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Monday, October 08, 2012

Monday Morning Meme

The Omnivore's Hundred

found at Very Good Taste

Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.
Here’s what I want you to do:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison  --not since I was young, and I was always bothered by the way the fat coated the inside of my mouth.  Yuck.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile  --oh, now that I think of it, I think it was alligator, not crocodile.  Same family, though, right?
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush  --this was one of the first things I made in my new pressure cooker
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi --I had to look this one up.  It was always on the lunch buffet at our favorite Indian restaurant
15. Hot dog from a street cart --this isn't fair--I've never lived or visited anywhere that had hot dog street carts
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes --I love this.  A local garden store has a big display of locally produced fruit wines and I always treat myself with a couple of bottles when we shop there.
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries --a big part of going for walks in late summer--stopping to eat the wild blackberries & raspberries.
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 --never been brave enough to try the salty kind.  Love mango ones, though.
34. Sauerkraut  --I've lived in Germany for 18 years, off and on.  American sauerkraut is just wrong.  
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar --I've had cognac, but have zero desire to have a smelly cigar with it, and I don't think that should count, unless you're eating the 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 £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut  --had part of one.  I'm not a fan.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle --well, yeah.  See above, re: lived in Germany for 18 years.
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips --they're no substitute for chocolate, that's for sure!
61. S’mores --we always have to have these whenever we're camping, whether we want them or not.  Never really had them as a kid--I preferred the roasted marshmallows by themselves--still do.
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst --it used to be my go-to fast food until all the imbisses got turned into doener stands
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs --I remember my parents having these when I was a kid.  Don't know if I ever did, though.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake --funnel cake was always a big part of going to Cedar Point back when we had season passes
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill --seriously?
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie --there used to be a Hostess day-old store where I grew up, and we usually had a large selection of these in the freezer
78. Snail --the boys used to order these from our local doener/pizza place
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict --this doesn't really count, because when I was a kid, Eggs Benedict had hard boiled eggs and cheese sauce rather than poached eggs and hollandaise.
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare --again, when I was a kid.  My grandparents raised rabbits for a time.
87. Goulash --When I was a kid, goulash was macaroni, ground beef, and canned tomatoes.  But I've had (and made) Hungarian goulash, as well as goulash soup
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam --
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish --had it several ways, but my favorite is catfish pecan.  Which I haven't made for a while.  If it weren't such a PIA to make, I'd put it on the menu for next week.
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox --I've had them separately, but not together, does that count?
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday Morning Meme

Halloween Meme

Found at
Never Never Land


1. What past Halloween costume of yours do you remain particularly proud of?
I won a prize when I was a kid with an Ichabod Crane costume--hooked nose made of Silly Putty is all I remember clearly.

2. Are there any other costumes – worn by someone other than yourself – that you remember as being really clever?
Some of the kids' classmates' moms came up with some awesome costumes over the years. A thunderstorm was pretty memorable.

3. What was the lamest costume you've ever seen?
Well, the German kids who would come trick-or-treating didn't really get the idea. A funny hat was about as good as it got.

4. As a child (under 18), did you ever dress up as a Star Wars character for Halloween?
*cough* I was 16 when Star Wars came out. Much too old for trick-or-treating (IMO then, anyway), and too young for the cool parties of a couple years later.

5. What's the sexiest Halloween costume you ever wore?
I never really wore a sexy Halloween costume. Always went for scary or funny. Closest would be the year Carl dressed up as a vampire and I was his victim. White wig, pale makeup, ragged clothes.

6. Can I see a photo of that?
There's one somewhere, but like I said--not particularly sexy.


7. During your primary treak-or-treating phase, was there ever a year when you did NOT go out? Why?
Not that I can remember. Although I do remember having to wear a winter coat over my costume a few years. Ah, Michigan....

8. What kind of candy in your trick-or-treat bag did you never, or almost never, eat?
Necco wafers. Yuck.

9. Did you ever pull any “tricks,” like smashing a jack o'lantern or TP'ing someone's house on Halloween?

10. What was the most unusual “treat” you received at a neighbor's house?
Compared to today's standards, they were all unusual: homemade cookies, popcorn balls, caramel apples, quarters. The candy bars were the unusual treats.

11. How old were you when you went trick-or-treating for the last time?
Twelve, IIRC

12. Do trick-or-treaters come to your door, where you're living now?
Holy crap, do they ever. Hundreds of them. Hordes. You can't even shut the door between trick-or-treaters--it's a steady stream. We start stocking up on candy in September.


