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Thu, Nov. 23rd, 2006, 11:03 pm
really, yum.

oh! i almost forgot - i almost ate an oyster today. i'm a very finicky eater of food, and i do not in any way eat "sea food" (i hate that term - how about some sea food along with some land food, mmmm!), so ALMOST eating an oyster was totally noteworthy.

i was at a chinese lunch buffet and they had this whole container with cooked oysters. i've never seen one before and the shells actually shimmered, and there were no chicken dishes, only pork, shrimp and oysters and i eat none of those things, so my lunch was really limited to some noodles, but anyway, the shells shimmered and so i put one on my plate to contemplate eating.

of course, i couldn't, once i saw it up close. have you SEEN a cooked oyster up close? it's so scary, and so definitely a cooked little former-living-thing... ugh. uuuughhhh. so i stared at it for a minute and then scooped it over onto a different plate.

i don't understand "sea food," in any form. i don't eat fish (the smell, raaaaah, and the fishy taste, and the texture... raaaaah), but it's all the other stuff that creeps me out in particular. like eels - hello, they eat CRAP and are slimy, don't eat eels. lobsters and crabs and crayfish - whyyyyy? they're crazy little crawly thingies with lots of legs and shells and whyyyy? nooo. and raw dead fishies... noooo.

haha. it's late. i'm obviously not fit for being allowed to type anything. oh well.

do you like sea food? and if you do, how do you keep from not freaking out a bit when seeing it up close? haha.

so, what is the craziest thing you've eaten? see, when i was a kid i ate some creepy things, but only because my dad's from bosnia and thus will eat anything (aaaanything. ughhhh). like, i've cracked ribs and sucked out the marrow. and i LIKED it. i was, like, 8 years old. and i've eaten crayfish and eel. and emu.

food. it's weeeeeird, man. and oysters? UUUUUUGH!!!

Thu, Nov. 23rd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)

I like sea food!
I didn't before, but I've seen the light. Not quite sure when this happened, sometime in the last two years.

I don't like mackerel or herring, and I am not too fond of crab, but otherwise I'm all for it. I don't find it at all disgusting. But then I'm the exact opposite of you: Chicken freaks me the fuck out. Used to eat it, now can't. It's something about the texture.

I don't know if I've eaten any weird sea food, though.
But I've tasted alligator, which was disgusting. I also cannot stand ostrich.

Thu, Nov. 23rd, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)

Ooh I love sea food, but I do know what you mean about the whole smell/texture thing.

I once went to this "well reviewed" sea food restaurant in London with hopes of a fantastic culinary experience.

The place ended up being in the back room of a pub and all the walls were painted deep red (freakishly like Amityville). We ordered the sea food platter which had been raved about and ended up with a huge plate of highly dubious sea food animals on a bed of seaweed. Restaurant was not an appropriate term as I'm sure none of it was actually cooked in any recognisable way. I won't disgust you with the contents but suffice to say that oysters drowned in salt and lemon juice are actually passable. Especially when a large bottle of wine is nearby.

Much nicer than snails or winkles. What's worse is that we ate (picked at and moved things around the plate) in 5 minutes flat but lack of staff meant that our plates were only taken half an hour later and warm seaweed smells nasty!

Fri, Nov. 24th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)

The boy used to be a fishmonger, which has resulted in immensely high seafood standards around here.

Fri, Nov. 24th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)

My relationship with sea food is rather ambivalent - I absolutely love fresh shrimp on a piece of freshly baked white bread, with mayonnaise (which I otherwise never eat) and lemon. I also love fish, to the point where my mother didn't know what to do when I was a kid and wanted fish for dinner every day. But I just can't deal with oysters, shellfish, crabs, lobsters and all that stuff. I'm physically unable to. The few things I've actually tried just make me gag, so I figured everyone's better off if I stay away from it altogether. :)

Strangest thing I've eaten, ho hum... I tried dove (the menu said it was the forest variety, so I trusted that...) when in Budapest a few years ago. It was very very good, but perhaps not so strange. Also, I had swordfish in a Cretian restaurant, and it was absolutely delicious.

Fri, Nov. 24th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)

The weirdest thing I've ever eaten is perhaps Norwegian lye fish, which is absolutely 100% disgusting and should not even be considered food. Also; I suppose the turducken we feasted on last new year's eve can be considered weird (turducken = a de-boned and stuffed chicken inside a de-boned and stuffed duck inside a de-boned and stuffed turkey, and yes, it took forever to make it), but that was an absolutely delicious kind of weird. (Another weird thing might be my childhood favorite dish called "klubb og duppe", which is basically boiled balls of potato and flour, eaten with a sweet, brown kind of sauce, and sometimes bacon.)

I like seafood, but not all kinds. I never liked fish when I grew up, but I've come around the last 8-9 years. Still; I will not under any circumstances eat sushi (tried and tested, and yes, I puked), and I'll avaoid oysters and shrimp if possible. But seafood in general = good.

Wed, Nov. 29th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)

I kind of like fried popcorn shrimp. Popcorn shrimp are little tiny shrimps (haha! Redundant!). They get lost in the breading they're fried in. I do NOT like jumbo fried shrimp, because they're thick and meaty and totally gross. I do not like shrimp that are not fried, because they're thick and meaty and totally gross. I do not like anything else out of the ocean that I've ever tried.

I don't know if I've ever eaten anything really crazy, although I'm sure it could seem that way to some folks. My diet is relatively mundane.