Monday, January 2, 2012

100 Foods To Eat Before You Die

Happy New Year! For the first post of 2012 I thought I would share this food list challenge (I found via facebook) of the 100 foods to eat before you die. 




The initial prediction says that of the 100 foods on this list, most people would have only tried about 20 (or less) of them. Being the foodie I am, I of course wanted to see where I ranked, so I took it and came out with the number...48. I'd say I did pretty well. I thought it would be fun to keep this list on the blog to see how many more of these I can cross off within the upcoming year. Some of them I think I could probably live without, but it still will be fun to see where I rank in 2013. I thought some of you foodies might also be interested in doing the same. Take a look at the list and see where you stand. I'd love to hear your results!



1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator 
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel & Lox
6. Baklava
7. BBQ Ribs
8. Bellini
9. Birds Nest Soup
10. Biscuits & Gravy
11. Black Pudding
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar
17. Cheese Fondue
18. Chicken & Waffles (never had this by choice)
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno (shocking!)
21. Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder 
24. Cognac (I feel like I've had this but couldn't remember exactly when)
25. Crab Cakes
26. Crickets (yuck.)
27. Currywurst
28. Dandelion Wine
29. Dulce De Leche
30. Durian
31. Eel
32. Eggs Benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes 
38. Fried Plantain
39. Frito Pie
40. Frogs' Legs (I also feel like this is something I've tried, but not an exact recollection)
41. Fugu
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho (Believe it or not, I have not)
44. Goat
45. Goat's Milk (I'm going to count this one since I have had many cheeses from goat's milk) 
46. Goulash
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis
49. Head Cheese
50. Heirloom Tomatoes
51. Honeycomb
52. Hostess Fruit Pie 
53. Huevos Rancheros
54. Jerk Chicken
55. Kangaroo
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa 
61. Moon Pie (another one that seems like I have had it, but i'm not 100%)
62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea
64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheese Steak
72. Pho
73. Pineapple & Cottage Cheese (I'm not a fan of cottage cheese so this one probably won't happen.)
74. Pistachio Ice Cream
75. Po' Boy (another one where I feel like I have, but this will give me an excuse to have one and remember it.)
76. Pocky
77. Polenta
78. Prickly Pear
79. Rabbit Stew
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float
82. S'mores
83. Sauerkraut
84. Sea Urchin
85. Shark
86. Snail
87. Snake (no, thanks.)
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
90. Spaetzle 
91. Spam
92. Squirrel
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison
99. Wasabi Peas
100. Zucchini Flowers

107 comments :

Caroline said...

You've got to try chicken and waffles. Simply amazing!

Viviana said...

Octopus is one of my favorites!!! You MUST try it!
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Melissa @ A Dozen Years Later said...

I can cross of 31... But gosh some I have no desire to try...

Mitra said...

Durian is terrible. It had the texture of a ripe banana and the taste of stinky onion. Watch out!

Girl of The Grove said...

Haggis is disgusting! lol I had that in Scotland. Also, my dad used to make homemade dandelion wine. Mmmmmm!

Helen said...

I got 35. Not too bad! www.eatenjoylive.blogspot.com

lucyloo said...

Proud to boast 67!

mary dickey said...

What a fun list! I've tried 60 of them. Might be willing to go for 10 others but some are Never Evers!

Yani, ur ultimate exotic Foodie! said...

DURIAN!!! oh yeah... Smells disgusting, tastes AMAZEEEEEEENG! especially the yellow creamy ones.

Suggestion: BALUT. It's an underdeveloped duck egg. Eat the ones that ranges from 17 to 20 days old eggs. Best eaten at night, or after a drinking session.

PS: It's a suggestion for u to try the balut, not necessarily for ur list.

Joe Buck said...

Man, I've had 78 of those! Now I feel like I ought to go seek out the remaining 22. They are the REALLY tough ones to swallow, though ;-)

Anonymous said...

25...seems most of the ones I missed are because I don't like fish. And won't eat snails. And other various things I refuse to put in my mouth. You really are missing out with the rabbit stew though. My friend made some for Winter Solstice and it was just delicious! Also, I'm surprised crickets made it but mealworms didn't. I've actually eaten a mealworm. (chocolate covered and they taste like a kitkat)

Anonymous said...

