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#64500 - 04/08/02 02:35 PM omnivores
Keiva Offline
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Using this category for the purely non-word-related:

Helen has called herself "your basic omnivore". OK, omnivores, let's get serious:

What is the most "extreme" food you've ever eaten -- and would you do so again?

In my case: eels, and "yes, but I'm in no hurry".

#64501 - 04/08/02 05:06 PM Re: omnivores
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Dear Ken: there is a Japanese delicacy, sliced smoked eel, that is so delicious I remember it sixty years later, never having been able since to find a place where it was on the menu. A classmate from LA brought it to Christmas party in Boston. Called "unagi"

#64502 - 04/08/02 09:21 PM Re: omnivores
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wwh - "unagi" is just one of the many flavors of "sushi" available at a sushi bar. (I do remember your post on the dangers of raw seafood, etc...)

I have ate chocolate covered bees and ants... just a bit crunchier with lots of protein. I ate worm in Boy Scouts as a special initiation (special meaning "not sanctioned"), but we wandered around looking for a "left-handed smoke bender" as well.

#64503 - 04/08/02 09:52 PM Re: omnivores
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I don't know what it was that I ate, and I don't want to know, either. All I know is that as soon as I started chewing, all my brother-in-laws were looking directly at me and laughing like they'd pulled something over on me. I'm thinking it was probably taco de sesos brain taco [still shuddering-e] It's not that it tasted bad, it's just the thought of it.

#64504 - 04/10/02 08:34 AM Re: omnivores
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Fried chittlin's, mountain oysters, sweetbreads, eels and snails--all I've enjoyed--but I don't eat eyes.

Best regards,

#64505 - 04/11/02 06:49 AM Re: omnivores
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Sweet and sour snake (no idea what kind of snake it was and I didn't inquire). Tasty. When I was living in Surabaya, I was told that a certain restaurant served pangolin, but I don't know if it was true or not. At one wedding reception here in Jakarta I did eat something and no-one would tell me what it was, but I suspect it was dog. It was so heavily chillied it could have been anything.


#64506 - 04/11/02 04:03 PM Re: omnivores
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Fastidiousness in food can be illusory. Consider the guy who could bear to eat lambs tongue because it had been in an animals mouth, and requested an egg instead.

#64507 - 04/17/02 01:09 AM Re: omnivores
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Fastidiousness in food can be illusory
A long time ago, I heard that Chinese were astonished about Europeans eating Insects' excretions - meaning honey...

#64508 - 04/17/02 02:11 PM Re: omnivores
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yes, i heard but even more unappatizingly, "something made from regurgatated insect food"..

but i have eaten "birds nest soup" made from a gelatinous fish product. a sea swallow (or some such bird) regurgatates fish, in a a gel form. The gel lines the nest, so when it is off at sea, the fledging birds have food..

foragers come, and collect the nests, and use the gelatin to make a fish broth for soup. yummy! actually, it is!

i am sure some one has a link, or knows a site with all the details..

my other obsession

#64509 - 04/17/02 03:30 PM Re: omnivores
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Dear wsieber: I never thought of it that I have never seen mention of Chinese eating honey. But I found a site which says one company exports 800 MT of beeswax each year. That represents a lot of honey. I have heard of Chinese being surprised us bignoses eat rotten milk. (cheese) Now I've got to look again, and see if Chinese export cheese!

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