August 26, 2008

Vegan's Hundred

Number 21, heirloom tomatoes

Are you familiar with The Onion? It's that irreverent fake newspaper that got its start in Madison Wis. and is now based in NYC? Well, I clicked on the BBC "latest headlines" button yesterday to see what was up in the world, and I saw a headline that seemed to be taken right from The Onion, only it wasn't. It was real. I swear. It said, "Italian priest to hold world's first online beauty pageant for nuns." Honest, this is a direct quote. I'll say no more.

In other important news, there's a circulating list of 100 foods omnivores should taste before, you know, before they become vegan ... I've been reading lots of blogs with the The Omnivore’s Hundred. I wanted to make my own vegan list but am too lazy and too slow, so good thing Hannah has come through with a list. (I have a very short list at the bottom of this post.) These are, of course, the vegan versions of the foods on the omnivore list! And can there really be a vegan version of scrapple? Who wudda thunk it. Is there also a vegan spam? Whew.

You can help spread the list around the Internet by following the rules below. Hannah has provided links for the more unusual foods. The foods I've tried have the number bolded as well as the name. You can also view Ricki's take on this list on one of my favorite blogs, Diet Dessert and Dogs.

1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Post a comment here once you’ve finished and link your post back to this one.
5) Pass it on!
1. Natto
2. Green Smoothie
3. Tofu Scramble
4. Haggis (maybe no for this one)
5. Mangosteen
6. Creme brulee
7. Fondue
8. Marmite/Vegemite (we spent five months in Australia)
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Nachos
12. Authentic soba noodles
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi (my favorite thing to order in an Indian restaurant)
15. Taco from a street cart
16. Boba Tea
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Gyoza
20. Vanilla ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Ceviche
24. Rice and beans
25. Knish
26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Caviar (I've only had real caviar, not vegan—long, long ago)
29. Baklava
30. Pate
31. Wasabi peas
32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Mango lassi (does mango smoothie count?)
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float (hate root beer)
36. Mulled cider
37. Scones with buttery spread and jam
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Fast food french fries
41. Raw Brownies
42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans
43. Dahl
44. Homemade Soymilk
45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Stroopwafle
47. Samosas
48. Vegetable Sushi
49. Glazed doughnut (just recently had my first Mighty-o in Seattle)
50. Seaweed
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Tofurkey
54. Sheese
55. Cotton candy
56. Gnocchi
57. Piña colada
58. Birch beer (just like root beer. ugh)
59. Scrapple (oh God, must I be reminded of my past? I am from Philadelphia)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Soy curls
63. Chickpea cutlets (homemade)
64. Curry
65. Durian
66. Homemade Sausages
67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake
68. Smoked tofu
69. Fried plantain
70. Mochi
71. Gazpacho
72. Warm chocolate chip cookies
73. Absinthe
74. Corn on the cob
75. Whipped cream, straight from the can
76. Pomegranate
77. Fauxstess Cupcake
78. Mashed potatoes with gravy
79. Jerky
80. Croissants
81. French onion soup
82. Savory crepes
83. Tings
84. A meal at Candle 79
85. Moussaka
86. Sprouted grains or seeds
87. Macaroni and “cheese”
88. Flowers
89. Matzoh ball soup
90. White chocolate
91. Seitan
92. Kimchi
93. Butterscotch chips
94. Yellow watermelon
95. Chili with chocolate
96. Bagel and Tofutti
97. Potato milk
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Raw cookie dough
And on and on ... Have you had agé, a fresh Thai spring roll, bun salad, cinnamon buns, gomasio, wasabi, sweet white miso, pickled ginger, forbidden black rice, red rice, roasted chestnuts, wasabi toasted almonds, black sesame seeds, carrot cake, kasha and bowties, farro, red russian kale, purple carrots, squash blossoms, yuba, black soybeans, Newman's Os ...
update: The Italian priest has called off the pageant due to public discontent.


  1. Love The Onion! In other news, this is also a great list. You are SO LUCKY that you lived in Australia--I'm entirely envious!

    Also enjoyed your own additions to the list (I've had wasabi peas, but never almonds--sounds delish). Thanks for the honorable mention, too ;) !

    I know: let's ALL keep adding to the list until there's a complete selection of ALL the foods a vegans should eat, not just 100! :)

  2. I wish it could have been more than 100, but really, I don't think we would ever stop coming up with "must eat" items! There's just so much good food out there... :)

  3. Ricki, The Australian thing was quite long ago but we also traveled and camped for three weeks in New Zealand and spent one crazy week in Fiji as part of that same trip. Pretty great.

    Hannah, You're so right about the endless list. I think vegans and vegetarians tend to be extremely creative in their choice of foods. I just smile when people say, "But what do you eat on such a limited diet?" !!!


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