Eat this!

There is this food meme going around everywhere, so I checked out what Chad, Archy, Mark CC and Rev. BigDumbChimp picked. I have to admit I had to use Google for a lot of these, often realizing that I have, indeed, tasted some of these but under a different name. Different people do it differently, i.e., adding comments, or bolding those they tried, perhaps also italicizing those that they tried and spit in disgust. Here is my list with comments:

1. Venison (deer and elk). Yes. Very tasty.
2. Nettle tea. Yes. Not very tasty, but OK.
3. Huevos rancheros. No. Mexican food is too new and unusual for me.
4. Steak tartare. Yes. Excellent.
5. Crocodile. No. But alligator tasted just like chicken.
6. Black pudding. Yes. Under the name "krvavica". Never liked it too much, though.
7. Cheese fondue. Yes.
8. Carp. Yes, many times, many species.
9. Borscht. Yes. Did not like it.
10. Baba ghanoush. Yes. It's OK.
11. Calamari. Yes, many times with several different recipes.
12. Pho. Yes, or at least something very similar.
13. PB&J sandwich. No. Probably the biggest surprise to my readers. In my mind, peanuts are salty nuts. Cannot be sweet goo. Thus, never tried peanut butter in my life. Have not even seen it until I was in my late teens.
14. Aloo gobi. No. But I had caulfilower in various other recipes.
15. Hot dog from a street cart. Sure.
16. Epoisses. No.
17. Black truffle. No. I guess I would remember if I did.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes. Yes. Real blackbery wine.
19. Steamed pork buns. Yes.
20. Pistachio ice cream. Yes.
21. Heirloom tomatoes. Yes.
22. Fresh wild berries. Yes. Many kinds - raspberries, straweberries, blackberries, blueberries, all found in the wild.
23. Foie gras. No. Duck and goose livers - yes. Duck and goose pate - yes.
24. Rice and beans. Yes.
25. Brawn, or head cheese. Yes. Love it.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper. No, but many other kinds of very hot peppers.
27. Dulce de leche. No.
28. Oysters. Yes. Do not like them.
29. Baklava. You know wher I am from! Of course!
30. Bagna cauda. No.
31. Wasabi peas. Wasabi in a kind of paste, yes, but in a shape of peas, no.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. Not as a combo. I've had them separately. Do not like clam chowder, love other soups in a sourdough bowl.
33. Salted lassi. No.
34. Sauerkraut. Of course - remember sarma? We had that stuff in various recipes all the time.
35. Root beer float. No.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar. Not at the same time. But yes.
37. Clotted cream tea. Nooooo!
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O. No.
39. Gumbo. Yes.
40. Oxtail. Yes, many times, love it. The best part of cow for tender beef.
41. Curried goat. Yes.
42. Whole insects. No.
43. Phaal. No. Would like to try.
44. Goat's milk. Yes.
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more. I did not care about the price at the time....
46. Fugu. No.
47. Chicken tikka masala. Yes.
48. Eel. No.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut. Yes.
50. Sea urchin. No.
51. Prickly pear. Yes.
52. Umeboshi. No.
53. Abalone. No.
54. Paneer. I doubt it. Possible.
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal. Yes.
56. Spaetzle. Something similar under a different name, yes.
57. Dirty gin martini. No.
58. Beer above 8% ABV. Yes, of course, many times. Scroll down to the last picture for one.
59. Poutine. No.
60. Carob chips. Yes, it's not chocolate.
61. S'mores. No.
62. Sweetbreads. No.
63. Kaolin. No.
64. Currywurst. No.
65. Durian. No.
66. Frogs' legs. No.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake. Yes, yes, yes, yes.
68. Haggis. Yes, under different names: svargla, kishka, drob.
69. Fried plantain. No.
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette. Actually no. One of the dishes that was a delicacy my Mom fixed for guests, but I had a sandwich instead.
71. Gazpacho. Yes, do not like it.
72. Caviar and blini. Yes, but not at the same time.
73. Louche absinthe. No.
74. Gjetost, or brunost. Yes, the Swedish version.
75. Roadkill. No.
76. Baijiu. No.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie. No.
78. Snail. No.
79. Lapsang souchong. Yes.
80. Bellini. No.
81. Tom yum. No.
82. Eggs Benedict. Yes.
83. Pocky. No.
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. No idea. Probably not.
85. Kobe beef. Yes - oxtail Kobe beef! (see #40 above)
86. Hare. Yes. Also rabbit.
87. Goulash. Haha! This is a family of goulash-fixing competitions!
88. Flowers. Yes. I had no idea they were just decorations on my plate! On the other hand, cauliflower is a flower. And rose preserve is from a flower. And so is elderberry juice.
89. Horse. Yes, not just testes of horses I knew, but also grilled horse steaks and horse sausages.
90. Criollo chocolate. No.
91. Spam. Yes, many times.
92. Soft shell crab. No.
93. Rose harissa. No.
94. Catfish. Yes, both the American and European species (very different).
95. Mole poblano. No.
96. Bagel and lox. Yes.
97. Lobster Thermidor. No. Just steamed lobster.
98. Polenta. Yes, almost every Sunday morning when I was a kid.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. No.
100. Snake. No.

Others have added some more - Archy:

101. Moose. No.
102. Bear. Yes.
103. Caribou. No.
104. Retsina. Yes.
105. Cevapcici. Yes, of course.
106. Postum. No.
107. Fried halibut cheeks. No.
108. Cracklings. Yes, from several species (pig, goose, duck...)
109. Injera. Yes.
110. Home brewed wine or mead. Yes, often.

