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2014-03-06 04:03:12 PM  

PolloDiablo: My Mexican in-laws smoked a whole cow's head - including the brain, eyes and tongue - for about 24 hours. When it was finished they carried it inside to the kitchen where the women of the family descended on it with knives, removed all of the aforementioned organs and cut them up for eating, and then picked every single bit of meat there was from the skull and chopped and seasoned it. The meat is just absolutely unbelievable, by far the best (and most authentic) barbacoa you'll ever get your hands on.


Good barbacoa is hard to find, but when you do, oh man.
 
2014-03-06 04:04:05 PM  

PolloDiablo: My Mexican in-laws smoked a whole cow's head - including the brain, eyes and tongue - for about 24 hours. When it was finished they carried it inside to the kitchen where the women of the family descended on it with knives, removed all of the aforementioned organs and cut them up for eating, and then picked every single bit of meat there was from the skull and chopped and seasoned it. The meat is just absolutely unbelievable, by far the best (and most authentic) barbacoa you'll ever get your hands on.


I would try this.  I bet it was good.
 
2014-03-06 04:04:41 PM  
Dammit I just had sushi and now I want more.

I am going to die of mercury poisoning.
 
2014-03-06 04:05:54 PM  
I like the seaweed wrap with my sushi/sashimi.  Christing hell, I'mma have to grab the current man toy and force him to take me for sushi next week for lunch.
 
2014-03-06 04:06:06 PM  

SandmanEsq: Rincewind53: SandmanEsq: casey.lurvs.bacon: DAMN I WANT SUSHI NOW

Sashimi! don't waste calories on rice, fill the space with more tasty tasty fish.

Yeah, but the delightful sushi vinegar flavor is missing with sashimi. It's good, but that extra acid kick is what makes a good piece of sushi so awesome.

Agree to disagree.  Cost/benefit for me leans away from the rice.


I think it depends on the restaurant. Some places it's a 60/40 rice/fish ratio, and in those places sashimi would probably be the better choice.

Of course, in those kinds of places the fish quality is probably not that great, so....
 
2014-03-06 04:07:32 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: I remember being about 7 years old and gathering little sea snails in the ocean off of Long Pine Key and steaming them and putting the meat into spaghetti sauce.  I remember that being really good too.


Oooh I do loves me some gastropods and pasta. Hell yeah.
 
2014-03-06 04:08:29 PM  

make me some tea: casey.lurvs.bacon: I remember being about 7 years old and gathering little sea snails in the ocean off of Long Pine Key and steaming them and putting the meat into spaghetti sauce.  I remember that being really good too.

Oooh I do loves me some gastropods and pasta. Hell yeah.


I had snails for the first time on a beach in China, and they were  delicious. Haven't had the opportunity to have any since then, which is sad.
 
2014-03-06 04:09:38 PM  
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I've been working on a barknaise sauce...
 
2014-03-06 04:10:39 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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I had no idea anyone would eat that.  We always threw it away...
 
2014-03-06 04:10:45 PM  

make me some tea: casey.lurvs.bacon: I remember being about 7 years old and gathering little sea snails in the ocean off of Long Pine Key and steaming them and putting the meat into spaghetti sauce.  I remember that being really good too.

Oooh I do loves me some gastropods and pasta. Hell yeah.


First time I had escargot as an adult it was escargot stuffed mushroom caps in a garlic butter sauce.
 
2014-03-06 04:10:51 PM  
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Tripas (tripe) tacos. Delicious.
 
2014-03-06 04:11:33 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: [i291.photobucket.com image 512x512]
I've been working on a barknaise sauce...


I am going to send that pic to my wife.  She will hate me for it...
 
2014-03-06 04:11:56 PM  

maddman: PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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I had no idea anyone would eat that.  We always threw it away...


Same here, we threw it away when we gardened growing up, but I heard of it being eaten and it being a delicacy a few years ago.
 
2014-03-06 04:13:22 PM  
I've eaten lutefisk before, but I freakin' hate the stuff. On the otherhand my grandpa (Norwegian descent) loved the stuff.

