stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Tony at Pizza Express

Why do I want to do this?

I like food. I much prefer eating decent food to eating boring food when I have the chance, and not having to a) think about it; and b) cook it; is something I very much enjoy.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have eaten six meals (of at least two courses each) at restaurants. Two of these meals will have been eaten at restaurants I've not visited before.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

[One - Charlie Choy's (new to me)] [Two - Jamie's Italian - new to me] [Three - Rumwong - new to me] [Four - Pizza Express] [Five - Da Mario's - new to me] [Six - Shabab Pavilion - new to me] [bonus Seven - Safran - new to me]
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a red poppy (101flowers)
Why do I want to do this?

In the midst of this rather rigid, controlled exercise, I'd like to remind myself that there are some things that are beyond my control. Luck is going to have to creep in here somewhere.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have participated in five competitions. It doesn't matter what sort.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

Seasonal Silliness Competition
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Farewell to wine

Why do I want to do this?

The photograph is slightly misleading. The reason I've got a half bottle of wine lying around to photograph is... that I don't actually drink much. I hardly ever drink at home. I do drink socially, though, and I'm curious to see how I'll cope in social situations without that crutch.


How will I know I've done it?

Simple: no alcohol (bar communion wine) for one whole calendar month.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Visited Countries

Visited Countries Map from TravelBlog


Why do I want to do this?

I like exploring new places.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have spent a period of at least seven hours in a country in which I've never previously spent a significant length of time. (Changing trains in Bruxelles-Midi, or flying into Geneva airport to be driven to Annecy, in the French Alps, does not count as a significant length of time, so both Belgium and Switzerland are still open.)


I'll record this in a post in this journal.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Earlier Every Year
Don't eat holly berries, kids. This photograph is for illustrative purposes only.

What's this about?

The Omnivore's 100 is a list of foods that the blog owner thinks every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all.


Why do I want to do this?

My worst enemy couldn't call me a picky eater - I will try pretty much anything if it's put in front of me. I won't, however, go out of my way to eat it. This is designed to push me a little bit further, to be a little more adventurous.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have eaten ten items in the list below that I hadn't previously tried.


I'll track this below:


Strikethrough indicates that I've already tried this food, so can't count it towards the challenge.
Bold indicates that I've tried this as part of my 101 in 1001

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea - post
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 (leaving this one unstruck, because, while I've had dulce de leche flavoured ice cream, I've not tried the thing itself.)
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/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$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 - post
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst - post
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini - post
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
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake
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Walk, Wink

Why do I want to do this?

I'm reasonably adventurous, but, given a limited budget and a near infinite choice, don't usually know where to start. That's a very open statement, and it's meant to be. It applies to food, to music, to books, to pretty much everything. I'll often find myself falling back on the angel I know because the sheer breadth of choice. I fear I may be missing out.


How will I know when I've done it?

Every day for a month, I'll have posted asking for recommendations for various items. I'll have followed up any resulting recommendations to the best of my ability.


I'll record this on [personal profile] el_staplador
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a rose window (101church)
Saint Mary of Bethany

What's this about? Why do I want to do it?

I moved to Woking a year ago, but I'm still commuting to church in Guildford, where I previously lived. That's not likely to change soon, as I'm in the choir and on the PCC at Guildford, but I'd also like to get more involved in my local community. In my experience, finding a local place of worship is a good way to start. The two denominations I have the closest links with are the Church of England and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Since I might not get on with either of the local groups in those denominations, I'll try one more.


How will I know when I've done it?

I'll have attended a service at St Mary of Bethany Church, a Meeting for Worship with Woking Friends and one other religious service in the Woking area.

This can't be combined with goal 1 (become a Mystery Worshipper and review three services) for the simple reason that, if I decided to attend one of these on even a semi-regular basis, I would feel very uncomfortable posting such a public review.


I'll record this in posts on this journal.

St Mary of Bethany
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a rose window (101church)
Key of the Door

What's this about?

A Mystery Worshipper is a kind of church reviewer. From the Ship of Fools website:

Since ancient times (ok, 1998), Ship of Fools has been sending Mystery Worshippers to churches worldwide. Travelling incognito, they ask those questions which go to the heart of church life: How long was the sermon? How hard the pew? How cold was the coffee? How warm the welcome?

The only clue they have been there at all is the Mystery Worshipper calling card, dropped discreetly into the collection plate.



Why do I want to do this?

While I'm settled and happy at my current church, I enjoy visiting different churches and seeing what goes on there. I've always found the Mystery Worshipper reports to be a source of joyful snark, not to mention a useful guide to what one might expect at a particular place of worship, and a reminder that not all Christians work the same way. I'd like to join in with this.


How will I know when I've done this?

I will have applied to become a recognised Mystery Worshipper on the Ship of Fools website, and have been accepted. I'll have visited services at three different churches, and will have produced and submitted a report for each.


I'll record this on this journal, and add links to any of my MW reports that are published.


Accepted as a Mystery Worshipper - 13th December 2010

Evensong at Guildford Cathedral [Two] [Three]

August 2013

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