I have actually tried 81 of these and 3 I will never try because I am allergic to corn and bananas. Of course I am 58 and have traveled quite a bit. I guess one of the weirder things I tried was sheep brains in Turkey.

Dawn @ Kitchen Lore said...

I've eaten 91. Rundown: 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die

Anonymous said...

I'm 21 and have eaten about 10, interesting... On the plus side I've had the two New Zealand favourites that are on there more times than I can count! Abalone, aka Paua, delicious, especially as fritters, and Pavlova (meringue and cream cake) which is so so yum and is not Australia's to claim. :P

Anonymous said...

I've had 46 on the list and while there are a few more I'd like to try there aren't many. Haggis, Sweetbreads,Head Cheese.... No Thanks!

Seg said...

Funny to see so many European and Asian foods on this list. Most of the stuff I haven't tried is US food ^^ Got 46 and I'm 24. Hopefully I'll get 36 more in the next few years!

Anonymous said...

55 here, I was so close to 56 but crocodiles aren't alligators. Needs more offensively stinky cheeses. Also, not going to do head cheese, or po boys. Everything else is fair game or already eaten.

Robin said...

Sadly? 14. I wouldn't ever consider any more.......Snakes, frog's legs and catfish? Yuck!

Anonymous said...

A "foodie" who has never had Pho?

Anonymous said...

i had fugu, and also kobe beef when working in tokyo. fugu is rare as hell as it needs special preparation and only a few chefs in the world can do it. an experience to remember

Stacy Rae said...

Just wondering why you put head cheese in the same "won't eat" category as a po' boy. It's just a sandwich. :O I've eaten about 50 of these foods. Not a terrible list but I wonder how one can limit the musts to only 100! :)

Tracie said...

Key lime pie, yes, but it only counts if it's the real thing. Tip #1: if what you had was green (or any color other than an odd yellow-tan), it wasn't genuine. The real stuff is hard to get because it's a soft custard that doesn't "present" well as a restaurant dish, so they use gelatin or excess sugar or something to stiffen it up. Looks nicer, doesn't taste nearly as good.

Anonymous said...

I've had 4... Clam Chowder (only once), Hotess fruit pie (ew), S'mores, and sweet potato fries (my mom used to make them)

Anonymous said...

As an animal lover and vegetarian I'm so sickened by some of these on here. Kangaroo, alligator, squirrels...my goodness! Never, ever!

On a side note, durian is amazing. You either love it at first bite or want to throw up. Good luck!

mpkhansen said...

i've 56 out of 100 items, simply just by travel and living. i will try almost anything. chicken and waffles? i'll give it a try.

Auntie M said...

I've tried 66 of them! Thanks for sharing this!

TheAlmostFoodie said...

I have eaten 58 out of 100. I am on quest to eat some more this year. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I am going to document my journey on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Some of these are pretty common, at least in my opinion. I only crossed off 29, but seriously? Root beer floats?

Anonymous said...

I've had 41, and I'm only 14. Why would one put S'mores and BBQ ribs on the same list as sea urchin?

Gina said...

66, but there were a few more I wasn't sure about. Funny, I was just eating goat for lunch while I was reading this. I agree with Viviana, you should really try octopus! Have it with your gazpacho at a good Spanish food place. You won't be sorry.

Anonymous said...

Crickets are less weird than you would expect. If you put them in a freshly made corn tortilla (still warm of course) with some guacamole or avocado and salt, they are a very delicious taco.

And you must absolutely try a good chile relleno but these are very hard to come by since the sauce is made from fresh walnuts and these are only available in september. They alone are worth a trip to Mexico City, I think the best are at EL CLUB DE BANQUEROS hands down!

stephwolf said...

What a fun list! I can say with utmost certainty...haggis and fugu need NOT make my list. Lol. And...several of these items were eaten in childhood...never to be revisited again (spam)...that being said..I'm at 89. Feeling rather adventurous. May have to make it to 98 ;)

Anonymous said...

Crickets spiced and fried in Oaxaca, Mexico. Delicious.