I've eaten rattlesnake too, as well as burgers made from ground gator tail. Rattlesnake is kind of bland tasting, whereas gator tastes like a blend between chicken & fish.
 
2014-03-06 04:13:52 PM  

Rincewind53: I had snails for the first time on a beach in China, and they were  delicious. Haven't had the opportunity to have any since then, which is sad.


casey.lurvs.bacon: First time I had escargot as an adult it was escargot stuffed mushroom caps in a garlic butter sauce.


Chopped, salteed with garlic, leeks and white wine, butter or duck fat, pour over pasta with fresh grated parm.
 
2014-03-06 04:13:52 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: maddman: PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x398]

I had no idea anyone would eat that.  We always threw it away...

Same here, we threw it away when we gardened growing up, but I heard of it being eaten and it being a delicacy a few years ago.


Great restaurant around here used to serve a dish of 24-hour short rib over mashed potatoes with a huitlacoche sauce. It was  really delicious.
 
2014-03-06 04:16:57 PM  

make me some tea: duck fat


Unrelated to escargot, last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing. The recipe I used also involved making a delicious savory blackberry/bourbon pan sauce. I had some homemade blackberry jam still leftover from the summer, and the resulting sauce was so good I used it in two other meals until it finally ran out. The day after, we made chicken thighs and got them nice and crispy using the leftover duck fat from the night before.

I need to make duck more often!
 
2014-03-06 04:18:08 PM  
I ate dog at two different staff dinners when I was in Korea. It was served in a type of stew, both times. I didn't really enjoy it.
 
2014-03-06 04:19:12 PM  
I had lion about 20 years ago.  The gourmet place I worked at lost power and the cooler went down.  We had to either cook it or toss it.  Texture was similar to beef.  Flavor was gamey but good.  I'm just glad I didn't have to pay for it.
 
2014-03-06 04:20:10 PM  
Share a rarity and open our eyes

Okay....

th09.deviantart.net


Raw horse sushi is pretty good. But the downright weirdest thing I ever had was this:

www.kyotodreamtrips.com

Viper wine. Crazy stuff.
 
2014-03-06 04:21:00 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: I ate dog at two different staff dinners when I was in Korea. It was served in a type of stew, both times. I didn't really enjoy it.


I feel about dog somewhat like I feel about veal and foie gras; I understand that some people would want to eat it, but the issues surrounding it as a food just outweigh my interest in eating it.
 
2014-03-06 04:21:02 PM  

Rincewind53: make me some tea: duck fat

Unrelated to escargot, last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing. The recipe I used also involved making a delicious savory blackberry/bourbon pan sauce. I had some homemade blackberry jam still leftover from the summer, and the resulting sauce was so good I used it in two other meals until it finally ran out. The day after, we made chicken thighs and got them nice and crispy using the leftover duck fat from the night before.

I need to make duck more often!


*moan*
 
2014-03-06 04:21:06 PM  
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A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.
 
2014-03-06 04:22:32 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: *moan*


Seriously the recipe is  so easy. You should make it! Blackberry and bourbon works  surprisingly well together, but the real secret ingredient in the sauce is a shiatload of thyme. You'd think it would overpower the other flavors, but it doesn't at all. They all meld together great.

Total prep  and cook time for the recipe was like 40 minutes.
 
2014-03-06 04:22:47 PM  

Fubini: [img.fark.net image 400x266]

A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.


mmm so good.
 
2014-03-06 04:23:00 PM  

Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing


I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.
 
2014-03-06 04:23:09 PM  

Fubini: [img.fark.net image 400x266]

A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.


Dude, when those things are battered and fried, they're so damn delicious. Like calamari on steroids.
 
2014-03-06 04:25:17 PM  

Rincewind53: The Goddamn Batman: I ate dog at two different staff dinners when I was in Korea. It was served in a type of stew, both times. I didn't really enjoy it.

I feel about dog somewhat like I feel about veal and foie gras; I understand that some people would want to eat it, but the issues surrounding it as a food just outweigh my interest in eating it.


As long as it's not my dog....
 
