Listening to: “Go Places” – The New Pornographers

I saw this list on my foodie friend’s blog and felt like doing it myself. I’m definitely not a gourmet professional type or nothin’, but I do really like food — and I’ll try just about anything once, provided it won’t cause instant death/insanity/venereal disease/paralysis.

Basically the idea is, bold what you’ve eaten, cross out what you’d never eat, write a tidbit here or there:

1. Venison (In sausage form, at a pub in Fort William, Scotland. I overheard two old guys talking at the bar whose brogues were so thick, I couldn’t make out a word.)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (My faves: from Mi Tierra, a Guatemalan restaurant in Waltham, MA we used to frequent in college post-rehearsal.)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (Cooked, congealed blood? No thanks, dude.)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
(Creamy peanut butter all the way. Can I get an amen?)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (More times than I’d care to count.)
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle (*Salivates on the keyboard*)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
(One time when I was picking blackberries as a little kid near my grandma’s house, I saw two fireflies fucking and brought them home in my hat. My mom declined to explain.)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans (You kidding me? I worked at a Mexican restaurant for two years.)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (Gross.)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (Fresh raw oysters are probably my favorite food in the whole world.)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (If you live in Boston, you pretty much can’t walk down the street without tripping on one of these.)
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
(My favorite thing when I was a kid. It’s been too long since I had one of these.)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Ummm…. I’ve got to go do this right now. I don’t care if it’s 2:30am.)
37. Clotted cream tea (I lived in London for 6 months, and did the black tea/scones/clotted cream combo at least twice a week. Probably the only thing I drank more of was Guinness. Which, btdubs, how is that not on this list?)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (Does this mean a Jello-O shot? ‘Cause then yes.)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (Not on my own dime, natch. Whiskey’s my favorite liquor.)
46. Fugu (See above stipulation about instant death.)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (Yesss… sorry Dunkies, but these guys pwn you.)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (Really good shit.)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

56. Spaetzle (With cinnamon and sugar, oh yes oh yes.)
57. Dirty gin martini (Not a big gin fan, but I’d give it a whirl.)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (Pretty much all the time.)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (Again, bits of mammals that I’d rather not eat… knowingly.)
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (Did the whole churros dipped in melted chocolate thing in Madrid outside the Reina Sofia.)
68. Haggis (You know, I meant to try this when I was in Scotland, but I wussed out.)
69. Fried plantain (Dipped in cream!!!)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (No hallucinations, though. Color me disappointed.)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (I was gonna rule this out, but I figured I shouldn’t in case I find myself in the very likely future of position of being stranded penniless on a roadside.)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail (In Paris, mmmmhmmm.)
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (Do it with avocado.)
83. Pocky (Man, I used to be hooked on this stuff like it was nicotine. The strawberry kind, specifically.)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. (What am I, made of money?)
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers (I used to eat the tiger lily petals in the front yard when I was a kid.)
89. Horse (No way.)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (Definitely gotta have this at some point.)
100. Snake

Woo! 56! Like the Studio, +2.