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The Omnivore's 100

How the Omnivore's 100 Works:

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.

4) Optional: Post a comment at Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

My Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steaktartare

5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
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
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (not sure I'd eat this whole thing, but I'd taste)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (don't like gin, but I've tasted)
58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
Caviar and blini
73. Louche (ouzo) or absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
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

100. Snake

Of Sand Castles and Sangria

It was a gorgeous beach weekend and a perfect Saturday for the 2nd Annual Sand Castle competition.  Although I wasn't part of the artistic or labor crews, I did play a vital role -- working on the team responsible for getting the cocktails and the prizes down to the beach.  Mission completed.  Many thanks to Jimmy for coordinating, to Gabe and Sarah for their swordfish chermoula, Caroline for a delicious shrimp curry and pork sate, and to Eric for being a fantabulous guest.  You can find the pictures here.

The Tastes of Summer

When the time comes that fresh, ripe, juicy, perfect tomatoes with some salt, pepper, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil become part of a meal at least once per day; you are constantly nibbling on fresh blueberries; and the corn only needs to be cooked for about thirty seconds, you know it's truly summer.  Yum.

Dear Universe,

Got the message -- thanks for making it crystal clear.  Off to enjoy a bike ride.  Hope you're doing well. 
Love and smooches,

PS -- thanks for the awesome friends, and for inventing a good dirty martini.



Hello, dinner. Although the weather didn't quite cooperate, and neither did our flight home, the trip to Maine was great fun.  Thanks to Katie, Jenn & Lauren for being such great company and to Dad & Joan for spoiling us rotten!  


Now that this mess is over ($600 and a new refrigerator later), I was able to enjoy myself a little last night. Sure, my stomach is still recovering, but I was well enough to head out to Jones Beach with Caroline to see one of my all-time favorite concert lineups -- Elvis Costello and the Police. Elvis started early and didn't play nearly long enough for my taste, but he sounded as fantastic as ever. The Police, who I saw back in November, were still amazing in my book. Sure, they lowered the key on some of their songs, but I'll cut them a little slack after 20+ years. And Sting . . . sigh. Damn he looks amazing -- he's in his mid 50's and is still hot enough to take off his shirt and have the ladies drooling. Must be all that yoga. Many thanks to Caroline for the company and the VIP treatment!