Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

I saw this on Very Good Taste and I thought ... why not.

Here's what you do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Italicise any items that you would never consider eating.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
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
20. Pistachio ice cream (YUM!)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries (YUM!)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut (YUM!)
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (REPULSIVE)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (REPULSIVE)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong (YUM!)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
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
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Quiet times

Things have been pretty quiet in these parts ... I've been waiting to think of something I could blog about, but so far nothing thrilling has hit me. It's just work, home, looking after small boy. Which suits me fine.
Shaun has started a new job though - it's at Fairfax. I know he wouldn't want me to write anything about it on my blog, so there goes that idea.
Since my two comptitions wins in the space of a week there's been nothing else ... I keep just expecting to win stuff now! My mum, in her excitement about my two wins, has been entering anything and everything too. Perhaps she'll be the next winner in the family?
E has just been up to his usual 3yo angel/devil caper.
See? Very quiet.

Monday, August 18, 2008

When good blogs turn bad

I'm interested in blogs. But I had a small taste of their sinister side quite recently and it disturbed me. I won't mention its name but there is a relatively well known blog written by various people at my work. There's been much written about it in the Media section of The Australian, on Crikey and various other places.
Essentially it's a gossip portal for all the chicks (I am assuming it's mostly chicks posting) at the media organisation I work for.
I made the mistake of visiting it.
Never again.
Oh my goodness, the sheer vitriol that dripped from every sentence. The nastiness of the anonymous mentions ... that so-and-so is sleeping with so-and-so, that such-and-such is no good at their job, that someone-or-other picks their nose. I'M SERIOUS.
For a minute or two I was glued to it, I suspect (me being paranoid me) I was scanning the words for any mention that may pertain to me.
The feeling it left in my stomach was awful. This sort of stuff is crippling when you're on the receiving end of it - and I want no part of it.
I won't be visiting that site ever again.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


A few weeks ago, inspired by a colleague who'd won a prize, I decided I would actually make the effort to enter competitions when I came across them. So for the past month or so I've done just that. Lo and behold, last week I returned home from work to find a GPS navigator for the car waiting for me. And yesterday I won a laptop. Yes, a laptop.
Note to self: buy Lotto ticket!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Day At The Zoo

In lieu of a birthday party we took the 3yo to the zoo today. His first trip there. It went well and he's sufficiently worn out to be in bed now (it's 6.30pm).

He came face to face with the cutest little fox thingy:

The meerkats were as sweet as you'd expect:

I even got him to pose (briefly) in front of the fish:

The tallest exhibit was probably the most impressive:

I wonder if he'll remember anything of today?