Saturday, August 30

The Food Experience Meme

I got this at Queen of Dirty Laundry, where I appropriate most of my memes. Thanks, Lori!

Have you ever tried
  • Venison? Nope. I have a personal rule against eating cute animals.

  • Nettle tea? Not on its own, but I've had a pregnancy tea with nettle in it.

  • Huevos rancheros? Sorta. I've had some kind of tex-mex egg casserole wrapped in tortillas.

  • Steak tartare? Yep, though I didn't know I'd ordered it at the time.

  • Crocodile? Nope.

  • Black pudding? Ugh, no.

  • Cheese fondue? Yup, back before the dairy strike.

  • Carp? Probably not. I'm not much for seafood.

  • Borscht? Or beets.

  • Baba ghanoush? Yep. I prefer hummus, though.

  • Calamari? I was probably made to bite a fried ring once, but ewwwww!

  • Pho? I had to look this one up. I think my sister and I made a chicken version once about 10 years ago.

  • PB&J sandwich? Is this on here just to make sure everybody gets a chance to answer "Yes"? (Though, I suppose if you have a nut allergy, peanut butter wouldn't be an option.)

  • Aloo gobi? No, but I love the line from Bend It Like Beckham, "... and she made lovely aloo gobi last week."

  • Hot dog from a street cart? Hot dog, no. Pretzels, ohh yeah. Mmmmm.

  • Epoisses? Who? Had to look this one up, too. Nope.

  • Black truffle? Only the chocolate kind.

  • Fruit wine made from something other than grapes? Yup. Pear and, I think, blackberry.

  • Steamed pork buns? Like pot stickers? Otherwise, no.

  • Pistachio ice cream? Yum. Yes.

  • Heirloom tomatoes? Maybe. If so, it's not something I intentionally set out to go eat.

  • Fresh wild berries? Yup. We once made ice cream out of wild blueberries.

  • Foie gras? Blecch. No.

  • Rice and beans? Red, black, and pinto.

  • Brawn, or head cheese? I had to look this one up as well. Ew. Along with the "cute animals" rule, I have one about no eyes in my food.

  • Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper? Nope. I'm not much for hot peppers. Good food shouldn't hurt.

  • Dulce de leche? Yes. More things to miss in a dairy-free lifestyle.

  • Oysters? I had a bite of a fried oyster po'boy once.

  • Baklava? Yes. Yum!

  • Bagna cauda? Ba-whosa what-a? Nope. Not a big anchovy fan.

  • Wasabi peas? Nope, doesn't fit in with my ideals about good food not hurting.

  • Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl? Clam chowder, yes. Sourdough bowl, yes. Together, no.

  • Salted lassi? So, now that I've looked this up, it's just iced yogurt with salt and pepper. Ick. I do did like mango lassis (lassi? lassie??).

  • Sauerkraut? Yup, though probably only on a reuben.

  • Root beer float? Oh, yummy. Yes, and one more thing I can't really have anymore.

  • Cognac with a fat cigar? Yes to the first, and no-ugh-yuck-gross to the second.

  • Clotted cream tea? Mmmm. Devonshire tea. And they say British food is bad.

  • Vodka jelly/Jell-O? Nope.

  • Gumbo? Yup. They don't let you out of Louisiana 'til they've watched you down some gumbo (or so they told me).

  • Oxtail? Certain parts of the animal just weren't made for eating. (That would be a "no".)

  • Curried goat? I sure did. It wasn't nearly as bad as I would have though.

  • Whole insects? Ick, no.

  • Phaal? (After a quick google search) Do I need to keep on this not hurting thing?

  • Goat's milk? Only in cheese and yogurt.

  • Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$130 or more? Highly doubtful. Maker's Mark only costs about $25.

  • Fugu? I don't generally eat computer programs--oh, wait, you mean the fish? No.

  • Chicken tikka masala? I'm guessing I have at the Indian buffet. Their food isn't labeled very clearly in English, so I'm not sure.

  • Eel? No, thanks.

  • Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut? Yes. Yum. Right off the conveyor belt, even.

