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A rather interesting meme, which shows just how many different things I have eaten over the years. One thing about my job, I get to go to interesting places and have interesting meals with interesting places.

Cooking

So, to the dining room we go...

1. Venison - A regular on the grill pan.
2. Nettle tea - Not on its own, but as part of spring soup made with cleavers...
3. Huevos rancheros - You can't go wrong ordering this in Cora's Coffee Shop in Santa Monica.
4. Steak tartare - To be honest I wasn't impressed.
5. Crocodile - There's a South African restaurant just around the corner that does crocodile appetisers. Alligator tastes better.
6. Black pudding - The hear of a full Irish (along with white pudding). And I was in Dublin this week...
7. Cheese fondue - Surprisingly part of the canapes selection at a Sony press event yesterday!
8. Carp - As part of a mediaeval banquet in a inn near Seattle.
9. Borscht - Cold, with a dash of sour cream...
10. Baba ghanoush - Ah, the delights of the aubergine...
11. Calamari - When in Spain, you have to have this as part of a tapas spread!
12. Pho - From the San Francisco Mission District.
13. PB&J sandwich - Tried it with the J, prefer the PB...
14. Aloo gobi - That reminds me, I haven't had Indian for a couple of weeks.
15. Hot dog from a street cart - At the end of an evening on George St in St John, Newfoundland. Don't forget the cheese sauce!
16. Epoisses - What's not to like about a good soft French cheese?
17. Black truffle - My favourite take on this had it grated onto steak and eggs at Todd English's Olives in the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - Lurgasahall Winery FTW! Their rose and silver birch wines are lovely...
19. Steamed pork buns - A Chinatown regular.
20. Pistachio ice cream - Fine enough on its own, but best as part of cassata. It's the synergy (and the candied fruit peel!).
21. Heirloom tomatoes - Wonderful in the tasting menu at The Green Goddess in New Orleans.
22. Fresh wild berries - An end of summer tradition back on Jersey was the blackberrying trip up to Jardin d'Olivet or Portlet Common.
23. Foie gras - Goose and duck. Goose is smoother, duck more flavourful. For a molecular gastronomy approach, Baume in Palo Alto does a liquid nitrogen foie gras ice cream that's really quite out of this world.
24. Rice and beans - I prefer the Caribbean approach to this over the US southern...
25. Brawn, or head cheese - Arbutus in London does a really good brawn starter.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - I'm not really a chilli pepper fan!
27. Dulce de leche - Oh yes. Oh yes. Even the Hagen Daazs ice cream...
28. Oysters - I prefer them baked to raw.
29. Baklava - Lots of good middle eastern restaurants in London!
30. Bagna cauda - We have a pair of great Italian restaurants here in Putney. And hey, it's Mr Garibaldi's favourite dish...
31. Wasabi peas - Good, but wasabi tempura seaweed is so much better!
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - In San Francisco and on a plane!
33. Salted lassi - Nice enough, but I prefer sweet.
34. Sauerkraut - In Germany... and in many other places.
35. Root beer float - Worth trying at BLT in the Mirage in Las Vegas.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - Cognac and armangac yes, cigar no...
37. Clotted cream tea - There's clotted cream and jam in the fridge right now...
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - A waste of good vodka. And of mediocre jelly...
39. Gumbo - Conference food in New Orleans...
40. Oxtail - My grandmother always served this as part of her cold cut selection.
41. Curried goat - It's a pity that our local Caribbean restaurant closed a few years back. It did a great goat curry as part of its buffet.
42. Whole insects covered in chocolate - I had a chocolate ant once.
43. Phaal - Too hot for me.
44. Goat's milk - Nice in cereal...
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more - I have friends with good taste.
46. Fugu - Sadly illegal in the UK, and I've yet to make it to Japan...
47. Chicken tikka masala - In its home, the Leeds/Bradford conurbation.
48. Eel - One of my favourite bits of sushi! Jellied isn't too bad though...
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - There's a hot light on New Malden!
50. Sea urchin - Tried as sushi once, not really to my taste.
51. Prickly pear - Refreshing on a hot summer's day.
52. Umeboshi - Pickled Japanese plums!
53. Abalone - Both Pacific and Atlantic. I know that I'm biased being vrai Jerri, but I do think the ormer (the Atlantic variant) tastes the best.
54. Paneer - More reminders that I need to order an Indian takeout soon!
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal - You have to slum it every now and then.
56. Spaetzle - In Stuttgart, and in San Jose.
57. Dirty gin martini - Not really a martini man...
58. Beer above 8% ABV - That ale needs to be real.
59. Poutine - Or as they call it in Newfoundland, chips and gravy!
