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100 Things To Eat Before You Die (But Don't Die)

I apologize if there are geriatric readers who don't appreciate a death reference in the title. Maybe I should rephrase it? Fine. Here are 100 things to eat before you turn 100! Perfect.

I've seen this list floating around online and I keep looking at it and trying to see how many of these 100 foods I have eaten. Rest assured, I have not. I tried to trace the list back to the source and I'm not sure where it began, honestly. It seems to be most popular HERE on Facebook so I'll link it up and feel good about not stealing content. Done. Anyway - here's the list. I've marked the ones I HAVE eaten in blue.

1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator 
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel & Lox
6. Baklava
7. BBQ Ribs
8. Bellini
9. Birds Nest Soup (Really popular in Hong Kong but EXPENSIVE!)
10. Biscuits & Gravy
11. Black Pudding
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar
17. Cheese Fondue
18. Chicken & Waffles
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Rellenos
21. Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder 
24. Cognac
25. Crab Cakes
26. Crickets (but I have had grasshoppers!)
27. Currywurst
28. Dandelion Wine
29. Dulce De Leche
30. Durian (I can't think if I have eaten this but I have sure SMELLED the nasty stuff before!)
31. Eel
32. Eggs Benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes 
38. Fried Plantain (I can't remember, so I'll say no for this one. I hate bananas, so probably not)
39. Frito Pie (What is this?)
40. Frogs' Legs
41. Fugu
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 ( I had a novelty kangaroo jerky once)
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa 
61. Moon Pie
62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea
64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheese Steak
72. Pho
73. Pineapple & 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
90. Spaetzle 
91. Spam
92. Squirrel (family rule - you shoot it, you eat it)
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison
99. Wasabi Peas
100. Zucchini Flowers
I really like how the list is pretty international. However, there seems to be nothing from Africa? Maybe goat? Seems like a pretty big continent to leave out, but whatever. There are also a couple of things I have never even heard of  on this list: Phaal, Fugu and Frito Pie. I have this feeling that anything with the name Frito in it is an American invention. Must Google. 
Reading through this list brought back some funny memories (ahem, eating snake) but one that stood out what when my mom and stepdad got married when I was about...10? My stepdad is German and we were out in rural Germany for their honeymoon. Yes, they brought three young children on their honeymoon. Anyway, he bought a rabbit and skinned it to make rabbit stew. We were all fine with it until he put the skin on his hand like a puppet and gave it a voice. Not kidding:
"Hi! I'm mister rabbit and you are going to eat me for dinner. Yay!"
Needless to say I was not a fan. And I'm pretty sure we all burst into tears and refused to eat. Good times, good times.
How many of those things on the list have you eaten? Which ones would you NEVER eat?
I've eaten 73/100. I think I will forever skip sweetbreads, haggis, crickets and durian. Thanks.
What would top your list of things to eat before you die?
Too stereotypical if I say frozen yogurt? Tough. It's amazing. Also, the beef wellington I made over Christmas. 



  1. Goat is delicious. So is nettle tea, if made fresh. SO GOOD.

    Frito pie is, I think, fritos with shit dumped on them?

    I don't even know what half this stuff is. But Hostess Fruit Pie? Should not be on the list.

  2. Frito pie is amazing.

    I love that you've eaten fucking kangeroo but not a Hostess Fruit pie.

    Also, you've probably eaten shark and not known it. It's a very common "fake" swordfish.

  3. Love this! I was forced to try sweetbreads once, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I would definitely try it again :)

    You have eaten alot of things I've never even heard of, hehe.

  4. Frito Pie

    Fritos topped with chili of some short, and then taco toppings. Good shit.

    So many of those things I have never heard of.

  5. Great minds think alike today...
    Phaal is a very spicy Indian curry. I had to look up umeboshi, too - then realized I used to eat those little plums ALL THE TIME in college. I just didn't know what they were called. ;)

    And I agree about the variety in the list. It seems U.S. southern-centric (c'mon... po'boys, fried green tomatoes, squirrel, frito pie, AND fried catfish), and has very little from Africa or eastern Europe (no injera? no stuffed cabbage?).

    My total: 85

  6. There are some interesting things on that list! I don't think I have tried more than half, I better get busy!

  7. You need to go to a gas station asap and get a hostess fruit pie!! Love them for how bad they are for you!

  8. I am not an adventurous eater and that is reflected in the 23 items I HAVE consumed on this list.
    You really aren't missing out with Frito Pie.

    Too heavy!

  9. I've only eaten 10.....shit. I've got some work to do.

  10. You're cleaning up on that list! I like to think I'll eat anything but I'm not sure I've encountered a lot of these foods!

  11. Oh, I think I need to do this on my blog!

    Steak tartare, only by accident. The place served a meal at the same time to everyone in the restaurant and we weren't sure if I could ask for the Elk to be cooked more done or not. . . so I just ate a very small portion of the outside and then took the rest home in a foil package :-) . . . we also went to a movie afterwards and both of us ate plenty from the concession stand, ha ha.

    I use to love Beef Wellington. Sampled plenty of great food when I catered in college :-)

  12. Wow nice job on the list. I haven't eaten a lot of those things. Although I will say that I have eaten some really gnarly things in china that I would never eat again.

