100 Foods To Try in 2012 – The Tween Version

My tween daughter, Miranda, loves a good challenge. She also loves cooking.  So when we heard about the 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die List (adapted by several, including a Facebook 100 Food app – but referencing the Very Good Taste Blog) -she took it on as a challenge for 2012.

We’ve made it a family affair where she has challenged her 23-year old cousin Michelle to also try as many items before December 31st as possible. We are a over a month into the challenge, and already amazed at the discoveries along the way, including traveling to new neighborhoods & enjoying new tastes. It truly has been a fun family culinary adventure.

Here is Miranda cooking #71 gazpacho:

with paella (recipes from Rick Bayless cookbook):

So, here’s a family challenge to our readers: see if you can keep up with Miranda’s 100 Food List this year. Print your own copy of the 100 Food List- Tween Version and track your food adventures this year. We would love to hear your progress and comments below. Which ones would you try? Which ones would you absolutely NOT try?

We’ve built in a few simple guidelines for completing the list:

  • Any foods already eaten before 2012 count
  • But- if you can’t remember what the food experience was- it doesn’t count
  • If under legal drinking age- substitute with items listed below
  • Travel to different neighborhoods to find authentic versions of the food
  • If there is anything on the list that you refuse to eat (either because of dietary, monetary, safety, availability concerns) feel free to make your own substitutions
  • This list is NOT meant to be hard or taken super seriously, it should be a fun family challenge to inspire trying new things

There are some items that I can’t imagine Miranda eating this year (e.g. roadkill, horse) – but we wanted to maintain the integrity of the original list as much as possible with the only substitutions for alcoholic items. Oh, and, yes there are many things on the list that we had to research and look up to see what they actually were. Wikipedia really helps!

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
  5. Crocodile
  6. Black pudding
  7. Cheese fondue
  8. Carp
  9. Borscht
  10. Baba ghanoush
  11. Calamari
  12. Pho
  13. PB&J sandwich
  14. Aloo gobi
  15. Hot dog from a street cart
  16. Epoisses
  17. Black truffle
  18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes—Non-alcoholic replacement: Torini with one of the four original flavors: Tamarindo, Orgeat, Anisette, Grenadine
  19. Steamed pork buns
  20. Pistachio ice cream
  21. Heirloom tomatoes
  22. Fresh wild berries
  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
  34. Sauerkraut
  35. Root beer float
  36. Cognac with a fat cigar—Non-alcoholic replacement: Loco Moco, a Hawaiian specialty
  37. Clotted cream tea
  38. Vodka jelly/Jell0—Non-alcoholic replacement: Menudo, Cow tripe soup
  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—Non-alcoholic replacement: Atole or Pinolillo, traditional Mexican & Nicaraguan drinks
  46. Fugu
  47. Chicken tikka masala
  48. Eel
  49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
  50. Sea urchin
  51. Prickly pear
  52. Umeboshi
  53. Abalone
  54. Paneer
  55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
  56. Spaetzle
  57. Dirty gin martini—Non-alcoholic replacement: Jachnun, Israeli rolled dough dish
  58. Beer above 8% ABV—Non-alcoholic replacement: Red bean ice cream
  59. Poutine
  60. Carob chips
  61. S’mores
  62. Sweetbreads
  63. Kaolin
  64. Currywurst
  65. Durian
  66. Frogs’ legs
  67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
  68. Haggis
  69. Fried plantain
  70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
  71. Gazpacho
  72. Caviar and blini
  73. Louche absintheNon-alcoholic replacement: Dinuguan, Filipino stew
  74. Gjetost, or brunost
  75. Roadkill
  76. BaijiuNon-alcoholic replacement: Okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake
  77. Hostess Fruit Pie
  78. Snail
  79. Lapsang souchong
  80. Bellini—Non-alcoholic replacement: Cuaker, Ecuadoran Oatmeal-Pineapple beverage
  81. Tom yum
  82. Eggs Benedict
  83. Pocky
  84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
  85. Kobe beef
  86. Hare
  87. Goulash
  88. Flowers
  89. Horse
  90. Criollo chocolate
  91. Spam
  92. Soft shell crab
  93. Rose harissa
  94. Catfish
  95. Mole poblano
  96. Bagel and lox
  97. Lobster Thermidor
  98. Polenta
  99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  100. Snake

Challenges are always more fun when you do it with someone. As I mentioned before, she challenged her cousin to take the tasty challenge with her. As of today she has crossed off 26 items from the list.

