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  •  sea urchins look revolting..... (7+ / 0-)

    sorry,long standing vegetarian here.  

    I can't imagine ever being hungry enough to be able to eat one of those, quite apart from the environmental issue.  


    •  Centipede-on-a-stick is far worse to look at. (2+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, hbk

      I've long wondered how hungry someone had to have been to have discovered sea urchin, peedies, durian, etc.

      •  Durian's actually pretty good in my opinion. (2+ / 0-)
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        Ahianne, ypochris

        So are wood grubs cooked with some kind of green veg resembling creamed spinach. I ate that to be polite at a Laotian New Year celebration I was invited to by one of my students, but they turned out to be good. The texture of shrimp, after all, isn't too different.
        Sea urchins are delicious, too, but I haven't eaten them in close to 25 years.
        On the other hand, I also love Arby' s curly fries and Big Buns' burgers. Just can't eat them often in the interests of middle-aged weight control.
        A good portion of the people who eat foods we find disgusting probably wonder how hungry you'd have to be to consider eating cheese, particularly a type like Roquefort.
        Palin, by all accounts, lives on those milkshake-like flavored coffees, so how is she going to know what anyone, from conservative to liberal, likes to eat?

        •  I tried durian some years ago. I'd bought some (1+ / 0-)
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          durian-flavored candy before that, based on its reputation, and it tasted like butterscotch...until the coating wore off and its rotting-garlic flavor came through. I rented from a Vietnamese family years later and at first, I thought there was rotting meat in the freezer, until I realized it was durian. They invited me to try it. It tasted like vanilla pudding, until I got a piece of the rind or whatever, which tasted quite different than vanilla pudding.

          I've read that sea urchins have a creamy taste. Maritime avocados, are they?

          What else...I read about yerba mate in grade school, and then the Washpost had an article on it about 10 years ago. I could have just bought some teabags of mate, but no, I had to get a whole package and the bombilla. It tasted like chopped grass, only not as good, just as cilantro tastes like soap, only not as good. My sister loves cilantro and can't comprehend that it tastes repulsive to me, even after I showed her an article on the infallible Wikipedia, conjecturing that some folks lack an enzyme that would make it taste good. I bought a bottle of some kind of mild Portageez curry years ago, which contained coriander, and while it was cilantroid, it wasn't overpowering.

          I've met people from other countries who think peanut butter is disgusting (or has butter in it), yet like Vegemite and Camembert. I really grossed Sis out in '04, when there was a massive cicada hatchout and the paper urged us to enjoy the rare treat. "I'd better put up a couple quarts for later," I said, and boiled a few cicadas from a tree outside the house. They really did taste like cold asparagus, just as the paper had said. I cooked some more the next day and they tasted like nothing, so I said, "The rest of you can die a natural death." I somehow managed to miss last year's hatchout completely. I heard them singing in trees along the highway, but according to the map, the only way in there was via forestry roads.

          •  Vanilla mixed with past-their-sell-by-date (0+ / 0-)

            over-caramelized fried onions is the best way I can describe durian. I like it anyway. I just can't eat too much or I start running a fever.
            Coriander is also sometimes called bedbug plant because it supposedly smells like crushed bedbugs, but I have no experience with the critters (not yet, anyway) so I can't say. It seems to be an herb that people love or hate, no in-between.
            As for cicadas, I've had them fried, which I liked, but everything tastes better fried anyway, so it probably wasn't a fair test. When I lived in Japan, my dachshunds discovered that cicadas just crawling out of the ground made a tasty snack, so in the summer they'd sit around the oaks in our garden waiting for the unsuspecting--and still shell-encased--bugs to emerge, then crunch away and gorge themselves on raw cicada. Like sashimi only with bugs instead of fish, and no soy.
            It seemed so unfair to me. Seventeen years underground only to have their first and last view of the world be a dachshund' s gullet.

            •  I hope I never taste bedbugs, either. (0+ / 0-)

              That IS too bad about the cicadas. I'm ashamed to admit that as a child, I did nasty things to them. Now, of course, I see how attractive they are (for bugs), with their stately gait.