    I don't know what would be on the top of my list. I would really have to think about it.

    And you have to try sweetbreads. They are delish!

  13. Frito pie is just chili over fritos...pretty tasty. No MOON PIE!? Girl get your self to the corner store for a moon pie. you live in the SOUTH for goodness sake!

  14. i am agreeing with wymberley…was about to give you an explanation on the frito pie an and be SHOCKED that you haven’t had a moonpie. but i grew up in mobile and we “throw them” at mardi gras. and chile rellenos is amazing. order it next you are out for mexican. :) oh, and so is pineapple and cottage cheese :)

  15. considering i don't like seafood... there goes a good chunk of the list. SUPER impressed with all that you HAVE eaten.... much braver palette than my own.

  16. This is such a cool list!! I'm not a very adventurous eater so I won't even tell you how few items I can check off this list O_O

  17. omgbeefwellington.

    doing this on my blog. no questions. oh man.

  18. i had to look up a few, but i definitely would eat them all! when i was in africa, i ate random meat, which i fee like was dog. eeek! i know. But i did like their coffee, does that make the list?

  19. um, i can't believe double stuffed oreos aren't on the list? hello?

    the only thing i would absolutely never, ever, ever, ever try on that list is spam. just saying the word makes me shudder: spam. nasty. NASTY.

  20. I have eaten 27/100. I am a very picky eater and should probably try new things. I don't like seafood so that is not ever going to happen but neither will snails, squirrels or crickets!!

  21. Eff the list. I want that beef wellington. Oh and I am relieved to see s'mores on there. Amen

  22. Omg how do you live in Georgia and have never heard of a frito pie!!!

    lol. fun list.

  23. You are one BRAVE soul!! I don't even think i have eaten a quarter of those things! It doesn't help that I'm not a huge fan of meat or seafood though... A SQUIRREL?!?! You are crayyyyyzy!

    I don't know what would top my list...there are so many things! My mom's pizza, my grandmother's rice balls (have you tried these?? They're called arancini in Italian. Basically balls of rice, cheese, and tomato sauce dipped in egg and coated with breadcrumbs and then deep fried - sooo good but sooo bad!). Hmm also cheesecake, carrot cake, and BBQ chips. I would obviously get really fat before I died!

  24. I've had 45 of them, which is actually more than I thought I would have eaten. I haven't traveled much and have only lived in the midwest, thus making adventurous eating a little harder. :)

    I wouldn't eat any of the mushroom ones because I can't stand mushrooms. bleck!

  25. Wow! I am surprised that I have had 61 for sure and iffy on a couple of others... fun quizz that's for sure!

  26. I can't believe your from SA! I have been reading your blog for a while after I saw a comment on Liz's blog. Do you ever come back? Are your parents South African?

    I agree there is not much African stuff on the list. Where is the ostrich? boerewors? Bunny Chow?

  27. Um that rabbit puppet? I die. Ahahahahahaha!

    I didn't count, but I've eaten quite a bit of this stuff.

  28. I'm listening to Elvis Duran right now and they are talking about this! lol

  29. i love these lists that keep popping up on FB. so fun. i think i did it a few weeks ago and was closer to maybe 50 of them? im not very risky when it comes to food...must get better in the future :)

  30. I've eaten SO MANY fewer things than you have. This list reminds me of the menus on "Top Chef". I don't even know what most of the things are!

  31. Oh wow you totally have me beat. I have literally maybe eaten 10 things on the list. I am such a creature of habbit and rarely try new things.

  32. I laughed pretty hard when I saw Frito Pie on that list. My elementary school served it for lunch probably every other Friday. It is definitely a southwest kind of thing. I think I'd eaten about 65 of the things on the list.

  33. I don't know what durian is but I wholeheartedly agree with your first three so I'll say hell no that that one too. I consider myself willing to try anything once but I have limits.

    Everyone should have the cake I made for my birthday last year. Dessert is so important. I don't know what frito pie is, but I want it.

    1. NM just googled frito pie and it looks nasty. I thought it was a dessert.

  34. Durian is amazing! Love it!
    I will pass on crickets though.

  35. I'm not sure I'll find myself in a position to eat squirrel...but I guess you never know. I guess I'm pretty "well eaten" since I'm just one behind you with 72.

    My husband keeps seeing rabbit in the grocery store and saying he's going to make stew but so far he hasn't followed through. I refuse to allow him to make it a puppet though...

  36. You live in the land of moon pies, get on that!

  37. I'm SUCH a picky eater that hardly any of those foods would appeal to me. However at my work last summer, we sold these novelty packages of flavored crickets (salt and vinegar, sour cream and onion, bacon and cheddar, etc) and I got paid one dollar to eat one. So I did. Never again!

    Oh and I love how you are still using Christmas napkins. Ho ho ho.

  38. funy. I have never had moon pies or chicken and waffles. Yet...rabbit and kangaroo I have ingested! I think the first two must be American treats. I may have to do a post on this too! love it. :-)

  39. your are so beatifull

  40. Superb blog, i love this blog. All the food are must to have before you die.


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