It is Thanksgiving, that American traditional holiday of gratitude and gluttony. What better time for a food meme?
This is the Omnivore's hundred list of foods the gastronome Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.
The rules of the meme: bold those you have tried, strike through those you wouldn't eat on a bet.
Venison My dad was a hunter. We ate venison steak most nights when I was growing up. The roasts were icky, the steaks and chops were good, the hamburger and sausage were excellent. In addition to venison, i.e., deer, I have eaten antelope, moose, and bear. And squirrel and rabbit.
Steak tartare I sneak bits of raw hamburger and raw steak every time I prepare them. But I have had the real thing -- once.
Cheese fondue I lived through the 70s and have the fondue pot to prove it.
Calamari The calamari we ate at various places in South Africa was excellent. #1 son and I both decided we liked calamari.
PB&J sandwich Duh. I am an American of the 20th century. I especially like to eat pb&j on tortilla, rolled up.
Hot dog from a street cart Can you say "state fair"?
Fruit wine made from something other than grapes Does dandelion count? Oh, wait, I think I have had elderberry. And Annie Green Springs.
Steamed pork buns Maybe. Don't remember. We go to a lot of Chinese buffets.
Pistachio ice cream Just last week, in fact.
Heirloom tomatoes The upper Midwest is largely devoid of heirloom tomatoes -- growing season too short. Damn.
Fresh wild berries Many times -- strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, usually eaten within seconds of picking.
Foie gras Yuk, liver.
Rice and beans Yellow rice and black beans, a Key West favorite we brought home to the Great Frozen Tundra.
Brawn, or head cheese
Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
Dulce de leche
Oysters Smoked in a can only, never raw or in oyster stew.
Baklava Too sweet. I'm not a big fan of honey.
Bagna cauda Huh?
Wasabi peas Yum. I just discovered them a couple months ago. Too bad I have to drive 50 miles to buy them.
Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl Probably. This is not something so distinctive I would necessarily remember it.
Sauerkraut Sauerkraut and ribs, mmm. Although I could do without the sauerkraut.
Root beer float
Cognac with a fat cigar I had cognac once. It gave me a migraine. Skip the cigar... forever.
Clotted cream tea Sound disgusting but is actually delicious.
Gumbo Only if Campbell's Chicken Gumbo counts.
Curried goat There was goat in the dish, don't remember if it was curried or not. It very well might have been; it was a Chinese restaurant.
Whole insects Never on purpose. Once I grabbed a can of Coke that had been sitting on the floor. Where the ants found it. Ants taste sour.
Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
Chicken tikka masala
Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
Sea urchin We kept one in a pail of sea water once while camping in the Keys. You can eat them?
McDonald’s Big Mac Meal See #13, above, re: American, 20th century.
Dirty gin martini
Beer above 8%
S’mores See #13, above, re: American, 20th century.
Kaolin I thought kaolin was the kind of clay used to make porcelein. Apparently not.
Durian No, but I do know what it is.
Frogs’ legs Tasted really, really fishy.
Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake State fair, hello?
Fried plantain In the Keys, I think.
Chitterlings, or andouillette
Caviar and blini
Gjetost, or brunost We used to have a house mate who relished her Norwegian heritage; she often had gjetost in the fridge. It wasn't bad, as I recall.
Hostess Fruit Pie College vending machines.
SnailEww, have you ever stepped on a snail and smelled the resulting stench?
Tom yum WTF is that?
Pocky (or something similar).
Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant I have never been IN a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
Kobe beef Not only have I eaten it, I ate it in a teppanyaki steak house in Japan.
Goulash In rural southern Minnesota where I grew up, every hotdish (that's what we call casseroles in the Midwest) made with macaroni, tomato sauce, and hamburger was called goulash. I'm guessing that is NOT what this item is referring to.
Flowers Violets, nasturtium, nasturtium pods.
Spam In our family, pancakes and fried Spam is considered the ultimate camping breakfast.
Soft shell crab
Catfish Blackened. Yum.
Mole poblano I have a dandy WW recipe for chicken mole poblano; I have eaten authentic mole, too.
Bagel and lox Yum!
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
Have a great Thanksgiving!