13. What's a little-known or underrated scary movie you'd recommend to people this Halloween?

Camp Cuddly Pines Power Tool Massacre, but only if you're over 18. :)

14. Do you believe in ghosts?
No. But I also don't believe we know everything there is to know.

15. Have you ever seen a dead human body, outside of a funeral?
Yes. I worked at a hospital. People died.

16. What's the most frightening thing that ever happened to you personally?
Chest pain and shortness of breath. I feel stupid about it now, but at the time, I was scared.

17. Who's scarier looking, Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld?

Cheney. That's the face of pure evil, there.


18. Do you wish Halloween would just be celebrated on the last Saturday of October, when you could really cut loose, instead of the 31st every year?
Well, maybe. It does make it tough on the (parents of) kids, when there's trick-or-treating in the middle of the week, and confusing when some neighborhoods have official trick-or-treating on days other than the 31st. Parties, however, can be any time, and it's not a big deal.

19. Provided you had the resources, would you rather set up an amazing Haunted House in your front yard (or parking lot, or apartment hallway, or whatever) or go to a really great party wearing the best costume in the room?
Oh, I'd definitely rather set up the Haunted House.

20. Is Halloween your favorite holiday of the year?
It used to be, back when we were younger and went to parties. I still like it, but it's not my favorite anymore.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Song of the Day

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel, from Bridge Over Troubled Water


Hmm. Let's see if this works. I couldn't get a studio version of this song on YouTube because I'm in Germany. *sigh*

This is such a classic, and I've never heard anyone else do it justice. They turn it into a pale, insipid shadow of itself. It's a powerful song, and the dynamics are an important part of it. I love how it starts out quiet and peaceful, and then gets reeeaally loud. I nearly smacked Carl once when he turned down the volume when the song got loud.

Here's a recent, live version, with both Simon and Garfunkel singing.

Footnote: I'm seriously irritated by simonandgarfunkel.com. It automatically defaults to simonandgarfunkel.com/de (de = Germany), and there's apparently no way to see the original site from here, at least not one that's easily found. More and more websites are doing this lately.



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Song of the Day

"Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" by Of Montreal, from The Sunlandic Twins

This is the first song I ever heard by Of Montreal, and it cracked me up: "Let's pretend we don't exist. Let's pretend we're in Antarctica." It reminded me strongly of 10CC: the whimsy, the harmonies, and just the general style. So I listened to more of their songs, and got hooked.

I read the comments, and a LOT of them referenced Outback Steakhouse. Wha? This is what comes from living in Germany for the past 7 years. Here's the commercial: =>
LINK<= So, good for Of Montreal, I hope they made a bunch of money. But the song is still "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games," not "The Outback Steakhouse Song." *rolling my eyes* Kind of like that Muse song is "Neutron Star Collision," not "The Twilight Song."



Monday, June 13, 2011

Song of the Day

"Words I Never Said" (feat. Skylar Grey) by Lupe Fiasco, from Lasers

Regardless of how you feel about rap, listen to the words here. "I think that all the silence is worse than all violence." This is the modern version of the protest songs of the 60s and 70s. Plus, it's great to listen to. If you watch it on YouTube, the lyrics are in the description.

I can't embed the live performance on the Colbert Report, but here's the =>LINK<=.



Friday, June 10, 2011

Song of the Day

"Stray Cat Strut" by Stray Cats, from Built for Speed

Here's an older video, =>HERE<= but the embedding is disabled, so you'll have to go to YouTube for it. I either saw this particular performance, or another one at the same time, because I bought the album in 1982.

The shuffle gods handed me "Stray Cat Strut" this morning, the Stray Cats' signature song, and one guaranteed to lift the spirits--they obviously knew I really needed that today (read http://is.gd/MRzx1i and http://is.gd/H1a5ZY to see why).

Such a classic. I never get tired of it, and it's hard not to sing along.

When we move back home (and maybe before then, if I can figure out the logistics), the stereo is not going to be in the loft with the TV. Which is really the stupidest place ever for it, and why we almost never use it. I've got decent speakers for the computer, so I listen to iTunes, but when I was checking to make sure I still had Built for Speed, I really wished I could listen to it. And I could, but I'd either have to have it on loud enough to hear all the way on the other side of the house (I'm sure the neighbors would enjoy it, right?), or just sit in the living room and do nothing else while I listen. Hmmm. I'm going to be thinking about this for a while. I'm sure I can come up with a solution.



Thursday, June 09, 2011

Song of the Day

"Crying Lightning" by Arctic Monkeys, from Humbug

Wow. Two rock songs in a row. I'm on a roll! See what I did there?

Again, I like this whole album, but this was the first one that came up in the shuffle, so it's the one I'm posting.



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