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1. Venison - at my mother's. My brother shot it. With a bow and arrow. It was OK--you need to braise it.
2. Nettle tea - hate herb teas but occasionally drink it to be polite.
3. Huevos rancheros I'm sure they were inauthentic; I got them at my health club cafe.
4. Steak tartare--yeah, baby! In Paris and also at a private party at an ophthamology convention in Sarasota, FL
5. Crocodile - no, but alligator? Yes. In New Orleans. Tastes like chicken! But chewier.
6. Black pudding -- no, but I'm much more understanding about sausage than I was in my youth, so if I were in the British Isles, I would.
7. Cheese fondue -- It was against the law to ski in the 1960s without eating cheese fondue at some point in the day.
8. Carp - I believe so. Isn't it an ingredient in gefullte fish? Which I can't spell?
9. Borscht - Sure. I've even made it.
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari all the time. Fried calamari is the chicken nuggets of seafood restaurants.
13. PB&J sandwich.
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart, meat on a stick too - I will also include hot dog at a ball game and hamburger at the drive-in--all scary, if you let yourself think about it.
16. Epoisses - I don't know.
17. Black truffle - I once got a salad at Lucas Carton that was covered in truffles, but I didn't notice the color. I've also had dishes where they were shaved. I say let them keep their beards.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - Beach plum liqueur my stepmother made from Nantucket beach plums.
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream I don't like nuts in ice cream, but the flavor is good (it's usually almond)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries have picked and eaten while picking.
23. Foie gras thank God it's legal again in Chicago
24. Rice and beans except it's spelled "beans and rice." Make it all the time. Serve with a couple of shots of hot sauce and some cold beer.
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche, no, just the ice cream and yogurt flavored as such.
28. Oysters raw, fried, in stew ... "she'd eaten every one."
29. Baklava too sweet
30. Bagna cauda fondue for people from Provence
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut my mother used to serve it on Thanksgiving and eat it covered in giblet gravy. I think that's a Maryland/Virginia thing, though. It's OK with sausages.
35. Root beer float
37. Clotted cream tea at various shmancy pretentious hotels in the States and London
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O from the same batch as blackbird's
39. Gumbo and have made it, including the roux, all ye who think I can't cook.
40. Oxtail every winter, at least once. The whole family likes it.
44. Goat’s milk
47. Chicken tikka masala I'm not sure--don't eat Indian food all that often. I may have.
48. Eel on sushi
50. Sea urchin Uni is sea urchin roe, right? I love it. And as the child is the father to the man, so the roe is the father to the urchin, and therefore, I have eaten it.
51. Prickly pear
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV That Belgian beer qualifies, right?
59. Poutine I can't even remember what it is, but next time I'm in Canada, for sure. After all they only have one national dish. I owe them that much.
60. Carob chips Carob is the methadone of chocolate.
61. S’mores I've even cooked them!
62. Sweetbreads love, love, love these, but refuse to cook them. Not as easy as S'mores.
63. Kaolin (isn't this a kind of clay used in facial masks?)
65. Durian--that super-smelly fruit that tastes amazing? I'd try it.
66. Frogs’ legs--like chicken, except springier.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - funnel cakes are the best
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini In Paris. With Iranian blini, which you can't get in the States. Heaven.
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie and the hot apple pies at McDonald's, too. I'm strangely unpicky when it comes to dessert. Lard and/or Cool Whip-based? Bring it on!
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
88. Flowers pansies, nasturtiums, and lavender. Lavender tastes like soap. Avoid it.
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab yum!
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish popular in Chicago--I don't know why.
95. Mole poblano I've had mole sauce--don't know whether it's poblano'd.
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
I wonder why the following weren't included: bison, turtle, calf's liver, mock turtle, raccoon, squirrel, possum, whale, shark, ice wine, that fish that's poisonous unless it's done perfectly, tripe, sushi they slice from the fish while it's still alive, duck, real buffalo's milk mozzarella, plover's eggs, 30 year old balsamic vinegar, brains, pink peppercorns (remember those?) liverwurst, heart, camembert, goose, Fish House punch, moonshine, quail's eggs, tomaley, Indian pudding, and Grape Nut custard.