100 Foods to Try Before You Die.

Fish tacos. #33.

When in Toronto, one of my favorite activities is to shop for food in the city’s Chinatown. There are so many different dishes, fruits and vegetables that I’ve never even seen – let alone eaten – and it’s always fun to push my boundaries and try something new.

It never ceases to amaze me how many delicious foods there are on this diverse planet – and yet how narrow our personal menus tend to be. Many of us stick to what we know, but there’s a whole cornucopia of exciting flavors out there just waiting to be experienced.

Moreover, when we try new foods, we broaden the base of nutrients and vitamins and minerals that we’re consuming. Man can not live on bread alone, and so discovering new dishes is a great way to expand your options.

Yesterday, while on Facebook, I came across a list of 100 foods that you “must” try before you die. From what I can tell, the list seems to be very representative – though, not particularly nutritious. But fear not; life is about moderation and it’s fine to splurge on the occasional funnel cake (#42) or Hostess fruit pie (#52).

Using the list below, count off how many of these 100 foods you’ve already tried. I’ve crossed off the 53 foods that I’ve eaten. What’s your number?

  1. Abalone
  2. Absinthe
  3. Alligator
  4. Baba Ghanoush
  5. Bagel & Lox
  6. Baklava
  7. BBQ Ribs
  8. Bellini
  9. Birds Nest Soup
  10. Biscuits & Gravy
  11. Black Pudding
  12. Black Truffle
  13. Borscht
  14. Calamari
  15. Carp
  16. Caviar
  17. Cheese Fondue
  18. Chicken and Waffles
  19. Chicken Tikka Masala
  20. Chile Relleno
  21. Chitlins
  22. Churros
  23. Clam Chowder
  24. Cognac
  25. Crab Cakes
  26. Crickets
  27. Currywurst
  28. Dandelion Wine
  29. Dulce De Leche
  30. Durian
  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
  39. Frito Pie
  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
  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
  93. Steak Tartare
  94. Sweet Potato Fries
  95. Sweetbreads
  96. Tom Yum
  97. Umeboshi
  98. Venison
  99. Wasabi Peas
  100. Zucchini Flowers

The best thing about trying new foods is that you’re bound to discover something that you love. 53 down…. 47 to go!

In the comments below, let me know how many of these foods you’ve tried!

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  1. Ken Jansen says:

    I hit 61

  2. 73! I am almost there!

  3. WereGrouch says:

    So far, I’ve at least tasted 87 of the foods on that list. I hope to try them all before I’m 40 yrs old. I highly recommend that you try the octopus- it’s awesome as sushi.

  4. I have tried 60

  5. You never had a mimosa? Are you sure you’re gay?

  6. Kevin Organ says:

    Davey if you ever do absinthe you have to post a video haha. Make sure to get one with proper wormwood or you’ll waste your time and just be drinking a spirit.

  7. Ive tried 40 surprisingly

  8. Mine was 90, then again, I’m a foodie ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Definitely try Kangaroo, it’s honestly one of the best meats you can get. High in protein, low in fat, it’s environmentally friendly to produce and importantly, it’s delicious.

  10. Come to Prague and taste the best goulash in the world ๐Ÿ™‚

    • christopher says:

      Goulash homemade-tried it at Christkindlmarket in Chicago.they make it from scratch and cook it all day.homemade is best.

  11. Spaetzle is literally the greatest carb on earth.

  12. Woo! I hit 63 :))

    LOL – Soooo many really weird foods…. :/

  13. Would you like i send you a couple currywurst? ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. 43 – and since I’m vegetarian (and I never really liked seafood), it likely won’t go too much higher!

  15. Kangaroo is one of the healthiest meats you can eat ๐Ÿ™‚ Also guys – Davey doesn’t drink, so all those comments about mimosas and absinthe…

  16. doesn’t #75 sound dirty? or is it just me??

    • a po’ boy is just another way of saying italian beef. its just shreaded meat with peppers in it on a bun basically. im not a big meat lover but its not that bad as long as its not too spicy

  17. 73 …… Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing lol

  18. Gavin/John says:

    As South Africans we highly oppose Abalone. It is an endangered species! Tried 48 on the list!

  19. im 16 and iv tried 77 of those things.

