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#127617 - 04/21/04 05:53 PM calamari (yes, a food thread!)  
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What does this word mean to y'all? I have a fairly firm opinion which I am willing to dislodge & reassess once I hear what everyone else has to say.


#127618 - 04/21/04 06:04 PM Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!)  
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Calamari is squid. It's nice in a sort of vinegrette or deep fried, but then so many things are nice fired. Squid are different from octapus, but they taste about the same: but it can be kind of rubbery. The etymology is cool: from Latin calamarium 'pen-case' < calamus 'reed, stalk; pen', borrowed from Greek kalamos. Related to OE healm and Latin culmus 'stem, straw'.


#127619 - 04/21/04 06:09 PM Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!)  
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I think it's a fancy way to get people to eat something they normally wouldn't.
I had some wonderful calamari at Nico's in NYC a couple of summers ago... yum...



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#127620 - 04/21/04 06:25 PM Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!)  
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One often gets two different shapes together when ordering 'round these parts: 1" to 2" or so complete mini-squids and tenticles from a larger squid cut across-wise into rings.

I'm partial to the marinated in olive-oil/garlic/lemon juice/seasonings over the nice 'fired' version. Who loves ya, Baby?


#127621 - 04/21/04 06:31 PM Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!)  
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Ah, yes, the "fired" version is covered in crushed chilis. Hmm. Typo or language change? You be the judge.


#127622 - 04/21/04 06:33 PM Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!)  
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Typo or language change?

That's the thrid time this question has come up in a week.


#127623 - 04/21/04 06:39 PM Re: domo arigato misuta roboto  
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This just reminded me of a lyric from a Styx song: about being a "modren man". Anybody know of a dialect that uses this kind of metathesis?


#127624 - 04/21/04 06:40 PM Here come the judge!  
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Isn't this (incorrectly attributed) Freud's proverbial question?

editAnybody know of a dialect that uses this kind of metathesis?

American English?

There's that gremlin again...

#127625 - 04/21/04 08:28 PM Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!)  
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Mmmmmmm, fried calamari with loads of salt. We have a Greek resto here that serves the best fried calamari. The only problem is that it is so good you just can't stop eating until you reach to bottom of the bowl.

I don't think I've ever seen calamari cut the way you say though Musick. In all the restos I've been in they are cut sideways to create O-rings (like small onion rings) until the tentacles then the tentacles are just fried up as is in a lump.

I know some people won't eat the tentacle part since it is too much like the real thing (like folks who won't eat fish if they have the eyes on em).

I don't think than calamari and octopus taste the same at all. I find that octopus has more fishy taste and the texture is akin to calf liver.


#127626 - 04/21/04 08:34 PM Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!)  
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The rings we are talking about sound like the same thing. I thought they cut rings from the tenticles of a larger species. Hmmm.


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