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What's the most adventurous food you've tried, and how did you like it?

What's the most adventurous food you've tried, and how did you like it?

Jun 8th, 2001, 11:22 AM
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Ess, that explains why people wouldn't consume raw tomatoes in the 1800's & earlier--they thought they were poisonous! Thanks for the info!

Elvira, you a far, far braver woman....than I shall ever be!

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Jun 8th, 2001, 11:27 AM
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I once ate the chicken and the beef on a United Airlines flight to Boston! Eels? Ants, frogs, and snakes? Ha! No contest.
 
Jun 8th, 2001, 11:35 AM
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Oooops -- posted this by mistake to the "veal kidneys" thread.
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My adventures in weird eating are limited, mostly, to the level of spice I enjoy I have had only rabbit [pooor 'lil bunny] and venision from your list.

The two worst food/drink experiences I remember [perhaps some have been blocked.] were the Hungarian digestif, Unicum, presented to me at breakfast
to which I had an immediate "gag" response and a Lufthansa chicken meal that is best left undescribed and turned my stomach before tasting... which I didn't do.
 
Jun 8th, 2001, 01:23 PM
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Southern chitterlings -- no way, uh, uh. Like a big ol phlem-ball.

Love sushi. Just can't get enough. Haven't screwed up the nerve to try that weird thing with the raw quail egg on top. Maybe tomorrow. Octopus and squid I can handle.

Various small helpless birds, like quail -- usually not worth the work. Often presents awkward etiquette issues, such as whether it's OK to suck the meat off the bone.

Escargot -- love it, can't wait to get ahold of it.

Raw oysters -- thank you, no.
 
Jun 8th, 2001, 01:42 PM
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Sea cucumber -- in some strange seafood medley at a curb-side restaurant on the canals in Bangkok. NEVER AGAIN ! the texture made it really hard to swallow without gagging.
 
Jun 8th, 2001, 02:39 PM
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I'm not sure my list is that adventurous, but here goes:

- grilled eel in Soeul, South Korea - very nice; kimchi - didn't do it for me, I suppose it's an acquired taste, but even after a year in Soeul, kimchi and I were never a match
- conch (done every way possible, grilled, steamed, fried) in Turks & Caicos - quite good, great flavor
- whale in Canada - I think it was boiled, and it was terribly unpleasant
- turtle soup at some place in US - it was rather unremarkable
- squid - often as we like going to Greek restaurants, and it's great

And, the most adventurous food I've ever had was what I titled the "mystery meat" sandwich, served on Northwest flights at dinner time in economy - grayish in color, tasteless and all in a grayish bun - not wonderful to say the least!
 
Jun 8th, 2001, 03:13 PM
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I've had "eskimo ice cream" which includes seal oil, berries, and snow. However in the same cuisine I've declined when offered seal blood soup (title tells all) and "old fish" (also title tells all - buried in the ground until it's just right.)

All good: Caribou jerkey, moose chili (doesn't make good burgers - too lean), reindeer sausage - available at Safeway in Anchorage, to die for.

Once is enough: Muktuk (whale); Chinese "100" year old eggs (not really that old, maybe 10 years, the one I had was the color of crude oil - really very pretty); black pudding, even more nasty when cooked in the same oil as the fish and haggis in Glasgow chip shops; poi; something my wife calls "zulsze" - gelatinous aspic-y meaty compound from Mittleuropa somewhere, ugh.

I still think the first person to eat a raw oyster was the bravest human that ever lived.
 
Jun 8th, 2001, 03:33 PM
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My name probably should be "Mikey", I will try anything once. MDH is a hunter and venison, elk, quail, woodcock etc are common fixtures in the freezer. Here in FL alligator is often seen on menus and is really quite good , Organ meats, liver, kidneys tripe, brain sweetbreads dontfaze me .I do call the line on Mountain oysters!Poached bone marrow on toast even though I loved it as a child does nothing e. The only thing I absolutely refused to try was meadow lark in Italy at a friends house. David couldn't believe it when he saw them hanging in market in rome. believe what the fine would be in the US if you shot one!Don't think I could eat Robin either but as it's never been offered who knows. They used to be allowed to be shot in the south been told are delicious but I think I'll pass. I'll also pass on shad roe and caviar dont like the texture , other than that bring it on!
 
