The Adventurous Palate: 100 Foods To Eat Before You Die

According to a Facebook quiz, most people have tried about 20 of the 100 items. How many have you eaten?

A list of 100 foods to try before you die is gaining legs. The Facebook post, which is really a quiz to shame you into trying more foods or in some cases brag to friends about how culinarily adventurous you are, has been gaining popularity.

Some of the items on the list are everyday foods here in Southern California. We are pretty sure you have had a fish taco and a mimosa at an outdoor brunch with friends. But, have you tried kangaroo, shark, squirrel—or something called umeboshi? (We Googled for you. It is pickled ume fruit, a sort of plum or apricot.)

So here is what to do: Get out a pen and make a tally of each the foods you've tried on this list. Then let us know how many you've sampled in the comment section below and tell us where you find them in the San Diego County community.

Ready ... set ... go!

100 Foods to Try Before You Die

  1. Abalone
  2. Absinthe
  3. Alligator
  4. Baba Ghanoush
  5. Bagel and lox
  6. Baklava
  7. Barbecue ribs
  8. Bellini
  9. Bird’s Nest Soup
  10. Biscuits and gravy
  11. Black Pudding (made from cooked blood)
  12. Black Truffle
  13. Borscht (Ukrainian soup made from beetroot)
  14. Calamari
  15. Carp
  16. Caviar
  17. Cheese fondue
  18. Chicken and waffles
  19. Chicken Tikka Masala
  20. Chile Relleno
  21. Chitterlings/Chitlins
  22. Churros
  23. Clam Chowder
  24. Cognac
  25. Crabcake
  26. Crickets
  27. Currywurst
  28. Dandelion wine
  29. Dulce de leche
  30. Durian (southeast Asian fruit notorious for its ordor)
  31. Eel
  32. Eggs benedict
  33. Fish Tacos
  34. Foie Gras
  35. Fresh Spring Rolls
  36. Fried Catfish
  37. Fried Green Tomatoes
  38. Fried Plaintain
  39. Frito Pie
  40. Frog’s Legs
  41. Fugu (pufferfish)
  42. Funnel Cake
  43. Gazpacho
  44. Goat
  45. Goat’s milk
  46. Goulash
  47. Gumbo
  48. Haggis
  49. Head Cheese
  50. Heirloom Tomatoes
  51. Honeycomb
  52. Hostess Fruit Pie
  53. Huevos Rancheros
  54. Jerk Chicken
  55. Kangaroo
  56. Key Lime Pie
  57. Kobe Beef
  58. Lassi (Indian yogurt drink)
  59. Lobster
  60. Mimosa
  61. MoonPie
  62. Morel Mushrooms
  63. Nettle Tea
  64. Octopus
  65. Oxtail Soup
  66. Paella
  67. Paneer (a cheese)
  68. Pastrami on Rye
  69. Pavlova (meringue cake)
  70. Phaal (curry dish)
  71. Philly Cheesesteak
  72. Pho
  73. Pineapple and cottage cheese
  74. Pistachio Ice Cream
  75. Po’ boy
  76. Pocky
  77. Polenta
  78. Prickly Pear
  79. Rabbit Stew
  80. Raw Oysters
  81. Root Beer Float
  82. S’mores
  83. Sauerkraut
  84. Sea Urchin
  85. Shark
  86. Snail
  87. Snake
  88. Soft Shell Crab
  89. Som Tam (spicy salad made from shredded unripened papaya)
  90. Spaetzle (German dumpling or noodle)
  91. Spam
  92. Squirrel
  93. Steak Tartare
  94. Sweet Potato Fries
  95. Sweetbreads
  96. Tom Yum
  97. Umeboshi (pickled ume fruits common in Japan, similar to a plum)
  98. Venison
  99. Wasabi Peas
  100. Zucchini Flowers
Marianne West April 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I tried 82, Squirrel and Snake are in my future - I'll pass on the hostess Fruit pie.....
Christine Huard April 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM
You beat me! I've tried 73. No way on kangaroo, haggis or fugu ... so that leaves me with 24 to go.
Jorge Diaz-Santiago April 16, 2012 at 02:03 AM
For me 72 of 100, but debatable list. Several "dishes" made with junk food. I am not referring to internal organs, which are indeed a delicacy. Others are standard fare when you travel, unless you run to the first Mc'Donalds you see when you are traveling. Or, even worse, as some people I have heard of, you travel with your own stash of 'US food' so you avoid exposure to local food. Get out of your comfort zone. Also very US centric list. Most choices are what you find at "ethnic" restaurants in the US. Truly a very limited (and distorted) view of what a real 'top 100 before you die' list should really contain. Maybe is just one of those applications that siphon info from your FB account.


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