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In which I undertake the Food Meme:

1. Abalone - They're endangered, aren't they? [a quick search reveals: yes, in some places.] I do have some vintage abalone buttons, though, so maybe I shouldn't talk. Anyway, I tend not to eat molluscs.

2. Absinthe For the first time in Prague with [ profile] speedlime, back when it was still illegal in the UK and US. We noticed that it marked the paint on the bar tables.

3. Alligator - Possibly it's more or less fair to eat something that would eat you. I like 'gators, though, and don't think I'll eat them. Plus, the thought of eating a reptile is a little creepy. (see also molluscs)

4. Baba Ghanoush - As slimy as a mollusc, but somehow okay because it's an aubergine.

5. Bagel & Lox - Tasty bastard, the salmon.

6. Baklava

7. Barbeque Ribs

8. Bellini

9. Bird’s Nest Soup - the birds build their nests out of saliva. Encrusted bird spit is about the most disgusting basis for soup I can think of.

10. Biscuits & Gravy American Southern biscuits, these are. Buttery and flaky, ideally with sausage gravy for the true cholesterol-fest.

11. Black Pudding - Once, in Scotland.

12. Black Truffle - In cream sauces, it's divine. In cheese, it makes your entire fridge smell like armpits.

13. Borscht

14. Calamari

15. Carp - I honestly can't remember whether I've had carp. Maybe carp induces amnesia?

16. Caviar - We used to have caviar on blinis with sour cream once a year, at my grandmother's place on Christmas Day. The tradition died with her, and given the price, the endangerment of the sturgeon and the connection to organised crime, I'm unlikely to have it again.

17. Cheese Fondue

18. Chicken & Waffles

19. Chicken Tikka Masala - why is this bland goo on the list of foods to eat before you die?

20. Chile Relleno

21. Chitlins - Pig intestines? Anyone who's smelled a pig farm will join me in a chorus of "hell no".

22. Churros - Two words: British Library.

23. Clam Chowder - back when I was able to ignore the bits of grey snot that are clams

24. Cognac

25. Crab Cakes - in Baltimore, which counts as EXPONENTIAL crab cakes.

26. Crickets

27. Currywurst - Once was enough. I think it's still repeating on me.

28. Dandelion Wine - hated the Ray Bradbury novel so never drank the drink

29. Dulce De Leche

30. Durian - once.

31. Eel - had grit in it

32. Eggs Benedict

33. Fish Tacos - Heh heh. "Fish tacos". Heh heh.

34. Foie Gras - last time was around the turn of the milennium. I did kind of like it, but will probably refrain in future.

35. Fresh Spring Rolls

36. Fried Catfish

37. Fried Green Tomatoes

38. Fried Plantain

39. Frito Pie - I apologise on behalf of my nation

40. Frogs’ Legs - Amphibians can go wait in the non-food area with the reptiles and molluscs.

41. Fugu

42. Funnel Cake

43. Gazpacho

44. Goat

45. Goat’s milk - there is this excellent stand at Borough Market that does goat's milk ice cream. Highly recommended.

46. Goulash - in Austria. So good.

47. Gumbo

48. Haggis

49. Head Cheese

50. Heirloom Tomatoes - the ones you've grown are the best. Tomatoes on the terrace again this year.

51. Honeycomb

52. Hostess Fruit Pie - possibly while at school, but again, why is this on the list?

53. Huevos Rancheros

54. Jerk Chicken

55. Kangaroo

56. Key Lime Pie - There was a time when I obsessed over how to make the perfect Key Lime Pie. Haven't done so in years.

57. Kobe Beef

58. Lassi

59. Lobster

60. Mimosa

61. MoonPie - Again with the US brands. Sod off.

62. Morel Mushrooms - Found these growing wild in Wyoming while foraging on horseback.

63. Nettle Tea

64. Octopus - one bite of someone else's, once. Octopuses are too clever to eat, I think.

65. Oxtail Soup

66. Paella

67. Paneer

68. Pastrami on Rye

69. Pavlova

70. Phaal - not a real food, just a litmus test for wankers

71. Philly Cheese Steak

72. Pho

73. Pineapple & Cottage Cheese - we had to eat some weird shit at school and no mistake.

74. Pistachio Ice Cream

75. Po’Boy

76. Pocky

77. Polenta

78. Prickly Pear - intrigued to try this.

79. Rabbit Stew

80. Raw Oysters - Back when I didn't mind molluscs.

81. Root Beer Float

82. S’mores

83. Sauerkraut

84. Sea Urchin - you know that the part you eat are their gonads, right?

85. Shark - had some shark fin thingies at a dim sum place once. Kind of rubbery.

86. Snail - keep the fuck away from me, mollusc

87. Snake - You too, reptile

88. Soft Shell Crab - Crustaceans, on the other hand-- you can stay.

89. Som Tam

90. Spaetzle

91. Spam - They quite seriously fed us this at school. Ew.

92. Squirrel

93. Steak Tartare

94. Sweet Potato Fries

95. Sweetbreads - Surely the most misleading name for organ meats ever?

96. Tom Yum

97. Umeboshi - in one of those seaweed-wrapped rice triangles in Sapporo. I was surprised at the time, but they've grown on me.

98. Venison

99. Wasabi Peas

100. Zucchini Flowers - Maybe I should plant some courgettes this year?
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