2014-03-06 04:25:25 PM  

Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing

I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.


Really? The recipe just involved scoring the fat on the back, placing it fat-side down in a hot pan on medium-low for 10 minutes, then flipping it over and cooking for another 6-7 minutes. I could tell when it was ready to flip because the underside was a nice golden-brown and crispy.
 
2014-03-06 04:27:22 PM  
At various places here in Vegas, and at some of the better Asian places where the roundeye don't go to. I just tell them to bring me whatever they recommend. And at a wedding in Lithuania where me and my brother didn't want to be the "stereotypical Americans" we ate anything that was presented to us with a hearty "Aciu." At the wedding dinner where it was drink everflowing vodka, eat, toast, dance, wash, rinse, repeat. There was some stuff in there I have no freakin clue what it was.
 
2014-03-06 04:28:20 PM  

Rincewind53: Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing

I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.


Really? The recipe just involved scoring the fat on the back, placing it fat-side down in a hot pan on medium-low for 10 minutes, then flipping it over and cooking for another 6-7 minutes. I could tell when it was ready to flip because the underside was a nice golden-brown and crispy.


Alton Brown's duck recipe was easily followed and turned out very well.  Of course I found the duck at Aldi for like $7 so i wasn't worried about wasting a ton of money.  And popcorn cooked in duck fat is my new sacrament.
 
2014-03-06 04:28:34 PM  

Rincewind53: Fubini: [img.fark.net image 400x266]

A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.

Dude, when those things are battered and fried, they're so damn delicious. Like calamari on steroids.


Very very much this.  sooo good.
 
2014-03-06 04:29:17 PM  

Rincewind53: casey.lurvs.bacon: *moan*

Seriously the recipe is  so easy. You should make it! Blackberry and bourbon works  surprisingly well together, but the real secret ingredient in the sauce is a shiatload of thyme. You'd think it would overpower the other flavors, but it doesn't at all. They all meld together great.

Total prep  and cook time for the recipe was like 40 minutes.


How bout you just do it and then invite me over?

*lazy*
 
2014-03-06 04:29:31 PM  

Rincewind53: Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing

I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.

Really? The recipe just involved scoring the fat on the back, placing it fat-side down in a hot pan on medium-low for 10 minutes, then flipping it over and cooking for another 6-7 minutes. I could tell when it was ready to flip because the underside was a nice golden-brown and crispy.


The difficulty that I've encountered is that the actual duck can come out very greasy.  I've only cooked with wild duck (friend's husband is a hunter), so maybe it's different with commercially raised duck.  Who knows, maybe it's me... it's probably me.
 
2014-03-06 04:30:14 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: mmm so good.


I know. I love me some cheese.

Rincewind53: Dude, when those things are battered and fried, they're so damn delicious. Like calamari on steroids.


Fried cheese is amazing. I'm not sure why you'd compare it to calamari- that stuff is disgusting.
 
2014-03-06 04:31:21 PM  

Solid State Vittles: PolloDiablo: My Mexican in-laws smoked a whole cow's head - including the brain, eyes and tongue - for about 24 hours. When it was finished they carried it inside to the kitchen where the women of the family descended on it with knives, removed all of the aforementioned organs and cut them up for eating, and then picked every single bit of meat there was from the skull and chopped and seasoned it. The meat is just absolutely unbelievable, by far the best (and most authentic) barbacoa you'll ever get your hands on.

I would try this.  I bet it was good.



i would as well ...


 

doglover: Viper wine. Crazy stuff


jeebus i'd forgotten until you posted that pic, but yeah when i lived in sandy eggo we had some mescal w/a snake's head in it ...
 
2014-03-06 04:33:49 PM  
I think I remember one of the weird food guys having trouble even getting near hákarl, an Icelandic food consisting of shark which has been allowed to rot for five months.

He was having trouble not throwing up before he even got near the thing. I've never eaten it, and god willing, I hope to god I'm never that hungry.
 
2014-03-06 04:34:53 PM  

vincent_blackshadow: we had some mescal w/a snake's head in it ...



