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100 Foods to Try Before You Die

Updated on July 17, 2012

I can't count the number of times I have been in a conversation about food and said "you HAVE to try this", so I have compiled a list of most (surely not all) the things that I think that everybody should try. These foods are all delicious and unique in their own way, and if you love food (or even if you don't really care about food) they are worth it. Some are ingredients, some are whole dishes, some are combinations that maybe you would never have thought of, some are even drinks, all of them are interesting and a special experience. Everything on this list is something that I have tried and recommend, or want to try, and not all of them are hard to find or even expensive, just really really good. Keep in mind that they are not in any particular order, so try whichever one grabs you the most first!

Note: Items on list are subject to change without notice

1. Pata Negra Ham

2- chocolate covered bacon

3- creme brulee

4- waffles with sausage and maple syrup

5- raclette

6- cheese fondu

7- warm baguette (right out of the oven)

8- caper berries

9- blackberry mead

10- scotch eggs

11- injera

12- raw oysters with lemon

13- snow crab

14- bbq eel sushi

Variety of Delicious Toppings on Traditional Italian Pizza

15- moules et frites (mussels and french fries)

16- ostrich meat

17- roti chanai

18- cream cheese and smoked salmon (lox) on a fresh bagel

19- Montreal smoked meat sandwich

20- cheesecake

21- tiramisu

22- red snapper

23- beef tartar

24- beef carpaccio

25- wood oven pizza

26- homemade baked beans

27. 100 year old Balsamic Vinegar

28- fresh pasta carbonarra

29- lavender lemonade

30- Dieu Du Ciel Beer (really any of them)

31- Beaver Tails (the dough ones, although the real ones would be interesting too)

32- Game pie (with a nice thick gravy inside, yum...)

33- mango lassi

34- mangosteen

35- wild strawberries (while we're talking about fruit)

36- Champfleury cheese

37- Bacon Ice cream

38- Shnitzel with salt and lemon (it doesn't even matter which meat you use, although I would recommend beef)

39- sriracha hot sauce (it's the one with the rooster)

40- ginger beer

41- cold pork pie

42- Aloe drink

43- pumpkin pie

44- lamb chops with mint sauce

45- battered sausage

46- deep fried mars bar

47- risotto

48- croissant sandwich

49- homemade mayonaise

50. fresh cheese biscuits with scrambled eggs

51- coq au vin

52- goulash

53- ham dumplings (hungarian style)

54- escargot (snails) with butter and garlic

55- chalah

56- Romano cheese

57- microgreens

58- lobster with white chocolate sauce

59- summer roll

60- laksa

61- beef wellington

62- eggs benedict

63- dried smoked duck

64- foie gras

65- red bean ice cream

66- chocolate mousse

67- Boursin cheese

68- bread pudding

69- clotted cream

70- sea urchin

71. Sweet Pea Shoots

72- greek yogurt

73- cedar plank salmon

74- terrine

75- sundried tomatoe and black bean soup

76- creme fraish

77- liver and onions

78- beer butt chicken

79- apple pie with old cheddar

80- quail

81- kobe beef

82- medium rare steak with pepper sauce

83- thai hot and sour soup

84- vindeloo chicken

85- goat curry

86- bbq pork buns (aka pow, or pao)

87. Red Pepper Jelly

88- Stewarts lime soda

89- artichoke dipped in lemon butter

90- french dip sandwich (best on a cold rainy day)

91- Italian style hot chocolate

92- dim sum (this is more of a food experience, but I think it deserves to be here)

93- sweetbreads

94- homemade gnocci with cream sauce

95- paella

96- saffron

97- garlic scape

98- lotus bulb

99- black truffle

100. whole vanilla bean

(to use in cooking, not to eat alone)

Try Some of Them!

Some of these things you may need to travel to get, some you may need to make at home, but some are available to buy online! These are some the products that keep and travel well.

Have you tried any of them? - Which ones? Would you try the others? What would you add?

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Being a pasta lover, I'd like to taste your pizza!

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      6 years ago

      I have tried about half on you list and regularly cook fondue in raclette in winter (even published two lenses on them). Great lens, very informative

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      6 years ago from WNY

      I have tried many, but not most of the foods on your list. I am a vegetarian so that limits my options. :) One of my favorites on your list is: "sriracha hot sauce (it's the one with the rooster)" OMG I eat way too much of that stuff, but it's perfect. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Beverly Lemley 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I will take Number 66 ~ Chocolate Mousse ~ no wait a minute, that's the devil's number! I'm sure it must be sinful to indulge, but that sounds pretty good to me right now! Great lens! B : )

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Interesting list of foods to try! I've tasted many on the list, and there are several that I've never heard of. Beaver tails caught me by surprise, and I had to re-read it a second time!

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      6 years ago

      I tried very few..Need to taste a lots. Very intersting

    • piedromolinero profile image


      6 years ago

      Until now I tried 33 out of the 100, so two third of my life still ahead. :)

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      Genesis Davies 

      6 years ago from Guatemala

      I've tried a lot on your list! My favorite is tiramisu. ;)

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      6 years ago

      Well, I've tried a few from your list -- won't try opossum even if we head into another depression in our country. I love the crabs!

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      6 years ago from Benson, IL

      Some of them actually sound pretty good. You'd be surprised; the stuff that sound gross or weird at first can actually be pretty tasty.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Could you arrange for delivery to me of a game pie, complete with nice thick gravy, minus the pastry please?. I'll be waiting by the mailbox

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      6 years ago

      Wow! I have never tried any of those! But I am a little afraid of trying new foods.... LOL

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      6 years ago

      I need to get cracking - I've tried a few of these, but a lot of these sound really, really tasty!

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      6 years ago

      I've tried some of them and would love to try the rest. There are some which I haven't heard until now.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I would want to try the spice saffron. It is supposed to be more expensive than gold so that would definitely make me want to try it. Saffron must be good to garner that high a price. I read that lensmaster susannaduffy received it as a gift and she loves it. Must be good stuff.

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      6 years ago

      lol @bloomingrose's comment! Nice lens :) Lots of interesting foods here!

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. It is much easier to do this than to set running a marathon as a goal.

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      domjohnson lm 

      6 years ago

      I've never had any of the things on your list! :( I'm ghoing to make it my mission in life to have at least 2 of them :)

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 

      6 years ago

      I've actually had several things on this list (tiramisu and creme brulee - YUM!) and may have tried several others when I was in Asia a couple of years ago. I'm not sure because I can't really remember what some of the exotic stuff was called! Lol.

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      6 years ago

      I have tried quite a few on the list, the Pata Negra Ham was a staple in my ex boyfriends house in Granada,it's terrible to say as it is really expensive but I didn't really like it too much, it tasted to me like rotten pork with oil and acorns :0 I had tiny baby eels too there, I thought it was a fish pasta (the eels being the pasta)

      The things I really liked on your list are the ostrich (like a really nice steak) and wild strawberries, I love those! Ooh yes and the deep fried mars bars, yum!

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      Einar A 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting article! I have tried about half of them, and would very much like to try most of the others...not so sure about the deep fried Mars bar, but I will generally try anything once!

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      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      There re not many here that I have not tried, or eat on a regular bases. Coming from Hawaii and traveling for the last 20 years has given me the opportunity to eat many different foods. It won't take you long to get through this list. This is the one I have never heard of before and I don't think either of them interest me very much: "Beaver Tails (the dough ones, although the real ones would be interesting too)". LOL!

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      6 years ago

      Wow what a list! I'd love to try some of these, aloe drink might be the most exotic one here that I've tried plus whole vanilla bean in stewed beef - that was scrumptious!


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