Jun 8th, 2001, 03:38 PM
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John,
I'm sure part of it must be my allergy, but I beg to differ. The bravest human who ever lived was the first person to eat an egg that an animal laid.

Can you imagine someone saying "Hey! That thing that just fell out of that chicken's butt---let's cook it & devour it!"?

BC
 
Jun 8th, 2001, 09:53 PM
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Elvira:

Girl, I had forgotten all about our "little lamb" stop on the way to Marrekesh...We we so hungry. The lamb was hanging upside down...we had to pick our pieces. After we picked, they sliced and cooked the lamb right there in front of us...It WAS good but Lord-have-mercy...I took pictures AFTER asking if it was ok to do so.

Thanks for the memory, we just pulled out those photo albums.

My Best
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Jun 9th, 2001, 06:33 AM
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Sea urchin roe (sushi). Brown mucky stuff - give me caviar anyday!!!
 
Jun 9th, 2001, 06:49 AM
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A few miles north of Phrae, Thailand, there is a roadside shanty/shop that serves a local delicacy. Deep-fried whole rats caught in the neighboring rice fields. Local farmers catch the rats and bring them to the shop for "processing"? The delicacies come out from the boiling oil whole, golden in color, complete with tails. Did we eat them? Are you kidding?
 
Jun 9th, 2001, 07:52 AM
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Al, after reading all the posts of strange things that people have tried, when I came to your post about the deep fried whole rats it made me gag!
Book Chick, I agree with you on veal and lamb. Is it because we think we would be denying them a happy childhood?
 
Jun 9th, 2001, 11:20 AM
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I have tried most of the food mentioned above (except deep fried rat), and really enjoy it. The only thing I didn't like was horse meat sashimi I had at a tiny pub in Tokyo,it was a bit too sour for my taste.
 
Jun 9th, 2001, 11:54 AM
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I will try almost anything but draw the line at insects and rodents. Raw oysters, calamari, conch, sushi, caviar, anchovies, baby eels in Spain (never again!). Foie gras (love it), venison, quail, dove, bear, buffalo, elk, goat. Alligator, frog legs, calf fries (a.k.a. mountain oysters), haggis, escargot, jellied chicken feet (took a tiny bite in a Chinese restaurant -- disgusting! Also don't like the way shrimp are served in Europe -- with heads on, complete with little beady black eyes and antennae that tend to detach and float around in the sauce. Don't want to eat anything staring back at me! The most disgusting thing I've ever eaten is andouillete (sp) ordered in Paris. The waiter sneeringly cautioned me that it was "not for the Americans," so I not only ordered it but choked down the whole plateful. Thankfully, sauce moutarde accompanied the dish and helped to mask the taste.
 
Jun 9th, 2001, 01:37 PM
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Shrimp with heads and eyes on I suppose I could take, but LIVE shrimp were served at a businessmens' lunch in Taipei and I simply could not eat them. They were jumping and thrashing. It seemed so inhumane to chew them. And when they put whole chickens on the table, I look the other way when somebody eats the head.

I love snake & eel, but I tried caviar once or twice and decided it was too adventurous for me. It's the texture I guess. Same with okra. If I have to eat something slimy I'd far prefer a sea slug to okra.

Chicken feet are too gelatinous and there simply isn't enough return to bother trying to overcome food prejudices so I don't bother eating them anymore. I guess I'm less adventurous than I used to be, or more honest.
 
Jun 9th, 2001, 02:43 PM
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I think this thread has been great fun. I just thought of 2 more things ..not had them in another country but when I was a child. My Anglo-Irish grandmother used to make stuffed beef heart, quite good if you didn't see it in the unsliced condition, and tongue, which I love if I don't have to look at the whole thing. cooked one once and after I had skinned it I could not eat it.
Now I think we need to vote.
My vote for the most revolting goes to the whole rat, do they cook it guts and all or is it dressed?? either way I'll pass. read a funny article in London Times a week or so ago, at a dinner at the exploreres club tarantulas were served and they were not fried in hot enough oil, the little hairs on the legs were not singed off and quite a few people developed allergic reactions, serves them right if you ask me.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 02:13 PM
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Hogs Head Cheese - popular in New Orleans!!
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 02:24 PM
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JOdy's post got me searching! Take a look, ugh- I pass!

www.explorers.org/ecad2001gallery.cfm
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 02:25 PM
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Soylent Green. I actually liked it until I found out it was made from people.
 

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