Anonymous said...

91

Anonymous said...

I've tried 58...can't say I would have some of them again. Chicken and waffles...with maple syrup and hot sauce! Weird...but awesome!

Anonymous said...

Make a list without flesh.

Anonymous said...

Never heard crickets but had grasshoppers in Oaxaca. The are cooked in lime, chili, salt and fried in butter. They taste like popcorn!

CognacSpot said...

42 out of 100: not bad ;-) Cognac comes in a lot of ranges though. You should at least try a XO Cognac. A little more expensive but so much better than VS or VSOP. I have my own blog at http://www.cognacspot.com. Great list!

Stacy said...

I got 78. And I LOVE head cheese or even more offensively, hoghead cheese, as we call it in Southern Louisiana. My favorite is spicy, from a little boucherie - I kid you not - in New Iberia, LA where they make their own. If you are ever in that part of the States, do give it a try.

Aspirin said...

I'm 22 and I'm at 42. Maybe I didn't have such a sheltered childhood after all. Omnomnom

Anonymous said...

I've always been brave at trying new foods (sometimes with very bad result)and I have tasted 85 of them. Need to knock out this list!

Tom said...

I'm at 61. I am not a " foodie". I would definitely try all. It helps to travel and live in a city such as San Francisco, where the majority or this food is available.

Anonymous said...

I am 24 and have had 68 from this list...not too shabby eh? I don't understand everyone aversion to Haggis.. You're not actually eating the intestine (and it certainly is a lot more delicious than say hotdogs) it's like eating a really delicious meatloaf. Can't say as I've tried chicken and waffles...sounds very strange, though I haven't spent much time in the south. God list though thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

I managed 58. And a number of those things I will never try! But I don't consider my self to be overly food adventurous, so i think I did ok. How is buffalo not on there?

Anonymous said...

How about 98!? Lived all over the world, great fun and excitement!!

Anonymous said...

How come no dog meat?

Anonymous said...

I have tried 53! and I'm 35 not bad!! I will try about 20 more of them... One that I didn't eat intentionally was Sweetbreads... I had them served up on a platter @ a BBQ with a bunch of other grilled stuff and thought it was pork... Until I bit into it... disgusting...

Janny said...

50...and counting. And I've had plantain, just not fried. So maybe that counts as 51! Haven't had chicken and waffles yet--in fact, just encountered it this year and thought it was terminally weird when I heard about it, but people swear by it. I agree about buffalo--how's that not on there? When I was in New Orleans, the one thing I didn't have time to try but wished I had was alligator on a stick. Can't wait to find a place to get it...

Anonymous said...

I didn't even think that I was that much of a adventurous eater, but I have had 46. A few on there sound pretty good. I haven't had goat, but ram was great. I would try goat milk as well, since I also like goat cheese.
You should really try rattlesnake. I had it grilled with lemon, butter, and garlic. A bit like shrimp.

Anonymous said...

chicken and waffles and deep fried rattle snake are both near the top of the best things on here, you def need to put the stereo types down and tries these right away, a higher end restaurant in denver makes a excellent deep fried quail and waffles with habenero syrup, and rattle snake is served at one of only 2 5star restaurants here

Anonymous said...

I am 22 and have around 70... I think that I am pretty lucky with that.

Anonymous said...

51 here, a few maybes that I am not counting, many others I just never heard of, but am open to trying

Paula K said...

My friend suggested I look and this list and see what I haven't consumed yet. I laughed out loud. There are only 2 things that I haven't consumed. Squirrel. I live in DC. I can't imagine eating tree rat. Nettle tea, didn't know anything about it.
I'm 47. Life is short, try everything you can at least once. Who knows, you may like it.

Anonymous said...

73 for me!

Anonymous said...

I've had 22 and only 14. I hope to try many more from the list.

Anonymous said...

I'm over 50 and have conquered 67 of the 100!

Anonymous said...

52 and I'm 19! Looks like I have a lot more to try. Nothing on this list except crickets and head cheese seems particularly gross to me. You have to have Pho, Chile Rellenos, and Borscht, if anything.

Greta Jane said...

