a girl.

Lifted from the lovely and gracious blackbird, via the very lovely and extremely gracious Poppy, who got to it before I could. Not that this is a race or anything.
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you have eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at Very Good Taste linking to your results.
1. Venison - At our friends M&S's house. The tenderloin, grilled and some other mystery parts as sausage. Meh.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros I'm "meh" on these as well.
4. Steak tartare -- yeah, but carpaccio is better
5. Crocodile - I quote Poppy: "no, but alligator? Yes. In New Orleans. Tastes like chicken! But [much] chewier." Note she and I were not in New Orleans simultaneously, at least not to our knowledge.
6. Black pudding - It sounds better in Spanish (i.e. "morcilla")
7. Cheese fondue - My parents gave dinner parties in the Galloping Gourmet days.
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush - Sure. I've even made it.
11. Calamari - I quote Poppy again: "All the time. Fried calamari is the chicken nuggets of seafood [and Italian] restaurants."
12. Pho - I love Vietnamese food.
13. PB&J sandwich - Nevah. Weird, huh?
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle - No, but white truffles, yes.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - Pineapple wine from Hawai'i.
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream - That fake green puts me off
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries - Not in ├Žons, but yeah.
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans - Not to be confused with "beans and rice."
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - Had a raw Habanero, which is its fraternal twin, once. I think I saw Jesus.
27. Dulce de leche - Yep, even made it.
28. Oysters raw, fried, in stew - Also had Cream of Oyster at some point.
29. Baklava - But only in small quantities, as it is ferociously sweet.
30. Bagna cauda - Yeah. It was the first "Northern Italian" foodie fad of the early 1980s
31. Wasabi peas - Meh.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut - Made it once, too. I only like it on choucrute garni or with grilled weisswurst.
35. Root beer float - I hate root beer.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - Cigars go with SCOTCH. [eye roll]
37. Clotted cream At teatime at the Boston Ritz -- now renamed something gawdawful like the Taj Mahal -- s'awright.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo - In its infinite varieties. I used to date someone from New Orleans. But that's another blog post.
40. Oxtail - Meh.
41. Curried goat - Meh.
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - Yes, and it was overpriced, not that I paid for it.
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala - That's one of those faux-Indian dishes you pretty much only find outside India, right?
48. Eel - Grilled eel, yes. Suprisingly yummy for something so hideous.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut Meh.
50. Sea urchin - No, but have had the roe
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal I've never had the meal nor the Big Mac.
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini - Dirty martini, yes; gin martini (Beefeater & Noilly Prat 6:1, lemon twist, no olive) yes.
58. Beer above 8% ABV - Probably
59. Poutine - Next time I'm in EPCOT, for sure.
60. Carob chips - Why?
61. S’mores - But not since those bastids at Whole Foods took over Tiny Trapeze and made it IMPOSSIBLE to find the right marshmallows.
62. Sweetbreads - I kinda like these and, as such, refuse to delve into what they are, exactly.
63. Kaolin - (isn't this OJ Simpson's roomate?)
64. Currywurst - This sounds inexpressively vile.
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs - Meh.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - Real churros (not those revolting theme park/fairground examples) are the best
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain - Even made 'em.
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho - Even made it.
72. Caviar and blini - At Petrossian in NYC during my Wall Street phase. (What's so hot about Iranian blini?) I like Sevruga myself, but now that you can't get Caspian sea caviar, I like the Collins stuff you get in Chicago.
73. Louche absinthe - This sounds like something quaffed by Victorian flavored poseurs.
74. Gjetost, or brunost - Hellnost.
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu - Geshundheit.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie -
78. Snail - Like chewy clams
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef - I think we all know the answer to this.
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers - Lavender tastes like perfume.
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate - This really means Mexican chocolate, which has cinnamon in it. If I wanted cinnamon in my chocolate, I'd put it there myself.
91. Spam - Tried Deviled Ham, though.
92. Soft shell crab - And soft shell lobstah!
93. Rose harissa - Nope, just regular harissa
94. Catfish - I went to the University of [Insert Deep South State here] Meh.
95. Mole poblano - Meh.
96. Bagel and lox - HELL yes, but Nova is better than lox.
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta - I believe we also know the answer to this.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake



blackbird said…
Beaten. By which girl?
Joke said…
Poppy, who glommed on to your post before I did.

Still, I knew that fugu was that fish that could kill you.

Poppy Buxom said…
Oh yeah, well blackbird doesn't know the difference between poutine and poteen, but I'm too polite to point it out.

Also I believe I've tried more different foods than you. I am obviously the gourmande to your gourmet.

Also, you need to edit out a few of the comments, which are actually mine. If not, I know a good intellectual property attorney.
Joke said…
You'll kindly note all the Poppy-borne comments give you due attribution.

Stomper Girl said…
Now I have a craving for steamed pork buns.

I don't know what 20% of the listed items are, but I'm putting it down to cultural differences rather than ignorance....
Poppy Buxom said…
Don't try to kid me, mister sloppy.
You can only say that because you changed "lavender tastes like soap" to "lavender tastes like perfume." And a couple of other ones, too.

I'm very observant. I NOTICE THE EDITING. I just don't notice your pocket squares.
Joke said…
You also don't notice the working sleeve buttonholes.

Those weren't merely edits, those were corrections. (i.e., lavender does not taste like soap, it tastes like perfume; cilantro tastes -- vaguely -- soapy.)

And so on and so forth.

Anonymous said…
I've eaten snake. Chinese style. first you drink the blood (red) and then the bile (bright green), both mixed with hard liquor. Then you have the snake meat in soup.

That alone might make it worth doing this meme.

I am so glad you've not eaten head cheese. No number of working sleeve buttonholes could have redeemed you.

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