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cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.7 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 12:33 PM

UNUSUAL FOODS YOU HAVE EATEN

Once, when traveling through Erie, PA on my way from my current home near Chicago to my mom's in western NY, I stopped at a restaurant and had their french fries substitute -- deep-fried dill pickle spears. (Maybe Alvandy knows about them?) They were breaded and crispy on the outside and gooshie on the inside.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 12:42 PM

Does fugu fish count as unusual?
Only the once to say I was prepared to risk it.

Barry

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 1:02 PM

Took one bite of a brain sandwich at the "West Side Nut Club Fall Festival". Yech. Tasted like scrambled eggs gone bad. There was a line a block long to the booth. Most were over 70.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 1:15 PM

More restaurants all the time around here are serving fried pickles and fried jalapenos for appetizers. My son convinced me to try them, and I survived - not my fave, but good Halloween food.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 1:40 PM

Back in the sixties I shared an apartment with a buddy of mine. We did our own cooking between parties. Now THAT was unusual food! Minute Rice with canned chili and mushrooms with maybe a can of wax beans or carrots thrown in, served with saltines and peanut butter, washed down with Boones Farm was typical. And that was just breakfast.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 1:46 PM

I can't think of anything too odd, although a lot of people probably haven't eaten elk, moose, bear, cougar, etc.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 1:55 PM

Don, sounds like the munchies

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 1:56 PM

I actually was enjoying Don's combinations until he got to the Boone's Farms.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 2:00 PM

Elk, moose, bear and cougar are odd IMO. Bbear, you ok?

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 2:04 PM

Sheep's eyes, locusts and fox probably. I've eaten most "game" too, including alligator, springbok and buffalo. Generally speaking, if it had a pulse i'll eat it.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 2:06 PM

Oooh, cloggs. Didn't they make a bio movie of you? "Silence of the Lambs"?

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 2:18 PM

The sheep's eyes were a challenge, but probably a much bigger challenge for the sheep. I can't say there was anything possitive about the experience at all. The locusts were fine, they were freeze dried. You can take a whole handful and they just turn to a rather pleasnt dust like substance in your mouth. They are extremely nutritious, many believe they could help with starvation. The fox was in my old biker days, i ate hedgehog too. Gypsies used to eat hedgehog here. You roll them in clay and throw them onto an open fire. When you crack the baked clay the spines etc stay with it. It tastes a bit like tender pork.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 2:29 PM

I am humbled in your odd-food-eaten presence.

and eeeewwwe.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 2:40 PM

I draw the line at McDonalds though.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 2:41 PM

Really? I figured in the UK they would have some really awesome McSpotted McDick or something.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 2:44 PM

Rhesus monkey. For some reason I thought that it had a peanut butter center.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 3:37 PM

Rhesus monkey. For some reason I thought that it had a peanut butter center.
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I think I've fallen in love with you

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 3:38 PM

CC it's all good with a fine Chianti

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 3:47 PM

The Aleuts have found a lucrative market in Asia for male seal genitalia as aphrodisiacs. I'd be barfing so much that sex would be the last thing on my mind.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 3:54 PM

Why? I bet they're tiny, just like human ones.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 3:58 PM

Felix

Great line!!

Thanks for making me laugh out loud

Barry

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 4:29 PM

Seriously I saw a national geographic show, a remote tribe in Amazon. They take darts and use poisonous frog venom and shoot monkeys in the trees. They throw them on the fire fur and all. What about Bear Gryllis, he eats everything raw.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 4:32 PM

Why? I bet they're tiny, just like human ones.

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I don't eat those either

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 4:35 PM

Anyone ever eat deep fried chicken feet at dim sum?

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 4:49 PM

I have shared some roasted witchetty grubs with some Aborigines I met. They were rolled in leaves, and cooked in hot ashes.

