Friday, June 22, 2012

You gonna eat that?!?

I don't know if you've ever watched these two guys on television.  Usually they're either on The Travel Channel or The Food Network.  If you're not familiar with them; that's Andrew Zimmern on the left and Anthony Bourdain on the right.  They basically travel the world eating anything to everything.
Truth be told.....these two motherfuckers will eat damned near anything.
Anthony Bourdain travels the world eating all kinds of local foods.  Many of the places he frequents don't appear to be clean or have running water; and I'm always left wondering where the cook washed their hands.  He's gotta have a cast iron stomach, because I've seen him ingest the types of things that would choke a billy goat. The only time I've seen Anthony Bourdain back down from eating something is the time I watched him spit out some iguana steamed in banana leaves.  Truth be told, it looked nasty.  He gave that particular dish a polite "hell no".  But I can say that I've seen him eat a roasted baby lamb cooked in an underground oven (I think that was in Greece or Turkey) and I must admit.......it looked good.  But I've seen him eat some really weird shit from all over the world and he always seems to wash it down with some kind of alcohol.  Dude looks like he smells of cigarettes, desperately needs a bath and some Listerine; and I'd hate to use a men's room stall just after him.  I'm sure his insides are toxic.
I remember once watching Andrew Zimmern eat a bull's penis......I was speechless.  I've watched as he's eaten all kinds of bugs and fat undulating larva the size of golf balls.  I've seen him eat frog sashimi and fire roasted fruit bat......just nasty.  I've also seen him eat every part of a pig but the "oink".  When he ate guinea pig and iguana, I thought I would choke.  But I find his show fascinating, because the nasty motherfucker will eat just about anything.
The way I see it, there are some things that I'm not supposed to know how they taste.....ya know?!?

I understand that there are places where you can get fried (beef) brain sandwiches in this country.  I wouldn't eat it, but there must be a demand for them or they wouldn't be selling.

Of course I've seen some of my own country cousins from Alabama and Mississippi eat shittlin's and pork and beef testicles.  I'm not going there......not in this lifetime.

I understand that haggis; made with the minced heart, liver and lung of a sheep mixed with onion, spices, oatmeal, salt and stock, and boiled in the sheep's stomach for a few hours is routinely eaten in Scotland.  Yet another reason not to go there.

In the Philippines and Cambodia there is a fairly common dish called balut.   Balut is a fertilized chicken or duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo that is boiled and eaten in the shell.
There are some things in this world that you can't put cheese or ketchup or bacon on and have them taste that much better.  I truly believe that there are some foods that civilized people just aren't supposed to eat.
   While I might not necessarily have a ready list of what I will and will not eat. Trust me, I'll know it when I see it.  There are some things that will never pass these lips of mine.
Tell me is there something that you won't eat?!?

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  1. I used to watch these shows (still do on occasion) along with Man vs Food and those Paradise shows. While some of the foods would have me squirm (half-developed duck hard-boiled eggs?!), I'd at least try some the foods since they're just variations of what we eat here. The change in locales is another perk.

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    1. Funny....I like those shows too. It's amazing how we can look at someone's gluttony or the fact that they'd eat something that we wouldn't and actually enjoy watching.

      I would enjoy traveling the world to be sure, but not eating all the shit they eat.

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  2. "Tell me is there something that you won't eat?!?"

    Lol, Reggie, I had a nice little joke float through my mind but I shan't be nasty. :-)

    I used to watch those guys back when I had cable. Both are really good shows.

    I won't eat organs except for liver. I love liver, mainly chicken liver but beef liver is okay as long as it's cooked right. So that means no hearts, brains, etc. I also will not eat anything from the reproductive system. Nope!

    I won't eat reptiles either. No snakes or lizards or frogs for me. Wait, are turtles reptiles? Because I'll eat the hell out of a turtle. Ever have turtle soup, Reggie?

    Good post!

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    1. Val I think I'd go insane without cable. The Internet can be a whole lot of fun, but the man in me needs to watch the occasional football or baseball game. Plus the fact that I'm a news junkie and I like watching 24 hour news.

      I don't eat anything's organs either. I remember my mother (who was born in Alabama) talking about some of the things they ate while she was growing up. Her favorite part of the chicken is it's gizzard. She loves fried chicken gizzards. I don't think that I could get even one down.

      Turtle soup?!? Yeah I've had it a few times, it's tasty.

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    2. If they had ala carte cable then I would def consider having it again, Reggie. But one of the main reasons I cancelled it was I didn't want my money going to BET. I miss HGTV! Have you ever watched House Hunters? That was my favorite show.

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    3. Isn't that something Val. There was a time when you and me both watched BET and we were excited for it to be on. Now it's complete and utter nonsense. Isn't it strange how times change?!?