  20. Dandelion Wine is good; you can make it really easily. ย You’ll love fried catfish too. Go to a Famous Dave’s or any BBQ joint. Hit up Paula Deen for gumbo… My grandpa used to pick mushrooms when I was a kid morels are really good sautรฉd or in soups; speaking of grandpa; rabbit stew is so good; he used to eat rattle snake too (we’re from the U.P.). And OMG you haven’t had spam? I like it fried thin with a tomato on toast! Also when we lived briefly in California, we had prickly pear in our back yard…our mom learned how to make syrup and jam from the locals.

    • christopher says:

      helped make dandelion wine with my grandfather years ago.just last week i saw people picking dandelions.reminded me of times with my Grandfather.

  21. I hit 64. I was surprised at a few. I’ll have to get to work on the rest

  22. Caitlin Ruth says:

    My number is 46…. that’s more than I thought….

  23. I’m at 55. I’m actually surprised that Ostrich is not on the list.

    • christopher says:

      oh yes-ostritch and emu burgers at the state fair.some say these are better for you than chicken or turkey.

  24. Chester Padernal says:

    45 isn’t too bad I guess I have a bit of a ways to go

  25. I have only reached 41, but I’m only 21yrs old so still a lot of time left to finish lol

  26. Michael S. says:

    80, not bad for a 22 year old haha.

    Abalone, Bellini, Black Truffle, Crickets, Currywurst, Durian, Fugu, Gazpacho, Kangaroo, Kobe Beef, Morel Mushrooms, Oxtail Soup, Paneer,Pavlova, Snake,Som Tam,Steak Tartare and Zucchini Flowers are all still on the list though.

    also guys you do have to take out all the Alcohol ones, he doesn’t drink.

    Davey, hit up any Japanese place in NYC and you can get a good deal of they checked off.

  27. Armando van den Berg says:

    Damn, I’m a vegetarian. ๐Ÿ™ (I do eat fish though, but I can still skin like halve of it ๐Ÿ™ )

  28. Armando van den Berg says:


  29. I got 61. I was hoping to get more. lol. XD

  30. I crossed some of them as I am allergic to some common foodstuffs (dairy, nuts and eggs) so my list is acctually much shorter. I have still managed well over 3/4 of the foods though!!

  31. Nicholas says:

    ive got up to 67.

  32. You’ve eaten sweetbreads but not spam? Can canned meat seem that bad? You’ve eaten a pancreas!

  33. David DN says:

    Davey are you sure you have never had HEAD CHEESE???

  34. Heiii Davey,

    U really should try Persian dishes …
    http://youtu.be/MmzjxsVAp0s ( Jamie Oliver visits Darvish Persian Restaurant in Leeds,UK )


  35. I hit 40 ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. not fair im vegetarian LOL i got like 10!

  37. Iguana and aligator… taste like chicken. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. 75 T.T

    I’m not even 20 yet jeez R.R

    Ok and I laughed my ass off when I saw Pocky on that list. Living in the a community with a 30% Asian demographic I see that stuff every other day.

  39. Brian Martin says:

    35 and counting, with Pistachio Ice Cream and Sweet Potato Fries being the latest additions. I’m addicted to both. There goes my girlish figure.

  40. christopher says:

    67 for me.once i tried Hackepeter.i think thats how its spelled.its a German specialty.had it at a friends house in Wisconsin.its raw ground beef in the shape of a meatloaf.i was reluctant to try it.but i did-and live to tell it.then again we have sushi-some is raw.those that dont eat it always criticise it-just dont eat sushi more than twice a week.so ive been told.

  41. I’ve eaten 79 of those items and many of the remaining items on the list I would never eat.

  42. Luca Dofus says:

    You HAVE TO try a Polenta, but please do it in Italy and in the right season (at least winter).
    It’s one of the most simple and best thing you could ever have, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Kevin M says:

    84, I’m adventurous but there are at least 3 things on there I don’t know if I can bring myself to eat. Pretty good though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. ewww squirrel

  45. Christopher J. says:

    Just an FYI for all of you (Davey included!) that stated you ate “Kobe Beef”: Unless you have traveled to the Hyลgo Prefecture in Japan, you have not eaten Kobe Beef. This is due to extremely strict regulations that state that the beef cannot be sold outside of Japan (except in Macau). Furthermore, in order for the beef to be labeled as Kobe Beef, it must come from a certain genetic lineage of cows, and adhere to the standards of the Kobe Beef Distribution & Promotion Council.

  46. 26 is for the birds!(pun intended)


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