I found a fun meme via Rev. BigDumbChimp, involving food. I’m a sucker for anything involving eating.
- Venison: Nope.
- Nettle tea: yes. Didn’t like it.
- Huevos rancheros: Yes, yummy.
- Steak tartare: nope.
- Crocodile: Yup. Mediocre. Not a bad flavor, but it had a nasty texture.
- Black pudding: Gads, no.
- Cheese fondue: Yup.
- Carp: Yup.
- Borscht: I’m an Ashkenazi Jew, of course I’ve had borscht. Out of a jar, it’s absolutely, mind-bogglingly horrible. Cooked fresh, it’s at best mediocre.
- Baba ghanoush: Yum!
- Calamari: Tried it once. Turned out that I’m violently allergic
to it. Not one of my more pleasant food experiences.
- Pho: Nope, but I’ve had the chinese version (Nu Rou Mien).
- PB&J sandwich: of course.
- Aloo gobi: Yup; in fact, I make it myself. Great stuff – one of the
very best things you can do with a cauliflower.
- Hot dog from a street cart: of course. I’m a NYer.
- Epoisses: One of my favorite cheeses! Nothing compares
to Epoisses washed in Sauvingon blanc. Yum.
- Black truffle: yup. Overrated. They’re very good, but
considering what they cost, they need to be *better* than just very good.
- Fruit wine made from something other than grapes: I’ve had hungarian
brandies made from peaches, but that’s not wine. I’ve had something
that’s called blackberry wine, but it’s really blackberry juice mixed
with neutral brandy and sugar, so I assume that doesn’t count. So I guess
that’s a no.
- Steamed pork buns: Nope. I don’t like pork.
- Pistachio ice cream: yes.
- Heirloom tomatoes: Oh, yes. Really good, fresh, vine-grown
tomatoes – not the commercially bred shippable kind, but the kind
that you get from the farmer, and have to carry carefully because
they’ll bruise – are one of the greatest culinary treasures of the
world. The things you buy in the store simply are not
- Fresh wild berries: Yup. As a kid, I lived in a house on a wooded lot,
and there were wild raspberries. The wild ones really do taste better.
- Foie gras: Yes. Another favorite. Yeah, it’s not particularly nice for
the duck. I don’t care; it’s too damned good. Not something I’d
eat every day, but it’s a treat when I can get it.
- Rice and beans: Yes.
- Brawn, or head cheese: No. And I hopefully never will!
- Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper: Yes, accidentally. My grad-school roommate
bought some, not knowing what they were. And then he made me taste one.
The heat was mind-boggling, and my eyes starting burning, so I rubbed
them. Wound up spending the next half-hour or so in the the bathroom soaking my eye in cold water.
- Dulce de leche: Yes.
- Oysters: Yes. I love oysters.
- Baklava: Yes.
- Bagna cauda: Yes, I’ve made it.
- Wasabi peas: Yes. Eh.
- Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl: a favorite of mine.
- Salted lassi: nope.
- Sauerkraut: NY Jew – of course!
- Root beer float: yup.
- Cognac with a fat cigar: I don’t do the smoking thing. Cognac, yes;
but it’s not my favorite. I prefer the subtler Armagnac in the french
grape brandies, or Calvados if I can get away from the grapes.
- Clotted cream tea: Yes.
- Vodka jelly/Jell-O: No.
- Gumbo: Yes.
- Oxtail: No.
- Curried goat: Yes. I worked for a computer store owned by an
Indian family during college. They had a party that they invited
all of the employees too. The only thing that wasn’t too hot for us
to eat was goat. Not thrilling, but not bad.
- Whole insects: Nope.
- Phaal: looked it up to see what it was. I’m honestly not sure.
See my story two up – I tried nibbles of a few things there, which were
considerably spicier than goat vindaloo. So maybe. But since I don’t
know, I’ll count this as a “no”.
- Goat’s milk: Nope. Lots of goat’s milk cheeses, but not the milk itself.
- Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$130 or more: Once. Didn’t
much like it.
- Fugu: Nope.
- Chicken tikka masala: Who hasn’t had this?
- Eel: One of the most wonderful tasting fish in the world. I adore
- Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut: Yes. Not impressed.
- Sea urchin: No.
- Prickly pear: Yes. Eh.
- Umeboshi: Yes. Eh.
- Abalone: Yes. Eh.
- Paneer: Yes. Eh.
- McDonald’s Big Mac Meal: Yes. Ick.
- Spaetzle: I’ve never had German spaetzle; I have had the hungarian
galushka, which are supposedly pretty much the same. It’s wonderful.
I’ve also had Da Sha Mien, which is sort of the chinese equivalent, also
wonderful. There’s nothing quite like the texture of a fresh dough
- Dirty gin martini: Nope. I’m not a huge martini fan, and a martini
with the olive juice mixed in just sounds awful.
- Beer above 8% ABV: Oh, yes. In my opinion, most of the beers worth drinking are up there. I tend to like Belgian bottle-fermented ales,
and they can get up to 12-14% ABV. I also once had a fantastic
barley wine, which is basically a strongly hopped beer coming in at 18% ABV!
- Poutine: Yum! My wife is Canadian, and she introduced me to it. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s french fries with fresh cheese curds
and brown gravy. It’s really, really fantastic stuff. We mail order
cheese curds from Wisconsin so that we can make it at home!
- Carob chips: Yes. It’s no substitute for chocolate.
