100 foods to eat before you die

my ottawa friend karen posted a link to this app on facebook. i don’t *do* apps because i don’t *get* them (you know me and my lack of techno intelligence), but i was intrigued by the title. so, a little googling found me the list…from someone who states she, too, doesn’t like apps! here is where i found the list, and here is the list!

you know me, i love quizzes and questionnaires, so i took the liberty of inserting my answers in blue and green.

100 Foods to Eat Before You Die (the non-app version)

[i’ve erased the original poster’s responses and inserted my own].

1. Venison – no
2. Nettle tea – no
3. Huevos rancheros- no, but i saw a recipe on a blog!
4. Steak tartare – no
5. Crocodile – for sure, no
6. Black pudding – i assume this is not chocolate?? no
7. Cheese fondue – yes! we had a fondue set when i was small! so 70s!
8. Carp – no
9. Borscht – yes! family heritage
10. Baba ghanoush – yes!
11. Calamari – no
12. Pho – no, but i know i want to try it.
13. PB&J sandwich – yes! [don’t you find it funny, too, that this is on the list?!]
14. Aloo gobi – i do not know what this is
15. Hot dog from a street cart – yes! this summer was the latest one!
16. Epoisses – qu’est-ce que c’est, exactement??
17. Black truffle – no
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – no. i dislike wine.
19. Steamed pork buns – no, but i bet sil ana’s mom could make me some!
20. Pistachio ice cream – no. i always take choco something for ice cream.
21. Heirloom tomatoes – i think not??
22. Fresh wild berries – yes!
23. Foie gras – no
24. Rice and beans – yes! have made myself, even!
25. Brawn, or head cheese – no, ew.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – no
27. Dulce de leche – no, but have heard raves
28. Oysters – yes! the brother and sil ana’s engagement party!
29. Baklava – questionable, so i have to say no.
30. Bagna cauda – i do not know what this is
31. Wasabi peas – no, but i want to
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – no, not the bowl part
33. Salted lassi – i do not know what this is
34. Sauerkraut – yes! when i was likely about five. ick.
35. Root beer float – yes!!! many, many as a kid!!
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – no!!!
37. Clotted cream tea – no
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot – no
39. Gumbo – no
40. Oxtail – no
41. Curried goat – no
42. Whole insects – no!
43. Phaal – i do not know what this is
44. Goat’s milk – does goat’s milk ice cream count?? no
45. Single malt whisky – no
46. Fugu – i do not know what this is
47. Chicken tikka masala – no, but would be willing to try!
48. Eel – no
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – yes! not as good as tim horton’s!
50. Sea urchin – no
51. Prickly pear – no
52. Umeboshi – say what?
53. Abalone – no
54. Paneer – no
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – no!
56. Spaetzle – no
57. Dirty gin martini – no
58. Beer above 8% ABV – no
59. Poutine – yes! and in québec!
60. Carob chips – yes!
61. S’mores – yes yes!!
62. Sweetbreads – no
63. Kaolin – not sure what this is
64. Currywurst – no
65. Durian – no
66. Frogs’ legs – yes! grade 8 quebec trip! (tastes like chicken!)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – yes! cne in toronto!
68. Haggis – no
69. Fried plantain – not fried
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette – no
71. Gazpacho – yes! marbles restaurant, waterloo!
72. Caviar and blini – no
73. Louche absinthe – no
74. Gjetost – i can’t even pronounce that!
75. Roadkill – heavens to betsy, no!
76. Baijiu – i do not know what this is
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – no – does a twinkie count, instead??!
78. Snail – no
79. Lapsang souchong – i do not know what this is
80. Bellini – no
81. Tom yum – no
82. Eggs Benedict – not my own order
83. Pocky – no but i DO know what this is!
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – no
85. Kobe beef – no
86. Hare – no
87. Goulash – no
88. Flowers – no
89. Horse – thank goodness, no!
90. Criollo – i do not know what this is
91. Spam – i think no – maybe at grandma’s in goderich?? i say no.
92. Soft shell crab – yes! marco island, i do think.
93. Rose harissa – i do not know what this is
94. Catfish – no
95. Mole poblano – no
96. Bagel and lox – yes! chicoutimi, first evening i arrived!
97. Lobster Thermidor – no
98. Polenta – no
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – no
100. Snake – no

wow, what a diverse list, eh? who came up with this thing?!


apparently, according to karen’s link, most people have tried less than twenty!

hmmm, sounds like “getting a score of 100” would be a good (if expensive) project to take on as a year-long challenge, eh?!

i hope you kept a tally of your answers, too!

what’s YOUR total? me =19! ah…so close to that 20 mark! where can i get that #99 coffee?!!

if you care to enlighten me on any item about which i am clueless, please feel free! i like to decrease my states of ignorance!


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  • Monisha Vohra  On October 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

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  • Phillip B  On May 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Oops. Hit send without my tally count! 52 for me. I believe the original list was created in southern california so many dishes are from that area or common there.

