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Old 10-09-18, 10:21 PM
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Something unusual others take for granted?

Food, for example-- anyone ever eaten a... sheep's head? Saw a movie about a dog-eared police detective in Iceland who stopped by a fast food drive through for dinner.

Took a while before I figured out what he was eating. Pulling the eyeball out of the skull and sucking on it was a clue. Watching someone eat a raw oyster sort of fits the bill... looks weird.

The only food I enjoy now and then that others may wince at is menudo. Can't think of any weird habits except when I was young I wore white tennis shorts and Stan Smith shoes.
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Old 10-10-18, 05:40 AM
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Saw a street vendor in Marrakesh selling either cooked sheep or goat head.

I love veal kidneys in Dijon cream sauce.

Rabbit, either grilled, stewed or braised, is hard to beat.
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I am from GA with a whole bunch of country boy family. There is not a whole lot I won't eat so long as it can't run, swim, or fly away from me. As far as "traditional Americana" type foods, I really can't think of anything I haven't at least tried once. I am sure there are strange things I haven't heard of or seen yet....
I have had "mountain oyster" which I can't say I am a huge fan of the way it was presented. I would probably try the cooked bull testicles I have seen on a few cooking shows. I have eaten possum, although it was cage kept for a while. I think TBH the one thing that rather freaked me out was cow tongue. It was just strange.
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Old 10-10-18, 07:29 AM
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As a non-wealthy resident of the First World, I don't really eat anything "adventurous." I've had rabbit, rattlesnake, frog's legs, stuff like that, but only on a "what the hell, I'll give it a shot" basis. Once was enough for the snake (like stringy chicken) and the frog (more work than crab for what you get.) I have fairly plain tastes and every day I get a little older, so I see no need to seek out adventure in the form of food. It seems unlikely I'm going to accidentally find a new favorite food at my age.

I don't care for menudo-- texturally. Pozole is excellent (and I don't care for hominy,) same for albondigas. I'm sitting trying to think if there's anything I eat that friends/family won't. I got nuthin.
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Food, for example-- anyone ever eaten a... sheep's head? Saw a movie about a dog-eared police detective in Iceland who stopped by a fast food drive through for dinner.

Took a while before I figured out what he was eating. Pulling the eyeball out of the skull and sucking on it was a clue. Watching someone eat a raw oyster sort of fits the bill... looks weird.

The only food I enjoy now and then that others may wince at is menudo. Can't think of any weird habits except when I was young I wore white tennis shorts and Stan Smith shoes.
dThey have a whole festival in Iceland about gross food. It's a tradition because they didn't have much to eat in the winter but the funny bits and strangely conserved food, like fermented shark that smells like urine, wind dried fish, the sheep's head and all kinds of offal. They really celebrate the grossness of their traditional winter food.
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I think TBH the one thing that rather freaked me out was cow tongue. It was just strange.
Oh, man, you haven't lived until you've had a nice boiled/sliced cow tongue & Swiss cheese sandwich on light rye bread with Gulden's mustard!

The problem is getting it anywhere. The only places I've found cow tongue sandwiches in NYC are Kosher delis...which means they won't do the cheese.
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Rabbit, gopher (turtle), and squirrel. And yes, cow tongue which is gross. I had a neighbor who grew up in the country. Anyway, I enjoy trying new foods but I won't eat anything with the face on it. Have yet to try snake, frog, and gator.

The biggest thing I see most people take for granted is to savor their food. Rarely does anyone every do that. Most people just gulp down their food as if they fear someone is going to come take it away.

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the frog (more work than crab for what you get.)
I had frog legs once. So true. When I was a teen, people on my mother's side of the family loved to cook and eat crabs. They could suit there for hours. I tried them once. Got through a couple and went and made a lunchmeat sandwich. Way too much work for what you get.
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And yes, cow tongue which is gross.
Had a cow tongue sandwich at Ben's Kosher Deli in Manhattan last week. It was good.
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I had frog legs once. So true. When I was a teen, people on my mother's side of the family loved to cook and eat crabs. They could suit there for hours. I tried them once. Got through a couple and went and made a lunchmeat sandwich. Way too much work for what you get.
I remember something similar to this growing up. My whole family would get these big bucket of garlic crab from the local seafood restaurant and chop through them like fat pigs. The stench was so nauseating I'd have to leave the house and spend the day at a neighbors. It was a horrible thing to watch and an even worse thing to smell. I wondered how we could be related.
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I mean, I love crab. But it's like the sunflower seed of the sea. Soooo much work, and an hour later you've managed to extract like 6oz of crab-- much like how a bag of sunflower seeds is 70% shell. So I might have crab once a year.

