100 Foods to Eat Bucket List

100 Foods to Eat Bucket List | YUM eatingI’d like to thank Heather over at Kiss My Broccoli. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while now and this food list has intrigued me. It’s a post I have been wanting to do for a while and as I approach 40 (gasp) in a few months I feel like now would be a great time to get this post done!

100 Foods to Try Before You Die: (aka the 100 Foods Bucket List)

  1. Abalone
  2. Absinthe
  3. Alligator <- I had my first bit of gator when I was in my early 20s. I didn’t write about it then, but I had it again not too long ago. It tastes like chicken! LOL
  4. Baba Ghanoush
  5. Bagel and lox  <- I opt for the everything bagel. It’s also super yummy with smoked salmon.
  6. Baklava <- My good friend in High School had a grandma right from Germany. Her’s was the best I have ever had.
  7. Barbecue ribs  <- I prefer hot over sweet and I really enjoy them slow cooked in the smoker or crock pot.
  8. Bellini
  9. Bird’s Nest Soup
  10. Biscuits and gravy <- I am from the south y’all. 😉
  11. Black Pudding  <— this one could be happening very soon
  12. Black Truffle
  13. Borscht
  14. Calamari <- Another favorite. Be careful though, if people don’t cook it right it gets too chewy.
  15. Carp
  16. Caviar <—– & I never need to eat it again. 
  17. Cheese fondue <—— all the cheese.
  18. Chicken and waffles—well, I am from the South. However, I really don’t understand the appeal.
  19. Chicken Tikka Masala  <— soooo good.
  20. Chile Relleno  < — more than my fair share
  21. Chitterlings/Chitlins <— tried them once. My ex-husband’s family made them every holiday. They weren’t awful but it’s not something I can bring myself to eat.
  22. Churros  <– Where I lived in OK we had a large Spanish population and I had some good friends who were Filipino. Their mom made some great ones. They were easy to find in town, too.
  23. Clam Chowder <– I prefer it homemade.
  24. Cognac
  25. Crabcake <— I prefer it homemade.
  26. Crickets <- Pretty sure chocolate covered counts here.
  27. Currywurst
  28. Dandelion wine — I am hoping to make some this year. I have made my own dandelion tea.
  29. Dulce de leche  <– Hasn’t everyone 😉
  30. Durian
  31. Eel <— mmmmm sushami / sushi. 
  32. Eggs benedict <-I am not a fan of  hollandaise sauce. But I did try this once when I was younger. I don’t feel like I am missing out.
  33. Fish Tacos   <— I would totally eat these again and again.
  34. Foie Gras
  35. Fresh Spring Rolls  <– can’t wait to make my own. So good.
  36. Fried Catfish <— this is another thing that is big in OK. I tried it a few times and never liked it.
  37. Fried Green Tomatoes <— my mom used to make these all the time! 
  38. Fried Plaintain
  39. Frito Pie <- …served in the bag! :D My mom also made this awesome chicken frito pie. 
  40. Frog’s Legs <- Small chicken leg. For reals.
  41. Fugu (pufferfish)
  42. Funnel Cake <- Fried fair food, right? 😉
  43. Gazpacho <— actually really tasty! 
  44. Goat  <- I dont think I could EVER eat a goat.
  45. Goat’s milk  <– fresh is best. And made into cheese.
  46. Goulash <– My mother made this almost every week growing up.
  47. Gumbo <-Can’t live without my gumbo! 
  48. Haggis  <— Mr Yum is Scottish/ Irish. He gets that from his father. His father’s wife is Irish through and through like me. So, yes, we’ve had this when it’s in season. I like to pretend I don’t know what it is. If you find someone who knows how to make it right, you can’t tell what the ‘meat’ is. I ignore the fact it’s cooked in a stomach. It really is good. One time, though, we had one not made well, and it had a really bad Iron taste, and you feel the bits and pieces. Not cool. Not cool. And we just had some over Easter weekend! 