- S’mores: of course.
- Sweetbreads: Nope. Very few organ meats appeal to me.
- Kaolin: Not sure what this is… A quick search suggests one of the
ingredients of kaopectate – a horrific substance with which I have
had entirely too much experience. (I’ve got some really awful stomach
- Currywurst: Like I said, I’m not a fan of pork. If you could make this with some other meat, it sounds yummy.
- Durian: Nope. I’d love to try it. Another grad school roommate of mine
was from Bangladesh, and raved about how good it was despite the smell.
Since when it comes to cheese, the stinkier it is, the more I like it,
I suspect that I’d really enjoy it.
- Frogs’ legs: Yes. Greasy, bland. Not thrilling.
- Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake: all of the above.
- Haggis: What am I, crazy? Hell no!
- Fried plantain: Yes. Ech.
- Chitterlings, or andouillette: Nope.
- Gazpacho: Yes! Love it when it’s a bit chunky and nice and spicy!
- Caviar and blini: Yes. Overrated.
- Louche absinthe: Nope. Definitely want to.
- Gjetost, or brunost: Yes. Some friends are big fans of it, and they’ve
gotten me to try it. It’s very peculiar.
- Roadkill: No.
- Baijiu: I think so. When I went to Taiwan to meet my in-laws, we went out to dinner with some of their friends, and we had some kind of very
strong, warm stuff. I think it was Baijiu, but I’m not sure. I definitely
did not like whatever it was.
- Hostess Fruit Pie: Yes.
- Snail: Yum!
- Lapsang souchong: never tasted it. Smelled it, because of another
guy I knew who drank the stuff constantly, but every time he brewed
a cup, the entire room would stink like stale cigar smoke. Ech.
- Bellini: Yup, at one of Mario Batalli’s restaurants. My wife ordered
it, and I had a taste. Very nice, refreshing.
- Tom yum: Oh, yes. One of my favorite soups!
- Eggs Benedict: Yes. As I keep saying, I’m not a big pork fan, so
I prefer many of the numerous variants better than the traditional.
Benedict with fresh cold-smoked pacific salmon is my favorite.
- Pocky: Yes. Eh.
- Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant: Nope. Until
very recently, I was a non-meat-eater, and I still can’t stand most
Pork or most organ meats. So there’s not much point in the great
French restaurants. I have done chefs tasting menu at Nobu, which
deserves to be a three-star.
- Kobe beef: Nope.
- Hare: Nope.
- Goulash: Yes! I really like Hungarian food. Goulash, paprikash,
roast goose with red cabbage, etc. Hungarian food isn’t fancy, but
it’s really wonderful.
- Flowers: Yes, in many forms. I’ve had candied flowers, flowers in
salads, flowers in cookies, stuffed zucchini flowers, etc.
- Horse: Nope.
- Criollo chocolate: I’m not sure. I’ve had a lot of very fine chocolates,
but I’m not sure if any of it was Criollo. Probably not – the makers
generally flaunt it if they use it, so I’d probably know.
- Spam: Nope.
- Soft shell crab: One of my favorite foods in the entire world. There is
absolutely nothing as wonderful as a Maryland Blue softshell.
- Rose harissa: no. I’ve had harissa, but never rose. It sounds wonderful!
- Catfish: Yes. I love farmed catfish; wild is a bit overwhelming.
- Mole poblano: Yes, yummy.
- Bagel and lox: New York Jew. Of course!
- Lobster Thermidor: no. I’m not a huge lobster fan. It’s good, but
not my favorite thing. Every time I’ve had a chance to order it,
there’s been something I’d rather have.
- Polenta: Yes. Ick. I hate polenta.
- Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee: Yes. Overrated. I think that many
of the really top-quality Indonesian coffees are better.
- Snake: Nope.
The Rev also added a few extras.
- Elk: No.
- Ostrich: Yes. Several times. I really don’t like it. I keep trying it
cooked different ways, because people who’s taste I trust keep
telling me that it’s something I should really love. But every time
I’ve tried it, I’ve been disappointed.
- Moose: No.
- Whole hog BBQ. I’ve been to BBQs where they did it, but since I don’t
like pork, I didn’t have any. (Just the smell of it cooking was
unpleasant to me; there’s just something about pork that I can’t stand.
It’s not a kosher thing, because there’s plenty of non-kosher stuff that
I eat all the time.)
- Wine @ >$400/bottle.: Nope. I’d like to, but I can’t afford it.
- Home made bacon/sausage: again, no pork.
- Chocolate and chilis: an amazing combination. I found a south american chocolate bar with chilis in it. Strange from an american perspective – they didn’t do the kind of very smooth chocolate that we tend to like. This was brittle, with hard crystals of sugar in it, and visible flecks of chili pepper. It was fantastic.
- Chittlins: Nope.
- Moonshine: Nope.
- Quail eggs: Yup.
And I’ll add a few of my own that I’ve tried:
- Monkfish liver: nice, but not exceptional.
- Live scallop: amazing!
- Fried chicken giblets.
- Duck cracklings. Yummy! This is what you get when you take duck skin,
and render it for duck fat. You cook it very slowly to get out the fat
without getting any burned skin flavor in it. When you’re done, you’ve got
these crispy little bits of duck skin fried in duck fat. A sprinkle of
salt, and you’ve got something amazing.
- Grappa: amazingly wonderful.