60. Carob chips - I'll stick with real chocolate!
61. S'mores - Disassembled as part of a tasting menu!
62. Sweetbreads - Rocky Mountain Oysters at The Fort in Denver.
63. Kaolin - This is the trick question. Yes, I've eaten apples!
64. Currywurst - Try it in the converted S-bahn carriage at Berlin Tempelhof airport...
65. Durian - From a street market in Hong Kong...
66. Frogs' Legs - In a Parisian bistro near Notre Dame.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - Cafe du Monde in New Orleans for beignets, though you can't really beat a bag of Des Mervelles...
68. Haggis - But not tinned!
69. Fried plantain - Lovely as part of a Brazilian churrascaria de rodízio
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - in jambalya and in the fondue at Artisan in Paso Robles,
71. Gazpacho - We keep a tin of cherry tomatoes in the fridge ready to make gazpacho at a moment's notice. Still, the white almond Gazpacho at The Green Goddess is the best I've had yet.
72. Caviar and blini – Ah, the high-end press conference canape of choice.
73. Louche absinthe - sadly yet to have this.
74. Gjetost, or brunost - Hasn't everyone been to a Norwegian room party at a SF convention?
75. Roadkill - You've not had roadkill until you've eaten one of tanais's Frankenstein pheasants. Four legs, three wings and six breasts...
76. Baijiu - I've managed to avoid this so far...
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - You have to be joking! This isn't food...
78. Snail - The best were the basil fed snails at The Green Goddess. Have I mentioned eating there enough yet?
79. Lapsang souchong - Oh that smoky tea.
80. Bellini - Both peach and pear. Though it's really only peach. Still, when it comes to champagen cocktails I prefer Kir Royale.
81. Tom yum - Not a big fan, but there you go, we can't like everything. Also my local Thai has gone...
82. Eggs Benedict - Mmm. Cafe Kevah on the Big Sur does a really nice lump crab eggs benedict.
83. Pocky - It's chocolate on a stick!
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant - Ah well, can only aim for this one. Two stars is the best I've managed so far.
85. Kobe beef - The kobe hot rock sampler at Sushi Samba in the Plazzo in Las Vegas is really rather good....
86. Hare - A very tasty meat. Had it at Locanda Locatelli in London.
87. Goulash - Mmmm...
88. Flowers - Nasturtiums in salad, rose in tea, and fried courgette flowers. Oh, and of course artichoke.
89. Horse - Pony kebabs while working in Switzerland.
90. Criollo chocolate - Surprisingly good!
91. Spam - I have a mounted tin in the office, from an IT security conference!
92. Soft shell crab - Spider rolls and in ginger sauce from Hong Kong street restaurants
93. Rose harissa - A little on my tagine.
94. Catfish - Another southern favourite, breaded or blackened.
95. Mole poblano - A favourite.
96. Bagel and lox - But I prefer cream cheese...
97. Lobster Thermidor - I've even cooked it.
98. Polenta - In so many different ways.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - Good, but not as good as single estate organic Kona.
100. Snake - Rattlesnake in the US, and soup in Hong Kong.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you've eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

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inamac
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
I love your comments on this meme. And I completely agree with you about the joys of Lurgashall Winery's Silver Birch wine (a place well worth visiting for the delights of the local pub as well as the winery - which now supplies the National Trust).

My calamari memory is a (black) beach restaurant on Santorin.
vgqn
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
My list would be almost identical to yours except no to crocodile (had alligator, never had a chance to have croc), roadkill (never had an opportunity), rose harissa (had rose, had harissa, but not together) and McDonalds Big Mac meal (though I must have had a Big Mac by itself sometime in my life), and yes to raw Scotch bonnet (a very, very tiny piece), absinthe, dirty martini (love 'em), and Hostess Fruit Pies (a vending machine treat from college days).
dalmeny
Jul. 18th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Are you coming to Worldcon? It's not hard to find croc to eat here. And we'd love to see you both :)
voidampersand
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
What, no kaiseki ryori?

The next time you're over I'd be happy to help you check off the absinthe from your list.
marypcb
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I will bring what Simon thinks is my absinthe spoon (my mum used it to scatter sugar over strawberries but it does look very like the ones in the window of the absinthe museum).
voidampersand
Jul. 21st, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but St. George Absinthe Verte (the good stuff), is so clean, it doesn't need sugar.
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