To get a tween’s perspective, here is one of Miranda’s most recent correspondences with Michelle. It is so fun to compare notes and progress with each other.

Hi Shelly,
This is an update on the foods that I ate. I’m going to tell you the foods that I crossed off on my list.

3. Huevos Rancheros: Eggs and this tomato sauce, not a like a pizza sauce but a little bit different.  My Papi made this for me for breakfast. I liked it.
11. Calamari: It’s my cousin’s favorite food, so I have it sometimes when she gets it. These are like fried squid.
13. PB&J sandwich: Sometimes I have this for a snack or for lunch at school.
19. Steamed pork buns: It’s good. Sometimes I get microwavable ones for lunch.  I had them at a Dim Sum place in Chinatown, too. You can taste the pork. They have an outer layer of ricey dough.
24. Rice and beans: I eat this at a Mexican restaurant. Sometimes Abuelo makes them for dinner or lunch.
28. Oysters: I had these in San Francisco. They had little stands and Papi got oysters for lunch. I tried 1 or 2 and they were salty. They were ok, it took some time to get used to.
29. Baklava: Is a dish with nuts and wafer stuff.  It was too sweet.We got it a Gyro restaurant.
35. Root beer float: I had one after school.  I did not like it, it was too sweet.
48. Eel: Eel is my favorite food. I get it when I go to Whole Foods Market. 
61. Smores: I have these when we go camping for Girl Scouts.  I like making them but I don’t exactly like them.
67. Churros (This list has more things like funnel cake, but we are counting it because I ate one.  Let me know if that is ok). I ate this at a Giants game.  They are like a doughnut with cinnamon and sugar, a doughnut stick. It was ok.
69. Fried plantain: I had it at a tropical restaurant on a quiet street.  They were really good. These are like banana chips. Even though I don’t like bananas, I like these.
71. Gazpacho. I made this at home with my Papi. It’s like a cold tomato soup. I liked it. And we got the recipe out of a Rick Bayless cookbook.
83. Pocky: I think we got this one at an Asian market. It’s a hard breadstick dipped in chocolate.  It was ok.
88. Flowers: There is this plant at my school called sour grass. It grows yellow flowers. You are allowed to eat the flowers and chew the stems.  It’s really sour.
91. Spam: I had spam when we were at a parade festival in San Francisco.  My Papi got me a Spam and rice thing. It’s kind of like bologna but darker and different.  The Spam was ok, I wasn’t a big fan but it was ok.
94. Catfish: I went to a restaurant and they had all sorts of weird things on the menu like Gumbo. Papi got a too sweet iced tea and I got the best fish i ever had. It was catfish. It was served with fries and catchup and two containers of tater sauce.
96. Bagel and Lox:  It’s a bagel with salmon and cream cheese. I like it.

From our alcoholic replacement list I had Okonomiyaki: It was a Japanese pancake that had fish scales on top. It was a pretty good pancake.

I have done 19.  I thought I had more but I forgot how some taste, so they don’t count.

I got a new fondue machine for Christmas and my mom got fondue cheese, so I’m going to make that on the weekend.  I also want to try Pho soon.

I love you Shelly. Please send me an email on how many you’ve had.
Love M

We have been vlogging our experiences as well to share with family members. Here is a sneak peek:

She loved #40 oxtail

She recently did get to try #12 Pho

and her experience with #76  Okonomiyaki

(check out the fish scale shavings that seem to be alive on the plate – so trippy!)

Is your family up to the challenge? Download your 100 Food List – Tween Version here and join in the fun! Let us know about your culinary adventures along the way!


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