Sunday, October 30, 2005

Strange Encounters

Boiled snail bar in Marrakech. Photo by Equalizer

Throughout my travels, I have encountered many strange food items, some of which I was brave enough to try and others that I preffer to simply weasle-out. I do not undertstand how over time people developed a taste for something that would seem .......NASTY.

Ok so what did I encounter? And NO I will not try to create recipes from those items, because I refuse to imagine it!

Rocky Mountain Oysters - (you gotta google this one buddies) Colorado, tastes like well I dont want to remember.

Dried Sea Horse - Hong Kong, I seriously though it was plastic toys.

Aligator Sausage - New Orleans, it cant be any meatier than this!

Rattle Snake - Colorado, it was actually good! tasted like chicken, or was it thetaste of the mouse it ate before it got grilled?

I am sure some of you had tried something strange. Share your encounters with us.


Blogger ray said...

well .. i only tried frogs and snails

the frogs were delicious, but it was so creepy ,, white meat with blue veins :/

10/30/2005 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger LaiaLy_q8 said...

I've never tried anything strange unless you consider asparagus strange

10/30/2005 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger MissCosmoKuwait said...

I had just been thinking of what I was going to write...until I read your comment about the mouse and now if you'll excuse me..I think I'm gonna go throw up...

10/31/2005 02:59:00 AM  
Blogger Stinni said...

Fried bull's blood in Caracas, Venezuela. Duck Liver Pate' at a posh restaurant in Boston.

I'm not that adventerous when it comes to eating strange food. I can barely eat lamb.

10/31/2005 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocky mountain oysters (huevos de toro) wow they have a great recipe in Central America. Alligator stew is great too. Moronga or morcilla (you will have to look this one up).

10/31/2005 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Ray: I was going to give frog legs a try, but now I changed my mind :S

Laialy: Do you eat?

misscosmo: Sorry for the gross imagery :p

Stinni: fried bulls blood!? are they that poor over there? and duck liver pate is not strange!! thats the finest of fine foods hehe

Anonymous: Being adventurous eh?

10/31/2005 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger Stinni said...

Venezuela, back in the 80s, was a lot like present-day Kuwait. Lots of oil wealth (new money). I ate the bull's blood at an Argentinian restaurant in Caracas, so maybe it's an Argentinian thing. Sadly, Caracas is more like Havana now.

And the duck liver pate - I was about 14 years-old and ended up in the bathroom afterwards. Ducks should be wading through ponds and lakes and not in my tummy. =)

Sorry, I'm being chatty. I'll stop now. =)

10/31/2005 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Flamingoliya said...

i was playing play station.
i was so indulged in the game, so my mouth was wide open.
i remember i was chewing something.
it was a fly.

moral of the story:
never keep your mouth open when your mind is somewhere else.

10/31/2005 02:05:00 PM  
Blogger hibbalicious said...

camal tongue - sudan - i didnt know what it was, i was fooled as soon as i knew i made myself sick :(

10/31/2005 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Jewaira said...

Fried shredded jellyfish at a Chinese embassy dinner. It was delightful.

10/31/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Grandma Funk said...

Hey! I know the young boy in the picture!!!!!

What a small world.

10/31/2005 11:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

Yeech@Rocky mountain oysters aka prarie oysters. As a kid I loved morcilla until my great-grandmother decided to pass down the secret family recipe to me. As I watched her lay out the ingredients I realized I would never eat morcillas again.

11/01/2005 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Sheba said...


11/03/2005 02:42:00 AM  
Blogger MissNarcotiC Part Deux said...

Frog legs for me, I tried those, it also tastes like chicken.

Ever wondered why we relate everything to Chicken??

well, I'm going for something extreme this time have you checked out the latest trend in "bug" cuisine? well how about those chocolate dipped scorpions?

they're big in the UK.

11/09/2005 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Mr Moody said...

The Kuwaiti Delicacy:

asfoor and Miknah (Grasshoppers)

12/24/2005 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once i was in florida,
and usually in restaurans your served a bread basket with a side of butter
there was 2 types on the table one normal butter and one pink, me and my sister tried the pink stuff and loved it. We almost cleaned the small bowl clean, and decide to ask the waitress whats mixed in the butter. She said in a normal way " oh its alligator meat"
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i dont know if thats even 7allal

2/25/2006 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. the im the girl who ate the pink butter .. another thing i wont normally try..
my father offered me a home-made burgur, so i accepted.. half way through he tells me .. its camel meat .. suddenly i feel queezy

2/25/2006 12:33:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

anonymous: well I had a close encounter with alligator meat. It is served in many restaurants in the Big Easy (New Orleans)but never had the guts to try it, so I left it alone. As for camel meat its not that bad, I love it, its a bit fatty though, and I would love to make it into a burger ;)

2/26/2006 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well aligator meat was fishy and meaty, it was abuttery paste so honestly i liked it thought it was salmon.. !
as for camel burgurs .. the thought i had at the time .. "then if this is camel.. god knows what the hell goes into a big mac !"
p.s keep up the good job its so mice to see someone so passionate about food and life ;)

2/28/2006 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i said mice ! i meant nice :X

2/28/2006 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger jetblasts2k said...

Cactus worms(Mexico)....Yucky looking, yet a wonderful delicacy, a taste like no other food you think would play such music to your taste buds. You ought to try it, but close your eyes before your first bite.

3/25/2006 03:29:00 AM  

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