August 27th, 2008

ice cream

Foods - Eaten, Not Eaten, Will Not Eat

Bold the things you've eaten, stike through those you wouldn't try and italicize those things you think you'd like to try.

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
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries

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
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects

43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
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 (# MOST HATED FOOD!)
66. Frog’s Legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette (WOULD TRY, must be made according to safety recs)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu (WOULD KILL ME)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (YUK!)
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 (THAT sounds good!)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

I had to look up about 1/4 of these on Wikipedia but in most cases, I was like "Oh, OK, I'd eat that."

A couple of  "odd" foods I've eaten and/or LOVE that aren't on this list:

- Salted Dutch licorice (and many other ultra-strong licorice types)
- Schmaltz (lard spread)
- Squab (pigeon)
- Raw herring
- Mead
- Limburger (and many extremely stinky cheeses)
- Vodka-soaked doughnut holes
- Onion marmalade
- Marmite potato chips

There are more, just can't think of them...
ajax1

Maine Coon = Yay

Ever since we saw him, the boys and I have been saying Ajax is quite Maine Coon-ish, but until today I hadn't actually looked into it more. I mean, he totally does look it to me and to Daniel, whose own Pugsley is a MC mix, but I hadn't gone through the checklist, color pattern, etc. Well, as I now consult the experts, I see he is definitely some sort of Maine Coon mix, with all the traits and with the most typical MC color pattern, brown tabby. I am very excited by this because MCs have such good temperments and because I love huge cats. I hope being fixed at only 3 mo. doesn't stunt Ajax b/c I think an 18-20 lb. cat would be awesome. They can pre-warm your bed for you! Plus they are very dog-like. (Speaking of, in my after-work play session, I taught Ajax to fetch, which MCs are pre-disposed to anyway. He had it down in 5 min.)

P.S. Look: Pic of Maine Coon that looks pretty much like Ajax, except with fur tuft behinds the ears, not just in them.
ajax1

Personality

It's interesting to see what different personality traits Ajax has, versus Luckie at the same age. There are some things that he loves to do that she has never done in her life and other stuff she loves that he's shown zero interest in. For instance, Ajax is not at all interested in hiding, fitting into small spaces, wedging himself into boxes, going under blankets. He doesn't groom himself all that much either, though maybe that's a boy cat thing. On the other hand, he loves curling up on my boobs, licking my ears for a while, then conking out. He also likes climbing things, whereas for safety Luckie tends to jump in foxholes, so to speak. He's too small to jump onto some surfaces but if he can climb, watch out. I'm glad I don't have curtains! He does like all of Luckie's toys, including a couple that she was never all that fond of. Today he ripped one of them in half and I had to rescue it before he swallowed a couple of foam balls and some feathers. He was trying to!
ajax1

The Thaw Continues

Just about to leave my little office when I notice that not only is Ajax napping under my chair, but Luckie is stretches across the threshold 4-5 feet away. They have had a good night of interactions and I think it's clear at last that Luckie is in fact capable of adapting :)

I love Ajax and was hoping things would work out but was secretly afraid Luckie would be so upset and hysterical that I'd have to face giving him up, for her sake. I was thinking she'd be hiding at the back of my armoire for a couple of weeks, but fortunately the slow introduction seems to have worked, knock on wood!

I think everybody who told me a boy kitten -- even specifically a relaxed Maine Coon -- would be best for her was right, because she's hated all other adult and esp. adult female cats she's met. With Sofie she was getting slightly better but that was after many, many introductions, and she was still super grumpy. With this here, I would not be surprised if I found them sleeping on the sofa or bed (not snuggled, but both there and happy) in a week or so.