      My wife watches HGTV and House Hunters is one of her favorite shows. That show has probably watched me more than I've actually watched it over the years.

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  3. OMG those pics look disgusting. I can honestly say that I like my food to look like food and not some bizzare ritual!!.. I'll stick to fish (some) veg and 'regular'( to my culture I guess) foods.

    Those guys must be getting paid shed loads of money.. yuck!!

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    1. When I eat chicken, beef or even pork on the rare occasion, I tend to stick to those parts of those animals that the average American eats. And once again, I never ever eat anything's organs........never.

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  4. We all have things we wouldn't eat, for a myriad of reasons. Some of the stuff in the common foods people eat here doesn't come from the most pleasant sources either. Isn't gelatin just slime made from boiled cow bones? And it's in puddings, jello, pastries and many others. It's all very subjective, in my opinion.
    I noticed many people here don't like to eat organs. I love chicken hearts, liver and gizzards, but sometimes the supermarket cashiers give me the eye when I buy them, LOL! I think I'd have a good time in the South - tell your cousins I'm coming! :D
    I wouldn't eat animals that I have been conditioned to see as dirty or tabu (dog, cat, rodents, lizzards, embryos of any kind, bugs). And I probably wouldn't eat durian fruit, if the durian-flavored ice cream I once had was anything to go by (tasted like vomit with detergent).
    I like Anthony Bourdain, even though he made a not-so-flattering episode about Romania.

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    1. I guess the thing about eating food is that sometimes ignorance is bliss. Everyone seems to love sausage, but trust me.........no one wants to watch it being made. I've seen it and it took me a while to get over that. I love it now, but there was a time.........

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  5. I don't eat eggs. Never have, never will.

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    1. I do like eggs Shady Grady provided the embryo hasn't formed yet. Eggs are something that I could eat everyone, especially scrambled with a little cheese in them.

      I think caviar is nasty though. I will never want to eat fish eggs, never.

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  6. Reggie,
    Yes there is some shit that I would not put between my lips...but when I attended survival training a couple years ago I ate some shit that would as you so elegantly put it "gag a billy goat." I have eaten bugs, lizards, snakes,shit that crawls with 8 legs, plants that look like they could bite you and I even washed it down with brown muddy ass water. Now mind you my asshole was sore for weeks after I passed the course from my body getting rid of all the bullshit I put in it...but you will be surprised what you will eat when you are faced with eating or dying.

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    1. Dirty Red just in case I haven't said so lately, thank you for serving my brother.

      I can remember once eating some Popeye's chicken in 'Nawlins once and getting so sick I thougth that I would die. Since I like that chicken and it made me sick, can you imagine what might happen if I ate any of the sick you mentioned or anything shown above?!?

      Nah I think I'll take the zero Dirty Red.

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  7. OMG -i just dry heaved - my arms are all bumpy right now ewwwww

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    1. No Miss K I wouldn't eat any of those food items in the picture above.......but then again I'm not Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern's nasty asses.

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  8. My eyes can't believe what they've just seen...I don't see myself eating bugs.

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    1. We don't eat bugs because there are other things to eat. But what if there weren't?!?

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  9. Anything the two of them will eat, I will likely not. I used to watch them and the things they ate just didn't make sense to me. More power to em...

    http://unoicnonlybme.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hey if they like it, I love it. That doesn't mean that I'm gonna eat any of that crazy shit either though.

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  10. The list of stuff I won't eat is way too long Reg. I can't even watch Fear Factor without retching.

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    1. Now c'mon BayouCreole, you know you're deep in the bayou. You know the folks down there will eat something for lunch that would choke a billy goat. Years ago when I worked on Tulane and Broad, I made the mistake of watching one of my coworkers eat her lunch.......and I ended up throwing mine out.

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    2. LMAO! Reg, I may be from the Bayou but, I can't eat that stuff. Two years ago, I ate gator meat for the first time...I do like that though. I've never eaten pig lips (which everyone around here seems to love with potato chips.) I'm not going anywhere near Boudin...blood sausage...ewww. No shittlin's either...or turkey necks.
      Would you believe that, I am NOT a big fan of seafood?!!! The only seafood I'll readily eat is shrimp. Crawfish if it's in some sort of dish, same thing with crab. Every blue moon I'll eat fish. Can't stand oysters at all.

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    3. I love seafood and I learned to love fried gator and gator sausage in New Orleans. I learned to love crawfish there and spicy food as well. I didn't care for spicy food when I moved there.....and now I put Tabasco on so many things.

      There's this place in the East that sells poboys called "We never close"......that place is the shit!!!

