What you thought you ordered?

Feb 1st, 2001, 11:58 AM
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As a young'n living in San Francisco and infatuated with the cultural diverity of the place, I set out to find the "most authentic" Chinese restaurant I could find in Chinatown. I finally picked one with no printed or spoken English on anything or from anyone (only one or two people in the place, hmmm...)
When the waiter signed what do I want off the all-Chinese menu, which I couldn't read, I shrugged and pointed to an old man across the room, indicating "I'll have what he's having."
The waiter raised his eyebrows then shrugged okay, and a few minutes later presented me with a plate of chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and green beans.
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 01:32 PM
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country fried chicken! ROFL
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 02:59 PM
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I'm not sure this story belongs here, but it is one food memory I will never forget.
Spain, many yrs. ago (just after Franco died). Went to see Spainish friends I met in school (we had promised to meet in Spain when Franco died). After 2 or 3 days of "making the rounds" in Madrid (and drinking way too much and getting way to little sleep), a group of us ended up at the house of a friend of a friend in the hills west of Madrid (between Avilia and El Escorial/sp?) Small village; (think horses, not cars). Welcomed like brothers and the meal they served! I'm sorry to say I can't remember the fronte end of the meal, but I do remember the pomp and circumstance of the serving of the baked severed goat head (skinned, but w/eyes) and covered in laurel leaves (I think laurel, or some kind of leaves that it was baked with). Anyway, more bino, the head is, of course, passed first to us, and my Spanish friends are actually loving this,(brains, the eyes, etc.)! I think I tried the brains, but I do remember NOT trying one of the eyes!
Needless to say I am still here, didn't get sick, and still enjoy their friendship.
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 03:08 PM
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Mike,
allI can say is Wow!
Along the lines of Maira's pig.
I had goat once in Tobago.
tasted O.k.
But seemed to stay with one for days after.
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 06:08 PM
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to the top!
 
Feb 2nd, 2001, 05:11 AM
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On a trip to China and traveling with a group on most occasions we ate in the top restaurant of the city we were visiting in several provinces. Each province had its specialty which was cooked especially for the visiting Americans. The restaurant owner and chef always came out to the table when the food was served, beaming, bowing and rubbing their hands in anticipation of our enjoyment of the special treats they had prepared for us. Not wanting to disappoint our hosts we ate water buffalo veins (I thought they were noodles at first), water buffalo tendons, duck's tongue served in three different ways, snake, and crickets. I tried them all and they were delicious! But the one I just couldn't even put in my mouth were the most beautiful roasted seahorses -- hundreds in the dish!
 
Feb 3rd, 2001, 11:01 AM
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topping this for more culinary delights!
but I am sad to hear about the seahorses.
I can see how it would be impossible to eat one, Spanky!
I think it was Smithsonian magazine that had an article on the declining seahorse population, due to desirability of these cute animals for food and medicine.
I think there is an effort underway to increase the number of "farms" though to provide enough so the seahorse does not become extinct.
I hope they don't, they are quite unique!
 
Feb 3rd, 2001, 05:25 PM
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I thought the branches and leaves was the unusual till I got to hundreds of "beautiful roasted sea horses!"

WOW
 
Feb 6th, 2001, 10:03 AM
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On our first trip to Paris, my husband and I enjoyed a great meal at Brasserie Balzar on Rue des Ecole. My husband wanted a mesclun salad (baby mixed greens) but pronounced it as muslin instead. When it arriived, the plate was full of thinly sliced meat and chopped up baby dill pickles. Well, it was delicious; the taste was very like "head cheese". When we returned to the hotel and looked it up, we found that we'd had snout!
 
Feb 6th, 2001, 10:50 AM
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Rognons d'agneau. In Paris. Figured this meant "rounds of lamb." Ws I surprised when I got a HUGE rare lamb kidney on a skewer with liver attached. Ate the liver. Couldn't manage the other. I'll never forget that rognons in French means kidney.
 
Feb 6th, 2001, 11:50 AM
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When we were in Tuscany we ordered a first course called "fondutta di crostini neri". Okay, I though fondutta was fondue, and crostini are those little toasted bread rounds. I know neri means black, but honestly, I thought it applied to the crostini! I figured this was a cheese fondue, with grilled bread. Oops. Neri applied to the fondue. It was a nice, hot bubbling, puree of liver and spleen. By far the most disgusting thing I've set eyes on. I even like the Florentine liver crostini, but this was just too awful to eat.I usually try to be adventuresome and have eaten all kinds of things, but this was too much. We had to ask the waiter to take it away. I was mortified, but the waiter was really nice, and insisted on bringing us some nice, safe bruschetta and didn't charge us for the liver.
 