The grubs taste kinda nutty, with a custardy texture: you don't eat the heads. Good "Bush Tucker"!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchetty_grubs

Cheers, Bev

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:12 PM

In Montana they have the Testicle Festival where they eat bull testicles......long lines there as well.

http://www.testyfesty.com/

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:21 PM

Sweat Bee Honey!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:33 PM



Testicle Festival -- around here they serve those (they're called Rocky Mountain Oysters) when they do branding and castrating. I think they dip them in batter and fry them in hot grease. Ain't no way that stuff is touching my mouth. I don't think there's enough money to get me to swallow one.

When I was growing up on the farm my mother would clean chickens and cut off the chicken's feet, scald them and peel off the hard outer skin. She would then boil the feet, which I ate. Made my dad sick to watch me eat them! That's about the weirdest thing I've ever eaten. I am NOT adventurous with my eating habits, just plain old Plains cooking has been fine for me. However my former daughter-in-law thought orange Jello with pineapple and raw shredded carrots in it was gross.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:42 PM

We love the Festival of Nations at Dollywood in Tennessee. They usually have booths offering food from the countries that are visiting each year. I've had alligator, shark, kangaroo, and rattlesnake.

Ate chocolate covered ants and bees as part of a class in fifth grade.

Ate haggis, tatties and neeps in Scotland and blood pudding in England.

Had calamari, sushi, escargot (tastes like chicken heart) and frog legs in restaurants.

And locally we've eaten groundhog (The varmint kind, he was raiding my garden) and mountain oysters. In our "Mother Earth days" we ate Jerusalem artichokes, cattails, and day-lily roots as a snack and in salads. Trying to find a recipe for raccoon, since they've about destroyed my garden this year.

I posted this on the Trivial Tangents chat page (check out the other chat pages, there's good stuff there):
http://www.road-kill-cafe.com/roadkill.html


bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:11 PM

I've tasted Durian, and lived to tell about it. Foulest smelling stuff in the world. I was teaching a professional development course to teachers, and one of the simulations we were using regarded durians not setting fruit in farmed areas - so of course I had to bring in durians.

True story - the college bomb squad raided the room because they smelled the durians across campus.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:51 PM

Pat - jello with shredded yuck in it, IS gross. In grade school, they made lime jello with shredded carrots and raisins. The raisins always swelled into these big pudgy black yucky things. I don't like raisins, lime jello, or carrots, so that was just about the nastiest thing ever.

I think I'd gnaw on a chicken foot before I would eat that.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 8:04 PM

Deep-fried chicken feet are good, just bony. You can get them at any real dim sum restaurant. I also have eaten most types of wild game, some bugs, chicken and duck heads, fried duck's stomach, snake and chicken soup at my wedding reception, etc.

But the weirdest thing is called a Twinkie, does that count? I am not sure whether or not it qualifies as real food.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 10:58 PM

Steve, Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, and Ho-Hos are staples -- and have a shelf life of 1000 years.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 4:00 AM

Both in Nigeria:

A large snail, maybe 6 inches in diameter. Not worth the effort - tough and tasteless.

I did NOT eat but saw ... a live monkey scalped and the warm brains scooped out. A delicacy - apparently!

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 5:01 AM

bear, snake, raccoon, and a slug my grandmother got from off the back porch. everything, was delicious except the slug.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 5:03 AM

That's one scary back porch!

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 5:10 AM

you got hat right!

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 7:20 AM

Reminds me -- some years back, I saw a funny cook book called 'Roadkill Recipes'.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 9:09 AM

I have a cookbook called "White Trash Cooking" by Ernest Matthew Mickler. There are mouth watering recipes like "Big Mammas cracklin' corn pone", "Cooter pie", "Buttermilk sky pie" and " Bonnie Jean Butt's banana puddin'". Good food!

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 10:53 AM

I just remembered. The first time i ever had a dressed crab i took it back to the stall. I told the guy that the dark stuff was "off". To this day the dark meat of a crab tastes like somebody ate it before me.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 12:04 PM

Re durians.
Yes they smell terrible but they taste great.

and if you ever get a chance to have durian Chips (crisps)...mmm mmm good!

Barry

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 3:47 PM

Would this be an oxymoron?

Re durians.
Yes they smell terrible but they taste great.





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