I have always been a foodie and food exploration is one thing I have enjoyed in retirement, although the pandemic has put my exploration of new restaurants on hold. Fellow blogger Christie (link) has a “60 new things before 60” goal and commented a few weeks ago about how many new things she was trying were food related. The foodie in me rejoiced and I immediately found the latest foods-you-should-eat-list and checked it out for myself. With only 75 of 100, I felt a bit disappointed. If you’re curious about your own foodie adventuring, here’s the link.
When I mentioned this list, a friend encouraged me to to re-look at my own foodie lists – the many foods I have tried. So this blog is a look at foods you might want to explore in 2021, and become a foodie adventurer as well!
There are a few things I am sure I will never try: Durian, Fugu, and Phaal are on that list. But there are quite a few things on my own Possibilities List that have been there awhile; being on my Possibilities List means when/if the opportunity arises, do it. Or in this case, eat it!
I still regret the lost opportunity (years ago) to try sea urchin, and it remains on my Possibilities List. I was younger then, and just couldn’t get myself to eat it as it looked too much like a little brain.
There is also one thing I have had that is “unknown”. At a dinner in Bangkok with clients, they served everything “family style”. As I took a bite of something, I commented, “This is delicious, what is it?” And in the very polite way of the Thai people, the response was “Miss Patricia, sometimes it is better not to know.” The immediate conundrum as I gazed at my chopsticks with another bite left was, do I finish this or not? I did. And to this day I do not know what I was eating!
Besides sea urchin, most of the items on my Possibilities List are from other food-you-need-to-try lists through the years and include: prickly pear, Som Tam (Thai green papaya salad), Namtuk Moo (Thai gilled pork salad), soft shell crab, chitlin’s, curried goat, haggis & blood pudding, umeboshi (salted Japanese plum), kangaroo, and crickets. I am hoping that a few of them will end up on my own new things list in 2021.
What is the craziest food I have ever tried? A pig’s eye. It was part of the roasted pig head dinner experience we had. And no, I will not eat it again.
Since I do feel I am an adventurous foodie, I’ve created my own Foods-To-Try list. These are all things I’ve eaten or drank, and would eat or drink again! So no pig’s eye, no duck foot, no headcheese, no sweetbreads, no salted lassi, and no root beer float. For some reason, I’ve never liked the root beer flavor. That and black licorice, pumpkin spice, and steamed zucchini are all things on my “no” list when it comes to eating, but often find there way onto other’s must-try lists.
So here it is – Pat’s official “Foods to try before you die” list – from the mundane, to the kitsch, to the exotic. From breakfast to snacks and everything in between. Hmm, what’s for dinner tonight?
What on this list is now on your own must-try list?
What is your favorite food that I missed?
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