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???
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
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
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee- One of the best.
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!
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