100 Things to Eat Before You Die

Found this list on the web… Meant to be a list of 100 things anyone should eat before one dies. Let’s see how if I’m ready to die yet!

The stuff I ate is in bold.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea (wouldn’t mind trying!)
3. Huevos rancheros (not sure why this is on the list…)
4. Steak tartare (have it from time to time, I love it)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho (bonus points – had it in Saigon. It was AMAZING.)
13. PB&J sandwich (heh.)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (favorite dim sum dish, too)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes (got some in the fridge right now!)
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras (totally hooked on the stuff, too)
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (I love them – thinking of getting some next week)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (sounds awesome though!)
31. Wasabi peas (weird item… but yep, had them! In Korea I think.)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi (I have it whenever I go to an Indian restaurant)
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (oh hell yeah!)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo (they got some good one on Whyte Ave, too)
40. Oxtail (had it in China, and tried it in France)
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (quite a few times too)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth Β£60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (didn’t try it, but I’d be game)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (not a fan)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin (my favorite sushi)
51. Prickly pear (not sure if I ate that specifically, but I did eat cactus)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone (endangered species… but yeah, I had it)
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (what the HELL?)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (I make a killer one as well)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (Oh yeah – Fin du Monde does the trick!)
59. Poutine (wouldn’t call myself a Quebecois if I didn’t!)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (thymus gland – sounds interesting)
63. Kaolin (not sure what that is – clay?)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (had the Chinese variety too!)
68. Haggis (in Scotland, too – was awesome!)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (in Shanghai of all places)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (haha! I’d be game)
76. Baijiu (more like something that might kill you!)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (some of these entries are just silly)
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (smoked tea – had it, liked it)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (had it this morning too)
83. Pocky (Japanese snack FTW!)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant (don’t think that should be an entry by itself – it’s not a specific food)
85. Kobe beef (OH HELL YEAH!)
86. Hare (cooked it too)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse (had horse sashimi in Japan)
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 (well, the Romanian version anyway!)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake (many times)

Some of the items I’d put on my own eat-before-you-die list:

North Korean soju
Live fish
Fresh snake blood alcohol
Sichuan fish head
Lac-St-Jean tourtière
Lamb roast
Weasel coffee
Homemade rakiya
Homegrown vegetables
Real fresh milk
Fish’n’chip wrapped in newspaper
Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings)

Anything you’d consider can’t-miss food?

About Daniel Roy

Daniel is a writer, backpack foodie, slow traveler, and endurance runner. He is the author of the upcoming book, "The Way of Slow Travel: A Hands-On Guide to the Best Travel of Your Life."


  1. I try foie gras whenever I see it on a menu but my favorite preperation was at the Shiru Bay Chopstick Cafe in Vancouver which just closed. I’ve made it my new mission to find a good foie gras in Edmonton

  2. Oh, buddy, that’s a mission I’d be more than happy to share with you! I had super-awesome foie gras in Montreal, as well as in Shanghai… If I found it in China, it HAS to exist in Edmonton, right? … right?

  3. Hi Daniel , first of all I want to give you Two thumbs-up for “homemade rakiya” πŸ™‚ You should also have tried real bulgarian yougurt then πŸ™‚ What about halvah -(http://hubpages.com/hub/Halva) or lokum know also as turkish delight? Or Lutenitca perhaps :0) P.S. Hey remember the twitching nerves(table-big) lobster + the raw astridge we had ones :-))) Greatings!

  4. I didn’t try bulgarian yogurt… Now I wish I did!! I only spent 2 days in Sofia, but I really loved the food there. Helene is addicted to shopska now, and I should probably put that on my list. πŸ™‚

    Halvah and lokum are awesome, I agree! And I have fond memories of the lobster… Not that I feel great about having a lobster twitch on the table in front of me, but he sure was tasty… and the company was awesome. πŸ™‚

    As for lutenitca, I *think* I had homemade lutenitca in Macedonia… Not sure if that’s what it was, but I think so. It is one of the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten!! I was TOTALLY hungover from rakiya, even was sick… and this thing brought me back to life, I swear. πŸ™‚

  5. Dog? Really? Didn’t we hate it?

  6. I had it twice: once with you, once at the North Korean restaurant, to see if I really disliked it: I do.

    Still, I’d put it on a list of things that should be eaten once… Hey, they put the Big Mac on there. It’s about memorable. πŸ™‚

  7. Xiao Long Bao, soup dumplings that explode in your mouth! πŸ˜€

  8. Wow, I can’t believe I missed that one!! I’m adding it right now. πŸ™‚

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