Please do not eat shark. This is very important for your health and the health of the oceans. Very high mercury levels and we need to save te sharks I save the oceans. Www.sharksavers.com

corallevang said...

Great blog post. I have eaten 85/100. But then again, I'm old. I've lived around other cultures. Always been willing to try new things.

I've also eaten things NOT on the list. Who else can say they have eaten fruit bat?

Thanks again! Enjoyed this post!

al said...

smaller sharks such as the gummy sharks dont have this issue of high mercury, so they are fine to eat, i think that if they arent over fished and you eat most of the animal there isnt an issue

Claire said...

To be honest I'm surprised to see you call yourself a 'foodie' but have not tried so many of these!
Thank you for compiling the list - love a good list.

Anonymous said...

Goat cheese does not count as goat milk. Big difference in flavor. I like most goat cheese, but greatly dislike the milk

YeeGouaLogan said...

10%-20% Great, 80-90% Questionable. This list consist of some greats and some disgusting..

Anonymous said...

I've had 89, and I don't even consider myself a "foodie." Just a lucky, happy eater, I guess.
Plus I had the good fortune to date a guy once who killed & cooked a snake for me.

Charlene said...

Well, I have eaten 87 of the 100 on your list. Does that make a real foodie?

Anonymous said...

This list is too ridiculously arbitrary to take seriously . . . I could name at least a hundred foods from around the world that could/should be on this list. (Caribean stews galore, bear, possum, marlin, guinea pig, slavic dishes like bramboraky, or liquors like slivovice, mexican crema or queso fresco, thai dishes, phillipino dishes, where is south america in all this.brazil does some amazing stuff with deep friers, argentina with beef, what about iran)

Anonymous said...

Abalone is really just a sub-category for snails, so you end up being able to mark off two if you've only had abalone... Therefore one of those categories should be changed to something else

Cindy Payton said...

I have tried 44 and I think that's crazy. Okay who tried crickets. I saw the Harvey family talking about that recently...

Anonymous said...

Whew! 82.

Anonymous said...

I've eaten 78 of them.

Anonymous said...

I've eaten 18/100 of these foods. Strangely enough I disliked about 2/3 of them. No strong desire to pursue this list.

Anonymous said...

I'm suprised at how little people vary from their regular diet.

Tried 63, am 24. (most of the remaining 37 I've never come across, thusly opportunity not desire is missing)



(Tried)
Favourite food on list: Kobe beef

Least Favourite: Sea Urchin

(Not Tried)
Most want to try: Cricket (universal eating of insects could do wonders for humanity)

Least want to try: Sweetbread (specifically the rocky mountain oyster variety)

Anne said...

I have had 60 but only because my dad was such an adventurous eater. Some of the things I have NO desire to try.

Elisha Maree Cruz said...

Great Blog! I've tried about half of this list.. I'm so with you on the whole snake thing ;z

wb said...

74 by age 27, and I live in a small Southern mountain town 150 miles from an airport and 2 hours from the nearest city. Come on now! The sweetbreads I had, hypothalamus of a cow, tasted like mashed sweet potato.

Anonymous said...

I luv haggis : )

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree , try everything once ;)

Anonymous said...

Squirrel is actually quite good! Especially when cooked in a stew!

Anonymous said...

Yes!

Scottishlass said...

Everyone should try haggis once. It is a lovely dish and if you don't think about what is in it, you have nothing to be squeamish about.I am biased being Scottish but plenty of other dishes from around the world have weirder things in them (such as the sheep brain someone mentioned). Also black pudding, although not to my taste, should be tried as well (it's far better than white pudding!)

Anonymous said...

If you wanna call yourself a foodie you gotta have gone to a proper Chinese restaurant first? Abalone? Birds nest? That's the bulk of your daily nutritional intake in one serving

Anonymous said...

I've had 83. Fun list!

valerie @ Composition-Life said...

It is an interesting list. I too am curious - why these foods and not a myriad of others - made the cut. I don't get around much - and wouldn't be considered a foodie either - I have only had 19 of the items on the list - and can honestly say there are 26 I will never try - and at least 12 I have absolutely no clue as to what they are. Interesting though.

Anonymous said...

