Tuesday, April 10, 2012

100 Foods to Eat Before You Die

Drinking from a coconut cut fresh off a tree in Thailand.

I love food! And I love going on little food adventures, trying something I've never eaten or heard of before, so when I saw the facebook app listing 100 foods to eat before you die, I had to check it out. 

As I went through this list, I was surprised by how so many of the foods brought up very strong associations and memories for me. Here they are, with a bit of my commentary. I crossed off the ones I've eaten. (About half!)

1. Abalone (This always reminds me of the book Island of the Blue Dolphins. All I remember of that book is the main character gathering abalone all the time.)
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator 
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel & Lox
6. Baklava (Yuuuummmmmmm.)
7. BBQ Ribs
8. Bellini
9. Birds Nest Soup (Could have gotten this in Thailand and didn't. Dang.)
10. Biscuits & Gravy
11. Black Pudding (This is where I draw the line. I would never eat this.)
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar
17. Cheese Fondue
18. Chicken & Waffles (People in Los Angeles love this. I am a bit underwhelmed by it.)
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno (LOVE these.)
21. Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder (Had it in a bread bowl in San Francisco. Classic!)
24. Cognac
25. Crab Cakes
26. Crickets (Considered trying this in Thailand too. Don't regret my decision to not eat it!)
27. Currywurst
28. Dandelion Wine
29. Dulce de Leche (During her childhood in Argentina, my mom ate this all the time. When I was a child, she would often make it at home. Back then no one knew what dulce de leche was. My how times change.)
30. Durian
31. Eel
32. Eggs Benedict (I can't believe I've never had this!)
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes (Been wanting to try these too.)
38. Fried Plantain (Had this in Sierra Leone all the time. It was my favorite thing to eat there.)
39. Frito Pie
40. Frogs' Legs (Had this on a high school choir trip to New York City.)
41. Fugu (Between the steep price and the risk of death, I will probably never eat this. Check out the wiki article.)
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho
44. Goat (I just tried goat for the first time on our anniversary!)
45. Goat's Milk (hoping cheese made of goat's milk counts!)
46. Goulash
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis (This almost crosses the "I wouldn't try it" line.)
49. Head Cheese (Pretty sure this crosses the line.)
50. Heirloom Tomatoes (Now I just want to grow them.)
51. Honeycomb (So fun to chew it until you're left with just a ball of wax in your mouth. Still remember the first time I tried it at an 1800's style farm in Illinois.)
52. Hostess Fruit Pie (random!)
53. Huevos Rancheros
54. Jerk Chicken
55. Kangaroo
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa 
61. Moon Pie (This list is so random.)
62. Morel Mushrooms (Want!)
63. Nettle Tea
64. Octopus (Had it for the first time when I re-visited Portugal when I was 14. I loved it.)
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova (Had to look this one up. Now I want it.)
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheese Steak
72. Pho (Pho will always remind me of Los Angeles.)
73. Pineapple & Cottage Cheese
74. Pistachio Ice Cream
75. Po' Boy (Never heard of this before, but it sounds great!)
76. Pocky (Think I've had this... not too sure though.)
77. Polenta
78. Prickly Pear (I may have had this in Mexican food. Not sure.)
79. Rabbit Stew (Rabbit is delish! Common dish in Portugal where I was born.)
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float (Love these.)
82. S'mores (Camping classic.)
83. Sauerkraut
84. Sea Urchin
85. Shark
86. Snail (May have had this, too. Don't remember.)
87. Snake
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
90. Spaetzle 
91. Spam (yuck.)
92. Squirrel (This makes me want to finish reading the Hunger Games series.)
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum (Yay! Thai food!)
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison (My great aunt hunts. I remember eaten her venison chili in their home in the snowy woods of Minnesota.)
99. Wasabi Peas (I still remember popping a free sample from some market in Philadelphia into my mouth and regretting it.)
100. Zucchini Flowers (I've been wanting to try stuffed zucchini flowers for some time now. Perhaps I should plant zucchini just for the flowers...)

How many of these foods have you tried? What memories are attached to these foods for you? Which ones would you never try? Feel free to comment below. Don't be shy. : )


  1. As much as I love all my friends from Hawaii, I CANNOT agree.

  2. you are WAY more adventurous than i am!!! wow! :)

  3. i agree with brian. spam musubi would be a worthy addition to this list.

  4. 58...had to google black pudding; would blood sausage count? I would not be opposed to that...

    1. To me, blood sausage and blood pudding are the same scary thing. (I also had the opportunity to eat blood sausage in Thailand and passed it up.)

  5. Christie - I randomly came across your post and had to put in my two cents for haggis. I absolutely love it, but would probably recommend trying it first in Scotland or at a Scottish festival to avoid a sorry take on haggis. When I was in Scotland for a weekend this last year, I ate it at every meal, including breakfast :) I think you probably would like it!


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