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by Andree Lau, CBCnews.ca

There are lots of things on this Internet contraption that easily distract those of us who love food, but for me, nothing is a more enjoyable time-killer than lists.

The British bloggers behind Very Good Taste got the latest inventory craze going last month with the Omnivore’s Hundred, a list of what every good omnivore should try at least once in his or her life.

The OH has since spawned a vegetarian’s hundred and even a Vancouver’s 101.

The OH is completely subjective, of course, but it’s a good mix of high and low, west and east. Going through it was fun, as I tried to remember if and when I had sampled something.

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A Krispy Kreme donut is no. 49 on the Omnivore's Hundred. (Andree Lau/CBC)

I know steak tartare at no. 4 (the list is in no particular order) was love at first taste – though I’m not sure what child nutritionists would say about my parents allowing me to try it at age 12.

My first bite into a Krispy Kreme donut (no. 49) was pure, guilty heaven. It wasn’t even taken piping hot from the fresh conveyor belt in a store, but from a sad little display in a gas station somewhere in the middle of a road trip to New York City.

It wasn’t until I was 28 that had my first S’more (no. 61) in front of some incredulous friends at a backyard fire pit in Edmonton.

And as a young, naive TV reporter somewhere in the Ottawa Valley, I thought it would be a good idea to try a big spoonful of haggis (no. 68) on-air. I gagged on the ultra-dry texture - to the delight of my cameraman.

I managed to check off 82 of the 100, but I look forward to tracking down some currywurst and finally holding my nose long enough to try some durian.

What foods do you think should be included in an Omnivore’s Hundred?

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Dennis Young, Jr.

My list, would include, college food that is served!

Posted October 5, 2008 12:37 PM

Thomas Dzubin

Vancouver

Kraft Dinner, of course. With the regional variations...some people add extra cheese, some add mustard, some add ketchup and finally, where I come from, you add pork weiners!

Posted October 7, 2008 06:41 AM

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Amber Hildebrandt Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.

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