Rev. BigDumbChimp:

101. Elk. No.
102. Ostrich. A burger once - did not like it.
103. Moose. No.
104. whole hog BBQ. Yes.
105. wine that costs more than $400.00 a bottle. Probably not.
106. Home made bacon and sausage. Yes.
107. chocolate and chiles. No.
108. chittlins - see above.
109. moonshine (of many different varieties). Yes.
110. quail eggs. Yes. And grilled bobwhite quail and Japanese quail.

Mark CC:

1. Monkfish liver: No.
2. Live scallop: No.
3. Fried chicken giblets. Yes.
4. Duck cracklings. Yes (see 108 from Archy above).
5. Grappa: Yes.

How about a few more by me:

1. Rocky Mountain oysters. Yes, including from stallions (well, at that point they were geldings) I used to ride.
2. Sarma (see above)
3. Slivovitz. Of course.
4. Pig-on-a-spit. Often.
5. Moussaka. Yes, a couple of different recipes - love it!
6. Djuvech. Of course.
7. Boiled knees, hooves (sometimes in pihtije/brawn)
8. Halvah (white, brown or mixed)
9. Flambeed walnut crepes.
10. Tulumbe
11. Ajvar
12. Burek
13. Kitnikes
14. Tufahije
15. Floating Islands


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In my mind, peanuts are salty nuts. Cannot be sweet goo. Thus, never tried peanut butter in my life. Have not even seen it until I was in my late teens.

As a general rule, only crappy peanut butter is sweet. Good peanut butter usually contains no added sweeteners, and is not sweet. (Although jams or jellies will make the sandwich as a whole quite sweet.) I eat a fair amount of peanut butter, but seldom in sandwiches. Usually I mix one part peanut butter with three parts coconut milk, three parts tomato paste, mushrooms, and a variety of diced fruits and vegetables. cook while stirring, serve hot. I don't usually add meat to this dish, but chicken, turkey, and beef go well with this.

never tried peanut butter in my life

Then...then...You've never had the peanut butter + chocolate combination that is the best evidence that there might just be a god? oh, you poor, poor man......

1. Rocky Mountain oysters. No.
2. Sarma. Yes
3. Slivovitz. Yes.
4. Pig-on-a-spit. Yes.
5. Moussaka. Yes.
6. Djuvech. No.
7. Boiled knees, hooves. No, unless you count eating glue when I was a kid.
8. Halvah (white, brown or mixed). Yes.
9. Flambeed walnut crepes. No.
10. Tulumbe. No.
11. Ajvar. No.
12. Burek. Yes.
13. Kitnikes. No.
14. Tufahije. No.
15. Floating Islands. No.

I might know similar deserts under Greek or Turkish names.

When I was planning a trip to Sardinia a few years ago, a friend of mine was joking about their maggot cheese. I never tried it or even saw it when I was there, but our conversation led me to a site like this:

The one I found then had a bit about how gross it is to so many people, especially the French, that Americans eat peanut butter. My family had a French exchange student years ago who was fascinated by the whole phenomenon, and I've brought peanut butter to her in Paris during the past decade - I'm not sure her husband and children knew what to make of it, but she seemed thrilled. It's strange because a lot of African and Asian dishes involve peanut sauce, so it shouldn't seem so unusual.

Anyway, you don't know what you're missing! Yum. :)

travelled and lived in a lot of different countries, and have had friends/colleagues of many nationalities/ethnicities, so I've tried most. My most recent food discovery is japanese (sashimi, etc) which I only started exploring in the past five years. Not fond of shellfish, but love most 'meat' fish.

Cutting the list down to those I either haven't tried or have some comment about (everything else I've tried and liked/loved):

m m m m mmm:
tartare: especially tartare de cheval (combining both #4 & #89)
snail: see - I do like *some* things in shells - delicious in a white wine/garlic sauce (MUCH better than moulles!)
paneer, aloo gobi, chicken (murgh) tikka: almost anything indian - I'm from the UK you know!
Haggis: yum (and for Coturnix: if you've eaten haggis you've eaten #62 sweatbreads, just not visibly!)

Not Tried:
13. PB&J sandwich. (hate peanut butter, but like peanuts * satay sauce!)
17. Black truffle. (not fond of fungi)
25. Brawn, or head cheese. (I like meat I can identify with)
30. Bagna cauda.
31. Wasabi peas.
35. Root beer float. (I don't like root beer - why waste ice cream?).
42. Whole insects. (except in processed foods :D )
46. Fugu.
50. Sea urchin.
51. Prickly pear.
52. Umeboshi.
53. Abalone. (and probably wont - not a shellfish person).
57. Dirty gin martini. (Don't like olive juice - I prefer mine straight up with a twist)
59. Poutine. (sorry - why waste the 'joy of carbs' on curds!)
63. Kaolin. (is there something I'm missing - I don;t normally expect to eat clay!)
65. Durian. No (but saw anthony bourdain almost puke eating one!).
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette.
72. Caviar and blini. Yes blini - no caviar, and have no intention (fish eggs are too salty for me!)
74. Gjetost, or brunost (despite many norwegian friends i college).
75. Roadkill. (Not to my knowledge, but I've eaten in Louisiana more than once, so who knows!).
80. Bellini. (peach puree? why! sounds like amber mist to me. yuck)
97. Lobster Thermidor. (lobster does nothing for me - too sweet - so I wouldn't order this).

Whole insects: lots of times while riding my bicycle; and with kid's dare games.

flowers: does this include buds in brownies?

as for peanut butter - get the "old fashioned" crunchy kind, with oil on the top. mix it up and eat it with the aforementioned brownies.

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