Ah, mezcal. The best/worst drink I liked but honestly can't remember.
 
2014-03-06 04:35:23 PM  
Weird foods from Dad's side:

Canned seal meat
Flipper pie  (it's a thing in Newfoundland, and only Newfies love it)
Cod cheeks


Slightly less, but still weird food from Mom's side:

Rabbit pie (yum!)
Venison burger (yum!)
Quahogs (wiki will say it's an edible bivalve - it's as edible as a hockey puck)

/hate seal and moose meat
 
2014-03-06 04:35:36 PM  

Solid State Vittles: The difficulty that I've encountered is that the actual duck can come out very greasy.  I've only cooked with wild duck (friend's husband is a hunter), so maybe it's different with commercially raised duck.  Who knows, maybe it's me... it's probably me.


No, I'll totally admit that I could easily have gotten lucky. I was using a fairly decent duck breast (I think? D'artagnan brand), so that might have contributed to it. My sample size is one, so I agree that it's probably too early to say it's always easy to do.

casey.lurvs.bacon: How bout you just do it and then invite me over?

*lazy*


I actually love throwing dinner parties and cooking for people \o/

Fubini: Fried cheese is amazing. I'm not sure why you'd compare it to calamari- that stuff is disgusting.


If you had fried calamari at a good restaurant you'd probably change your mind. Badly-cooked calamari is rubbery and nasty. Properly-cooked calamari isn't the slightest bit rubbery; it has a bit of a give, like al-dente pasta, and is delicious.
 
2014-03-06 04:37:07 PM  

SmackLT: I think I remember one of the weird food guys having trouble even getting near hákarl, an Icelandic food consisting of shark which has been allowed to rot for five months.

He was having trouble not throwing up before he even got near the thing. I've never eaten it, and god willing, I hope to god I'm never that hungry.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXla7Z4gSD4

I think that's the clip you're talking about. I remember that too, it looked  disgusting.
 
2014-03-06 04:39:21 PM  

Rincewind53: make me some tea: duck fat

Unrelated to escargot, last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing. The recipe I used also involved making a delicious savory blackberry/bourbon pan sauce. I had some homemade blackberry jam still leftover from the summer, and the resulting sauce was so good I used it in two other meals until it finally ran out. The day after, we made chicken thighs and got them nice and crispy using the leftover duck fat from the night before.

I need to make duck more often!


That sounds interesting. Blackberry, huh?

I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING
 
2014-03-06 04:41:40 PM  
make me some tea:That sounds interesting. Blackberry, huh?

I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING


Now I'm thinking of smearing big dollops of cold duck fat onto a Ritz cracker.
 
2014-03-06 04:42:11 PM  

make me some tea: That sounds interesting. Blackberry, huh?

I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING


Right? There's a place a few blocks from me that sells pints of duck fat for like, six dollars per. I need to buy some of it.

And the blackberry worked very well. It's like combining cherry and bourbon but it actually works a  lot better as a combination.
 
2014-03-06 04:43:28 PM  

Rincewind53: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXla7Z4gSD4

I think that's the clip you're talking about. I remember that too, it looked  disgusting.


That's the one! Thank you.

/still looks disgusting
 
2014-03-06 04:48:53 PM  
probably a kiten right of a rock in the Bahamas
 
2014-03-06 04:52:05 PM  

make me some tea: I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING


Where did you get that?!?!  Get some real popcorn, possibly from your local farmer's market if you've got one this time of year.  Unbelievable.
 
2014-03-06 04:52:30 PM  
Iguana.  More than anything else I've ever tried, it really did taste like chicken.  Also, you could starve to death eating it because I'm fairly sure you spend more calories trying to remove all the tiny bones than you get from the meat.
 
2014-03-06 04:56:20 PM  
Sea urchin tastes similar to beef liver.

media.npr.org
 
2014-03-06 04:59:39 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: make me some tea: I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING

Where did you get that?!?!  Get some real popcorn, possibly from your local farmer's market if you've got one this time of year.  Unbelievable.


Some stores sell them. You can also buy it on Amazon.
 
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