  49. Head Cheese  <- please just note, I could never. The smell is atrocious. 
  50. Heirloom Tomatoes  <– right from my garden! 
  51. Honeycomb  <– when I was much younger
  52. Hostess Fruit Pie <— Ate these all the time when I was younger. Loved the lemon and apple. Even enjoyed the chocolate filled.
  53. Huevos Rancheros<- YUM! I love Mexican foods.
  54. Jerk Chicken
  55. Kangaroo <- Pretty sure I can’t eat it, knowing what it is.
  56. Key Lime Pie  <— Not my favorite pie, but do enjoy it from time to time.
  57. Kobe Beef <– It’s leaner, healthier, and best when it’s grass-fed. 
  58. Lassi <—– Seriously? No, I will never eat dogs. (April Fools ! I mean, c’mon, Lassie? I don’t want to talk about the countries where they do eat dogs. No. Just no.)
  59. Lobster <– I think lobster is overrated. It’s not as good as they make it out to be. But, it’s still good.
  60. Mimosa <- Breakfast of champions, right? Or college students. Or *cough* cough* high school bad girls. 
  61. Moon Pie  <– yes and I hate them. Ew.
  62. Morel Mushrooms <—- big thing to hunt them in the wild up here in MI.
  63. Nettle Tea  <– it’s not so bad and has some amazing health benefits.
  64. Octopus  <— mmmmm sushami / sushi. 
  65. Oxtail Soup
  66. Paella <—- finally got to check this one off a few years ago.
  67. Paneer cheese <— have this quite often at the Indian restaurant in town.
  68. Pastrami on Rye <- mmmmm love a good meat on rye bread
  69. Pavlova
  70. Phaal
  71. Philly Cheesesteak <- My (now ex in 2024) step mother-in-law is from Philly, so I’ve always wanted the best cheesesteak in South Philly. I certainly will if I visit. However, I have had local “Philly” Cheesesteak, but I know it is not the same. So, we won’t check that off the list — yet. 
  72. Pho <—- Actually, some of the best I had was in WI. 
  73. Pineapple and cottage cheese <- How I love my cottage cheese.
  74. Pistachio Ice Cream <-My all time favorite ice cream.
  75. Po’ boy
  76. Pocky
  77. Polenta  <– found a recipe on Pinch of Yum some years back and was pretty impressed.
  78. Prickly Pear
  79. Rabbit Stew  <— I’ve had rabbit – once. Never again. So this one is not likely to get crossed off. 
  80. Raw Oysters <- I don’t care what anyone says, oysters are awesome.
  81. Root Beer Float  <— these were my favorite when I was a kid.
  82. S’mores <- oooey gooey fun.
  83. Sauerkraut <– with sausage, on ruebens. Nonnom.
  84. Sea Urchin
  85. Shark  <– at this at the same time I had my first gator.
  86. Snails <- had them once when I was younger, same time I had shark and gator. Sadly, I don’t remember anything about them. I should try them again.
  87. Snake
  88. Soft Shell Crab  <– the same as regular crab, but different. LOL
  89. Som Tam
  90. Spaetzle <— not healthy at all, but really good noodle.
  91. Spam <- Practically grew up on the stuff. Cant even stand to think about it now.
  92. Squirrel  <– another one of those ..not eating. 
  93. Steak Tartare
  94. Sweet Potato Fries <– I am so glad I can find these all over. Homemade is best though.
  95. Sweetbreads <— thats normal, right?
  96. Tom Yum
  97. Umeboshi
  98. Venison  <– burgers, steaks and jerky. It’s a big think up here in MI.
  99. Wasabi Peas <– best. snack. ever. 
  100. Zucchini Flowers <— I had no idea you could eat them until I did my Trash to Treasure garden. Edible flowers are pretty good. And pretty.

Are you an adventurous foodie?

What items would you try and which ones are deal breakers?

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  1. There are soooo many things on your list that I would never even think about putting in my mouth (pufferfish for one), but I hope you get to eat all of these.

