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Old 03-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #11
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We enjoyed Irene, the goose. She was nice for a goose.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:27 AM   #12
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I can honestly say there are very few foods that I don't like. I'll try pretty much anything once, provided it's cooked well. Okra is on my don't-like list, but I'll even eat that if it's in a bowl of gumbo. And I'm not really big on brain dishes, either, though I've had them a few times. The thought of eating cooked brains doesn't disgust me, but the texture is kind of chalky and weird.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:34 AM   #13
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I can honestly say there are very few foods that I don't like. I'll try pretty much anything once, provided it's cooked well. Okra is on my don't-like list, but I'll even eat that if it's in a bowl of gumbo. And I'm not really big on brain dishes, either, though I've had them a few times. The thought of eating cooked brains doesn't disgust me, but the texture is kind of chalky and weird.
I am kind of in your camp. . . though, I have had some veal brains that were every so slightly tinny, but were like creamy scrambled eggs with a little crusty rim from the sear. I really, REALLY enjoyed them, to the point of feeling guilty. It was a dish that I knew was offal, it didn't try to hide it, but good lord it was amazingly good in a different kinda way I just can't put my finger on.

Okra, I like either fried, or just cooked enough to where it is "cooked", but not gummy/snotty/stringy. . .I have been to a few Ethiopian meals where okra is a standard filler, and it gets to the point where it's mucus like strings just take things over. . . screw that.

I have always made it a point to eat/try, because in life, with all the laws in place the regulate/prohibit things that could be everyday human experiences, FOOD is the ONE thing that is universal, it's needed, and the worst thing that can come from it(besides say a deadly allergic reaction) is you don't like it.

Food is something that is so varied, and differs regionally/culturally/religiously, but it is ONE thing in life that we can ALL enjoy/experience.

Could you imagine living to be a hundred years old, and on your final day, discovering a food that you REALLY enjoy, and have gone all that time without? Why NOT try different foods? What is the worst that can happen? We only live once, and food is an integral part of life, so why not make the most of it?

It's better to try it an not like it, than be a food wuss, and live off of hamburgers and chips your whole life.
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There's food not much I wouldn't try. I wouldn't go out of my way to try insects - I had chocolate covered ants as a child and disliked getting legs and antennae stuck in my teeth. I may try insects, it wouldn't be hard here in greater Montreal. We have an insectarium that has a chef(s) prepare them once or twice a year.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:45 AM   #15
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I am a very picky eater, but will taste, and have tasted a lot of different foods, some weird, some ethnick, some simply I've never had before. Sushi for example i used to eat, just becasue my son loved it and we would go to sushi places a lot. But for a long time I had no specific feeling about it. Untill it grew on me. Now I love it.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:51 AM   #16
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I am kind of in your camp. . . though, I have had some veal brains that were every so slightly tinny, but were like creamy scrambled eggs with a little crusty rim from the sear. I really, REALLY enjoyed them, to the point of feeling guilty. It was a dish that I knew was offal, it didn't try to hide it, but good lord it was amazingly good in a different kinda way I just can't put my finger on.
The dishes I had may not have been prepared well. One was a dish of boiled and ground lamb's brains with rice that I had in a restaurant in Izmit, Turkey. I honestly didn't know what it was until after I had eaten it. But it was... dry and chalky. That's the only description that comes to mind.

The other time was veal brains (cervelle de veau) that my wife ordered at a Paris restaurant. The presentation wasn't at all appetizing. It literally looked like a science project - a smallish brain sliced down the middle with sauce ladled over the top. The chef didn't even try to disguise it. My wife didn't care for it and I didn't either. But trying to be chivalrous and not wanting her to go hungry, I finished her plate of chalky brains while she ate most of my delicious and succulent beef dish.

The best offal dish I've ever had was at a restaurant in Minneapolis. It was veal sweetbreads (aka thymus gland) that were lightly pan fried in butter and served with a demi-glace sauce and side of leeks. It was awesome.
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