              I didn't see a single one in Fairfax County--not even the nymphs, or whatever the armored brown stage is called. The ones I heard along the highway were out toward Manassas, and I learned too late that the battlefield park had seen some.
              A couple people told me that a good deal of this area has been paved over (to construct people hives), so the cicadas under that soil were gone for good.

              •  Yes, I saw cicada maps the last time there was (0+ / 0-)

                a major hatch-out, if that's what it's called.
                The cicadas completely skipped large parts of NOVA and DC. The damage to their environment sounds like a good explanation.
                I'm happy to report, though, they we out in ear-splitting force in central VA in the Lake Anna area. There are lots of them this year, too, although it's an off-year.

            •  Aw (0+ / 0-)

              A dachshund's gotta eat, eh?

              Well, mine do. I gotta draw the line at bird poop, though.

          •  I've heard that the "cilantro tastes like soap"... (0+ / 0-)

            ....thing is a matter of genetics. Go figure.

            •  Celery, (0+ / 0-)

              unless it's very pale green, tastes horribly bitter to some of us.

              Enjoying the Age of Aquarius so far?

              by sendtheasteroid on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:58:28 PM PDT

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              •  BOTH are true for my husband. Neither for me. n/t (0+ / 0-)
                •  Your Husband, My Sister (0+ / 0-)

                  and I are cursed with the "bitter taste gene."  We did a test in biology class WAY back when.  Everybody put a piece of special paper in their mouths, and some of us immediately grimaced (love that word).  The rest looked at us funny.  I like celery, but it's definitely a crap shoot to buy any.  Even celery hearts aren't guaranteed not to taste foul.

                  I also hate the bitterness of beer and strong coffee.  Poor us!

                  Enjoying the Age of Aquarius so far?

                  by sendtheasteroid on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 06:39:47 PM PDT

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                  •  Interesting! (0+ / 0-)

                    I love celery and cilantro, but can't stand the bitterness of beer and strong coffee.

                    My husband can't tolerate the former two, but LOVES the bitterest of bitter coffee AND these hideous little monstrosity thingies called "bitter chips" from Indonesia that you deep fry. I find they taste like... well, like Satan's very own ass! (From my quite vivid imagination, not experience.) ;o)

      •  'twas a bold man as first swallowed an oyster (2+ / 0-)
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        commonmass, Champurrado

        supposedly a phrase first uttered by King James 1 of England (he of the Bible) and boy is he right.... who first tried them out????

    •  mmmm--of course sea urchin is best washed down w (1+ / 0-)
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      a $2000 cup of civet-shat coffee...

    •  I Had Sea Urchin Once (0+ / 0-)

      When I was visiting Thailand.

      I was there three weeks, and, while I was there, I decided I would totally immerse myself in their culture.  Yeah, you could get American food all over in Bangkok, but that was not what I wanted.

      I had gone to Thailand on a "medical tourism" trip...Google that up sometime if you want to understand what that is.

      Anyway, I was in the hospital in Bangkok, and befriended a lady from Singapore, who spoke fluent English and Thai...and we wound up spending about the next three weeks together, she translating for me.

      I told her I wanted to immerse myself in Thai culture, and that meant eating what the Thai people eat...not what Americans would eat.  Never forget...the first morning at the hospital they brought me the "American breakfast" and I sent it back...told them I wanted to eat what the Thai people ate.

      Carmen was really cool, she helped me out a lot after we both were out of the hospital after a week.  We ended up staying at the same hotel later...for two weeks, we were in adjacent rooms, even.

      told her that the only thing I fet strongly about was that I never wanted to eat dog or cat...which I knew some Eastern cultures did...don't know if Thai does or not....but I told her to steer me away from that...but anything else was cool.

      And that was how I ended up with sea urchin once.  I had no idea they were endangered or anything like that.  It was not bad tasting, either.  Not sure I'd go out of my way to get it again, but, if it was served to me in Thailand, I'd eat it.

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