  2. That quite an exotic list. My boys love challenges like this so maybe we will tackle some on our road trip to FL

    1. Cheese fondue rocks! We go to a place called the Melting Pot and get cheese for dinner and chocolate for dessert.

  3. This is some list. We have a burger restaurant here that offers specialty burgers every weekend. So far I have tried alligator, buffalo, lamb and venison. I enjoyed all of them.

  4. Now this is a cool idea! I should start one of these. I don’t eat enough variety and this would for sure help me and get me exploring some more foods! How fun!

  5. 51! Though I have to say, there’s not many on here I haven’t eaten that I have any interest in trying lol. I am definitely not a very interesting eater!

  6. I love to try different foods. This is a great idea to do a food bucket list. I am going to get started on making a list of my own.

  7. This list is awesome and perfect for an adventurous eater like myself. I will be bookmarking this list and crossing off my own items when I have some spare time. Also, Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pies are legendary!

  8. Whoa. I don’t even have my own bucket list of food to eat. I used to be not so adventurous about cuisines. Now I think I have to put my taste buds more to the test.

  9. I love this!! I’ve eaten a few weird things in my life-abalone and ostrich in South Africa, snails in France, maggot cheese (yes!) in Sardinia, the list goes on…I shoudl make one of these lists! lol!

  10. I had prickly pear when I was a kid, and also grow my own heirloom tomatoes. Adventures in food are okay once in awhile, but there are some items on the list (including Head Cheese) that seem more like a dare than a tasty delight. Thanks for sharing the 100 foods to Eat Bucket List.

  11. After reading through the list I became very hungry and very turned off to the idea of eating all at the same time. There are some really questionable foods on the list! But I like to try everything once!

  12. You’re so adventurous with food! I’m such a picky eater so I wouldn’t eat a lot of things but being Irish I love my black and white pudding, I hope you get to try it soon 🙂

    1. We are traveling about an hour away to a little shop that is Scottish and they have black pudding. I am super excited to try it. My grandparents used to have it all the time and I was never brave enough to try it.

  13. I finished reading through the list but one thing stuck in my mind: Bird’s Nest Soup. I have no clue what that is but my mind is doing summersaults trying to figure it out. LOL!

    BTW, I love gumbo as well 😉

  14. There’s a few things on your list that I have no desire to ever try. 🙂 I have eaten rabbit and it tastes like chicken. LOL!

  15. This is such a great list I don’t think I could narrow it down to just 100 foods. Although to be fair since I’m so picky I would probably have a hard time picking 100 that I would want to eat lol

    1. I have seen a lot of people do lists like “20 by 20” or “30 by 30” and while some of them are things to do and events, others are foods to try.

  16. This is a really fun list and you have plenty crossed off already! On the squirrel, while I’ve never had it, my father-in-law had and said that he enjoyed it. A nibble to knock it off the last might be fun, lol

  17. Thanks to my hubby I can’t say that there are any that are deal breakers, although we don’t like olives at all. I would like to eat some fresh gator some time though.

  18. What a great list. I’ve tried a lot from your list. May want to add squid to it.. and try it a few different ways. I hope you get through your list. 🙂

  19. This is probably not the best list for me to read while on the first week of my diet! hehe. You should make this a printable, so we can check off the items 🙂 I am DEFINITELY and adventurous foodie! I’ve eaten a few things on this list. I am from the south and we eat gator tail and frog legs regularly here. I was going to name everything that I have eaten on your list, but I have eaten about 75% off the stuff on this list. Very fun! Thanks for sharing!

  20. I’m from the UK so a lot of the foods on your list I’ve never even heard of, some I would try but others I don’t think I could. I had to google head cheese and very sorry I did (vom!). You have inspired me to make pinterest boards for things I have tried and going to start one for things I’d like to try too. Good luck with crossing off the rest of your list – black pudding I tried once just to say I had but won’t be having it again – what did you think?

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