The SUPERIOR 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die List

By Kendra Holliday | January 18, 2020

I saw this stupid list titled 100 Foods You Should Eat Before You Die  on a food blog, and was NOT impressed. Cocktails? Frito pie? Spam? Really? I’m sorry, but I don’t think you need to eat Spam before you die.

So, my omnivorous partner and I  (me = a sushitarian, which means I’m vegetarian but eat sushi once a month, or more, depending on whether you buy me some or not) came up with a better version of the list, which is below. I’m no foodie, but I’m a hardcore worldly sensualist, so there you have it. I know this post is not sex-related, but it’s going to be linked to another post that is.

How many of these things have you tried? Do tell! And then next time, we’ll dig a little deeper…

Fruit from heaven

1. Chocolate covered strawberries
2. Fried okra
3. Alligator
4. Eggplant parmesan
5. Bagel & Lox
6. Baklava
7. King crab legs
8. BBQ ribs
9. Young coconut
10. Mango
11. Marmite
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Conch
15. Guacamole
16. Caviar
17. Cheese Fondue
18. Habanero pepper
19. Vegetable korma
20. Chile relleno
21. Chilled cherry soup
22. Ceviche
23. New England Clam Chowder
24. Pomegranate
25. Calamari
26. Crickets, larvae, locusts, or some other insect
27. Garlic stuffed olives
28. Dandelions (leaves, flowers or roots)
29. Fresh pineapple

The King of Fruits

30. Durian
31. Eel
32. Asparagus with hollandaise sauce
33. Fish and chips
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes
38. Fried Plantain
39. Tofu
40. Frog Legs
41. Salted caramels
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho
44. Goat
45. Goat cheese
46. Fresh pasta
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis
49. Vichyssoise
50. Grilled romaine
51. Honeycomb
52. Grilled corn on the cob
53. Huevos rancheros
54. Jerk chicken
55. Kangaroo
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Real mashed potatoes
58. Lassi
59. Ethiopian cuisine
60. Anchovies
61. Fried zuccini

The Conquest Fungus

62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Pancakes with real maple syrup
64. Octopus
65. Lamb kabob
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Real potato chips
70. Tzatziki sauce
71. Basmati rice
72. Pho
73. Gelato
74. Watermelon
75. Po’ Boy
76. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
77. Quinoa
78. Prickly Pear
79. Creme brulee
80. Raw Oysters

The Queen of Fruits

81. Mangosteen
82. Fresh tomato, basil, mozarella (olive oil optional)
83. Sauerkraut
84. Creamed spinach
85. Kale chips
86. Snail
87. Snake
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Welsh rarebit
90. Tiramisu
91. Pumpkin pie
92. Kettle corn
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Pistachios
96. Tom Yum
97. Sashimi
98. Venison
99. Wasabi Peas
100. Real macaroni and cheese


Kendra Holliday 2012-04-09 12:08:50

Dammit I forgot creme brulee, blueberries, chilled cherry soup, and… what else?


    Kendra Holliday 2012-04-09 12:26:13

    I’ve tried 92 or more of these things. Figures, since it’s my list. Have not tried jerk chicken, haggis, head cheese, kangaroo…


      L 2012-04-10 06:47:10

      Haggis was way better than I thought it would be. Texture like meatloaf, with a very delicate, spiced flavor.


Tojosan 2012-04-09 12:40:26

Love the list. Not tried near as many as you. More goodness to be had then.


swedishskier 2012-04-09 13:54:13

I’ve eaten at least 75% of that list. I didn’t make a tally. There were a couple of fruits I haven’t had. I would add cumquats. I would also recommend carrying around a bag of them when they’re in season and making people try them so you can see their facial expressions when those tart little wonders pop in their mouths!
When I was a little girl there was a woman down the street who was in her ninties and had trouble lifting her arms to comb her own hair. I loved her and would go over to her house and wait for her to tell stories. She once showed me how to make pasta from scratch. It makes me tear up thinking about tasting that again.


Elise 2012-04-09 15:17:37

65! Also raw asparagus fresh out of the garden and tomatoes fresh off the vine would make my list too. Although they must be eaten outside – it doesn’t count if you go inside first. 🙂


amy 2012-04-09 15:24:17

I have tried 73/100 on your list. And I want to try more. How bout a list of 100 sexy or afrodisiac foods… Some of these would work for that list.


    Kendra Holliday 2012-04-09 17:02:53

    I’m going to work on a 100 Sex Acts to Try Before You Die list, but I want community feedback on it!


Rebekah Mae 2012-04-10 00:35:47

I’ve tried….60/100. Which is rather shockingly low if you ask me. I’m surprised by myself. I almost tried rabbit, but it wasn’t ready to eat when I got to the party. You’re mention of Caprese (Mozzarella cheese+Tomato and Basil) makes me really wish for summer time haha.


Robin 2012-04-10 03:45:27

I’ve had 90 of these – including the crickets!


L 2012-04-10 06:50:06

I think I’m at 63 or so. I like your list! I would add homemade, fresh-baked bread. Also, sushitarian – that’s awesome.


Miss 2012-04-11 02:03:35

I’ve had only 45 out of 100! The dairy allergy and vegetarian inclination is limiting me! But I love nearly all of those things I have tried! Fussy but not picky 😀


Kendra Holliday 2012-04-13 08:58:47

OK I went back and replaced three gross meat dishes with three awesome vegetarian dishes. They are way better than shock value carcasses.


Michelle 2013-04-21 20:26:44

I ahve tried 63 and you have given me some great ideas for the future


Mark 2013-04-23 22:55:58

I’ve had 94/100. Don’t think I’ll ever pass a total of 98. I have no desire to eat crickets or durian. 😛


AJ 2013-04-30 02:33:26

You have my interest. Let’s dine! Let’s indulge!


RawLion 2014-04-16 12:18:00

I am proud to be at 83! ! ! I had a quite a varied diet back before I went vegan. My parents were gourmets. I was born a redneck and I grew into adulthood surrounded by loving hippie culture, which gave me immense respect for vegan food and vegans/vegetarians. I would love to do a list of 100 vegan foods people need to try before they hit the bucket. People, myself included, don’t realize how much flavor and excitement they are missing as they walk right past certain foods on their way to the foods they are used to. Keep in mind every vegetable you may see in the produce area, has a master chef behind it with a recipe that would blow your MIND! we just have to reach out to these yummy foods and explore. Life is all about exploring…..otherwise we would always be like other people……and that isn’t original or human nature.


John Mefford 2020-01-20 11:01:47

I have tried 61. Add bear, persimmon, squid.


    Kendra Holliday 2020-01-20 11:04:06

    ooh those are good suggestions!


    AlanK 2020-01-23 13:33:16

    Calamari IS squid. Small squid. Large squid are sepia. But it’s all the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea beastie.


      Kendra Holliday 2020-01-23 13:34:23

      There you go!


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