#43 - Eating Bugs

I have previously expressed myself on the subject of bugs and the eating of bugs . But my buddy John recently called my attention to the excellent website, Very Good Taste, and their list of 100 Foods Every Good Omnivore Should Try. The idea of the list is that people with websites will copy the 100 items, bold the things they've eaten, and also indicate any items they'd never even try.

Honestly, I would like to be the kind of fearless person who will eat anything, and while I'm a pretty brave eater, there are certain lines I won't cross. Bugs represent the starkest of those lines and they're the only thing on this list I wouldn't eat. (I would also decline a cigar and cognac, but that's only because I don't smoke.)

Here are my results. Things I've eaten are in bold, things I haven't tried are in CAPS with my thoughts.

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

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 I had to look this up. It seems it's an Italian fondue type deal where you dip raw veggies into a spicey broth. I say bring it on, baby!
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 Can I just get two cognacs?
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat

43. PHAAL This is supposed to be the world's spiciest curry. I'd take a crack at it.
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. FUGU That poisonous sushi fish. I'd take a chance.
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. UMEBOSHI A little red fruit that's pickled. No problemo.
53. Abalone
54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. POUTINE These are French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy and eaten by Canadians. Doesn't sound wonderful, but I'd sample it.
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads
63. KAOLIN I can't even find out what this is.
64. CURRYWUSRT A German sausage in a curry sauce. Sure. Why not?
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 I'd eat it. Do lobsters get hit by cars?
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong

80. BELLINI This is some kind of fruity wine drink. Bring it!
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef

86. Hare

87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam

92. Soft shell crab

93. ROSE HARISSA A spicy South American Chili paste with rose petals. I'd give it a whirl.
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

Here's one more food I wouldn't eat:

Nothing about that is right. Initially, I assumed this was a product manufactured in China and the name was just some kind of translation mangling, but it turns out this comes from ENGLAND! What the hell?

PS: Just for kicks, from my Bro Andrew, who promises he's working on his reply to that email scammer, here's an interesting, sort of racist, anti-racism toothpaste ad from Japan. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I must add "Frito Pie" to the list.

For your road kill dinind pleasure, may I suggest Road King resturant in OR.


Chappy93 said...

Steener likes POUTINE- especially cold

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