Sunday, July 06, 2008

You Don't Know Where That's Been!

Kath turned me on to Anthony Bourdain a year or so ago. He's just the right bad boy sort of a smart smartass for me. One of the things I like most about him is how he eats whatever is put in front of him no matter how frightening or ugly or what a bad idea it seems to be and he respectfully tells the chef something admirable about it. In the US and in the restaurant business he's a bit of an ass with legendary trash talking abilities but out in the rest of the world he's a pretty good ambassador.

I don't, in point of fact I do know that I could not do it. I couldn't have stabbed the boar or eaten the gooeyduck (sp?) or kept up drink for drink with, well, everyone he ever eats with. I don't think I'm a super picky eater but I have really clearly defined limits. The weirdest thing I've eaten is probably escargot. I mean, they're mostly a vehicle for garlic and butter, what's wrong with that? It also makes it not as weird as it might be. I don't mind clams or mussels or oysters either but I do like them all cooked. I put syrup on my bacon, also on my liver and I put ketchup on my eggs (scrambled please). I like stinky cheese, the stinkier the better, though I think it improves if you put it on some good bread and top it with a dot of honey.

Sometimes I wish I liked weirder stuff, just for the adventure of it. A girl who gets squicked by cooked spinach is probably never going to make it on as guest of Bourdain, though.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Weirdest thing you do to regular food?


  1. Anonymous8:38 PM

    The strangest thing I've ever eaten? Alligator tail, and in all seriousness - yes, it did taste like chicken (quite a bit stringier, though...).

  2. I'm a HUGE fan of Tony. (he likes me to call him Tony. . . ) have been for awhile now. It's the height, the smoking, the drinking, the thumb ring, and his ever so clear brilliance that does it for me. The food stuff....ehh. I wouldn't eat anyone's eyeballs. Sometimes...I have to look away.

    For me, I've eaten the alligator tail as well. ehhhh. bread and deep fry it and I'll prolly eat it. That being said, we here from the state of hawks making lazy circles in the sky have ourselves a little party called a calf fry. We eat the balls. Lamb fries. calf fries. they are found on menus across the city. I gave those up for Lent, along with my bulimia and world peace.

    The goober snot blobs of fresh oysters that I injested a few weeks ago are on the list of what the EFF was I thinking??really just a vehicle for the horseradish and cocktail sauce...but still.

  3. Buffalo, cow nuts, raw oysters... probably the most risky thing I've eaten is a chicken mcnugget. I know that now after working at a plant that processes them.
    They find all kinds of stuff in the meat here... and shut down production and start over... so its watched and pigs snouts are not supposed to be in the packages.
    I 100% could not be Tony.
    The eyeball show about killed me. And when he goes Asia and just walks around the markets eating all kinds of things off a stick... nope.
    But I do really like his show and appreciate that him and his iron stomach.

  4. Lancelot no longer likes Anthony Bourdain because he made carbonara with meatballs. And he didn't know how to make fresh pasta. Lancelot just sneers at him now and is a bit bitter about his success.

    Weirdest food I've eaten? Gator.

  5. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Never really eaten anything terribly exotic. Maybe braised Sea Cucumber or Abalone steak at my favorite Chinese restaurant, but neither I recommend. Taste fine but the texture on both is like eating a stretch armstrong doll. One of my weird favorite things though is mixing staple vegetarian dishes with meat and not just out of spite. There's a great Tofu and Beef dish at the same chinese place I like and I'm always ordering veggie burgers with cheese and bacon on top. Also I have a hard time eating a meal that doesn't contain some animal protein. If there's no meat than it's a snack, not a meal. This could explain the triple bypass...

  6. Anonymous1:26 PM

    I, unfortunately, are very new-food phobic.

    As to weirdest thing I do to food - I eat what is basically a fat/protein/cholesterol sandwich: white bread hamburger bun, sometimes margerine, chunky peanut butter, 2 medium cooked fried eggs. Other people think it's disgusting. I think it's delicious. You need to have the bun and peanut butter ready so you can put the egg on as soon as it's done, so it makes the peanut butter especially gooey. Once I go back on my low fat diet, I'll have to eliminate that one.

    I also put peanut butter on apples, which I never thought was weird either, but apparently it is.

  7. Anonymous2:30 PM

    It's spelled "geoduck", believe it or not.

  8. MAB, I don't believe it. OK, I do but it's still incredible.

    Miflohny, really? Peanut butter and egg on the same sandwich? Woof.