Beef tongue (or lengua, depending on what part of town you're in) is one of those things that the preparation is the whole deal. Pizza is virtually always good-- it's hard to mess up. If the lengua isn't right, you might as well go eat a yoga mat.
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With crab there are only a few types that I will eat, just due to the work involved. I like king crab legs, stone or dungeoness claws, and blue. Otherwise, why bother?
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Beef tongue (or lengua, depending on what part of town you're in) is one of those things that the preparation is the whole deal.
Same with "chitlins."
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For everyone who thinks crabs are too much work, I strongly encourage you to make a trip to Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach FL. It is the height of opulent decadence: Enormous portions of delicious fresh crab with all the work already done for you.

But otherwise, yeah, not worth the effort.
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Another thread that convinces me that aliens switched me at birth, and I am from another planet.

I can't eat seafood of any kind. All the extremes suggested here set off big alarms in my head: "THIS IS NOT FOOD", and I grew up on a farm.

I like ramen noodles. Rice and bread are delicious. I've recently begun eating a variety of veggies. Salt is my favorite thing. I've eliminated most things from my diet because of the question, "Why is this in my mouth?"
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Had a cow tongue sandwich at Ben's Kosher Deli in Manhattan last week. It was good.
Ummmm, lengua. I think it's funny when I cook trout and someone refuses to eat because I left the head on.

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For everyone who thinks crabs are too much work, I strongly encourage you to make a trip to Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach FL. It is the height of opulent decadence: Enormous portions of delicious fresh crab with all the work already done for you.

But otherwise, yeah, not worth the effort.
Can confirm. A favorite of tourist and residents alike. Personally, I get nauseous within a block of the place.
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The biggest thing I see most people take for granted is to savor their food. Rarely does anyone every do that. Most people just gulp down their food as if they fear someone is going to come take it away.
Maybe they're in hurry to get fat. Taking time to eat really helps to enjoy and not get fat. Eating crab can be a bit of work, but frog legs? How fast do you want to be finished?

Otoh, I'm not very fond of haute cuisine because that usually has the balance wrong too. Too much tastes for little to eat, I have to concentrate too much because it's gone with two tiny bites. I need a bit of quantity to really enjoy the taste. I don't like wine tastings either, I need a whole glass to really taste and enjoy the wine.

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Ummmm, lengua. I think it's funny when I cook trout and someone refuses to eat because I left the head on.
It's a shame to waste the cheeks, that's the best part of most fishes.
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I think it's funny when I cook trout and someone refuses to eat because I left the head on.
I cook a fair amount of whole fish, especially when it's nice enough out to grill. I always have the monger leave the heads and tails on. Some fish have really tasty jowl meat.

Pompano and sweet corn:

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It's a shame to waste the cheeks, that's the best part of most fishes.
See what I wrote just above. I went to lunch mid-post and didn't see what you had written before I finalized my post.
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See what I wrote just above. I went to lunch mid-post and didn't see what you had written before I finalized my post.
Looks good, what fish is it?

Few people here know about the jowls. I only learned about it when I served trout to a friend whose parents ran a high end Chinese restaurant and he was surprised I had left the jowls in the head. There are restaurants that take the jowl of cheap fish and serve it like a much more expensive fish in dishes without the whole fish. A very long time ago fish here was so abundant that cod was only good enough for the cats, except for the jowls, they were battered and fried as a cheap snack. The snack (kibbeling) still exists but cod is too expensive, never mind the jowls, and substituted with pollock or some other simular fish.
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Looks good, what fish is it?
It's a Pompano. Found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Whole Foods near me has them sporadically.

https://www.seafoodsource.com/seafoo...infish/pompano
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It's an oily fish? I like sporadically, just eat what's in the catch of the day.
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You guys missing out. Offal, for example, is very nutricious.
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It's an oily fish?
It's relatively fatty, which makes it great for grilling. But it's not as oily as bluefish.
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