    And while some may dislike wine, Casa de Fruta in central california has many fruit wines including a pomegranate wine which is very good… Google those you dont know and try something new!

  • Anonymous  On May 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Just some enlightenment!

    99- available on amazon, can cost upwards of $40/lb. It is very good if you love coffee.
    97- polenta tastes similar to a cornmeal flavor and is quite versatile. Found commonly at specialty food places like Whole Foods.
    95- mole poblano is the poblano chile made into a sauce. Mexican tamales are made with mole (pronounced mole-ay), and this is just like a thick enchilada sauce made from poblano chile.
    93- rose Harissa is a spicy paste (Harissa) with rose petals added in.
    85- Kobe beef is a MUST! So delicious!
    73- absinthe… Ugh, never again. Terrible hangover!
    69- frying the plantains makes them extra tasty and sweet.
    58- beer above 8%. Arrogant Bastard IPA, 10.5% Refer to my above comment on 73.
    55- don’t waste your liver on it!
    46- fugu is a pufferfish. The fish must be carefully cut, or the poisonous toxins will kill the eater.
    43- phaal, an Indian curry type of dish. Comes very hot to WTH?!?
    21- heirloom tomatoes are very delicious, especially San Marzano which are thought to make the finest marinaras.
    6- black pudding is from… Well… Cooked blood lol.

    Cheers to expanding horizons and trying new foods!

  • Fresh  On April 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    47 for me …

  • kamloopsdiscgolfgary  On January 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I have tried 55, I am a food adventurer though and go out of my way to try different dishs

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      55 DOES show your adventurous nature! i bet you have tried some very unusual picks from the list!

  • Johanna B  On January 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I “enjoyed” 40 items from the list if you count alligator. Lots of Indian food on the list and booze items.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      40!!! wow – that is cool. you are now tied for the lead in terms of responses i received! i will count alligator as a swap! 🙂

  • Johanna B  On January 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I’ve had alligator. Does that count for crocodile? I’ll have to go back and see what my actual # of yesses is. If we ever meet I’ll fry you up some great southern catfish. It’s a mild fish but it’s best fried in cornmeal.

  • Anonymous  On January 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    40 of 60 ….black truffle just this September in Vegas at CarneVino and it DID make the steak. 100% better than I ever expected. Would order it if I ever went back!

  • Lisa  On January 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I got 39 for my tally! But, I don’t know what any of the ones in question are!

    This is funny—I’ll never get to 100, but it was fun to do.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      wow! 39 makes you the record holder so far today, lisa! and thank you for sharing that some of those items are new terms to you, too!

  • Nicole  On January 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Man, oh, man. That list was disgusting- no offense. I only marked off 14- and I think I may have forced myself to say yes to goulash (which I’m sure I’ve had of some sort) and a Bellini. Blue mountain coffee can be found at homesense in their kitchen section. You must try baklava again- sooooo good!

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      no offense at all, nicole – i agree with you. i would NEVER be able to get 100/100 because a few of those (roadkill!) i am not touching with a ten foot pole! thanks for the coffee tip – once again, you’re a great resource!! 🙂

  • Zo  On January 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I actually have at least 32 (one or two are maybes). I love aloo gobi! I’ve had lassi (sort of like a yogurt smoothie) at indian restaurants, but not salted. Fugu is that japanese blowfish stuff that can kill you (never tried it)! Lapsang souchong is a smoky tea blend (I’ve tried it). Basically, most desserts I’ve tried, most meaty things I haven’t (but also had frog legs in elementary school) Borscht is a family heritage thing for me too…but I haven’t had it much. I don’t know if there’s anything on the list I’d like to try but haven’t…

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

      oh, you are an awesome help, zo!! thanks for defining some of those dishes for me! i think i will stay away fom the fugu!!! and it makes sense that you would know the tea blend, knowing your love of tea! did your family borscht recipe have beets? we are of the no beet offshoot!! 32 is a pretty good tally!!

      • Zo  On January 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

        You’re welcome. Yes, beet borscht…well, to be fair I think I’ve only had the kind that comes out of the jar, but my grandmother told me her mother used to make it.

  • Ali  On January 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Mmm. Aloo Gobi is so yummy. It’s a curry dish made with cauliflower and potatoes usually. Pho is a must try, just not the kind with tripe! I get the veggie Pho and it is super healthy and delicious.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

      ah! thank you for enlightening me on aloo gobi, ali!! that DOES sound delicious! i will remember your tip to try the veggie pho WHEN i get the opportunity to try it. maybe in toronto some time?! i want something authentic!

  • Anonymous  On January 7, 2012 at 7:46 am

    You definitely need to try a fruit wine. Some of the wonderful combinations of berries, peaches, apples and even pineapple are heavenly in the summer. They really don’t taste like “wine”, more like a light juice. But be warned…. since they do not taste like wine they can disappear very quickly from your glass.

    I look forward to hearing about any others you try. There are several on the list that have intrigued me for years….


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