Feb 6th, 2001, 12:01 PM
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Kidney, liver and Spleen OH MY!
If He*# exists, the evil one would serve this on my plate. Gadzooks! Raw even adds insult to injury!

Wow!
 
Apr 29th, 2001, 04:01 AM
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Anybody hungry?
 
Apr 29th, 2001, 04:57 AM
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Menu translations may be an entirely different thread that I haven't discovered yet, but please allow me to contribute this one. When I was a kid I went to Mexico with my parents, and one of the items on the menu in the hotel dining room in Mexico City was "Anahogs in a Seamanlike Manner." We didn't order it, but I've often wondered what we might have ended up with.
 
Apr 29th, 2001, 05:53 AM
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Hi Danna and All, I was just about to go have breakfast when I read your posts. Makes me want to become a vegetarian.....for a little while anyway.
My own little rule: when in doubt, order pasta/rice, bread....and pass on the haggis! Judy ;-)

 
Apr 29th, 2001, 07:06 AM
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I too had a rognon experience. First night in Paris after arriving with my wife and kids by train at 8 am from Barcelona. Had a fantastic day walking around the city,Eiffel tower, local markets etc. Asked at our hotel for recommendation for a local bistro. Lovely place, casual, nicely decorated with soft lighting. We were handed menus that baffled-( 3 of us speak Spanish, only my wife speaks French)--and I selected the dish Rognon de ______( which my wife translated as something that was a mixed grill of various meats). I ended up with a plate of 5 types of kidneys from 5 different species, all nicely grilled. Travelled with dictionary thereafter.
 
Apr 29th, 2001, 07:24 AM
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Elvira: You and your sister must have been the two women at the table across from MY sister and I in Paris... too similar: Snooty, impatient waiter, I order what I recognize: BOEF (sp), she orders veal. We even point to it on the right side of the menu. Dishes come, both are potpie-like. We break the crust, smell of fish comes out. She tastes hers--it's fish. We call him over, he looks down, wordlessly removes the BROKEN CRUSTED FISHPIES, takes them to a table of two women across the room and sets them down in front of them! Couldn't believe it--and they ate it! A younger, sweeter waiter brought our veal and steak--with apologies.
 
Apr 29th, 2001, 07:40 AM
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(Warning: not to be read close to a meal)

Before we married, my midwestern husband had never even had a taco, but over our 3 decades together, he's become much more adventurous even than I am about food. Once or twice, however, it's backfired.

In Barcelona a couple of years ago, we were in the wonderful Cafe de l'Accademia in the Barrio Gotico. Figuring we were in a coastal Mediterranean city, I ordered seafood. It was delicious, and I've never had gazpacho that even came close to theirs.

But Spouse was more focused on being in Catalunya and thought he'd try something from the "specials" menu, which (unlike the "regular" menu written in Spanish, English, and Catalan) was only written in Catalan. He saw the word "porc" and figured whatever it was, it had to be pork prepared in a very special way.

Well, yes it was. It turned out to be a plate of knuckles, kidneys, and (we think) hearts, all cooked for a split second so incredibly rare, and clotted with chunks of fat. The sauce was a blood sauce -- blood plus wine. The presentation was "artful" -- sprigs of parsley and rosemary around what looked to me like fresh roadkill. After trying to navigate the knuckles, he cut into one kidney, which bled, and that was the end of dinner for him.

He did eat a lot of dessert, though.

The waitress was diplomatic -- offered something else -- but I did see her talking with other servers and they seemed much amused by something.
 
Apr 29th, 2001, 03:34 PM
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Well kids, after reading this thread, I can assure you all that I will be travelling with a food dictionary from now on. A bowl of grilled seahorses?! That's only funny when it happens to someone else! LOL
 
Apr 29th, 2001, 04:16 PM
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In my own hometown of St. Louis, i did something embarassing....it was after
my first baby was born and my first outing for llunch. A trendy spot for lunch serves popovers with a bowl of strawberry butter. I thought i was so sophisticated,and assumed it was sorbet to "cleanse my palette(sp)...imagine my horror after a whole spoonful!!
 

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