  • Sea urchin? No.

  • Prickly pear? Yup. Breaded and deep fried.

  • Umeboshi? Pickled fruit. Hmmm, no.

  • Abalone? Ick. It was bad enough when I thought this was fish.

  • Paneer? Does Panera count? I may have had it in something at the Indian place, but not to my knowledge.

  • McDonald's Big Mac Meal? Yup. They'll even make it without cheese if you ask.

  • Spaetzle? Homemade by a woman of German descent (or is she Swiss? I forget).

  • Dirty gin martini? Nope. I don't like green olives.

  • Beer above 8% ABV? Apparently not. Guinness is the strongest I've had.

  • Poutine? Another Google search. Only if smothered and covered hash browns at the Waffle House count.

  • Carob chips? Yup. My parents used to substitute them for chocolate chips. Probably would have worked better if the carob chips were sweetened.

  • S'mores? Yum. My new favorite is coconut marshmallows with dove dark chocolate.

  • Sweetbreads? "Sweetbreads a la Gusteau ... in an anchovy-licorice sauce." In real life, no.

  • Kaolin? Yes. I ate paper as a kid.

  • Currywurst? Ick. I'll stick to bratwurst on a bun with a zig-zag of plain ketchup, thanks.

  • Durian? Nope. I hear it tastes good if you can get past the smell though (I don't expect I could).

  • Frogs' legs? No, I think frogs are cute.

  • Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I've also had zeppoli, the Italian version of fried dough.

  • Haggis? No. Cute animals.

  • Fried plantain? Yup. Good sweet or savory.

  • Chitterlings? No. Not interested. (Shudder.)

  • Gazpacho? Bread soup? Hmmm. No, I think I'll stick to bread pudding.

  • Caviar and blini? Yes, but not together.

  • Louche absinthe? No.

  • Gjetost, or brunost? No, but after looking it up, it actually sounds like something worth trying.

  • Roadkill? Not as far as I know.

  • Baijiu? Had to look this one up, too. No.

  • Hostess Fruit Pie? Yum. Yes, but not for many years.

  • Snail? No. Ick.

  • Lapsang souchong? Yet another Google search. Tea that smells like a campfire? No.

  • Bellini? Peach is my favorite.

  • Tom yum? No. Too much seafood. I've had Tim Tams, though. Can I count that instead?

  • Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant? Nope. I can't afford that many stars. (And, just for the record, why is a tire company awarding stars to restaurants, anyway?) (Ooh, here's why.)

  • Kobe beef? No, but this I might actually try.

  • Hare? Cute animal.

  • Goulash? Not since I was a kid, and it was a church potluck recipe, so I don't know how authentic it really was. We didn't have any Hungarians at our church.

  • Flowers? Yup. In salads a few times.

  • Horse? Ew. No. Besides, it's a cute animal.

  • Criollo chocolate? Nope.

  • Spam? I'm sure I have on some camping trip or another.

  • Soft shell crab? No. I think I've had crabmeat, but, again, not a big seafood fan.

  • Rose harissa? Rose who? (Google is sure getting a workout tonight.) Nope.

  • Catfish? Yup. Deep fried. Wasn't half bad.

  • Mole poblano? Chocolate and peppers ... that's pushing it just a little bit, don't you think?

  • Bagel and lox? Bagels, yes. Lox? Ugh, no.

  • Lobster Thermidor? So, looking it up, it's basically a lobster omelet. Nope. I've had lobster, though.

  • Polenta? Yum. Maybe that's what I'll make for breakfast.

  • Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee? Nope. Not a big coffee drinker.

  • Snake? No.


  1. I love your no-cute-animals-as-food rule. Kinda like my own rules of If-it-swam-I-can't-eat-it and Can't-eat-it-if-it-could've-been-in-my-backyard.
    By the way, Poutine is wonderful stuff!

  2. Looks like your palate has been more adventurous than mine. And bonus points for Googling all the weird stuff!

  3. After readint the list I was craving Indian food thinking about the Chicken tikka masala.


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