    92. Soft shell crab
    94. Catfish
    96. Bagel and lox
    97. Lobster Thermidor

    I guess I’m not as adventurous!

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.wordpress.com/ GiGi Eats Celebrities

    2. Nettle tea
    3. Huevos rancheros
    5. Crocodile
    6. Black pudding
    8. Carp
    9. Borscht
    12. Pho
    14. Aloo gobi
    16. Epoisses
    17. Black truffle
    18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
    19. Steamed pork buns
    23. Foie gras
    25. Brawn, or head cheese
    26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
    29. Baklava
    30. Bagna cauda
    33. Salted lassi
    36. Cognac with a fat cigar
    37. Clotted cream tea
    39. Gumbo
    40. Oxtail
    42. Whole insects
    43. Phaal
    44. Goat’s milk
    45. Single malt whiskey
    46. Fugu
    51. Prickly pear
    53. Abalone
    54. Paneer
    55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
    56. Spaetzle
    57. Dirty gin martini
    59. Poutine
    60. Carob chips
    62. Sweetbreads
    63. Kaolin
    64. Currywurst
    65. Durian
    68. Haggis
    69. Fried plantain
    73. Louche absinthe
    74. Gjetost, or brunost
    75. Roadkill (EW)
    76. Baijiu
    80. Bellini
    81. Tom yum
    84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
    87. Goulash
    89. Horse
    90. Criollo
    91. Spam
    93. Rose harissa
    95. Mole poblano
    97. Lobster Thermidor
    99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
    100. Snake

    I WANT TO TRY HORSE!

  • Judy Nave

    When I was young my mother fixed us Mountain Oysters(yes,pig nuts)and they are delicious. Taste like tenderloin.

  • Terri

    Have enjoyed chocolate covered ants, roasted bumble bees in soy sauce and snails….but can NOT do oysters. Guess its all about texture.

  • http://chewonthat AJ

    Tried Sauerkraut on Vienna Beef Polish Sausage.OMG! Just a little mustard is all you’ll need. I haven’t had one in decades. Chicago does it best BUT you can make your own.

  • Karen

    I tried fresh durian at a market in NYC ChinaTown… my first and last time. It had the aroma of dirty sweat socks and didn’t taste much better. Also tried dried plums with snake gall, had a hard time swallowing it because there was no where to spit it out a the time.
    We eat prickly pear, cactus pads and sea grapes here in Florida from right off of the beach. Ever eat dragon fruit??

  • http://www.recipe4living.com Emilie

    Pitaya (Chinese dragon fruit) is soooo good! I’ve had prickly pear and cactus, but no sea grapes…I will definitely have to check those out.

  • Charles

    I’ve enjoyed 57 of the list.

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