You need to try an australian pav before you can make that statement i have had both the aussies claim it for a reason.. their better at it..

Anonymous said...

For me it was 72 of 100, but debatable list. Several "dishes" made with junk food. I am not referring to internal organs, which are indeed a delicacy. Others are standard fare when you travel, unless you run to the first Mc'Donalds you see when you are traveling. Or, even worse, as some people I have heard of, you travel with your own stash of 'US food' so you avoid exposure to local food. Get out of your comfort zone. Also very US centric list. Most choices are what you find at "ethnic" restaurants in the US. Truly a very limited (and distorted) view of what a real 'top 100 before you die' list should really contain. Maybe is just one of those applications that siphon info from your FB account.

Anonymous said...

Fried egg, real chips, Heinz baked beans and white bread with proper salted butter. ^ Annon surely everyone has different opinion as to what the top 100 should be!

Anonymous said...

51

Sharon said...

73.
By the way, sweetbreads are not testicles (Rocky Mountain Oysters).

I've made huevos rancheros and chile rellenos. Also Key Lime Pie.
Mkae my own lox, bbq ribs, biscuits and gravy, and pastrami.

Catfish, squirrel, and frog's legs because I grew up in the Ozarks. All are delicious.

Anonymous said...

I just turned 25 and have tried 84 items from the list.

To be honest I do not find these items to be anything extraordinary, many of them are common food. What about more exotic flavors?

Hostess fruit pie? Seriously? Eew. Why is that even on the list? ... how about replacing that with freshly bakes croissant or french bread from a proper artisan baker?

What about Mexican Mole (stew made with meat nd Chocolate sauce)

What about truffles, white asparagus... What about brie de meux? or sweet sweet muskmelon? What about live lobster sashimi? ??? ......

Anonymous said...

I don't consider myself a foodie but I've had 77 on the list and a few on a regular basis. I draw the line at trying shark steak not because I can't eat it but there is enough killings of sharks for their fins out there.

If you want to be more adventurous, try poi, kimchi, and natto.

Becki Robins said...

I got this list on Facebook a few weeks ago, and now I'm totally obsessed with the stupid thing. I started off at 46 and am up to 51, but by the end of this week I should be up to about 60 because that is the level of my obsession, with more to follow in later weeks of course. Hint: you can knock octopus and sea urchin off your list in any decent sushi restaurant. And to critics, I think this list is meant to be a very broad representation of world food, which is why you get fugu on one end of the spectrum and Hostess fruit pies on the other. Also I don't think it's meant to simply be a forum for bragging about how many weird foods you've eaten, but rather a list of suggestions for broadening your culinary horizons, which is why each and every bizarre food combo you've ever tried eating did not necessarily make the list.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine eating fried chicken with waffles.

Anonymous said...

Hi I have tried absolutely everything it might be hard to belive but it is true! But i have to admit some of them are really disgusting, like haggis for example! Ergg!

Anonymous said...

You never tried frog's legs? They are like crispy chicken. And goulash is, well, goulash. A stew, basicaly. Everything that's close to expiry date.

Anonymous said...

I think s'mores should only count if they are made with homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers. S'mores made with commercial marshmallows and graham crackers are poor imitations.

Karen Smith said...

I have managed to try 68 of them.

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Anonymous said...

Hey! Your list is fantastic, and makes life interesting when I visit new places around the world. Btw, you should come to Prague, Czech Republic and try their local absinth. Delish!

Bayley said...

54 or 55 down! Borsht, Jewish Borsht, with Caviar, is so good!

Anonymous said...

No Pasion Fruit?

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Anonymous said...

I am a twelve year old who loves to eat I have tried 46 of these foods!

Anonymous said...

All those things are food period never had Kangaroo but the other 2 are great.

Anonymous said...

29 short years and I'm at 89. A few of them will probably never be eaten by me (and a few I've never heard of), but I guess if you can eat a scorpion you can eat anything. Snake wasn't even that bad.

Jesse1986 said...

Marmite or Vegemite are also good. I'm a Yank. Thought they were weird, but always have one or the other depending on availability. Hard to find in the states.

rosemary j said...

I can cross 61 of them off my list.

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