This might just be my first meme ever. Why this one? I have no idea. Maybe it has topical relevance to my user name? Maybe I'm desperate for a procrastination tool?
I know I still owe Vaguely Urban my six-word life summary, but seriously, I have trouble enough coming up with my Facebook status reports. I think of funny ones in the shower, and then they slip away by the time I'm in front of a computer. And Angela has indicated her weariness of unsolicited political commentary, so I'll let the droll one I was smirking about this morning slip away as well.
Here are the instructions - jump in!
Copy this list into your blog, including these instructions.
Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
1. Venison - I feel like my dad went hunting with my brother at some point when we lived in the midwest and brought back deer. But I could be imagining it - maybe it was just a fishing trip. In any event, Tied House has a game burger that rotates among deer, buffalo, moose and ostrich, so I'm pretty sure I'm covered.
2. Nettle tea- no, but people talk about it all the time on Sharon's blog, so I need to find some nettles.
3. Huevos rancheros - nothing against them, but if I'm getting two eggs sunny side up, I'd rather have Eggs Benedict. I've had a breakfast burrito, though, which I think has all the same constituent parts.
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile - Navy Pier, Chicago. It was dry.
Black pudding - I avoided it when I was in the U.K. - it struck me as akin to chewing on a scab. But then they had it at the college debate world championships at Princeton and I made like I was cosmopolitan.
7. Cheese fondue
9. Borscht - I made my own and was throwing up all night.
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich - So this is the UK version of the list. Is this meant to be a foreign novelty? (See: Krispy Kreme.) I remember when we first moved to Japan and my mom hadn't yet found the Western grocery store. She looked all over for peanut butter to make us school lunches and finally came home with "peanut cream" from a drug store. I'm still not sure what that was.
14. Aloo gobi. Ace's favorite. I prefer the paneers.
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses - the picture sure looks like stuff I've gotten from the Milk Pail, but I couldn't confirm. Ace would prefer to ban all stinky cheeses from the house.
17. Black truffle - I have black truffle olive oil in the cupboard, and I've gotten stuff with it shaved on top. It tastes distinctive, sure, but I don't know what all the fuss is about.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns - My brother's and my favorite treat when we were children in HK. Ace and I have three bags of frozen ones in the freezer right now. He will accept only one brand of frozen BBQ pork buns: O'Tasty brand. Because they're Irish.
20. Pistachio ice cream - my grandmother's favorite flavor when we'd buy scoops, but not one she ever kept at home. So it tastes of family trips to me.
21. Heirloom tomatoes - I am buried in heirloom tomatoes right now.
22. Fresh wild berries - most recently, last year in Oregon while exploring the USAT nationals bike course. They were tart. But the roadside berries in Oregon were amazing.
23. Foie gras - at Miho's wedding. Again - what's the hype? It's just a big slice of fat.
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese - This was on the menu at Cafe des Artistes, and I'd always wondered. So we asked our waiter, who opined that it was available just for people who wanted to pretend to have rarified tastes but was basically a bunch of boiled trash. I was tempted so I could 'check it off my list,' but he advised pretty strongly against.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper. Oh. It's a habanero? Why didn't you say so? I feel no need to eat one raw.
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi - Mango lassi, though.
34. Sauerkraut - it's all the rage right now! Fermentation is totally in. I have half a cabbage in the fridge and wonder if it's worth the bother.
35. Root beer float - a.k.a. a "Black Cow"
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - Not at the same time. Just a couple of puffs. Worst morning breath ever.
37. Clotted cream tea - Did you see the Girls Next Door when they went to London and ate the clotted cream? Hilarious.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk. Goat cheese is fine. Goat yogurt is nasty to the max.
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - I guess it depends where you buy it!
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - I have so far purposedly resisted the "Hot Now" ones, however, because I assume I'd fall in love with them.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear - you mean tunas? I bought a couple from the Milk Pail once but didn't figure out what to do with them before they went bad.
McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - I'm such a liberal elitist.
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
Poutine - see # 55.
60. Carob chips
Sweetbreads - why?
63.Kaolin - The Chinese warrior monks? Oh. Isn't that like asking whether I've been exposed to asbestos? I have to assume so.
64. Currywurst - I'm going to have to go do the U.S. version.
65. Durian - like with the truffles, I'm not sure what all the hype is about.
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
70. Chitterlings , or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe - our neighbors keep saying they have it, but have yet to put out.
74. Gjetost, or brunost - sounds intriguing
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky - there seems to be a preponderance of Japanesey foods on this list, wouldn't you say?
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant - I'm cheap. Remember?
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare - oh, rabbit. Can you believe I looked that up? I'm pronouncing it "ha-ray," and thinking it's some middle eastern curry or something. Hare. I always think of that scene in the Michael Moore movie about Flint, what was it called?
89. Horse - arbitrary, I know, but I'd feel bad.
90. Criollo chocolate - what an odd website that was. "Efficient" chocolate?
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa.
95. Mole Poblano - get the chicken mole burrito here.
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor - see # 55.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - yes! I have had Tia Maria!
67%. Now I have to see how I do on the U.S. version...hm, only 63. I'm so very continental!