Nathan (vovat) wrote,

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On Eating and Reading

I got this from annamatic. I remember doing a similar meme in the past, but this one has some different items on it, and I can't resist a good food-related survey.

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 at very good linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare - Maybe? I can't remember.
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht - Not sure if I'd try it. It sounds pretty gross, but maybe I could be convinced to have a taste.
10. Baba ghannouj
11. Calamari - I like it, although some restaurants tend to over-salt it. I seem to remember Maggiano's having good calamari.
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart - Actually, I don't think I've ever gotten one from a street cart, although I'm sure I've had plenty from equally questionable sources.
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - Peach sangria counts, right?
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream - I believe it was my late grandfather's favorite flavor.
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries - I might try them if I were sure they weren't poisonous.
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese - I'm tempted to cross it out, but if I had the opportunity to taste some, I might do so out of curiosity. I don't know.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters - I don't like clams, so I doubt I'd enjoy them, but I'd at least try them.
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas - No, thanks. Wasabi terrifies me.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - I've always been kind of grossed out by clam chowder, but I tried some at 99 last week, and it actually wasn't that bad. Not good enough for me to want to finish the entire bowl, though. And the bowl wasn't made of sourdough, which is why there's no boldface for this item.
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - No tobacco for me, thanks.
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly - annamatic says that these are basically the same as Jell-O shots. I've never tried them, but I'd like to.
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat - I actually remember this as being surprisingly good. For what it's worth, the kind I had wasn't that spicy.
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk - I'm pretty sure I've had goat CHEESE before, but I don't drink plain milk.
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu - Nope, I'd prefer not to risk my life while eating fish.
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel - I have to wonder if I'd like it.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - Yeah, those are some good doughnuts (and one of the few places that still spells "doughnut" with the "ugh" included, like I learned in sixth grade spelling class). I don't think I've ever had a Krispy Kreme NON-glazed doughnut, though.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear - I do know that I'm not supposed to pick it by the paw, but I don't need to do that when I pick a pear from the big paw-paw.
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal - I've had their burgers, of course, but I don't think I've actually tried the Big Mac. I'm not so big on pickles, onions, or special sauce, you know?
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8%
59. Poutine - It sounds pretty gross to me.
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores

62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin - From what I've heard, that's actually clay, so I don't know why it's on a list of food.
64. Currywurst - Sounds gross, but since I don't know for sure what it is, I won't cross it out.
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - I've had the funnel cake, anyway.
68. Haggis - I'd be scared to try it, but I wouldn't totally rule out tasting it. As with some of the others, it would depend on my mood at the time. There are times when I'm more suggestible than others.
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini - I've had the opportunity to try caviar, but I didn't. Beth did, and said it was really salty.
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - Actually, I'm not sure I've ever had the Hostess brand, but I imagine the Tastykake ones are pretty similar.
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini - The Kids in the Hall writer who wore a towel?
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky - Beth says it's pretty good, but overrated.
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash - My mom used to make it occasionally.
88. Flowers - I might try them if they were candied or something. I don't know.
89. Horse - I'd rather not, but I wouldn't totally rule it out.
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab - Maybe? I've had crab, but I'm not sure whether I've had that kind specifically.
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - I'm no fan of coffee.
100. Snake

I didn't even know what a lot of those things were, so there might be others that I wouldn't be willing to try, but don't know that. As you can probably tell, I'm a picky eater, and I tend to have rather bland taste in food. But I'm usually willing to at least try other things, as long as I have something to get the taste out of my mouth if it turns out to be bad.

This other survey, centered largely around reading and writing, comes from slfcllednowhere:

Name: Nathan
Age: 30
Location: Philadelphia, at the moment

Three things you love (be creative!):
1. Having no immediate obligations
2. Finding something new and interesting to read
3. Intriguing discussions on topics that interest me

Three things you hate (be creative!):
1. Having to drive in heavy precipitation
2. Anyone trying to dictate their own viewpoint as what's best for everybody else
3. The Internet going down

Favourite author: L. Frank Baum

Favourite book of all time: The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Favourite film: I have trouble picking an overall favorite. My stock answer is UHF, although I'm sure there are other films I actually like better.

Most overrated author: I think Tolkien is a bit overrated, but I still like him, and wouldn't say he's the MOST overrated. Really, the answer would probably have to be some religious writer.

Favorite play: Hmm, I don't see a whole lot of plays, so I don't have a good answer.

List three books you want to read in the future:
The Arabian Nights, Inkheart, and the next volume of Age of Bronze

When did your passion for writing start? Oh, I've enjoyed writing for about as long as I can remember. I think reading books and wanting to come up with my own might have started it.

What was the first thing you ever wrote? I made a few little books involving Winnie-the-Pooh doing things that had little to do with A.A. Milne's actual stories, all illustrated quite poorly by me. One had him driving in a Volkswagen Rabbit to the North Pole to go grocery shopping.

What type of writing do you do the most (romance, historical, factual, etc)? Most of my writing is here on this journal, either describing events or ranting about something. Otherwise, mostly fantasy, largely set in Oz. I've written a fair amount of stuff involving space travel and alien worlds, but it was more space-based fantasy than actual science fiction.

Is there anything you won't read/dislike reading? Well, anything boring. That's a very non-specific answer, but it's the best way to describe everything I don't like reading. As far as genres go, I can't say I've ever been interested in political thrillers, although I really don't like to dismiss any genre out of hand.

How would you rate your writing skills on a scale of 1-10? I wouldn't. I do sometimes find myself amused by things I've written in the past, though, so I guess that's a good sign. Overall, though, that's more the kind of thing that other people need to judge.

Are you a published writer? Technically, yes. I have a story in the 2005 Oziana. It didn't pay anything, and was probably only read by, like, ten people. Still, I'm proud of it.

Share one poem/lyric/section from a novel you wish that you had written, or was written about you? Well, since I'm currently reading Lewis Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno, I'll share a line that sounds like something I might have come up with, if I'd been more clever:

"Bravo!" he cried, patting the Chancellor on the back. "You did that speech very well indeed. Why, you're a born orator, man!"

"Oh, that's nothing!" the Chancellor replied, modesty, with downcast eyes. "Most orators are
born, you know.

I tend to have a very literal sense of humor. I might blame that partially on Carroll, since I read the Alice books when I was pretty young. On the other hand, maybe I appreciated Carroll's work because his sense of humor was similar to how mine already was. I'm not sure.

And this is totally unrelated, but it's a little annoying when I come up with a tag that would have worked well for earlier entries, like my "current events" tag on my last entry. I've already gone back and tagged earlier stuff twice now, though, and don't care to do it again.
Tags: books, food, memes, meta-entries, surveys, writing

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