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Dec 9, 2008

The Omnivore 100

Scotland's Haggis
Back in August, a British food writer named Andrew Wheeler posted a list of 100 foods he believes every omnivore should try. "The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food," he wrote, "but a good omnivore should really try it all."

Wheeler encouraged readers to copy the list into their blog, bold-face all items they've eaten, and cross out any items they would never consider eating. His post immediately went viral, rocketing around the Internet and even making it into the culinary section of numerous newspapers.

In case you missed it, I'm posting Wheeler's list here and indicating what I have, haven't, and would never eat. I don't have the facility to cross out text with Blogspot, so those things I'd never consider eating are in blue letters. I've grayed-out the foods I've never had the chance to try.

We'd love it if you left a comment to tell us how your list would differ.
  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea (But I’ve had Nettle Soup)
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
  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 $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 (Big Macs, certainly--but I'll never eat the meal!)
  56. Spaetzle
  57. Dirty gin martini
  58. Beer above 8% ABV
  59. Poutine (I really want to try this)
  60. Carob chips
  61. S’mores
  62. Sweetbreads
  63. Kaolin (a mineral-laden white clay, it’s an ingredient in Kaopectate)
  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
  72. Caviar and blini
  73. Louche 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
  92. 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
Check out Andrew Wheeler's original post.

Dec 4, 2008

A Journey of Taste

Cover photo, Favorite Recipes from Mii Amo SpaJust in time for Holiday gift-giving comes A Journey of Taste: Favorite Recipes from Sedona's Mii amo Spa. Mii amo means "journey" in Yuman, the traditional Native American language of Northern Arizona, where the spa is located, and this beautifully-photographed cookbook from Chronicle Press allows readers to start on their own journey to a healthier lifestyle.

No starvation salads or tiny soup cups here. This cuisine--though low-caloric, low-cholesterol, and low-carb--doesn't deprive. Executive Chef Steve Bernstein and Spa Chef Steve Sicinski have created what they call intelligent cuisine.

The 145-page A Journey of Taste contains more than 50 of the spa's most-requested recipes, such goodies as Blue Corn Waffles, Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna with Cellophane Noodles and Red Curry Broth, Buffalo Tenderloin with Horseradish Potato Cake and Chipotle-Tomato Jus (pictured immediately above), and Crab and Corn Cakes with Remoulade Sauce. And for dessert? Try the Berry Martini, or--imagine this!--a low-fat Tiramisu.

By the way, in 2007 Mii amo Spa, which is located at Enchantment Resort, was named the "world's best destination spa" by readers of Travel + Leisure. Surely this remarkable cuisine had a little something to do with that...

You can purchase the book directly from Mii amo Spa.