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  11. Given I only eat seafood, poultry as my primary sources of protein, I'd say it's pretty obvious that there are things I don't and won't eat. I used to watch the shows you mentioned with perverse interest and gag at the many bizarre foods Andrew would eat and laugh at Anthony at how he handled many a food situation. I give both; especially Andrew mad props because I doubt that there is enough money in the world that could entice me into eating the shit they eat or have eaten.

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    1. Yeah right BluJewel....and yet there are times they seem to eat that shit with such relish. As if they're eating filet mignon in a fine restaurant.

      While I like to eat beef rare at times, if something's still living or was just lightly tossed over the coals after being hacked up with a machete........I ain't eating it.

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  12. "...Dude looks like he smells of cigarettes, desperately needs a bath and some Listerine..." LOL! I love Anthony and that description fits him to a tee! That's EXACTLY how he looks. He brings a certain je nais se quoi to eating fried bat, and whatnots. I remember one episode when he was in Brazil, and was laying in bed with three women...I guess he smelled good that day.

    I remember another episode where somebody was going to eat this "thousand year old egg". One of the asian restaurants had this incredibly old egg that's supposed to be a rare delicacy. An egg that has turned black and rubbery on the inside.

    Then there was an episode of Andrew in Eritrea or Kenya, way in the bush, eating slices of raw meat from a slab of Water Buffalo or something. A big chunk of it on the countertop with flies buzzing all around it. And feeding the wild hyenas chunks of beast meat from a stick in his mouth.

    http://youtu.be/MndUUF_-rBM

    LOVED THAT SHOW! I only have basic cable and cant watch my disgusting friends anymore.

    Personally, I wont eat much of anything on the American fast food list anymore. The poisons in that stuff comes out in skin. That's why Bourdain looks like he does.

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    1. Nah all three of them probably smelled like swass (sweaty ass)!!!

      Yeah and in those Asian places they rarely seem to look as if they have running water......and there are always just as many flies, if not more, than people in each episode.

      I also have gotten away from eating fastfood. But it will be a cold day in hell before I start eating a warthogs asshole, lightly roasted over coals or a wild boar's snout grilled.

      I always sit and wonder if they're ever gonna eat any other part of that boar or wildebeest. Certainly there have to be some cuts that if properly grilled would be tasty. But no, they're quick to eat the rectum or the nose.

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    2. LOL at SWASS!

      *Pondering* that last paragraph, Reggie. They be quick to go to the nastiest aspects of the beast.

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    3. Just flat out nasty Anna Renee, that's what they are. Just flat out nasty.

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  13. Tails. TAILS of any kind, albeit pig, ox, bull, frog or bullfrog, whatever. Just the name 'TAILS' is a turn-off.


    One.

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    1. Yeah Moanerplicity.........that don't even sound right!!!

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  14. My mom use to cook turkey tails all the time and slap barbecue sauce on them. I just remember them being very fatty. I tried to serve them to my husband once. He told me to never try to serve him turkey ass again.

    My grandmother use to make liver and onions smell so good while it was cooking however, it always taste so bad. I swore that I would never eat liver when I got older and don't. The liver is the filter for your entire body. When you eat any animal's liver you are consuming pure filth.

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    1. Ahhhhh, I'm with your husband Queen of Hearts. If I'm gonna eat turkey, I'd prefer to not eat the part that goes over the fence last.

      I don't eat anything's organs.

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  15. It would probably be easier to post what I will eat.

    I'm not a fan of eating anything with a pulse. I will eat meat from time to time, but it's not my favorite.

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    1. I could never give up meat, I love it too much.

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  16. Oh ₪Ö Reggie, You just need to taste chicken gizzard once and you're hooked, I promise.

    I think that what one will eat depends on what they grew up eating.

    People in Nigeria eat dogs, snakes, bugs, some oversize maggot and some other things depending on the tribe.

    Where I'm from we eat a kind of bug that surrounds a light bulb after it rains, we eat the head and brain of goats (it's a delicacy!) we eat squirrels and snails (my best). Eating snakes or toads is an 'abomination' in my part of Nigeria.

    Oº°˚ ˚°ºh and there's the cow tail peppersoup. My dad loved that. And whenever good peppersoup is made it's always with the offals of cow or goat, like intestines, kidney and liver.

    I'm pretty sure I've disgusted you now. Lol

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    1. My mother absolutely adores chicken gizzards. It's her favorite part of a chicken. She absolutely loves them fried.

      I would agree with what you said about what we eat. We eat what we're used to eating. My family is from the southern part of the United States. Both my mother and my father's families are from the deep south. Both of them regularly dine on stuff I wouldn't even think of eating. They will eat everything on a pig but the "oink". Me, I tend to lean towards the slightly more conservative. I don't eat ANYTHING'S organs. I figure there are better cuts on animals, but I'm not above eating alligator, turtle, goat, frog legs; and I've had some right tasty squirrels and rabbits in my day.

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